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2 years ago

Rogers snags Moto X exclusive in Canada

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Both black and white Moto X models will be available on Rogers starting in August for $189.99 on a two-year contract.

Canadians looking over all of this Moto X goodness today will only have one spot they can get it initially: Rogers. Of course, we all know how these exclusives usually only last a few months, so we can probably expect the same situation here. The Rogers Moto X takes advantage of LTE on the 2600 MHz band, though I'm dubious that it makes an appreciable difference. Both black and white models will be available, while the pricetag will sit at $189.99 on a two-year contract. Yay for two-year contracts. Expect to see it on shelves in August. 

Anyone interested can hit up the Rogers notification page for more info, or take a look at our hands-on video to get the full tour. 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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2 years ago

Android Central 145: The Moto X special

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Audio-only stream below

We're live from New York City, hot off the Moto X event and with the phone of the hour in our hot little hands. Join us for an all-Moto X podcast special!

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2 years ago

Moto X hitting Sprint 'this Summer' for $199 on-contract

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Only 16GB model available, colors and specific availability unknown.

Following in the footsteps of AT&T this afternoon, Sprint has announced its own pricing and availability window for the newly-announced Moto X. Just like its larger counterpart, Sprint is hitting the same price point of $199 for the 16GB model but will not have the 32GB available as of now. Color options aren't known right now either, and it isn't clear at this point how long AT&T will have those locked up.

No specific availability is given by Sprint for the Moto X other than "this Summer", indicating that a launch date will be shared when we get closer to it. For now, Sprint is offering a pre-registration page where customers can sign up to get more information on the device.

Source: Sprint; Pre-registration

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2 years ago

The Moto X is nice ... but does it come in wood?

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There are some 18 different backs from which you can choose when you're customizing your Moto X. Colors out the wazoo.

Wood is not yet one of them. But it will be.

Motorola currently is testing four wood backs for the Moto X. Not "looks like wood." Not "simulated wood." Actual wood. 

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2 years ago

The Moto X 'Quick Capture' camera

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One of Motorola's standout features in the Moto X camera is "Quick Capture," which gets you from sleep to shooting in a mere 2 seconds, all with a simple flick of the wrist. 

The idea sounds a little silly at first — do you really want to be flipping your phone around? But in actuality, it's pretty simple, and quick. 

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Moto X

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'OK, Google Now. Show me the Moto X'

Motorola and Google, as we like to say in the South, have done good. We've finally gotten our first look at the new Moto X today in New York City. This thing's been leaked eight ways to Sunday over the past few months — and frankly a lot of what you're about to read we saw in last week's Droid announcements — but pick up the Moto X for the first time and you know you're feeling not just another phone, but a phone looking to do things a little different.

The Moto X is the first phone designed and built from scratch since Google acquired Motorola. And the end result is a phone that's as simple as it is complex. Its design is as understated as it is attractive. There have been so many assumptions about what the first Googlerola phone should be. It should be "Pure Google." It should have NASA-level hardware. It should have at least as many features as the droid line.

What Motorola's done is taken solid hardware and attractive design and married it to a fairly stock version of Android — with some interesting features thrown in, as well as a number of customization options. It's coming to five U.S. carriers in a few weeks and worldwide later, retailing for $199 on contract.

And with that, here's our first look at the Moto X.

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2 years ago

In pictures: Moto X

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The many faces of Motorola's latest smartphone

Unlike most smartphones, Motorola's Moto X will come in a wide range of different colors, textures and materials. And today in New York City Motorola was showing off a handful of them — from textured black and white plastic, to a range of wood finishes.

The base device comes in black and white, and Motorola's promising 16 customization options for the rear panel. So check past the break to see the Moto X in various colors from various angles. We've also got side-by-side comparisons with the Nexus 4 and HTC One.

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2 years ago

Moto X specs

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Complete hardware specifications for Motorola's next big thing

After many months of hype and expectation, Motorola's Moto X handset is official, and we've got the full spec sheet for you to cast your eyes over.

The short version is you're dealing with a very sleek Android 4.2.2 handset powered by Motorola's unique "X8" processors, with a 4.7-inch RGB AMOLED 720p display and a 10-megapixel "ClearPixel" camera.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T officially announces the Moto X with unique customization options

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Hot on the heels of the official unveiling of the Moto X, AT&T has checked in to tell us about their variant — and it will be the one most people will want. Other carriers will of course be selling the Moto X, but only AT&T is offering the rumored customization options everyone was curious about, as well as the 32GB version of the phone. Here's a list of the AT&T-only options:

  • Color options for the front and back (2 colors for the front, 16 for the back)
  • Accent colors for the power key, volume key and camera ring (7 color options)
  • Adding your name or short message on the phone
  • Unique wallpapers
  • Wake-up message
  • Memory capacity – 16GB ($199 with 2 year agreement) or 32GB ($249 with 2 year agreement)

We've been expecting some customization for the Moto X based on all the leaked news and images, but now we're hearing that many of them — including the all-important 32GB version — will be AT&T only. It's a bit of a let-down for many.

But in AT&T's favor, they now have a very compelling option to go head-to-head with Verizon's Droid models, and this should be a popular seller. We're impressed with what we've seen so far. Expect more Moto X news to come from other carriers, and hopefully other surprises with each announcement. Follow the jump for AT&T's full press release.

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2 years ago

Moto X unboxing

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Behold, the mighty Moto X. And its box. And the stuff inside the box.

For those of you into the whole unboxing thing, we present you, here, with a glorious unboxing video.

Namaste.

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2 years ago

AT&T HTC One receiving update to enable new frequency bands

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Hefty update enables Band 2 and 5 LTE for improved coverage.

Users with AT&T variants of the HTC One are pulling down an update starting this morning that is a pretty hefty size. The ~250MB update, which started pushing out today, despite its size does nothing more than enable Band 2 and Band 5 LTE on the handset. That's still an important change, and considering how large and complex the radios are the size of the update does make sense. Going forward as AT&T expands its LTE coverage to new bands it will be important to have everything enabled on the device ahead of time.

Members in our forums have already started to see the updates hit their own devices, and we've got the update downloading as well. Let us know in the forums if you happen to find any user-facing changes in this latest update.

More: AT&T HTC One Forums

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2 years ago

All work and no play makes my smartphone something something - Talk Mobile

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There was a time when the smartphone was a tool of the businessman. The BlackBerrys and Treos and Windows Mobile smartphones were connected corporate networks - and often issued by those corporations. Over the last several years that has changed dramatically, with smartphones becoming the province of the consumer.

2 years ago

Sony 'Honami' leak shows G-Lens on board with a 20 MP sensor

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Possible magnetic docking pins are also pictured, along with an alleged shot by the 'Honami'

The upcoming "Honami" may be Sony's next big leap in smartphone photography, and it has decided to pose for some pictures of its own. As we saw with the previously leaked render, the "Honami" does in fact have the Sony G-Lens labeling on its back. Resolution and focal length are replaced with temporary "X" values, but a photo of the software does show a 20 MP camera setting. There is also a picture of the phone's side, with what appears to be magnetic pins for docking.

A photo that was allegedly taken using a Sony "Honami" prototype was uploaded to Facebook, but thanks to the social network's removal of EXIF data and resizing of the image, it cannot be confirmed.

Additional photos can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

NVIDIA Shield teardown reveals you can't 'use the Shield as a shield'

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Interior found to be 'complex' and 'convoluted,' but still gets a 6 out of 10 for reparability

The folks over at iFixt have finished breaking down the Shield's defenses, and took a good look around the inside. While the device didn't score as well as some other gaming systems, the Shield got points for modularity of design, with a button board that can be separately replaced if it suffers trauma from angry gaming sessions. The screen is replaceable, but iFixit warns a repair of this type would be extremely difficult.

The following chips were found lurking within —

  • Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad Core mobile processor
  • Samsung KLMAG2GE2A eMMC
  • AzureWave AW-AH691 wireless module
  • SK Hynix H5TC4G63AFR 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (4 ICs for 2 GB total RAM)
  • InvenSense MPU-6050 6-axis gyroscope and accelerometer
  • Realtek AL5639 audio microcontroller for mad beats

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2 years ago

BBM for Android now in beta testing, first images emerge

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The rumored June 27 release window has long passed, but BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS is apparently still on track to hit before the end of the summer. Today the multi-platform version of the messaging app has inched closer to release, with the news that it's now in beta testing among a select group of users.

CrackBerry's Adam Zeis writes —

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