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Nexus 6, Android 5.0 will include ‘Ambient display’

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Android.com’s new page dedicated to Android 5.0 Lollipop’s and all its bag of tricks makes mention of a feature that is a lot similar to the new Moto X’s “Moto Display” technology – it’s called “Ambient Display” for the moment, and it allows devices running Android 5.0 to wake up as soon as it its picked up or when notification come in.

We shouldn’t really be surprised, given that the Nexus 6 takes a lot from Motorola’s design book – although still tethered to Google’s Nexus branding. The feature was first seen embedded on the new Moto X, although there have been 3rd party implementations of the same idea before (like Peek for Android).

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The feature page also makes mention of a sort of “knock-to-wake-up” feature similar to LG’s Android implementation, saying that “where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice.” There is no clear explanation of the feature yet, but it might be that AMOLED screens will allow for notification “peeking” like the new Moto X does.

Why did you not catch this with the latest developer build, you ask? Well, it’s because it isn’t there. This feature will only be available with the final build of Android Lollipop. But this is a good sign that Android Dev is starting to accept more of the fanciful features that attract people and make Android such a cool ecosystem to work with.

VIA: Android Authority

“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.

A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.

On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.

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source: +Prashant Gahlot
via: Android Police

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Motorola video invites people to join company

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there.

In the video, Motorola tries to show that the company, despite an 85-year history, is looking forward to the future and is not the same type of company of even one generation ago. If you think a career with Motorola may be for you, visit the Careers portion of the Motorola web site by heading over to www.motorolacareers.com. Before you do though, you may want to check out the new video they produced.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: phoneArena

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Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Go Live on October 29

Posted by Kellex October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Nexus 6 pre-orders open up on October 29! That’s the latest in the Google Play listing for this year’s Nexus phone.

Last week, Google would only tell us to expect pre-orders towards the end of October, with shipment happening at some point later in November. Now you have a specific date to mark on your calendars. 

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Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Go Live on October 29 is a post from: Droid Life

Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 Size Detailed in Hands-on Video

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Nexus 6 from Google and Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung are large devices. There is no getting around that. But just how large are these two handsets when sitting next to one another? Thankfully, the folks over at Carphone Warehouse have answered that question for us, posting a video of the two devices working alongside one another. 

As we can see, both phones are large, with the Nexus 6 sporting a nearly 6″ QHD display and the Note 4 sporting a 5.7″ QHD display. The man in the video also talks about Lollipop, performance, and the camera on the Nexus 6, basically stating that while other Nexus camera experiences have completely sucked, the camera on the Nexus 6 might not be too terrible.

Of course, they speak briefly about the Note 4 and all of its proprietary software as well, reminding you to plan on spending a few hours on getting used to everything your new phone can do in terms of features.

Check out the full video below, and let us know if one of these behemoths will be your next smartphone.

Cheers Eric!

Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 Size Detailed in Hands-on Video is a post from: Droid Life

Another Picture of the DROID TURBO Surfaces

Posted by Kellex October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We already told you everything there is to know about the DROID TURBO outside of its price. But, because you are all ridiculously excited about this phone (can’t say I blame you either), how about another picture of it? Thanks to the supposedly-still-retired @evleaks, we have a multi-angle press render that shows the phone in both black and red, the two colors that will be available at launch. 

It looks, well, like a DROID. You can clearly see the KEVLAR-inpsired back covering, centered camera with dual-flash,  side buttons for power and volume, and that really oddly warped bottom of the back plate. We also get another look at the front, with centered camera and capacitive navigation buttons. Yep, it’s a DROID.

If you were looking for a DROID that can redeem the brand after years of mostly disappointments, the DROID TURBO probably is the DROID you have been looking for.

The TURBO will be officially unveiled on October 28.

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Via:  @evleaks

Another Picture of the DROID TURBO Surfaces is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon site CSS spills the beans on Motorola’s Droid Turbo

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Verizon and Motorola’s chief secret keepers are probably pulling their hair out right now, wondering how is it that they would be able to keep secrets in the Internet age. I bet they’re also wondering what sort of people have the time to check out a website’s live CSS to smoke out an upcoming product. Our answer to them would be this – the sort of people who do exactly this.

A website’s CSS data is not really what you go to first when browsing, and in that sense, it’s not easily accessible. But if you want to see the data – which looks like this – anyone who knows how to access it will be able to, and in this sense, it’s really simple. So cue some people who have lots of time on their hands getting a sniff of the new Motorola Droid Turbo that Verizon will be launching soon.

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Honestly speaking, these are some pretty tasty pics. We get a nice look at what the Droid Turbo will finally – and officially – look like. Couple this with the strong spec list that has been leaked for the Turbo and we should get a phone that will definitely hold its own against the flagship models from other manufacturers that were launched this year.

We have to remember that the Droid line of products is a joint venture between Verizon and Motorola, so it makes sense for them to launch a phone that it equally as good as, say the 2014 Moto X, or the Nexus 6 – all from Motorola. The launch date of this new Droid should not be too far away, with an announcement set for October 28.

SOURCE: Reddit

Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon leaks once again, this time in black and red

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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In less than nine days, Motorola will be unveiling another handset to put on the market. This one, however, is expected to be a carrier exclusive. We are talking about the DROID Turbo that is heading straight to Verizon. A few images were found within the coding for the Verizon’s page teasing the device. It shows the device in black and in red. Regardless of the back panel color, the front remains black.

Hit the break for more.

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Source: GadgetzArena
Via: Android Headlines

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Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Welcome to Android Authority this week!

This week was the closest thing to Christmas we have in the Android World. After a long, long summer, Google finally gave Android L a name (hello, Lollipop!) and launched the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Packing new features and a beautiful design language, Lollipop is coming from early November to Nexus devices and the rest of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 impressed with top specifications, though our enthusiasm was dampened by their stingy price tags. The surprise of the event was Nexus Player, an Android TV box made by Asus. While our eyes were firmly on Mountain View, we also got some news on the powerful Droid Turbo and Sony’s US-bound Xperias.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

A brave new world

With Lollipop and the Nexus, Android is entering a new era. Android 5 is the biggest update in years, and, coupled with the advent of Material Design, it’s one of the most appealing yet. Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services, as one former member of the iPad team put it, and Lollipop is the living proof.

It’s too early to tell for sure, but if app developers adopt Material in mass, the quality of the ecosystem will be greatly buoyed. With a feature-rich, polished operating system, great apps that take advantage of a common and consistent design language, and tons of compelling devices from many manufacturers, Android is looking better than ever. It’s a great time to be an Android fan!

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Inside AA HQ

Our traffic is booming! That’s great news, but on the downside, the influx of new readers is taking its toll on our current server. Our backend systems have struggled under load this week, and for a period we even had trouble publishing new posts. Derek is on it though, and the new box that’s about to go online should keep us rocking even during major spikes, when traffic is five times what we get in a typical day. Thank you for your patience!

Our forums hit 30,000 members – not bad for a new community, eh? Luka is doing a smashing job as a community manager and that shows not only on the forums, but on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus as well. Your questions and inquiries there won’t get unanswered anymore, so don’t be a stranger!

Another week, another hot giveaway. Oh, this week it’s actually two, we are giving away a Nexus 6 in our Sunday Giveaway, and the fine people from Opera have put up an Xperia Z3 for grabs.

 

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Turbo time

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This is the Nexus 6

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Lollipop updates

Meet Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Nexus Player

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Happy Sunday!

Motorola Moto X (2014) just $50 on Verizon contract this weekend

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The Verizon branded brand new Moto X (2014) is on sale this weekend. If you are willing to sign up with Verizon for a two year contract, you can get Motorola‘s latest flagship for half off, just $49.99. This goes for just the Verizon model, the Pure Edition and remaining carrier offerings remain at full price.

Since this is a time limited deal, you best head on over to Moto Maker on the Motorola website right away if you are interested in the new Moto X (2014) for just $49.99 on contract through Verizon.

The new Moto X (2014) is a 5.2-inch device running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, for now, it will get Android 5.0 Lollipop ‘soon.’ Running the Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5GHz, Adrena 330 and 2GB of RAM, it is no slouch, and the updated 13MP camera is proving a major improvement over the previous generation Moto X.

With the updated size and specs of the Moto X (2014), it should be no surprise that the price took a jump as well. Sadly, many feel that this new price tag of $500 and up, without contract, knocks it out of viable contention when looking for a good contract-free phone. It is a good thing then that this phone is like others hitting the market right now, great devices that should easily last users a couple years. Not that I’m advocating carrier contracts, just that I don’t think a contract is as bad a thing as it used to be.

Whether you buy the new Moto X (2014) on Verizon contract or not, you’ll want to head into the Motorola website to grab your new handset. Sure, you can buy the Moto X elsewhere, but Moto Maker will allow you to make all those cool customizations.

Now that the madness of the new Nexus devices is settling down a bit, which Motorola device would you drop your money on, the Nexus 6 or this new Moto X (2014)?


Via: Android Central;
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