Motorola is continuing their trend of moving apps to the Play Store for quicker updates. They already moved the Motorola Camera as well as Touchless Control, and they just added Motorola Connect and Motorola Assist. Motorola Connect syncs your phone to Chrome so that you can read and reply to texts as well as see who is calling you on your desktop. Motorola Assist will take certain actions when your driving or in meetings. For more information on both, see our Motorola Guides: Motorola Assist / Motorola Connect
These apps are only available for the Moto X and the new line of DROIDs, the DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini. If you own one of these phones, you don’t need to download the apps since they are already on your device, but we do have the Play Store links for reference.
Play Store Links: Motorola Assist / Motorola Connect
The Android based Ouya gaming console is still relatively new, but it’s never too early for a good update! Just days after the announcement of a limited edition white version of the console, an update to the software of the system has been announced that brings a revamped UI and USB storage. The update is called Abominable Snowman.
The new UI brings a new white theme, getting rid of the old orange color scheme. The wallpaper and featured games in the UI can be updated on the fly, and game tiles are now much better organized. It is also much easier to see which games are new and which have updates. Future updates are also set to start being incremental, so you should be getting updates on your Ouya much more often.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, Dead Zebra is ready to serve up a new series of collectible figurines for the Android fan. Series 04 is similar to last year’s Series 03 as Dead Zebra has teamed up with artists like Andrew Bell, kaNO, Kronk and Scott Tolleson from last year and new artists like Kong Andri, Sergio Mancini, Fakir and Shawnimals. Dead Zebra only says the new collectibles will be available for order or purchase in the next few weeks. If you are looking for a gift for an Android fan or need to give someone an idea of what they can get you, check them out. Read more
Google rolled out some minor changes to Google Play today in hopes they will have a big impact for tablet users looking for apps that have been designed to take advantage of the larger format available with a tablet device. First, they have changed the default view to put the “Designed for tablets” list at the top of the page when a user visits the store from their tablet device. The setting can be changed back to all apps or games if a user would prefer that look. Read more
Today, ESPN has unveiled a brand new app. Actually, its a revamp of their very popular ScoreCenter app. Now it is named after their marquee program, SportsCenter. The UI has been refreshed and ESPN highlights the already excellent features that include instant updates on games, breaking news and analysis, options to receive notifications, integration with Twitter to provide up-to-date analysis. The Holo standard is also being used here and the Clubhouses feature is now very clean and attractive.
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Today, 3 out of the 4 top US wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint) have announced that they will stop charging users for receiving spam texts. While the announcement was made today, it actually won’t fully take into effect for at least a couple of days from now, or as much as a couple of weeks. It’s no secret that getting random spam texts can be quite the nuisance and could potentially cost you money. This move creates very good PR for these 3 companies.
As to why Verizon has yet to jump on board with this, here’s an official statement from a Verizon representative regarding this issue:
The Android 4.4 over the air update for Nexus 4 owners has just started rolling out, but it will be at least a couple days before the update is installed on all Nexus 4 devices. Last week Nexus 4 factory images were released, so it comes as no surprise that developers over at XDA have now posted links to the OTA update.
In order to install the update you will still need to use ADB sideload in recovery. Doing that however is a lot easier than installing the update through the factory image. If you are willing to go this route rather than just waiting for the update to reach your phone, it is recommended that you have a little technical knowledge and kind of know what you’re doing! There could be problems if this isn’t the case!
Verizon has announced today their new prepaid plan called the Daily Plan. If you have a tablet or even a camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Daily Plan will allow you to get 300MB for the day for just $5. Verizon says that “the Daily Plan lasts 24 hours or until the most recent 300 MB is exhausted, whichever comes first. If a customer runs out of data, they can purchase another 300 MB for an additional $5.” In my opinion, this is great for people that just need their tablet to be connected for a short period of time. And since the plan works with the Galaxy Camera, you can share photos without having to find a WiFi hotspot.
Source: Verizon Wireless
If your KitKat device or Nexus 5 is experiencing an issue signing in and syncing with corporate Exchange, you’re not alone. Over on the Google Product Forums, many people are reporting the problem on the Nexus 5 and Moto X. And it doesn’t seem that the new KitKat build fixes the issue. Right now, more than 178 people have discussed the matter, not finding a workaround or fix just yet. Google has yet to comment, but we assume they’re working on a fix.
Source: Google Product Forums
Via: Droid Life