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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 17

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It’s time for another Q&A Session here at DL, a feature that we really love to do. This allows you, the readers, a chance to ask our team anything that might be on your mind, whether it be Android related or even somewhat personal.

If you are still stuck on which phone to get your lover for Christmas or what teams you need to bet on in the NFL playoffs, this is the place to ask. We are always blown away by the quality of questions our community comes up with, so let’s have some fun.

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, check them out here.

  • Droid Ronin

    There used to be custom ROM Friday articles on here. Why have these been discontinued?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      There aren’t 8.5 million ROM’s out there anymore.

  • jmsbwmn

    If Google were to release a Nexus tablet in the form factor of an iPad mini (like the oft-rumored Nexus 8), would you still prefer the Nexus 7, or would you switch? For me, 8″ is the perfect tablet size, but I’m curious about your opinions.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    why is it so annoying not having active display?

  • Silver Veloz

    Will there be any more “after hours” TATO Shows? The last Tato Show (although good) was just a regular Droid Life show.

  • Christopher

    I’m due for a new phone the first of January. I’m on Verizon and plan to stay there. Which phone options are the most future-proof? I generally only upgrade once every 2 years and like to get the most life out of the phone. Any suggestions?

    • droidrazredge

      I recommend the Moto X, I’m giving a gift card to my girlfriend so she can upgrade from her Galaxy S3 in the first week of January when her update is up. I myself got the Moto X, coming from a Droid Razr Maxx, I had to get off contract as I have an unlimited data plan. The reason I recommend the Moto X is that it has nice software features : Active Notifications, Touch-less Controls, and Clear Pixel Camera & Gestures. The fact that this phone is the only non nexus device on 4.4 speaks volumes about how much this phone will be supported over the next 2 years. The flagships from LG, the G2, and Samsung,the Galaxy S4, have yet to see 4.4 yet. It might not have an S800 2.3 GHZ processor and a 5″ display, but with my friends having the device try to make the phone lag and having no such luck that should make you feel rest assured that the X8 computing platform is doing it’s just despite it not having that S800 processor. I think specs can be great, but without good optimization you can throw a bunch of cores and RAM at the problem but it wont provide solutions. I think that’s why Motorola said why throw cores and RAM when we can solve the problem with better software optimization. I only upgrade every 2 years myself, but with me having unlimited data. I have to choose phones carefully as I am paying full price for them. If you have unlimited data I would ask for a code from someone on the Droid-life comments so you can get 150$ off the phone if you’re not then get it for 99$ on contract. Hope that helps your decisions.

      • Christopher

        Thanks!
        I have unlimited data, but I’m not sure I could come up with the $350 or $400 for the off contract price. I don’t actually use that much data anyway. Unlimited is nice, but I’m on Wi-Fi most of the day

    • Blue Sun

      We know what Ron would say…

  • scaarg

    If you could choose something from Motorola’s software to come to the Nexus brand, what would that be?

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Seeing as it has been a few months since the Moto X has been released and all the hype has had time to die down, do you still see yourselves using the Moto X as a daily driver? Is there any part of the phone thats just unbearable? Would you still recommend it to others?

  • KOBALT

    What do each of you want for Christmas?

  • moods مودي ده مزاجي

    I followed your recommendation by getting the N5 and going to straight talk from verizon. everything works, but the MMS isn’t worrking. i tried so many apn but i can’t get it to work. is it an issue with hangout? because there is a lot of talk about that online too,, please reply. thanks

    • Blue Sun

      The Hangouts update today might help you on that MMS issue. Expect rolling staged updates.

  • Richard Giordano

    When exactly will the new DROID line on Verizon get the 4.4 kitkat update from moto ?

    • michael arazan

      Supposedly it is to come this month

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    Do you know where I can find a legit deal on either the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the S4 both unlocked?

  • Droid Ronin

    What are your thoughts of the rumored Nexus TV?

  • Droid Ronin

    How often do you use your phone for NFC payments now that KitKat allows for bypassing the carrier restrictions?

  • Jeff C

    With all the new Moto X Dev Editions now out in the wild after Cyber Monday, many owned by noob’s like me, can you gather up some links/how-to’s for unlocking, rooting and modifying (without flashing a new ROM)?

    • droidrazredge

      How are you liking your new Moto X Dev Phone ? Mine is still delayed in Fort Worth, Texas =/. My accessories will be here though! I guess I can enjoy those till my phone comes.

      • Jeff C

        Posting from it right now, have had it all of 10 minutes. I’m loving it so far, have never had this smooth of an experience before coming from a Droid 4 and a Droid 2 before that.

  • Dorian Brooks

    What do you expect to see at CES 2014?

  • Dorian Brooks

    Who do you think had the biggest meltdown this NFL season? Atlanta or Houston, & why.

  • flosserelli

    Which is the best e-reader for a nontechie: Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX/HD?

    • JoshGroff

      The Kindle wins this battle, everything’s neatly organized for easy access for even the most technologically challenged.

      • flosserelli

        Thanks for the input. I am thinking about getting one or the other for my girlfriend, who will use it strictly for reading. She has zero interest in modding. I was leaning toward the Kindle, especially since Amazon is slashing $50 today.

  • Keith Taylor

    Does the LG G2 come with ear buds..Mine didnt however my first thought was that they forgot to place them in the box. My moms S4 and my wife S3 and HTC ONE came with them.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Just asked my friend who got a VZ LG G2. It did not for him either, so assuming no mistake.

  • ckeegan

    Why are Verizon’s tablet options so awful? No Nexus 7, no info on whether the new Nexus 10 (if it exists at all) will have LTE, no Note 10.1 2014 edition, no Surface Pro 2. Nothing. Don’t they realize that people have money to spend right now, whether it be the person getting Visa gift card(s) for Christmas, or the business owner looking for a last minute write-off?

  • nwd1911

    What are the main things you look for when you flag/delete postings in the comments section?

  • EvanTheGamer

    What’s your favorite game on Android at this current moment?

  • EvanTheGamer

    When do you think Android 4.4 Kit Kat will reach the Verizon Galaxy Note 3?

  • Shane Redman

    What do you want from Santa this year?

  • Walker Citterman

    Verizon moto maker moto x or dev edition, was gonna get 32g any way but is the dev support for the phone worth giving up the customization

  • Austin_tacious

    At this point, do you think we can expect to see a 2013 Nexus 10?

    • SoothsayerCA

      2014?

  • hebrewHAMMER

    Phone of the year?

  • Tito Santana

    Do you know what happened to Woven White as a Motomaker option? That back is nearly every promo shot, but quietly became unavailable on 11/11, and has unavailable been ever since…. This should be as controversial as the delay in the wood! A little part of me regrets not being patient and going with woven black, but I do love the phone overall…

    • JoshGroff

      They must have done it because of the dev edition. (Which has a woven white back)

    • mackjao

      the white woven back is considered exclusive to the dev edition moto x only now

  • T4rd

    Who is your daddy and what does he do?

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Pedro Martinez of course….

      • ddevito

        Who is..Karim Garcia?

  • Doc Holliday

    My wife is on the fence iPhone or Android (you pick the phone)…I am a true to heart android fan and try to sway her that way but she says that iPhone is faster and smoother. She tells me that she is not sure what she wants next. She currently has the iPhone 4s and I have the Galaxy S4 (both Big Red). Weigh in on the controversy for me and sway her one way or the other. Thanks

    • rthvk

      I’d recommend Moto X because she kind of wants an iPhone – you could kind of consider it the iPhone of Android

    • Shane Redman

      Agreed, moto X. It’s almost the same feel in size with a bigger screen that offers more from a base phone perspective (listening capabilities, gestures, and active notifications). It’s just as smooth and fast. You can easily tell her that it’ll be smoother than your S4 (no offense). It will get timely updates as it has already shown. It’s customize-able. It’s cheaper, but runs just as good if not better than the iPhone. iPhone screens crack like no other and aren’t durable at all…..and the list goes on.

    • flosserelli

      I have had 3 iphones, 1 ipad, 6 android phones, and 1 android tablet. I currently own a Note 2, which is undoubtedly the best android phone I have ever owned. That said, I still think iphone UI is smoother and more polished, but not necessarily “faster”. I get things done much more quickly & efficiently on my Note 2 than on my girlfriend’s iphone 5. That is because I know how to get things done in android. Your wife is used to iOS. If she switches to android, she will likely struggle for a few days figuring out how to do things and get information. If she is not a techie, she will need some hand-holding along the way. If she is familiar with your phone, she is halfway there. Remind her that Touchwiz does not equal android and that if she does not like TW, that does not necessarily mean android is a bad fit for her. Let her play with your S4 for a few days, then flash an aosp-style rom and let her see the difference. Then take her to the Verizon store and show her the future of phone UI. Show her the Moto X active notifications and Google Now integration. iOS 7 is not a huge leap from previous iOS versions, other than the UI tweaks. iOS 7 really does not offer any new features.

      But remember, if you steer her toward android and she doesn’t like it, it will be your fault ;)

  • Damian

    Excited for CES? Or no? Do you plan on meeting up with Dennis Rodman again?

    • rthvk

      In North Korea and everything

  • ddevito

    How can a T-Mobile Moto X owner get both the bootloaderand carrier unlocked?

    • Charles Braswell

      I was under the assumption that the T-Mo version came carrier unlocked (same as GSM Developer Edition) and had an unlockable bootloader via Moto’s website. Am I wrong?

      • ddevito

        ” unlockable bootloader via Moto’s website”

        You mean the motomaker version is bootloader unlocked already? Or by website you mean moto can unlock the phone remotely?, etc

        • Charles Braswell

          The Motorola bootloader unlock program supports the TMo version of the X. That’s what I meant

  • TimTheK

    Why haven’t I won any of your contests yet?

    • JoshGroff

      Complain when you’re in the top 5 commenters and haven’t won anything. :p

      • TimTheK

        I feel like I am the number one commenter. Not in quantity, but quality. They are probably mad that you are using too much bandwidth.

        • JoshGroff

          Yeah, probably. :(

  • Brent Cooper

    What are your holiday picks for phone, tablet, or any other category?

  • Knlegend1

    PS4, Xbox One or Wii U; which one and why?

    • JoshGroff

      PS4, free online gaming, not made by Microsoft, still relevant unlike Wii U. ;)

  • Weber

    If Seattle had played the Saints in the Dome, what would the outcome have been?

    • droidrazredge

      The same result that happened to the Panthers, who arguably have a similar defense as the Seahawks. No one “Romes” in the Saints Dome.

      • Weber

        That’s what I like to hear!

  • hyperbeatser

    (Besides wood) What other materials/designs/options would like to see come to Moto Maker, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be for the X, future devices too.

    • Andrew Consani

      Adamantium!

      • Raven

        Nice, but I would truly love to see Titanium because it is very strong and light.

        • ScooberJake

          Well, titanium is strong for it’s weight. By volume, it is actually weaker than aluminum.

          • JD

            Fascinating! Thanks for the tidbit!

          • michael arazan

            It’s also way more expensive than aluminum

          • Raven

            But, aluminum is way more ductile, dentable, and scratchable than titanium so I think titanium would make for a much better phone back, although quite a bit more expensive.

  • billy

    Is Chromecast ever going to open up to more developers/apps, or will it top out as an easy way to stream from a handful of major content distributors (Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.)?

    • JoshGroff

      I don’t think that’s a question they can answer, but it is a good one.

    • Ray Gray

      The chromecast conference is this week so I would expect there SDK to be released and several new compatible apps

  • MichaelFranz

    What do you want for Christmas?
    What do you expect to see in 2014 from the Mobile industry, anything new and groundbreaking?

  • mustbepbs

    Are you guys gonna do a review for the LG G Pad 8.3?

  • rthvk

    Thoughts on OVERWERK’s Conquer?

    And who am I? :P

    • Mark2134

      And who am I? :P

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Who are these random seemingly unknown DL Staff members we see from time to time??

        • rthvk

          Exactly! Who are we? :P

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Comment mods. :P

          • rthvk

            Spoiled the fun!
            :)

          • Mark2134

            Lol

  • Matthew Divack

    Which company (if any) will be the first to make a successful smart watch? If so, will that model arrive in 2014?

    Will Google Glass take off as a viable consumer good? If so, will that model arrive in 2014?

    • Sirx

      Apple -_-
      And their success will be deserved >:-O
      I guarantee it.

    • JoshGroff

      Didn’t Samsung sell a few million of theirs? I’d call that successful for a niche product.

      • michael arazan

        50,000 sold, with a ton of returns.

    • Blue Sun

      Will there be a refresh on the Motorola MotoActv in 2014?

  • The_Edouble

    What do you expect regarding the Nexus 10 if anything.

  • Connor

    Question: Anyone else’s Moto Maker order from last Wed. have yet to ship? I got the “winter storm” excuse email on Friday and haven’t heard a thing since.

    • Alex

      That’s what I was wondering

      • Matthew Dickinson

        Haven’t heard anything, my order didn’t go in till Thursday though. Would of thought the storm would of effected the shipping side more then the production side of things.

    • entertainmentopia

      Same boat here, Winter Storm email, then no updates as of yet.

    • rthvk

      Still haven’t even ordered mine from Wednesday

    • Zach B.

      I just got the “Assembling” email with an estimation of tomorrow (which definitely isn’t happening)…. not a peep since.

      • grumpyfuzz

        If they finish assembling it today, you will probably get it tomorrow. They use FedEx overnight, which takes 1 day. For me it took 2 days, because of the winter storm on Friday.

        • Zach B.

          Ooops. Wording. “I just got” should read “only.” And I got that email Thursday…. no shipping email. No update. Nothing. I called this afternoon…. They don’t even know where it is. :/

          • grumpyfuzz

            that’s pretty weird. I got the assembling email on Thursday at 2am, then later that day it shipped. I didn’t even know it shipped on Thursday, because they sent me the email saying it shipped on Friday. though when I checked the tracking number, it clearly said it shipped on Thursday.

          • Zach B.

            Oh well. They are contacting someone about something or another. I’m to expect a phone call with an update sometime soon.

          • droidrazredge

            Which phone number did you call ? I’m in the same boat as you. I’m getting overly concerned especially when later orders get here sooner than your initial order. What if it fell off the truck or something :(.

          • Zach B.

            o.O That would be THE WORST. LITERALLY THE WORST.

          • droidrazredge

            What did Motorola tell you when you called them ? Are they going to compensate you ? Did they give you any updates ?

          • Zach B.

            Basicall, they confirmed that they don’t know what is going on. I am supposed to be contacted by someonewho interacts with the factorytomorrow with an updat.

          • droidrazredge

            That’s better then what they told me when I just called them. They said oh we’re having weather delays but we’ll get your product to you as soon as possible. If you want here’s your tracking number to track your order. I don’t think they know we already get the tracking order from our order on the website.

          • Zach B.

            Gotcha. Well I don’t even have a tracking number. I’ve read that both the factory and shipping were affected by the ice storms in Texas and trying to get back on their feet. I’m going to give them till tomorrow before I complain again…

          • Zach B.

            Oh. Phone number. Oops. 800 734 5870

    • grumpyfuzz

      Mine shipped on Thursday, and I got it on Saturday. Guess I was one of the lucky ones?

      • Jeff C

        Grr…mine shipped Thursday too but I’m not getting it until today because it was shipped as “weekday only delivery.” Anxiously waiting for the FedEx guy to get here.

      • droidrazredge

        Yours was shipped on a weekend, you’re so lucky! Mine has yet to leave Texas.

        • grumpyfuzz

          I don’t know why they delivered it on Saturday, because when I was tracking it, it said weekday delivery. So yes, I am pretty lucky :P

          • droidrazredge

            Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are lucky indeed. My accessories will be here before my phone and I ordered them two days later after the phone. I’m starting to get a little concerned. Are you on the west or east coast of the country ?

          • grumpyfuzz

            I’m in the east coast, and honestly it doesn’t make sense how Motorola could get accessories that were ordered later get to you earlier. If I were you, I’d give them a call.

          • droidrazredge

            I did live chat support and the lady said here is your tracking number and that’s all she said and disconnected :|. That was so mean of her. I should try phone support instead. I find that weird myself, especially that there were status updates about my accessories on Friday morning ( between 2AM- 4AM) and Saturday, yes Saturday in the morning. The last update on my phone was informing my it’s leaving the facility for FedEX on Thursday evening. It still has the same information from Thursday not even a location change or added time for anything after from what I saw on Thursday.

          • grumpyfuzz

            I wouldn’t try contacting Motorola, but I would contact FedEx. I’ve read that if your order hasn’t updated in 24 hours, that you should contact them. You’ve far surpassed that, so that’s the only thing I could think of doing.

          • droidrazredge

            I just got off the phone with FedEx like 20 minutes ago. They give the same update. It’s in Texas and it should be here by Monday December 9th @ 8 PM. I’m like but it’s still in Texas, and my other order came from the same place and it’s almost at my house on a truck. They just said they’ve had weather delays and 3 planes were delayed Thursday. I feel like no one knows what’s going on with the 3 flights delayed because my accessories came on a 4th or what never number flight and they’re almost at my door. I’m running out of options to figure this out I feel like.

          • grumpyfuzz

            If it doesn’t come by 8 tonight, your estimated delivery will stay as N/A. It happened to me, so get prepared for that. All I can say is contact FedEx again if it still hasn’t updated by tomorrow. I have no other recommendations, so all I can say is good luck!

    • droidrazredge

      What I find weird is my order from last Cyber Monday, December 2nd was shipped on Thursday and is still in Fort Worth, Texas. I know they have been having severe storms causing delays, but when my order for accessories for my phone that I placed on Thursday, December 5th that started shipping late Thursday early Friday morning is almost at my house. I start to wonder how does that happen and what happened to my phone?

  • Jonathan Bunch

    What your thoughts on nexus TV rumors?

    • michael arazan

      Any more word on Google Fiber Expansion as well?

  • Mario Williams

    You guys love the Moto X, so what would you want to see in a Moto X 2?

    Particularly in terms of specs, software, customization, etc.

    Also, FSU or Auburn? =P

    • michael arazan

      Can’t believe Auburn beat my Home College of Mizzou.

  • Rocketjrb

    Business question. What supports Droid-Life more financially, watching videos on your website or on YouTube?

  • Alex

    Has anyone gotten their moto x delayed from the winter storm in Texas and havent even gotten a “shipped” email yet? I’m kind of disappointed in this since i ordered last Wednesday

    • Matthew Dickinson

      Not disappointed here, just anxiously waiting. Been a good December so far, got a Nexus 10 the first of the month, get a new phone this week. Man, I owe the wife this Christmas.

    • Ben Jones

      I ordered my Moto X DE last Monday during one of the brief open windows and have yet to receive any emails besides my order confirmation.

      • Jeff C

        GSM or VZW? Mine shipped Thursday and will be here today.

        • Ben Jones

          Mine is for VZW

    • Zach B.

      Yup. Same boat here. I called them a while ago… They don’t even know where it is. According to them, I’m still getting tomorrow. Also according to them, it hasn’t shipped. :/

      • onDroid

        Same boat :(

    • droidrazredge

      Mine is still stuck in Texas as well; however, somehow my accessories for the phone somehow made it through the storm even though I ordered it two days after the phone.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Which way to go?

  • Omar Amer

    which 2014 model phone you looking forward to and why?

    also follow up question that is unrelated, think we will get android 4.5 in 2014 or will google stick with 4.4 for awhile?

  • paticao

    after the camera update on the nexus 5 which one would you recommend, moto x or Nexus 5?