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Developer Warns Not to Upgrade Verizon Moto X if You Want to Root

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 11:24 -- Marshall Walker

The Verizon Wireless Moto X model has been rooted only a few days after Motorola added the US Cellular and Sprints versions to its Bootloader Unlock Program. Developer jcase (@TeamAndIRC) tweeted on Tuesday that he successfully achieved root on a Verizon Moto X belonging to @davekover.

Moto X Press ShotDave Kover told RootxWiki "that the root was disabled while the phone was still on, so there is still work to be done before permanent root can be achieved."

Case sent a second tweet warning Moto X owners not to accept any OTA updates if they want to root their devices in the future. It was also discovered that the root method will work on Verizon’s 2013 Droid lineup.

Sprint and US Cellular Moto X Bootloader Unlock Now Available

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:33 -- Alex Gardner

Both Sprint and US Cellular were late to the Moto X party, but they are also the only carriers to offer a fully unlockable bootloader. Motorola released the bootloader unlock method for both US Moto X models, plus a few Canadian and Latin American models, on Friday.

Moto X BootloaderAdventurous Moto X owners can now unlock their software and install custom ROMS, but don't forget, unlocking your Moto X will void the warranty. Motorola has also promised to release developer editions so AT&T and Verizon subscribers can get in on the fun, however like the T-Mobile Moto X, those models have yet to make an appearance.

Pre-Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 18:50 -- Marshall Walker

Both AT&T and Verizon are now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Verizon Wireless customers can pre-order the Note for $299.99 with a two-year contract, or they can nab both the Note and Galaxy Gear smartwatch as a bundle for $599.98. AT&T users can reserve their Note 3 now at ATT.com, but will have to wait for the Galaxy Gear watch because it is currently listed as "coming soon". T-Mobile has also announced that its Note 3 model will cost $199.99 with 24 monthly payments of $21, but the carrier has yet to open pre-orders.

Samsung Galaxy Note and GearAT&T says the Note 3 will begin shipping "around October 1st," while Verizon lists its shipping date as October 10th. The new Samsung handset is expected to land at T-Mobile on October 2nd. Both AT&T and T-Mobile mention Samsung's Galaxy Gear in their press releases, but only T-Mobile gives a release date of October 2nd. AT&T only says the watch will be available in the coming weeks.

Moto X Coming to Sprint Tomorrow

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:28 -- Alex Gardner

Sprint has announced that it will start offering the Moto X for $200 with a two-year contract starting tomorrow. New customers who switch their phone number to Sprint will be able to nab the flagship handset for only $100. Sprint is the third major US carrier to offer the device, after AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Now we are just waiting for US Cellular and T-Mobile to announce their Moto X launch dates.

Sprint Moto XSprint's Moto X model will only be available in woven black and woven white at launch, but the carrier promises Motomaker support is coming later this year. Sprint is also touting its My Way and My All-in rate plans with unlimited talk, text and data as a reason for people to choose them as their cellular provider. Sprint claims "smartphone customers can save $30 per month vs. Verizon's comparable plan with only 4GB of data."

Sony Wants to Convert Your Smartphone into a Camera

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:43 -- Penelope Wang

After many leaks and much hype, the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras are official. These compact devices attach directly to Android and other smartphones, pairing with Wi-Fi and a custom app to snap high-quality photos. Dubbed PlayMemories, the app steps in to provide controls for the camera, which simply snaps to the handset with a spring clip.

DSC-QX10 with smartphone

The smartphone attachable cameras are zoom lens and sensor combinations unlike any other product on the market. They have built-in batteries, optical image stabilization, and minimal controls including shutter release and power buttons. Even though these lens cameras can be used independently from a smartphone, without the app there is no display and there are no advanced shooting options.

Samsung Officially Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:30 -- Marshall Walker

Sony and Samsung announced a lot of products in Berlin today, but the the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will probably be most talked about gadget until Apple releases its new iPhone on September 10. Samsung's new watch will only work with Galaxy devices running Android version 4.3, according to Engadget. However, some tech blogs are also reporting that the smartwatch will work with non-Galaxy devices via Bluetooth. If Engadget is correct, that means the Galaxy watch will only support the newly announced Galaxy Note 3 and 10.1 at launch, although the Galaxy S III and S 4 are supposed to get a 4.3 Jelly Bean update later this year.

Samsung Galaxy GearWhen connected to a Samsung device, the Galaxy Gear watch will notify users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, and allow them to ignore or answer any of the messages using their synced Galaxy device. The watch is also equipped with built-in speaker for hands-free voice commands, and includes various features such as a Pedometer and the ability to locate other misplaced Galaxy devices. Other specs include a 1.63-inch 320×320 display, a 1.9MP camera with 720p video recording, 4GB of internal storage, and a promised 24-hours of battery life.

Google Changes Android 4.4 Nickname to KitKat

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:40 -- Marshall Walker

In an effort to make Android 4.4 more recognizable, Google has changed its nickname from Key Lime Pie to Kitkat. Lohn Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, told the BBC that the name change came after Google employees realized "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." Lagerling also explained that Nestle, the company who makes the popular candy bar, had given Google permission to use the name.

"This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," explained Lagerling.

Google Android Lawn OrnamentsGoogle's SVP Sundar Pichai later confirmed the name change on Google+, and posted an image of the new Android Kitkat lawn ornament. Little is known about Android 4.4, but Pichai said he "can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites." Pichai also noted that over 1 billion Android devices has been activated since its launch.

Logitech Launches First Samsung Galaxy Tab Cases

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:34 -- Alex Gardner

Logitech, who is mainly known for its iPad and iPad mini cases, has launched a line of accessories for all the Samsung Galaxy Tab models for the first time. The new Samsung cases include the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and three Folio Protective Cases without keyboards.
Ultrathin Keyboard Folio 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is only available for the 10.1-inch Tab 3, while the Folio Protective Cases are available in three different sizes (7.0, 8.0 and 10.1). It is kind of odd that Logitech left out the 7 and 8-inch devices since smaller tablets benefit more from keyboard accessories. Keyboard cases allow users to get more out of their smaller screens since they eliminate the need for the built-in onscreen keyboard. Hopefully Logitech will reconsider, and launch keyboard folios for all the Samsung Tab models in the future.

HTC Announces BoomBass Speaker and Two New Desire Smartphones

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:24 -- Marshall Walker

HTC has officially unveiled its BoomBass speaker and two new affordable smartphones: the HTC Desire 601 and HTC Desire 300.

The BoomBass is a Bluetooth 3.0+EDR speaker geared towards HTC One owners who want to take full advantage of their handset's HTC BoomSound capabilities. HTC says the speaker will be available in October, but did not announce a price. HTC BoomBassThe HTC Desire 601 is a mid-range smartphone with all the same HTC-branded features as the HTC One. It features a 4.5-inch qHD 960 x 540 display, a 5MP rear-facing camera with HTC Zoe, and it is powered by a Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 400, dual-core, 1.4GHz processor. It is also LTE capable and ships with 8GB of internal storage plus 1GB of RAM.

The HTC Desire 601 will launch later this month.

LG Announces G Pad 8.3 Ahead of iPad mini 2 and IFA

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:02 -- Sammy Snyder

LG got the jump on all its competition by announcing its new G Pad 8.3 tablet on Sunday. Apple is expected to announce a new iPad mini in the coming months, and Samsung is also planning to unveil its new Galaxy Note phablet and Galaxy Note 3 at its 2013 Unpacked event on September 4.

G Pad 8.3LG claims that the new G Pad is the first eight-inch tablet to boast a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD display. It is also equipped with 4600mAh battery, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet ships with Android 4.2.2, and it features a lightweight form factor, measuring in at 8.33m thick and only weighing 338 grams.

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