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Motorola confirms there won't be any more Moto Z phones launched in 2018

As we all know by now, Motorola isn't doing too well. None of its phones are standing out these days, and the Moto Z3 that debuted yesterday is just an old Moto Z2 that was never launched being used to showcase the not-yet-available 5G Moto Mod. Motorola has now confirmed via Twitter that no more Moto Z phones will be announced for the rest of 2018, which isn't entirely unexpected.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Verizon Moto Z, Moto Z Force Droid Editions

Android 8.0 Oreo rolled out to the unlocked Moto Z in May. Now, the Verizon "Droid Editions" of both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are getting the update. It comes with all the expected Oreo goodies — picture-in-picture support, notification improvements, and the like.

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[Update: Moto Z Play, too] Android 8.0 Oreo rolls out to unlocked Moto Z handsets in US

Android 8.0 Oreo is finally rolling out to unlocked Moto Z handsets with model number XT1650-03 in the United States. The release weighs in at just over 1.4GB and includes Android security patches up to March 1. It comes almost two months after Oreo started reaching Moto Z owners in Brazil.

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on Nexus 4, Exynos Galaxy S9/S9+, and more

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM by far, and the project continues to update more devices to version 15.1 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo). Last time we covered LineageOS, the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6 received Oreo. Since then, several more devices have been updated, including Google's flagship phone from 2012.

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Motorola announces Digital TV Moto Mod, coming to Brazil

Motorola seems to be moving away from interesting and niche Moto Mods, likely due to poor sales of anything that isn't a backplate or battery. The only interesting Mod to be come out recently was the gamepad accessory, but now there's another noteworthy Mod on the horizon. The company has announced a 'Power Pack & Digital TV' mod, but it probably won't be coming to the United States.

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Motorola releases Android 8.0 Oreo kernel source code for 2016 Moto Z

Motorola hasn't been doing well lately. Several planned phones have seemingly been delayed or cancelled, and half of the company's engineering team in Chicago was laid off earlier this month. While Oreo has yet to be released for the company's 2016 flagship (at least beyond carrier testing), developers can now download the updated kernel source code.

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Motorola lays off up to half of Chicago engineering team, says Moto Z line will 'continue'

Motorola has confirmed that it is laying people in its Chicago office off, though it also says "our Moto Z family will continue." Prior to this announcement, multiple people close to the company have stated that a significant portion of Moto's engineering staff in Chicago has been laid off, with a Moto Mod owner going as far as saying the "Z team in Moto was irreversibly impacted." However, Motorola says that the Moto Z line will "continue."

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Motorola to release a VR headset Mod that's probably just a Daydream viewer

Motorola has been pushing Moto Mods for its Z-series phones over the last few years, but few of the Mods have been any good. Serial leaker Evan Blass just outed an upcoming Moto Mod that will most likely continue that tradition. The Motorola Virtual Viewer is billed as a Mod, but it'll probably just be another Daydream headset.

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[Deal Alert] 64GB Moto Z (2016) is $349.99 ($350 off) at Amazon and B&H

We've seen a few discounts for the original Moto Z lately. The phone was $399.99 on Amazon back in September, and Motorola currently has it for $424.99 on its online store. Amazon and B&H now have the Moto Z for $349.99, a savings of $350 from the original MSRP, and about $100 less than what the phone usually goes for.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Moto Z2 Play for $350 ($150 off), G5 Plus for $200-240 ($20 off), and more from Motorola's site

The mass frenzy of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales has ended, but there are still a few deals popping up for holiday shoppers. Motorola has now discounted most of its product catalog on its online store, including the Moto Z2 Play, Moto G5 Plus, Moto X4, Moto E4 Plus, and the original Moto Z.

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