Unlocked Moto X Now Available for $399

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 18:15 -- Sammy Snyder

One of the biggest complaints about Motorola's flagship Moto X is its price, and it looks like the smartphone company has been listening to the criticism. The regular Moto X has already been reduced to $100 with a two-year AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract, and now you can nab an unlocked model for only $399. Motorola made the announcement via its official blogspot on Wednesday.

Unlocked Moto XMotorola claims it has been listening to smartphone shoppers by giving people "more control in how their phones looked" and longer battery life. The Google owned company also said that its botched holiday flash sales made them realize that people want "a new premium smartphone at a reasonable price without having to wait for a contract upgrade." So Motorola decided to offer its Moto X contract free at a reasonable price,

Samsung's Galaxy GamePad Now Available in Select European Markets

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 09:59 -- Marshall Walker

Remember that gamepad Samsung announced alongside the Galaxy S 4 and other accessories like the S View Cover and S Band? Well it's finally available in select European markets and it has received a very big makeover.

Samsung Galaxy GamePadThe "Smartphone GamePad" no longer looks like a Wii U reject, and it now includes a rechargeable 160mA battery and one-touch "Play" button. The Play button allows users to easily access Samsung’s new integrated game launching app so they can easily shop for GamePad supported games. There are already 35 compatible titles available through the Mobile Console app. Some titles include EA’s "Need for Speed: Most Wanted," "Modern Combat 4 : Zero Hour," and "Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame".

Moto X Touchless Controls Updated With PIN Code Voice Command

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 10:13 -- Marshall Walker

The Moto X's Touchless Control app now allows you to speak your PIN code so you can unlock your device, check your email or access your contacts without having to touch your display. The update also gives you the ability to use more Google Now commands without having to unlock your phone first, and adds a new "listening tone" so you know Google Now is listening.

Moto X Touchless ControlThe Touchless Control app is available for free on Google Play. Your phone must be running Android 4.4 KitKat to take advantage of the new features. The app only works with the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, Droid Maxx and the Moto X.

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Google Nexus 7 Only $180 for a Limited Time [Holiday Deals]

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 18:02 -- Alex Gardner

The 16GB Nexus 7 is only $180 at Office Depot stores. You can order online now to reserve your tablet then pick it up at a retail location near you. Office Depot is also offering the 32GB version for only $230. The 16GB version normally retails for $229 and the 32GB model's SRP is $269. This is a great deal for those of you looking for an affordable quality tablet for the holidays. The sale ends on December 21st.

Google Nexus 7The 2013 Nexus 7 is thinner, lighter, and faster than the original, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. It is equipped with a 7.02" 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi), a 1.2MP front facing camera, a 5MP rear facing camera with auto focus, and a 3950 mAh battery with built-in Qi compatible wireless charging.

Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Editions Now Available

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:35 -- Alex Gardner

Both the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play editions are now available for purchase. The Sony Z boasts a large 6.4-inch Full HD screen and is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8974 processor and the latest version of Android. It ships with 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a micro USB, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It is also unlocked and contract free.

Sony Xperia Z UltraThe LG G Pad 8.3 is just 8.3mm thin and weighs only 338 grams. It features an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 Full HD display, a 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD for up to 64GB of expansion and 2GB of RAM.

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Motorola Extends $349 Off-Contract Moto X Cyber Monday Promotion

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:31 -- Sammy Snyder

Motorola offered an officially apology to its customers via its blog on Tuesday. The company "misjudged the overwhelming consumer demand" for its $349 off-contract Moto X deal on Cyber Monday, and couldn't fulfill some orders after the MotoMaker website " became unstable." Instead of telling its frustrated customers "tough luck", Motorola has decided to extended the deal.

Motorola BlogMotorola will relaunch its $349 Moto X promotion staring at 12 pm EST this Wednesday, and then offer the deal again on Monday, December 9. This will give shoppers two chances to nab an off-contract Moto X and more time to prepare for the sale.

HTC One Google Edition Android 4.4 KitKat Update Now Available

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:36 -- Alex Gardner

An XDA Developer [via Engadget] forum user has confirmed that OTA Android 4.4 updates are now rolling out for the HTC One Google Edition. The update brings a variety improvements such as a streamlined interface, better battery life and improved camera app with shortcut. Users who do not want to wait for the OTA update to land on their device can download it now using this link.

HTC One Google EdtionNormal HTC One owners can expect to receive their Android KitKat update sometime in January. You can click here for a complete list of Android 4.4 compatible devices.

Motorola Announces Moto G Starting at $180

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:34 -- Alex Gardner

Motorola officially announced the Moto G during a live Google+ event on Wednesday. The new handset is priced for budget-conscious consumers starting at $179.99 for an off-contract, unlocked 8GB model, and $199.99 for the 16GB version.

The Moto G sports a 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display, a 5MP rear camera, and 1.3 front-facing camera. It is powered by 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2,070mAh battery. It will ship with Android 4.3, but Motorola promised it will receive an Android 4.4 upgrade in January 2014, which is when it also launches in the US.

Nexus 5 Coming to T-Mobile on November 14th

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 09:29 -- Marshall Walker

T-Mobile has announced it will offer the 16GB Nexus 5 through its online store starting November 14, and that T-Mobile retail locations will start carrying the new Google handset on November 20. The T-Mobile Nexus 5 will be $42 down with 24 monthly payments of $17, for a total of $450 over two years. That's $100 more than you can nab the same model directly from Google Play.

T-Mobile Nexus 5It's not officially known why the phone will cost more through T-Mobile, but a representative did tell CNET that it pays full retail price for each unit. This suggests that Google is offering a subsidy to customers who buy the phone directly from Google Play.

T-Mobile did not announce any plans to carry the 32GB model in the future.

Moto X Now Ships With Your iPhone Data Already Installed

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:06 -- Marshall Walker

Motorola has added an iPhone transfer tool to its MotoMaker website. The new feature copies your iCloud data to Google and installs it on your new Moto X handset before it ships. As of right now, the tool can only transfer contacts and calendar data, but that's half the battle when switching devices. Motorola also hopes to add the ability to transfer more things like photos and music in the future.

Moto X iOS Migration“There is a long way to go, but its a start” Punit Soni, VP of product management, told The Verge.

Motorola estimates it will take around "five minutes to transfer 500 calendar entries and 500 contacts."

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