Motorola already migrated the Camera, Touchless Control, Motorola Connect, and Motorola Assist to standalone apps in the Play Store. Now they just added Active Display, and with it’s release, it gets updated with a fix for the delay when swiping up or down to unlock from the Active Display screen. Of course, if you don’t have a Moto X or the new DROIDs, you won’t be able to install it or update it.
You have to hand it to Motorola. They may not sell the most phones, but they created one of the best phones of the year plus they added some really nice touches like Windy Day and now a new boot animation for the holidays. This probably wasn’t a background update, but more of something that was already installed and ready to kick in today.
If you don’t have a Moto X, hit the break for the quick video showing you what Motorola came up with. If you do have one, then power off your damn phone and turn it back on.
Update: Moto G owners are also getting the new holiday goodness
Now that we are heading into the winter season, the Galaxy S 5 leaks should start multiplying. We already saw the SM-G900S show up in GFXBench, and now we have the SM-900F. This one showed up in Browsermark, but no details were specified other than it was running Chrome version 28 (a little older than the current version 31). Even with the older version, it came in as the 3rd fastest device globally.
With the F Series being confirmed as a separate line, one has to wonder if the “F” means that his phone is indeed an F Series device and last week’s SM-G900S is the Galaxy S 5 since it has a “S” in it. This rumor and leak train is just leaving the station folks, so stay tuned for a lot more in the coming months.
Samsung has always been pretty ambitious with what it hopes to sell in the smartphone market, and we’ve already seen them forced to cut back sales projections to avoid scaring investors, even though Samsung’s sales are figures that most other OEMs can only dream about. This year, it looks like Samsung is trying to temper expectations right from the start. » Read the rest
Motorola’s Project Ara is exciting indeed, but if you think for one second that they will be the only company implementing something like this, think again. It appears Xiaomi might have something in the cooker as well. The image above was shared by Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun, but has since been removed.
Dubbed the Magic Cube, there are some differences. It appears you can’t remove the screen without the mainboard, but we also don’t know how early these images are. We also don’t know how far along Xiaomi is in their development, but we do know Motorola is close to unveiling a prototype.
Magic Cube might have been just the thing that attracted Hugo Barra to the company, so it will be interesting to see how this story develops.
A new analysis by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. indicates Google’s Motorola Mobility business unit is selling the new Moto G at an operating margin of less than 5%. A Motorola spokesman says the company does make money on every unit sold, but did not comment on how much that profit might be. According to TechInsights, the Moto G’s hardware costs Motorola approximately $123 to produce, while the company is selling it for $199 off-contract. » Read the rest
According an @evleaks tipster, the LG V510 model number does belong to an unannounced Nexus device. The image was tweeted Sunday night and @evleaks says that “the LG V510 tablet is indeed a Nexus device.”
What we don’t know is which Nexus device this actually is. Most likely it is the rumored Nexus 8. The V510 name is similar to the LG G Pad 8.3′s model number, LG V500. A previous leak set the new Nexus 10 being manufactured by ASUS, thus dropping my belief that this is a new Nexus 10. We have no word when this unannounced device will launch, but we will definitely keep you updated. » Read the rest
To show just how long the DROID Maxx‘s battery life is, Edward Norton stars in a new commercial in which he has a wild 48 hours with the device. The video starts with a morgue drawer dramatically shaking from the inside and Norton emerges, walking over to a locker that has his belongings. He pulls out his DROID Maxx (with 3% left) and a morgue employee walks by. Norton just tells the befuddled man “it’s been an interesting 48 hours.” After that, we see exactly how Edward Norton spent the last two days. And boy was it interesting.
Hit the break to watch the video. » Read the rest
In pursuit of your living room is a brand new line of smart TVs and a set-top box from Hisense. The H6 smart TV line will have Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 PLUS HD Media processor to run Android 4.2.2 behind the scenes. This new smart TV line will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes. Other specifications include Energy Star 6.0 and 1GB of RAM. In true smart TV fashion, the H6 line can run Hisense’s Social TV and Cloud Services apps. The remote that ships with the TVs has voice control and an air mouse give you that PC feeling you desire.
If you’re not in the market for a new television, then the Pulse PRO set-top box is what Hisense is offering. All of the same features from the H6 line come over to this set-top box and can be plugged into any television. Your run-of-the-mill media apps are available, too. Also, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and WiFi connections are all available. Hisense has yet to show the hardware to consumers and have not made the prices public either. » Read the rest
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.