Is today the end of the flip phone and feature phone? Motorola seems to think so with the introduction of the Moto E, which is made to last and priced for all. Priced at $129 / £89 off contract, this could change the game.
The Moto E sports a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display with 256ppi and Gorilla Glass, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an extra 32 GB of storage, 5MP rear camera, FM radio, 1980 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. You will also be able to easily change out the backs with Motorola Shells.
Users of the Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M will be glad to hear that they should be getting the Android 4.4.2 update soon. Verizon today updated the support documents for the devices, brining new information about the updates and what features they’ll bring.
Both devices should be getting a new full screen mode, color emoji support, a less invasive status bar, a number of security patches, and so on.
Sources: Verizon (Droid RAZR HD), Verizon (Droid RAZR M)
Thought the possible Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger was big? AT&T is reportedly readying a $50 billion check to acquire DirecTV. That is $5 billion more than the aforementioned merger. The deal would be an absolute win for AT&T and forge its way into new territory.
The Verizon variant of the Galaxy S4 finally received KitKat last month, and no it looks like it’s the Note 3‘s turn. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are reporting that the update is available through Samsung Kies and through the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant.
While it is good that the device is finally getting the update, it’s a little unfortunate that it’s only available if you plug your device into your computer.
It seems as though we just got a little more information regarding the specifics for Motorola’s upcoming Moto X+1. Tucked inside the XML files on Motorola’s website were lines of code that revealed the upcoming device will sport optional leather backs and will be coming to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
We all know what is coming in less than six hours. The Moto E will be announced by Motorola in London, but there is something else they have ready to go. It now looks like a Moto G with LTE connectivity will be unveiled as well.
On Amazon, the Moto G with ‘Universal LTE’ in black and in white is listed next to the usual Moto G. When selecting the new LTE model, the link leads to nowhere. So right now we do not have a price or firm release date. However, we will find out soon enough.
Year over year, smartphone shipments saw a decent increase from last year. In Q1 2014, 279.4 million smartphones were shipped globally, which showed a roughly 29% increase from the first quarter of last year. Oddly, though, shipments fell 5% in Q4 from 2013, which is usually a pretty strong quarter for all sales markets, considering all of the holidays in the last three months of the year. Sales were still great, they just aren’t improving like everyone would expect.
Samsung and Seagate are teaming up to create a mobile external storage solution to beat all other external storage solutions. The “Samsung Wireless” device is both a WiFi and USB hard drive and portable battery, and it contains a whopping 1.5 terabytes of storage.
The device will sell for around $179, and unfortunately there’s no release date yet. Hit the break for more info and the press release!
The Motorola Moto E is set to be launched at a press event tomorrow in London. The expectation that the Moto E would be launched at the event was pushed by the fact that the company tweeted #GoodbyeFlipPhone #May13 on Twitter today.
It also seems to suggest that the Moto E might actually be targeting developing area. Most people in the developed world ditched flip phones years ago. The suggestion is that the Moto E will be another low cost device, perhaps even cheaper than the Moto G.
Twitter was already working on a new mute feature to help users better control what shows up in their timelines and notifications. Today they announced that they are making this feature an official part of the Twitter experience and will be rolling it out to users over the next several weeks.
Using the new Mute feature, a user you may be following will no longer appear in your home timeline nor will you receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will not know that you have them muted and they can still favorite, reply to or retweet your Tweets. To mute another user, you can tap on a tweet from the user you want to mute and access the “More” menu to mute them. You can also visit a user’s profile page, tap the gear icon and choose mute.
Two of the PC world’s greatest video games, Half-Life 2 and Portal, have been ported to run on NVIDIA’s SHIELD gaming device. According Doug Lombardi, Vice President of Marketing at Valve, “NVIDIA has done a remarkable job bringing both Half-Life 2 and Portal to SHIELD…We’re playing both games here on our SHIELDs and fans of both franchises can expect the same gameplay they’ve come to love on the PC.” The titles have been completely ported over to run natively on Android running on NVIDIA’s hardware to ensure crisp graphics and precise controls.
We have already heard rumors that HTC was going to produce some new colors for the HTC One (M8), including red, blue and pink. The red version has already been spotted, supposedly on its way to the Verizon network. Now a blue version of the smartphone has surfaced courtesy @evleaks. No information, leaked or official, is available yet on where this one might land. Last year’s blue HTC One (M7) was an exclusive to Best Buy, but was available on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.
source: @evleaks (official site)
Tomorrow morning the Moto E will be unveiled in London. If you can’t wait 12 hours to see it for real, here’s the white version for your viewing pleasure.
This will obviously be a handset that is going to be affordable for all, but we love the addition of front facing speakers.
There really isn’t much left for Motorola to divulge at the event tomorrow, but maybe one thing….the price. Could this one come in a $49 off contract? Stay tuned.
The LG Volt, or the L90 outside of the United States, is available starting today from two of Sprint’s prepaid carriers: Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. But this is not your ordinary prepaid smartphone. The Volt will utilize Sprint’s enhanced Spark LTE connectivity, regardless of which carrier you go with. And for a prepaid smartphone, the specifications are not bad.
The 4.7-inch display has a 960×540 resolution and that seems to be the only iffy part. The processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. The micro SD card slot can expand upon the 8GB of internal storage by 64GB. And the batter is a very respectable 3000mAh. LG threw in an 8MP camera on the back and 1.3MP one up front. There is even an IR blaster and some of LG’s other software additions. However, LG has updated KnockOn to include Knock Code. This new feature utilizes a personalized tapping sequence to unlock the handset.
Hit the break for the full press release.