You've seen the first ads for the new Moto X, and now Motorola's taking to showing off the Moto 360 in similar fashion. The first 58-second video, titled "Choose Moto 360" offers a quick look through the physical design of the Android Wear-powered smartwatch, from paper conception to stainless steel milling to the leather strap.
If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.
OK, folks. If you've been waiting to order a new Moto X on Verizon, today's your day. It'll run you $$499 outright, $99 on a two-year contract or $24.99 a month on Verizon EDGE, and you can a custom model via Moto Maker if you'd prefer.
This one's been in the works for a while now, and we're finally allowed to give you a little peek. Pocket Casts — one of our favorite Android apps for listening to podcasts — is working on a web version. It syncs up with your Pocket Casts account (which we still would love to see have some single-sign-in action), and generally is as awesome as you'd expect.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!
Amazon went official with its plans to acquire popular streaming website Twitch back in August. The deal was announced to be worth $970 million and everything now appears to be finalized, according to a recent SEC filing. Amazon has just taken over the hotspot for video game streams, which boasts over 55 million active monthly viewers.
The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches.
Nobody wants to take a phone out of their pocket and find that it's been permanently bent. The ever-hilarious Conan O'Brien has an idea of how you can fix that problem, though — with a new Samsung Galaxy. We just hope Samsung wasn't involved in this one in any way ... watch the clip and you'll get why.
The Moto G will do everything most people ask of their smartphone, and do it for at least half the price
Shortly after I finished reviewing the new Moto G, concluding a couple weeks of use, our very own Phil finally powered his own Moto G on and started using it for the first time. His immediate response was, "How could you NOT recommend this to someone?" He figured out in just a few minutes of use what I had taken a couple weeks to come to a conclusion on. [Ed. note: That's why dude is the boss!]
It was validation that my findings were in line with his, of course, but it also drives home a serious point about this new Moto G — you really can't go wrong recommending this phone to someone.
Even with the vast number of devices everyone here at AC sees, the value represented by the Moto G is immediately evident as soon as you take it out of the box and turn it on. And that value doesn't decrease after using it full-time. After spending a good amount of time with it personally, I'm pretty convinced that the next time someone asks me for a phone recommendation, the Moto G is going to be on the list.
AT&T has rolled out a firmware over-the-air update for the Galaxy S4 Active. The update brings an updated version of Google Maps, security improvements, and better connectivity via voice and SMS. In order to download the update, you'll need to connect your Galaxy S4 Active over WiFi.
FBI Director James Comey expresses deep concern about the new encryption technologies that Apple had built into the release of iOS 8 and Google will implement with the forthcoming launch of Android L. These new encryption methods are designed to keep data safe and for tech companies to avoid the uncomfortable position of being compelled to hand over private personal data to law enforcement officials. However, Comey says that this move could thwart the fight and prevention of crime.
After yesterday's render that suggests that the next generation Nexus, which may or may not be known as either the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, would sport a design aesthetic similar to Motorola Mobility's Moto X smartphone, we now have the first leaked photo. Today's image confirms that, and the code named Moto Shamu phone is shown with its oversized footprint, aping even the 5.5-inch LG G3 next to it.
Android’s most unassuming smartphone gets even more impressive in its second iteration
There's nothing overly surprising about the new Moto X. Let's just get that out of the way. There's no one real whiz-bang feature that you're going to see repeated in commercials, or hear heralded by bloggers.
No, truth be told, the new Moto X — same name as last year's model — is one of those rare phones that is a near seamless transition from one model to the next.
While we all get the opportunity to see Phil do his thing on the Android Central Podcast each week, he was also a guest today's Tech News Today show on the TWiT network. Phil was on the program this morning to talk about HTC's upcoming announcements and a whole bunch of other things.
Verizon is starting to roll out a new software update for the HTC Droid DNA, which brings a number of performance improvements and the update also patches some security flaws. In particular, Verizon says that "device root vulnerability has been resolved" with the latest software patch, suggesting that users who need root access may lose that capability once the update is applied.
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