Motorola has filed a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that may suggest to a Google-centric follow-up to the Moto X. Motorola’s filing is for a smartphone, or smartphone accessory called the “Moto G.” Motorola submitted the Moto G filing to the USPTO on Oct. 15.
Motorola’s trademark filing refers to a “Moto G” and categorizes the device under “Mobile phones, smartphones and accessories.” The Moto G could be the less-expensive version of the Moto X, which Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside referred to in an August interview with CNET.
Sales of the Moto X have not yet had enough volume to stem losses from Google’s acquisition, but reception for the smartphone has been positive overall. The Moto X is notable for having Touchless Control, a voice gesture that is always listening for the control phrase.
U.S. customers have so far reported that an update to the Verizon Wireless variant of the Moto X has begun rolling out that improves the device’s camera, but also places a 30-day time limit as to when customers can activate two free years of Google Drive storage (50GB).
The Moto X update improves the camera’s exposure, focus speed and color accuracy. It also increases the precision of Touchless Control, fixes voice call issues as well as one where Motorola Assist improperly reads texts, improves the Motorola Migrate experience, and also fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent a lost Moto X from reporting its location to the Moto Care Lost Device Finder service.
A similar update has already been offered to Moto X owners on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.