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Motorola “Shamu” spotted once more in Zauba import data

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The battle for who will bear the next Nexus device isn’t over yet. But while HTC seems to have be the crowd favorite for the next Nexus tablet, Motorola seems poised to take the smartphone side. Whether it’s the Nexus 6, Nexus X, Motorola S, or Nexus Shamu is still unknown, but Indian import and export site Zauba seems to prefer the latter.

What’s in a name? Apparently, quite a lot. This mysterious device, if it’s really one and not actually two different devices, has been going by different names. The codename “Shamu” was one of the earliest pieces of information to be leaked regarding a new Nexus smartphone. “Nexus 6″ also seemed appropriate since it would surpass the Nexus 5 in order and in size. However, legal hurdles seem to have forced Google to switch the name to a “Nexus X”, which might be more in line with Motorola’s “X” flagship. Then there’s the “Moto S” leak said to be part of Verizon’s inventory, leading to speculation about the smartphone being more of an Android Silver device.

Whatever its name may be, the Nexus 6/X/Shamu, the device is being billed as a smartphone aficionado’s dream come true. And why wouldn’t it be if it does have a 5.2-inch 2560×1440 QHD screen, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragn 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. All of that under the service of Google’s next major Android release, Android L or, as some rumors put it, Lemon Meringue Pie. That is, of course, if any of these rumors, leaks, and speculations come to pass.

Unfortunately, we might not hear much about that this coming IFA 2014 in Berlin, as Google isn’t expected to pull off the veils until late October or early November at the latest. That said, Motorola will be having its press event on September 4, where it will unveil the “New Moto X”/Moto X+1, which may give us a hint about the upcoming Nexus smartphone as well.

VIA: phoneArena

Estimated Indian pricing for Motorola Moto G2 revealed

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Motorola Moto G2 is expected to be announced at a Motorola event on September 5th in New Delhi. We have already seen information indicating the device will go for approximately €250 ($328 USD) when it goes on sale in European markets on September 10th. A new entry on Indian shipment tracking site Zauba indicates the price of the Moto G2 in India will be approximately ₹13,000 ($215 USD) for a 16 GB version.

The shipping information also reveals 70,000 units of the Moto G2 have been imported. The only colors that appears to be available are black and white. Reports indicate Flipkart will be the exclusive reseller for the Moto G2.

source: Zauba
via: GSM Arena

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New info suggests AT&T will have very brief Moto Maker exclusivity period

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous launches and availability. Now sources are saying AT&T will actually get a brief three-day period when they will be the exclusive source for the Moto Maker program.

Verizon fans may be bummed by this, but it is still a big improvement compared to last year’s launch when AT&T had a much longer exclusive period for Moto Maker. There is still no word on when T-Mobile or Sprint may carry the device or get access to the Moto Maker program. That information may come out in the next few days though once the device is officially announced.

source: TK Tech News

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Motorola logo on Moto X+1 likely a power button, Moto Aware will pair with Moto 360

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Another day, another round of Moto X+1 information. Today, everything has to do with the hardware of the device. The image above shows the Moto X+1 in white. In the four corners of the front, there seem to be sensors. According to TK Tech News, who has been following the upcoming Motorola device closely, they have to do with Moto Aware. The idea behind the sensors right now is that they will help the Moto X+1 communicate effectively with the Moto 360 in some way rather than just pairing with a Bluetooth connection.

Hit the break for information regarding the Moto X+1′s back panel setup.

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The closeup of the back panel in wood you are looking at is not just showing the camera and Motorola’s logo. It is being reported by the same source that the Motorola logo on the back panel is the device’s power button. So just like the LG G3, the Moto X+1 will feature its power button on its rear.

Source: TK Tech News (1) (2)

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Moto G2 Indian pricing leaked

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Last week some new images of the Moto G2 smartphone leaked showing what the device looks like and highlighting the removable back plates for the smartphone. We also know the pricing for the device in Europe thanks to leaks. In Europe, the smartphone will land on September 10 for €250.

This week the import data for India has surfaced for the Moto G2 smartphone showing some pricing information for the country. Import price for the 16GB version of the smartphone in India will be INR 10,640 ($176) for the 16GB version.

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That suggests that the retail price for the smartphone will be around INR 13,000 ($215). There are 70,000 of the black and white G2 smartphones heading to India and the smartphone will be sold by Flipkart.

Motorola has a launch event for the smartphone set for September 5 in New Delhi, which is before the European launch. All of the details on the Moto G2 smartphone will be offered at that event.

SOURCE: GSM Arena

CyanogenMod 11 officially makes its way to the Motorola Moto G 4G

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of the surest signs that a device has paid its dues, that it has reached a certain level of public distribution and support, is when it receives official CyanogenMod support. Motorola’s Moto G 4G has just received these honors with CyanogenMod 11, let the ROMing begin.

The Moto G 4G is the second major iteration of an exceptional piece of hardware. The original Moto G came equipped with just 3G connectivity and no microSD card slot. The Moto G 4G, in short, improves upon the original by adding 4G connectivity and room for a microSD card.

In terms of specs, the Moto G 4G rocks a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM a 5MP camera and has been updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat for most versions. The near completely vanilla Android experience makes for impressive performance on the Moto G 4G, we look forward to seeing if CyanogenMod can produce the same great results.

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CyanogenMod is one of the leading custom ROM developers in the Android market. CyanogenMod 11 is built on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and offers users a unique approach to the mobile user interface and experience.

While CyanogenMod supports many devices, it does not support them all. This is an expected achievement for the beloved Moto G line, but one that should not go unnoticed, and most certainly will not be overlooked by fans of installing custom ROMs on their devices.

If you are ready to take the plunge, head on over to the XDA Forum for CyanogemMod on the Moto G 4G, they have all the instructions you’ll need.

What is the number one reason that you install custom ROMs? Will you put CyanogenMod on your Moto G 4G?


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IFA 2014 expectation roundup: smartwatches galore

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

While IFA 2014 itself formally starts in a few days, many companies have scheduled their press events ahead to leave IFA open to actual device demos and showcases. But what do we expect from manufacturer’s this time of year? As it turns out, quite a lot. Unsurprisingly, a lot of those also revolve around the tech industry’s latest babies: smartwatches. Of course, it isn’t just all about smartwatches, as we’re expecting to see a few smartwatches and some tablets these coming days as well.

ASUS

ASUS has been harping about its smartwatch since January, but so far, like Motorola, it has been a no show in that market. But with official teasers already out in the wild, IFA 2014 could finally be ASUS’ time to shine. That said, we still know very little about the ZenWatch, other than it will be running Android Wear and will have voice command support, which isn’t exactly ground breaking. One thing that the company has been try to emphasize was how affordable their smartwatch will be. We curiously await if its budget price will come with budget specs.

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Motorola

Former Google subsidiary Motorola will be making quite a big splash this IFA. Defying expectations of an August announcement, the company will be revealing not just the next Moto X smartphone, but also the next Moto G as well. As of the last listing, the Moto X+1 is expected to bear a 1080p 5.2-inch screen, run on a 2.2 or 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, have 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Not exactly the latest and highest specs, but Motorola has been known to pull a few rabbits out of its hat with run of the mill hardware. The Moto G2, on the other hand, is believed to be a larger cousin of the budget smartphone, sporting a 720p 5-inch screen, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, with an 8 megapixel camera on the back.

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What everyone might be waiting for will be the Moto 360 smartwatch, something that was hyped a lot since I/O 2014. The smartwatch seemed to promise a lot, like a stylish round face design and wireless charging. Unfortunately, the company seems to have taken its sweet time and part of its thunder has been mostly stolen by LG’s latest revelation.

LG

The Korean OEM has surprisingly laid out all its cards on the table way before IFA 2014 even starts. It has already announced all its key devices, ranging from monitors, curved TVs, smartphones, and yes, smartwatches, ahead of time, making is us wonder if LG has anything left to surprise us with this week. Not that the G Watch R isn’t already surprising. A last minute leak gave us a glimpse of a round smartwatch from LG and, sure enough, the company did officially reveal the the device last week. The LG G Watch R is a bit of a step up from the plain G Watch, employing a round screen that, unlike the Moto 360, utilizes the whole surface. It also gets a higher 410 mAh battery and a heartrate sensor inside.

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If LG doesn’t have any announcements left, it will most likely just use its IFA time to formally introduce the devices to the public and later on let them fondle the new devices. Included in this new batch is the LG G3 Stylus, a pen-toting smartphone that was “accidentally” leaked in an LG ad but was later revealed to be a mid-tier device that just happened to have its own rubbery capacitive stylus in tow. Not quite what some might have wished to rival Samsung’s upcoming star.

Samsung

With the premium Galaxy Alpha formally out of the way, Samsung is free to turn all the spotlight on the Galaxy Note 4. As seems to be Samsung’s practice, this device will come with specs higher and bigger than that of its Galaxy S5 flagship. That includes a 5.7-inch QHD screen, a whopping 4 GB of RAM, the fastest Exynos and Snapdragon CPUs, a 16 megapixel camera, and what could be a new fingerprint scanner. But that’s just the specs, of course. It remains to be seen whether Samsung also has anything left to push forward the S Pen again this year, or if the vision for the stylus has somewhat plateaued by now.

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And like the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 will also come with its own companion smartwatch. Also announced already last week, the Gear S is Samsung’s surprising yet expected new wearable. While not as visually distinct as the G Watch R, the Gear S boasts one thing that none of this new generation of smartwatches have: it’s very own 3G connection. Unfortunately, but again not surprising, it runs Tizen instead of Android Wear, and we’ll get to see this week if it will be able to stand up to the onslaught of new Android Wear smartwatches.

Sony

Sony’s third smartwatch is a rather late surprise. Not that we didn’t see the SmartWatch 3 coming but, according to last minute rumors, it will be running on Android Wear instead of Sony’s custom software. That is definitely a bit of an unexpected turn of events considering how much Sony has invested in its own smartwatch ecosystem long before Android Wear or even Samsung’s Galaxy Gear arrived on the scene. Still, it’s definitely a welcome change, if true, as it gives Android users more devices to choose from.

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That said, many Sony fans will most likely be waiting with bated breath for what the company’s new smartphones and an unexpected tablet. From what we’ve gathered so far, the Xperia Z3 is likely to be look like another incremental upgrade from the Xperia Z2, bearing almost the same specs with a few upgrades here and there. The Xperia Z3 Compact, on the other hand, only has the Xperia Z1 Compact as the jumping board, since Sony has seemingly abandoned any plans for an Xperia Z2 Compact. Although we did expect a new Xperia tablet to join the crowd, little did we know that it will also be, well, little. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be the company’s first foray into a small-sized tablet, so fans of Sony’s design and hardware will definitely want to keep an eye out for this.

Wrap-up

These are just some of the major highlights of IFA 2014 this week, but there’s definitely more in store. Huawei‘s Ascend Mate7 will be making an appearance as well as Lenovo’s Vibe X2. Meizu is also expected to reveal its latest MX4 this week. We will definitely have an Android packed week so be sure to keep tabs on our IFA 2014 tag portal so that you don’t get lost in the sea of announcements and devices.

Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

moto_x1_black_leather_aluminum_no_flashWe’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.

A listing in Verizon’s retail systems was leaked that shows four new options that are soon to be added: the new Moto X in black, the new Moto X in white/bamboo, and two MotoMaker listings for 16 and 32 GB varieties. This likely means that Verizon will offer 16 GB white and black models in store (with the white version equipped with a bamboo back) and tickets for MotoMaker in store, and that all four options should be available at the same time.

We haven’t heard anything about MotoMaker being available on other carriers, but hopefully Motorola will be able to launch everything simultaneously on all four major carriers this time around.

source: Phandroid

 

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Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 510 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.

At AA HQ, we’ve been busy preparing for the big show next week and the good stuff coming later this fall. Tech news is finally picking up again, and we couldn’t be happier!

Video roundup

Check out Jayce’s popular weekly Android news roundup!

IFA is a big deal this year

Well, IFA is always a big deal because it’s the start of the busiest season in tech, the time when all companies put out their best products so they’re ready on the shelves when holiday shopping begins. Yes, the spring season is important too, but it’s the end of the year that really matters. And this year, competition is intense. Not only we have a slew of cool Android devices duking it out against each other, but the long-awaited larger iPhone is going to make the mobile race more interesting than ever. It all starts next week: Note 4, Gear VR, G Watch R, new Moto X and Moto G, new Xperia devices, and more.

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Fun, games, and a lot of hard work

Tech blogging can be hugely rewarding , especially if you’re passionate about the things you’re writing about all day. Attending shows like IFA, CES, and MWC is one of the best things about it. You get to interact with the people behind the devices, you get to see cool new toys before most people, and overall it’s just lots of fun. On the flip side, it’s also lots of work, especially if you’re part of a small team. Attending briefings, live-blogging, running from one booth to another (especially at IFA, which takes place at a huge and confusing expo complex), all while writing posts and coordinating with the team back home… it can be challenging at times. But don’t get me wrong – the sleep deprivation is totally worth it!

#IceBucketChallenge

We did it. Well, some of us did it. Our YouTube team (Kevin, Joe, Josh, Lanh) and our fearless leader Darcy accepted the challenge to get drenched in cold water and  donate to the ALS Association (Lahn also donated to Water.org, while Josh thoughtfully took the challenge on a patch of parched grass.) The results are in the video below – check out this post to learn where to donate and support the fight against ALS.

Coming up next

Obviously, next week will be dedicated to news from IFA, with the Note 4 front and center. Keep an eye on our tag page for round the clock coverage, and don’t forget about our YouTube channel.

Motorola programed its autumn event on September 4, but for some reason it’s in Chicago, not Berlin. Keep an eye out for our Moto X+1 and Moto G2 hands-on impressions.

A Gear Live is awaiting its new owner. And a Nexus 5 is going up for stakes through this Sunday Giveaway. Because what’s better than free gadgets?

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here’s some of our interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:

Top news of the week

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

Note 4 rumor and teasers:

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HTC goes 64-bit

Xperia Z3 and 8-inch tablet

G3 Stylus is here

ASUS teasers

Gear S and LG G Watch R

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Leaked image shows Motorola Moto X+1 lacking flash next to camera

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The latest leak involving the next Motorola flagship shows its back panel. The image above was obtained by TK Tech News and shows what is likely a prototype of the Moto X+1. The reason we call it a prototype is because the device here is missing any sort of flash to operate with the camera. The source notes that this is seemingly the leather back panel with aluminum frame. Again, Motorola is aiming for choice and customization with its flagship device.

Source: TK Tech News

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