Smartphones

Moto X Developer Edition for Verizon Now Available

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 18:51 -- Alex Gardner

The 32GB Moto X Developer Edtion for Verizon is now available on Motorola.com. Motorola told Engadget that the GSM version (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile) will be available on Friday, and that a Droid Maxx Developer Edition is also launching today.

Moto X Developer EditionMotorola previously released the bootloader unlock for both the Sprint and US Cellular models, which means all the individual carrier models will eventually be custom ROM-friendly.

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."

Leaks Shows T-Mobile Moto X Only Coming to Google Play

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:11 -- Marshall Walker

The Moto X launch has been a confusing one. Motorola originally claimed that the Moto X would be available from AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile this summer, but so far the device has only landed at AT&T and Verizon. Moto X buyers were also supposed to be able to customize their handset through the Motomaker website, and receive the device a few days later, but only AT&T customers currently have this option. So what happened to the other three carriers?

T-Mobile Moto X

US Cellular and Sprint have their Moto X models listed as "coming soon, but T-Mobile still remains a mystery. T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert originally said that the Moto X "will initially be available through Motorola’s channels," but now a leaked internal screenshot obtained by TMO News, reveals that T-Mobile subscribers may have to purchase their Moto X handsets through the Google Play Store. It is also unknown if the Moto X will be part of T-Mobile's UnCarrier payment plans, or if buyers will have to agree to a two-year carrier contract.

Google Slashes Nexus 4 Prices

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 20:14 -- Marshall Walker

Google has reduced the price of its Nexus 4 handset by $100 a few weeks before Apple is expected to announce its new low cost iPhone. The 8GB model is now $200, and the 16GB model is only $250. The new price tag puts the Nexus 4 in line with the iPhone 5 and many other popular Android devices. However, unlike most smartphones, the Nexus 4 doesn't require a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. It is also unlocked, which makes it cheaper and easier to use overseas, but it is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks in the US, and it doesn't support 4G LTE speeds.

Nexus 4 Price CutSome analysts believe Google discounted the Nexus 4 to complete with Apple's iPhone C, which could cost around $100 to $149. Apple is expected to announce the low cost, plastic iPhone alongside the iPhone 5S on September 10. Google could also be making room for the next-generation Nexus phone reportedly being manufactured by Motorola for a late 2013 launch.

HTC One mini Coming to AT&T in August

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 13:38 -- Alex Gardner

The HTC One mini will land at AT&T on August 23rd for $100 on contract. The compact version includes all the same features as the original HTC One including BlinkFeed and BoomSound. It sports a 4.3-inch 720p display and HTC's UltraPixel camera. The mini is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it ships with Android 4.2.2 and 16GB of internal storage. The HTC One mini features a slightly better display than the Galaxy S4 mini (720p/341ppi vs. 540p/256ppi), but only includes 1GB of RAM, compared to the S4's 1.5GB.

HTC One mini

"Our customers loved the HTC One, so we are excited to offer this slimmer, more compact version," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "We're proud to continue to offer our customers so many choices with a broad smartphone portfolio all on the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network."

Verizon HTC One Release Date Announced

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 12:31 -- Marshall Walker

Verizon Wireless has announced that the HTC One will be available on August 22 for $200 on contract. Unfortunately there is still no pre-order page, but you can still sign up for HTC One email notifications. Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to offer HTC's flagship handset. The HTC One was announced in February, and started shipping from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile a few months later.

Verizon Wireless HTC OneThe HTC One is equipped with a 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display, front-facing BoomSound dual stereo speakers, and HTC 's UltraPixel Camera. It ships with Android 4.1.2, HTC BlinkFeed, and Sense 5. Under the hood is a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor powered by 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory.

Verizon Moto X Release Date Leaked, HTC One Sign Up Page Now Live

Tue, 08/13/2013 - 16:39 -- Sammy Snyder

The Moto X leaks keep on coming... This time an inventory screenshot obtained by Android Central reveals that the Moto X will be available at Best Buy retail locations on the August 29th. That's six days after the previously rumored August 23rd launch date, and two days after the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini will start shipping on August 27th.

Verizon Wireless Moto X Shipping Screen Verizon has also opened its official HTC One email notification page. Verizon announced in July that it would start offering the HTC flagship device "later this summer," so hopefully pre-orders will open soon.

Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile Moto X Models Will Have Unlockable Bootloaders

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 19:19 -- Alex Gardner

We already know that Motorola plans to release a Developer and Google Play edition of the Moto X later down the road, but Phandroid has learned that everyone will be able to participate in custom ROM fun. Motorola told the Android blog that the US Cellular, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the Moto X will all ship with unlockable bootloaders.

Moto XAT&T and Verizon models wont have unlockable bootloaders, but Motorola has promised to release a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and general North American Developer Edition for AT&T customers, according to Phandorid. So if you're keeping score, Motorola's Motomaker will only be available to AT&T subscribers at launch, and to Verizon Wireless customers later this year. However, I'm sure a lot of Android users will agree that having access to custom ROMs is a lot better than being able to choose the color of your handset.

Best Buy Lists Off-Contract Moto X at $700

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:49 -- Marshall Walker

How much is an off-contract Moto X? Probably not $700. Some Phandroid users have noticed that Best Buy has listed the Moto X's "unactivated price" at $699.99, which seems a bit pricey for the mid-range device. However, Phandroid's Quentyn Kennemer points out that Best Buy "often prices its off-contract smartphones beyond normal" because they make more on carrier contract commissions. So this doesn't necessarily mean customers will be stuck shelling out $700 for a contract free Moto X. We'll know the actual price when carriers like AT&T start listing the device on their websites.

Off-Contract Moto X

The Moto X will be available at AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile for $199 with a new two-year agreement. AT&T customers will be allowed to customize their device using Motorola's Motomaker website. Motomaker will also be available to Verizon Wireless subscribers later this year. T-Mobile will not carry the Moto X online or at its retail locations. Instead T-Mobile users will have to buy their Moto X handset directly from Motorola. It's still unknown if T-Mobile will offer their non-subsidized UnCarrier payment plans for the device, but it seems unlikely.

What is Moto Maker?

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 14:39 -- Alex Gardner

After numerous leaks, Motorola officially unveiled the Moto X in New York City on Thursday. The 4.7-inch smartphone is equipped with a Motorola X8 processor (1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 10MP Clear Pixel camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, plus more. The Moto X will launch on multiple U.S. carriers starting at $200 with a two-year contract. Pretty normal stuff, however, what makes the Moto X unique is its Moto Maker.

Moto X ColorsThe Moto Maker offers customers 2,000 different ways to customize their phone. This mostly involves picking what colors you want your device to be, but you can also create a personal start-up greeting, have it engraved with your signature, sync it with your Google account, and bundle it with a case or other accessories. Your personalized Moto X will ship four days after you design it, and will be ready for use right out of the box. The Moto Maker will be exclusive to AT&T at launch, with other carriers eventually offering the service too.

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