What could be better than announcing the new Moto G smartphone by Motorola? How about the ability to livestream that bad boy? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the company will be unveiling the new smartphone on November 13th however, place and time was unknown. The joint venture has announced the event will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil beginning at 9am EST. And for those unable to attend in person, you’ll be given the opportunity the livestream the entire event from their official Motorola Mobility Google + page.
As far as known specs go, the device will sport a 4.5-inch 720 x 1280 display with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon by Qualcomm. In addition, the device will house a 5MP rear facing camera and there’s high speculation the device may be available for free on contract with several carriers. Overall, not a bad deal for the slightly scaled down Moto X. Feel free to leave your thoughts about the device in the comments below. Check out the source link as well for the full livestream on Nov 13th.
source: Motorola Mobility G+
Today Google released a new app to Google Play called Google Opinion Rewards. Like the name suggests, Google is essentially rewarding people to answer questions and take surveys. These rewards come in the form of Google Play credits, which you can use to buy things from the Google Play store.
The Google Opinion Rewards app is free, and when you first start using the app, you’re required to fill in a short survey about yourself – things like age, location, and so on. The app will then notify you whenever a survey is ready for you to take.
More information and download links after the break:
Remember the brouhaha back in September when LTE-capable Nexus 7 owners discovered they couldn’t activate their devices on Verizon’s network? Back then Verizon went into full damage control mode and indicated the device was going through the certification process. At the time, it looked like that might be a matter of a few short weeks…if there were no problems. Verizon has now revealed that there were problems and as a result, owners of the Nexus 7 will have to wait at least until KitKat rolls out for the Nexus 7 and can then be certified on the Verizon network. Read more
In an effort to make sure everyone has access to updated Google apps, the company has released the Text-to-Speech app in the Play Store. What Text-to-Speech does is it reads aloud whatever is on your screen, as long as the app being used supports it. For example, this is the app that allows Google Play Books to read your book to you. It is a very simple, handy app to use. Expect Google to continue releasing their own apps in the Play Store to combat complaints of fragmentation. It’s much easier to do it this way rather than having to rely on manufacturers to push updates to devices. Hit the break for the description and download links. Read more
For now, the Google Experience Launcher will remain available only on the Nexus 5. Google has told The Verge that its exclusivity could extend to last year’s Nexus 4, but for now they’re analyzing how users handle it on the newest Nexus device. Another possibility is for the Google Experience Launcher to be made available in the Play Store; however, that is likely far off as they would rather like to see devices get upgraded to the latest software version. So if you don’t have the Nexus 5, hang tight or see if there’s a KitKat ROM or leaked build available for your device. They’re showing up quite frequently. Hit the break for the full quote on what Google shared with The Verge. Read more
A little while ago, Motorola and AT&T decided to slash the price of the Moto X to $99 on contract, and $479 retail. Verizon has followed suit, with the carrier’s official store website showing a $99 price on contract, and $499 retail. This comes after the entire line of DROIDs had their prices dropped a few weeks ago. This is a great deal for Motorola’s flagship phone, which many thought had a price tag that was too high when it was initially launched.
If you were thinking about getting a Moto X, this is a great time to do it.
Remember the Nexus 7 debacle from September? In a nutshell, Verizon refused to activate the 2013 Nexus 7 claiming it wasn’t “certified” yet. The only problem was that it’s compatible with the carrier and works with any other SIM card that was previously activated. The issue was that Verizon refused to activate new SIM cards. At that time, Verizon did say they were working on “certifying” it. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks, which just so happens to be right about now.
One of our favorite leakers, @evleaks, just tweeted, “Nexus 7 headed to Verizon.” Unfortunately no word on when, but we can only assume this tweet means it’s really close since the certification process should be just about completed. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.
Location sharing service Glympse has partnered with in-flight WiFi provider GoGo to offer a pretty cool new feature. Through the Glympse app, you will be able to share your in-flight status and location while you’re flying in the air, once you’re connected to a GoGo WiFi hotspot. You can send a message to anyone via their email address or phone number, and they will be able to track your movement, and see your flight status, speed and continually updated arrival times as they are available.
The person who receives your Glympse doesn’t need to have the app installed, but can still follow your journey. The updated Android app will arrive in the Play Store on Friday. Check out the official press release after the break.
The ZTE Grand S Flex, hinted back in June, and intro’d at CES 2013, has been announced for Europe and will sport a number of attractive features to give you that big phone feel while remaining in the mid-range class. Among the features you’ll find a 5-inch HD display and 1.2. GHz Qualcomm CPU. Throw in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an 8MP camera along with a 2300 mAh battery and you have yourself a pretty good mid-range contender. Check out the full list of specs below and note that the device is already available in the Czech Republic, Spain and Slovakia with a projection to hit Germany very soon. The device is going for around $320 euros ($433 US) which is a bit steep for yesteryear’s specs but we’ll leave that up to you to decide for yourselves. Hit the break for the full list of specs, and feel free to let us know what you think about the device in the comments below.
Michael Coombes and James Atkins used to be executives in HTC’s UK branch. Not too long ago, they departed the company, and now they’re moving on to their next project. They’ve launched a new brand of smartphones, called Kazam, and announced the first seven devices that they’ll be selling under the brand. Seven devices sounds like a flood of devices to announce at one time, but for a company that has no previous devices, I guess you have to start covering all of your bases right out of the gate. Read more