Motorola just announced the Moto X (2014) last week with availability through all the major U.S. carriers some time later this month. When revealed, Motorola also noted that they would make a fully unlocked and bootloader unlockable version available. Some new information has surfaced with regard to that particular variant of the Moto X. Reports indicate Motorola is planning to call the device the Moto X Pure Edition when it ships. This is apparently a nod to the many people who like to call stock Android “pure.” Despite the moniker, Motorola does not appear to be planning on loading the device with stock Android, although it will be close, as it will get some of their tweaks. However, it will not be encumbered with bloat or crapware and it should be on a slightly faster update schedule since the updates will not have to go through the carrier process for certification. Some buyers may also be interested in the fact that this “Pure Edition” of the Moto X will not come with any carrier branding emblazoned on it.
source: The Verge
Motorola unleashed Touchless Control on last year’s Moto X, but it’s now been rebranded to Moto Voice for the all new Moto X. If you’re not familiar with Touchless Control, (or Moto Voice), it allows you to ask your Moto X to do certain things without ever handling the device. You can find out who won the big game, set a reminder, set a timer, send a text message, and so much more.
Looking to add another revenue stream to combat the losses its faced, HTC appears to be working on a waterproof sports camera that will rival those of GoPro. According to an inside source, the camera will feature a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and it will also connect directly to Android and iOS devices. The camera is said to be tube-shaped and will feature Bluetooth and WiFi. HTC is also said to be toying with the idea of releasing an Android and iOS app to support the camera.
The inside source pegs the Oct. 8 “double exposure” event as the likely place that this and a selfie-oriented smartphone will be announced. While some hopefuls are looking for the yes-it-is, no-it’s-not HTC smartwatch to make an appearance, that won’t likely happen until sometime in 2015.
In a new video today, the new software features of Sony’s newest flagship, the Xperia Z3, are detailed. Showing that while the Z3 may not be that different to the Z2 hardware wise, the software aspects of the device may be worth springing for an upgrade. Some of the features showcased include Bluetooth device unlocking, Ultra STAMINA Mode (for a week’s worth of battery),and smartscreen rotation. If you have a little over a minute to spare, we have the video for you after the break. Enjoy!
One of the biggest questions about the Note Edge from people after it was announced along side the Note 4 revolved around how much it would cost. It was assumed that the premium device would cost a pretty penny. If German preorders are any indication the device is going to retail for a good chunk of change.
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A closer look at the battery life on the Moto 360
OneDrive now supports files up to 10 GB
Google Hangouts gets more changes than addition of Voice
HTC puts Lock Screen in the Play Store for easier updating
eBay updates app with new look and features
After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.
The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.
Boost Mobile Moto G users, it’s your lucky day. Android 4.4.4 is on its way to your devices. The update includes the newest version of KitKat, an update to the camera which allows you to pause video with a new button on the viewfinder, an updated dialer user interface, and the new Motorola Alert app, which sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts.
To download the update, you need at least 50% battery and Wi-Fi once you get the notification to download.
eBay has updated their mobile app for Android to version 2.7. According to the eBay team, the interface has been freshened up to help make it easier for buyers to find the items they are looking for. A key part of that is the inclusion of larger photos to go with improved search results. eBay added some new features and functions as well. The app now provides in-app notifications for buying and selling actions. eBay says the new app will also let buyers take advantage of bonus offers. Read more
The Big Android BBQ team has announced the keynote speakers for this year’s event. They are Reto Meier and Timothy Jordan from Google and they are scheduled to speak on the evolution of Android from its early days as a mobile platform to the current push into wearables. Reto Meier is with the Scalable Develop Advocacy team with Google’s Developer Relations branch. A Senior Developer Advocate, Timothy Jordan comes from Google’s Google Glass and Android Wear team. Read more