Earlier today iFixit reported on the results of their teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. Achieving a score of only 3 out of 10 for repairability, Motorola was in for more criticism when the iFixit team noted the battery was labeled as 300mAh. This was at odds with Motorola’s stated specs for the device indicating it had a 320mAh battery. That is not a big difference, but given the battery already appears to be a weak point for the device, this discrepancy did not help and set off a mini-firestorm of complaints around the Internet. Motorola has now responded to explain the discrepancy.
Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.
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Netflix has been teasing that they were planning on bringing the post-play features of TV episodes to Chromecast streaming, and it looks like that’s finally happened. Now you’ll be able to quickly play the next episode from your phone without having to wait for the credits to roll, or to grab your phone, back out to the episode menu and manually pick the next episode. The feature is available to almost all smartphones and tablets, and PC support should be on its way soon.
Why not go binge watch an entire season of your favorite show to celebrate?
If you’ve been keeping up with the tech world today, you’ve likely heard about Apple’s entry into the smartwatch game. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably tend to swing on the Android side of the fence, so you’d be much more interested in an Android Wear device over an Apple Watch. Fortunately, LG has you covered.
In honor of Apple’s announcement, the price of the LG G Watch on Google Play has taken a price cut down to just $179. This matches the Best Buy deal we saw on this watch not too long ago, and it’s still a great value for what you get. The deal runs through September 23rd, so you don’t have to jump on it immediately, but I would keep an eye on stock over the next few days.
As usual, iFixit has torn down a Moto 360 to get a good look at its internals and see just how easy it’ll be to repair. Typically, we see that smaller devices that lack removable backs or batteries are the most complex to repair, and unfortunately, that holds true with the Moto 360.
The watchband on the device is the easiest part of the device to replace, although Motorola claims that you’ll need to take the watch to a jeweler to have it swapped out. iFixit found that it’s easy enough with a pair of tweezers, so some of the more handy users will likely be able to take care of that on their own.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
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A new image of a device running what appears to be a new build of Android L reveals some minor tweaks to the user interface. The photo is of a Nexus 5 running a version of Android with build number LRW66E which appears to have been created on September 4th. Along with the information gleaned from the shot of the screen on the Nexus 5, information in Google’s bug tracker shows the name of the phone including this bit – “LMP.” Could that be a reference to “Lemon Meringue Pie” suggesting the “Lion” information that has surfaced is just to throw people off the scent?
Phablets have recently become a very hot market for smartphones, thanks to devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line and increasingly large screen sizes. For the past couple of years, they’ve been steadily gaining traction and market share and stealing some thunder away from smaller tablets. Because of this very fast growth, the IDC seems to think that by the end of this year, phablets will overtake portable PCs (laptops) and then eclipse tablet shipments next year.
The phablet market is expected to hit 175 million units shipped in 2014, and then nearly double to 318 million in 2015. With laptops only expected to ship 170 million units this year and tablet devices expected to move 233 million units next year, that would indicate some very impressive growth from phablets.
Amazon has inexplicably left Android users in the cold when it comes to their Prime Instant Video streaming service, but today that changes. Users of the Amazon app should hit the link below and update to the newest version to start streaming their favorite shows today. The update also brings Amazon’s entire retail catalog to the mobile app. Finally, they bundled in 5GB of Amazon Cloud Drive storage. It is safe to say Amazon’s recent update is welcome for users of their Prime Service, but they’ve also added something for everyone. Hit the break for the download link (which for now is USA only).