The Moto X was expected to be available in Europe on February 1, but those that are clamoring for the device will be happy to know that it’s already available at Phones 4u in the UK. You can get either the black or white version for £389.95 ($646) SIM-free, £379.95 ($629) Pay As Your Go, or £25 ($41) per month on contract. By the way, the white version is a Phones4U exclusive for a 3 month period.
source: Phones 4u
Wearable devices will be one of the biggest growth segments in tech over the next couple of years. Just about every Android manufacturer will probably offer some sort of smartwatch, fitness band, and/or smart glasses. Asustek doesn’t plan on being left out as Chairman Jonney Shih said the company is working on a “feature packed” smartwatch.
The LG G Pro 2 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, but a couple of images of it leaked for your viewing pleasure. The first is the back of the device, which shows the same rear power and volume controls found on the G2. From the image, it doesn’t look like the G Pro 2 will sport a fingerprint scanner, which was one of the rumored features for the device. However, it is sure to be a beast with an expected 6-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor. The second image, after the break, is a side profile. Is anyone excited for this phone?
If you were worried that the NSA was spying on you while playing Angry Birds, fear not. Rovio has issued a press release to clear the air. Right out of the gate, Rovio makes it clear that they do “not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world.” This comes after news broke earlier that the NSA may actually be doing so. Rovio says that third party advertising networks seem to be the culprit of the rumors and the company does not allow any third party network to use or trade any user data.
Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
Don’t worry, Waze is here to stay (for now). Google, despite acquiring Waze in June, is allowing the navigation app to operate on its own. Today, Waze has announced it needs testers for its closed beta. To be eligible, you will need a device running Android 2.2 Froyo or later, a 320×480 or better display, and some technical knowledge. Of course, you also need to know English. As of now, Waze has not said what new features are in the works. If interested, fill out the form and they will contact you if chosen.
To sign up for the beta, hit this link.
Via: Android Police
One of the coolest parts about the Moto X is the customizing available thanks to Moto Maker. Motorola, while running a special deal through Valentine’s Day, is adding some more spice when it comes to choosing a design. The Moto X Randomizer site has gone live. As the name suggests, you will cue a Moto X with a randomly generated design. If you “love it,” you can head directly to the company’s site and order it. If “nah,” then generate a new design. No matter the design, you are getting a hell of a phone.
Source: Moto X Randomizer (Motorola)
T-Mobile’s latest press release is a little different compared to what they normally do. The Uncarrier actually complimented some of AT&T’s practices, instead of taking shots at the carrier. AT&T’s latest move is to offer T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch back to AT&T, which T-Mobile is celebrating as the “greatest T-Mobile trial offer in history.”
In the press release, T-Mobile “quotes” AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega, saying AT&T finally stepped out from the dark side and dismantled the Death Star (seriously) to support to the Uncarrier consumer revolution. For the first time ever, AT&T decided to wake up and put the customer first, de la Vega “said.” The buyback program allowed AT&T customers to test out T-Mobile’s network, since they could switch back if they were unhappy. Read more
Pebble’s new Steel smartwatch begins shipping today, according to the company, but supplies are limited. The Steel comes in forged and CNC machined stainless steel, with Gorilla Glass and antifingerprint coating in either Brushed Stainless or Black Matte. Both models come with two bands, a matching metal band and a black leather strap. Besides looks, the interior is the same as the original Pebble in terms of functionality and software.
Nvidia’s TegraZone app previously only made sense for Tegra-powered devices, but today’s update opens the app up for all Android users. Not all of the games within the app may be compatible, but you can now at least download the app to check. In addition, the app’s UI has been slightly tweaked to add filter controls, and the ability to restrict your list to only show games with controller support, which is useful for Shield owners. The full list of changes:
- Supports Google Play Game Services – achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews/ratings, and spreading the word about TegraZone games
- Uses Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
- TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
- Support for NVIDIA SHIELD and MadCatz MOJO
- Enabled for users of non-Tegra devices so they can learn about Tegra and great Android games
- Minor bug fixes
You can find a download link past the break.