Moto G (2014) review: The best budget Android phone just got better

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When it comes to new phone releases, the flagships always seem to get most of the attention. However, the budget phones can have more of an impact since they appeal to a wider audience. Take the Moto G for instance. When it was introduced, the Moto X was getting all the attention because of its cool customizable features, but the Moto G became Motorola’s best selling smartphone of all time. Starting at $179 off contract, with a near stock Android experience, and a solid build quality, there wasn’t much not to love about the phone. It was as I called it in my review…..“finally a budget Android phone to get excited about.” Now Motorola is building upon that success with the all new Moto G for 2014. With a larger display, a better camera, new front-facing stereo speakers, an added microSD slot, and the same low price as the original, how can this not still be the best budget Android phone on the market?


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New Google+ lead David Besbris says it’s here to stay

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It was automatically assumed that Google+ was doomed once Vic Gundotra announced his departure back in April, but there is a new sheriff in town and he says no way.

Shortly after Vic’s departure, VP of engineering at Google +, David Besbris, was announced as the new lead. He recently sat down with re/code and said that Google intends to continue its investment in the social network. Rumors of the team being scaled back are also unfounded since they opened new offices on the east side of Google’s Mountain View campus. In fact, the staff is bigger than ever.


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ASUS ZenWatch to launch in November, but could be very limited

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The ASUS ZenWatch is already up for pre-order in the UK through Expansys, but we don’t have an official word on when it will be available. The latest rumor has it pegged for sometime in November for the Taiwanese market, but more importantly, it will be very limited.

Nothing was mentioned about other regions, but with it being so limited, one has to wonder if we will see it offered in other areas until December.


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Google Fiber’s Achilles’ heel: The cost of doing business with TV studios

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Google Fiber just might be the best thing that ever happened to the internet, but it might not grow as fast as we would like. We can talk about cord cutting all we want, but the bottom line is that most Americans like the triple play bundle that cable companies offer. You know, those package deals that consist of TV programming, phone service, and the internet.


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You can now pre-order the ASUS ZenWatch, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3 in the UK

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The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.

The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 6, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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Adobe releases preview of Creative Cloud for Android

Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

Google rolls out more image editing options for Google Slides


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Elliptic Labs brings hand gestures to the next level with the use of ultrasound and Multi Layer Interaction

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Earlier in the year we had a chance to sit down with Elliptic Labs to see what they were working on regarding gestures and smartphones. Hand gestures are nothing new, the new Moto X even uses a few. However today’s offerings have only utilized either the camera or IR. In the case of the Moto X, it’s the former. Unfortunately with those technologies, you get too many false positives or no responses at all.


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LG G Watch R could be released as soon as next week

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When LG announced the G Watch R, they did say that it would become available in October, but when exactly? Back in September, it was rumored to be October 14, and it looks like that one will hold. According to the South Korean media, it will indeed be released next Tuesday, October 14, at least in South Korea. It could also become available as soon as tomorrow at one retailer, which might have an exclusivity period.

Pricing is the other big question and the reports indicate 352,000 won, which equates to about $332. That’s a pretty steep price tag. Based on the original G Watch price of 270,000 ($253) that’s a $69 difference. Add that to the original U.S. price of the G Watch, and you get $298.


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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 show up on video along with Galaxy A5 official renders

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Now that Samsung has broken the seal on the use of metal on their phones, they won’t be stopping at the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are both on the way, with the A5 probably closer to release.

Android MX was able to get their hands on the both the A3 and A5 and put together a short little video (see below) showing off the devices. They even included the Galaxy Alpha for reference. As you can clearly see, both the A3 and A5 designs are similar to the Galaxy Alpha.


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Samsung Gear VR release date and pricing revealed

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The Samsung Gear VR was introduced at the Unpacked back in September, but we haven’t heard much chatter on when we can expect to buy the device or how much. it will cost. One would think with the Holiday season approaching, that it would certainly be by the end of the year barring any production issues.

According to Samsung internal documents, we are looking at a release date of December 1st in South Korea with a price of 200,000 Won, which equates to about $187. Unfortunately South Korea is the only region mentioned, but we can only assume other areas will launch around the same time. As to the pricing, my guess was $199 for the U.S., which is inline.


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