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Nov 13, 2013 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
Since these three devices are the current pinnacle of customization and are designed with the tinkerers/modders in mind, we thought it would be worthwhile to offer a comparison between the new Motorola Moto G, the Motorola Moto X and the Google Nexus 5. With a $180 off-contract price, the new Moto G could be worth grabbing simply as a backup, a secondary mod testing device, or any number of creative uses. Because of this it could give the Nexus 5 a run for its money.
Of course, this also depends on how easy it is to unlock the bootloader for the Moto G. The Nexus 5 is already built to be super-friendly to the tweakers of the world while Motorola is not so much. Still... knowing our developer community, the Moto G will probably be ready for the same treatment in short order.
Here's the primary spec comparison:
What do you guys think of the new Moto G compared to these other devices? At this price it is very tempting...
Nov 13, 2013 - 10:44 AM - by dgstorm
For folks interested in the phablet-style HTC One Max, you might be pleased to learn that both Best Buy and Sprint accidentally tipped off the launch. Unless something changes because of the leak, the new device should hit retail stores on November 15th. No official announcements have been made, but where there's smoke there's fire, and two big companies making the same slip-up at the same time seems like a pretty solid confirmation. Here's a recap of specs for the device:
- 5.9-inch 1080p full HD display
- 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor
- UltraPixel rear camera
- 32GB of internal storage
- 2GB of RAM
- 3,300 mAh battery
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- HTC’s new Sense 5.5 software
Sound off if you are excited for this device to hit the streets on Friday!
Source: Sprint, Best Buy
Nov 13, 2013 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
The initial rollout for the Moto G in the US next year will see the device available on Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T; however, it turns out that Verizon will get the device too, in some capacity. Verizon just tweeted that the Moto G will be coming to their prepaid service some time in Q1 of 2014. No other details have been shared just yet, but we will keep you updated.
Source: Twitter - VZW
Nov 13, 2013 - 9:59 AM - by dgstorm
The Moto G was officially unveiled this morning. The device could hold some surprising value considering its price. It will be available for $179/£135 for the 8GB version or $199/£159 for the 16GB version. Both of these prices are unlocked and off contract. Here's a breakdown of specs:
- 4.5-inch LCD, HD (1280 x 720), 326ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, quad-core @ 1.2GHz, Adreno 305
- RAM 1GB
- 8GB or 16GB Storage
- Battery 2070 mAh
- 5 MP rear LED flash Camera
- 1.3 MP front Cam
- GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, KitKat update guaranteed in January
- Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm
- Black/White, replaceable colored backplates
Obviously the big hit to this is the lack of LTE support. Regardless, for many average users this could be a tremendous deal. We can see folks snapping this up and heading to T-Mobile for a very affordable total package price. Here's a breakdown of the availability of the device:
- Initial launch within the next few weeks: Brazil, UK, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Colombia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, France, Peru, Chile, Honk Kong, Netherlands, Singapore.
- Second launch starting rollout in January 2014: US, India, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Australia, Honduras, Ghana, New Zealand, El Salvador, Kuwait, Indonesia, Panama, Oman, Ecuador, Uruguay, Jordan, Venezuela, Paraguay, Dominican Republic , UAE.
With these prices this device could become the budget-friendly device of choice across the globe in a short period of time.
According to the official Android Twitter feed Android 4.4 Kitkat should be rolling out today for the first and second generation nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 10. Time to get a taste of that chocolate goodness on your Nexus tablet. Also included in the update is the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data.
Drop by our Google Nexus forum and discuss your thoughts on the latest version of Android. Google Nexus Forum
Nov 12, 2013 - 2:24 PM - by dgstorm
Above and below we have a couple of cool videos for NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 Android tab. The new Tegra 4-equipped tablet just went into retail stores recently and is designed to showcase the incredible power of the Tegra 4. It's an amazing bonus that it sells in the $200 dollar range, especially considering all of the features and power.
This device stands out not just because of its internal power though. It also comes with a slew of interesting features. For example, NVIDIA claims the Tegra Note tablets have superior audio with the “widest frequency range in a tablet”. Apparently, the camera is very impressive too. NVIDIA shares that the camera in the tablet s impressive too and includes the “world’s first mobile computational photography architecture.” This supposedly enables special effects including Tap-to-Track automatic tracking.
Finally, in one of the videos we have included, you get to see the DirectStylus demoed on the device. It's a passive stylus technology that NVIDIA bills as equal to an active stylus despite being cheaper to make. It can supposedly detect pressure levels and even the shape of the stylus tip. This is meant to give you a more creative real-world like experience.
With this device on the market, both Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD will have a serious new competitor.
Nov 08, 2013 - 10:44 AM - by dgstorm
This is pretty phenomenal news for Verizon customers ready to grab a new LG G2. With a special promo code, you can pick up the flagship device from LG for FREE on a new two-year contract. The specs on this device are absolutely top-notch, so this is a ridiculous deal. It's hard to believe that one of the most cutting edge Android smartphones (hardware-wise), can be had for such a phenomenal offer.
Apparently when you have weaker brand recognition like LG that's the result. Either way, it's great for many consumers, and it is only available until November 11th. Check out the source link below for this great offer.
What? You didn't think we would leave you hanging without the coupon code did you? Here it is: VZWDEAL.
Nov 08, 2013 - 10:29 AM - by dgstorm
The Developer Edition version of the Moto X has already been discounted. You can now grab the device for $549 instead of its previous price of $649. Of course, the Dev Edition of this phone has an unlocked bootloader so it makes for a great tinker/modding device. You can get either a GSM or a CDMA (Verizon) version of the device. Here are some source links below if you are interested.
Source: Moto X Dev Edition GSM Version (AT&T and T-Mobile) and Moto X Dev Edition CDMA Version (Verizon)
Nov 07, 2013 - 4:00 PM - by dgstorm
One of the things fans of Sony devices can count on over the past year and half is that the Japanese mobile device maker is quick to update their devices to the newest version of Android. In reference to that point, Sony recently shared some details regarding their plans for upgrading their devices to Android 4.3 and to Android 4.4. Instead of just rehashing what they said, here's a quick quote from Sony's blog with the details,
It's a shame that Sony devices aren't more widely available on multiple carriers in the United States (hint, hint VZW). Sony has apparently focused more on the European markets, where they are doing very well compared to several Android manufacturers.
First up, Jelly Bean 4.3
We’re pleased to tell you that we’ll start rolling Android 4.3 for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 from next month*.
We also mentioned that a few of our products would be jumping software version – so, we can confirm that Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V* will be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean 4.3… also from next month.
And, to Kit Kat 4.4
We’re also happy to tell you about the first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for – they are: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1*.
On that, please stay tuned to the social newsroom and @SonyMobileNews, where we’ll update you with specific info on product upgrade timings & software features as things progress.
Nov 07, 2013 - 1:49 PM - by dgstorm
We aren't sure if we can fully agree with the point made in Asus' new Transformer Book Trio ad, but it is entertaining. The video above is for Asus' new hybrid product, which combines a removable Android based touch-screen tablet, with a Windows-endowed base unit. It can even be attached to a full sized monitor through HDMI converting it into a desktop PC. It is designed as the ultimate hybrid device for people on the go. The commercial implies that the Android side of things is for fun, but the Windows side of things is all business. Here's a rundown of some of its specs/features:
- Combines Windows 8 with Android.
- The Android tablet docks with the “keyboard”. In this mode, Windows is in control and uses an Intel Core processor and 4GB of RAM.
- When detached, Android controls the tablet using a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM.
It looks like Asus is really having fun and getting creative with the "Transformer" concept. Pretty soon we might see cars changing into giant robots and befriending teenagers! Gasp!
Nov 07, 2013 - 1:16 PM - by dgstorm
Android fans already know that Google's operating system quickly spread across the world, conquering everything in its path; however, this latest analysis suggests it spread even more quickly than we could have imagined. According to Horace Dediu, an Asymco analyst, it turns out that Android is the fastest growing technology product in history! The metric he used to determine this was a comparison of total adoption numbers across specific time-frames after an initial launch. Here are a few mobile stats to put it in perspective:
- Symbian hit 450 million users in 44 quarters (11 years)
- BlackBerry hit 225 million users in 43 quarters (about 11 years)
- Windows Mobile hit 72 million in 30 quarters
- Apple's iOS hit 700 Million users in only 23 Quarters (almost 6 years)
- Android hit 1 Billion users in only 20 quarters (5 years)
The pic above charts some other devices throughout the history of tech. It's interesting to take a glance at the Android & iOS versus PC Sales. The huge spike is something the PC industry never had. Of course, it's not a perfect apples to apples comparison, but it's still worth noting. There's one other thing worth noting in the infographic. Despite the massive acceleration of adoption, there are still quite a few people left in the world who still don't have smartphones. In China we are only 34% into their total market, and even in the United States we are only a little over half way there.
Nov 07, 2013 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
From the beginning of the Nexus line, Google has always been good at making sure the Android experience on Nexus devices remains in its purest form. The idea is that stock Android shows the full capabilities of the OS on Nexus devices without any customized features. If you take that stock Android and put it on another device, it should have the same features as any of the Nexus devices. Unfortunately, that is no longer true with the Nexus 5. It turns out there are a few custom features found on the Nexus 5 that will not be available if you install Android 4.4 KitKat on other devices. Here's a quote with more of the details,
It's possible that some of these custom features can be implemented on other devices, but it's still a strange change of pace to see Google basically fork their own OS on their Nexus device, even if it is ever so slightly. What do you think of this odd move by Google which seems to increase fragmentation?
The Android used on the Nexus 5 is pure Google, but according to J. R. Raphael of Computerworld, Google has confirmed that a few features on the Nexus 5 will not be part of KitKat distributed to other partners. These features include the home screen integration of Google Now and the ability to initiate a Google search by speaking "okay, Google" while on the home screen.
This is significant as the version of Android previously used on Nexus products has been the raw version that OEMs get for modification. With exclusive features on the Nexus 5, Google is behaving like its partners and customizing Android for its own products. It may give reasonable excuses for such customization, but the fact is now stock Android is fragmented, and by Google.
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