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4 years ago

Verizon Moto X soak test invites going out again

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Soak test invites follow closely on the heels of news that KitKat is coming 'in a matter of weeks'

After hearing that the Moto X would be getting Android 4.4 soon, seeing Verizon users get a soak test invite is a bit intriguing. If you're not familiar, a soak test is where a group of people are chosen to do a sort of private beta test on the firmware, to make sure things don't assplode or catch fire before the software is rolled out to everyone. We see it a lot with Motorola devices, and it generally works well.

Of course, they also have soak tests for small, incremental updates — which this very well may be. Though the process is marked confidential, secrets like this are impossible to keep and we'll know exactly what the update is all about once it rolls out to the soak testers. Of course we'll keep a close eye on this one, and you'll know more when we know more.

If you're interested in getting in on some hot soak testing action yourself, have a look here to get started.

Thanks to all the anonymous people who sent this in!

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4 years ago

AT&T starts back up $100 smartphone trade-in offer, runs until Dec. 7

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Put trade-in value towards new phone, tablet, accessories or service fees

AT&T is refreshing a smartphone trade-in deal that will give you at least $100 towards a phone, tablet or accessory purchase made at a carrier store. All you have to do is head into any company-owned AT&T retail location and trade in a smartphone that is no more than three years old and is in good, working condition (although they'll consider any device you bring in), and you'll be given a minimum of $100 to spend at the store.

The money can be applied immediately to the purchase of a new phone on-contract, bringing most devices down under $100 with a two-year agreement. And in cases where the value of your trade-in is higher than the cost of the new phone, you'll simply receive it for free. If you'd prefer not to refresh your contract, the trade-in value can be applied towards a tablet, accessories or even your next bill.

The deal is available at AT&T stores starting today and running through December 7th, so if you have an old phone or two that isn't worth much to you, maybe you can go trade it in and get a little money towards your next purchase.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

We're answering your Moto G questions on the Android Central forums!

The Moto G is official, and it's available to purchase today in some countries. With a1.2 GHz quad-core processor, near-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 4.5-inch 720p LCD display, the Moto G offers more hardware bang for your buck than the majority of other devices at this price point. U.S. buyers will have a little longer to wait before they can pick up Motorola's new, low-priced version of the Moto X, but in the meantime we're here to answer your questions. Hit the link below to pose them on the Android Central forums.

More: Moto G Q&A on the Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Google+ for Android update brings improvements for Photos, location sharing

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Image details finally will be available in the app

Be on the lookout, folks, for an update to Google+ in the near future. Google's Virgil Dobjanschi on G+ (natch) gives word that the updated v4.2.3 brings forth a few new improvements. To wit:

  • The Photos section now will work with Android Beam, so you can shoot pics to each other using NFC.
  • Also, Photos now works with Daydream (the screen-saver feature you can find in the Display settings), so when you're docked or charging the app can show off your pretty pictures.
  • Photos now shows image details. (Finally! Quit asking what camera we took that picture with!)
  • And, non-photo-wise, the Locations section will automatically refresh your friends' locations when you open it.

Good improvements, all. Look for the staggered rollout to hit you sooner or later.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanschi

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Moto G

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Hands-on photo gallery​

Motorola has just unveiled its latest smartphone, the wallet-friendly Moto G, which goes on sale today in parts of Europe and Latin America. We're just getting acquainted with Moto's new affordable wonder, but along with our initial hands-on preview, we've had time to get a good look at the device. And you too can see more of the device in our hands-on gallery after the break...

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4 years ago

Verizon says it'll carry the Moto G on prepaid next year

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If you're looking to get the new Moto G — be sure to check out our quick-look video — on Verizon when it's available here in the U.S. in early 2014, it looks like you're going to have to go prepaid to do it.

The official VZWNews Twitter account this morning confirmed as such.

The move to prepaid isn't overly surprising, given that Verizon has led the push for LTE data in the U.S. (though it did recently admit things are tough in metro areas) — and the sub-$200 Moto G is a decidedly non-LTE device.

Again, nothing more specific than early in the first quarter, though Moto today at its even in Brazil said to expect Moto G in the U.S. in January.

More discussion in our Moto G forums!

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4 years ago

HTC One Max available on Sprint this Friday

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Sprint this morning announced that it'll carry the HTC One Max — that's the larger one in this picture here, folks — starting this Friday., Nov. 15. It'll run $299 on contract with a two-year deal, or $25 a month with the Sprint One Up program.

As you'll recall from our HTC One Max review, this is a mondo 5.9-inch phone, with a 1080p display, HTC's Ultrapixel camera, a 3,300 mAh battery and the new Sense 5.5 user interface.

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4 years ago

Video: Hands-on with the Moto G!

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So many thoughts to be thunk about the Moto G. Relatively unimpressive specs — save for that price. Not quite a Moto X, but will that matter to most folks in this target market? And will such a low cost to consumers — under $200, off contract and unlocked — finally spur some sort of change in the industry? 

We'll see. For now, enjoy this quick hands-on from Alex Dobie from Motorola's satellite event in London. And be sure to check out the full Moto G specs here, and swing by our Moto G forums!

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4 years ago

AT&T fires up 10 more LTE markets

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AT&T this morning announced the addition of 10 more markets to its LTE roster, bringing its total to 471 markets nationwide.

New on the list are:

  • Dothan, Ala.
  • Vail, Colo.
  • Kalispell, Mont.
  • Utica-Rome, N.Y.
  • Prineville, Ore.
  • Clarksville-Hopkinsville, Tenn.-Ky.
  • Eagle Pass, Texas
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Mount Pleasant, Texas
  • Uvalde, Texas

You can check out AT&T's coverage where you live at AT&T's coverage map.

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4 years ago

Moto G specs

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Motorola's Moto G looks to make a name for itself worldwide by being a mid-spec'd but properly priced Android smarpthone. 

Here are the complete Moto G specs:

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4 years ago

Motorola officially announces the Moto G!

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Moto G starts at just $179, off-contract and unlocked

Motorola this morning at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced the lower-cost Moto G Android smartphone. 

It's a smartphone that has a premium experience but has a fraction of the cost," said product manager Charlie Tritschler.

Moto G's got a 4.5-inch display at 720p. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz and sports 1GB of RAM. Motorola's pushed a 2070 mAh into this thing, noting 14 hours of talk time. Moto's touting that "all day" battery life line again.

And as you'd expect, it's running Android 4.3 out of the box, with an update to Android 4.4 "guaranteed" by January 2014, Moto's Punit Soni said.

For those who want some customization, Moto G is available with a number of removable backs — "Moto Shells." And there's a "Flip Shell" that is exactly what it sounds like — a flip cover to protect the displays.

And most important — an off-contract price of just $179 for 8GB. For 16GB, you'll pay just $199. It'll go on sale this week in Brazil and parts of Europe. After that come Latin America, Canada and parts of Asia.

Moto G will be available in the U.S., India, the Middle East and more of Asia in January. 

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4 years ago

Moto X to get Android 4.4 KitKat 'in a matter of weeks'

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Motorola's already confirmed that the Moto X will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. No surprise there. And today, at the Moto G event in Brazil, we get at least a vague idea of when we might expect it. 

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside at today's event said the Moto X can expect to be updated "in a matter of weeks." Nothing more specific than that, unfortunately. But for now, we'll take it.

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4 years ago

Watch the Moto G livestream here!

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Here's the live livestream from Brazil as we await the unveiling of the Moto G. And we're also at a satellite event in London, so stay tuned for more from that.

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4 years ago

Sony launches new PlayStation App in the Play Store for eager PS4 users

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Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go

It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to stay in the loop even when they're not at home playing, the PlayStation App lets you keep in the loop. Once connecting your accounts and your PS4, you can push games to your console at home, chat with your friends and keep up with all of your stats.

The app also opens up chances for second-screen features when games make them available, expanding gameplay possibilities. You can cut down on the clutter with system guides, manuals and the PlayStation Blog right at your fingertips as well. If you are eagerly awaiting your PS4 arrival, you can head to the Play Store and grab a download of the PlayStation app and be ready for when it arrives.

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4 years ago

Plague Inc. adds new CDC content, game features

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Speed runs, new events and news are all included

Ndemic Creation's infectious title Plague Inc. is receiving an update today that brings a whole bunch of new game content. The so-called "Mutation 6 warning" update includes a new game mode called "speed runs," which as it sounds has the single goal of seeing how fast you can kill the entire world. It also includes new CDC content — the Centers for Disease Control is now inside the game.

You'll also find a rebalanced NAZG achievement, new events and news with more back stories and other general performance and game improvements throughout. You can grab the latest version of Plague Inc. at the Play Store link above, if you're so inclined.

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