Moto Z Mods: Transform Your #smartphone #tech #mobile #android #innovation

Motorola Moto Z

From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s there was meaningful and frequent innovation in wireless. Motorola saw the creation of the first flip phone, the Moto RAZR, the first QWERTY smartphone, the first app ecosystem, and of course, the first touchscreen phone.

But, since then, innovation has stagnated and is often incremental at best. Small changes in display size or megapixels make headlines, yet marginally impact overall experience to the point that new smartphones have become predictable.

Moto Z: The world’s thinnest premium smartphone

Made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, the stunning new Moto Z is durable-yet-razor thin – just 5.2mm – and ultra-light with a 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display. It’s also incredibly powerful packing a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage inside. You can get more space for pictures, videos and apps by adding a microSD card up to 2 TB.


Moto Z has a high-resolution 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, which help you take beautiful, true-to-life pictures in any light. The front-facing 5MP camera includes a wide-angle lens, which is great for fitting friends in the picture. And, with an extra flash on the front, everybody in the group looks their best—even in low light.


A water-repellant coating means rain, splashes or spills won’t get in your way. Tired of fumbling your phone to switch on and sign in? With the fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone. And with up to 30 hours of battery you can go all day and well into the night without needing to stop and recharge. You’ll get up to 8 hours of power in just 15 minutes with TurboPower.


Moto Mods: In a snap everything changes

With Moto Mods, you now have the ability to transform your Moto Z into exactly what you need it to be. Like an instant party maker with the JBL® SoundBoost. Or, grab some popcorn and turn your phone into a 70-inch movie projector with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. The Power Pack instantly adds up to 22 hours of life to your phone2 — and it comes in fashionable designs from partners like kate spade new york, TUMI and Incipio. You can also match your phone to your own personal style as often as you want with Style Shells. Choose from premium materials like real wood and leather, or pick out a patterned fabric. You can swap them whenever you like.


High-powered magnets connect Moto Mods to your phone so you can easily snap them together as your needs change. And since function never goes out of style, rest assured that the Moto Mods developed today are designed to work with future generations of Moto Z phones.


Bring your ideas to life

Have a great idea for a Moto Mod? Not only are we working on more Moto Mods to add to the ecosystem, we’re also providing open architecture and the tools you need to bring your own idea to life. Through the new Moto Mods Developer Program, small developers to established enterprises will have the unprecedented opportunity to help build a complete ecosystem that maximizes innovation and redefines the future of mobile.


Need a little help with your Moto Mods idea?  The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) will be setting aside seed equity funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. In addition, the LCIG has set aside $1,000,000 equity funding for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017.


For more info about the Moto Mods Development Kit, the certification process and funding from the LCIG, visit


Moto Z will be broadly available in Canada at various retailers this fall.


Motorola Moto E features 4G LTE

The new Moto E will be available with 4G LTE speed1, a 4.5-inch qHD display, front-facing camera, the latest Android software (Lollipop).

Quad-core processor
The new Moto E features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and advanced graphics.

All-day battery
With a 2390 mAh battery, the new Moto E is designed to last a full day.

Two cameras
The Moto E comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a second camera in front. With two twists of the wrist, you can launch the camera with Motorola’s Quick Capture feature. Want to take a selfie? Just twist your wrist again to switch to the front-facing camera.

Android OS, Lollipop
The Moto E runs Android Lollipop.


The new Moto E will be available for about $150 next month at Koodo, TELUS and Videotron. It will also be available at chatr wireless, MTS and WIND this spring.

Nexus 6 released by Google and Motorola

Nexus6At Motorola we’ve been big believers in Android since the beginning. We love its power, its flexibility, and how it gives you the freedom to choose the experience that’s right for you. In fact, the only thing that would be better than Android is…more Android. That’s why we’re so excited to have been able to work with Google’s Android team to bring you the new Nexus 6, featuring Android 5.0 Lollipop.

With Nexus 6, we’ve worked with Google to bring you a bigger phone with more everything. More screen. More speed. More power. And, it’s the best Android experience ever with:

  • More room to view: With a six-inch Quad HD display, Nexus 6 is great for watching, reading, playing and doing.
  • More doing, less charging: An around-the-clock 3220 mAh battery gets you through your day and more. Plus, the included Motorola Turbo Charger gives you a quick burst of power when your battery needs it the most. All it takes is 15 minutes to get up to an extra 6 hours of battery life.
  • More epic shots: The 13 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and HDR+ lets you take your best possible photos with the least possible effort.
  • More sound in stereo: With dual front-facing stereo speakers, you’ll get an immersive stereo sound that is great for experiencing music, movies and games as you should.
  • More with Lollipop: Nexus 6 comes with Android Lollipop – a sweet new take on Android. Android Lollipop introduces Material Design so that content responds to your touch, or even your voice, in more intuitive ways, and transitions between tasks are more fluid. Plus, new call and message notifications allow you to act on (or dismiss) them without interrupting what you’re doing. And much more.

Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store later this month starting at $749. There are two colours to choose from – Midnight Blue or Cloud White – and two memory options – 32GB and 64GB. Nexus 6 will also be available through carrier partners later this year, you’ll hear from them soon with other pricing and availability information.

More Android All Around
It’s no secret we love Android. That’s why every one of our Moto phones is built on a foundation of pure Android – it’s easier to use, delivers amazing performance and lets you choose how you want to use your phone. So we have more sweet Android news to share…

Once Android 5.0 Lollipop is officially released, we will bring this latest upgrade to some of our other Motorola devices, as well. This includes Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G with 4G LTE and Moto E. We’re still working out the details on timing and the upgrade depends on our partners’ support so stay tuned to our software upgrades page for the latest and greatest.

Moto products showcase new smartphones and wearables from Motorola

moto360Last year Motorola relaunched with the intention of giving its customers greater control over their mobile experience. This week the new Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360 timepiece launched to fulfill that promise. This dynamic new portfolio of products gives you unprecedented power to choose how your mobile technology fits into your life, with new customization options, better value and new ways to connect.

Choose the colour or materials that grace the back of your phone. Choose to design your own software experience starting from pure Android. Choose to get the information you want most, by a glance on your phone or on your wrist without ever using your hands. And choose not to pay premium prices for premium experiences.

The new Moto X

The new Moto X is designed with a sense of style and balance, featuring a curved metal frame, vivid 5.2″ Full HD display, and authentic materials such as FSC® certified bamboo that feels great in your hand. It gives you fast performance with the latest, unadulterated version of Android along with the quickest updates. Enhanced voice control lets you select a custom prompt, and use your voice to do just about anything. Plus, it also learns your preferences and adapts to you, making everyday interactions easier. Moto X is coming to Canada in black and bamboo this fall at TELUS. Learn more about the new Moto X.

The new Moto G

Moto G now comes with a brilliant 5″ HD display plus stereo sound to fully enjoy your videos and photos. With its all-day battery, quad-core speed and the latest Android OS, Moto G keeps up with everything you do. All this plus Motorola Shells to express your style. It is coming to Canada in October at retail in partnership with Ingram Micro Canada. Learn more about the new Moto G.

Moto 360

Moto 360 is a modern timepiece powered by Android Wear™. Comfortable, familiar, and crafted with the finest materials, Moto 360 keeps you up to date without taking you away from the moment. Glance at your wrist to see updates or just speak to get the info you need. Because it’s time a watch told you more than just the time. Moto 360 is coming to Canada this fall at first launch partners Telus, Best Buy and Future Shop for $279 MSRP. Learn more about Moto 360.


Motorola Moto E – fully loaded and fairly priced

motorola moto e

Motorola was the first company to bring consumers the cellular phone, the flip phone and a really, really thin feature phone. Now we want to radically transform the mobile industry once again by making quality smartphones that can do great things available to practically everyone.

Nine months ago we launched the Moto franchise and flagship Moto X, which brought new value to smartphone buyers through exclusive experiences like Touchless Control and Active Notifications, and the fastest software upgrades in the industry.

Then we introduced Moto G, an exceptional phone at an exceptional price and now the best selling smartphone in Motorola history. Building on this success, the 16GB version will be coming to national retailers such as Staples, unlocked, with no contract, for $249 beginning in June.


Now we’re pushing the boundaries of the value equation even further with Moto E, a new class of smartphone that’s fully loaded and fairly priced — a perfect combination for savvy shoppers and first-time smartphone buyers.

Smartphones haven’t always come at smart prices. The fact is, about 70 per cent of mobile phone users in the world are still using feature phones that can’t unlock the full wonder of the mobile Internet, in many cases because they don’t think it’s worth the $337 for a smartphone (the average selling price globally in 2013).

We believe it’s time the feature phone era came to an end and that quality smartphones are made accessible and affordable for all. Say hello to Moto E and join us in officially saying goodbye to the feature phone forever.

Moto E: Made to Last. Priced for All.

Built to last
Moto E has a high-resolution 4.3” display with 256ppi, the sharpest in its class. Everything from photos to videos to web pages comes to life in brilliant detail. Plus, Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a water-resistant splash guard help protect it for lasting durability.

Power to last
With a long-lasting 1980 mAh battery you can go all day without plugging in.1 So you can think about everything you want to do, not how much time you have to do it.

Software to last
Moto E runs Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat®, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform. And with a guaranteed upgrade,2 you’ll know you’re always up to date with the best Android experience.

Style to last
Moto E features colorful interchangeable backs — called Motorola Shells — providing more than 20 color and design combinations to let you personalize the look of your phone.3

More features:
● Powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, all the power you need to multi-task without slowing down.

● 5MP rear-facing camera with Motorola’s streamlined camera interface; touch anywhere on the screen to take a shot, capture panoramic pictures or record video.

● microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory to save photos, videos, music, movies and apps.

● Built-in FM radio — just tune in to listen to your favorite stations or pick up a new signal.

And the best part — it’s priced at just $179 unlocked, with no contract. Available to Canadians this summer at retail in partnership with Ingram Micro Canada.

Moto G now featuring LTE

We’re now offering an upgraded version of Moto G, featuring LTE for the fastest network speeds. Moto G with 4G LTE has a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory, the sharpest 4.5” HD display in its class, all-day battery, quad-core speed and colourful Motorola Shells to customize your phone. All this with the most current version of Android (4.4.2). Moto G with 4G LTE is coming to Rogers and FIDO on June 17. Available with Fido for $50 on standard plan or $0 on smart plan and with Rogers for $0 on select-two year term agreements or $224.99 month to month.


1All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average user profile that includes both usage and
standby. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on signal strength, network configuration, features
selected, and voice, data, operating temperature and other application usage patterns.
2The device will receive at least one software update to the current KitKat 4.4.2 operating system.
3Motorola Shells sold separately. Colors and availability vary by market.

Introducing Moto G An Exceptional Phone At An Exceptional Price


Moto GPeople all around the world want to be a part of the mobile Internet so they can access the world’s information, share, and connect with the things that matter to them. But the smartphone industry has relegated hundreds of millions of smartphone buyers to second-class status, preventing them from experiencing the mobile Internet at its best.

That’s because price-conscious consumers who don’t want to pay $600 or more for high-end smartphones have been left with two bad options. The first is to buy cheap, new smartphones made with second-rate technology that don’t do justice to modern apps and experiences like navigation, video chat and games. The second is to buy “low cost” versions of premium products that were released two or three years ago and are already obsolete.

We think there should be a better option. Everybody deserves to be on the mobile Internet, and price shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone having a truly good smartphone to get them there.

Today we’re introducing Moto G, a smartphone that delivers a premium experience for a third of the price of current high-end phones. Moto G includes:

  • A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge-to-edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
  • The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 quad-core processor for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. No skins to clutter or slow the experience, and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
  • Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells, Flip Shells in seven colours as well as Grip Shells in five colours.

In Canada, Moto G will be available at TELUS and Koodo this month for $200 outright.

Motorola Moto X: OK Google Now!

Motorola Moto X

At first using the Motorola Moto X didn’t seem much different than any other Android device but when I drilled deeper into the functionality I was pleasantly surprised. On the device I set up my default services including Gmail (Google Account) and Twitter.

As with other Android devices I really like the notifications functionality compared to other smartphone vendors. The notifications are easy to find, read, and dismiss with a swipe of the finger. But one difference I noticed right away was the phone would “glow” with a Twitter icon occasionally. I found that if you pressed the icon more information would become available about the notification and you could even swipe into it to open the app directly.

According to the Motorola press release, this functionality is called Active Display, “Moto X is always ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of an unhelpful blinking light, Moto X gives you useful info at a glance with Active Display, which appear right on screen.”

But the feature that really got me sold on the device was the voice command. After a quick voice training lesson all it took was saying “okay Google now… ” and the “open Twitter” for example. and it just did what I wanted. I actually found that the Google now voice command was more accurate and responsive than Apple’s Siri. Plus it was less prone to misinterpretation. I think Google has really hit the nail on the head with Google now.

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Motorola Moto XAs for the smartphone design I found the Moto X nice to hold and I like the back which is a flat matte design and stuck to my hand nicely. Compared to other smartphones that have a smooth  surface on the back the matte surface makes sense and I felt the device was firmly in hand and not about to slip away.

Another thing I noticed right away about the Moto X was the absence of physical buttons on the face of the smartphone. There is a power button on the right hand side along with volume controls below that but for the most part buttons on the device face are of a virtual nature.

I also appreciated the fast camera access which came when I twisted my wrist a couple of times to activate. The Motorola press release sums it up nicely, “Moto X knows you need a camera, and it’s always ready to go. Just twist your wrist twice and it’s ready. Touch anywhere on the screen, and you’ll get the shot. All in just a few seconds. Continuous shooting capabilities, as well as a ten megapixel camera…” Being a photographer this is a feature I can truly appreciate as I know that if you’re not on top of the action its easy to miss a shot.

The Motorola Moto X ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and overall is a hit with me. I wouldn’t  hesitate to recommend this smartphone if you’re in the market for an Android device.

Introducing Motorola Moto X: ready when you are

moto x white

Meet Moto X™ by Motorola, the ultimate wingman, because your smartphone should work for you—not the other way around. Moto X represents the best of Motorola and Google, and it’s coming to Canada exclusively for Rogers Wireless customers.

Moto X has a unique curved back, designed to fit your hand. Talk to Moto X and it learns your voice. With Google Now, it tells you what you need to know – even when you’re not touching it. With two flicks of your wrist, Moto X becomes your camera and captures the shots you used to miss. It’s ready when you are.

“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications,” says Odile Guinot, vice-president of sales and general manager, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Now, as a Google company, we’ve become the kind of company that can build a smartphone like Moto X. It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services.”

moto x black
moto x black

“We’re thrilled to bring the innovative, 2600 MHz LTE-enabled, Moto X, exclusively to Rogers customers,” said Raj Doshi, senior vice president of products, Rogers Communications. “Moto X on the blazing-fast Rogers LTE network gives customers an incredibly fast, premium wireless experience, allowing them to download large files on the go, stream music and video, and to stay connected through social media apps so they never miss a beat.”

No touching.

To use your Moto X, you only need your voice. Without touching it at all, you can get directions, set an alarm or do just about anything—just by talking. Say “OK Google Now” to get started. Ask it if you need an umbrella and it gives you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Tell it you’re going home, and your Moto X will get you there. Because it knows your voice, Moto X can do things other phones can’t.

Moto X is always ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of an unhelpful blinking light, Moto X gives you useful info at a glance with Active Display, which appear right on screen. Even while it’s asleep, it’s always on top of things. A last-minute dinner invite? A missed call from your boss? A key email while an important meeting is going on? It doesn’t interrupt.

Get the shot.

Moto X knows you need a camera, and it’s always ready to go. Just twist your wrist twice and it’s ready. Touch anywhere on the screen, and you’ll get the shot. All in just a few seconds. Continuous shooting capabilities, as well as a ten megapixel camera, mean the photos you do take are the ones you want. With Moto X, you’ll always get the shot.

Even smarter.

Don’t have your Moto X nearby? The Motorola Connect extension for Google Chrome™ lets you see and respond to notifications and text messages – right from your desktop. Hate the hassle of switching phones? Motorola Migrate makes it easy to transfer the contents of your old phone1 onto your Moto X. Just pair your phone to your Moto X through WiFi direct and your photos, texts, SIM contacts and even your call history and some settings will be transferred. Just a few example of how Moto X puts the smart in smartphone.


Moto X will be available in black or white exclusively to Rogers Wireless customers this August for as little as $189.99 on select two-year plans. Existing Rogers wireless customers can reserve theirs on the Rogers Reservation System* and new customers can sign up for updates on availability at For more information, please visit

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