We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
Google introduced Android One at Google I/O and told us to expect the launch soon. Today is that day. Android One is an initiative that will bring high quality smartphones to as many people as possible. 1.75 people around the world own a smartphone, which is a lot, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are still 5 billion more people on this earth, and Android One gives those people an opportunity to join the revolution.
This week was a tad calmer than the previous week which brought a slew of new devices. However, the device onslaught isn’t over yet as HTC has something in store for October 8, not to mention tomorrow’s Android One announcement. The debate regarding the battery life on the Moto 360 continues to get heated. Rejoice, Google Voice isn’t dead as it finally merged with Hangouts. T-Mobile continues to shake the industry up. How many more tricks do they still have? Amazon’s phone is now priced appropriately, but is there a chance in hell that anyone buys it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.
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How to setup and use Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014
How to setup and use Moto Assist on the Moto X 2014
How to setup and use Moto Actions on the Moto X 2014
How to setup and use Moto Display on the Moto X 2014
One of the coolest features on the original Moto X had to be Active Display. So it’s no surprise that it found it’s way onto the all new Moto X. Now called Moto Display, it’s also not surprising that it is much improved. Moto Display will show you your most recent notifications without turning on the full display. You can even read the contents of each notification such has what someone texted you. This is an obvious battery saver.
Thanks to a few added IR sensors on the all new Moto X, you can now use gestures. Motorola is calling this Moto Actions and the settings for them reside in the Moto app that you will find in your app drawer. There are only a couple of gestures, so we imagine Motorola will add more in future updates.
Motorola Assist launched on the original Moto X, and it’s back as Moto Assist. Moto Assist is a contextual learning engine, and it allows you to set up certain actions based on where you are (home or the car) or what you might be doing (in meetings or sleeping). If you’re familiar with last year’s Moto X, you will remember that there was an Assist app. You won’t find that anymore. Instead, Motorola combined all of their features into a new app simply called Moto. The Moto app houses Moto Voice, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Moto Assist.
Motorola unleashed Touchless Control on last year’s Moto X, but it’s now been rebranded to Moto Voice for the all new Moto X. If you’re not familiar with Touchless Control, (or Moto Voice), it allows you to ask your Moto X to do certain things without ever handling the device. You can find out who won the big game, set a reminder, set a timer, send a text message, and so much more.
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A closer look at the battery life on the Moto 360
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The Moto 360 debut was a little tarnished from a lot of talk about the battery life, and rightfully so. After using the LG G Watch for over 2 months, and switching to the Moto 360, I too noticed a dramatic difference. The early reviewers immediately said you can’t get through a day with it, then other sites chimed in saying, “it’s not all that bad,” and chalked it up to everyone overly using it the first few days. That can be true at times, but the opposite can happen when someone is trying to prove something they want so bad. It’s called rationalization. Let’s face it, we all want to say the Moto 360 has fantastic battery life since it’s a very cool watch. I find that people will purposely not use a device as much to convince themselves that things are A-OK. Get a notification and grab it from your phone instead, and so on. Trust me, I am guilty of this myself. Plus there is the whole argument about my usage is more than yours and his usage is less than hers, and blah blah blah. So how does one test the device taking all that out of the picture?