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Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a 2104 Moto X and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Motorola Moto X (2014) heading to India on December 22

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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We have good news for prospective buyers of the Moto X (2014) in India. Online retailer Flipkart, the self-proclaimed “Online Megastore,” announced that the 32GB version of the Motorola handset will be available on December 22. It will be available only in black.

Flipkart did not attach a price for now, but it is expected to cost somewhere around INR 34,999 (or about $552) when it arrives on Monday.

Source: Flipkart
Via: AndroidOS.in

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop reportedly rolling out to Moto G (1st and 2nd gens)

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Just as promised, Motorola has been providing quick updates to all of their recent handsets as of late. Some Motorola devices have even been seeing Lollipop updates more quickly than the Nexus line, which is an impressive feat for an OEM. With that said, Android 5.0.1 recently began rolling out to Nexus and Google Play edition devices, so it was only a matter of time before Motorola’s phones got the update. And that time is now, as both the Motorola Moto G 2013 and 2014 models have reportedly began receiving the newest update to version 5.0.1.

The 5.0.1 system update for the Moto G 2nd Gen. will bump the system version up to 22.21.25 and the build number up to LXB22.46-25, while the system version on the Moto G 1st Generation will bump up to 220.21.25 and the build number up to LXB22.46-25. We’ve only heard of a few cases of each update rolling out, so it might still be a while until your device receives the update.

If you’re a Moto G owner, be on the lookout for your update! If you’re unsure how to check, head to Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for updates. Are there any other lucky Moto G owners out there that have received the update? Let us know in the comments if you’ve heard anything!

Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too

Posted by Kellex December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Moto G (2nd gen) appears to be one of the first non Nexus or Google Play Edition devices to receive the newest update to Android 5.0.1, according to a reader of ours who picked up the update within the last hour. The build showed up on his phone as system version 22.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25. It’s tough to tell if there is a wide rollout on the verge of happening or if he is simple a lucky early receiver. 

In case you weren’t familiar with the current Lollipop-Moto G (2nd gen) situation, just know that Motorola announced the update back in early November, except many never did receive it. It’s almost as if they discovered a last minute bug, pulled the update, and decided to go silent until the next build was ready. That time may have finally come.

We are also seeing at least one Moto G (1st gen) owner as having received a similar Android 5.0.1 update. According to images posted to Google+, the original Moto G is looking at system version 220.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25.

Moto G owners, be sure to check your devices for updates!

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Cheers Shemar!

Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too is a post from: Droid Life

Here’s what happens when a professional drone operator uses a Moto X to shoot in 4K

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Motorola’s Moto X (2014) features one of the best cameras on the market to date, and the Lenovo-owned company has certainly chosen a particularly interesting way to showcase its capabilities. Earlier today, Motorola Mobility took to YouTube to demonstrate to the world just how powerful the handset’s shooter is by flying it around San Francisco attached to a drone. The result is pretty astonishing.

Hit the break below to see for yourself.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Best Android smartphones (December 2014)

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, picking the best Android smartphones is almost synonymous with choosing the best smartphones, period. But while Android phones have few real opponents on other platforms, internal competition is incredibly fierce.

From sleek devices that impress with premium design, to powerhouses brimming with features, to all-around great devices, and affordable phones that punch above their weight, the Android ecosystem is populated by a staggering variety of attractive phones.

But “greatness” is subjective, and sometimes spec sheets and feature lists are not enough to make an idea of how good a phone really is. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute best – the Android phones you can’t go wrong with.

Editor’s note: we’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.


Moto X (2014)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera.

The Moto X (2014) is well equipped on the inside, but it’s the customizable skin that really sets it apart from other top Android phones out there. Motorola lets you choose your own combination of colors and materials, including the yet to be matched leather and natural wood options. The ability to harmonize its appearance to different styles makes the Moto a great gift for someone dear this holiday season. Other big selling points are the near-stock interface and Motorola’s proven commitment to bringing fast updates to it. If you’re looking for a balanced, stylish, and capable device, the Moto X (2014) should be high up your list.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage (no microSD slot)
  • 13MP rear cam, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2300 mAh battery
  • 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm, 144g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Water resistant
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming very soon)

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Buy unlocked from Amazon for $659


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Years after Samsung gambled on the original Note, the concept is still the phone to beat when it comes to large devices. While some competitors are offering larger screens, none of them can match the Note 4’s productivity-boosting stylus. The S Pen can truly enhance the way you interact with your phone, with a strong focus on doing actual work, from basic research, to composing a quick message, to multi-tasking. But it’s not just work: basically anything that requires precision and speed can be done better with a stylus.

While Samsung’s TouchWiz Android implementation has a bad reputation, nobody can deny that the Note 4’s feature set is compelling. You can make the most of that 5.7-inch screen with the new and improved multi-tasking tools, and that’s something you simply don’t get on other high-end Android phones. And, with the latest iteration of the series, the Note looks as good as it works, thanks to a finely chamfered aluminum frame. If you’re looking for the ultimate device for getting things done, the Note 4 is probably your best choice.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear cam, 3.7MP front cam
  • Removable 3220 mAh battery
  • 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm, 176g
  • Frosted White, Charcoal Black, Bronze Gold, or Blossom Pink
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy unlocked from Amazon for $799


Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a staple on any list of top Android handsets of the moment, looming large both literally and through what it represents – Google’s vision of what Android software should be like and what hardware that software needs in order to truly shine. That’s always been the case with Nexus devices, but the Motorola-made Nexus 6 is nothing like the understated Nexus 5, which almost vanished in the background to let Android shine through. The Nexus 6 is big and powerful; it makes a statement about its user and it turns heads.

The biggest drawback of the Nexus 6 is the one that makes it stand out – with its six inches display, the Nexus 6 will never be a good choice for everyone. However, if you’re fine with the size, there’s a lot to like about this phone – the screen is amazing, the processing package is top-notch, the camera is powerful, and build quality is as good as any. Plus, even if Motorola and other phonemakers are upping their updates game, Nexus is still the way to go if you like your phones up to date.

Specs

  • 5.96-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • 13MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3220 mAh battery
  • 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, 184g
  • Midnight Blue, Cloud White
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The other entries on our list of best Android smartphones all feature displays that are larger than five inches. If you love expansive screens, you’ve never been more spoiled with choice. But what if you like your smartphones smaller? The 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact is probably your best choice. In a landscape of underpowered “Mini” phones, Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact stands out as a smaller phone that doesn’t require many compromises. Perhaps the only feature that may turn you off from the Z3 Compact is the 720 x 1280 screen, which is a perfectly decent 319 ppi, but clearly lags behind the other phones on this list.

Everything else is at the high end of the scale, including the processing package and especially the 21MP camera, identical to the shooter on the bigger Xperia Z3. The Android implementation is relatively close to stock and doesn’t indulge in any visual excesses, though you will have to deal with a fair amount of bloatware. Plus, you get Sony’s iconic design in a lightweight package that may feel refreshing after having to handle some bigger phones.

Specs

  • 4.6-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, expandable
  • 20.7MP rear cam, 2.2MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2,600 mAh battery
  • 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm, 129 g
  • Green, Orange, White, Black
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Water resistant – IP68

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LG G3

Pick up the LG G3 and you will instantly see and feel what makes it special: the display is incredibly crisp and the thin bezels around it allowed LG to keep this device compact and lightweight – or at least more compact than other devices in its size class. Not only is the G3 small for its screen size, the placement of the power and volume buttons on the rear will make it even easier to operate this device.

The G3 doesn’t feature a metal construction like other contestants in our Android flagships roundup, and that thin design may make it more exposed to accidents. On the inside, there’s little to complain about, and you even get a removable battery, something that only the Note 4 offers from the other devices on this list. LG also made some big strides with the Android overlay running on the G3, which includes a few unique features that may prove very helpful.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, expandable
  • 13MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam
  • Removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm, 149 g
  • Metallic Black, Moon Violet, Silk White, Shine Gold, Burgundy Red
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Best bang for the buck: OnePlus One

OnePlus came out of nowhere to get everyone talking about its “flagship killer.” Of course, OnePlus couldn’t hold all its bold promises, but the Chinese startup didn’t disappoint in one crucial area – the price. There’s simply no competitor delivering what the OnePlus One delivers at $300. And the One isn’t just a great affordable phone; it’s a great phone it its own.

With solid specs, unique features, and the clean CyanogenMod running on it, the OnePlus One is a great proposition for just about any user. All that considered, the device sells for half the price of similar devices, so it can’t miss from our list of best Android smartphones of 2014.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/64GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3,100 mAh battery
  • 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 162 g
  • Silk White, Sandstone Black
  • Android 4.4 KitKat/CyanogenMod 11

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Buy unlocked from OnePlus for $299


Special mention: HTC One (M8)

Dozens of good Android phones came out this year, across budgets and niches. At the top, where competition is fiercest, we were spoiled with more choices than ever. One device that we couldn’t fit into our top five, but still deserves a shoutout is HTC’s One (M8). With killer looks, a premium build, and HTC’s unique additions to the Android game, the M8 is definitely worth of your attention.

However, one limitation prevented it from ranking higher: its camera, which isn’t for everyone. The 4MP camera with its secondary depth sensor simply doesn’t live up to expectations.

If that’s not a dealbreaker, and if you value premium look and feel above everything, the One (M8) remains an excellent choice.

Specs

  • 5-inch Super LCD3 display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, expandable
  • 4MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 2,600 mAh battery
  • 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm, 160 g
  • gray, silver, gold
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Buy unlocked from Amazon for $527


There you have it – our picks from the best Android has to offer right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

Posted by Kellex December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

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Double Tap to Wake feature brought back to unrooted Nexus 6

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

A few weeks back, we talked about an app that brought back the “double tap to wake” feature to the Google Nexus 6 phone, a feature that was planned to be active on the phone but was nixed by Motorola and Google at the last minute. Said app only worked on rooted Nexus 6 phones, so it still presented quite a challenge for those who don’t like/want to root their phones. Enter XDA member “_qwerp” who now presents an alternate solution for bringing back the feature to non-rooted Nexus 6 units.

Early caveat (there always seems to be one), this process is still not without its challenges, as it requires an unlocked bootloader. Granted, this is a bit easier to do through other third-party means, and one can choose to unlock their Nexus 6 bootloaders without rooting the phone itself.

The process entails installing the TWRP custom recovery to your Nexus 6, and then replacing the “power.shamu.so” folder in the “/system/lib/hw” directory of your phone with the one compiled and provided by the developer. This can be done using the TWRP file manager.

This will bring this feature back to your phone where once it was just for your friends who owned new Moto and LG units. If you decide to do this, please note that as always, it would be good to have a backup of the file you are replacing so that you are covered if anything goes to crap. Look more into the information provided by the developer via the official XDA thread here.

SOURCE: XDA

Verizon has the Moto X (2014) for just $49.99 on 2-year contract

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Moto X 2014, much like it’s predecessor from last year, snagged quite a bit of love from the press. The size, shape, customization, and features made it a fantastic offering. While it’s currently on sale at Motorola, Verizon has an even better deal for those customers willing to be burdened down with a carrier agreement.

The Moto X 2014 on Verizon is now just $49.99 on a two-year contract. While you can customize the phone to your liking, be aware that only the core model is available at that price. Adding extra memory or a wood rear plate, for example, will boost the price.

Not sure if the Moto X 2014 is right for you? Be sure to check out our in depth review and coverage for all things related to the device.

How about it, anyone planning on picking this one up on contract, or do you feel you’re better of just buying outright?

Moto X (2014) attaches to a drone and shoots 4K video around San Francisco

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Motorola took their latest Moto X (2014) Android powered smartphone and put it in the hands of a professional drone pilot. Unleashing the drone on San Francisco, Motorola has since posted the 4K video captured by the flight for all to enjoy.

Except, you can’t see it. Not really anyway. We hope that Motorola will re-upload, but the video is currently limited to just a maximum of 1080P playback.

What is important here is the reminder that the new Moto X (2014) is capable of shooting UHD 4K video. Making the Moto X one of only a handful of devices yet able to do so. Not to be discouraged by the lack of 4K playback at this time, the 1080P video shows that the Moto X (2014) can at least do a great job of capturing respectable quality video.

Personally, I was very impressed with the stability of the imagery. I would have expected a little less quality from a non-OIS equipped camera in flight.

The Motorola Moto X (2014) is a great option of a phone, and a nice update from the 1st Gen. Moto X from last year. The new camera is equipped with a 13MP sensor and a new ring design dual LED flash. Be sure to check out our full review of the Moto X (2014) here, and if you are in the market to purchase one, be sure to hurry on over to see what deals are available.

Moto X (2014) owners, do you ever shoot video in 4K?