It was just recently that Samsung decided to sell its entire printing business to HP over a $1 billion+ deal and now it might be looking to do the same with its PC business. If the reports are true, then the most likely buyer would be Lenovo, which has the biggest PC business in the entire world. Although it is still unclear as to how much the deal will cost Lenovo, the estimate is around $850 million, provided that it does go through.
As per the aforementioned report, the Asian giants are having some issues in meeting terms while their respective law firms are engaged in negotiating the deal. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is representing Lenovo, while Paul Hastings is doing the same for Samsung. Although Samsung has not confirmed this news yet, we are guessing that this could be another one of the company's moves to slim down its business to concentrate where the money is, rather than losing money over ventures that just did not work for them.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google officially announced the world's first Android One smartphones yesterday, all made by Indian manufacturers, and each costing less than $110 unlocked: Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, and Micromax Canvas A1. At the same time, Google revealed a full list of hardware partners that will eventually commercialize Android One devices.
Alongside Karbonn, Spice and Micromax, the list includes several better known companies like HTC, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer. Furthermore, we see Alcatel, Panasonic, Intex, Lava, and Xolo completing the list.
Among chipmakers, only Qualcomm and MediaTek are supporting Android One for now but that's more than enough. Qualcomm is the world's largest mobile chipset maker anyway, while MediaTek is huge in Asia.
Lenevo has made a swift move - within a few weeks after releasing the K4 Note, they have announced the next official variant - the K5 Note. This smartphone features an all-metal body and is backed by a Mediatek Helio P10 SoC along with 64-bit octa-core processor and Mali-T860 GPU.
The handset also boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS display, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory. When it comes to the camera, the rear unit is 13 MP and snapper at the front is of 8 MP. The battery supplies 3,500mAh charge with support for fast charging, and the device operates with Vibe UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Dimension of the device is: 152 x 75.7 x 8.49mm and the K5 Note has some nice features like dual-SIM support, 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity options. There is an implementation of a fingerprint sensor technology at the back, which also finds its usage in making payments as well as capturing photos.
Apart from this the device sports a 1.5W speaker on the back armed with Dolby Atmos surround sound effect. From pricing point, it will cost around RMB 1,099 (close to $167) in China, where it will be made available to the market via flash sale model. The very first sale is scheduled for this week with gold and silver as the two color options.
At the CES 2016, Lenovo has officially declared the end of Motorola as a brand name in the smartphone business. Although the news may make some of us feel a tinge of sadness as the name "Motorola" itself is iconic as well as nostalgic for many of us, the decision wasn't exactly a surprise. Lenovo bought the company from Google back in 2014 with the hopes of gaining a firm foothold in the mobile phone industry by using Motorola's popularity.
Lenovo further stated that the Motorola team will still be making phones, but the branding will change to Lenovo instead. However, the famous "M" logo is not going away. We think that this decision of keeping the logo even after doing away with the brand name was made so as to win over the loyal fan base that Motorola has been supported by, over the years.
Back in 2005, Motorola was the biggest name in the phone business and everyone wanted a Moto Razr V3. The company lost ground since, as Samsung and Apple muscled in with Android and iOS respectively. After falling from a great height, the ownership of the company changed hands multiple times and finally at Lenovo, it seems that the struggling brand name is coming to an end.
Back in 2015, the Moto G3 Turbo was released in Novemeber by Lenovo as an upgraded edition of the regular G3. This time around though, there will be no such delays because both the Moto G4 and G4 Plus has been unveiled together. As expected, "Motorola" is no longer a part of the Moto G series and is therefore replaced by the "Lenovo Moto" branding instead. We like the fact that the familiar "M" logo at the back is retained as promised.
The G4 has a bumped up Full HD resolution this year and the SoC has been upgraded to a brand new Snapdragon 617. Unfortunately, the RAM onboard is still 2GB. It will be available in two internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB, but thankfully, both versions will have a micro-SD card slot. The rear camera is probably still using the same 13-megapixel sensor we saw last year, while the 5-megapixel front camera sports an 84-degree wide-angle lens for group selfies. All this is going to be powered by the 3,000 mAh battery inside that also supports quick charging.
As you would expect, the Moto G4 Plus is an upgraded version of the G4 with a front facing fingerprint scanner and a much more powerful camera. At the back, the G4 Plus sports a 16-megapixel OmniVision PureCell Plus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.3µm pixels. There is also hybrid autofocus, which is achieved by combining laser autofocus and phase detection together. The front camera is the same 5-megapixel wide-angel camera that is also used in the regular G4. It seems like there will be three versions of the G4 Plus; 16GB internal storage with 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with 3GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with 4GB of RAM. Moto phones are known for always running the latest version of Android and keeping true to that legacy, both the 4th generation Moto G handsets will be running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow right out of the box.
All versions of the two smartphones will exclusively be available via Amazon India and the pricing details are as follows.
Moto G4 16GB - N/A
Moto G4 32GB - N/A
Moto G4 Plus 16GB - INR 13,499/$200/€180
Moto G4 Plus 32GB - INR 14,999/$225/€200
Moto G4 Plus - 64GB - N/A
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
No one can deny that there is an almost irresistible charm to getting upgraded to the latest version of the Android OS and if you happen to own a Motorola phone, we have good news for you in that line. Motorola phones have always been among the fastest in the market to get the latest Android updates and staying true to that tradition, Moto has made it official that multiple of its devices will be getting the big upgrade this year. The first smartphones in line for receiving the update are the Moto Z and the regular Moto G4. Check out the full list of Moto phones that will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat below.
Motorola Nexus 6
Moto X Style
Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
Moto X Play
Moto X Force
Moto Z Force Droid
Moto Z Droid
Moto Z Play
Moto Z Play Droid
Droid Maxx 2
Droid Turbo 2
Moto G (4th gen)
Moto G Plus (4th gen)
Moto G Play (4th gen)
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today, Lenovo announced that its acquisition of Motorola from Google is complete. The deal cost the Chinese company $2.91 billion and was announced in late January. Motorola remains headquartered in Chicago and it's brand is intact, but it's now a "Lenovo company".
"Today we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market. By building a strong number three and a credible challenger to the top two in smartphones, we will give the market something it has needed: choice, competition and a new spark of innovation," - said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO, Lenovo.