Back in February earlier this year during the annual Mobile World Congress held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, Motorola had hinted that it had been busy experimenting with the idea of integrating Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to its Moto smartphone devices, of course by way of a Moto Mod. Fast forwarding about eight months later and the phone maker is launching the new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa for the Moto Z.
After some teasing from Motorola about a couple of weeks ago, the phone maker has finally and formally unveiled the latest addition to its Moto Z lineup of smartphones -- the Moto Z2 Force. But on top of this new smartphone announcement, an even more intriguing piece of news is the fact that the company appears to be expanding its strategy in selling its newest handset offering.
LG is not the only phone maker doing some teasing recently. About a week ago, Motorola had also started sending out invites for an upcoming event scheduled on July 25th in New York City. Well, the phone maker has released a new invite, this time showing shards of broken glass and text that reads: “Get ready to shatter your expectations.”
Could Motorola be planning to formally introduce its Moto Z2 Force less than a couple of weeks from now?
Just this week, Venture Beat has acquired a copy of a promotional material for Motorola’s upcoming new smartphone, the Moto G5S Plus. Based on the information found on the material, it appears that the device comes with new upgrades not found in the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus, both of which debuted more than four months ago.
You can not always please everybody. Any phone maker knows this all too well, including Motorola, whose Moto Z lineup of smartphone devices has managed to both please people and draw flak from other. Indeed, while it is true that the Moto Z came with a sleek super slim design, while the Moto Z Force was as tough as they come, and both can be paired with Moto Mods (more on this later) in order to achieve enhanced functionality, some users were not happy with the fact that the handsets have done away with the headphone jack.
It appears that Motorola has a full year ahead, that is in terms of smartphone releases -- well at least according to tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass. The famous leaker has recently got hold of an image that portrays a presentation showing Lenovo’s smartphone plans for the rest of 2017. Based on the leaked picture, it appears that the Chinese tech giant is readying to launch at least nine handsets in the next few months.
Part of what makes Motorola’s Moto Z line of smartphones so cool are the Mods, and recently, the phone maker has decided to unveil a couple of new additions to the magnetic modules. Meet the new 3,000 mAh Mophie JuicePack, which comes with a USB Type C port for independent charging, priced at $80, and a car dock (made in collaboration with Incipio) that allows users to charge their Moto Z handsets and at the same time open mobile apps (sort of like Google’s Android Auto).
By way of a recent blog post, Motorola has revealed that two of its newest smartphone offerings -- the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force -- will have the honor of being the first devices not made by Google to have support for Daydream, the search giant’s virtual reality (VR) platform. Indeed this week, Motorola is starting its worldwide deployment of Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, to its two Moto Z handsets.
This year, it appears that mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless is not too keen on Black Friday. Instead, the carrier will be unleashing Taco Tuesday, which will see the MVNO offer a range of special deals November 29th (the Tuesday right after Black Friday, hence the name). It might turn out to be a wise decision, especially for somebody like Republic Wireless, who might be better off choosing its battles carefully. Year after year, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy is getting more crowded, and for an MVNO, offering special deals a day after the storm might not be so bad.
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