Motorola may be about to embrace the Nexus program on an unbranded “pure edition” Moto X device. Whilst the actual Moto X isn’t a hundred miles away from stock Android, it technically isn’t vanilla Android, but the Moto X Pure Edition will be 100% stock Android through-and-through.
It’ll be sold directly through Google Play, be unlocked, and unbranded, and free to enjoy speedy updates that the Nexus devices have always enjoyed.
Motorola say the device will be available later in September, with the website still saying coming soon.
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The launch of a new Nexus and refreshed version of Android is coming up next month, and now is the time rumors and leaks start to trickle in. EMT Leaks has apparently leaked a spec list of what is assumed to be the next Nexus phone… The Nexus 5 (2014). The screenshot below shows info on a phone not called the Nexus 6 or Nexus X, but the Nexus 5 (2014).
The biggest news shown here is the version of Android being called “Lion”. This contradicts rumors of it being called “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Lollipop”. Lion is a chocolate candy bar by Nestle, so it isn’t too crazy they would partner with Nestle again like they did with KitKat.
The rest of the specs on this info sheet are what we’ve been seeing before, with a 5.2″ 2560×1440 QHD resolution screen, Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM and a 12 megapixel back shooter.
Only to be taken as a grain of salt, this info sheet is in the first group of many rumors to come. We’ll keep you posted on all rumors and info in the days to come.
source: EMT Leaks
The Nexus X will be manufactured by Motorola and will feature a 5.2-inch display with 2560 x 1440 display, reports AndroidWorld. According to benchmarks discovered by the blog, the device will pack a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and Android L. Additionally, the handset will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, and a host of other sensors. Expected to launch in October, the Nexus X is also rumored in a 5.9-inch variant.
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The new Moto X has been announced, and it has lived up to everything I had hoped it to be. Aluminum metal sides, wooden and leather backs, 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen and the oh-so-speedy Snapdragon 801 chip makes this phone incredibly enticing.
Everything seems great to me about this phone, and I can’t hate on the 2300mAh battery yet until Scott Webster discusses it in his review, because I believe Motorola has a few tricks up it’s sleeve when it comes to battery optimization. Motorola’s own website claims the battery lasts up to 24 hours mixed use, but really that doesn’t say anything concrete.-Motorola.com
It does scare me however that Motorola is selling not just one, but two battery enhancing accessories separately. Their innovative turbo charger will sell for $34.99 which gives the phone 8 hours of battery life in a 15 minute charge, and they will also sell portable chargers like the Power Pack Micro for $39.99 which has a battery capacity of 1500mAh, or a 65% charge for your Moto X. Really cool accessories, but it doesn’t exactly praise the battery inside the phone itself…
While the battery life of this phone had a bit of my attention, my mind was on a bigger picture. The upcoming Nexus phone by Motorola.
This “Nexus X” is not official yet by any means, but multiples leaks and sources tell that Motorola is indeed making the phone, and the launch time of this year’s Moto X is similar to lats year’s LG G2, the phone the Nexus 5 was based off of.
This has me really excited that the “Nexus X” is based off the Moto X because of a few reasons.
First, the return of the AMOLED display to a Nexus phone. I loved the screen on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus because there are some really cool things you can do with an AMOLED display, such as active notifications by Motorola.
Second, premium materials on a Nexus phone. My smartphone is something I hold and use everyday, and the way it is built and how it feels is important to consumers. Nexus phones haven’t really had a premium build to them, mainly because of cost, but things might change this time around under the construction of Moto. The Moto X has beautiful metal sides and metal front-facing speakers and is less expensive than the Galaxy S5, HTC One and others, so I can see this coming to the next Nexus. Hopefully.
Finally, customization for the next Nexus. Moto’s new thing is Moto Maker, and it’s a really cool concept to be able to customize the material and colors for parts of your phone. Moto Maker was created under the leadership of Google, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring this kind of customization to their popular Nexus phones. It would be a very refreshing thing to see besides the flat black design it’s always had. The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus phone to see some color with the launch of the red model later in its lifespan. Imagining a wooden or leather back on a Nexus phone has me putting $350 aside right now, assuming the traditional price returns.
That’s my thoughts and hopes for the Google flagship next month, what’re you most excited for?
It’s been some time since we heard from the Open webOS project, but work is still ongoing. The port has changed names in the last year to go by LuneOS, and the first release under the new name is now available. This particular version is called “Affogato,” and while it supports the HP TouchPad, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 (2012 with WiFi), the team says that going forward it’s focusing just on the Nexus 4 and TouchPad. Owners of other devices don’t have to give up their card-flicking dreams though, as it hopes others will step up to work on ports for other hardware (the OnePlus One above is just showing a screenshot as an example). If you’re expecting the features of Android or iOS it’s still a long way from that, but the team promises a focus on the community and monthly updates. If you’re willing to give it a shot, install instructions are here.
- webOS Ports (@webosports) September 1, 2014
The stock Android faithful have been peering at the same UI inside its News and Weather app for quite some time, but today there’s a welcome update. Folks carrying the unskinned version of Google’s OS are now privy to Now’s card-based organization for recent headlines with the weather forecast for the current location situated up top. You can toggle that meteorology widget off and on, or set it to stay with a locale of your choosing or track conditions in multiple places. Swipe through sections with ease, and as you might expect, those handy home screen widgets got a refresh of their own to match. The update seems to be rolling out to compatible devices now, so if you can’t snag it yet, sit tight ’cause it’s on the way.
Via: Android Central
Source: Google Play
The supposed codename for the Nexus 6, “Shamu”, couldn’t been more descriptive – for a device that is rumoured to have a 5.9-inch display, it is nothing short of a ‘whale’ of a phone. Plenty of people have already sworn off the phone, saying that if it really is 5.9-inches, that it will be much too big a phone for them. And that’s probably the truth of it, but somehow I don’t think Google minds too much. Let me explain.
We’ve long associated the Nexus line of devices with fantastic value and as all-round great devices with entries in every major form factor an Android fan could hope for. It started with phones, then tablets were added, and it appears that the emphasis is strongly on phones again. But the 5.9-inch Nexus 6 threats to break that trend, not because it’s not going to be good value or provide fantastic performance, but because it’s simply not a device that many of us want or, perhaps more literally, are able to hold in one hand. But what if that isn’t the point of the device? What if that isn’t the point of any of the Nexus devices?
Let’s rewind to something that head of Android and Nexus engineering at Google, Dave Burke, said at Google I/O earlier this year when he was questioned about the status of Nexus and confirmed that “we are still invested in Nexus”; it’s what he said shortly after that which is the most interesting:
“When we are working, there are sort of two outputs. We’re building a Nexus device and we’re building the open source code. There is no way you can build the open source code without the phone or tablet or whatever you are building. You have to live and breathe the code you are developing… You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). So, I don’t think can can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don’t see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn’t make sense.”
Without reading too far into Burke’s passage, it should be sufficiently obvious that Google is using the Nexus as its hardware platform to match its software development needs – devices for developers, if you will. It stands to reason then that Google would want to continue to try and cater for devices of all shapes and sizes, and while they have had smartphones with screen sizes from 3.7-inches (Nexus One) right up to 5-inches (Nexus 5), Google has yet to really support phablet devices in any capacity.
“But doesn’t Google want their devices to be a commercial success,” I hear you ask? Quite simply, I would say no. Many of us will remember when the Nexus 4 was launched, it went out of stock almost immediately. That was attributed to a lack of supply, but not because manufacturer of the phone, LG, didn’t make enough; it was because Google didn’t anticipate that people would like the device so much. LG has previously said that they simply get orders from Google to make a certain number of devices, after which the relationship is over. So as a commercial exercise, it wouldn’t seem like the Nexus is a particularly good one, but what’s happened is that Android has gotten so good as an operating system that even the average person can appreciate the speed and functionality of stock Android, which has caused a huge increase in popularity.
This isn’t to say that Google is simply ignoring its customers or deliberately going out of their way to burn bridges by making a whale-sized phone. But for Android to continue developing as a platform and to make it as robust as possible with devices of all shapes and sizes, I believe that a 5.9-inch Nexus 6 makes perfect sense for Google to release later this year.
But that’s me just rambling: what do you think about the rumoured 5.9-inch Nexus 6? Do you think I’m wrong about the Nexus line?
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If you thought Motorola didn’t have enough going on lately with the release of the Moto X+1 and Moto 360 expected next month, it seems likely they’re going to be even busier towards the end of the year. TKTechNews is reporting that Motorola might have up to 8 devices preparing for launch before Christmas, one of which is the widely anticipated “Shamu” Nexus 6. The devices include a new DROID, DROID Turbo, DROID Maxx, Moto X+1, Moto G, Moto X Play, Moto S and the Nexus.
Most interesting about this report is that some of these devices may not even come to market depending on the performance of another device. Key among these dependencies is the fact the DROID Turbo may not be launched if the Moto X+1 does well and that the Moto X Play and Moto S may be interchangeable depending on which screen size is preferred. It’s also postulated that the Moto S, a 5.9-inch beast, will serve as the basis for the Nexus 6 regardless of if it is dumped in favour of the Moto X Play. No exclusivity for any of the devices has been specified, which is good news for everybody, but no prices were hinted at.
I’m a bit hesitant to believe this claim, simply because it assumes Motorola would be willing to dump a line of devices on such short notice after presumably developing them for at least a few months before that. Also, we’ll never really know what plays out behind Motorola’s doors except for which ones make it through, but I guess the real moral of the story here is to be ready when Christmas comes to pass if you’re looking for a Motorola handset.
What do you think about this rumour of the eight Motorola devices? Let us know your opinion.
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91mobiles.com Unveils a Futuristic Wearable Smartphone that’s Truly ‘Smart’
~ The Google Nexus 360 Concept Phone~
91mobiles.com, India’s largest gadget research website for mobile phones and personal technology has come up with the Google Nexus 360 concept phone, a creative visualisation that offers a glimpse into the future of smartphones, imagining how these devices will evolve in the coming years. The idea is to showcase a concept that pushes the envelope when it comes to what is possible, but is still rooted in reality, and can become commercially viable in just 3-4 years from now.
Some of the key issues at hand
With the flood of mobile computing devices, users now prefer carrying a single device that can take on multiple roles and adapt as per needs. Next, wearable technology is evolving rapidly, but the approach is still very fragmented since most existing products can’t be used standalone. Device security and multiple notifications are two other areas that are often pain-points for consumers.
The idea then, was to come up with a concept of a single device that can tackle all these issues in one shot. For this purpose, the 91mobiles.com team factored in user suggestions, studied various prototypes and innovative technologies (from the likes of Molex, Dai Nippon Printing, Solicore and LG), some already available in today’s phones, to come up with an ideal yet achievable concept.
Key features – a conventional smartphone that transforms into a wearable
- A phone that converts into a watch: use it as a conventional phone, or wear it as a wristband… with the full range of features available in both modes.
- Flexible polymer OLED display: offers great usability and vibrant visuals.
- Embedded Bluetooth headset: can be docked on the side of the device, and draws power from it for charging.
- An integrated fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor: take care of security, health monitoring and sleep tracking. Integrated sensors and apps capture related data.
- A tube camera that’s on your wrist: makes shooting easy, and allows snapping pics from different angles. The same high-resolution camera doubles up as primary camera, along with shooting selfies.
- Always-on e-ink display on the side: makes sure users don’t miss out on notifications.
- Designed for all-weather use: IP67-certified for resistance to the elements.
This design is an amalgamation of several successful smartphones and technologies that prevail today and takes their use to the next level. The Google Nexus 360 concept device holds relevance to smartphone users, enthusiasts, device designers, device makers, and design Institutions as well as global smartphone brands.
91mobiles.com chose the Google brand for this concept since the search titan has always been at the forefront of innovation, and has the flexibility to partner with a specific hardware manufacturer that can build to its spec.
Google Nexus 360 concept
Hardware specifications of the Google Nexus 360:
- 5-inch Full HD resolution display but with a wider aspect ratio of 2.40:1
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core processor with clock speed of 2.5GHz
- 3GB of RAM
- 64GB / 128GB storage options (non-expandable)
- 16- Megapixel rotating tube camera with LED Flash and software Image stabilization and support for 4K Video recording
- 4G/ LTE connectivity
- Dual Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- Biometric fingerprint scanner embedded under the home button
- Optical hart rate monitor at the back of the device
- IP67 certified device
91mobiles.com is the largest gadget research & reviews site in India. It provides information and tools to help you decide which gadget to buy and where to buy it from. 91mobiles.com provides information on over 1,000 mobile phones launched in India every year, including specifications, pictures, videos, reviews, and the best deal for each. Over 30 million people visited 91mobiles.com last year and browsed over 150 million pages on the website to research gadgets.
It’s a new day and we’ve got new specifications for the rumored Nexus 6 from Motorola. Known, for now, under its code name of “Shamu”, the smartphone figures to be a more powerful experience than previously expected. According to a newly discovered GFXBench database listing, the Motorola Shamu could boast a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440px) display,… Read more »
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