On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.
After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen several bits of information surface about the Samsung SM-A500 like a render that surfaced a few days ago. Now we have the first bits of info about the Samsung SM-A300 thanks to a UAProf file that was discovered.
Similar to the other “A series” smartphone, the SM-A300 comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor and seems to run as slow as its sibling. In a GFX Bench entry for the device, it was listed as running at 1.2GHz while the UAProf file lists it at 1.4GHz. The SM-A300 gets 1GB of RAM and appears to come installed with 8GB of storage. The screen measures 4.8-inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. As far as cameras, the SM-A300 gets an 8MP and a 5MP camera, rear and front respectively, both capable of recording 1080p video. The good news is the device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Although Android L was first released as a developer preview back in the summer during Google I/O, no official release date for Google’s next iteration of their mobile operating system has been announced. Nevertheless, as Google continues to push out application updates that incorporate their new Material Design guidelines that are a big part of Android L, we get a sense that the time is quickly approaching. That could be within the next couple months as a new report suggests Samsung is gearing up to have Android L ready to roll out to their flagship devices by late November or early December. The sources indicate Samsung will be ready with Android L for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during that time frame.
Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.
The upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will most likely be released in October, but if you’re looking for a precise date, October 16th just might be it. Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, tweeted this info earlier today. The only problem is that this leak comes from an anonymous tipster.
Like I said, in all likelihood, we will see the Nexus 9 in October, so anyone can throw out dates. This anonymous tipster could be right on, but we really don’t know for sure until Google announces it. Last year, Google didn’t host a special event for the Nexus 5, and we are expecting the same this year. The Nexus 6, or whatever they are going to call it, will probably be announced alongside the Nexus 9 in a simple press release. Stay tuned.
We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the Samsung SM-A500 as of late. Usually mid-range phones don’t get so much attention, but since this one is rumored to sport an all metal design, people are interested to see what Samsung has in store.
These images come courtesy of China’s regulatory body TENAA, and unfortunately don’t show off the all metal design we are expecting. However, you can see the metal frame on the sides.
Along with a slew of tablets, Amazon introduced Fire OS 4 Sangria. Fire OS 4 will come pre-loaded on the all new Kindle Fire HD (6 and 7), Fire HDX 8.9, and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets. It’s built from Android 4.4, and it’s the usual fork that we have come to expect from Amazon.
Fire OS 4 brings Firefly, Profiles, and Family Library among other software tweaks.
A couple days ago an image of the forthcoming Oppo N3 smartphone surfaced that showed a very unique design for the top edge of the device housing the camera and possibly some speakers. Today a new image has surfaced that shows a much more conservative design that is quite different when compared to the previously leaked image. This image shows the back of the device with the top edge taking a more traditional form for smartphones.
Motorola has released four new applications onto the Play Store for the release of the 2014 Moto X. Last year, Motorola separated several of their apps from the core software of the Moto X and uploaded them to the Play Store to allow quick updates without a complete OTA rollout. It was a successful strategy and we’ve seen other manufacturers do the same things with their newer devices.
These four new apps are Moto Actions, Moto Display, Motorola Sensor Services, and an app just called Moto. The Moto Actions app handles the gestures that Motorola has been showing off with their new device. It looks like it’ll give you an explanation of each gesture and let you toggle specific gestures on and off. The Moto Display app is the advanced version of Active Display from last year’s Moto X, and it is indeed separate from the Play Store listing for Active Display.
Google is working on an update to the Google Play Store app for Android devices to take it to version 5.0. An early look at what Google appears to be planning shows their continued move to implement the design cues from their forthcoming Android L release and the Material Design guidelines.