It’s that time of the month again!! This is when we find out how badly Android is fragmented. According to Google, Jelly Bean is on about 40.5% devices, up from 37.9% the previous month. If you look at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined, the total is at 63.1%, up from 61.3% last month.
I know a lot people seem to get excited how great this is, but seriously folks. Ice Cream Sandwich debuted in October of 2011 and Jelly Bean debuted last June 2012. I’m sorry, this is nothing to get excited about. In fact, Gingerbread, which was announced in November 2010, is still on 33.1% of devices.
The good news is that Android device sales continue to rock & roll while Tim Cook keeps arguing about fragmentation. Translation – nobody cares.
As we wind down the week and start to turn our attention over to next week’s LG G2 announcement, LG has given us a couple of teaser videos. I personally don’t care so much about teaser videos, but I have to say that these videos are well produced and showing that LG is ready to do some serious marketing. I highly recommend wathing them.
The “Manifesto” film is about the relationship between technology and humans. Things like “Technology is limited but humans are limitless” and “Technology can err but humans turn mistakes into opportunities.” This all leads up to the fact that “There is no technology greater than humans.” The next video, titled “Learning For You” is my favorite of the two. It has a much quicker pace and goes through the many things humans achieve starting from birth. Hit the break for both videos.
The Moto X is the first phone that was developed after the Google acquisition of Motorola, but how much input did Google really have? It was said at the beginning that Motorola would operate independently. However, Google sent over 70 employees to Motorola, include Dennis Woodside, who is now the CEO of Moto. So in some ways, Google did have a heavy influence, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the Google Android team wasn’t all that helpful. It is probably the main reason why the Moto X isn’t shipping with Android 4.3, the latest version of Android. In fact, at one point, it wasn’t clear if the Chrome Web browser would make it on to the phone because Motorola wasn’t getting the support they needed from the Android team.
Well that didn’t take long. A day after the Moto X unveiling, the full system dump became available, and now the wallpapers are ready for your downloading pleasure. As you can see, the themes are very patriotic and most suitable for the U.S. Not surprising since it’s going to be a while until other parts of the world get a chance to buy it.
If you’re using your desktop, just click on the individual images to get the full size version. Then right click and choose to save the image. You will then need to transfer the image(s) to your phone. You can also download these directly to your phone. Just open this web page on your phone and tap on any image, Once the full size version loads, long press on it and select to save the image to your device. Alternatively, you can choose to download all of the images in a zip file by clicking on the link below. Hit the break for all 16 wallpapers. Enjoy!!
Despite almost everything being leaked along the way,the price point for the Moto X was one thing that still needed to be answered at today’s official announcement. We now know that the device comes for $199 with a two-year contract. That’s not exactly cheap, considering many of it’s specs that aren’t top of the line.
Motorola’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, understands and is aware of these sentiments, saying that his company is aware of the need for lower cost smartphones. Woodside says that a less expensive Moto X is in the works, and will contain Moto X branding.
Sure you can go into a carrier store and pick out a black or white Moto X, but how much fun is that? The real fun is choosing one of 18 colors for the back plate. You can even choose a different color for the accents. If you really want to get personal, you can add your name to the back plate as well. You can do all this and so much more with the motomaker website. Among customizing the outside appearance you can also add a message for the boot screen and pick what wallpaper you want to be the default when the device is shipped. It’s really quite simple. Motorola reps were comparing it to building your own car. Some of us have a closer relationship with our phones so why not make it more personal by getting what you want?
We all know that Verizon is infamous for putting their touch on every device that graces their network. It appears that the newly announced Moto X is no different. While Motorola made attempts at keeping it close to none it looks like Verizon had the upper hand. It may not be the ridiculous amount that comes with other devices from Big Red but they’re still there.
As you can see from the picture above, we see the usual assortment of Verizon branded apps such as Caller Name ID, Mobile Hotspot, NFL Mobile, QuickOffice, Verizon Tones, Voicemail, Setup, My Verizon, and VZ Navigator.
I wouldn’t necessarily call QuickOffice bloatware myself as it’s owned by Google, and it’s nice to see that the assortment of Amazon apps that are now bundled with Verizon phones aren’t there. While you may have hoped to escape bloatware entirely it appears that this won’t be the case. Let’s just hope that Verizon doesn’t slap a giant logo on it.
In early July we let you guys know that the Moto X would most likely be headed to Canada exclusively on the Rogers network. That rumor was confirmed today, however the Canadian version will be available in only black and white. The phone will be available for $189.99 on a two year contract. While removing the option for customization is a bit upsetting for Canadian customers, the phone still offers the software enhancements including its “always on” feature and new notification system. The “Made in the USA” campaign probably isn’t going to work too well on Canadian customers either…
After many months of speculation and leaks, we finally got our hands on the Moto X. It’s being touted as the phone that Responds To You, is Made For You, and is Designed By You. Motorola and Google really felt that smartphones today are powerful, but unfortunately not all that smart. They set out to create something different and I think they nailed it.
The processor is scaring away the hardcores, but this phone is plenty fast. The x8 mobile computing system may include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, but it’s so much more. With the included quad-core Adreno 32p GPU, and two additional cores for natural language and contextual processing, the Moto X is going to give you solid performance in not only speed, but battery life. Speaking of battery, it’s has 2,200mAh, which doesn’t sound like much, but it will give you 24 hours of use.
On top of that, you get an amazing camera with Clear Pixel technology and the ability to search, set a reminder, set your alarm, call someone, and open apps, and so much more without every touching the device. It’s time to finally see the Moto X in action. Hit the break to check it out.
For those of you who saw the wooden backing on the leaked photos/some of the photos from today of the Moto X, we have some disappointing news. Yes, the wooden backing customization option will be available, but not until Q4 of this year.
We also found out that the wooden backing will be available in a variety of stains, which is certainly a welcomed feature.
If you really need the wooden backing then I’d advise you to wait for it to come out in Q4, but if you just want to get your hands on this beauty already, get the Moto X at release.
It feels like we’ve been waiting forever, and now we finally know pretty much everything there is to know about the Moto X. All four major carriers will have the Moto X, customization will be a major selling point, and the software enhancements are out of this world. Release is set for late-August/early-September, and will cost $199 for the 16GB version, and $250 for the 32GB version. (Both on-contract.) The 32GB version will only be available online when using the MotoMaker.
Here’s a summary of the specs.
- 4.7″ HD 720p display
- 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor
- Moto X8 Computing System
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 10MP back-facing camera
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 16GB and 32GB storage options
- Android 4.2.2
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2,200mAh battery
- Weight – 320 grams
Find the complete specs list provided by Motorola after the break.
In another unsurprising move, Motorola has announced that a Developer Edition of the Moto X will be available in the Google Play Store as well. Not to make the phone more “available,” as it’s already going to be sold on all major U.S. carriers, but to offer a more “stock” Android experience without the new software features added on by Moto. (The phone is very close to stock Android anyway.)
This means that the mid-range specs of the Moto X will be competing with the high-end specs of the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, which will certainly be tough to beat out. Remember, all of the awesome sensors/features in the Moto X are essentially useless if it is going to eventually be released as a Google Play Edition device. The one thing it really has going for itself is the super-efficient X8 computing platform, which will most likely help it beat out the other Google Play Edition phones in battery life.
Pricing and storage information is not yet available, but we do know that the Developer Edition Moto X will be an unlocked GSM device for T-Mobile and AT&T.
With the Moto X official announcement complete, Motorola has released a couple videos on YouTube to showcase some of the new features of the device. The first video is titled “Moto X – Always Ready” and demonstrates the touchless, voice activation features of the device, which appears to rely heavily on Google Now. The second video is titled “Moto X – Quick Draw” and highlights some of the camera functions of the Moto X, especially the ability to quickly access the camera with the flick of the wrist.
Both videos also give a little taste of all the customization features available to buyers of the Moto X. Hit the break to view the videos.
As soon as the Moto X was officially announced, we learned that many of the highly anticipated customization options will be exclusive to AT&T customers. The following list are features that will only be available via AT&T.
- Color options for the front and back (2 colors for the front, 16 for the back)
- Accent colors for the power key, volume key and camera ring (7 color options)
- Adding your name or short message on the phone
- Unique wallpapers
- Wake-up message
- Memory capacity – 16GB ($199 with 2 year agreement) or 32GB ($249 with 2 year agreement)
The color customization was a big talking point for the Moto X leading up to it’s launch, so this is probably disappointing to many. Don’t be surprised, however, to see customization options arrive for other carriers in the future.