Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker

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Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.

Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.

Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:

A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.

Source: Motorola

Nexus 5 has low-core functionality for “always-on listening” voice recognition

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If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.

However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.


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Developer makes “OK Google” hotword work with any phone and language

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Thanks to XDA developer memnoc, you can now modify the home launcher “OK Google” hotword to work with any device and any language. Currently this only works with the Nexus 5 and sort of the Moto X; however, this modification opens it up to everyone. All devices running Android 4.4.2 work and non-AOSP ROMs are supported. This means if you have a Galaxy Nexus lying around loaded with KitKat, you can get this feature to work. All you will need is to have your device rooted and a file manager ready to go.

Hit the source link for full directions.

Source: XDA Developers Forum

Geeksphone ‘Revolution’ to be released Feb. 20, will dual-boot Firefox OS and Android

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Geeksphone, a Spain-based OEM, will be releasing the “Revolution,” an Android and Firefox-based device on Feb. 20, just four days before Mobile World Congress.

The device will feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 2MP front camera.

Its main feature, obviously being able to switch seamlessly between Firefox OS and Android, is certainly a nice addition to the device.

It can be purchased for 289 euro ($395) at launch. An early bird sale will have the phone for sale online-only for 269 euro.

We’ll keep you posted with more information as the release date approaches.

Source: Engadget

 

Qualcomm looks to dominate internals of smartphones with new RF components

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.

The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.

The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.

This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.

Source: Gigaom

Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

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Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.

Hit the break for the full change-log and a link to the app in the Play Store.


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Samsung adds Galaxy Core, Fame Lite, and Trend to LeFleur lineup

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Last January, Samsung took a few of its phones and added a more feminine look to the hardware, changing the color and outer design as well as adding a new wallpaper to match. Samsung will be doing the same this year before Valentine’s Day, with three newer devices, the Galaxy Core, the Galaxy Fame Lite, and the Galaxy Trend.


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South Korean Ministry of Science rules against bloatware of devices

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Not only does Asia have access to some of the best mobile technology available on the market, but customers will soon be able to purchase bloatware-free devices as a standard.

A recent ruling in South Korea determined that OEMs can preload bloatware on its devices, but the apps must be able to be uninstalled. The new industry guidelines will begin in April of this year.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this in a press release:

“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.”

There are also some major advantages that users will experience from the decision. Improved battery life and increased data storage are just a few of the many benefits.

Source: ZDNet

Video of color options for Nexus 5 is fake

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Yesterday, a video of color options for the Nexus 5 in the Play Store appeared online. Since, it has been discovered that the photos are fake and have been Photoshopped. There are some other hints in the video as well, as the Play Store behaves differently in the video. When you go to the real product page and try to switch between colors, a separate page opens, with a different URL— nothing changes in the video, signaling that it is fake.

Source: Phone Arena