When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.
A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.
On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.
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Although Motorola continues to languish behind bigger companies like Samsung and Apple in terms of market share for smartphones and tablets, that has not stopped them from producing some noteworthy devices. The latest such device is the new Nexus 6 smartphone from Google and Motorola has a new Droid device, the DROID TURBO, ready to be released by Verizon. The company also made a big point about last year’s Moto X being produced in the U.S., although the company is now bracing for ownership by China-based Lenovo. With so much change and activity, Motorola wants to make sure job seekers do not forget them and have release a video to highlight the company and what it is like working there.
In the video, Motorola tries to show that the company, despite an 85-year history, is looking forward to the future and is not the same type of company of even one generation ago. If you think a career with Motorola may be for you, visit the Careers portion of the Motorola web site by heading over to http://www.motorolacareers.com. Before you do though, you may want to check out the new video they produced.
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So far, the pictures we’ve seen of Motorola’s soon-to-launch Droid Turbo have been… incomplete. You won’t have to wonder exactly what this Verizon-only smartphone looks like any longer, though. Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted a press image (available through Verizon’s web code) which provides a good look at the phone, including its frequently elusive front. In short, this is a hybrid between last year’s Kevlar-laden Droid Maxx and the styling cues of 2014 Motorola flagships like the new Moto X and Nexus 6. The biggest upgrades over the Maxx are likely to be in the guts, such as the 21-megapixel camera, the rumored Quad HD screen and a speedy Snapdragon 805 chip. Whether or not the Turbo is as tough as it looks, you’ll know the full story when the phone launches in nine days.
Via: The Verge
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
If you’re a die-hard Android fan, you’re probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade — when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this candy-flavored OS. Google’s Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 models are naturally first in line, as are Android One and Google Play Edition hardware; its outgoing Motorola brand is equally on top of things with plans to patch the Moto E, G and X alongside Verizon’s Droid Mini, Maxx and Ultra. HTC and OnePlus don’t have full details, but they’re both pledging to give their recent flagships a taste of Lollipop within 90 days of receiving finished code. NVIDIA and Sony, meanwhile, are being vague. While they’re respectively teasing plans to update the Shield Tablet and the Xperia Z series, they won’t say when just yet.
As for other manufacturers? Well, don’t hold your breath. LG tells TechRadar that it has nothing to say on “if / when” Lollipop will reach the G3, let alone older gear. The upgrade is likely coming, but the statement is far from reassuring. Mum’s the word from Samsung as well, although leaks show that a Lollipopped version of TouchWiz is in the works. It’s also reasonable to expect that relatively large brands like Acer, ASUS, Huawei and Xiaomi are on deck — just don’t be shocked if their older devices don’t make the cut.
In less than nine days, Motorola will be unveiling another handset to put on the market. This one, however, is expected to be a carrier exclusive. We are talking about the DROID Turbo that is heading straight to Verizon. A few images were found within the coding for the Verizon’s page teasing the device. It shows the device in black and in red. Regardless of the back panel color, the front remains black.
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If you’re looking to upgrade soon and you’re on Verizon, we have just the deal for you. The Moto X 2014 is now only $50 on-contract through Moto Maker. You can design your phone on the website, personalize it with engravings and metallic trim, and have it shipped to your doorstep for the low price.
Add ons like expanded storage and wood or leather finish on the back of the device cost $50 and $25 extra, respectively, so if you’re in the mood to splurge more, you could add both of these premium upgrades and still be below the normal on-contract price for flagships of $200.
To make your Moto X, follow the link below to the Moto Maker website.
Source: Moto Maker
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If you’re a customer of the un-carrier and are yearning for a new Nexus device, we have some information you need to hear. A highly placed T-Mobile employee gave us a rough release schedule for the new Nexus 9 and a juicy rumor concerning the Nexus 6. Our source was hesitant to say much because nothing is set in stone yet. Keep in mind that this is preliminary information, so take everything with a grain of salt and don’t be surprised if some of these details change between now and the release.
First up is the Nexus 9. It sounds like you’ll be able to get your hands on your very own Nexus 9 on November 12th. There’s a catch though, you will need to physically visit a store if you want your tablet at the earliest possible moment. Right now, T-Mobile isn’t sure about offering a pre-order for the Nexus 9. However, there is a pre-registration page up. If you pre-register, you will be notified if T-Mobile decides to offer pre-orders or when the company releases the device for sale. Also, T-Mobile hasn’t announced their price for the device yet, but you can expect the pricing to fall in line with other carriers.
Up next is the Nexus 6. As we all know by now, Google tapped Motorola to build this Nexus device. The big rumor concerning the Nexus 6, is that it will lack WiFi calling out of the box. This is strange because T-Mobile has really been pushing WiFi calling recently. Not only does WiFi calling help to make up for T-Mobile’s smaller network, it also allows customers to use their own WiFi network to make calls. This can be a godsend if you live in a basement apartment or live in an area where T-Mobile’s network is lacking. Supposedly, an update will be pushed out to the Nexus 6 in the next 6-8 months that will add WiFi calling, but this could leave a lot of early adopters hanging out to dry. It will be interesting to see how quickly T-Mobile addresses this issue. All things considered, this should be a minor issue to most customers. The Nexus 6 looks to be a great device and will surely serve you well if you decide to pick one up.
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Google has finally announced their long-rumored and leaked Nexus 6. As expected, this phone is being manufactured by Motorola, who also fairly recently announced their newest flagship, the Moto X (2014). So, how do the two newest phones from Motorola compare to one another? Read on to find out!
One of the things to note, is that the Moto X (2014) is a more average sized smartphone with a 5.2″ screen, while the Nexus 6 is definitely a phablet with a massive 5.96″ screen. However, the Nexus 6 has a nicer display with a whopping 493 ppi, while the Moto X has 424 ppi. Both are AMOLED displays, so their the same in that regard, which means the Nexus 6 comes out on top here.
The battery is a weird tie, with the Nexus 6 getting way more talk time at 24 hours, while the Moto X has 13 hours. However, the Moto X has 576 hours on standby while the Nexus 6 has 300 hours. The Moto X has a 2,300 mAh battery, while the Nexus 6 has a 3,220 mAh.
The Nexus 6 likely has better performance, with a newer Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3 GB of RAM, and the newest version of Android (though the Moto X should update soon).
Cameras are the same, except the Nexus 6 will have Optical Image Stabilization. The Nexus 6 will have wireless charging, while Moto X will not.
It’s also worth noting that the Moto X has a lot of choice with Moto Maker, allowing you to make your device your own. Moto X also has Moto Voice, Moto Display, and other features. The Nexus 6 will have a feature like Moto Voice, but without the ability to customize a hotword.
To top it all off, the Nexus 6 costs $649 unlocked, while the Moto X costs $499 unlocked.
After all is said and done, it’s hard to choose a winner here. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the Nexus 6 will only have newer software for a little bit as it’s expected the Moto X will be updated very soon. Honestly, I think it comes down to preference. The Nexus 6 is a much bigger device, so you’d have to be looking for a bigger display to get it.
We’ll leave it up to you. Vote in the comments below: Which do you think is a better device, Nexus 6 vs Moto X (2014)
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Wednesday was a big day in the Android world, as Google announced the biggest update to Android ever: Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While this is great news for Android enthusiasts, the bad news is this update still has to go through all the phone manufacturers, and even then the carriers before it gets to the user. While this can make one groan, the bright side is we seem to be in a time where more manufacturers realize the importance of timely updates.
We have this page that we will update whenever we get news of an update schedule from manufacturers. This is quite the task with as many manufacturers and then carriers there are, but we will do our best to be timely.
What I can tell you (at least about the major manufacturers) is this: Motorola is easily the quickest (except for Google, naturally) with updates, as last year’s Moto X got KitKat within weeks of its release. HTC has not had a great track record, but in June they announced they will bring Android Lollipop to all their HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) within 90 days of receiving the software from Google. Samsung, LG, and Sony all are very obscure and do not communicate regarding their updates.
Without further ado, here are all the newest details regarding Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade:
Motorola announced not long after Google that they will be updating many of their devices released in the past year (and even past). We reported on this yesterday, but here is the link to their blog announcement here, and the page they will update with all update info here.
Below is what is confirmed by Motorola:
- Moto X (1st Gen)
- Moto X (2nd Gen)
- Moto G (1st Gen)
- Moto G (2nd Gen)
- Moto G with 4G LTE
- Moto E
- Droid Ultra
- Droid Maxx
- Droid Mini
We will update as soon as we have dates for these devices.
HTC has announced that they will follow-up on their promise, and that their last two flagships will get the update within 90 days of receiving final software from Google. After that, the update will reach “other One family members and select devices”. Here is their update page here.
Below is what is confirmed by HTC, with our estimated time of upgrade:
- HTC One (M8) – (ETA) middle of January
- HTC One (M7) – (ETA) middle of January
- Other One family members – (ETA) sometime 2015
- Select devices – (ETA) sometime 2015
We will update as soon as we have dates for these devices.
That’s all we have for now. Again, this will be updated as soon as we hear!
Nexus phones traditionally have average to lousy cameras, and I am not expecting anything different with the Nexus 6. Let’s face it, Motorola makes great hardware, but camera quality is something they never figured out.
Google’s Nexus 6 page has the term “More epic shots” with the 13 MP rear camera and f/2.0 lens. I continue to remain skeptical since I have already seen what the Moto X (2014) is capable of doing.
Now with all that said, the first camera samples have surfaced. As one would expect, the outdoor shots look pretty good, but the indoor shots look okay, with many of them showing some blur.
Take a look at them for yourself and let us know what you think.
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