When the Moto X (2014) launched, Touchless Control was replaced by Moto Voice. It was a way to rebrand with improvements and new features coinciding with the launch of the new flagship device. Today, Motorola is update Moto Voice to support last year’s range of devices. This means that Moto Voice now supports the Moto X (1st generation), DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini. It also includes Moto 360 and Moto Hint support.
We can all agree that Samsung nails it with displays. The company puts out devices that feature vibrant and crisp screens. With the Galaxy Note 4, nothing has changed and it sounds like Samsung has another champion of a display on its hands. DisplayMate, a group that focuses on just displays, put the device through extensive testing in various categories. They found that the Galaxy Note 4 either matches or breaks records when it comes to display performance.
We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
Point and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. Many companies, like Samsung, have pursued “smart” camera options that run Android, allowing users to take pictures with decent camera specs and quickly get their photos on Facebook and Instagram.
Google introduced Android One at Google I/O and told us to expect the launch soon. Today is that day. Android One is an initiative that will bring high quality smartphones to as many people as possible. 1.75 people around the world own a smartphone, which is a lot, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are still 5 billion more people on this earth, and Android One gives those people an opportunity to join the revolution.
On September 16, the floodgates will open at Motorola. The company’s full range of 2014 devices will up for pre-order. This includes the Moto X (2014), Moto Hint, and Motorola Turbo Charger. The aforementioned devices have yet to be given a release date. For the Moto X, the AT&T version and the Pure Edition will be the only choices. Other carrier versions will come at a later date just like last year’s device. Motorola has 12:00pm ET (or 11:00am CT) for pre-orders.
There have been many rumors regarding what HTC’s next step will be. This fall, it was believed that both new handsets and a smartwatch were coming; however, those plans were scrapped. The only thing seemingly arriving in the coming months is whatever HTC has in store on October 8 in New York City. There, it is believed that the company will introduce a GoPro-like camera and perhaps the HTC Eye.
We are now learning that the HTC Eye is indeed a separate handset from the HTC One (M8) ‘Eye’ that surfaced on Friday. The One (M8) ‘Eye’ is identical to the existing One (M8), but it features a 13MP Duo Camera setup. This is a bump up from the 4-ultrapixel camera on the One (M8). The source maintains that the HTC Eye is still “the ultimate selfie phone.”
Samsung has three new devices coming through the pipes due for release soon, apparently set up with the same design as the Galaxy Alpha. Unlike the Alpha, it seems that these three devices are not high end, or at least the SM-A300 isn’t.
Last month LG announced a pair of smartphones meant for budget buyers. The LG L Fino, a 4.5-inch device, and the larger LG L Bello, a 5-inch smartphone, may not push the envelope when it comes to specs, but they do push LG’s user experience down the market spectrum. Users get Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box along with features like Knock Code, Gesture Shot, and the Touch & Shoot camera interface. The devices do get LG’s rear-mounted buttons.
LG has officially announced the first market to get the devices will be Brazil. Other countries located in the Latin America market are expected to follow shortly. Eventually the phones should hit European and Asian markets as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States’ markets. Pricing has not been announced. However, LG did indicate the L Fino will be available in white, black, gold, red and green. Meanwhile, the L Bello will be available in black, white and gold.
source: GSM Arena
Soon, there could be a new Motorola device available going by the name DROID Turbo with cutting edge specifications. This is the device heading to Verizon with the codenamed Quark. Today, it has been discovered in an FCC filing that confirms Big Red will be carrying the device due to all of its wireless bands being present.