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Moto X “Pure Edition” to Gain Additional LTE Band Support in Update

Posted by Kellex September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Shortly after Motorola made the new Moto X (2nd gen) official, along with the “Pure Edition,” we posted up the full list of specs for the device, including supported LTE bands. At the time, Motorola grouped together the XT1095 and XT1097 on their own specs page, which are the model numbers for the AT&T and “Pure Edition” GSM Unlocked units, respectively. They showed that each device would support LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, and 29, which is awesome news for those who were already eyeing the “Pure Edition.”  

Since the “Pure Edition” offers the best Moto X experience, with no bloatware or carrier branding, but will also receive updates the quickest of any model, this is surely the phone to consider if you don’t mind paying the full $499 off-contract price.

And then a couple of days after posting those official specs, Motorola switched things up on an LTE band front. On their official specs page, they separated the XT1095 and XT1097, while also reducing the supported bands on the XT1097, which is the “Pure Edition.” If you cruise over to that page now, you will see that Motorola lists only LTE bands 2, 4 and 17 as being supported by the “Pure Edition.”

Potential buyers of the “Pure Edition” weren’t excited by the move, as you can imagine, taking to Motorola’s forums looking for answers. A potentially positive answer was given this morning by Moto’s forums manager, who said that they are now “planning to enable bands 3, 5, and 7″ on the device via a software update. While he couldn’t confirm timing, that certainly sounds like the decision has already been made to do the right thing.

So, if you were considering the “Pure Edition” or already bought one, know that your device will gain additional LTE band support in the future.

Via:  Motorola Forums
Cheers Patrick!

Moto X “Pure Edition” to Gain Additional LTE Band Support in Update is a post from: Droid Life

Google hints that Lollipop is the next flavor of Android

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Google turned sixteen a couple of days ago and to celebrate its birthday the company’s social media team took to Twitter to share a GIF of a gigantic birthday cake aptly decorated with a selection of colorful lollipops.

If you’re a follower of Android news, you’ll know that Google published a developer build of the next major version of its operating system earlier this year, which has temporarily been tagged Android L.

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Speculation at the time of the announcement veered towards this latest version being called ‘Lollipop’, but that was short lived. A leak appeared online not long after, displaying the build title as Lemon Meringue Pie.

Now, however, we think it’s pretty safe to assume that Google has decided on the name Lollipop for its upcoming masterpiece. After all, it’s not every day you see a birthday cake adorned with several lollipops.

For the time being, though, we’re just going to have to wait and see what Google comes up with, so lets just take a moment to wish the search engine giant a very happy birthday…

Happy Birthday, Google!

Source: Twitter

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Moto 360 Update Said to “Dramatically” Increase Battery Life

Posted by Kellex September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Last week, Motorola began rolling out a software update to the Moto 360 as build 1.0.1.1448224, an update that was officially listed as nothing more than a Bluetooth connectivity fixer and bug squasher. But now that the update has been on devices in the wild for a full weekend, are we starting to learn that this may have been much more than just a connectivity improver and bug blaster? It could be a battery saver or optimizer too. Maybe better put, this could be a reason to consider buying one if you had concerns previously about battery life. 

According to a rolling, weekend-long thread over at reddit that is filled with first-hand accounts of newly lengthened battery life post update, some are seeing as much as 30% extra battery life at the end of a day compared to what they were averaging pre-update. The thread’s creator claims that he was left with 70% battery after using the device for 14 hours, which normally would have left him around 40%. Another started a day with 88% and still had 30% left in the tank when their 360 went back on the charger at night. Some are even considering giving Ambient Mode another run.

Here is maybe the strongest quote of them all:

I can attest, I’ve never seen a software update improve battery life this much before, it’s incredible. Not only that but any bit of stutter/lag was also fixed along with connectivity issues.

We aren’t sure what Motorola did, but this could be a much bigger update (or at least more important) than they are letting on.

We will begin our testing of the new update today and will hopefully report back within the next couple of days. Yes, that will include a day with Ambient Mode on.

Others with a Moto 360, how has battery life been since the update?

Via:  reddit
Cheers Jigga_Z and DBenson!

Moto 360 Update Said to “Dramatically” Increase Battery Life is a post from: Droid Life

AT&T now rolling out connectivity update for Galaxy S4 Active

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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AT&T is currently pushing out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Active smartphones currently located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include an updated edition of Google Maps, some security improvements and a handful of ‘system stability developments,’ aimed at enhancing connectivity when using voice calling and SMS.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

  • The latest version of Google Maps
  • Security improvements
  • Improved connectivity via voice calling and SMS

If you own an AT&T-branded S4 Active and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification on your handset prompting you to download and install the update.

Source: AT&T

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DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Verizon is rolling out an update for the DROID DNA device built by HTC that includes a couple security related items. One of the fixes included in the update is a collection of patches addressing OpenSSL security. The other security fix addresses a “device root vulnerability.”

Besides the security issues addressed, Verizon includes improvements to their implementation of Softcard and Miracast functionality. Verizon also threw in some updates for the WiFi connection status indicator and the battery indicator.

If you have a DROID DNA, head over to www.vzw.com/droiddnasupport for more information on downloading and installing the update.

source: Verizon

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NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

Posted by wicked September - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.

If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.

source: NVIDIA

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T-Mobile Moto X Finally Gets Android 4.4.4

Posted by Kellex September - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The T-Mobile variant of the original Moto X, which is a lot like this year’s “Pure Edition,” is finally receiving its update to  Android 4.4.4. We aren’t sure what took Motorola so long to push this update out, since the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint models have all had it for some time (update details), but that’s the situation. With the T-Mobile variant being controlled by Motorola as an unlocked device, you would have figured that it should be first to receive new software.

Either way, the update started as a soak at the end of last week and may be rolling now to all. To check for it, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

The update is version 213.44.1. 

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Cheers Scott!

T-Mobile Moto X Finally Gets Android 4.4.4 is a post from: Droid Life

Pebble launches Firmware 2.5 with emoji support

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

Emojis are a popular way for people to show how they are feeling without having to type it out. Smartphone and tablet users have been texting emojis and using third party apps to send them for a long time now. Pebble has announced a new firmware has landed bringing the watch to firmware version 2.5.

The big thing in this firmware update is that it supports emojis allowing them to be seen on the Pebble screen. Along with support for emojis, the firmware update also brings with it a Pebble compass and iOS 8 compatibility. The magnetometer in Pebble devices can now be used in apps from third party developers to bring compass and wayfinding features.

Emoji support covers all popular emojis according to Pebble and support for more is coming. Several bug fixes and stability improvements have been added to this software update as well. Another thing that has returned to the Pebble Appstore is the DOMO watch face.

That watch face disappeared from the store and has returned with some new features. You can even set that watch face so it knows when it’s hot outside and he will sweat. At night, he will get tired and fall asleep. If you shake the watch, DOMO will get angry.

SOURCE: Pebble

Any.do now lets you attach files to your to-do lists

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

There was a time when all you needed to make a to-do list was a piece of paper and a pen. But ever since the advent of apps and smartphones, developers have been trying to come up with all sorts of bells and whistles for users while trying to keep the app as simple and minimalist as possible for those who are not too adaptable to complicated to-do lists. One of the most popular out there is any.do, and their newest update will definitely please current users and might convince new ones to make it their productivity app du jour.

Any.do has been hugely popular with productivity junkies because it’s not just a to-do list app, but can be seamlessly integrated with its calendar app, which is one of the prettiest out there for Android devices. It also serves as a pretty decent note-taking app, to rival that of Evernote or Simple Note. The new update now allows users to attach files to items in their to-do lists. So for example, in your grocery list, you added that you need to buy a certain brand of condiment but you want to be sure you buy the exact kind and color, then you just need to attach the picture to your list.

Aside from pictures, you can also attach other documents as well. You’ll see a paperclip icon now when you add something to your list. It will also indicate how many files are attached in your item, just in case you feel like you need to put a whole album of pictures to remind you what that item is all about.

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The update has rolled out for most users so better check your app if you haven’t updated yet. In case you’re not yet part of the any.do cult, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store.

Ebay Update: beefed-up look, adds Giving Works option

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Online selling giant Ebay has updated its Android app and it’s not just a minor upgrade. Version 2.7 brings with it a new look, better notifications, more delivery options and a more thorough search function. But more importantly, it adds a feature that would give freedom to sellers to help out their favourite charity from the proceeds of their sales.

Those strolling through Ebay looking for useful (and sometimes not so useful) things to spend their money on will now have an easier time browsing as the item images are now bigger. They’ve also refined the search function so it should be easier to find the things you need (and don’t need but want). As a seller, you will now be able to send payment reminders to those who’ve purchased items from you. You can also add in-store pick-up and same-day delivery options through the eBay Now program. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you can also now stay on top of your items through in-app notifications.

But probably one of the most important things with this new update is that through the app, sellers can choose to redirect the money that they receive from their sales to specific charities. This is part of eBay’s Giving Works initiative that has already raised more than $500 million. They are currently supporting 30,000 charities and help them connect with over 145 million eBay community members.

Buyers will also be alerted with bonus and special offers from some eBuy sellers. If you don’t have the app yet, you can download eBay for free from the Google Play Store.

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