Amazon India has pulled the trigger on the LG Nexus 5X ahead of time, giving us a look at the likely specs on offer with the upcoming handset. According to the retailer, the Nexus 5X will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi, Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, 12.3MP camera, 5MP front shooter, LTE connectivity, 2,700mAh battery and Marshmallow.
The ZenFone 2 offers great value for money for those looking for a budget handset, but ASUS is now setting its sights on the entry-level segment with the ZenFone Go. The handset made its debut in India earlier today, and will be available for just ₹7,999 ($120) from ASUS retail stores and Flipkart.
Pingpad is an interesting new app that aims to make it easier to collaborate with anyone, whether it be family, friends, roommates or coworkers. Launching today, the app is a sort of social notes platform that allows you to quickly write up notes and lists in real-time to make working in groups that much easier.
The CyanogenMod team (that's the open source, community-driven ROM project) has announced some new additions to its supported smartphones, meaning a number of new phones from the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, and more are seeing active development of compatible CyanogenMod ROMs.
We previously reported that Google's next Nexus phones may carry the 5X and 6P names, and now some alleged pictures of the product packaging for the two smartphones has surfaced, seemingly adding some weight to the naming scheme.
It's certainly not the most exciting app in the world, but Google's stock Clock app is getting an update that brings along some handy new features. Included in the latest update is a setting for gradually increasing volume for alarms and timers, interactive alarm notifications on Android Wear, and more.
Action Launcher has received yet another sizable update, bumping it to version 3.6, which adds Quickfind, new transitions and a slew of other changes. With the update, icon packs can now use dynamic calendar icons, which would change your calendar icon each day with the proper date. If you are a fan of the new Google logo, you now have the option to use it on the Quickbar. You can use the colorful, a single colored, or even the old logo, dependent on your preference.
Motorola cameras have never really been top-of-the-line, but the software that drives the experience certainly is.
One of the things that has always helped the Moto X line of phones truly stand out has been the camera app. Despite the camera itself not being much to talk about in previous iterations of this phone, the software that drives the user experience is excellent. There's nothing in between you and the thing you want to capture, and when you do decide to look in the settings it can be navigated entirely by your thumb without moving around.
It's a great, clean experience with a few hidden gems and a few things you should know before you find yourself ready to take photo or capture some video on your Moto X Pure Edition.
Use the whole sensor
Step one with every Moto X Pure Edition should be to head into the settings where and enable Standard mode instead of Widescreen mode. The Moto X Pure Edition comes with a 21MP sensor, but to make sure the camera app looks nice the app default to cropping down to a widescreen 16.1MP shot. That's just plain wasteful, you should be using the whole sensor when taking your photos.
Making the switch is easy, just scroll the settings wheel until you see the pair of rectangles, and when you tap that icon you'll see a pair of options. When you choose Standard you'll see the app has some black space on the side, which is because the sensor and the screen are different shapes. When you take photos, it'll be the whole 21MP shot and not something automatically cropped so your app looks a little better.
Enable Control Focus and Exposure mode
Your next step on the settings wheel should be the Control Focus and Exposure mode. The Moto X Pure Edition camera doesn't offer a tap to focus mode like most cameras. when you tap the screen, it captures a photo instead. This works well if the app is focusing on and exposing the parts you want when taking a photo, but if that's not the case your photo is in trouble.
Enabling this Control Focus and Exposure mode gives you a target you can move around to choose focus points and exposure. All you have to do is drag the icon to where you want the focus, or move the little sun icon if you want a photo to be brighter or darker. This mode can be disabled if you feel you don't need it, but having it handy makes those quick adjustments a lot faster.
Your video settings won't stick
The video part of the settings wheel gives you access to slow-motion and 4K recording options, and it does so nice and quick. You tap the option you want, hit the camcorder button the screen, and the recording starts. Unfortunately, if you want one of these modes to stick around you're out of luck. Slow-motion and 4K need to be enabled every time you open the camera app, and there's no way around it.
Navigating to the correct option in the settings wheel is fast, but obviously not as fast as having 4K available to you as soon as you launch the camera app. Its not a huge deal, just something to keep in mind as you capture. For video, the default every time you launch the app will be standard 1080p.
Speak up for selfies
Tapping the screen isn't the only way to take a photo on the Moto X Pure Edition. You can also tap the volume down key anytime you want to grab a photo, from the front or the rear of the camera. Depending on how you hold your phone when grabbing a picture, that may not be the most convenient way to tap the shutter key, and unfortunately the phone is so large and thick that holding the phone and tapping the screen with the same hand isn't always an option. For those rare situations, remember your voice is also an option.
Moto Voice has commands for "Take a photo" as well as "Take a selfie" and these options immediately launch the camera to grab a photo. For selfies, this voice command enables a countdown from three, follow by the shutter. All you need is your personal Moto Voice trigger followed by one of the above commands, and the capture is complete.
When it comes to Watch Faces for Android Wear there are plenty of options to choose from. What can be difficult is finding the right balance when it comes to giving you the information you want at a glance, and having a easy to read simplistic design. The Calendar Arc Watch Face is designed to quickly help you answer whether you've got something going on later today, thanks to a slick and simple UI.
The Calendar Arc Watch Face goes for a simple design, which can easily be enhanced through the customization options. The default face lacks numbers, and just has an hour, minute, and second hand in a black on white design. It could be any watch face. The real meat of this face is found in it's options, which are available through your phone.
One of the best features here is the ability to sync up with your calendar. You can select multiple calendars to sync up with your Smartwatch, helping to make sure you never forget an appointment due to a hectic day. Once you've synced up your calendar, any upcoming events will show up on the watch face in the form of blurs of color along the edge of your screen. It arcs over the watch, during the time of day that the event is occurring. It's a slick way to help you see not only that you have something on your schedule, but when it occurs during the day. To check on events, you can tap the screen and see what is scheduled for your day.
There are also three categories for your watch face settings; Visual options, Date settings, and Gauges. Most of the settings for the Calendar Arc Watch Face are a toggle on/off choice which makes them easy to adjust. In visual options you'll find options for the animation of the watch hands, a light or dark theme, and the option to show event names on the face. Date settings nets you the options to display weekday, day of the month, month, and year. The Gauges allow you to display the battery gauges for your smartphone and smartwatch.
The Calendar Arc Watch Face delivers an awesome at-a-glance experience. It's got tons of customization options, a great design and interface, and the fantastic integration with your calendar could be a huge deal for a lot of people. If you've been looking for something simple, but still stocked with options then this may be the watch face to check out. It's available now on The Google Play Store for $1.33 and certainly worth every penny.
If you enjoy a cover that adds a firm grip, this hybrid case from Cruzerlite does the trick around the new Moto G 2015.
This dual-layer case can snap on around the Moto G 2015 all together, or by separating the layers and installing the skin first. The inner TPU is just thick enough to handle severe impacts, poking through at the top, bottom, edges, and lip around the display. While the phone is faced down, that TPU lip keeps the display raised plenty enough from any flat surface.
Google is pushing out an update for the Gmail app on Android, which brings along the ability to unsubscribe from mailing lists, as well as block senders. You will now be able to accomplish both of these tasks from the Gmail app as well as from the web, with a few simple clicks.
ZTE will soon be selling the successor to its older ZMAX smartphone. The ZMAX 2 will be available via AT&T starting on Friday, September 25 for the no-contract price of $149.99.
While the original ZTE ZMAX had a 5.7-inch display, the ZMAX 2 will have a smaller 5.5-inch screen. It will include an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. It will have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The ZMAX 2 will also have an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and a removable 3,000 mAh battery.
If you have always wanted to be an Amazon Prime member, but balked at the service's up-front $99 fee for an annual membership, you might want to have Friday, September 25 set up on your calendar. That's when Amazon will cut the price for joining the service down to just $67 a year if you sign up between 12 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 p.m. Pacific time on September 24) and 11:59 p.m. Pacific time (2:59 a.m Eastern time on September 26).
The Google Play Store can sometimes turn up a real treat of a deal and this week is no exception. Hitman: Sniper is the deal of the week right now in the UK Play Store and can be yours for a ridiculously cheap 10p.
It's not the first great game to get the treatment in recent weeks either, with Colin McRae Rally also featuring recently.
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