The T-Mobile variant of the original Moto X, which is a lot like this year’s “Pure Edition,” is finally receiving its update to Android 4.4.4. We aren’t sure what took Motorola so long to push this update out, since the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint models have all had it for some time (update details), but that’s the situation. With the T-Mobile variant being controlled by Motorola as an unlocked device, you would have figured that it should be first to receive new software.
Either way, the update started as a soak at the end of last week and may be rolling now to all. To check for it, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.
The update is version 213.44.1. (more…)
For years, we have debated whether or not we should do an iPhone review of some sort. And for years, we always decided against it for one reason or another. But this year, with iOS 8 reinventing all of our favorite Android features, along with a reinvention of the big phone (“bigger than bigger,” people) through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we thought that it was finally time. So yes, we have an iPhone 6 and we are going to review it. (more…)
Teased as a follow up device to last year’s Galaxy Mega 5.8, Samsung’s newest Galaxy Mega 2 has finally been made official this week, packing a big screen and a few not-so-big specifications. (more…)
TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked. (more…)
“When I listened to theirs [Beats Music] for a while, I feel completely different … it’s hard to describe.” This is what Tim Cook said about Beats Music in an interview with Charlie Rose just 10 days ago on September 12. Now, as TechCrunch reports via five separate sources from inside of the company, Apple is set to shut down the music service indefinitely. (more…)
I think it’s safe to say that the freemium application model can be a bit frustrating at times. While we love free apps, the idea that you never know what kinds of in-app purchases will be semi-forced upon you shortly after installation isn’t exactly exciting. Wouldn’t it be much more helpful if Google or developers told us in-app purchase prices up front, that way we knew exactly what we were about to get ourselvecs into? The Google Play store is about to, actually. (more…)
Android L may be nigh upon us, hopefully accompanied by a few new Nexus devices, but work has reportedly already begun on the version to follow. Spotted first by myce, two commit comments in the Android source code reference an “M” release.
Neither note is particularly indicative of what we can expect from “M” – one refers to an experimental feature of the Android debugging tool Logcat, and the other a method of data exchange, but notably, they are the first mentions of a version of Android beyond L we have seen. (more…)
Google, in collaboration with HTC and NVIDIA, is about to release the Nexus 9 tablet (“very soon“). This will be the first tablet released by Google in over a year, with the Nexus 7 (2013) being the last. It should sport close to a 9-inch high-res display, NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, maybe even an all-metal HTC One (M8)-like design, and Android L. If Google’s previous tablet efforts are anything to go by, it will likely be a solid tablet at a reasonable price.
But are you interested? There are countless Android tablets available these days, many at sub $200 price tags. Do you want a high-end all-metal HTC-made Nexus tablet? Do you want a tablet at all? I would venture to guess that many of you already own a tablet, so is a new Nexus tablet something worth considering as a replacement? Do you own an oversized smartphone and not see a need for a tablet?
I can tell you that the DL staff is more interested to see what Google can bring in the form of a new Nexus phone than a tablet. But what about you?