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Droid X gets a new lease on life via CM11

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’re not hating on the Droid X – we think nobody who knows his Android history would ever be able to do that to the phone which at its peak was the “for real” iPhone killer. But just four years after its release, it is already considered ancient – such is the pace of technology today. But XDA senior member “Aaahh” has given the old phone a fitting swan song, by successfully installing CyanogenMod’s Android KitKat-based OS on it.

Motorola‘s Droid X was a kicker of a phone at its time, giving the iPhone 4 a real run for its money. It was powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3630-1000 single core processor which turned at 1.0Ghz. It had a 4.3-inch 854×480 TFT display with 8GB of internal storage. All well and good, but to run CM11, an Android 4.4-based OS, on this would be actually surprising. And it’s been done.

The flashing of the custom ROM is a bit roundabout, a bit more tricky than usual because of the difficulty of getting a custom recovery to work with the phone. In the process, you would have to use at least three different versions, one of CWM and two versions of TWRP. Make sure to follow the exact steps via the official thread at XDA – check the source link.

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I don’t think we need to remind you that because of partitioning issues, you will lose data on the original phones when you do this – if you still have personal data on your old Droid X. But if you do, make sure to get it out first before starting the process. When you finish, it will be one of those “there’s some life in the old dog yet” moments. And then you go back to tapping away at your Moto X. Typical.

SOURCE: XDA

[Deal] Grab the Moto X and get a free wooden back upgrade

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Motorola continues to offer deals on the Moto X. If you grab the phone between now and August 21, you will be able to select a wooden back at no extra charge. That’s a $25 savings, and it works for both off contract and on contract pricing. So hit the source link below and get your order in. Of course, I wouldn’t blame you for waiting to see what the Moto X+1 is all about.

source: Moto Maker

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What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out. 

Overview

The CPU-Z screens with the name “quark_verizon” first surfaced through Android Authority, along with a couple of extra details. The benchmarks show a device running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, 24GB of available storage (likely 32GB total), Android 4.4.4, and a display with a resolution of 2560×1440 (640×360 dpi, edit:  display size is unknown). They also tossed out the potential name of “DROID Turbo” and the device having a 20MP rear camera, thanks to “anonymous” sources.

As previously mentioned, the codename “quark_verizon” and model number XT1254 are also shown.

If you didn’t notice, the “4G LTE” logo in the notification area is indeed Verizon’s.

Much like last year’s DROID line, this phone does not appear to have on-screen navigation buttons. As can be seen by CPU-Z screen, the resolution of the display is a full 2560×1440. If there were on-screen buttons, that would show as something like 2392×1440, like it does on the LG G3. You also can’t see the on-screen buttons, which do show on devices that have them with CPU-Z open.

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Model number of XT1254.

Motorola, like most manufacturers, has always tried to keep model numbers in order from year-to-year and from device-to-device. For example, the Moto X last year carried model numbers of XT1053 (unlocked/T-Mobile), XT1056 (Sprint), XT1058 (AT&T), and XT1060 (Verizon). The DROID MAXX and ULTRA live under model number XT1080, while the DROID Mini is the XT1080M. The original DROID RAZR was the XT912 and the RAZR HD was the XT926. We have also seen unreleased Motorola devices under the model numbers XT1096 and XT1097 show up within the last couple of weeks. These are largely thought to be variants of the new 2014 Moto X.

So what is the XT1254 then? We haven’t seen a Motorola model number close to XT1254 yet – this is a massive and surprising jump in the sequence. The only thing we know from looking at this, is that it is a Motorola device headed for Verizon (thanks to the codename). But with such a large jump, is this a phone that is months and months away from a potential release?

Digging for a couple of hours around the web over the last couple of days has returned nothing new on this XT1254 device. It clearly just showed up for the first time within the last week.

Codename of “quark.”

The now-retired @evleaks pointed out back in February of this year that Motorola was busy during Mobile World Congress “working on the Quark X.” He didn’t elaborate on what that meant, as far as I can tell, but that shows you how far back the name existed. Since then, there have been no new mentions of this codename.

The name “quark” has even more meaning, though, if you do a little bit of research. Intel has an entire line of mobile processors that fall under the name “Quark.” These processors, at least their highest end models, are expected to ship in Q2 of this year. However, these processors are generally thought of as made for smaller, low-power devices like wearables. Clearly, the device depicted here is not a low-end wearable or powered by an Intel chipset.

Was @evleaks referring to the new Moto X? Was he referring to a new DROID, but didn’t know it? We have zero answers there.

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What about the Moto X vs. this phone?

The oddest thing about all of this is the level of a phone we are talking about. Let’s assume this is a new DROID and it does indeed run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with tons of RAM and a Quad HD display. The new Moto X, which is Motorola’s flagship for 2014, can’t even stand up to those specs, assuming the benchmarks we have seen are correct. The Moto X is thought to have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB RAM. Are you telling me that Verizon worked a special deal to release a DROID-branded phone that stomps all over the Moto X? Seems odd, but hey, you never know. They did manage to release last year’s DROID line a couple of weeks before Motorola unveiled the Moto X, even though those phones were the Moto X in DROID disguises.

Then again, that whole situation only matters if this phone is released any time soon. For all we know, it could be months out.

DROID line is a mystery.

Last year, Motorola and Verizon announced that going forward, Motorola would have the exclusive to their exclusive on DROID devices. Until we hear differently, we have to assume that Verizon is still fully committed to the DROID line, only we have heard nothing on a DROID front so far this year. We know that Motorola is going to announce a new Moto X and Moto G on September 4, while giving us launch details on the Moto 360. But what about new DROIDs? We haven’t had new ones since last year’s launch of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini, so it’s about time for replacements. Is the XT1254 one of them? Maybe, maybe not.

As of today, the “DROID Turbo” and XT1254 are nothing but a Bluetooth SIG listing and an anonymous benchmark. Should we happen upon additional details, we will be sure to pass those along.

What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?” is a post from: Droid Life

The Moto G2 display assembly shows up online

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Moto G2 will probably be unveiled in a couple of weeks on September 4 alongside the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s expected to sport a 5-inch display, which is a huge upgrade from the 4.5-incher that was on the original.

Speaking of the display, it has appeared on a Chinese site called Taobao. In fact, you can even buy is for ¥350.00 or about $57.00, not that you would really want to, but if you’re someone who has to have it all, then you might.

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source: Taobao
via: TechnoBuffalo

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Best Buy might have leaked Moto 360′s retail price

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

To say that the soon to be announced Moto 360, the first round face smartwatch in the market, is highly anticipated is like saying that a full moon is, well, round. Those who are waiting to purchase their very first wearable are holding out for the official launch, expected to be this September 4th at the Motorola event. But the main concern right now is if this smartwatch running on Android Wear will cost an arm and a leg. Best Buy might have inadvertently jumped the gun as a product page on their mobile site showed the retail price of the Moto 360.

As expected based on the previous leaks and also on the price of the current Android Wear devices in the market, the page lists the price at $249.99. It’s a little more expensive than the LG G Watch (SRP $229) and the Samsung Gear Live ($199) but that is not surprising since the hype, not just on the shape of the Moto 360 but on its functionalities as well, has been leading to the fact that it will be more expensive. It can also be considered competitive to the price of the Pebble Steel (which is compatible with other smartphone platforms) which has less functionality.

The listing at Best Buy’s site also confirms some previously leaked info about the smartwatch. It says that the Moto 360 is indeed waterproof and can survive being submerged in 3.3′ water for up to 30 minutes. It also has an optical heart-rate sensor and a pedometer, must-haves for fitness enthusiasts with a penchant for wearable devices. The page also shows the unique charging dock that was leaked a few days ago.

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The Moto 360 is expected to be announced on September 4th, together with another anticipated Motorola device, the Moto X+1. If the leaks and rumours are indeed true and they meet people’s expectations, then these products from the OEM might just challenge market leaders Apple and Samsung even more.

VIA: SlashGear

Sunday Poll: Buying the Moto 360 if It’s $250?

Posted by Kellex August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Thanks to Best Buy going live with a Moto 360 listing a couple of weeks early, we may already know the most important piece of info for Motorola’s smartwatch – the price. Listed at $249.99, I would venture to guess that most of you are ready to throw down cash immediately. Or are you?

There was some worry that a $300+ price tag would accompany the watch, mostly due to the fact that it has been built with high-end materials, yet still packs in all sorts of features, like water resistance. If you compare the 360 to the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch, it certainly seems like Motorola could have charged a premium for it, especially with those currently available at $199 and $229, respectively.

$250, though, how does that sound? Are you buying if the Moto 360 drops in at that price?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Sunday Poll: Buying the Moto 360 if It’s $250? is a post from: Droid Life

Moto 360 page appears on Best Buy’s site priced at $249, features detailed

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The Moto 360 and some other goodies are bound to be detailed on September 4. On that date, we will find out much more about the Motorola smartwatch including its release date, price, and custom options. At least one of those three, the price, may have been given away by Best Buy. On the retailer’s site, the Moto 360 has appeared with a price tag reading $249.99 and it says “Coming Soon.”

A list of features for the Moto 360 is also detailed. Some highlights include Motorola’s processor choice and the design. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live both use a Snapdragon 400, but Best Buy’s listing shows the Moto 360 using a processor from Texas Instruments. The display, with a resolution of 320×290, is covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The smartwatch has a stainless steel design. The strap in this listing is Horween leather.

While nothing can be confirmed from Best Buy’s listing, it is likely that this is what we should expect from the Moto 360. The price here, though, is absolutely shocking. Many assumed that the Moto 360 would approach $350 or even $400. Since this model here has a leather strap, it is very possible that the all-metal one that is expected carries a premium price.

Here’s the full list of features…….

Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system

For wide-ranging use.

Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Enables wireless syncing to select devices for hassle-free connectivity.

Voice activated

Allows you to use spoken commands to operate the smart watch via the built-in microphone.

Vibration alert

Discreetly notifies you of important events.

1.5″ backlit LCD touch screen

With 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi makes it easy to navigate features and provides easy-to-read visuals. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction offers durability, and the adjustable brightness allows custom use.

Built-in optical heart rate monitor (PPG)

Helps you achieve or stay within your ideal heart rate range.

Built-in pedometer

Measures the number of steps taken, so you can easily monitor your fitness progress throughout the day.

Digital watch interface

Provides crisp, clear readouts of the time and date. Built-in alarm and calendar features help you stay on schedule.

Waterproof up to 3.3′ for up to 30 minutes

So you can safely wear the watch while swimming or engaging in other aquatic activities.

Stainless-steel case and plastic case back

Offer durability. The adjustable-length Horween leather band and metal buckle closure deliver a secure, comfortable fit.

Built-in lithium-ion battery pack

Provides long-lasting operation. The battery-strength indicator lets you know when the battery needs to be powered via the included dock and charger.

Texas Instruments processor

Helps ensure fast, efficient performance.

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Source: Best Buy

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Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features

Posted by Kellex August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

We are expecting to get official Moto 360 launch details when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but Best Buy may have gone ahead and let us in on all sorts of details early. According to a listing on Best Buy’s site for the Moto 360, we could end up paying $249.

The device is also listed as having a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen, with a 320×290 resolution, 205ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Matching up to what we learned from a leak a week ago, we are also seeing mentions of a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor. On a specs tab, the listing suggests that there is 512MB of RAM, Wireless N connectivity, and a Texas Instruments processor inside. 

The size of the watch is 1.8×1.8×0.4-inches and it weighs 2.1oz. The device itself is a combination of stainless steel and plastic, just like we thought.

The listing only mentions that the device is “coming soon.” It falls under SKU 8307143 and model number 00419NARTL.

Here are the listed features:

  • Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system
    For wide-ranging use.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
    Enables wireless syncing to select devices for hassle-free connectivity.
  • Voice activated
    Allows you to use spoken commands to operate the smart watch via the built-in microphone.
  • Vibration alert
    Discreetly notifies you of important events.
  • 1.5″ backlit LCD touch screen
    With 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi makes it easy to navigate features and provides easy-to-read visuals. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction offers durability, and the adjustable brightness allows custom use.
  • Built-in optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
    Helps you achieve or stay within your ideal heart rate range.
  • Built-in pedometer
    Measures the number of steps taken, so you can easily monitor your fitness progress throughout the day.
  • Digital watch interface
    Provides crisp, clear readouts of the time and date. Built-in alarm and calendar features help you stay on schedule.
  • Waterproof up to 3.3′ for up to 30 minutes
    So you can safely wear the watch while swimming or engaging in other aquatic activities.
  • Stainless-steel case and plastic case back
    Offer durability. The adjustable-length Horween leather band and metal buckle closure deliver a secure, comfortable fit.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery pack
    Provides long-lasting operation. The battery-strength indicator lets you know when the battery needs to be powered via the included dock and charger.
  • Texas Instruments processor
    Helps ensure fast, efficient performance.

How does $250 sound? Be sure to vote in our poll and tell us if you are buying at that price.

Best Buy Link

Update:  Best Buy pulled the page, but thankfully, we saved it for you below.

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Cheers Richard!

Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features is a post from: Droid Life

Specs for an alleged Verizon DROID Turbo leaked

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Motorola certainly has been busy these past few weeks, and its schedule isn’t getting any easier with the upcoming releases of the Moto X+1, the Moto G2, and Moto 360. However, there seems to be a device we’ve been missing. An anonymous source sent in screenshots of a new Moto device for Verizon  to update the Droid line called the DROID Turbo. The specs are almost too good to believe. A Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.65GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2K 4.6″ display, and a 20 MP camera certainly raise a few eyebrows, but to add to credibility of the source, the model number is XT1254, which would fit as the next iteration of the Droid line. It also sounds awfully familiar to yesterday’s Moto S leak. The XT1254 also has a Bluetooth SIG page, which basically confirms its existence.

That’s what we do know, but what we don’t know is when we will get to see this powerful machine.

What do you think about this device? Are you anxiously awaiting the DROID Turbo? Let us know in the comment section below!

Source: Android Authority

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It’s no secret now that Motorola will be responsible for the upcoming Nexus 6 phone, which is starting to look like a beast (specs-wise) of a device — something rarely seen in Nexus devices.

This new Motorola device, which is currently going by the codename “Shamu,” will apparently be called the “Moto S” once is comes to market.

Because this device (according to the photo at the top) seems like it’ll be branded as the Moto S, we believe that this could be the first Android Silver device, and not necessarily a Nexus phone, but there’s more to come on that for sure, so stay tuned.

The phone, which is looking to be a Verizon exclusive (for now), has some conflicting reports on specs, but some remain constant. Hit the break for all the details.

Before we start, a reminder: As with anything, all of this is unconfirmed — while we have reason to believe that most of this is fact, without anything being officially announced by Google, Motorola, Verizon (or whoever), please take this information with a grain of salt.

Here we go.

The device’s screen seems to be the biggest point of contention among leakers.

A recent report shows the device as having a 5.2-inch QHD display, which is of course conflicts with the previous rumors of a 5.9-inch 2K display on the Moto S. The 5.9-inch rumor came out in the early days of the “Shamu” news, so we’re betting on the former rather than the latter.

As for the rest of the leaked specs, the information seems to be rather constant and less contentious:

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We’re looking at a quad-core, 2,649MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 2.9GB RAM, as well as 24GB internal storage. For cameras, there will be a 13MP rear camera with 4K UDH video recording abilities and a 2.1MP front snapper.

As is tradition, the Nexus 6 (Moto S/Shamu) will be released alongside Android L, as rumors point to the phone coming with the new OS already loaded up on it.

 

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Source: TK Tech News

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