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Motorola begins rolling out the Android 5.1 update to the Moto X (1st Gen), Changelog below

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


If you own a 1st generation Moto X, you will be pleased to find out that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has begun rolling out. In Brazil. I know, it isn’t good news if you don’t actually live in Brazil, but hey, at least it’s a start, and a sign that it’s on the way. We have the changelog after the break.

Other than the bug fixes that Android 5.1 contains, the changelog mentions features such as Smart Lock (trusted devices), changes to the UI and notifications, the new flashlight feature and the use of the new Android Runtime (ART) among others. As to why the update is rolling out to Moto X (1st Gen) handsets in Brazil first, it’s probably because it (Brazil) has a smaller user base. Meaning that if there are any problems with the update, it’s an easier task for Motorola to give support and fix the issues. I’m sure it won’t be long until the 5.1 update is released on a wider scale.Until then, we can always just drool over the changelog, I guess.

Any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in the document are not down to me, for once. The change log was translated from Brazilian Portuguese to English in the interests of being able to read it.

Moto X  1st Generation - Android 5.1 Lollipop - Software Update Changelog


Source: Motorola
Via: Droid-Life

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Here is the Android 5.1 Update Changelog for the Moto X (1st Gen)

Posted by Kellex April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Android 5.1 update for the Moto X (1st gen) is finally rolling out…in Brazil. I know, not exactly what you wanted to hear, but hey, at least it is rolling out to the 1st gen Xs after what has been months of delays. If the update is headed to devices in Brazil, then Motorola must be getting it ready for US carrier variants too. 

So what’s new in the update? It’s a lot like the original 5.0 update that rolled out to the Moto X (2nd gen), only this has all sorts of bug fixes that likely won’t be mentioned in the changelog we have pasted below. It does talk about Smart Lock (trusted devices), Material Design, new notification controls, Do Not Disturb mode, the addition of the flashlight shortcut to the quick settings menu, and use of ART.

Speaking of the changelog, it was translated from Portugese to English, so please excuse some of the misspellings and other oddities.

Design material You will notice an immediate visual fully renovated and colored in your device, since fluid animations to new themes, colors and widgets for applications and the system.
UI and priorities of notifications In order to alert you to the latest relevant information, the format and the operation of notifications evolved:

  • notifications will appear on the lock screen, classified intelligently by type and sender.
  • open a notification with two rings, swipe left or right to delete or remove all notifications from the list of background.
  • can set the priority and the privacy of notifications for each application.
  • notifications with higher priority will appear briefly on other applications, so you can decide what action to take.
  • when you cancel a notification on a device, this is also canceled in its other Android devices if they are connected to the Internet.
  • can further adjust the operation of notifications through new Inactivity Period settings and screen Environment (see below).
New definitions of interruptions and downtime You can adjust the operation of interruptions, opting to allow all, none or only interrupts with priority. You can customize what is considered an interrupt with priority (reminders, events, calls, SMS / MMS) and to adjust it to receive only specific contacts interruptions. The definition of inactivity period will allow priority interrupted only during the hours and days that you specify. For example, you can enable interrupts with priority only during the weekends.
Recent applications (Multitasking) The space redesigned the Overview (formerly Recent) will include both applications as separate activities in these applications. For example, the tabs open in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail inbox as a draft message email will be presented separately. This enables consistently switch between tasks.
Motorcycle The Moto phone adapts to you and not vice versa. Now the Moto Assist incorporates Motorola, the Motorola smart screen, the Moto Voice (Voice Control) and the Moto Shares.
Moto Screen and Screen Environment While the screen of your phone is off, the screen Moto will continue to submit relevant reports through contextual computing processor low power consumption. Also react intelligently when using the zoom gesture on Moto Shares. Now, Android Lollipop includes similar functionality, designated Environment screen, which displays notifications such as those already presented on the lock screen. If you prefer to try the new functionality Environment screen, clear the screen setting in Moto Moto application. Note: Setting the screen does not use the low-power processor from Motorola and activate more of the screen, which can affect battery life. The zoom gesture on Moto Shares will not activate the screen Environment.
Moto Assist and Sleep Delay Moto Assist integrates new functionality Sleep Delay in Android Lollipop system, in order to control when you want to not be bothered. The Moto Assist also happens to use the new settings interruptions, so you can customize exceptions, such as allowing contact you only the people in your contact list with star.
Flashlight Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of the Quick Sets (slide down with two fingers from the status bar to view).
Share your device You can now set multiple user accounts on your phone. The guest mode is enabled by default. You can grant privileges calls and sending SMS / MMS to other users of your device or restrict them according to their preferences via the Settings menu in users. Note that the custom Moto experiences (Moto Assist, Voice Moto, Moto screen , Moto Shares) and the Motorola Connect intended only to the owner’s account.The Motorola Camera and Gallery applications support multiple user accounts.
Select a view / application The screen dialing allows you to keep an application or a specific screen viewing. For example, you can “tag” a game and your child can not access any other content on your phone.
Battery Now the battery settings panel shows an estimate of time remaining until running out of battery or until it is fully charged. You can also activate a new battery saving mode, which will reduce consumption by limiting the performance of most of the data in the background operations, in order to increase battery life.
Links to more intelligent Internet With Android Lollipop, your phone will not establish connection to a Wi-Fi hotspot without there being a connection to the internet verified. This feature improves the transition between Wi-Fi connections and mobile, so that the video chat or call voice over IP (VoIP) remain active during this transition.
Performance The phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance. After upgrading to Lollipop, their applications will undergo a single optimization process. Note that you need more space for the optimization of ART
Smart Lock
(Trusted Devices)
The Android Lollipop adds native support to enable reliable devices remain unlocked phone (like Moto 360, a headset or Bluetooth car kit, etc.). Smart Lock replaces the previous trusted device capacity of your Motorola phone. Note that you must re-add the trusted devices after the transition to the Lollipop in the Security settings menu on Smart Lock.

It has to be soon for the rest of you. Has to be.

Via:  Motorola
Cheers Lucas!

Here is the Android 5.1 Update Changelog for the Moto X (1st Gen) is a post from: Droid Life

Original Moto X Android 5.1 update begins rolling out, starting with Brazil

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

At the beginning of this month we learned from Motorola’s David Schuster that the Moto X (1st gen), Moto E (1st gen), and the Moto G with LTE (1st gen) would all be making the jump from KitKat directly to Android 5.1 Lollipop. With Android 5.1 already available on the Moto X (2014), you may be wondering how much longer before the original Moto X will see it. If a new OTA release in Brazil is any indication, the wait might not be so long.

Several reports are coming in with news that Brazil is seeing Android 5.1 on the Moto X (2013) starting today. It’s unclear if this is a soak test or a full OTA rollout for the region. As for what’s new, unless you managed to get on an Android 5.0 soaktest for the Moto X, the update will be your first taste of all the changes that Lollipop brings to the table such as improved notifications, changes to the mult-tasking menu, and more. As for what 5.1 brings over 5.0, we’re looking at mostly a bug-busting update, though you can get a solid rundown of the biggest changes here.

If all goes as planned, the worldwide rollout of Android 5.1 to the Moto could begin as early as next month. Of course individual carrier versions will likely be among the last to see the update.

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Moto E (2015) 4G now available in India for Rs.7,999

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Following the release of the 3G Moto E (2015) last month and the pre-order launch for the 4G Moto E (2015) last week, the competitively priced smartphone is now finally available to purchase in India, via Flipkart, for a price of Rs.7999.

The market has changed a little since the first generation Moto E hit the shelves. At Rs. 7999, Motorola is now positioned against other compelling offerings from Huawei and Xiaomi’s tempting Redmi 2. To sweeten the deal, Flipkart is offering 10 percent off for SBI card users and has discounts on accessories like Grip Shells and colored bands. The company is also giving away some shopping vouchers with your purchase.

As well as faster data speeds, the Moto E (2015) 4G option sports a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, which is built from a quad-core Cortex-A53 configuration and Adreno 306 GPU, rather than four Cortex-A7 cores and an Adreno 302 GPU. Other than that, you’ll find the same 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 5MP rear camera and 2,390 mAh battery as the 3G model. Not forgetting the latest Android 5.0 operating system too.

If you would like a closer look at what the Moto E (2015) model has to offer, check out our related video content below.

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Moto 360 getting WiFi support after Android Wear update

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

While we’re waiting for the second-gen Moto 360, you can still choose to buy the original model for a discounted price from the Google Store or customize one in Moto Maker. Or you can also wait to upgrade your smartwatch as a new Android Wear software update was recently announced by Google. Official update should roll out anytime soon.

Just like the Sony Smartwatch 3 getting the new Android Wear features, the Moto 360 will also receive WiFi support, phone free usage, hands free gestures, and quick drawings into emojis. With WiFi support, you can receive SMS and incoming call notifications as long as you are connected to a network. Flicking of the wrist will scroll between notifications or cards of information you want to see. Without having to touch the screen, you can view the previous item or move forward. Emojis are more fun now as you can just draw something on your small smartwatch screen. Your Moto 360 will transform it into an emoji to send to your contacts as an SMS reply.

Perhaps the most important feature of the software update that Moto 360 users will find more useful is WiFi support. Smartwatch only used to work over a Bluetooth range but with WiFi support, you can now leave your phone at home.

An interesting discussion was started over at Reddit when someone excitedly shared that the Moto 360 will get WiFi connection. Other redditors were quick to respond that there was never a doubt smartwatches will get it because there’s always been a WiFi chip inside and that it’s only disabled. Moto 360 uses Texas Instrument’s OMAP 3 processor which actually has WiFi built into the SoC.

Someone commented that this not an unreasonable move because of the poor battery life of the Moto 360 but others replied by saying that battery improved since the Android Wear 5.0.2 update. Based on the comments that followed, Moto 360′s battery has greatly improved compared to before so the WiFi function is more than welcome.

It seems the speculation whether the Moto 360 will have WiFi or not is over. The Motorola smartwatch is definitely getting it.

VIA: Reddit

SOURCE: Motorola

Motorola Connect updated with new features for the Moto 360

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Motorola is in the midst of rolling out an update for its official Connect application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings a truckload of new features to the app, some of which are specifically aimed at Moto 360 users, giving them the means to: “upload their own watch face background, share watch face creations and customize watch faces directly on the watch.”

Hit the break below for the full changelog. 

  • Moto 360: Customize watch faces directly on the watch
  • Moto 360: Upload your own watch face background or choose from one of our curated backgrounds across five themes
  • Moto 360: Share your watch face creations with your social networks
  • Moto Body: Opt-in to receive a weekly email summary with insights on your activity
  • Moto Body: Improved visualization of wellness data
  • Performance improvements

If you own a Moto 360, have the Motorola Connect application installed on your smartphone or tablet and want to install the update — simply, hit the source link below. 

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Deal: Grab a Verizon Moto G (1st Gen) From eBay for $40

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

For what is likely a limited time, Best Buy is selling the Moto G (1st Gen) for Verizon prepaid customers through its website and eBay, priced at just $40. This is the model from 2013, which features no LTE connectivity, but does have a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, basic Android with minimal Motorola UI tweaks on top, 5MP rear-facing shooter, and a 4.5″ HD display. 

For $40, you would be pressed to find a better option if your smartphone budget is limited. The newer models of the Moto G and Moto E feature 4G LTE radios, but also come with high price tags. This may even be a good starter phone for a young teen in your life.

And while it may not be as good as that $25 flash sale which happened earlier this week, an extra $15 is not bad.

If $40 sounds good, follow the links below.

eBay Link | Best Buy Link

Deal: Grab a Verizon Moto G (1st Gen) From eBay for $40 is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: 32GB Moto X Developer Edition for only $149.99

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The original Motorola Moto X didn’t exactly have the most bleeding-edge specs when it first arrived on the market, and now that a little over a year and half has passed the spec sheet is looking even more dated. But don’t let that fool you, this is still a great handset. The Moto X was never about raw power, instead it aimed to show that user experience is just as, if not more, important than the spec sheet by bringing unique user-facing features like touchless control and active display technology.

For those that have modest needs and don’t need the latest and greatest, the Moto X is still very much worth picking up even today. This is especially true for those that take up eBay seller thegoodblokes offer for the Moto X Developer Edition, unlocked and ready to go for just $149.99 in your choice of black or white. The unit is model number XT1060 and supports both unlocked GSM networks and Verizon’s CDMA network.

As a quick recap, the Moto X features a 4.7-inch 720p display, Motorola’s X8 computing system (centered around a Snapdragon S4), a 10MP rear cam, 32GB storage, and is capable of being updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. For a full rundown of what to expect, be sure to check out our review.

So how about it, anyone planning on picking up the original Moto X for under $200?

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New Watch Faces turn Moto 360’s flat tire into Little Worlds

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The first-gen Moto 360 may soon have a follow up since we’ve been seeing a lot of leaked photos lately. The Motorola smartwatch was also recently made available in Moto Maker so anyone can customize his own Moto 360 while Google even slashed off a hundred bucks from its original price. The company has great plans for the the smartwatch line but like any gadget or device introduced in the market today, it’s not a stranger to comments and snide remarks. One of the most memorable comments is that “flat tire” that you can see at the bottom of the screen.

That black area is where the display sensors are located. Motorola included this seemingly unnecessary area because they wanted the watch display to appear bezel-less. The round design obviously wasn’t able to conceal the rectangular display.

The flat tire is still there but there is a solution. Good thing there’s a special app for Android Wear called the Watch Face-Minimal & Elegant. It’s a collection of new watch face designs that takes advantage of that black flat tire at the bottom. Little Worlds design changes the area into something less distracting like a block or a silhouette of the moon or a city.

With the app, you can also change the colors and adjust the gradients, as well as, set glowing effects or change the fonts. Tap on the app twice to go to settings and you’ll see the options you can change. You can even add more “Worlds” created by other community members.

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Download Watch Face – Minimal & Elegant from the Google Play Store

VIA: Droid Life

Jumping off the hype train: Are flagship smartphones still worth buying?

Posted by wicked April - 15 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off
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A massive HD display. Cameras with a high pixel count. A device loaded with several gigabytes of RAM, and a processor with multiple cores. For several years such attributes have been major talking points when describing flagship smartphones from high-profile electronic makers, but things are starting to change. Although it may not be the most lucrative line of business for some companies, the mobile sector is currently loaded with more hardware manufacturers than ever before.

Each year a handful of high-priced top-shelf devices are announced and treated to huge launch events along with major marketing campaigns. While most of these devices live up to the hype, there are plenty of viable alternatives flying below the radar of power users and casual consumers alike.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet. Spec sheets certainly still play an important part, but these days the playing field is much more leveled. Mid-range gear isn’t so mid-range anymore. And while I’m personally not a fan of OEMs cranking out dozens of smartphones each year, I do recognize the importance of being able to offer consumers budget-friendly handsets.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet.

But are today’s low-price smartphones enough to pull consumers away from the highly acclaimed mobile gear produced by the industry’s biggest players? Let’s talk about the current state of flagships versus mid-range devices.

Mid-rangers worthy of your consideration

Design and Style

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A few years back, most smartphone makers would release flagship hardware with unique designs that made them stand out compared to other devices in their catalogs. However, things have changed over the past couple of years. Android heavyweights like Samsung, LG and HTC are now releasing mid-range and low-end handsets with design aesthetics almost identical to their respective annual flagship smartphones. While it’s most likely a cost effective measure, this new trend makes some premium handsets feel a little less chic.

Remember, casual consumers aren’t really looking for much. Believe it or not, a good looking phone with a large display is enough to coax most of them into making a purchase. This new industry trend definitely makes budget-friendly prospects look more appealing.

There’s no Need to Break the Bank

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While a device’s spec sheet and benchmark scores don’t move some people, others are obsessed with a device’s internal hardware before making a purchase. These individuals are always chasing the tech industry’s new hotness and they should also be aware of diamonds in the rough. Case in point: Motorola’s Moto G. While it may not pack the punch the same punch found in flagship phone, its hardware is more than sufficient for most users.

For around $180, you can score a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel shooter and an almost vanilla build of Android. Not too shabby at all. But the former Google company isn’t the only place offering low-cost devices with decent specs. Chinese phone makers like Huawei and ZTE are producing more budget-conscious handsets that won’t put a dent in your bank account. And even though it can be somewhat elusive, OnePlus’ aptly named OnePlus One offers a lot of bang for your buck as well.

A more recent example is the Asus Zenfone 2, a mid-range device that offers a speedy Intel processor and up to 4GB RAM, depending on the configuration. While it is priced aggressively, the Zenfone 2’s performance and even aesthetics are more in-line with what you’d expect from a flagship device. Sure, the phone isn’t perfect, but our very own Lanh Nguyen certainly was impressed by the performance of the handset in his recent review.

Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

While these types of handsets may not be the highly marketed, celebrity endorsed smartphones plastered on billboards around the world, they definitely manage to hold their own. Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

Similar to cars in the auto industry, new top tier smartphones are released each year. Some devices do exceedingly well, but there’s always leftover inventory to clear. For example, the HTC One M9 just recently hit the streets, however it’s not a complete departure from its predecessor. In addition to a reduced price tag, a flagship phone from the previous year will likely be running the latest version of Android, or eventually receive an update to it, making the software experience nearly on par with its successor.

What About Hardware Enthusiasts?

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If your love for gadgets borders obsession and you don’t mind shelling out big bucks or committing to service contracts, there are some benefits to buying a brand new flagship device. While the aforementioned alternatives fit in with most budgets, some of them will lack amenities typically offered by big-ticket handsets. Items such as LTE network connectivity, NFC support and full 1080p or 4K HD video capture are among some of the more common features missing from budget-friendly smartphones — though even this is starting to be less the case. Most of these items can be gained by purchasing an older model flagship phone, however those come with a few drawbacks as well.

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards. For example, Google recently pledged its support for the USB Type-C spec, saying that consumers can expect to see it on Android phones in the near future. Another undeniable benefit of buying a freshly released flagship smartphone is raw performance. A new phone typically means the latest and greatest in terms of hardware optimized for the most recent version of Android. 

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards.

Final Thoughts

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The evolution of Android isn’t just a story of dessert-themed software. Over the last few years, mobile hardware has made numerous advancements, bringing potent components to low-cost devices. On paper, some of today’s mid-range smartphones sound like super phones from just a few short years ago. In some regards, mobile hardware has plateaued a bit and new flagship handsets might not be as appealing to casual consumers.

People who don’t mind service contracts can purchase flagship devices at a discounted rate, with the tradeoff being a 24-month commitment. In a sense, this approach is similar to buying a year old flagship device outright, but at a slightly lower price. This setup should work for most people, but some folks just want more. As for power users who don’t mind parting with extra upfront cash, a new high-end smartphone each year is doable, but certainly not exactly necessary. However, if early tech adoption is your vice, you may want to consider selling your old phone to pick up some of the expenses that come with purchasing a pricey new device outright. Just be sure to take some important precautions before shipping it out or trading it in.

Curious as to some of the best non-flagship devices out there that will deliver an excellent experience without breaking the bank? Be sure to check out our cheap Android phones roundup.