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

Richard Waters

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

Sarah Mishkin

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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Joseph Menn

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

Tech news from around the web:

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

Tech news from around the web:

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

Maija Palmer

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

Tim Bradshaw

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

Tim Bradshaw

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