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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 14

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We have been so tied up with new phones, traveling to and from press events, Android versions and other great news that we have been too busy to accommodate for a Q&A session. We finally get a breather this week, so it’s time for Volume 14! The Q&A Sessions are a chance for you, the reader, to ask any and all of the DL staff a question that has been on your mind. It can be Android related, somewhat personal, sports related or anything else you can think of.

We would love to share some thoughts on the Moto X, DROID devices and Nexus 7 tablet or maybe share insight as to what we can expect to see from Google in the last half of this year. It’s up to you, the readers!

On Friday, we’ll grab a handful of the best comments and let the team tackle them.

To see all of our previous Q&A’s,Β check them out here.

  • Chris512

    With all these new phones on the horizon, when do you think Verizon will get rid of unlimited data? My guess is June/July-ish 2014 since the GS3 was the last phone you could buy on-contract (summer 2012) and keep unlimited data. What do you guys think?

  • Dave Bowen

    I would like to know why Android has not incorporated a settings that allows you to turn off notifications like you can set up your alarm. So that @ 4am I don’t start getting spam emails and waking me up. It can’t be that hard to incorporate it into the OS. it seems like that would have been baked in a long time ago. I know i can turn my notification volume up or down but inevitably I’ll forget, and being able to just set it up like the alarm to silence them say Monday through Friday from 10:00 pm to 10:00 am is a NO-BRAINER.

  • Higher_Ground

    Anyone looking at buying the new gen consoles? Personally I just bought a 360 a few years ago and won’t even think of replacing it until they stop making new games.

  • Chris

    How will the future customization of the Moto X for Verizon work? If you purchase a white or black towards release, do you suspect a full new purchase would have to occur to get a custom Moto X? or will Verizon do some sort of voucher deal, as you wait for its availability?

  • Tyler

    With the always on voice on the moto x, is there any special features that aren’t found in Google now for other phones?

  • Joel Hardman

    Do you guys ever see the industry moving away from the subsidized, on-contract method to the off-contract full price model that we were hoping the moto x would usher in? To us as the consumer it would make sense, but I don’t think we really know what a phone really costs to make and to be profitable. I understand google can absorb a lot of money with the nexus 4 just to show other developers what they want to see in a phone. But is it really possible to release a good performing phone like the moto x at a $300 price point?

  • Chris King

    If Google invited you guys to come and design a droid life edition phone what would It be like, hardware and software wise.

  • Melli Mel

    I have an S4, I use a Motorola bluetooth, and I have downloaded My MotoSpeak for handsfree use. Is there a way to disable the S Voice completely, and I don’t mean just disabling the home button. When I press the button on the bluetooth, it is suppose to activate the MotoSpeak handsfree app with, “Say a command.” Instead, this stupid S Voice starts and it is annoying. I haven’t found an answer anywhere. Hopefully this can be done without rooting my phone. Please help.

    • evltwn

      Have you tried disabling the S Voice app?

      • Melli Mel

        On the S4 you can only disable the “double click the home button to dtart S Voice” feature, but nothing about disabling completely. I’ve been on YouTube and every blog and no info about how to turn off the S Voice without rooting.

        • evltwn

          I was able to disable it. I don’t use a Bluetooth but that shouldn’t matter. I’m not rooted either. Menu>settings>more>application manager>all. Scroll down to S Voice. Click disable.

          • Melli Mel

            Thanks man. I believe I can to this area before trying to access this but “disable” wasn’t available. Well it’s there now and I disabled it. My level of frustration probably prevented me from seeing it.

  • evltwn

    What do you think of the Chromcast device so far? You did an in-depth look, but not a review. Will you be doing one? The device is sold out everywhere, and they are going for 3-4 times their original price on ebay. Looks like Google underestimated the demand for it. But they always seem to do that. Or they just hold back production to keep interest high.

  • Andrew Kennedy

    When you go to press events what’s the worst/weirdest/most shocking thing that anyone of you have seen or experienced while traveling?

  • Justin Larmay

    Is there a way to quickly download your entire library to your device on google music? Am I missing something?

  • Dorian Brooks

    I still have not purchased a Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version). The 2012 now has 4.3 & I have no need for a rear camera. The 2013 has that awesome screen & better processor. All things considering should I spend the extra money on the 2013 version or buy the 2012.

  • Daniel Walsh

    What’s the #1 thing you want in an Android phone?

  • Trevor

    Another question: what city (or cities) are your favorite to visit for press events (for those of you lucky enough to go)?

  • Sporttster

    Ok…so I ‘was’ interested in the new Droid Maxx but it not having a sd slot to me is a travesty. I need storage space as my phone is my camera, my video camera, my ipod, my movie machine etc etc and that all requires storage space. I’m not about to rely on unreliable cloud storage. So what new phone that has a sd slot and excellent specs should I look for? The S4 I’ve heard the radios aren’t that great. Want close to 5″ screen or larger, 1080p, 2g ram, and a good processor. Which new phone should I be looking at??? On VZW.

    • JoshGroff

      S4’s radios are fine, and if you need an sd slot, and the specs you listed, it’s your only choice on VZW.

  • Trevor

    If Android didn’t exist, what would be your mobile OS of choice and why? And Ron, could you just elaborate as to why you’ve chosen iOS over Android?

  • mike

    What is the “best” way to get android on my big tv? MHL adapter, some sort of doc, Google TV, chromecast, or some other option I dont even know about.

  • TankerTuff

    Kellen, do you guys need an east coast rep? Just got out the Army and don’t have a job yet so I have a lot of free time. You guys can send me out to do all your dirty work. I’ll do it for free cuz I don’t know if y’all get paid. I spend most of my time on my phone so I’m tech savvy. If not its cool, I’m still a fan of u guys.

    • Higher_Ground

      I’m not volunteering, but as someone who’s usually browsing the internet in the AM on the east coast, a little earlier posting would be appreciated.

  • TankerTuff

    Personally I think people should stop hassling Ron. I think he’s on the crew so they have a iPhone users perspective so they can give fair reviews. We get to see what might bring an iPhone user over to android. If he uses an iPhone so what. You probly have a relative or friend that owns one. If they said I have an iPhone but the motox or note3 looks cool, but I’m still waiting on the iphone5s are u gonna comment them to death? So my question for the Q&A is: When are the guys giving Ron a bad time(I’m sure he doesn’t take it personally) gonna get a life? Go customize ur home screens or something. Enjoy being on android and stop hatin.

  • XvierX

    Do you think that the Moto X is only the beginning and will Motorola dish out a top tier device soon to appeal to the enthusiasts?

    • Kamesen

      You bet they will. They’re just fundraising. Wait and see.

  • Michael Permana

    Android phone material issue

    It’s widely known that Apple usually produce a better phone material (using glass in iPhone 4S, and metal in iPhone 5). How do you think Android makers will try to address this one?

    A little background, I’m using S3 and although the plastic is indeed light n have a better scratch proof, it’s true that it lacks the premium quality and look compared with Apple products.

    Can I know your 2 cents for Nexus 4 material (and if any word about Nexus 5 will be much appreciated!)

  • Alex S

    If you each had to chose between buying a Nexus 4, one of the GE phones (which), the Moto X off contract, or waiting for the Nexus 5, which would you chose? And if you chose the last option, what phone would you buy right now to tide you over?

    • Higher_Ground

      personally I was in this boat last year and bought the gnex even though it was going on 7-8 months old. Suffice it to say I don’t have *many* regrets (the signal reception is really atrocious) but I would be hesistant to do it again. I did it to save unlimited data, but if you could hold off until october or whenever they give more details on the next Nexus, you’ll probably be a lot happier.

      • Alex S

        The problem is my contract is up with Verizon in mid September, and I don’t want to keep giving them money longer than I have to.

  • rk

    Instead of quoting specs do a real comparison of the moto x display with the s4 and htc one. Performance comparison based on real usage instead of artificial benchmarks. Things like lag, touch screen responsiveness, app launch time, etc would be potentially interesting.

  • Hayden7200

    Do you guys get manicures before big press events that you know you’re going to do a hands on video at?

  • Dominique Ovalle

    Two Questions
    One when i get old enough could i possibly get a position as a writer here i love mobile phones and especially android
    And what do you think the nexus 5 will be like???

  • MichaelFranz

    OK so now that moto x is upon us we are being shown that spec wars might be coming to an end and that the optimizations on newer chip sets is what we will see. But what do you think needs to be the next WOW in the mobile industry? I personally am still waiting for someone to say we have a 2200mah battery but wait this isn’t a normal battery its made with unicorn parts causing your 2200mah to go 2 days without a charge. Obviously unicorn parts can be subbed out for real tech terms. πŸ™‚

    Another question I have is that do you ever think we will see some of our favorite custom ROM features included in android. Anywhere from PIE controls to toggling Navy bar or status bars or even small things such as battery icon changes or giving a centered clock or removing to status bar clock anything like that. I personally think if it was made an option at least to some extent not many people would complain about unlocked boot loaders. As nice as they are I bet if you ran a poll asking why you really need an unlocked bootloader options being A. Because you want to install a custom rom/kernel B. To unlock it to other carriers or C. Because you want to stick it to a carrier and its your phone and no one else’s, I think A takes 75% of the vote. What’s your opinion?

  • Richard Giordano

    I have a droid bionic and I’m planning to get a new phone soon and I was wondering if I should get the new droid ultra or maxx or should I wait for the x to come out for Verizon?

  • coffeechip

    Sorry for the uncool question, but lately on my Note 2 on Verizon running 4.1.2,I’ve been getting a lot of junk notifications from publishers clearing house and others. How do I find out what program is bringing them in to my notification area or how do I stop them?

    • MichaelFranz

      I think you have s crap game causing it. Best way is to uninstall any weird apps from not so known publishers. Or factory reset if you don’t mind losing data

    • mule0331

      Go to the play store and get an air push detector. It will tell you what app is spamming you

  • Mike Smith

    Moto X or droid ultra which one would you get?

    • Tim242

      Neither

    • mule0331

      Between the 2, I like the ultra because of the bigger screen, everything else is pretty much the same.

  • kevg73

    How has the battery life been on the moto x? This is one of the biggest concerns for me coming from a GNex.

    Also my problem with the moto x is not its performance right now, i believe it is a fast and smooth phone. I am worried about future proofing. Do you think apps will over power its dual core processor in 18 months?

  • Eduardo Cruz

    Who do you guys think is gonna win the superbowl this year? (Droid life staff) I got the Patriots πŸ™‚

    • EricRees

      Patriots suck (Colts fan here)

      • Eduardo Cruz

        Haha I guess we’ll have to wait and see

  • jdiamjr

    Will there ever be an Android equivalent of an iTouch? My children aren’t old enough for a phone but have iTouch’s and are quickly getting sucked in the Apple eco-system. Plus they are growing up learning Apple’s system. As an Android fan this is disappointing me…..

    • tyguy829

      there were those galaxy players, but they sucked. the new nexus 7 is $70 cheaper than the 5th gen ipod touch. It’s amazing, really.

  • zakry obrien

    I have always wondered how you guys make money just running a website. Recently in the comments people have been saying you’re getting paid by companies (Motorola) to review their devices. Is this true? I feel like you guys are the most unbiased site for android news but recently with all this “Give the Moto X a chance” stuff you have me questioning the sites integrity.

    • Tim242

      They are trying to stay in Google’s good graces. This is causing bias. Just like when they were praising the One catering to HTC, now they are using GS4’s

    • mule0331

      Questioning the sites integrity? I think that’ what they are supposed to be doing. All the uninformed rumors floating around about devices, I would hope an Android site would be truthful and give an honest opinion about something, regardless of what it is, instead of writing things they think will be popular to seem “credible”. Honestly I had no interest in any of the new Moto devices because of the initial ignorance of blindly looking at a spec number on a piece of paper. The more I read about it, and the more video I see of it in action, I can honestly say it has really peaked my interest. I have noticed a big swing in opinion about this device in the last day or so. People obviously broke away from looking at a number, and looking at its real world performance.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Does everything said through google now go to the cloud? Do u see google making it function locally?

  • kixofmyg0t

    how hard is it going back to a traditional notification system(LED light)after getting used to the X?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    DL, keep it real. Do you really like the form factor of the lg g2? i mean the back sided volume rocker placement

  • LucasMonroe

    Moto X, GS4, HTC One or Note 3? Having a tough time deciding.

    • Tim242

      Only you can decide
      The Note 3 is not even in the same class as the others you listed

      • mule0331

        Yeah, the note 3 is gonna be a bad azz phone no doubt. My only hang up is with my small hands, it just feels too big to be comfortable (going off the note 2). So even though the specs are gonna be through the roof, and Im sure im gonna be envious of people when I see it, I gotta pass.

  • Craig

    Droid Maxx or Moto X? My contract is up before the release of both and I am coming from the Razr Maxx. If moto x, at&t or vzw? Thanks.

    • Craig

      Also, a good question would be, which one do you think will get updated more quickly? Or would they be about the same?

      • mule0331

        Of the 2, I would take the maxx any day. Bigger screen, more storage, same internals.

    • Tim242

      Neither

  • Aardvark99

    My biggest gripe with Android is the handsfree options over bluetooth. The main issue is that in-car voice commands never work correctly when my phones have a PIN lock (from exchange email that I can’t turn off). I want to (at least) make/answer calls on my headset while driving – but even this simple task ranges from a chore to downright dangerous. I’m hopeful when I read about the Moto X’s always on voice commands coupled with the also new trusted bluetooth devices and Moto Assist. I love some more info / video demo of this! Please??

  • Jon

    Can you guys hookup a Google Chromecast device to an Amplifiers HDMI port and see if you can use it to listen to Google Play audio through the receiver while no TV or Video output is hooked up? Does it work with just streaming the audio?

  • tyguy829

    The launch of the Moto X has gotten everyone going about bootloaders again. We all know the carriers’ (sup vzw & att) BS excuse that it threatens the safety of the network. Since this claim is faker than Pamela Anderson’s tits, what do you think the real reason is for them not wanting us to be allowed to tamper with our phones even if we agree it voids our warranty?

    • Tim242

      Control.

      • tyguy829

        I mean I get that, but what exactly does it allow them to control? Even if phones have unlockable bootloader, they still get to ‘test’ updates. I guess I just don’t understand how it benefits them.

    • Higher_Ground

      I guess maybe they think we’ll get fed up that we broke our phones, and instead of buying a new one with them, pay the ETF and jump ship to another carrier with a subsidized, brand new phone.
      I just don’t think there are very many people who would take the risk and then get really upset afterwards. There are plenty of regulars who don’t unlock and root for some reason or another here, and I think that’s a better example of how people would approach it.

      • tyguy829

        Interesting point. However, I would imagine that if this were the reason, someone would have realized that as long as other carriers like t-mobile and sprint offer unlockable models (moto x that is), they will lose many more subscribers to these carriers right up front because of their policies than they would have because people screw up their phones. And if the case of the latter were to actually happen opposed to the former, at least they would get the ETF. So tl;dr I think it has to be something else.

  • Zach Wagner

    Moto x, g2, or maxx? And how sure are you the g2 is coming to big red because I highly doubt it will with Verizon never hosting a flagship from lg

    • Tim242

      Why do people ask other people to make decisions for them?

      • Zach Wagner

        Not asking them to make a decision for me just asking in their own opinion which is better since they’ve messed around with two of the three

  • marko358

    Any clues as to how long AT&T will have moto maker exclusivity?

    • Tim242

      No.

    • Justin W

      The last I heard was Moto Maker exclusivity was through November, but I’m not sure if beginning or end of November though.

  • d3si_hokie

    What will be the price of Moto X off contract. Will it be closer to the Nexus 4 or would it be closer to the Droid series

    • tomn1ce

      closer to the Droid series….$500+

      • Tim242

        $575

  • After the Moto X unveil it seemed like more and more people are claiming that the “Spec Wars” are over, do you guys feel like this is true? And which one matters more to you on the topic of Specs vs. User Experience.

  • yummy

    Whats with Sergey and the fake meat?

    • Tim242

      Vegans FTMFW!

  • Knlegend1

    Ron why is your daily driver an iphone and not an android device?

    • Flyinion

      I think we all want to know that now (ok maybe not all). It’s no secret that Ron uses and is a fan of iOS devices though. Today is NOT the first time he’s mentioned it. Even Kellex uses some Apple stuff daily, and he’s the guy that started this place. I don’t think it makes them any less qualified though because it’s not like they use Apple stuff and then just write about Android without ever actually using it. There’s nothing wrong with using multiple systems if it works for you.

      • THIS^
        I don’t see why some people make it seem like there are two distinctly different camps (Apple and non-Apple)…

        • Kamesen

          I think it’s an important point that Ron himself has brought into the spotlight for whatever reason. If Kellen had made that statement, how much credibility would Droid Life really have? My opinion is Ron was trying to be brutally honest in order to be persuasive but… how many times do you walk up to a girl and tell her she’s way too fat to be attractive before you ask her to set you up with her hottest friend?

          Think of it this way: If a Democrat ran a Republican news site, how much would you really value their opinion and content?

          The real question should be – Kellen, don’t you proofread material before it gets posted to your site? If so, did you really think it was a good idea to post that article unedited knowing how volatile everyone is after the Moto X unveiling? I don’t think you’d be trying to push the Moto X so hard as to troll us by letting that article go unedited in order to stir the pot. If not, maybe it’s time to start… with opinion pieces… I don’t think any writer at a newspaper gets to post opinion pieces without first going through the editor no matter how small the newspaper.

          I respect Kellen and I enjoy Droid Life. Let’s go back to talking about news and tech and devices.

          • JoshGroff

            That makes me value his opinion more. If an iPhone devout is impressed with an Android device, that’s saying something. He may have his reasons such as the built in cross platform sync, being invested into the app market, etc.

  • Personally, I think the Galaxy Nexus screen is just fine despite the spec wars and 1080p Ones and S4s. So how does the MotoX screen compare to Galaxy Nexus screen? Same better or worse.

    Moto X still my top choice when I can get blue back green trim and black front on VZW.

    • SeanPlunk

      The Moto X screen appears to be much better. First of all it’s not pentile, so it’ll be sharper right off the bat. In addition, it should be brighter. The Galaxy Nexus screen is fairly dark compared to more modern AMOLED screens. Even the GSIII was improved from the Nexus.

  • Living in Portland how did Kellen become such a huge Atlanta Braves fan? Go Braves!

    • I can tell you the answer to that real quick. Growing up in Montana, the only team they played on TV when Kellen was young were the Atlanta Braves, so that’s how that started if I’m not mistaken. πŸ™‚

      • Higher_Ground

        … and that’s why I grew up liking the Cubs, and ironically, the Braves too. At least the Braves won most of the time.

  • Hunter

    What phone do you guys recommend to buy for all of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners out there. Or do you recommend to just wait a little longer?

  • I’d like to know if we could ever see guest speakers from the DL commenters on the Droid Life Show.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Since google’s footprint is in the Moto X sand and from what was said at i/o, can you see android going completely aware? Do u think the Nexus 5 will have the extra chips? I wish the new N7 pointed this way.

  • aye_winchell

    So the moto x launched exclusively on AT&T, WTF is up with Verizon! You can tell me if its the Illuminati, I wont tell anyone. Seriously they seem to be going down hill, no flagship exclusives. Should I just wait it out until VoLTE or are they not worth my time and money, i mean if VoLTE comes along and they still lock down there network so that you almost have to buy a phone from them then whats the point of being an android enthusiast on a network that doesn’t allow you to really own your device.

    • mule0331

      The moto X did not launch exclusively on AT&T. It will bereleased on all the major carries. AT&T just has a brief exclusivity on the 32 gig storage and the customized colors.

      • aye_winchell

        so it didn’t launch exclusively but launched with brief exclusivity, gotchya. i am also referring to the HTC One as well, which we are still waiting for. Hell has any phone launched this year on Verizon, not sure about the GS4. I did not say that it won’t be on other carriers, I said it launched exclusively on AT&T, and it did, however brief you think that is, its still exclusive.

  • Ben Myton

    Will on-screen nav buttons ever take over?

    How about loudspeakers that are actually loud?

    • Qwerty

      I’ve also given these two questions a lot of serious thought.

      I think that as long as the Galaxy line of phones and the iPhone continue to mostly be the go-to phones of choice for many, on-screen navigation buttons will struggle in gaining recognition or implementation for future devices. I genuinely believe a lot of people don’t even realize that there are ways to operate a smart phone these days without use of a home button.

  • Omar Amer

    With All the upgrade offers now being pretty much the same, which do you think is the best offer? Also worth jumpin over to Tmo from VZW later this year?

  • Hayden7200

    Would you guys recommend the Moto X or the Droid Maxx and why?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Between the two, Moto X.
      Why?
      Both of these reasons are purely my opinion but I think the design of the Moto X is better and it also has on-screen navigation buttons. Personally I can’t stand using an Android phone or tablet without on-screen butons. Go watch MKBHD’s YouTube video on the Moto X if you still can’t decide.

      • schlanz

        I find I accidentally press the on screen buttons on my Nexus all the time which is rather frustrating. Not to mention it takes up screen real estate. Never had them on a phone, but I’ve never had a reason to dislike capacitive buttons. Why are on-screen buttons so highly regarded around here? What’s the big deal with having capacitive buttons to keep the screen larger? Until the bottom bezel is small enough to not have room for them, what difference does it make?

        • Raven

          The screen real estate comment against on screen buttons always makes me laugh. Usually the screens on phones that have on screen buttons are plenty big for the buttons to be there in portrait mode. Also, most decent video players and picture viewers can go full screen over the buttons and use the full screen if they want to.

          My personal preference would be to have on screen buttons, but to have them always on the small side like capacitive buttons. So they are always on the bottom of portrait or the side of landscape. Of course, this goes directly against the design philosophy of always having them on the bottom.

          • schlanz

            I’m honestly curious, what benefit do you gain from having on-screen buttons opposed to capacitive, aside from a very minor cosmetic difference of having the screen having a “cleaner” look at the expense of taking up screen space? Which, by the way, is about 0.2 inches of space, no small amount imho, regardless of how large the screen is in its totality. As I stated, if there is going to be a big enough space below the screen to accommodate capacitive buttons, what justification is there to prefer not using that space? If we ever get to the point where there is virtually no bezel on the top or bottom of the device, then I will welcome on screen buttons back with open arms. Until then it seems like a pointless design gimmick that lacks practicality.

            I suppose the best argument is one you mentioned, about it keeping in line with the design when in landscape, although that happens to be the time I most frequently accidentally hit them on my N7. And as you mentioned, you’d prefer they remain on the side, I really am curious as to why you so much prefer them to capacitive, unless as I suggested, you simply like the “look” better. Not trying to be a jerk, just honestly would like to know.

        • Higher_Ground

          Personally, I just think on-screen buttons are cool. I can flip my phone 180 degrees and it works seemlessly. I can customize the color of the buttoms, how many there are, what they do, etc. Also, they’ll never break, which I guess is probably true of capacitive buttoms as well but I know at least one iphone owner who had their home button break and it sucked for them.

  • starscream

    Will there ever be the prefect smartphone? Removable, non removable battery, on screen keys, physical. Seems like nothing will ever satisfy everybody?

  • austin

    Do you think Google plans to make the nexus available on Verizon ?

    • Hunter

      I think so because the Nexus 7 (2013) is available on Verizons 4G lte network and it’s unlocked. It might be like a 4g lte only phone but I’m hoping just like you

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        I feel like there will never be another Nexus on Verizon. The only way one will work in the future is when Verizon starts going LTE/VoLTE only with their devices and Google releases a multi-band unlocked LTE Nexus that can be used on Verizon.
        The current Nexus 7 is unlocked and Verizon has no choice (thanks to the FCC) but to let it run on their network since it supports the LTE bands they use.

        • tomn1ce

          plus the new Nexus 7 doesn’t have a cdma radio in it for making calls….it’s only using data.

          • ReurnOfTheack

            Yeah CDMA is the only reason Verizon has the power to dictate what devices can run on their network and what software updates are approved.

      • austin

        I feel it’s only a matter of time, Google is missing out on all thepeople that want a nexus that is on verizion. (to clarify I am talking about the phone)

      • Geoffrey Gunter

        I have to say if its not on Verizon I’m buying one anyway and rocking two phones on two networks. (Prepay on the second line, not another contract)

  • Ben Myton

    Why have we forgotten so quickly that Google warned us the MotoX would suck 5 months ago? http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/28/4040348/google-cfo-products-in-motorola-pipeline-arent-wow-by-google-standards

  • Ben Myton

    Why isn’t Dash Clock a part of base Android yet?

  • Tony G.

    the hell is wrong with Ron? i’ll hang up and listen

  • Tony Stark

    What is your favorite feature about the infamous xphone? Personally, I like the on-screen notifications.. Sure, an LED lets me know I have a notification, but I hate having to turn on my screen so much throughout the day.

    What’s it like talking to the xphone? I want to know if it’s a serviceable replacement to Jarvis

    • If I get the X I am going to have the voice phrase be “Ok Jarvis” instead of “Ok Google Now”.

      • Tony Stark

        I hate the whole “OK” sequence, just doesn’t seem natural. Why not just “Jarvis”? πŸ˜‰

        • Maybe you can try just Jarvis, but I’d want it to know your talking too it. Maybe “Hey Jarvis”

          • Tony Stark

            Lol, “Jarvis” would be the trigger word. You don’t really need a “hey” or “ok” or “hi” in order to get it to wake up. I guess it’s just personal preference πŸ™‚

    • n900mixalot

      Try using Google Now. Same exact experience except you have to activate it. And you have to have a data connection, per the first actual review that came out.

      • Tony Stark

        How is the battery drain? For the premium price of the xphone, it should handle the battery drain much better than other androids.

  • carRAMR0D

    Any speculation on the Moto X off-contract price? I’m assuming minimum $600 unless Google wants to subsidize?

  • Ben Myton

    What widgets get dropped onto your home screens as soon as you pick up a new phone?

  • Timothy Bracken

    Any idea if we can get a customized developer edition on VZW?

    • Tyler

      Along with if the price will be available on contract as opposed to the $500+ that most other dev phones cost (non-nexus).

      • Timothy Bracken

        I am cool with paying full price for a developer edition that I can customize. This would be my ideal phone, though I doubt I will CM it. I would rock a stock offering with maybe a battery %. TBH I want that wood back plate TERRIBLY bad. I can get bamboo and be a fake hipster since bamboo is too trendy now(even though is renewable).

  • Ray Gray

    Which was the better album this summer Yeezus or MCHG? Ron dont answer this haha

    • EricRees

      I like this one.

  • Jeremy B.

    I’ve been using my Motorola droid bionic for my past 2 year contract and I was wondering if its worth me buying the droid Maxx over the moto x for the extra $50 bucks? I’m so sick of this bionic’s lag and every time I’m using 4G in an area the battery always dies on me within an hour….and I’m using the 2,750 mah extended battery!!!!

    • Justin W

      I’m surprised about the lag – my Bionic was bought within a week of release, and while I don’t use it on a daily basis, I don’t get much lag from it at all (which is a surprise, considering the age of the processor). The battery, however, sucks.

      • Jeremy B.

        Really? Cuz mine gets soo laggy sometimes, like I have to wait 5 mins for the screen to unfreeze if I’m trying to do 2 apps at the same time…like play Pandora and check email…..soo laggy I hate my bionic.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Can we make sure Ron is on the next Droid-Life show, he may have some splaining to do.

    • Ej McCarty

      I don’t want to hear him talk. His articles are bad enough. Everytime he comes on the droid-life show I cringe at the things he says. I put no value in his opinions and hate watching when his mic and camera constantly cut out. He must be using tethering on his i*hone

      • JoshGroff

        I value his opinions, but you’re entitled to your own opinion of his opinions.

        • Ej McCarty

          And I value your opinions about his opinions and your opinion that I’m entitled to my own opinions of his opinions πŸ™‚ haha

        • Ej McCarty

          opinion starts to become one of those weird words after you type it a lot haha

          • JoshGroff

            Agreed, felt weird typing it, lol.

      • I haven’t noticed any issues with the camera or mic cutting out. Hit me up on Twitter if you see it happen again. I want to make sure you can hear me clearly so you know when to cringe and tune out. πŸ™‚

        • He must be referring to Eric’s janky Internet, not yours πŸ˜›

  • justjmatt

    Do you think Google will release a new Nexus phone to follow up the Nexus 4?

    • Corey Hedberg

      I’m with justjmatt, any and all thoughts on the next Nexus phone would be greatly appreciated.

      • tomn1ce

        I think that this is the only way that I would buy the LG G2, if it really is going to be the base for the Nexus 5 and available on vzw.

  • Mark P

    If you stream something to your chromecast, does it bypass your phone/tablet/computer and just start streaming directly from your wifi to the chromecast dongle?

    I’ve heard it described that way elsewhere but you didn’t mention that at all in your coverage and it seems like an important factor. The way you talked about it in your video, you seemed to be implying that when you watch something on your phone and then chromecast it, it goes wifi -> phone -> chromecast, which would be horrible because my phone has such bad battery life so I would never want it to be powering my TV content.

    • SeanPlunk

      No, your phone/tablet/computer just acts as a remote control to tell the Chromecast what to do most of the time. The actual media is streamed straight through your wifi network directly to the Chromecast.

      The only exception I currently know of is when you’re casting from your computer through the Chrome Browser. In that case I think your computer is sending through the wifi to the Chromecast, but I’m not positive.

      • Mark P

        Ah, that’s what I was hoping. Way better that way.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Other than Kellen, Rim, Eric and Ron – who are all these “DL Staff” members I see in the comments from time to time?

    • Idk about you, but Rim is the hottest of the bunch.

      • Qwerty

        LOL

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Rim is definitely the best. Haha you can thank my phone for that one.

        • michael arazan

          I’d like to know more about Rim”s Jobs at DL = P

  • Qwerty

    Now that the Moto X has become official, given its specifications and its price tag, how well do you guys expect it to sell even though some might consider it under-spec’d or over-priced?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I know it’s not ask Daeshaun but I think there’s going to be much cheaper option that isn’t built in the U.S and sold online only in blk and white and maybe some other goodies.

      • Qwerty

        You’re right only that I think it’s not much speculation, but certainty that there will be a cheaper Moto X if I correctly remember reading an article stating so. I’m sure that if assembly had not moved to the US, the price for the Moto X would have been cheaper. I would have been even more enticed to buy it if assembled in China or whatever and was $300-$400 because of it.

        • Pedro

          It really doesn’t take much more cash to assemble in the US. The manual portion of assembly isn’t that much.

          But a couple (or 10, or twenty) bucks on each unit over 50M units adds up to some serious profit.

          It damn sure doesn’t take $200/unit to assemble in the good ol’ USA.

          • Qwerty

            Really? Not even considering minimum wage laws here in the US? I’d imagine Google/Motorola increasing the phone’s price to make up for increase wages paid to American workers compared to foreign ones.

          • Pedro

            Think 8-10 folks on a line. They all earn $12-$15/hour. They build 200 phones a shift. $1000-$1500. That’s $5-$8 a phone in labor.

            It’s not $200

          • Kamesen

            Thats some nice math but you forgot the QA department, the mechanical engineer, the electrical engineer, the manufacturing engineer, the EHS engineer, the floor manager, the line lead, the maintenance folks, the maintenance manager, the guy with the MBA, the plant manager, the administrative assistant, the shipping and receiving departments, and the IT guy.

          • Pedro

            So you take the $50M of overhead, and divide that by the 10M phones built during the year.
            That’s another $5 a phone.

            Or call it $100M of overhead, and 5M phones. $20 a phone, and probably some upper management questioning the efficiency of the operation.
            Regardless, it doesn’t cost $200 to produce a piece of electronics in the USA. Labor is such a small portion of an automated assembly process.

  • Rasdaj

    Aside from colors, kevlar, battery, and screen size, any difference between Moto X and Droid Maxx?

    • Tyler

      I don’t believe the Moto X has wireless charging, something the maxx has but i too am interested in if there is any benefits internally and through software.

    • Jordan Webb

      Wireless charging on the Maxx
      802.11ac on the Motox
      Capacitive buttons on the Maxx
      DRRROOOOOID

      Not sure on the software. The Maxx is confirmed (by Verizon/Moto) to have the breathing notifications, touchless control, Moto Assist, Moto Migrate, and shake-to-camera. It also has Droid Zap, which has not been explicitly mentioned on the Motox.

      • michael arazan

        Bigger battery on the Max is a plus with up to 46 hours instead of 24, software is suppose to be the same.

      • Higher_Ground

        Motox… I like it.

    • schlanz

      Droid Maxx is certainly the way to go. Its a beautiful device, although I acknowledge some may consider the Moto X a better design it isn’t blatantly better unless you consider the customization aspect its best feature. Personally I’d put the larger screen, wireless charging, and most importantly massively bigger battery above a slight aesthetic preference. I don’t understand why DL is so unapologetically supportive of the Moto X when the Maxx was given a rather lukewarm reaction. Its pretty much the exact same phone but with a significantly smaller battery. All this talk from Moto about having to design a “special battery” for the Moto X doesn’t make sense. They were more than capable of putting a huge beast of a battery in another phone that has a slimmer profile by a few millimeters.

      • King Lo

        they designed the phone shape first then put the internals into it.With what room the had left they made into a battery.

  • Do you think the Moto X on T-Mo will allow Wi-fi calling?

    Also, will the dual LTE antennas benefit someone on T-Mo? I think you said they’ll help the 700MHz LTE, but I think T-Mo might not be using 700…

    I’m really considering switching to T-Mobile, and the first question is really important (because the Nexus 4, and the GPE phones cannot do wifi calling…which would be absolutely necessary if I switched). The second would just be nice πŸ™‚

    • Tony Stark

      Your best bet is to wait until someone ports WiFi calling to the xphone.
      I passed on the Nexus 4 because it had no WiFi calling, I decided to wait on the xphone instead… I’m regretting that decision more and more each day.

  • SeanPlunk

    Do you think we’ll see the HTC One Max on Verizon, and if so would you favor it or the Note III as your phablet of choice?

    • Justin Larmay

      One max on Verizon? Ha! Prepare for another one release everyone. Don’t hold your breath.

  • mustbepbs

    Why are you guys selling kittens?

    • Buying in? What has you so upset? You know you can talk to me!

    • JamesU513

      I down voted this when it said “why are you guys selling out?”

      • Fozzybare

        same here lol

      • mustbepbs

        LIES!

        I never changed it.

  • ßen Murphy

    If I have an iPhone, and I’m going to buy the next iPhone… should I buy the Moto X?

    • Fozzybare

      this crap isnt funny

      • Guest

        The last laugh it got from me was the picture of that perplexed little boy from another post

      • EC8CH

        And you should know… am I right.

        woka woka woka

        • Fozzybare

          i stole it for my avatar lol

          • EC8CH

            Take my avatar…. PLEASE!

          • Fozzybare

            noooo not your avatar! the fozzybear picture!

    • This has been the best use of this yet. Congrats to you! Just spat out some Diet Coke because of you.

      • JamesU513

        I’m on the fence as to if it’s still funny… Eh if Tim likes it, I like it

        • I think today should be the only day it goes on. If it goes past 24 hours, it isn’t funny lol

          • EC8CH

            but FACKWORS is timeless

          • I bet somebody will be up bright and early to try and use it tomorrow

      • ßen Murphy

        Poor Ron, I think I understand where he’s coming from but the revelation that he uses an iPhone and proclaims his next will be one as well while defending the Moto X (which is a totally different OS) he lost a lot of credibility. This will be my last post about it but it just rubbed a lot of us loyal Android fans the wrong way.

        • Oh, I know. But if I know Ron, I am 100% sure his heart was in the right place and his intent was not to hurt any of us.

          • EvanTheGamer

            He probably should have avoided saying that in the first place though.

            But can’t take it back now. Ah well. It’ll probably all blow over in a year once the next iPhone has been released. lol

          • Kamesen

            To each DL staff: “If you had to pick between the Moto X and LGG2 right now, which would it be?” Thanks.

        • T4rd

          Indeed. Saying you have an iPhone and then you’re defiinitively going to buy the next iPhone will kinda make you lose credibility with your sites readers (especially if your site is named “Droid-Life”!). I’m not sure how he thought that was a good line to put in his article.

          • michael arazan

            How Long Is ATT Suppose to have Exclusivity of Customization?

            Most Exclusiveness are 6 months and I’m not going to wait 6 months for Verizon to get it.

            Could there Be Some Third Party Case Makers to Take Advantage of this for the other Carriers? ‘

            By offering casings that are cheaper and more options to compete against Motorola’s own idea and flaw for exclusiveness

      • Tony G.

        Tim!

        • TONY! Stop doing this — you’re scaring me πŸ˜›

    • Ray Gray

      look on the bright side his article probably got the most click and comments besides a giveway

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Zing!

    • Corey Hedberg

      I would like to nominate this for Comment of the Year, hands down.

  • JamesU513

    Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

    • Diet… πŸ˜‰

      • JamesU513

        Me too πŸ™

      • SeanPlunk

        Coke Zero FTW.

        • Hunter

          +1 a thousand times

        • Aardvark99

          Pepsi Maxx (Ultra HD LTE)

    • EricRees

      COKE ALL DAY, NOT EVEN A QUESTION.

  • n900mixalot

    Already have, but in case you missed it: “How much free, usable storage is available on you Moto X”

    • tomn1ce

      You have 11Gb available on the Moto X….

      • n900mixalot

        Got it thanks!