Moto M Rumored to Launch with Microsoft Bloatware Pre-Installed
It was just last month when we learned about a cross-licensing patent deal between Microsoft and Lenovo. Microsoft has been making deals with multiple Android OEMs as a way to get some of their core applications pre-loaded onto smartphones and tablets. The deal with Lenovo is just one of their latest, and it promised the same thing. So instead of Lenovo having to pay to license some of Microsoft’s patents, they get to use them for free as long as they pre-install certain applications on some of their devices.
Since that agreement was announced, we haven’t really heard much about which devices would get these Microsoft applications pre-installed. However, a new rumor claims to give us insight about one of these devices, and it looks like it will be a smartphone from Motorola. If true, we could see the upcoming Moto M launched with a handful of Microsoft’s applications installed on it right out of the box.
This Moto M smartphone has been reported on for a few weeks now. We saw the XT1662 variant show up in some photos on China’s TENAA website last month, and various specs have been outed in a few rumors this month as well. A GFXBench database entry claims the device will have a 4.6″ 1080p display with 3GB of RAM and a 16MP rear camera paired with an 8MP front camera. However, the TENAA website lists the Moto M with a 5.5″ display and a 3,000mAh capacity battery.
TechDroider says their sources are telling them that the Moto M will launch with 4GB of RAM (as shown in a couple of photographs), along with 32GB of internal storage. They believe the XT1663 variant, which is the international model, will come with Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype applications pre-installed as part of this cross-license patent agreement.Source: TechDroider