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Android 9 Pie arrives for the US Moto G6 Play

Another Pie update this week, praise be. This time, it's for the U.S. Moto G6 Play. Though this phone has had the newest Android version in Brazil for a little while now, it hitting the U.S. version is defintely newsworthy.

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New Motorola RAZR for Verizon confirmed to be a real thing by Bluetooth SIG

What's next from Motorola? As we leave behind the Moto G7 series, we're left in a holding pattern for what might be a foldable phone that will bring up the legacy RAZR name. It's been a month since we last heard anything about the speculative project, but we now have some evidence from the Bluetooth SIG that there is at least a RAZR phone in the works along with a potential Android One phone.

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[Update: Carrier restrictions] Motorola announces Call Screen support for Moto G7 and Motorola One phones

The debut of Call Screen on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL late last year was a magical moment. The deluge of robocalls shows no sign of slowing, but Call Screen gives you a way to reclaim a little sanity. The feature was exclusive to Pixels at launch, but now some Motorola phones will have it, too.

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[Update: GS10 5G, too] Google ARCore support comes to 5 new phones, including the unannounced Moto One Vision

Most new phones from all the big names have hardware that's good enough for Google's ARCore applications. To help us all keep track of which devices are officially certified by Google, its developer site maintains a handy list. We then keep track of said list so you don't have to — aren't we nice — and we've spotted the addition of five new phones in recent days, including one that's not even out yet.

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Moto X4 with Alexa is currently just $130 ($80 off) on Amazon

Keeping a spare smartphone around the house can be a wise move. When a family member loses their phone, you have a decent alternative ready, because no one wants to use your five-year-old Galaxy. You also don't have to rush to buy an expensive replacement, but can wait for a good deal to present itself. The Moto X4 makes an excellent spare phone, and at just $130 ($10 below the $140 it had previously dropped to), it won't cost you too much.

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Amazon drops the Prime Exclusive 64GB/4GB Moto G6 to $180 ($120 off)

Phone deals just keep popping up. Take this one, for instance — Amazon is currently offering the Prime Exclusive 64GB/4GB Moto G6 for the low price of $179.99, a substantial $120 off. That's pretty good.

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Moto G6 and G6 Play drop to $160 ($90 off), $150 ($50 off) at a few retailers

If you're in need of a cheap phone, the Moto G line is almost always a great option. The venerable series has practically redefined what it means to have a good budget phone here in the US, so when we see discounts off the already low prices, we pay attention. Right now, both the Moto G6 and G6 Play have dropped to $159.99 and $149.99, respectively, at several retailers.

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Motorola is readying a phone with four rear cameras according to these CAD renders

What do you do when your reputation is declining and you need a shiny new product to give you a boost? Add more cameras, of course. Motorola appears to be plowing ahead with Moto Mods despite them not being a very good idea in the first place and the G-series' best days might be behind it. There's also little to suggest that a new RAZR device with a folding screen will be any good, but maybe a new quad cam phone is will be the answer to the Lenovo-owned company's problems.

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Verizon Moto Z3 gets Android 9 Pie update, 5G Moto Mod support

Verizon flipped the switch early on its two-city mobile 5G network today, and has already started sending out the software those first users will need to access it. Moto Z3 owners are currently getting an update delivering support for the 5G Moto Mod, and if that weren't nice enough, the update also just so happens to bring Android 9 Pie to the phone.

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Google likely to enable Call Screen on Android One phones by Motorola and Nokia

Google has been taking the fight against call spam pretty seriously these days. Things started back in 2016 with a (literal) big red warning sign and have progressed to formal verification of callers. Also joining the act last year was Call Screen, a Pixel exclusive answering system that removes any reason to directly interact with the spammers. While it was a safe bet that Call Screen would eventually transition outside of Google's own handsets, we now have a good reason to expect that to happen, and it will begin with some Motorola and Nokia phones.

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