We have already heard that Motorola is working on releasing a lower-cost variant of the Moto X, and now we’re finally starting to see some traces of the device. A Sina Weibo user has leaked a photo of what looks like swappable back-covers for a lower-cost Moto X, which means that those looking to get it would not have to go through Moto Maker to get their new phone. Nothing else about the phone was released, except the fact that there may be dual-SIM support. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some hard evidence of the cheaper Moto X…
Consumers now have the option to purchase their customized Moto X through Motorola’s Moto Maker website, as opposed to using AT&T’s site. AT&T customers can now purchase the 16GB model for $199 or the 32GB model for $299 on-contract through Motorola, or they can also choose to get the device off-contract for $579 (16GB) or $629 (32GB). The site promises to ship the device in 8 days. This is pretty good news for those looking for alternate ways to get the device. Verizon Wireless plans to have the phone available by August 29 in black and white, and will have the Moto Maker customization tool available to customers later on, most likely in September, along with other carriers.
With Google’s addition of Quick Settings in the notifications bar in stock Android, CyanogenMod’s power widgets became relatively useless and redundant. Therefore, the CM team has developed new and improved code which “will say goodbye to the notification power widgets, discarding their 3000+ lines of code for a sleeker (only 370 new lines), newer, and more efficient method of toggling your settings.” In a Google+ post, CM has cited the reasons for the change, and the replacement of the power widgets with a Quick Access Ribbon. The ribbon will be located at the top of the notifications bar and will also be horizontally scrollable. The code is not yet merged, but will be soon. Check out the full details at their original post in the source link.
Motorola has teamed up with a number of manufacturers including Griffin, Incase and Power Support to produce accessories for the highly customizable Moto X. Customers can choose from a range of cases, docks, and screen protectors which can all be found on Motorola’s website.
Incase has made two different cases available— $29.95 for a basic plastic Snap Case, and $34.95 for a Pro Shell version which has a rubberized frame for improved grip and durability. Now you ask, “Why would I want to put a case on my Moto X if it’s just going to block out my customized colors?” Well the Incase cases are clear, and have different colored frames that you can choose from. You can also get an anti-glare or regular screen protector, as well as a shock-absorbing film set.
Moto is also offering two docks, one of which is built for the car, while the other is built for your desk. The Navigation dock goes for $39.95, has a suction cup for your windshield, and your Moto X will automatically enter Car Mode when it’s inserted into the dock. The power dock goes for the same price and doesn’t really have any specific use other than making your phone look nice as if it’s on display, and charge your phone as well.
You can order some of these accessories now while some items are listed as “coming soon.” Head on over to Moto’s store in the source link to check them out yourself.
One of the nicest things about a new phone is that we’re graced with new wallpapers. We’ve already seen what the Moto X has to offer and now it’s the DROID ULTRA‘s turn. In this round of wallpapers you’ll see the usual DROID eye, beautiful landscapes, and some other abstract wallpapers.
If you’re interested you can hit the download link after the break. There’s also a gallery so you can browse what the ULTRA has to offer before you download. As always you can head on over to the forums to show off your homescreen. Enjoy!
Koush, from CyanogenMod, has updated his Root Explorer app to version 3.1, which adds ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission for compatibility with latest Superuser version. (Users of Superuser will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission.) Koush also added the ability to change permissions and owners of multiple files at once. All the user has to do is select each file using the check-boxes, and use the action overflow/menu button to change the owner. This certainly makes in-app use more time-efficient for users.
Check out the link to the application in the Play Store after the break.
Play Store Download Link
One of the great things about Android is the ability to tweak and adjust so many different settings. A challenge for anyone looking to dig deep into their system to customize several settings is the plethora of tools needed to do so. XDA Senior Member J.Y.Daddy decided to do something about that and has produced Andromizer, an app that consolidates several tools and access to a litany of settings and tweaks into one location. Especially nice is the clean, logical user interface that make it easy to access the setting you want to adjust.
As excited as we are about the ushering of the new Nexus 7 tablet, there have been some quiet— but major technical snafus for the Android hardcore which has resulted in one of the most important pieces of the AOSP disappearing from the project all together. Tech stud Jean Baptiste-Queru officially confirmed the various rumors regarding his AOSP position and thus, confirmed that he was leaving everything all together because of his frustration with the difficulty of getting factory images for the newest Google tablet. Check out the following for his reasoning:
Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.
There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.
The reasoning is certainly legit, but what’s really eye-opening is the part where he talks about a Google flagship device not being able to boot to the home screen because of the lack of GPU support. Android purists will recall that the Nexus 4— which also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip— originally didn’t have the factory image and source code released in full. Naturally the issues were addressed, but owners of the device weren’t able to enjoy the true Nexus experience since the source code/factory images couldn’t be modified. Now we’re going through the same exact issue as the Snapdragon-powered Nexus 7 doesn’t have the factory images available to the masses. Is it a coincidence that both devices that two Snapdragon-based Nexus devices have had factory image issues? Probably— but one thing’s definitely for sure: it’s certainly going to suck not having Jean Baptiste Queru for our AOSP needs. Hopefully the Android team will find some sort of fix or remedy for future Nexus devices.
source: Android and me
One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.
Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:
It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.
So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots.
In early July we let you guys know that the Moto X would most likely be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network. That rumor was confirmed today, however the Canadian version will be available in only black and white. The phone will be available for $189.99 on a two year contract. While removing the option for customization is a bit upsetting for Canadian customers, the phone still offers the software enhancements including its “always on” feature and new notification system. The “Made in the USA” campaign probably isn’t going to work too well on Canadian customers either…
For those of you who saw the wooden backing on the leaked photos/some of the photos from today of the Moto X, we have some disappointing news. Yes, the wooden backing customization option will be available, but not until Q4 of this year.
We also found out that the wooden backing will be available in a variety of stains, which is certainly a welcomed feature.
If you really need the wooden backing then I’d advise you to wait for it to come out in Q4, but if you just want to get your hands on this beauty already, get the Moto X at release.
In another unsurprising move, Motorola has announced that a Developer Edition of the Moto X will be available in the Google Play Store as well. Not to make the phone more “available,” as it’s already going to be sold on all major U.S. carriers, but to offer a more “stock” Android experience without the new software features added on by Moto. (The phone is very close to stock Android anyway.)
This means that the mid-range specs of the Moto X will be competing with the high-end specs of the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, which will certainly be tough to beat out. Remember, all of the awesome sensors/features in the Moto X are essentially useless if it is going to eventually be released as a Google Play Edition device. The one thing it really has going for itself is the super-efficient X8 computing platform, which will most likely help it beat out the other Google Play Edition phones in battery life.
Pricing and storage information is not yet available, but we do know that the Developer Edition Moto X will be an unlocked GSM device for T-Mobile and AT&T.
The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One is awesome, there’s no denying that. Seamlessly switching between a carrier skinned ROM and vanilla Android on the fly is a feature that most people would love to have on their phones. Considering it was done on the HTC One, though, it would only be fair to extend that to the Google Play Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, right? If you’re an S 4 owner, your wait is (almost) over. The MoDaCo.Switch developers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to bring the switch to the S 4, and in less than five days, they hit their £1,000 goal.
There’s still a few days left to go in the campaign, so if you want to chip in a bit extra to get early access to betas as they come available (or a cool T-shirt) you can hit the link below to throw some money at your computer monitor. Who’s excited to get this running on their S 4?
Just last week we reported that MoDaCo.SWITCH had opened their ROM for those who signed up to receive the beta, but now it looks as though the beta has gone public.
The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allows HTC One users to effortlessly switch between stock Android and HTC Sense with the touch of a button. The best part is that the ROM uses a single set of user data so all of your apps/information/etc. are available on both UI’s.
Now that “beta 8” is available to the public (only on the GSM HTC One) you can go and grab it below if you’re familiar with the flashing process.
MoDaCo is also working on a project to bring their ROM to the Galaxy S 4 using an Indiegogo project to raise $1500.
Download, installation, and set up instructions below.
It looks like the folks at CyanogenMod are up to something. Well, they are always up to something, but they are in the teasing mood right now. They released a very short teaser video for something they are working on. What is it? We have no idea so let the speculation begin. It’s start out by saying, “Nothing can be perfect, Things can be better.” Ain’t that the truth. There is a few more tidbits that you can check out for yourself, and then it closes with “A new challenger appears,” and “A new Nemesis appears.” I have a funny feeling they have a few more teases lined up. Any ideas as to what they might be up to? Hit the break for the video.