The smartphone as social enterprise: that is the pitch for Moto G, the latest product from Google-owned Motorola that went on sale on Wednesday for $179.

It also makes business sense for the struggling division, which might find it easier to rise above a pack of voracious competitors by focusing its efforts on faster-growing, more malleable emerging markets. Read more

How much is Google prepared to spend as it searches for a breakthrough in the mobile handset business?

That question is prompted by the latest wacky-sounding ideas to come out of its Motorola division. Building-block smartphones? A vanity animation project to invent a whole new entertainment form for mobile? Read more

Environmentally conscious or just clumsy people buying a smartphone are better off with a new Samsung or Motorola than with one of the new iPhones.

A new ranking from iFixit, a group that specialises in tearing apart phones to figure out to repair them, looks how easy it is to fix the top smartphones on the market. Read more



Smartphones have become the favoured web and social media tool for the “post-PC generation”. As well as being great communications devices, the latest crop boasts features designed to please the most discerning consumers – including better battery life, advanced digital photo apps and high-quality audio.

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Apple had a bad week in its multi-front patent war, capped by the real possibility of an iPhone and iPad import ban in GermanyRead more

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Social shopping site Groupon has launched ‘Reserve’  – a select premium service, according to PC Mag. Groupon – which has already introduced a loyalty program, Groupon Rewards  – is currently in the process of preparing for its $540m initial public offering. Read more

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Facebook is expected to unveil a revamp of its ‘Like’ button at next week’s developers’ conference, according to TechCrunch. Sources have told the blog that the social network will add ‘Read’, ‘Listened’, ‘Watched’, and ‘Want’ buttons. These buttons are designed to fine-tune profile information and could replace or augment the ‘Like’ button. Read more

gemalto imageThe disruption suffered by companies in the recent spate of technology patent wars became apparent last week when Gemalto, the French smartcard company, revealed a €13.5m shortfall in its patents revenue, following a dispute with makers of Android smartphones.

The Paris-based company launched a suit against Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung last October, alledging that they had used Gemalto’s smartcard technology in Android devices without a licence. Read more

Google’s press package for its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility included a surprising accompaniment: a list of supportive quotes from HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG. Read more

Google is entering the mobile handset manufacturing business with the $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Larry Page, Google’s chief executive of all of four months, has already penned a blog post hailing the potential for the deal to “supercharge the entire Android ecosystem”.

From 1.30pm London time (8.30am New York time) I was live-blogging the conference call between Motorola and Google executives to hear the full rationale behind this blockbuster deal. Read more

I felt a bit of a simpleton for loving the kickstand on the HTC Evo 4G more than many of its far more sophisticated features, but such love is more justified with the new Motorola Photon. You see, rather than just propping up the device to watch video on an airline tray table, this 4G Android smartphone has an “intelligent” kickstand, which means it can do rather more. Read more

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Amazon plans to release its own tablet computer by October, according to the Wall Street Journal. The online retailer hopes customers will use the tablet to rent and buy the company’s content, the WSJ believes.  Read more

The Samsung Infuse is the thinnest 4G phone to appear, with the biggest screen and deserves membership of this year’s superphone category of more advanced smartphones. Qualifications for entry into those ranks can be 4G, dual-core processors, bigger, better screens or the debut of major new features. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the Infuse’s qualities and those of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and the Motorola Atrix 4G.  Read more

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  • Hacking group Anonymous has launched a series of attacks against Sony, bringing down several of the company’s sites and the PlayStation Network, PlayStation LifeStyle reports. The attacks were launched in response to Sony’s earlier legal action against a group of PS3 hackers including Geohot.

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Just ahead of an updated iPad, Motorola has come out with the best Android tablet to date to keep Apple up to the mark. The Xoom features Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, which represents a big leap forward in terms of an interface purpose-designed for a larger tablet screen. The Xoom was the subject of this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. Read more

Smartphone makers have been claiming for some time that their products are becoming as powerful as PCs, but with its new Atrix 4G phone, Motorola is actually proving its point by turning it into a laptop. I have been trying the Atrix 4G for the past week, most of the time docking it to a screen-and-keyboard laptop accessory that uses the guts of the Atrix for processing, memory and internet connectivity. The combination is unusual, but on the whole, works well and is being offered by AT&T in the US in an attractive package deal. Read more

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  • US President Barack Obama is to meet Facebook chief Mark Zuckerbuerg, Apple’s Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt of Google  and a roster of other technology executives at a private dinner during a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area this week, Mashable reports. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the get-together will focus on “innovation and job creation”.

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Motorola is on a roll with its Android-based smartphone launches. Hot on the heels of its Mobile World Congress announcements the Motorola Devour went on sale at Best Buy a few days ago for the bargain basement price of $99.

The same sleek all aluminium-bodied handset, exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the US, will cost $149 with a new 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate) when it launches at Verizon’s high street stores later this month. Read more

Iridium logoThe past has a way of catching up with you. Iridium, the satellite phone company, has been working hard to re-invent itself following its 1999 bankruptcy. Last September it returned to the stock market through a reverse takeover, and has set about raising money for a new fleet of low-earth orbiting satellites.

In the 1990s Iridium launched with the idea of selling satphones to a wide consumer market, but was soon overtaken by the mobile phone industry. It became chiefly a niche provider of phones to aid workers and the military.

Now, Matt Desch, chief executive, believes there could be a big new market to be exploited in tracking all sorts of objects, from trucks and cargo containers to polar bears, by satellite.   Read more

Motorola‘s share of the global mobile phone market has fallen from a Razor-fuelled 22 plus per cent four years ago, to just 3.7 per cent in the latest quarter. But don’t count the US phone maker out just yet.

Verizon Wireless, the largest US mobile phone network operator, confirmed today that it will start selling its second Android-based Motorola smartphone next month. Read more