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Motorola could possibly offer “swappable” back-covers for lower-cost Moto X


We have already heard that Motorola is working on releasing a lower-cost variant of the Moto X, and now we’re finally starting to see some traces of the device. A Sina Weibo user has leaked a photo of what looks like swappable back-covers for a lower-cost Moto X, which means that those looking to get it would not have to go through Moto Maker to get their new phone. Nothing else about the phone was released, except the fact that there may be dual-SIM support. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some hard evidence of the cheaper Moto X…

Source: Engadget

App Backup & Restore Available For Download In The Android Market

Backup and restore applications for your Android device are still a dime a dozen on the Market.  But we still wanted to take the time to point out App Backup & Restore for Android anyway.  The application does exactly what it claims, it backs up all of your favorite applications for a quick restore on any device.  This is especially great for those who like to obtain third party apk files not found on the Android Market, such as those found on XDA and the Amazon App Store.  You can back up new versions of applications and have them override the old ones.  You can choose the backup file path for various apps to be saved in and you can also set up an auto save feature available as well.  Hit the break for a full list of specs from the developer and check out some more screen shots as well.  The app can be downloaded here on our popular apps database with QR Code and all or you can snag it from the Android Market.   Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

LG Optimus Black Going The Way Of Customization, Will Have Swappable Colored Backplates

LG has announced that the days of putting out a device of status quo, such as black candy bar slates, are about to change.  The company has recently announced that they plan to mimic Dell’s strategy with consumer goods, utilizing one little word, and that is “customization”.  James Choi, Marketing Strategy and Planning Director of LG Electronics Global states:

“We are going back to a time where specific phones will be targeted at specific audiences”

With the release of the LG Optimus Black, consumers will also be able to purchase various colored swappable back plates for their devices, to better express their personality through the aesthetics of their smartphone.  We applaud LG for giving the user options when it comes to the customization of their hardware, although it will be funny to see a neon pink Optimus Black. But, hey, like I always say, options are good and the customer loves choice, right?.  So, keep it up LG.  And here’s to hoping no one gets a fire orange pink Optimus Black right out of the box.  All kidding aside, we’re sure LG will provide the original case, in which then one could go online to their dedicated site and purchase the back plate of their choice.  Let us know what you think in the comments below and what color you’ll be going for.

[via pocketlint]

Wifi only Samsung Galaxy Tab held back

According to a tweet from Mr. Jeff Jarvis, the wifi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been put on hold, and he’s got the photo to prove it. To quote Jarvis:

Well the wifi Galaxy Tab’s on hold. See this Best Buy pullback.

Looks like those of us holding off for a carrier free option are stuck for now. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

[via Twitter]