Meet The Motorola Edge+ and Motorola Edge

The wait is finally over! Motorola has unveiled two new flagship devices. The Edge+ and the Edge. Check them out!

Motorola fans didn’t think the day would ever come. Motorola has been out of the flagship game for so long, most thought Motorola would continue to make bank in the mid-range smartphone market.

However, the wait is finally over. Today Motorola unveiled its new family of premium smartphones: motorola edge+ and motorola edge. These new devices mark Motorola’s “much-awaited return to the flagship space. Motorola’s newest smartphones are the fastest, loudest, and boldest on the market.”

The new Motorola flagship devices have been leaking all over the internet for a few months now, but with the curtains finally pulled back on them we can really dig into what this means for the former king of phone makers.


The New Motorola Edge+

Let’s look at the specs first!

SpecMotorola Edge +Motorol Edge
Screen 6.7″, Endless Edge, HDR10, 90Hz6.7″, Endless Edge, HDR10, 90Hz
ProcessorSnapdragon™ 865Snapdragon™ 765
Camera (rear)108 MP main sensor + 8 MP telephoto lens + 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens with built-in Macro Vision64MP main lens + 16MP ultra-wide lens with Macro Vision + 8 MP telephoto lens
Camera (front)25 MP front-facing25 MP front-facing
Battery5,000 mAh4,500 mAh
ColoursSmoky Sangria, Thunder GreyMidnight Magenta, Solar Black

There are other specs I could call out, for example, the Edge+ will have 5G, a headphone jack and wireless charging but lacks an official IP rating for dust and water protection. But I think the table covers the ones most people are concerned with. The waterfall edge screen, hence the Edge name, is already proving to be a polarizing decision made by Motorola. Flagships launched in late 2019 and early 2020 elected to drop the curved edge displays in favour of a flat panel. Motorola going with this deep curved edge may push some buyers away.

Edge+ in Smoky Sangria

My thoughts… The camera will make or break these devices

If you have scrolled through and read anything on GadgetSyrup, it is pretty obvious. I am a Motorola fan and have a great relationship with them. However, despite my affinity for their devices, their software and the company in general I am always left wanting more. Specifically in the camera department. The triple sensor package found on the Edge + looks great on paper and in the samples Motorola provided below, but I will have to wait patiently to test this camera out to know if Motorola has a winner in its hands this time. The last true flagship they released was the Moto Z2 and it fell flat in the camera department.

These image samples are only from the Edge+.


Pricing and Availability

The Edge + will retails for $999.99 USD. Below you can see when and where in the world the Edge + will be available for purchase.

  • Beginning in May, motorola edge+ will be available in various countries across Europe, in UAE at Etisalat and du and in KSA at stc. In the coming months, motorola edge+ will begin to roll out in India and select Latin American markets.
  • United States: In the U.S., the new edge+ will be available exclusively on Verizon, starting May 14 for $41.66 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $999.99 retail).
  • Promotions: 
    • Customers who get a new line of service on select Unlimited plans can save up to $550 on a new Motorola edge+ with an applicable trade-in.
    • Additionally, customers who switch from another carrier to a select Verizon Unlimited plan get a $150 Verizon e-gift card for a total savings of up to $700. Plus get a Verizon Stream TV, an Amazon Echo Dot and smart plug on us.
    • Current Verizon customers on select Unlimited plans can save up to $250 on a new Motorola edge+ with an applicable trade-in when you upgrade.
  • Canada: In Canada, the new edge+ will be available at Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Freedom Mobile. For more information, visit motorola.ca.

The standard Edge will retails for €699, and available in Italy first. Below shows further availability. Canadian availability is unknown at this time.

  • Motorola edge will be available in Italy beginning in May ( MSRP: €699 ) and launched  to various European countries in the following weeks. In the coming months, motorola edge will begin to roll out across select markets in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
  • In the U.S., the new edge will be available later this year. More information to come this summer.

I am waiting to hear from Motorola on review unit availability, but as soon as I have one in hand I will be sure to share my impressions as I put it through a full review.

Motorola To Announce New Flagship Tomorrow (4-22-2020)

We’ve been waiting a long time, an eternity if you’re a die-hard Motorola fan like myself, for Motorola to finally being the heat with a flagship smartphone.

Tomorrow, April 22, 2020, looks to be the day!



Motorola dropped these three videos on their Instagram story today which show the waterfall edge display the devices are rumoured to have.

The devices we’re expecting is the Motorola Edge+ and possibly the slightly lower powered Motorola Edge.

The new devices, specifically the Edge+ is expected to be a true flagship with the following spec sheet:


  • Snapdragon 865
  • 5G
  • 6.7″ Super AMOLED display
  • 108mp main camera, 16mp wide-angle camera, 8mp telephoto camera, 25mp selfie camera
  • 8 – 12 GB RAM
  • 256 GB storage
  • 5,000 mAh battery

I’m excited to see Motorola finally get back into the flagship game after years of mid-range dominance with it’s Moto G line.

More to come!

Motorola Razr Now Available In Canada

Motorola Razr is finally available in Canada!

After being release a few months ago in the United States, the Motorola Razr is finally available in Canada. Although, only at select retailers.


Motorola Razr

Starting on April 17th the reincarnation of the original Razr is available from Telus Mobility and Freedom Mobile.

At the time I am posting this article, the Razr is not available to be purchased outright as an unlocked phone. And according to Motorola’s PR, it won’t be made available as an unlocked unit. It can be purchased outright from Telus or Freedom, but that will come at a pretty hefty price compared to if the likes of Amazon we’re selling the new Razr.

Another consideration with the Razr is it’s eSIM. With no ability to insert your own SIM card, using with your carrier may be a challenge.


Are foldable phones the future or a fad?

Motorola hasn’t sent out review units on the Razr at the time this post goes live, and I have the feeling they won’t based on the launch in the US and the scarcity of review devices in that Maker. However, if that changes I will be reviewing for sure. I’m a big Motorola fan and would love to take Razr out for a spin!


What are your thoughts? Any plans to purchase the Razr?

Motorola Edge + Leak Gives Full Render of Upcoming Device

Motorola is on the verge of launching its first true flagship since the Motorola Z2 and Z2 Force and thanks to Evan Blass, noted leaker has provided us with what appears to be the press renders of the upcoming device.

Motorola is on the verge of launching its first true flagship since the Motorola Z2 and Z2 Force and thanks to Evan Blass, noted leaker has provided us with what appears to be the press renders of the upcoming device.


Rumored Motorola Edge+ Flagship Render

The Edge+ is expected to bring the goods on the spec front too. Here is what we know about the device so far

  • Snapdragon 865
  • 5G
  • 6.7″ Super AMOLED display
  • 108mp main camera, 16mp wide-angle camera, 8mp telephoto camera, 25mp selfie camera
  • 8 – 12 GB RAM
  • 256 GB storage
  • 5,000 mAh battery


There is no official word on when the device will launch, but we should expect to hear something from Motorola soon. A few media outlets are pointing to April 3rd for the announcement. However, any keen Moto fans will know that the date April 3rd on all Moto renders is a throwback to April 3rd, 1973. This marks the date Motorola placed the first ever call on a mobile network.


What are your thoughts on these leaks? If you ask me, Motorola is long over due getting back into the flagship game!

Motorola Moto G Power Preview

Motorola took the covers of two new mid-range Moto G phones today. Check out a preview of the Moto G Power.

Motorola took to covers off the latest editions to the Moto G family and they look very good!

First thing you’ll notice is that Moto dropped the number naming scheme used for all other Moto G phone since the Moto G2. I find this odd, since we say the Moto G8 Plus launch in late 2019. Oh well, I’m not that concerned.

There were two phones announced today the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus

You can read more about the Moto G Stylus by clicking the link below



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First up though is the Moto G Power. I had a love hate relationship with the G7 Power last year. I loved the fit and finish of the phone, the size, the display and of course the insane battery life. However, the camera and the overall performance of the phone left much to be desired. It was still my pick for those who need a good, basic phone that has great battery life, but for my needs, I couldn’t make it work long term.



This year looks like the Power is taking a big step forward on the spec sheet, check it out!


Moto G Power Specs

Operating systemAndroid™ 10
System Architecture/ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 665 Mobile Processor
Memory (RAM)4GB
Storage (ROM)64GB built-in* | up to 512GB microSD card* expandable
Dimensions159.85 x 75.84 x 9.63mm
Weight199g
Display6.4″ FHD+ Max Vision display
Battery5000mAh
Charging10w rapid charger
Water ProtectionWater repellent design
Rear Camera16MP (f/1.7, 1.12μm)
2MP (f/2.2, 1.75μm) | macro | minimum 2cm focus distance
8MP (f/2.2, 1.12μm) | 118° ultra-wide angle
Video CaptureRear main camera: UHD (30fps) | FHD (60/30fps) | HD (30fps)
Rear ultra-wide angle camera: FHD (30fps) | HD (30fps)
Rear macro camera: HD (30fps)
Front Camera16MP (f/2.0, 1μm) | Quad Pixel technology
Bluetooth® TechnologyBluetooth® 5.0
FM RadioYes
SpeakersDual stereo speakers tuned by Dolby
NFCNo
In-box AccessoriesCharger, USB Type-C cable, guides, SIM tool
ColorsSmoke Black
ExperiencesMoto Actions: Quick capture, Fast flashlight, Three finger screenshot, Screenshot editor, Flip for DND, Pick up to silence, Media controls, Swipe to shrink

That’s a pretty hefty spec sheet for a mid-range device but lets unpack a few oh the highlights.


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6.4″ FHD+ Max Vision display

This is a pretty good size and nice to see the Power finally get the proper FHD bump. The size is also slightly larger than last years G7 Power, which was 6.2″ and only 720p. It’s still LCD, but the G7 LCDs were very clean and crisp to look at.

The display also ditches the large forehead in exchange for a smaller holepunch display like that of the Moto One Action.


5,000 mAh Battery

Last years G7 Power had the same size battery and 2 days of battery life was an easy feat. I expect much of the same this year.


Camera

The G7 Power’s camera was fine, in some cases, but on the whole suffered to take consistently reliable shots and video. This year the G Power is getting a major upgrade on the camera. The array is a triple-camera setup with standard 16 megapixel shooter, an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and finally a 2 megapixel macro lens for ultra close ups.

I am most excited for the wide angle camera since being able to get more into a shot is always a good thing. Let’s hope the performance is there.

The samples Motorola provided appear to be very respectable, but as always we will need to see how it performs in the real world.



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I am also suspicious as to if we will see a Moto G to replace last years G7. The camera on the Power tells me no, but we will se if there is a standard G model for North America with the same specs as the Moto G8 Power.


Dual-Stereo Speakers

This is very exciting actually. Motorola’s single speaker setup on the Z and G series has always done well, but having stereo sound is always welcomed and is a big differentiator in the mid-range.


NFC

Again, the G series will not see NFC, at least for this device. I have become a big fan of Google Pay and will struggle to go back to a world where I need to use my actual card. I do have Samsung Pay on my Gear S3 Frontier, but it is clunky and slow to load. We will see how it goes when I review the G Power.


With all of that, pros and cons aside, I am very excited to see what the G Power will bring to the table once I get my hands on a review unit.


The Moto G Power will be available this spring in Canada with Videotron and Freedom Mobile. Pricing isn’t yet known for the Canadian market but US pricing bring come in at about $250.


What do you think about the Moto G Power, it’s upgraded camera and massive battery?

Motorola To Launch Moto G8 At Mobile World Congress

Motorola expect to launch the Moto G8 and G8 Power at Mobile World Congress

Last year on February 7th, 2019, Motorola took the covers off the Moto G7 series of phones, but up to this point we haven’t heard much about when the Moto G8 will launch. I assumed that the G series would take a seat for a later spring launch since Motorola is firmly focused on pushing its February 6th, 2020 release of the new Motorola Razr. It looks like my speculation was right.

Reporting from 91mobiles, Motorola will be heading to Mobile World Congress 2020 to show it its Moto G8 handset.


Moto G8 Render from 91mobiles

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The new G8 will depart from the traditional surprised robot camera bump and adopt the camera layout seen on recent Motorola One devices as well as the Brazil exclusive G8 Plus device that launched in late 2019.


What to Expect from the Moto G8?

The G8 will still firmly be in the mid-range category running a SnapDragon 665 chipset, a 6.39-inch 720 x 1,560 LCD display, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage and will be running Android 10 out of the box.

The camera on the G7 was passable, but suffered in low-light like most other mid-rangers. The G8 will hopefully bring an incremental improvement. The device reportedly will ship with a 16-megapixel shooter with an f/1.7 primary shooter, a 2-megapixel f/2.2 macro camera and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 118-degree wide-angle sensor. On paper, it sounds promising, but we will have to wait and see how it performs.

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Moto G7

Around the front of the G8 we’re expecting am 8-megapixel f/2.0 hole-punch camera.

Finally, the battery is expected to get a 25% capacity bump over last year moving up to 4,000mAh with 10W fast charging.

There has also been rumors that the G8 Power will launch along side the G8 with a similar spec sheet. Last years G7 Power was only a single camera module with a lower-spec chipset. The G8 Power could also see a 25-megapixel front facing camera similar to that of the Z4. The G7 Power sported a 5,000mAh battery last year, so I hope to see the same, or larger, capacity this year.

I have been a fan of the G-series Moto phones since they came out and got a lot of use out of both the G7 and G7 Power so will be eager to review these units as they come to market.

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Thoughts on the Moto G8 and G8 Power? Let me know!


Check out other recent Motorola news, including the rumored Galaxy Note competitor.

New Motorola Razr Camera Features

The new Razr is coming soon. Check out some of the Razrs camera tricks!

As Razr Release day nears, February 6th for those in the US, Motorola has posted a series of YouTube videos showcasing some the features and functions of the highly anticipated folding smartphone. In this video, below, Motorola highlights some of the camera functionality found in the Razr.

A lot of these features can be found in every other recent Motorola smartphone such as Smile Selfie, Portrait Mode, and Night Vision. Some new and notable additions are Portrait Lighting and one that is going to be key for me (and my five kids), Camera Cartoon. This feature uses to external display to show a cartoon smiley face which will help to keep everyone’s attention while capturing the perfect shot.


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A lot of really fun features are packed into Motorola cameras, but we will need to wait and see if the camera quality is there or not.

Check out more Motorla Razr coverage here

New Motorola Razr Comes With Nightstand Amplifier Because Why Not

The new Moto Razr is coming soon! Moto has shown off some new features including the box doubling as a nightstand amplifier.

Motorola’s new Razr is due in the US on February 6th, with other areas coming soon thereafter. As we get closer to the launch date Motorola US has started dropping videos on their YouTube channel highlighting some of the features of the Razr.

In this first video we see what the unboxing experience looks like. The video is short, but shows that the Razr comes bundled with a Turbo Power charger, “Razr Earbuds”, which will likely be USB Type-C, an accessory carrying case and a “Nightstand Amplifier”. Ok, it actually doesn’t come with that, but they are saying the box doubles as one. Motorola didn’t share anything more than that, so we will need to wait and see what this amplifier really does. I think we can likely assume it will simply function as an ersatz loudspeaker (like when you put your phone in a cup or paper towel tube).


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Check out the video below;

“Unboxing Razr”

You can check out more Razr videos on the Motorola US YouTube Channel here.

Motorola Working on a Galaxy Note-Type Device – Rumor – Updated

Motorola has been pushing phones to market at a very speedy pace since the start of 2019 with no signs of slowing in 2020. we now have fresh rumors of another possible Moto device, this time with a stylus.

Motorola is bringing new phones to market nearly every month it seems, and they show no signs of slowing. The Lenovo owned company is due to release the new Razr in only a few weeks, more Moto G8 decides are expected in the spring and Motorola has said they would be getting back into the flagship game in 2020 as well.

Now there are new rumors pointing to Motorola releasing a Galaxy Note-type device with a stylus. Evan Blass, aka @evleaks shared a photo of an unreleased Motorola device featuring a stylus and a shrunken down hole punch camera.


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Courtesy: Evan Blass, Twitter

At this point, we don’t know if a) this device will ever come to market and b) will it be another mid-range or a flagship spec’ed device. My fingers are crossed that we will see Motorola bring the heat and try to compete with the Note devices head on. However, based on the recent Motorola trend I think assuming it will be mid-range is a safer bet.

It’s also unknown what type of tech is in the stylus and how it is stored inside the phone. Time will tell!


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UPDATE: Evan Blass has leaked that the device will actually be a mid-ranger device known as the Moto G Stylus.


What are your thoughts on a pen-based Motorola smartphone?

My Next Keyboard: ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II

I have been a religious user of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon since the first generation of the laptop. Now, I haven’t had much of a choice since that is the laptop of choice for my employer, but I have through GadgetSyrup used dozens of other keyboards. The only one that I liked as much as the ThinkPad has been the Surface Book 2.

When I am at work or at my home office though, I spend a fair amount of time using either my desktop or have my X1 Carbon docked and not using its internal keyboard. I always prefer the feel of the X1 keyboard though, so will often use the laptop undocked when typing up a post or a long email. However, I think I found the solution.

On the eve of CES 2020 Lenovo announced the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II which brings the ThinkPad typing experience to the desktop PC and it looks great!

It’s not cheap though, so it will be a tough pill to swallow when I inevitably purchase one. Lenovo is saying that the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II will launch in May 2020 for USD $100

The ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II connects to your PC via 2.4Ghz wireless or Bluetooth 5. They keyboard is rechargeable too thanks to its USB-C connection. According to Lenovo a single charge should last for two months depending on your level of use. Since it connects via Bluetooth, this could also be used with other devices, such as an Android phone or tablet.

What do you think of the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II? Will it be your next keyboard? What other keyboards do you prefer?

Last Minute Gift Idea: Moto Z3 with Speaker Mod for $150

Pick up the Moto Z3 Play and Speaker Mod for $150!

If you’re looking for a last minute gift or looking for a decent phone for yourself you can pick up the Motorola Moto Z3 Play for only $150.

Best of all it also comes with a Moto Mod Stereo Speaker. On its own, the phone will set you back $299, but when you use the promo code “motomadness” the price is cut in half!

The Z3 it’s firmly a mid-range device with its Snapdragon 632 CPU, 3,000 mAh battery, 1080p display and 12MP/5MP dual camera around back, but it is still a snappy phone that holds it’s own very well.

If you are still rocking an original Moto Z or Z2 or are intrigued by the idea of Moto Mods, you can’t really go wrong for $150.

You can pick up this deal by clicking the link below, and don’t forget the promo code “motomadness


Moto Z3 Play + Speaker Mod

Meet Changer: “The Swiss Army Knife of Headphones”

Have you ever wanted headphones that not only sounded good, but could share its battery with your other devices or perhaps even steal some charge from another device? Well, this is now a possibility thanks to a Chinese company named 49101 is launching the “Changer” Headphones on Indiegogo.

 Meet “Changer” from 49101 Meet “Changer” from 49101

I am on a never ending quest to find the best headphones for a decent price. Call me cheap, call me frugal, but I refuse to spend hundreds of dollars on a set of headphones. I believe that for there are headphones out there, that for a fair price, will satisfy my needs just as much as something like the Beats X, or Bose Quite-Comfort 35 IIs. Each and every time I try a different set I find something I like, something I don’t and some features that I feel rather indifferent about.

Then I came across the “Changer” from a company out of China called “49101”. I will be honest, I have never heard of this company before and do not know what they are all about. However, I will say that they have a very interesting product on their hands here.

“Changer’s magical ability to share power even lets you steal a friends charge if you need!”

— Helena Wei, Marketing Directorof 49101

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What is the Changer Headphone?

The Changer is marketed as a Swiss-Army knife of headphones and while it lacks the requisite toothpick, mini-saw and bottle-opener, it comes pretty darn close to that Swiss-Army knife.

The headphones, at a glance look like nearly every other neck-band style of Bluetooth headphones on the market, but disguised inside are a few tricks that make this product special.

The Changer headphones open on one side to reveal your standard USB Type-A connection to charge the headphones. The other side is where things get a little wild. Here you will find a multi-functional connection that can power devices using either micro-USB, Lightning or USB Type-C. Essentially, what the device is doing he is using its internal battery to provide power to another device, like a phone. This is pretty handy if you find yourself on the go and get the dreaded “low-battery” alert.

Another trick that 49101 has given the Changer is the ability to reverse the power supply of yor smartphone to draw a charge into your headphones. Say your headphones are low on power, but you need to power-up on the go to listen to some music or a podcast. No problem. Connect to your phone, or even better, someone elses phone, and steal some juice to keep you listening. Or as 49101 puts it, have someone else “donate” their battery power to you.

“With Changer, we are not only providing a premium audio experience but also solving peoples battery charging problems. ”

— Helena Wei, Marketing Directorof 49101

Changer Specs

  • 13 mm drivers with 20Hz-40KHz frequency response

  • Aluminium and Silicon design

  • 35 cm cable length with integrated volume controls

  • 1 set of foam ear tips and 2 sets of silicon ear tips

  • Support for 2A fast charging

  • Multiple connections built into the device

    • USB Type-C

    • micro USB

    • Lightning

    • USB Type-A

  • Bluetooth 5.0

  • IP5X water resistance

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So, where can you get Changer?

Starting today (Nov 19th) Changer is available for pre-order on Indiegogo.com and will start shipping to backers in “Q1 2019”

Early bird pricing starts at $89 USD. if you want to learn more about this interesting headphones head over to their launch site below!

If the opportunity presents itself, I will be sure to test these out and out through through a review. As of right now I am skeptical on how useful they will be, but I will be honest, I am rather intrigued by the Charger headphones. Stay tuned for more!

#HelloMoto – Motorola is Turning 90!

Motorola is one of the most iconic technology brands ever. They brought us the first ever mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000X, the StarTac flip-phone, the Razr and the first truly modular phones.

Motorola is celebrating its 90th birthday right now, so lets take a quick trip down memory lane and check out some stellar deals from Moto to celebrate this amazing achievement.

 #90YearsofMotorola - Motorola, founded in 1928, with only 5 employees is celebrating its 90th birthday with some great deals.  Photo: https://twitter.com/Moto/status/1044512586937577472
#90YearsofMotorola – Motorola, founded in 1928, with only 5 employees is celebrating its 90th birthday with some great deals. Photo: https://twitter.com/Moto/status/1044512586937577472

If you are a die-hard geek you, at one point or another, were probably a big fan of Motorola. This company has delivered some of the most iconic devices in mobile communications history and holds a place in the hearts of many.

My first Motorola device that I remember was the original Motorola Razr. This phone and its ultra futuristic design launched smartphone design into the future thanks to its sharp corners, excellent screen and sci-fi-like number pad. I loved this phone. Like the iPhone today, the Razr was a status symbol and if you weren’t fortunate enough to have one, you almost never wanted to take your phone out of your pocket. Since then, I have carried several different Motorola phones and devices. They pretty much nail the user experience every time. The only complaint I have about their phones of late is the camera. If they could sort that out, I would never look at my Pixel XL again.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, first, I like to reminisce about old tech and gadgets that I have had or used over the years, but I am specifically focused on Motorola because the now Lenovo owned company is celebrating its 90th birthday (and I’m a big fan!). Being a relevant brand for 90 years is an outstanding achievement, but being a relevant and leading company for 90 years in the technology sector is even more impressive.

In honor of this great achievement Motorola is running some deals that you may want to check out. See below!

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moto e series phones

  • moto e4 plus – $20-$30 off (16GB-32GB); sale price $149.99-$169.99

moto g series phones

  • moto g5 plus – $30-$60 off (32GB-64BG); sale price $199.99-$239.99

  • moto g5s plus – $40-$100 off (32GB-64GB); sale price $239.99-$249.99

  • moto g6 – $20 off; sale price $229.99

moto x series phones

  • moto x4 – $100 off 32GB, sale price $299.99

– $60 off 64GB; sale price $359.99

moto z series phones

Personally, the Moto Z3 Play with the Alexa speaker mod is my favourite. I have been testing both as part of an extended review of the Z3 and several Moto Mods and at this point, the Alexa Speaker has been the most useful of the lot.

Stay tuned for a lot more Motorola content on GadgetSyrup. Motorola is a brand I have been a big fan of for many years and have truly enjoyed testing and reviewing their devices of late!

MSN News Rebranded As Microsoft News

After giving the UI and UX of its News app a major overhaul in January of this year (2018), Microsoft made another major move today by renaming the News app to Microsoft News.

The Microsoft News app on Android and iOS have been “completely redesigned into a modern and beautiful experience.”

What originally started as the Bing News and spent a short period of time under the name MSN News, has now been renamed again. This time, to the name it should have had all along; Microsoft News.

After giving the UI and UX of its News app a major overhaul in January of this year (2018), Microsoft made another major move today by renaming the News app to Microsoft News.

The Microsoft News app on Android and iOS have been “completely redesigned into a modern and beautiful experience.”

I have always been a big fan of Microsoft’s offerings on Android and iOS so it is nice to see Microsoft keeping on top the design of their apps and also catching up with some of the ones that have started to look dated. Now if they could speed up apps like OneNote for Android we’d really be in business!

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A few of the main features of the redesign and name change noted by Microsoft in a blog post announcing the changes are:

  • New personalization upgrades, including the ability to tailor interests to follow in your news feed – such as World News, Personal Finance, Fitness and many more – and to roam interests across devices and local news options for top cities
  • Easy to configure breaking news alerts
  • A new dark theme, enabling better night reading
  • Simplified access through seamless integration with iOS and Android widgets
  • Continuous reading, for a smooth content experience

The personalization features appear to mostly unchanged from the old app and with what is available in the Windows 10 version, but the ability to quickly add or remove a new topic/section is much more user-friendly.

I’ve seen a lot of comments on the dark theme being such an “amazing” feature. I personally rather a beautiful white theme, much like what we are seeing with Google’s suite of apps, most notably the Google News app and Google Podcasts app.

One major thing Microsoft calls out in their announcement is the AI functionality in the backend of Microsoft’s news service.

Every day, our publishing partners send us more than 100,000 unique pieces of content. Our AI scans the content as it arrives, processes it to understand dimensions like freshness, category, topic type, opinion content and potential popularity and then presents it for our editors. Our algorithms suggest appropriate photos to pair with content to help bring stories to life. Editors then curate the top stories throughout the day, across a variety of topics, so our readers get the latest news from the best sources.

— Rob Bennett / Editor in Chief, Microsoft News

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AI is the number one buzzword over the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing. Microsoft has been doubling down putting AI into everything can. Most of this is just machine learning, but nonetheless, it is nice to see Microsoft putting this to use in their applications.

There has been nothing official announced regarding Microsoft’s other apps such as MSN Weather, Sports and MSN Money, but I would be inclined to think that over time, these apps will be either updated with the new design and name or possibly rolled into the Microsoft News app.

You can check out the refreshed apps on Android and iOS below.

REACTINE® Canada Petitioning Unicode Consortium To Create First Allergy Emoji

In conjunction with World Emoji Day on July 17th, Canadian allergy medication company, Reactine® has created a petition on Change.org and is asking the public to share their “#AllergyFeels” on social media with the hopes of encouraging the Unicode Consortium to create the first allergy emoji. Check it out!

Have you ever wondered how emoji come to be? Most likely think companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple create emoji as they see fit based on pop culture and social trends. This is actually false. There is a large group responsible for the approval and creation of all emoji, the Unicode Consortium.

In conjunction with World Emoji Day on July 17th, Canadian allergy medication company, Reactine® has created a petition on Change.org and is asking the public to share their “#AllergyFeels” on social media with the hopes of encouraging the Unicode Consortium to create the first allergy emoji. The petition can be found here: The Silent Sufferer Will Finally Be Heard: Make the #AllergyFeels Emoji a Reality!

As of this writing, the petition is just shy of 3,000 signatures. Reactine’s goal is 5,000.

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Reactine has also done the hard work of designing the emoji as part of their campaign, and like most allergy sufferers, this emoji looks miserable.

This may seem like a silly thing for a company as large as Reactine to invest marketing into, but it is actually quite clever. Emoji are one of, if not the most dominant ways we communicate with each other online today and that trend shows no sign of slowing. This year the Unicode Consortium is adding 157 new emoji’s with red hair and curly hair men and woman, hot face, cold face, party face, and pleading face topping the list. Adding an emoji that allows severe allergy sufferers to share how they feel using today’s most popular form of communication, while also getting some positive publicity from the campaign. I am sure they hope the increased social presence will make customers think of their product when making an allergy relief selection in the drugstore. I would actually like the see Reactine do some custom packaging for the summer which features their emoji creation.

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 A sampling of the 157 new emojis that are part of Unicode 11.0
A sampling of the 157 new emojis that are part of Unicode 11.0

As someone who suffered from seasonal allergies in my younger years I hope Reactine’s campaign is successful and the Unicode Consortium approves the Allergy emoji for this years additions. 

if you would like to check out all 157 of this years Unicode additions, you can see them over on Emojipedia.

What are your thoughts on Reactine’s efforts to represent allergy sufferers by campaigning for this emoji?

Moto Z3 (Potential) Leaks!

The Moto Z line of phones have been some of the most polarizing Motorola has ever released. The original Z, released in 2016 featured an ultra-thin design, no headphone jack, USB-C connectivity and most notable, the ability to attach “Moto Mods” which gave users the ability to attach various “modules” to the back of the smartphone such as a battery, speaker, print or projector.

Users were skeptical if this design would stick, but Motorola committed to at least three years of this design language and support for mods.

This week we have seek a significant leak that appears to show Lenovo is sticking to its word and will be announcing the Moto Z3 soon, with mod support. Check out the leaks!

The Moto Z line of phones have been some of the most polarizing Motorola has ever released. The original Z, released in 2016 featured an ultra-thin design, no headphone jack, USB-C connectivity and most notably, the ability to attach “Moto Mods” which gave users the ability to attach various “modules” to the back of the smartphone such as a battery, speaker, print or projector.

Users were skeptical if this design would stick, but Motorola committed to at least three years of this design language and support for mods. I recently reviewed two of the most interesting mods, the Insta-Share Projector and the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer. Be sure to check those out!

This week we have seen a significant leak that appears to show Lenovo is sticking to its word and will be announcing the Moto Z3 Play soon, with mod support. Check out the leaks below!

Here are the expected specifications for the Moto Z3 Play

  • Snapdragon 636 Chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB of storage (likely SD expansion too)
  • 6″ display at 2160×1080 (18:9 ratio)
  • Dual-cameras, 12MP and 8MP

Looking at the leaked images of the Moto Z3 Play, the most notable difference with this years Z3 design is the absence of the front-facing fingerprint scanner. Manufacturers that are seeking the full-screen device are moving the fingerprint scanner to the back like OnePlus did recently.

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However, the leaked images of the back-side of the device do not show a fingerprint scanner there either. If the leaked reports are correct it looks like Motorola is taking the fingerprint scanner to the side of the device as part of the power button, not dissimilar to the likes of Sony and the Nextbit Robin of a few years ago.

Circling back to the specs, I expect that there will be a version of the Z3 that has a flagship level CPU like the Snapdragon 845, so do not be put off completely from the Z line if the 636 doesn’t get you excited. It is worth noting though, that the 6xx series of Snapdragon CPU’s is very efficient and is more than powerful enough to get through most situations.

I’m optimistic for the coming release of the Z3 Play and its siblings. I’ve really enjoyed the Z series and the mods available. My biggest concern is the camera. This has been Motorola’s weakest point with nearly every phone released, and the 6xx CPU isn’t best-known image signal processing (ISP), so I am going to temper my expectations.

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Stay tuned for more on the Moto Z3 Play over the coming weeks, as I am positive more details will continue to trickle out ahead of the official announcement!

Also, keep your eyes on GadgetSyrup for my Moto g6 review coming in the next few weeks!

Update : There is also rumored to he four different bundles for the Z3 Play. A battery mod bundle, style bundle with a decorative back cover, gamepad bundle with a gaming controller mod and a projector bundle with the Insta-Share Projector mod.

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