Yesterday Google introduced the Android Device Manager, which provides location tracking and remote wiping/locking of lost or stolen Android devices. It’s not available just yet, but it appears they plan on launching it with the latest Google Play Services update (version 3.2.25). Unfortunately, we still don’t have complete access to the app because Google needs to start the service and launch the actual application. For now, you can only check to turn on or off the Android Device Manager. If you want to grab version 3.2.25 of Google Play Services, we have download links for the apk after the break.
A few days ago we showed you an app that Koushik Dutta created that lets you send video or pictures from your phone or tablet directly to the Chromecast. It’s not something that is available just yet, but he obviously proved that it can be done. Now he has created another app that will send videos or pictures from Dropbox to the Chromecast. He can create a similar app that utilizes Google Drive instead.
Of course all these apps are cool, but the big question is when we can get our hands on them? Koushik said, “Eventually, I’m going to release some open source, free, and paid Play apps. I haven’t decided on what each will be, what they will include, pricing, or anything like that. I’m just playing with various ideas for the time being to gather my thoughts. Prototyping is the most fun part.”
Koushik shows the Dropbox method in a short video. Hit the break to see it.
Just last week we saw a root method surface for the Chromecast, and just like that, Google is closing the door. Google released build 12840 as an over-the-air update a few days ago, and one of the enhancements is to close the root method. Of course, you might not see that as an enhancement if you were looking to root your Chromecast.
Now it might not be all doom and gloom as XDA member tchebb has posted a couple of methods you can try to stop the OTA from hitting your device. The first thing you need to do is check to see if you’re device has been updated. Just open the Chromecast app on your phone or tablet and tap on the specific Chromecast device. The current build number will be listed at the bottom. If your Chromecast didn’t get the update, then hit the break for instructions.
When the Moto X was revealed to the public yesterday, a big complaint was the locked bootloader. Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, is trying to relieve some of that worry, telling us that while the bootloader will be locked initially, it will eventually be unlockable using Motorola’s tools, down the road.
Soni says Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Rogers Moto X users will have the ability to unlock their bootloader. Verizon and AT&T are left off the list, but that may be because a Google Play Edition Moto X will be available for those carriers.
Source: Phone Arena
It seems like it is a common occurrence that virtually every smartphone owner has dealt with at some point in time – misplacing a phone. Google’s Android team hopes to help with the release of a new app, Android Device Manager, that will make it possible to locate a missing phone in many instances. If a user has done something as simple as let their smartphone slip down into the couch cushions or accidently laid some papers on top of the device, the new app will help users with the age old trick of calling your device to make it ring. They are adding a twist though, as the ringer will chime at maximum volume, even if the device happened to be set on silent.
If a user finds themselves in the much more stressful position of having left their smartphone somewhere else, the Android Device Manager has a couple functions that can help. First, users can fire up a web browser on a computer and locate their device on a map. If the location is not where you think it should be, possibly indicating the device has been stolen and is now on the move, the app will also give users the ability to remotely wipe the device of all data.
Google indicates another feature coming will be the ability to find and manage your devices as opposed to firing up a computer to locate them. The new Android Device Manager will be available later in August for devices running Android 2.2 or above. Google does indicate you will have to be signed in to your Google Account in order to use it.
source: Android Official Blog
Motorola’s Moto X is compatible with the T-Mobile network, but customers wanting to get the device with the carrier will have to go through Motorola. According to T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert, “the Moto X optimized for T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network will initially be available through Motorola’s channels…We do not plan to stock Moto X devices immediately in our stores…” One of the potential sticking points may be Motorola’s announcement that the device will sell for $199 on subsidized plans, something that T-Mobile no longer offers.
T-Mobile is not the only carrier of the big four that is rather blasé about the Moto X release. Verizon Wireless reluctantly admits they will be selling the device in their stores and online. Verizon’s reluctance to push the device is probably due to the release of their new Droid models, also manufactured by Motorola, last week.
We pretty much knew everything about the Moto X from all the leaks and last week’s DROID announcement. There was really nothing to be surprised about except for one thing, and that one thing happens to be the biggest disappointment with the phone: the price. We heard rumors of $299 off contract, which made perfect sense based on the specs of the phone. Instead we got $199 on contract. I’m sorry, but that is way overpriced when you consider the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One have better specs and are priced the same.
Motorola might argue that the Moto X will give the user a better user experience with it latest features, clear pixel camera, and battery performance, but it doesn’t take away that the specs are subpar and don’t warrant the same price as other phones that offer more. I was absolutely shocked when Rick Osterloh announced the pricing and said that it would not be available in the Google Play Store. I was sure that it would be offered for $299 and carriers would offer it on contract for either free or at worst, $99. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Word is that Motorola is working on a cheaper version of the phone. Cheaper? This one is already perfect, just price it right.
Sprint was one of the carriers announced as a source for the Moto X yesterday during Motorola’s unveiling of the device and today Sprint has shared some details about what they are offering. Unfortunately, Sprint did not provide an exact date of availability, leaving things at sometime “this summer.” At least according to their initial announcement, Sprint will only be offering the 16GB model for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement or an eligible upgrade for existing customers. While other carriers like AT&T might be pushing the device itself and some of its customization options, Sprint is focusing much more on the service plans available. For Moto X buyers, Sprint is offering an Unlimited Guarantee that promises customers will have access to unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of the service. To take advantage of the offer, consumers do have to select My Way or May All-in plans starting at $80 per month.
You can read the full announcement after the break. Read more
U.S. Cellular, the fifth of the carriers that will offer the Moto X, is the first that has begun accepting pre-orders for the woven white and woven black Moto X. Only the 16GB device, which retails for $199.99 is currently available for pre-order. U.S. Cellular is offering two promotions though, one being a free free Motorola Boom Wireless Headset with purchase (a $59.99 value), and the second being a $75 Switcher Bonus discount.
If you factor in both of these promotions, it essentially brings the cost of the device down to $69.99. The full price of the device is valued at a lofty $699.99, quite a bit steeper than the $575 or $625 that is supposed to be the case on the other four carriers.
You can pre-order your U.S. Cellular Moto X through the source links below.
Source: Woven White Moto X (U.S. Cellular) | Woven Black Moto X (U.S. Cellular)