According to a Motorola insider, U.S. Cellular is preparing to finally push the much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade to its carrier-branded version of the Moto X tomorrow, via the stock Android over-the-air update service. In addition to KitKat, this upgrade also brings several improvements to the preloaded camera application and enhancements for the Touchless Control service.
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We hope you all picked up some great Cyber Monday bargains! However, consumers who planned on getting their hands on a shiny new off-contract 16GB Moto X for $349, a 32GB for $399. or the Moto X Developer Edition for $399 were sadly out of luck. Shortly after the products went on sale on the official Moto Maker website, Motorola’s servers crashed and many people were unable to order the handsets.
As from today, Motorola’s first budget-friendly Moto X variant, the Moto G, is available to pre-order on Amazon. The handset will ship on Friday, December 6, so you will definitely have it in time for Christmas. Pricing is exactly the same as it is from Motorola itself – $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB.
Starting today, residents in the U.S. will be able to purchase Google’s first Wi-Fi streaming dongle, the Chromecast, from Motorola’s official website. The newly Google-owned company is listing the device as an officially accessory for the Moto X and Moto G, and can be had for $35.
Google’s Motorola Mobility has begun laying off a further 1,200 staff, according to a company email obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The cut accounts for 10% of the company’s workforce, and comes just seven months after Google laid off 4,000 employees in an effort to increase profitability.
The thermonuclear patent war may have a silver lining under its mushroom cloud thanks to some recent talks between Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility. It appears the two companies are seriously considering putting and end to their global patent disputes via arbitration.
Thankfully, it’s been some time since I’ve written about an Apple patent lawsuit, however, that doesn’t mean they’ve magically disappeared. The latest in Apple’s crusade against Google (via Motorola Mobility), leads us to a U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin. Apple was slated to go up against Motorola Mobility with allegations of unfair licensing practices, however, Judge Barbara Crabb has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit with prejudice — meaning the case is over at the trial court level.
Larry Page stepped to the blog today to announce the completion of Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. It was a nine-month ordeal which finally closed thanks to a “thumbs up” from China. Larry goes on to thank former CEO Sanjay Jha, and to talk about his replacement, Dennis Woodside. Larry had nothing but positive words for Dennis and his transition to CEO of Motorola Mobility:
Bloomberg is reporting that Motorola Mobility will soon have a new CEO as Google plans to replace Sanjay Jha with long time Googler Dennis Woodside. This move won’t take place until the acquisition is complete of course, but it shouldn’t be long as it has already received approval from the Europan Commission and the United States Department of Justice. There’s no word on whether or not Sanjay would still play a role in Motorola Mobility or if he would be out completely but I’m sure he’ll be well compensated either way.