If you happen to be using a Moto X 2014 Pure Edition or a Moto X 2013, you may have an update waiting for you. It appears that Motorola has begun pushing out a patch for the Stagefright exploit, along with some minor bug fixes.
The manufacturer you may have rarely heard of is making some great devices.
Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer that is growing in stature day-by-day, despite having virtually no physical presence outside of Asia. Sales of its phones in territories including its native China and India have propelled the relatively young OEM into the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. Impressive, certainly, and sees Xiaomi going toe-to-toe with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the higher reaches of the league table.
And yet while so many have heard the name, the phones are still relatively alien to many in the west. Xiaomi has a reputation for building devices that are extremely good value for money without cutting corners on the specs. If you're interested in picking up a Xiaomi phone or just interested in the brand, these are the phones you'll need to know about.
Coming in tightly after the announcement that it would have a CDMA version of Robin for use on Verizon, Nextbit has announced today that it will also be compatible with Sprint. The addition means Kickstarter backers now have a simple choice between a GSM and CDMA variant of the phone, covering all four major U.S. carriers with the two models.
According to new renders that have leaked, it appears as though the Nexus 5X may be coming in three different color options: black, white, and "ice blue." While the picture looks more of a mint green, Android Police has learned that it is actually a light blue color.
It's never easy to call one smartphone camera 'the best' but we can get a reasonable idea of how the new Moto X Pure Edition behaves.
When taking a a look at the OnePlus 2 earlier this year, one of the big questions asked repeatedly was how the phone would stack up against the Moto X Pure Edition. Specifically, many of you wanted to know how the camera and battery held up in day to day use. Motorola hasn't been known for having spectacular cameras in their phones, and OnePlus has been non-stop talking about how great the camera and software in this year's offering is, so there's not much in the way of expectations when heading into this compare.
Meizu has just launched a new smartphone powered by an Exynos processor. The PRO 5 is set to hit China with USB Type-C connectors, up to 64GB of internal storage and a 5.7-inch display. It's quite the smartphone and one we're sure those who enjoy top specs will certainly consider, especially when we look at the price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xiaomi's back to doing what it does best. The vendor has just launched the Mi 4c in China, offering incredible hardware for budget prices. The highlight is the Snapdragon 808 SoC, seen in high-end phones like the LG G4, which is now making its way to a handset retailing for 1,299 Chinese Yuan ($204).
The Moto X Pure Edition is shaping up to be exactly what many wanted — a bigger Moto X with a decent camera. Here's how to use it better.
Motorola has gotten quite good at keeping its Moto X line nice and clean, with features that continue to make these phones a compelling alternative to Nexus hardware. The Moto X Pure Edition is a worthy successor to the phones that have carried this name before it, but like every Android phone not everything is spelled out for you in the tutorials, especially the things that don't quite work they way you'd think they should.
With that in mind, here's a quick collection of tips and tricks you'll want to get the most out of your Moto X Pure Edition.
The flashlight gesture only works for as long as you're holding it
Motorola has included several ways to activate and deactivate the flashlight on the Moto X Pure Edition, including a clever chopping motion that works even when the screen is off. You can double-chop to turn the flash on or off. But if you activate the flashlight this way and set the phone face-down, the flashlight will almost immediately turn itself off.
It's likely this is a way to stop your flashlight from turning on in your pocket and remaining on long enough to do harm. Once the sensors on the front of the phone detect the screen is against something, the flashlight turns off. If you turn the flashlight on from the quick settings menu, the light will stay on as long as you tell it to.
Now if only it'd do this if left face-up.
The Moto Gallery is still alive and well, so enjoy it
Despite Google Photos coming pre-loaded on the phone and asking for users to hand over compressed versions of all of their photos for free, Motorola's gallery app can still be a big part of the Moto X experience. In fact, even if you're using Google Photos as your primary local image manager, Moto Gallery is still working in the background to deliver clever things.
The two big things you'll see pop up, even if you've never opened the Gallery app before, are Highlights and Suggestions. Like previous versions of the app, Highlights stitch together photos and video captured during the day into a compelling story (like, um, Google Photos can do), while suggestions steps in to let you know when the phone captured a better image in between photos, just in case you want to save it instead of the one you just took.
Adaptive Brightness still takes some getting used to
Every Android phone ever has had auto-brightness controls of some sort, but you do occasionally run into some phones that don't do the best job in this area and a replacement app is needed. The Moto X Pure edition relies on Adaptive Brightness controls from Google's Android to handle brightness controls, and if you've never used this setup before you may be a little confused at first.
Instead of constantly polling the environment and guessing what brightness level you'd prefer, the Moto X lets you choose what brightness level is optimal with the slider and then adjusts from there. The idea is more to keep the brightness level at the same comfort level for your eyes regardless of environment, based on your input. This means if you crank the brightness all the way to 100% and walk into a pitch black room, the phone will never decide to drop the brightness down to 1%. It will always to re-create the experience you had when you set the bar in the first place.
A custom toast notification appears when you're on a Quick Charge 2.0 charger
We all know Quick Charge is the new cool thing in the world of keeping your phone charged, and Motorola has been leading this particular revolution with their Turbo chargers in the last generation of phones, but this year you get a nice new notification if you're connected to something that is giving you more juice than the average USB charger.
This message will say Turbo Charger Connected even when you aren't using the official Turbo Charger sold by Motorola, and that's because it's all based on the same Quick Charge 2.0 tech. When you disconnect from the charger, a separate toast notification will let you know that Turbo Charger charged your phone to a specific percentage, so you have a good idea of how much more battery you have. It's a small thing, but could make a big difference to anyone looking to get a quick recharge before walking away from a charger for a while.
Samsung is continuing its "It's Not a Phone, It's a Galaxy" campaign with some new videos that premiered during the Emmys. The videos focus on Samsung's new payment system, Samsung Pay, and the curved display of the Edge series.
Huawei's latest high-end offering, the Mate S, is now available to pre-order in Europe. The phone can be had unlocked and carrier free through Huawei's Vmall store directly at a price of £469 in the UK and €649 in mainland Europe.
Don't expect to have it in hand any time soon, though, as lead times are currently 4-5 weeks for delivery.
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