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The upcoming Motorola Moto X has been in the headlines lately thanks to numerous leaks, reports, and rumors. Thats to a user on Google + we now have some video details on what the Motorola Moto X has to offer.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Exclusive to Rogers in Canada with two variants in (black and white)
- Launching in August.
- Launch Google Now with your voice and without touching the handset. The trigger command is “OK Google Now”.
- Ability to personalize the trigger command for the voice actions
- No notification light. Alerts appear on the lockscreen under the time widget.
- Launch the camera by twisting your wrist twice.
- Take a photo by touching anywhere on the screen, or long-hold to take multiple photo
Check out the Moto X in action on Google+ and on Vimeo below.
Via: Moto X Forums
Folks head on over to our site dedicated to the upcoming Moto X by Motorola and reserve your low member number in the process (better hurry for that one). We expect this handset to be around for the long haul with the X brand being the Google acquired company's flagship smartphone going forward. With all the carriers involved, and $500 million USD being thrown towards advertising, this doesn't sound like a project that will be abandoned anytime soon. Motorola will always have a special place in our hearts because without them, and the OG Droid, most of us wouldn't be here now. One things for sure, DroidForums would have never been conceived and born. The horror! We are definitely pulling for them and wish them the best with this launch.
So head on over, register, and say hello! Look, I even linked you to all three so there's definitely no excuse...unless of course you are not getting an X Phone, but why would you do that?
Moto X Forums
Jul 12, 2013 - 12:54 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Googorola is using the power of trickling leaks as free advertising. The latest is another pic of the device in the wild. This one looks just like the white we witnessed in Eric Schmidt's hands this morning. This shot is a bit more of a closeup though and really gives a great look at the device's shape and materials.
As it turns out, the previous intel about customizable materials is true. Taylor Wimberly shared this pic, and along with it he shared that the Moto X will have a good variety of different materials choices for folks who want to order one of the customized versions. Here's a quote from his Google+ page with the details,
Besides the interesting listing of exotic materials, it's interesting to note that each carrier could have their own "exclusive" customization option. Which one of these materials sounds most appealing to you?
People keep asking for Moto X leaks, so here is another tidbit. Moto X features a curved design engineered from ground up for personalization. As I reported awhile back, users will be able to pick the material for the backplate. Plastic is the default material, but wood is also an option that should be available at launch. Other materials like metals, ceramics, and fabrics should become available after the August 23rd launch. AT&T has some kind of "exclusive" thing for the Moto X launch, but I don't know if it's an exclusive material/color or something else completely different.
Source: Google+ - Taylor Wimberly
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:51 AM - by dgstorm
Just a couple of days ago we shared a leaked promo pic of some new Sprint plans designed to be extra aggressive to compete directly with T-Mobile. These new plans also brought with them a special promo called "The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee." The new plans turned out to an excellent value, and this new Unlimited Guarantee is unique as well, offering those who sign up an Unlimited plan for life. The leak turned out to be accurate as Sprint made them official last night.
They posted the plans and the Unlimited Guarantee. They even shared a cost breakdown to show off the savings these new plans offer. Here's a quote with a brief breakdown of the plans and the guarantee, followed by a link to the press release below that:
Source: Sprint Newsroom
How the Unlimited, My Way Plan Works:
- Customers first select the number of lines; all lines come with unlimited talk to any wireline or mobile phone and text.
- Customers then choose their data for each line: $30/month for unlimited data on smartphones or $10/month for unlimited data on basic phones. Additional options include $20 for 1GB of data on smartphones or basic phone users can choose not to add data to their account.2
- Customers also have the choice to activate mobile hotspot functionality on their smartphone for $10 per month for 1GB of data on the Sprint network.
“As additional lines are added to the account, customers will see significant monthly savings,” said Hesse. “The Sprint Unlimited, My Way plan makes it easy for families to tailor plans to meet their wireless needs, making Sprint the clear choice for families.”
My All-InSM Plan
In addition, Sprint is offering smartphone customers the My All-in plan with unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network and 5GB mobile hotspot usage for $1103.
How The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee Works:
- All customers on an Unlimited, My Way plan or a My All-in plan will have unlimited talk and text guaranteed for the life of the line of service.
- Customers who select unlimited data on an Unlimited, My Way plan or a My All-in plan will have unlimited data guaranteed for the life of the line of service.
- The guarantee will apply to customers as long as they remain on the plan, meet the terms and conditions of the plan and pay their bill in full and on-time.
- The guarantee is non-transferrable.
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a fantastic deal alert brought to us by our friendly neighborhood tech raver, gadgetrants. This one actually turns out to be a double followup. A few days ago we shared that Staples dropped the price of their Nexus 7 tablets.
According to that report, you could get the 16GB Nexus 7 for only $179.99, and the 32GB for $199.99. Both of these are spectacular deals, but apparently, Staples has upped the ante further. For a brief time (just until July 14th) they are offering a special $30 off instant coupon code for the 32GB version of the Nexus 7. This brings the total price down to a stellar $169.99 for the 32GB model! As you can see in the screenshot above, in the lower right hand corner you are given a coupon code which will be used at the final checkout. Here's the details of that special offer,
The reason why this is a double followup is because just moments ago we shared a rumor that the next generation of Nexus 7 will likely be launching in Taiwan at the end of July. This "extra" price drop from Staples seems to indirectly confirm this as they are obviously trying to blowout their old inventory. What do you guys think? Is this a deal that's too good to pass up?
To get your $30 savings, add coupon code 20098
**While supplies last. May not be valid in combination with other offers. Offer subject to change.
Offer Expires on 07/14/2013
Thanks again for the tip, gadgetrants!
Update: Apparently, this offer also works for the 16GB version as well. This brings its price down to $149.99! Here's a link to that one: Staples - 16GB Nexus 7 for Super Cheap!
Source: Staples - 32GB Nexus 7 for Super Cheap!
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm
We have in intriguing new rumor regarding the next generation of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. According to the latest intel, the new Nexus 7 will be launched in Taiwan by the end of this month. This leaked info came with some additional details too. We have a spec list and some pricing. Supposedly the new Nexus 7 16GB (Model Asus K008) will be $229.99 and the 32GB version (Model Asus K009) will be $299.99. It's worth noting that while both of these named devices are a bit more expensive than the previous generation, both of these specific models also include LTE support, which is what is adding to the cost. There is no word on whether a non-LTE version will be offered. Here's a spec breakdown for the K009:
- ASUS K009/ME571K
- Snapdragon APQ8064 processor
- JDI made LT070ME05000 liquid crystal panel
- 2GB of RAM
- Storage capacity of 32GB
- 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixels front camera
- LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B13 · B17
- WCDMA 1900/1700/850Mhz GSM 1900/850Mhz
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC enabled
- Battery capacity of 3950mAh
Sadly, there's still no word on whether these new versions will sport a microSD slot, but we will keep you informed as quickly as we learn any new info.
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
The above video was edited and slowed down by folks at androidnext.de.
Hot on the heels of the latest pic of the Moto X in the hands of none other than Google's own Eric Schmidt, we now have an "in the wild" video of the device. The video above is a slowed down version of a video clip shared on Google+ by the blogger Robert Scoble. Mr. Scoble is at a small private Motorola event, and is filming it (with permission) using Google Glass.
At first the video seems innocuous enough. It starts off with the artist Daria Musk playing the guitar, but quickly moves around the event. Very briefly we get a glimpse of the Moto X phone being used by another Motorola executive (Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President for Product Management at Motorola). He is taking a picture of the guitar player. Scoble later posted this video to his Google+ page (which we have linked below). Here's a brief quote with more of the details,
If you would like to see the unedited version of the video, here is the Google+ link by Robert Scoble: https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/f7JvW6AHP2k
The device has the same curved profile that we’ve seen in the leaked shot of a fully assembled Moto X case, and you can easily spot the camera and the flash on the back of device. Just below them, is what appears to be Motorola’s “M” logo. The phone also matches the description of the Moto X in terms of size and finish.
Motorola denied that the gathering hosted by Guy Kawasaki has anything to do with Moto X, but all clues suggest that the meeting was more than a friend reunion. Some of the guests, including Leo Laporte and Daria Musk, dropped hints that the gathering was hosted by Google, while Robert Scoble flat out said that participants “weren’t supposed to share anything about what [they] were doing there”. The presence of the person who probably leads the development of Moto X, Rick Osterloh, is a telltale sign that attendees came to see the device ahead of its official launch.
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:19 AM - by dgstorm
What do we have here? This is likely the first "in the wild" picture of the Googorola Moto X phone... sortof. Yes it's not in an production office posing cor Mr. Blurrycam, which is why it could be considered "in the wild." However, it also is being held by one of the top Google executives, Mr. Eric Schmidt, so it technically isn't quite "in the wild" because it is still "controlled access." Regardless, this looks like a white version of the Moto X, and we must admit to being far more impressed by the aesthetics of this device than many of the previously leaked pics of the phone. The lines of the phone's outer design are clean and sharp, and the white surface seems to have an interesting textured pattern on it.
It's definitely a more aggressive looking phone than previous iterations have shown. Color us intrigued...
What do you guys think of the looks of this one?
Update: Here's a link to several more pics of Eric Schmidt using the white Moto X phone: Search Results | Insider Images
Jul 11, 2013 - 4:23 PM - by dgstorm
For Verizon customers who can't wait for the launch of the HTC One or the Moto X, you might be excited to find out we have some leaked release dates for these devices. According to the above leaked internal document from Big Red, the HTC One will be available at Verizon stores on August 1. The same document indicates the Moto X will come a few weeks later on August 23rd.
It looks like there are a few other interesting unknowns in the launch cycle, including the LG Exalt and a few other odd tidbits. This leak looks very legit, so you can probably pencil this into your calendar unless VZW decides to pull a fast one on us.
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:39 PM - by dgstorm
We must preface this report with the disclaimer that we are highly skeptical of it. The above leaked pic is supposedly a fully assembled black Moto X. What is odd about it is that it looks similar to previous leaks, but also dissimilar in many respects too. The general shape and positioning of the camera and LED seems to be the same as previous leaked pics, but the device seems a great deal thicker than what we have seen previously.
This could be a number of things. One, it could be an earlier prototype of the phone. Two, it could simply be the angle and proximity to the camera taking the picture creating the illusion of greater thickness. Three, it could just be a really thick phone when all is said and done. We also can't tell the material in this pic. In previous leaked pics, the Moto X appeared to have a soft-rubberized backing, but here we can't quite tell if it has this or is merely plastic. Of course, our previous assessment of the phone having a rubberized backing could have been incorrect as well. It's sometimes hard to determine the surface material of a device just by looking at pictures.
Regardless, this device is a bit plain and probably isn't going to win any "smartphone beauty pageants" anytime soon. Share your thoughts.
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:22 PM - by dgstorm
T-mobile is really getting serious with the advertising campaign for their new "Jump!" service. By serious, we mean pushing hard to get our attention by using a series of hilarious new video commercials. As we shared yesterday, The new Jump! service basically allows users to upgrade their devices twice per year, and/or replace them if they are damaged or lost. These commercials have the potential to be a big hit with consumers, tickling the funny bone while pointing out the advantages of the new service.
The video above is only one of four. The fourth one is actually a "pseudo-sequel" to number three and is probably the funniest of the bunch. Here's a link to all four: Hilarious New T-Mo Jump Commercials
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:05 PM - by dgstorm
The folks at Rovio Stars are proving their creative muscle again. This time they have a new puzzle-solving point-and-click game with some hidden object stuff thrown in called "Tiny Thief." It's a charming and addictive little game, and it might just bring back fond memories of similar games from the past. Here's a quote with a brief description straight from the creators,
Here's a link to the Google Play Store to grab a copy for only $2.99: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...tars.tinythief
In a world of greed, corruption and injustice, one little guy decides to stand up for the little guy! Say hello to Tiny Thief, an unconventional hero who uses cunning and trickery to out-smart his opponents across six epic medieval adventures. But beware! He faces fearsome foes, like the Dark Knight, rogue pirates and even a giant robot!
Tiny Thief brings back the magic from the point-and-click games of old, charming you with its very own visual style and offbeat sense of humor. The game throws some seriously mind-boggling puzzles at you, with tons of surprising interactive gameplay elements along the way. So get ready to embark on an epic quest to save a princess and kingdom in peril!
Six big adventures – sneak and steal your way through six epic quests, featuring an awesome pirate ship and daring castle siege!
Use cunning and skill – out-smart your tricky opponents using the element of surprise and some downright sneakiness!
Unexpected surprises – explore fully interactive levels and uncover hidden treasures and other surprises at every turn!
Tiny Thief is ready to start his big adventure. Are you?
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