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5 years ago

Use this space to rant about the rumored specs of the Moto X

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Use this space to rant about the rumored specs of the Moto X

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Moto X specs.
Moto X specs.
Moto X specs.
Moto X specs.
Moto X specs.

Moto X

We all have something to say about the rumored specs of the Moto X, so let's all just say it

Oh boy! A new Android phone is coming out, and testers and carrier reps have leaked about a million blog posts worth of details about it. Who would have thunk it, right? This time though, things are slightly different because the Moto X should be the first Android phone from Motorola that has Google's design and push behind it.

People are expecting a lot from the Moto X. What we've seen so far looks really interesting, with a new and improved way of harnessing the power of Google Now and very deep voice integration in the system. It's kind of creepy, kind of wonderful, and totally different. We'll have to withhold any final judgment until we actually use the damn thing, which should be soon if all those leaks are to be believed.

And then we come to the specs (insert dramatic music or something here). What the Internet wisdom says is that we'll be seeing:

  • 1.7GHz dual-core Snapgragon MSM8960DT
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 10MP 'ClearPixel' camera
  • 720p display (possibly AMOLED)

This has a lot of people pissed off. Conversely, a lot of people don't care. I think I'm in the latter group, because I don't care if it runs on rubber bands or a hamster in a wheel as long as it runs well. But plenty of people feel the other way, and are scratching their head over why Motorola and Google would release a phone in 2013 with 2012 innards.

We don't have the answer to that. What we do have is a set of screencaps (courtesy of an anonymous imgur user) that supposedly show what CPU-Z says is inside the GSM Moto X -- including a crapload of sensors. You'll find those after the break, and that's where you can rant and rail over them. 

5 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Updates on updates on updates

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From the Editor's Desk: Updates on updates on updates

Phil Nickinson

Phil Nickinson

It's been a busy week (and weekend) with a lot of family stuff going on, so we'll keep things short this week. A few things worth mentioning: 

I think we're 100 percent all-in on using Google Hangouts for the podcast now. The audio quality's not where I'd like it to be, but I think we can work with it some more. And it's a hell of a lot easier for video. Plus, you can watch it live, directly from the Android Central app.

Speaking of the app, we're close to beta testing v1.3 — hopefully this week. It's taken a little longer than we thought to get it pushed out (it feels weird being on that side of the equation), but it's a good update. We've got the YouTube API built in now, and it looks great. Plus we've got Google's new drawer code added in, and it also looks great. And a few more bells and whistles. We'll float it to the beta group for a couple days before the big release. Stay tuned.

And now a few other thoughts I've been thinking amid the chaos:

5 years ago

Make the best Google+ 'Auto Awesome' photos you can

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Make the best Google+ 'Auto Awesome' photos you can

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Google+ Auto Awesome Settings

From flashy to subtle, you can now make your Google+ photos come to life 

Google+ picked up a facelift and a big group of new features back at Google I/O 2013, and two of them -- Auto Awesome and Auto Enhance -- have opened up cool new photography possibilities on the network. Auto Awesome is especially intriguing, as it automatically turns groups of similar pictures you take into an animated image, HDR shot, panorama or collage to share on Google+, without any extra processing on your part. 

With just a few minutes of your time you'll be ready to make your own Auto Awesome images to share on Google+, and we're going to make sure you've got things set up properly. Once you're comfortable with the process, we also have a few tips and tricks to help make the best of this new feature. Let's make some awesome images after the break.

5 years ago

Moto X features outed in leaked Rogers video

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Moto X features outed in leaked Rogers video

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Moto X leaked screenshot

'OK Google Now, what's the forecast for today?'

The torrent of Moto X leaks continue today, as a video from Canadian carrier Rogers has appeared online showing many of the headline features from Motorola's upcoming handset. The video also reveals that the Moto X will launch exclusively on Rogers in Canada this August, and come in black and white color options.

Among the Moto X's software tricks is a new voice command system that's always active — the video shows it linking in with Google Now to produce a weather forecast, and mentions that directions and alarms can be activated in the same way. And the notification dynamic has been changed up a bit, too — instead of a notification LED, Moto X pulses icons on its screen when its asleep, allowing you to see which apps have notifications waiting.

The camera app it also shown being activated with a double-twist gesture — presumably this is another "always on" feature that allows you to get to the camera at any time. And the app itself is different to what we've seen in stock Android — tap anywhere to take a photo, or long press to take a burst shot.

5 years ago

Amazon offering free productivity app bundle today only

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Amazon offering free productivity app bundle today only

Amazon app store promo

Amazon app store promo

Amazon has seven great apps for free in this one-day promotion

Amazon has a big app promotion going on today in their app store, and they are offering seven great apps in their freee productivity app bundle. These are popular applications that plenty of folks think are well worth their normal price, all free for Sunday July 14 only.

The apps are:

  • WiFi File Explorer Pro by Dooblou (normally 99-cents)
  • Documents To Go (Full Version Key) by DataViz, Inc. (normally $14.95)
  • PrinterShare Mobile Print by Dynamix USA, LLC (normally $12.95)
  • Tasks N Todos Pro by Handy Apps Inc (normally $5.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop HD by Splashtop Inc. (normally $8.99)
  • Spacedraw Key by Scalisoft (normally $4.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop by Splashtop Inc. (normally $4.99)

You'll need the Amazon app store installed to buy these, and keep it installed while you're using them. This sounds like a great way to save some serious cash, and score some really nice apps while doing it.

More: Amazon

5 years ago

Go hands-on with NVIDIA's Shield at select locations this August

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Go hands-on with NVIDIA's Shield at select locations this August

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Shield hands-on

Catch a summer movie and play with a hot new Android device

NVIDIA is offering a way for you to find out first-hand about their upcoming Shield handheld, provided you're in New York or San Francisco. At select theaters, they will have their Shield Movie Theater Experience Centers set up where you can have a little one-on-one time with the portable powerhouse on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month of August.

The four locations are:

New York

  • Garden State 16 – 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey
  • New Roc Stadium 18 – 33 Lecount Place, New Rochelle, New York

San Francisco

  • Cupertino 16 – 10123 North Wolfe Road, Cupertino, California
  • Mercado 20 – 3111 Mission College Boulevard., Santa Clara, California

if any of these are in your neck of the woods, take a few minutes and have a look. you'll be impressed with what NVIDIA has put together. The Tegra 4 powered mini-console absolutely chews through Android games, delivering an experience that has to be seen to be believed. 

Source: NVIDIA

5 years ago

Apps of the Week: URL Ripper, Garfield Daily, APTuner and more!

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Apps of the Week: URL Ripper, Garfield Daily, APTuner and more!

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Apps of the Week

See which apps the Android Central writers have been using this week

Welcome back to another edition of our 'Apps of the Week' series, where we highlight several apps from the Android Central writing staff. Once a week we give each of the writers a chance to tell everyone about an app that they have been actively using in the last week and bundle them up for some light Saturday afternoon reading.

This week we have yet another diverse set of apps ranging from tools for tuning a guitar to games with stick figure army guys. Stick around after the break and see how this week's picks stack up.

5 years ago

From the Android Forums: Photo storage in the cloud with Google Photos

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From the Android Forums: Photo storage in the cloud with Google Photos

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Photo backup

Using your Google Drive space for photo and video storage is easy and automatic with your Android phone

Ohnelson77 asks in the Android Central forums,

Hey everyone. I have over 4,000 photos and videos on my SDcard, and Dropbox does not have enough space for me at the promotional rate. I'd love use Google Drive, but it doesn't automatically sync my photos and videos like Dropbox does. I cant even send my photos and videos to Google Drive from my phone. Also, if I by a wifi hard drive, can i use that like a cloud service if I'm not near my wifi drive? Can someone please help me?

Thank you

A couple of great questions there! Let's see if we can help get some answers. 

It sounds like you're looking for the best place to store your photos and videos, and you'd like to use Google Drive. I've got some good news for you -- you can, and it's easier (and cheaper) than you thought. Like a lot of things Google, it involves Google+.

Have a question you need answered? (Preferably about Android, but we're flexible.) Hit up our Contact Page to get in touch!

5 years ago

Carbon for Android getting long-awaited features, fixes in v1.2.0

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Carbon for Android getting long-awaited features, fixes in v1.2.0

Carbon

Carbon

The world of third-party Twitter apps is anything but certain these days, so it's good to see one of the more popular apps getting a major update. Carbon, which has been mostly stagnant for some six months, is getting a pretty major update in version 1.2.0. 

Included in the update is a new widget, in-app browsing and support for Vine and Youtube directly within the app. Plus there are new styles available, a bunch of newly supported image previews and update frequency options. And, conversations are back following a change to Twitter's API.

What's more is that the developer hopes that this marks the start of smaller but more frequent updates. Let's just hope Twitter doesn't spoil that party.

We've got the big strokes after the break, and hit the source link for more, as well as the list of bugfixes.

Source: +Carbon for Android

5 years ago

Red HTC One now available in the UK

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Red HTC One now available in the UK

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Red HTC One

'Glamor red' HTC One launches exclusively at Phones4u, available on contract

Right on schedule, the "glamor red" HTC One is now available to purchase from Phones4u in the UK. The retailer, which has exclusivity over the red HTC One in the UK, is offering the device on contracts from Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and EE starting at £31 per month. Right now there's no way to pick the phone up off-contract online — although brick-and-mortar P4U stores are often more accommodating to SIM-free buyers.

The red HTC One is — you guessed it — the same aluminum-backed phone we know and love, only with a different and more eye-catching coat of paint. Unfortunately there's still no official info on any plans to launch the red variant outside of the UK.

Source: HTC, Phones4U

5 years ago

Rovio teases new Angry Birds Star Wars news on July 15

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Rovio teases new Angry Birds Star Wars news on July 15

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Could we be getting a follow-up game based on the prequels? We'll find out on Monday

Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, have put up a page teasing an upcoming announcement on Monday July 15th with a decidedly Star Wars theme to it. The accompanying image in the post shows an angry bird in an Anakin Skywalker getup -- Ep. 1 goggles and all -- with a shadow cast onto a rock showing the silhouette of Darth Vader on a rock.

Looks like we may be in for a new Angry Birds Star Wars based on the prequel movies. We'll know for sure come Monday.

Source: Rovio

5 years ago

CyanogenMod fixes emergency calls for many Exynos devices

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CyanogenMod fixes emergency calls for many Exynos devices

CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod

Nine different Exynos-powered devices can now make emergency calls while running CM

As part of its newly recurring "This Week in CyanogenMod" post, the CM team has announced that it has fixed a long-standing issue on Samsung Exynos 4-powered devices that made them unable to make emergency calls. Courtesy of a fix applied by Daniel Hillenbrand, several popular Samsung phones and tablets with the XMM626x modem now have access to this vital service while running CM:

  • i9100/9100g (int'l Galaxy S2)
  • i777 (AT&T Galaxy S2)
  • n7000 (int'l Galaxy Note)
  • n7100 (int'l Galaxy Note 2)
  • p3100 (Galaxy Tab 2 7.0)
  • p5100 (Galaxy Tab 2 10.1)
  • i9300 (int'l Galaxy S3)
  • n8000 (Galaxy Note 10.1)

It's great to see so many devices pick up this functionality in one swoop after being left out for so long. Users no longer have to make the choice between running a CyanogenMod ROM and being able to make emergency calls on their devices. The latest nightlies for the devices will have the fix implemented.

Source: CyanogenMod

5 years ago

This is Verizon's Moto X

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This is Verizon's Moto X

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Verizon Moto X

Exclusive leaked photo shows Verizon's Moto X, and a small unexpected UI change

Hot out of the inbox is this picture of the Verizon Moto X in all it's LTE glory. While we don't get a look at the back or any of the expected customization areas of interest, this picture does give us a nice idea of the overall size of the phone, as well as a hint that it might be running a newer version of Android. We also note that the person handling the phone hasn't picked up on the Graves Method, or the Schmidt variant.

We see some, ahem, ample bezels at the top and bottom of the face of the phone, but overall the size looks fairly small by today's standards. The shape and outline remind us a lot of the Nexus 4, and we're guessing the two phones are similar in size. If you've not had a chance to check out a Nexus 4, think of a slightly shorter Galaxy S3.

More interesting may be the clue that we're seeing something different than Android 4.2.2 here. The background behind the soft-keys is semi-transparent. This could be a Motorola software customization, but with Android 4.3 supposedly right around the corner this could be a new look for the stock launcher.

A leaked roadmap points to an August release for the Moto X on Verizon, though we have no details or pricing. We are sure that it's coming, and everyone loves an early look.

Join the discussion in the Moto X forums

Thanks, D3xn2o!

5 years ago

Android Central 142: Speaking as a fisherman ...

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Android Central 142: Speaking as a fisherman ...

Android Central

Phil, Jerry, Alex and Andrew are back for Episode CXLII of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World! We're back on Google Hangouts and have the latest on Google Maps, all these Moto X leaks, the big moves in the land of U.S. carriers, and a wee bit on how good we look using phones in pools with bikinis. Plus, is your phone out to get you? (Hint: Probably not.)

 
5 years ago

AT&T agrees to buy Leap Wireless for $15 per share

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AT&T agrees to buy Leap Wireless for $15 per share

AT&T

AT&T

Offer comes as nearly 100-percent premium over stock valuation; PCS and AWS spectrum in play

AT&T and has just announced that it has entered an agreement to buy regional carrier Leap Wireless  for $15 per share in cash, gaining all of the carrier's assets and customers. Leap, which operates a consumer-facing carrier as Cricket Wireless, has both a CDMA and LTE network with coverage in 35 states and approximately 5 million subscribers.

AT&T makes no indication that it will continue to operate the CDMA network, however, and says that it will keep the Cricket brand running but offer users access to its own GSM and LTE networks instead. It will retain all of Cricket's retail locations, and use the brand as a way for AT&T to further push into the low-cost prepaid market.

The other likely reason for this purchase is for Leap's spectrum holdings, which land in the PCS and AWS bands covering 137 million people. This spectrum matches up well to AT&T's current spectrum holdings, and should be quickly implemented with its current network.

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