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."

Angry Birds Go! Gets a Release Date for Android and iOS Devices

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 17:03 -- Alex Gardner

Rovio Entertainment announced today that Angry Birds Go! will be available for Android and iOS devices on December 11. The game has been built from the ground up as a free-to-play title, and will feature "upgradable karts, tons of characters with unique special powers and a fully rendered 3D world," according to the Rovio blog post.

Angry Birds Go!Players will be able to teleport their favorite karts into the game by using "telepods", just like Angry Birds Star Wars 2. Rovio will also release a "special countdown app" at the end of October to give Angry Birds fans a "headstart" on the action.

HTC Announces One max with 5.9-inch Display and Fingerprint Scanner

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:38 -- Marshall Walker

HTC has officially announced the HTC One max smartphone. The One max boasts a large 5.9-inch full HD 1080p display, however, the huge screen comes at a price. The One max "weighs 217 grams and is over 16 centimeters long and 10.3mm thick," according to Engadget who got an early look at the device. HTC has also added an iPhone 5s-like fingerprint scanner on the back, and removable back cover which allows you to upgrade the 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

HTC One maxThe One max is powered by the same as quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the original HTC One, and it features a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU and powerful 3300mAh embedded battery. It also ships with Android 4.3 and an updated version of Sense 5.5.

Samsung Reveals a Curved Galaxy Smartphone

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 01:11 -- Fred Straker

Samsung finally found an excuse to integrate its Super AMOLED flexible display into a product. The Galaxy Round is for real, and features a curved body. This Android smartphone has a rounded shape, making the back convex in the palm of the user's hand. Before the device was officially announced, rumors pointed to a handset that was curved along the horizontal axis.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Instead, Samsung claims the curvature will provide a comfortable hand grip feeling to the user and an exclusive curved display viewing experience. In case you might be wondering, the Samsung Galaxy Round does not bend. In fact, the company has integrated new functionality based on the unique shape of the device and its ability to tilt or roll.

Google Releases Official Nexus 7 Microsuede Case

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 17:27 -- Sammy Snyder

Google has launched its first official case for the new Nexus 7. The new cases are made to the exact specifications of the 7-inch tablet, and feature built-in stands to make typing and watching movies easier. The microsuede cases are available in four colors (black, white/red, gray/blue, gray, red) for $50, and will begin shipping tomorrow.

Official Google Nexus 7 CaseGoogle-branded accessories, like the Nexus 4 bumper, have been known to sell out quickly. We can only hope that Google has learned its lesson from previous shortages and have plenty of stock available, but pre-ordering your Nexus 7 case right now may not be such a bad idea. You can reserve your Nexus 7 - 2013 case via Google Play.

HBO Original Series Now Available on Google Play

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 20:03 -- Marshall Walker

Non-HBO customers who have been clamoring for a way to access the channel's original series without paying for a subscription have finally got their wish. Google announced today that several popular HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood are now available on the Play store.

HBO On Google PlayGoogle Play users can rent individual episodes for $2 - $3 per episode or pay $19 - $29 for a full season. Currently there are only seven shows available, but HBO has promised more will be added, along with their original documentaries, in the future. The available HBO series are: Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls and The Wire.

Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 With One Hand

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 09:11 -- Fred Straker

The display on Android phablets can be great, until you need to place a phone call or answer an email with one hand. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rocks a 5.7-inch display, making this task difficult if not impossible for most users. In this case Samsung thought ahead and included a built-in software solution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

One-handed operation mode can be configured in the settings to snap everything into a tiny screen using a simple gesture. There are several options which configure how the window behaves, with the main one being "Use for all screens". Once enabled, one-handed operation can be invoked to the left or right side of the Galaxy Note 3 and the window can even be resized.

Pre-Order the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX From $229

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 23:55 -- Fred Straker

Amazon has stepped up its tablet game again, this time with the Kindle Fire HDX. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX will feature 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors, providing 3x the power of previous models. Not only is the main chip fast, but the Fire HDX sports an Adreno 330 graphics processor which delivers console quality gaming 4x faster than the previous Kindle Fire HD.

Kindle Fire HDX apps

Amazon didn't forget the Kindle's roots as an e-reader. When using a special low-power reading mode, battery life is extended up to a maximum of 17-18 hours. This mode automatically shuts down unused system components, consuming only enough power to display your new favorite book. Speaking of content, the Fire HDX has full access to the Amazon content ecosystem. Ongoing revenue from tablet users purchasing content means Amazon can keep HDX prices low.

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