Previous rumors indicated August 23rd for all U.S. Carriers to offer the Moto X. At this point, we can confirm that you will be able to buy the phone at AT&T on that date with a price of $199 for the 16GB version or $249 for the 32GB version. AT&T will have black and white versions available in stores or you can customize one via the Motomaker website and have it delivered within 4 days.
Speaking of Motomaker, we had a chance to play with it yesterday, and it’s not only easy to use, it’s a blast customizing your phone the way you want. Motomaker is exclusive to AT&T for now, but should open up to more carriers in the coming months.
Still on the fence about purchasing a new Moto X? Check out our full review and be sure to check out our Moto X guides if you’re planning on grabbing one.
Press release and short video from AT&T after the break.
Those of you on Verizon that have waited oh so patiently for the arrival of the HTC One will be happy to know that we actually have an official release date. Verizon just announced via Twitter that it will be available next Thursday, August 22 for $199 complete with the Verizon logo. At this point in the game, it is probably worth waiting to see what the One Max is all about. Of course, there is no guarantee that one will wind up on Verizon. Anyone going to grab one?
Most of the tech bloggers were given an opportunity yesterday to customize a Moto X using a Beta version of Motomaker. We already did a thorough hands on at the Motorola event a couple of weeks ago so I didn’t take this opportunity to give you another boring hands on. I decided to bring my 4-year old son along for the ride and let him customize it the way he wanted. This video isn’t going to be as professional as my other videos, but it is an example of someone diving right in without playing with it for an hour before turning on the camera. We just opened the site, went through our selections, and order it. We didn’t get into the engravings or the wallpapers, but you can see more about that stuff in our previous hands on.
I have to be honest in saying that ordering a custom phone was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Motorola might be onto something really big here as I can see a lot of people having a blast with it. Plus, the Motomaker site is very easy to use. Unfortunately, it’s only available with the AT&T version, but hopefully it will open up to more carriers soon. Hit the break to see what my son came up with.
Last night, a new accessory for the Moto X called Motorola Skip showed up and vanished just as quickly. We already had an idea that it was designed to clip to your pants to unlock your Moto X easier, at least for those that use a security PIN or pattern lock. This is the case, but Motorola just formally introduced it and gave us a little more information.
If you remember, back in May at D11, Regina Dugan showed off some futuristic ways people will be able to use to authenticate their devices. The Motorola Skip isn’t that futuristic, but it is an example of some of the early progress that Motorola is making. Even though it is something that every smartphone/tablet owner should do, often times people don’t set a security lock screen since it’s such a pain to unlock the device just to read a quick email. Motorola Skip was designed to allow Moto X owners to implement this security, but still be able to unlock their device with ease.
A week ago, it was rumored that Motorola would be making the Nexus 5, but that was quickly washed away with LG as the chosen one. Today we have continued rumors showing LG as making the said device, but with a little more detail. The latest word is that it will be based on the G2 as in the screen size of 5.2-inches and the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Earlier in the week, it was rumored to have the Snapdragon 600. As far as the body, it’s expected that it will resemble the look of the new Nexus 7 and it will also sport a glass back, just like the Nexus 4.
What do you guys think? I would be surprised if the Nexus 5 has the Snapdragon 800. Nexus devices traditionally don’t have the most up to date specs in terms of CPU, just take a look at the new new Nexus 7 for reference. I’m not a fan of the glass back, but it does create differentiation from the other devices.
Last week, about $5,720 of bitcoins were stolen out of a digital wallet and the reason is a weakness in Android’s Java Cryptography Architecture. Google security engineer Alex Klyubin confirmed this in a blog post earlier in the week. He also warned that other apps could be compromised unless developers change the way they access pseudo random number generators (PRNG).
“We have now determined that applications which use the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) for key generation, signing, or random number generation may not receive cryptographically strong values on Android devices due to improper initialization of the underlying PRNG,” he wrote. “Applications that directly invoke the system-provided OpenSSL PRNG without explicit initialization on Android are also affected.”
Motorola is going to be known for the first company to offer color customizations, but were they the first to think of it? Apparently HTC had plans for a similar project with Sprint. It dealt with the 8XT, which is a Windows Phone device. In concept, customers would be able to choose from a range of colors from an HTC Design Studio website. They could also choose accent colors and two-tone highlights as well as an engraving. Not too far off from what Motorola is doing with the Moto X.
HTC and Sprint cancelled the plans over the cost and complications. One has to wonder if this concept takes off, will HTC will be forced to jump back in?
Love it or hate it, the Moto X will probably go down as the most controversial phone of 2013. It had as much hype as the Galaxy S 4, and although just about every bit of information about the device was leaked before the event, there was still one major surprise that left a lot of people shaking their head: the price. How can a phone with specs from last year be priced the same as a phone with up-to-date specs? The Moto X isn’t about the specs, it’s about the overall performance and user experience. But is Motorola really doing anything different here? While HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony try to outdo one another with specs, they still offer features they feel differentiate themselves and provide a fantastic user experience for their customers. After much R&D, Motorola thinks they have the recipe for success: A phone that responds to you, is made for you, and is designed by you. Not to mention it’s assembled in the good ole USA. Is this a recipe for a disaster or is Motorola on to something? Hit the break to find out.