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Motorola staged an incredible comeback with the Moto X. When we reviewed it last year, we called it “the first iPhone of the Android world,” which leaves some big shoes to fill for its successor. Fortunately, Motorola seems to have defied the odds with its updated Moto X, which we were thoroughly impressed by during our first hands-on impressions with it. Now you can get your hands on a new Moto X of your own as preorders begin opening up this week.
Motorola announced on its blog that preorders for the AT&T version of the new Moto X will open on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. A host of other Motorola products, including the Moto X – Pure Edition, Moto Hint wireless earbud and Motorola Turbo Charger will also be available to preorder. Motorola is also expecting the Moto 360 to be back in stock on Tuesday for anyone who missed the first batch, although quantities will be limited, so act fast if you want to own the most popular Android Wear device on the market.
The Moto X features a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13-megapixel camera, 2300mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Moto X will begin shipping later this month. Motorola has not announced any specific dates yet.
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Amid an industry wide effort to push tablets as smartphones approach the saturation point and subscriber growth stalls, AT&T Inc. is quietly beginning a promotion at its stores Wednesday to give customers a $200 discount on an iPad as long as they sign a two-year contract for the device and buy a new iPhone at full price. Tablets have accounted for a large percentage of the big four U.S. carriers’ subscriber growth in recent quarters, and they have been promoting them aggressively.
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What’s the biggest gripe that people have about the iPhone? Conventional wisdom says that many people are put off by the device’s comparatively small display size, which explains why Apple will likely release two larger new iPhone models this fall. However, a new survey of more than 1,000 smartphone users conducted by uSell.com has found that it’s actually stronger battery life that iPhone users crave more than anything else. These results are in line from other recent surveys of prospective buyers that have repeatedly shown battery life is one of the single most important things people look for in a smartphone.
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Motorola has sent around an invite for revelations of the new Moto 360, along with indications that it will also have news about Moto X and G smartphones, and possibly accessories including a headset at an event on September 4. The invite uses the classic paper fortune teller children’s game as the means to preview what’s going to be up for discussion. The Moto 360 was announced alongside Android Wear, and was previewed at Google I/O earlier in June, but its ship date was set for later this year. It looks like it’ll arrive in early September if not before, based on the invite. We could also get a look at the Moto X+1, the much-rumored smartphone that is supposedly slated for a September 25 release date. According to the latest rumors, a new variant of the Moto G is also slated to ship on September 10.
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Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout. But customers couldn’t figure out how to work the “Scan & Go” app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it. Instead of looking at the app as a failure, though, Wal-Mart took what it learned from “Scan & Go” to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a national program that enables shoppers to store electronic receipts.
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Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with Square and other established mobile payment processing systems such as PayPal Here and Intuit’s GoPayment. Amazon’s technology includes a card reader that attaches to a smartphone, Kindle or tablet.
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Even though Samsung’s smartphone profits have taken a hit this year , the company is still No. 1 in finding clever ways to troll iPhone fans. Samsung has started aggressively expanding its “wall huggers” marketing campaign that bashes the iPhone’s battery life and has now set up posters at airport power outlets letting iPhone fans know that they wouldn’t have to spend so much time huddled up near a power supply if they’d just bought a Galaxy S5 . Over the last year, multiple battery test studies from “PCMag”, “Which?” magazine, and “LaptopMag”, have all foundthat flagship phones from Samsung and HTC get significantly higher overall battery life than the iPhone.