Motorola readying 6.3-inch Xplay and Droid Quantum?

Motorola could be ready to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and other phablets with a 6.3-inch device of its own. According to a "trusted" Weibo source, the so-called Moto Xplay is in development with an estimated arrival in 2014.

That Motorola is working on such a device should come as no big surprise. Nearly every handset maker has gone beyond 5 inches for at least one model, with phones like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra hitting 6.4 inches.

Motorola, for its part, has done well with balancing larger displays with small(er) bodies. Take … Read more

Deals for less-early adopters: Moto X, LG G2 drop to $99 on Amazon

Now is the time for not-quite-so-early adopters to strike if you're looking for a top-flight Android smartphone, namely the Moto X or LG G2.

Both phones were first unveiled in August to hype and positive reviews, with at least one reporter traversing a continent and back in a day to get his hands on the Moto X.

But the price of Motorola's first phone fully conceived as a Google company started to fall just a few weeks after its release, and now Amazon has taken the cost (with a new two-year contract or upgrade on AT&T or Verizon) all the way down to $99.… Read more

Smartphones with long battery life (roundup)

Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world.

They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.

Generally speaking, with moderate use, smartphones can give you a full day's performance before needing to be recharged, but not all gadgets are created equal -- some simply run out of steam early, whereas others will hang in there for the long haul.

Below, you'll find six smartphones (in no particular order) with battery usage that really impressed us, whether it was because they scored well in our lab tests for battery drainage, or simply because their usage time stood out from the crowd of humdrum cell phone batteries we encountered (and believe us, we encounter a lot). Give one of these devices a try if you're looking for a phone that packs some decent juice.

Editors' note: This post was originally published October 31, 2011, and is updated frequently.… Read more

Googlicious. The show where everything Google is 'So Delicious'

I'm excited to launch an all-new show that you'll only be able to find right here on CNET called "Googlicious." It's everything going on inside, around, and about the world of Google.

Android fans? We got you. Google Glass Explorers? There's something to see here. YouTube trolls? We always take care of you.

"Googlicious" will cover the latest news, rumors, tips, tricks, and how-tos and big Google events and announcements. Plus, you can count on a few wacky signature segments like "My First...with Google Glass" and many, many more.… Read more

Moto X's unlocked developer editions are back in stock

After selling out in less than 24 hours a couple of weeks ago, Motorola's Moto X developer edition smartphone is now back in stock.

Google's vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility Punit Soni announced on his Google+ page on Monday that the sought-after versions of the phone are once again available.

"We should have enough in stock now for what has been an unprecedented demand," Soni wrote.

Two developer editions of the smartphone are available -- a GSM version that works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and doesn't have … Read more

Motorola DVX could be the Moto X's cheaper, rumored cousin

The Motorola DVX could soon arrive as a lower-cost alternative to the flagship Moto X experience, according to recent rumblings.

Having recently passed through the FCC, the DVX documents show support for many GSM carrier's 3G networks. Nearly identical in design to the original Moto X, this phone is rumored to launch with Republic Wireless in October, in addition to the already-cheaper version of the Moto X that the hybrid carrier has committed to sell.

According to recent reports, the DVX will come with interchangeable back plates, but it's unclear whether the device comes with more than one … Read more

Motorola, Samsung top smartphone repairability ranking

DIYers, listen up: if you want to fix your smartphone, consider picking up an Android-based handset.

iFixit on Thursday released a list of the most repairable smartphones after tearing each of the devices down and putting them back together again. According to the company, the Motorola Droid Bionic is the most repair friendly, scoring a 9 out of a possible 10. The Motorola Atrix 4G and Samsung Galaxy S4 followed with a score of 9 and 8, respectively.

"Points are docked based on the difficulty of opening the device, the types of fasteners found inside, and the complexity involved … Read more

T-Mobile Moto X gets updated camera software

If you own a Moto X phone designed for T-Mobile's network, today is your lucky day. Motorola has just pushed a fresh camera software update to this model of its flagship handset.

According to Motorola, the update will improve overall photo quality, such as white-balance and color accuracy. Specifically the phone should exhibit better exposures in outdoor and strongly backlit environments. That sounds like a tweak to the Moto X's HDR mode and BSI sensor to me.

Additionally, Motorola says the improved Moto X should snap photos faster and have a more nimble autofocus, especially in low light. … Read more

Moto X beats out iPhone 5S, 5C, and Galaxy S4 for durability

Apple fanboys and Samsung believers aren't going to like this: Google's Moto X has been crowned the king of durability.

The latest "breakability" score by protection plan company SquareTrade claims Moto X is the best surviving smartphone when it comes to drops, slides, and water dunks. Coming in second place is Apple's iPhone 5S, then Apple's iPhone 5C, and lastly Samsung's Galaxy S4. SquareTrade only tested these four smartphones, so its unclear how other brands and models would rate.

Every year SquareTrade tests the durability of new smartphones to see how they fair … Read more