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4 years ago

Moto VP: Moto X dev editions and other carrier models coming 'in days'

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Developer editions and models for other carriers coming soon

Want to get your hands on a Moto X, but not feeling the part where it's attached to AT&T? I hear you. The good news is that according to Punit Soni, vice president of product management at Motorola Mobility, we won't have to wait very long.

Step 1 of rollout. Dev editions, other carrier versions rolling out in days.

We've known that developer editions and other carrier versions were coming, but this is the closest thing we've heard to a real date so far. Of course, the Moto Maker coolness is still an AT&T exclusive (for now) but if you're jonesing for a black or white Moto X and not an AT&T customer, your time is coming soon.

Source: +Punit Soni

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4 years ago

Motorola hedges a bit on getting your custom Moto X to you in 4 days

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'High demand' may cause shipping times to vary, Moto says

Motorola's a wee bit excited about finally launching the Moto X today, and rightfully so. It's a big deal. And part of that big deal was the ability to design your own phone and have it in your hands within four days.

Now comes the hedging.

In a blog post this morning, Motorola cautions that because of "high demand, initial shipping times may vary." So much for under-promise, over-deliver.

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4 years ago

Android 101: Using copy & paste

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A powerful yet completely hidden feature is easy to use once you find it.

Those of us who have been using Android for many months and years may take it for granted, but the ability to copy and paste text on our phones isn't the most discoverable feature in the OS. Android has steadily marched away from "hidden" features behind long-press actions since Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but copy & paste is one of the last big features holding on.

Adding to some of the confusion are different apps and manufacturer software customizations that handle copy & paste differently, which certainly isn't helping new users. Hang tight after the break where we quickly break down using one of the more useful features of your Android phone or tablet.

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4 years ago

Share your Moto X Moto Maker design in the Moto X forums

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Not a banana

With the Moto X launching today on AT&T, we imagine more than a handful of folks will be heading to the Moto Maker site to design their own colors. It's a cool perk that's only available for AT&T customers and it adds not a penny to the $199 contract cost (for the 16GB model) of the Moto X.

Phil has shown us how it all works in a short video, but getting in there and playing with the service is fun — even if you have no plans to buy today. You can choose from 18 different colors for the back of the phone, white or black for the front, and from seven different colors of anodized aluminum for the accents around the camera and the buttons. There's also 20 different wallpapers to pick from in addition to the ones included on all Moto X phones, and you can even add a little message to the boot splash animation. 

I've been tinkering with it, designing phones with colors of sports teams, or trying to make the ugliest phone in the world, but I finally settled on the "not a banana" look above. Head to the Moto Maker site, play around with it, and be sure to share your creation with everyone in the forums!

Moto Maker site | Share your Moto Maker designs | Moto X review

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4 years ago

Sony teases 'Honami' phone ahead of IFA reveal

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Given the breadth and consistency of leaks surrounding Sony's upcoming late 2013 flagship phone, codenamed "Honami," there seems little doubt we'll see the device at the company's IFA 2013 press conference on Sept. 4. The handset is rumored to be marketed as "Xperia i1" or "Xperia Z1," and feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and a 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens.

And now Sony's getting in on the pre-release antics, with a couple of Twitter-based teasers.

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4 years ago

Moto Maker customization site for Moto X now live

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... But you'll need a Moto X card from AT&T to get yours

Following this morning's Moto X launch on AT&T, the Moto Maker customization site is now live at MotoMaker.com. Moto Maker allows you to choose your Moto X's color, storage size, add matching accessories, and even link it to your Google account before having it shipped to your door -- a process Motorola says will take just four days from start to finish.

But right now there are a few noteworthy limitations to the service. Online purchasing isn't available yet, so you'll need to get a Moto X card from an AT&T store to get started with the process. (Remember, Moto Maker is exclusive to AT&T at launch.) Engraving is also unavailable for the moment, as are the wooden back panels.

Nevertheless, if you're willing to walk into an AT&T store to get the required code, you could be unboxing your very own customized Moto X just four days later.

If you're using Moto Maker to create your personalized Moto X today, hit the comments and let us know how you get on.

More: Moto Maker preview

Source: MotoMaker.com

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4 years ago

MoDaCo Switch for Galaxy S4 in testing among Indiegogo backers

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Toggle between TouchWiz and vanilla Android on the international GS4

After the Indiegogo campaign to bring MoDaCo Switch to the Galaxy S4 raised more than double the intended £1000 ($1500) target amount, the first private beta build of the custom ROM is being distributed to backers via email.

Similar the HTC One version, MoDaCo Switch allows owners of the international LTE GS4 (GT-i9505) to seamlessly switch between TouchWiz and stock Android, effectively allowing users to run two ROMs on the same device. Even better, apps and app data are shared between the two ROMs. It's a pretty awesome way to try out the "pure Android" experience while keeping the ability to escape back to TouchWiz if needed.

Creator Paul O'Brien has emailed those who backed the project with download instructions for the first private beta build, and a public release should follow before too long. In the meantime, you can check out the video above for a quick demo of Switch in action on the GS4.

More: MoDaCo forums

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4 years ago

Moto X now available on AT&T

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Black and white Moto X launches on AT&T

Update: The Moto Maker site is now live, too.

Today's the day, Moto fans. You can now pick up the Moto X from AT&T in the U.S., where it's available in black and white for $199 on a two-year plan, or $579.99 outright.

The Moto X is Motorola's much-hyped flagship phone, one of the first to arrive since Moto became "a Google company." It's sporting near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 4.7-inch, 720p display with a host of new software capabilities; voice controls, active notifications and Motorola Assist are just a few of the features designed to make it easier to use.

You'll want to check out our definitive review of the Moto X to learn exactly why this is one of the most anticipated Android launches of the year.

So will you be picking up a launch-day Moto X? Let us know in the comments.

More: Moto X review

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

AT&T launches the Samsung Galaxy Mega

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6.3-incher arrives for $149.99 on a two-year plan

Today's a big day for AT&T phone launches, and alongside the One Mini and Moto X, the carrier is also getting one of Samsung's more unusual handsets, the Galaxy Mega.

Announced for AT&T just a few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy Mega packs a 6.3-inch 720p TFT LCD display and mid-to-high-end internals. There's a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU inside, with 1GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Like the Galaxy S4, it's running Android 4.2.2 and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI.

AT&T is offering the Galaxy Mega in (dark) blue with 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD card. For that, you'll pay $149.99 on a two-year plan or $479.99 upfront.

We've recently reviewed the international version of the Galaxy Mega, and we'll be bringing you some thoughts on the AT&T version before long, too. For more info, hit the links below.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

HTC One Mini now available on AT&T

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Miniature metal handset sells for $99.99 on-contract or $429.99 outright

The first of today's AT&T phone launches is the HTC One Mini, the smaller version of HTC's flagship handset that arrived in Europe earlier this month. The One Mini packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and an aluminum chassis, and it's running HTC's latest Sense 5 UI, backed up by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internally, there's a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU running the show, along with 1GB of RAM. The Mini also boasts HTC's "Ultrapixel" camera, albeit without the Optical Image Stabilization of the HTC One.

AT&T's HTC One Mini comes in silver with 16GB of internal storage.

The carrier is selling the HTC One Mini for $99.99 on a two-year plan, $349.99 with a one-year agreement or $429.99 outright. If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the One Mini, linked below.

More: HTC One Mini review

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Pandora update adds sleep timer, Nissan car integration

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Streaming service also announces it will remove 40 hour mobile listening cap Sept. 1

Find yourself drifting off to sleep listening to your classical music station on Pandora every night? Well the latest version of the Pandora app has you covered. A new, and apparently highly-requested, feature of a proper sleep timer has arrived in the latest version of the app. The timer can be accessed by sliding in the settings panel from the right edge and can easily be set to 15, 30 or 60 minutes before the music stops playing. It would be nice to set your own time, but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

On a related note Pandora has also announced, in its quarterly financial results of all places, that it will stop restricting mobile users to 40 hours of streaming per month starting September 1st. The limit was put in place back in March, and Pandora says that it only affected 4 percent of its monthly active users. Under those circumstances it makes more sense for Pandora to be able to advertise unlimited mobile listening than it does to shut down the highest users it has.

Along with the sleep timer, this update brings support for NissanConnect touch screen and steering wheel controls in select Nissan cars, which is important for listening to your music while driving. You can grab the latest version of the Pandora app at the Play Store link above

Source: Pandora; Via: SlashGear

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4 years ago

Facebook beta gets beefy update

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A pretty hefty update to the beta track for the Facebook app has landed, bringing with it a number of bugfixes and the ubiquitous "better battery life" line.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved battery usage and efficiency
  • App can now be opened in landscape
  • Album covers always displayed instead of the photo you tapped to view
  • Crash when uploading multiple photos
  • Crash after deselecting a photo from the photos composer
  • Caching bug on Timeline (so it should load faster for some users now)
  • Infinite spinner on 'Nearby Places' category selector
  • Album names won't flicker in composer view
  • Resized some stickers that were previously too big
  • Music controller notifications now responsive after dismissing in cover feed
  • High-resolution artwork now loads in music controller
  • Various crashes occurring in Home

Facebook also notes a known issue in which the "most recent" setting won't stick in the news feed.

If you're not on the beta track for Facebook, you can join here.

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4 years ago

Chrome Beta adds universal image search, new gestures for tabs and zooming

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New navigation paradigms are more natural, cut down on accidental actions

Chrome Beta has just received a notable update that changes many of the usage and gesture paradigms in the browser. Most notable are the new ways to switch tabs — a swipe down on the toolbar expands the tab switcher (previously only revealed with a tap of the tab button), and swipe left or right along the toolbar to switch between open tabs. This is a far more intuitive way to manage your tabs, and completely prevents accidental tab switching when scrolling pages.

For navigating the Chrome Beta menu, you can now tap the overflow menu button and keep your finger pressed, sliding down the menu options and releasing your finger on the one you'd like to select. Google has also implemented a new one-finger zooming paradigm that is most memorable from Google Maps — double tap the screen and hold the second tap to either slide up or down to zoom in or out on the page.

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4 years ago

Get yourself a new Nexus 7 from Woolworths in the UK right now

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Delivery pegged for August 28, 16GB and 32GB versions in stock

It's almost new Nexus 7 time here in the UK, and another source of Google's finest has come to light in online retailer Woolworths. It may be the remnants of the former high street chain, but Woolworths new online store has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the 2013 Nexus 7 in stock for purchase right now. Delivery is still pegged for August 28, so there's a little wait to be had, but you can hand over your cash straight away. 

The 16GB Nexus 7 will cost you £199, and the 32GB not a whole lot more at £239. Anyone picking one up in the next week or so? 

Source: Woolworths

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4 years ago

Latest Android 4.3 factory images for Nexus 4, 7, 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus now posted

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Have the tools to restore your device to a factory state of the latest Android 4.3 build

Just as users are reporting a wide rollout of the latest Android 4.3 update, Google has posted factory images of build JWR66Y and JSS15Q for the Nexus 4, both Nexus 7's, Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus. Factory images, if you'll recall, usually show up quickly after the announcement of a new OTA update, and are the Google-sanctioned way to restore your device to a factory state of the latest firmware version should something go wrong. 

The Nexus 4, Wifi and HSPA Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus all stick with build number JWR66Y and are referred to as "android-4.3_r1.1", while the Nexus 7 (2013) splits to a different path with build number JSS15Q and "android-4.3_r2.2". Sprint and Verizon versions of the Galaxy Nexus, along with the Nexus S, are seeing no factory image changes (as expected).

If you have the need to restore your device and wanted to jump right to the latest version, you now have the tools. Those of you who are willing to flash factory images instead of wait for the OTA update can make use of this resource as well at the source link below.

More: Galaxy Nexus Forums | Nexus 4 Forums | Nexus 7 (2013) Forums

Source: Factory Images for Nexus Devices

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