It was a rather slow week, but there were some interesting things. Android One was officially launched for the next 5 billion people. The Galaxy Note 4 goes on pre-order, but does it stand a chance against the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Speaking of pre-orders, the Moto X 2014 is also available. Will it rise above the original? We seem to be getting closer to a new DROID launch on Verizon. Is turbo charging enough to make it successful or does Motorola and Verizon have something else up their sleeves? Oh yeah, Amazon announced new Kindle tablets. That’s right more devices with forked versions of Android. Woo Hoo!! It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.
Galaxy S 5 Sport for Sprint quick review
Nexus 9 keyboard shows itself in NCC filing
Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS
After departure of project lead, Google’s Android@Home may be in trouble
ASUS ‘Nexus Player’ benchmarks surface, could be an Android TV launch device
If you’ve made a Gmail account, you know the struggle of having to sign up for Google Plus against your will in order to use any of the neat features that come with a Google account.
Thankfully, that annoying restriction is on the way out. Now you can create a new Google account in order to further compartmentalize your online presence without making ANOTHER Google Plus account. Unfortunately, if you want to use YouTube or leave reviews on Google Play, or set up your Android phone, you will still need to set up an account on Google’s fading social media site.
On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.
Across the web, there are reports that Moto 360 owners are experiencing something called image persistence. It is similar to burn-in on an AMOLED displays, but this round Android Wear smartwatch features an LCD. The problem is identifiable when an image is basically imprinted onto the display. Displaying the same image for a lengthy period of time without moving is to blame. Many of the reports supporting that this is a widespread issue show that the charging screen is a big contributor.
Have you experienced this issue with your Moto 360? Let us know in the comments.
Via: Android Police
Samsung is making some changes, for the better, to its enterprise mobile security solution. KNOX is getting two knew offerings called KNOX Express and KNOX Premium.
After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen several bits of information surface about the Samsung SM-A500 like a render that surfaced a few days ago. Now we have the first bits of info about the Samsung SM-A300 thanks to a UAProf file that was discovered.
Similar to the other “A series” smartphone, the SM-A300 comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor and seems to run as slow as its sibling. In a GFX Bench entry for the device, it was listed as running at 1.2GHz while the UAProf file lists it at 1.4GHz. The SM-A300 gets 1GB of RAM and appears to come installed with 8GB of storage. The screen measures 4.8-inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. As far as cameras, the SM-A300 gets an 8MP and a 5MP camera, rear and front respectively, both capable of recording 1080p video. The good news is the device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Pebble released a new update to its famous ageing smartwatch today filled to the brim with goodies.
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Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps
Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android
The Play Store could start listing in-app purchase price ranges later this month
You probably already know that you can run Android apps on your Chromebook, but did you know that you can now run Android applications on your desktop PC through Chrome?
The new Motorola commercials for their new devices are pretty good, but that’s to expect from Motorola’s marketing team. If you’re interested in seeing just how the commercials were created, Motorola has released a behind-the-scenes video, which you can see past the break. It’s actually really cool and worth the watch.