Google requiring expanded presence of its apps for Android manufacturers

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When an Android manufacturer wants to include Google applications on devices, they must sign the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). This agreement is why Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and a bunch of others can use things like Google Play. Without something like Google Play, users would be left with meager alternatives. Google has made some changes to the MADA that expands the company’s software presence on Android devices this year.


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Moto X (2014) review: Specs matter this time around

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Last year’s Moto X was a highly anticipated phone, but when it was announced, you could hear a pin drop. Then the reviews starting coming in and eventually it was selected as the Android smartphone of 2013 by many tech writers, including myself. Unfortunately as with many award winning phones, it doesn’t always translate into sales.

Fast forward one year, and Motorola has an all new version of the phone with the same name. Motorola felt they already had a winner, but based on consumer feedback, they wanted to upgrade many aspects of the device to make it even more appealing. With a larger display, beefier processor, better camera, an aluminum frame, and upgrades to the software, is this the smartphone of the year again? Hit the break to find out.


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Moto 360 advertisement emphasizes its craftsmanship

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To promote its round Android Wear smartwatch, Motorola is rolling out a “Choose Moto 360″ advertisement. The ad that runs for nearly one minute shows the design process of the Moto 360 from start to finish. It covers everything from early drawings (without the ambient light sensor) to getting its leather strap. The finished product wraps up the ad with a voice command.

Hit the break for the video.


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New Android Wear app brings a Twitter client to your wrist

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Twitter is available on so many platforms, but it has yet to officially arrive on Android Wear. Instead, you can download a new client that brings the speedy social network to your wrist. The app, titled “Twitter for android wear,” brings Twitter’s basic functions to small smartwatch displays — view, retweet, and favorite. It is all designed to resemble something that we could see Twitter actually creating.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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AT&T now rolling out connectivity update for Galaxy S4 Active

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AT&T is currently pushing out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Active smartphones currently located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include an updated edition of Google Maps, some security improvements and a handful of ‘system stability developments,’ aimed at enhancing connectivity when using voice calling and SMS.


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The N3 will come in stainless steel according to Oppo

OppoN3StainlessSteelSince Oppo first teased its brand new flagship, the N3, we’ve seen a number of leaks come out showcasing the new cooling system, hinting at a new design and even suggesting the phone will come in an aerospace grade metal body. Well the company has come out and confirmed the aerospace metal in a new teaser on its Facebook page. The photo also makes mention of a stainless steel body for those who prefer a little heft (and possibly less out of their wallet) to their phone.


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Carphone Warehouse tests the Xperia Z3′s waterproof rating by doing an underwater unboxing video

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The Sony Xperia Z3 is a device with a ton of cool features, but one of the biggest selling points is its unusually high dust and waterproof ratings, normally found in the more rugged-looking Kyocera and Casio Android devices. The Z3 is IP65/68 certified which means it can go as far as five feet deep for up to an hour with no damage to the device.


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