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Moto Voice arrives for original Moto X and 2013 Droids

By Andrew Grush

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Earlier this month we learned that Touchless Control was being rebranded for the new Moto X, with a name change to Moto Voice that would include a few new features like the ability to use a custom launch phrase. Shortly after this, the Moto Voice app arrived to Google Play, though only compatible with the new Moto X.

For owners of the original Moto X and select members of the Verizon Droid family, the update is now live for you as well. Before you get too excited, there’s no custom launch phrase support here. Instead, it appears all you get is some undisclosed bug fixes and support for the Moto 360 smartwatch. So will these older phones ever get custom launch phrase support? It’s really hard to say one way or another. While it’s certainly possible that this is coming in a future update, we wouldn’t get your hopes up just yet.

To grab the update, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

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Moto X (2nd generation) in leather and bamboo is now up for pre-order on AT&T

By Bogdan Petrovan

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Motorola will put up the new Moto X on sale on its own website in just a few hours, but if you can’t wait, AT&T already has the Moto X (2nd generation) on pre-order.

AT&T is only offering pre-made versions of Motorola’s new flagship, meaning you will have to wait for Moto Maker to go online in order to get a customized version. Still, AT&T’s options are very attractive – you can choose between Black Resin (soft touch plastic), Black Leather, or Bamboo. From my brief time with these three options during IFA, they all look and feel amazing, though I especially liked the bamboo.

AT&T has the new Moto X for $99.99 on a two-year contract or for $526.99 unlocked, which is slightly higher than the $499 Motorola asks for its Pure Edition Moto X. You can also opt for paying for the device in 20 or 24 monthly installments of $26 or $22 respectively.

According to AT&T’s website, pre-ordered Moto X (2nd generation) will ship from September 23.

Motorola will offer the GSM (AT&T/unlocked) Moto X starting from 12PM EST today. Stay tuned.


Source: AT&T; …read more

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CM11 M10 brings new features, drops support for CDMA Galaxy Nexus

By Bogdan Petrovan

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The latest milestone release of CyanogenMod brings new bug tracking features, the ability to long press on the recent apps button to switch to the last used app, a soft reboot option, and other features.

Here’s the changelog as per a post on the official CyanogenMod blog:

  • New Devices: Galaxy S5 Sprint (kltespr)
  • Split out Note 3 into GSM (hlte), Sprint (hltespr) and Verizon (hltevzw)
  • Refactor moto_msm8960dt as ‘ghost’ for Moto X 2013
  • Drop support for obake, toro, toroplus
  • Theme Engine: Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
  • Settings: Add scramble pin feature
  • Frameworks: Long press recent apps to switch to last used app
  • Settings: Add soft reboot option
  • Add smart cover support
  • Add glove mode support
  • Add bug reporter and crash log uploader
  • Multisim updates
  • General bug fixes (many many)
  • ANT+ Support for various hardware
  • Privacy Guard: Control NFC permissions

The changelog confirms the report from last week about support for CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus (Sprint/toroplus, Verizon/toro) being dropped. Support for the GSM version (maguro) continues for now. A new device added over the past weeks is the Sprint Galaxy S5.

In the blog post, community manager Abhisek Devkota explains the new But Tracker feature coming to CM11 M10: “whenever you crash a system application, you will be prompted with an option to upload a snippet of a log to us – namely the actual crash reported by the system and the stacktrace that accompanies it – similar to what you are already used to by the various app stores you may use.” It is also now possible to send anonymized application logs to CyanogenMod from the “take a bug report” option in Developer Settings.

At the time of this writing, CM11 M10 is available for 38 devices, including versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3, Galaxy S2, S3, and S4, Google Nexus 5, and Xperia Z1. Builds for more devices will come online over the next hours.

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Is your Android Wear app randomly closing on you? Check this out

By Jonathan Feist

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We’ve been keeping a close eye on Android Wear since it was first rumored and announced earlier this year. Not only are we huge fans of all mobile technology, including wearables like smartwatches, we’re also interested in how it all works and where it is headed in the future. We’ve stumbled across a little quirk in the Android Wear system that may be causing you, or at least the developers of your favorite Android Wear apps, some grief.

If your Android Wear app keeps closing unexpectedly, you are not alone.

Here is the scenario that developers are facing: when building a full screen Android Wear app that collects data from the accelerometer – this goes for many fitness related app out there – you may find that the app unexpectedly closes and returns you to the home screen of the device.

What is going on with that? The answer is pretty simple, Android Wear itself is also collecting accelerometer data, updating the pedometer step count. Android Wear is so exciting for your progress, it fires up a new info card and presents it to you on the home screen of your device.

Android Wear App call to halt

As we keep tabs on this concern through the Android bug tracker, no official answers are available just yet. Perhaps developers are not supposed to build full screen apps for Android Wear that use the accelerometer, perhaps it is a bug, or maybe we’re just doing it wrong.

Luckily, the same user that filed the issue has a workaround. Developers, this is for you:

Instead of starting your app as a full screen activity, try creating a persistent notification in the context stream, then, give that notification an action to go full screen. This should prevent other cards from stopping your activity, so you can continue to collect accelerometer data and display it to your users.

We want to hear from you: Have you encountered an Android Wear app that closes unexpectedly? Are you a developer with any experience or insight into this particular situation, how did you overcome it?


Via: Android Bug Tracker;
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Google’s Material Design wins award for best contribution to UX

By Edgar Cervantes

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Google IO 2014 brought a multitude of new devices and services. Among them was Android L, the upcoming version of Android. With Android L, Google introduced a whole new design language – Material Design. One that not only makes the UI more fluid, good-looking and simple, but also blends the experience across all devices and screen sizes.

It’s truly a first-of-a-kind and an innovative design that will change the future of the industry. It’s so great that it has actually won a gold award for the best contribution to UX. The UX Awards have been going since 2011 and only the best software of the year gets to be part of it.

Of course, Google goes over on all the Material Design advantages and the changes they are introducing. Its multi-platform flexibility and dynamic UI are a huge focus, as are the new design guidelines. These open the door for a future where a smaller screen doesn’t have to mean less… it’s just smaller.

Mobile devices have been evolving and now we can have a full experience even in a 1.5-inch smartwatch display, jsut as we can on a 50-inch TV. Material Design will make this possible and the industry recognizes that fact.


Source: UX Awards; …read more

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Blistering deal: get a Kindle Fire HD for under $60!

By Edgar Cervantes

Kindle Fire HD

Credit: Amazon

Need a good deal? You won’t be able to find a decent tablet for cheaper than what we are showing you today. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD can be purchased for just under $60! It does happen to be the previous generation, and there is a slight, yet important detail to consider – these are used devices.

These used Kindle Fire HDs come in different conditions, ranging from good to “acceptable”. Prices are directly linked to the status of the device, ranging from $53.30 to $56.85. These are all fulfilled by Amazon and do take advantage of Prime shipping.

Not a bad deal for a tablet that normally costs $230. This is the cheapest we have seen this tablet go for. In fact, this may be about the cheapest I have seen any tablet go for.

It is the 16 GB, WiFi version, but that is more than enough for some users. It seems like a great acquisition for those who want a simple, inexpensive tablet. That is, unless you are really against owning second hand products. Those who don’t mind can go get it straight from Amazon’s website!


Via: 9 to 5 Toys;
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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime leaked – selfie lovers rejoice

By Edgar Cervantes

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Samsung will cover any niche market it can find, and the recent onslaught of selfie-focused smartphones is definitely a party they were to join. Recent leaks show what could be the latest iteration of their Samsung Galaxy Grand series, which could very well be one of their main selfie phones.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has shown up in a Vietnamese website. We have pictures, specs and even an estimated release window.

As you can see, the Galaxy Grand Prime looks much like its predecessors. It’s large and follows that traditional Samsung design we can all recognize from a mile away. Its 5-inch screen sports a qHD (960x540p) resolution, which happens to be a substantial downgrade over the Galaxy Grand 2’s 5.25-inch 720p display. A bit of an odd situation, since all other specs are near identical and this should be meant to be a better phone.

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The Galaxy Grand Prime does get that 5 MP front-facing camera, though, making it a great device for those selfie shots. Other specs include an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Rumors also say the device will be launching in Vietnam this coming October, so it shouldn’t be long before it reaches other markets.


Via: GSM Arena;
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Android One phones can’t take pictures or save media without a micrSD card?

By Edgar Cervantes

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Android One is meant to be the catalyzer that brings affordable smartphones to emerging markets. The first partners include Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. Nearly 3 months after the Google IO announcement, these devices are finally launching in India for only $100. We have compared these with the competition and they seem to win in the price/quality balance, but there is much more we need to see before we pass judgement.

We haven’t tested these yet, but the guys at BGR have and they found a huge flaw in Android One. It seems a microSD card is paramount for these devices’ basic functionality. Apparently one can’t even take a picture if there is no microSD card inserted. It’s not even possible to save a file or download an attachment without external storage!

We do understand that Android One devices come with a limited 4 GB of storage (about 2.3 GB are free), but that is still storage we should be able to use.

Is Android One local storage really limited to apps and system files? It very well may be. And if that is the case, we sure hope the manufacturers are giving customers at least low storage cards with the purchase of an Android One device. We do know Spice and Micromax hand out a microSD card, though, so it may be required.

Regardless, these limitations should not be placed. Your storage, as limiting as it may be, should be freely available to save whatever files you prefer.


Source: BGR; …read more

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Thanks to Apple, Verizon customers with an upgrade before November 15 can upgrade now

By Nick Sarafolean

As part of the impending iPhone 6 launch, Verizon has a deal to allow customers to upgrade earlier. If a customer’s upgrade eligibility date falls before November 15, they can upgrade now and grab themselves a new phone. And this isn’t some sort of loophole that requires you to jump through several hoops, this is straight from Verizon and should show up in your My Verizon account as long as you’re eligible.

The best part of the deal is that it’s not exclusive to the iPhone 6. The upgrade can be used on any phone, so maybe it’s time to take a look at that new Android phone you’ve been eyeing. Do note, however, that the deal requires you to sign into a new two-year contract to upgrade. Additionally, the deal is only around for a unspecified limited time. Pretty standard fare, but still something to keep in mind.

Anyone taking Verizon up on this offer?

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LG G3 Vigor reaches Sprint with affordable price, great design

By Edgar Cervantes

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Sprint subscribers looking for an affordable smartphone can now add the LG G3 Vigor to their lists of options. This neat device offers a great design, modest specs, good performance and most features you can find on the LG G3. Want it? It will be launched this Friday, September 19th in all Sprint sales channels.

LG G3 Vigor specs

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2540 mAh battery

The LG G3 Vigor looks much like the flagship G3, but it takes some hits in the specs in order to reduce the price. You will definitely notice the reduction in screen size and definition. Performance should be good with a Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, but it will definitely lose when compared to high-end smartphones.

What I do love about LG is that they bring nearly all their software features to their low-end devices, a practice that is not very usual in the industry. Most manufacturers leave the coolest features for the high-end smartphones, even when there are no real hardware limitations.

LG G3 Vigor users will get Knock Code, Knock On, Smart Keyboard, Smart Cleaning, QSlide, Quick Memo and more. By the way, the device also supports Sprint’s Spark 4G LTE technology and WiFi calling.

Price and availability

Now, let’s jump into the most important factor – price. The LG G3 Vigor will cost you $299 off contract, which definitely not bad, even if similar phones out there come with similar (or lower) prices. The LG G3 Vigor may look and feel better to you, though.

You can also get it on payments with a $0 down payment and 24 monthly $12.50 payments. Are you signing up for one of these come September 19th?


Source: Sprint; …read more

Source:: android authority