Moto Voice Arrives for OG Moto X, Last Year’s DROIDs

Moto Voice, the rebranded Touchless Control that arrived with the new Moto X, updated today for the original Moto X and last year’s DROID family. The changelog simply states that Moto Voice is now “supported” on the DROID ULTRA, Mini, MAXX, and Moto X (1st generation). The update also supposedly brings support for the Moto 360, though we are showing that as having been included last week.

The update should be live – go grab it!  (more…)

If You Plan to Buy a New Moto X, Buy a Turbo Charger Just in Case.

Over the weekend, Motorola announced that the new Moto X would go up for pre-order on Tuesday, along with their Turbo Charger, a device that utilizes Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology to give the new X up to 8 hours of battery power within 15 minutes. If you plan to buy the new Moto X, fork out the extra $35 for the Turbo Charger. Just do. And I don’t say that because I think it’s a cool accessory (even if it is). No, I say that because the battery life on this phone is average, and you never know when you are going to need another 8 hours of juice in a day.

I hate to bring semi-bad news like this on a Monday, but after testing the new Moto X for over a week now, I don’t have any other word to bring on a battery life front.  (more…)

Verizon VoLTE and Advanced Calling 1.0 Now Live, Place HD Voice Calls on the Galaxy S5 or G2

Verizon officially launched Advanced Calling 1.0 this morning, which is an odd way of saying that their VoLTE and HD Voice services are now live. Talk about over-branding. Anyways, Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s suite of calling features for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) that includes HD Voice calls and Video Calling. The software suite comes as a part of an over-the-air (OTA) update for devices, with the Galaxy S5 and LG G2 currently sitting as the only two supported. You can find all of the launch details at this report.

Advanced Calling 1.0 is a free add-on for your line of service, as can be seen in the opt-in screen below. Once added, nothing else on your account changes, so no, Verizon won’t be using Advancing Calling to try and squeeze you out of your unlimited data.  (more…)

Verizon Grants Early Upgrades for Customers With November 15 or Earlier Dates

Because of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Verizon may have changed your upgrade date to a full two months earlier than you were expecting. According to a handful of sources, Verizon has made upgrades available immediately to customers with upgrade dates showing on or before November 15.

If you don’t want a new iPhone, don’t worry, as Verizon is making any phone in their current line-up available to upgrades if you meet the November 15 requirement. You could go with the LG G3 (review), Galaxy S5 (review), or even wait a couple of weeks for the new Moto X or Galaxy Note 4.

Feel free to check your account to confirm.

Contest: Win a Moto 360 From Droid Life (Day 1 of 5)!

We teased this last week on Twitter, but should you not follow us there, welcome to the week of Moto 360 giveaways here on Droid Life. We have five of them to give away – one for each day. We know how hard the Moto 360 is to come by, so we wanted to make sure a handful of you could walk away with one without having to fight the online ordering process, or more importantly, pay the $250 price tag.

We have three silver/grey models and two all-black units to give away. There are no sponsors. This is just pure giveaway action for the DL community. We really do love you this much.  (more…)

New Moto X on AT&T and “Pure Edition” Pre-Orders Start Tuesday – Moto Hint, Turbo Charger Too

Motorola announced this morning that the new Moto X – both the AT&T and “Pure Edition” models – will be available on pre-order starting Tuesday, September 16, along with the new Moto Hint and Turbo Charger. Moto will also re-stock the Moto 360, though it will again be available in limited quantities. Shipping dates will vary depending on the product you order will be provided at checkout, according to Motorola. (more…)

Tip: Send SMS and MMS in Gmail or the Chrome Hangouts Extension Using Your Google Voice Number

With the Google Voice and Hangouts merger in full swing (again), most of you who use a combination of the service are now noticing an added benefit – SMS and MMS through both Gmail and the Chrome extension for Hangouts. If you have a Google Voice number that has now been associated with Hangouts, you can choose to send an SMS to contacts, assuming you have attached a number to their contact information.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on Sale for $159 With Free Shipping

Still haven’t picked up the Nexus 7 (2013) after the countless deals that we have shared? Well, here is another one. Today’s deal includes the 32GB variant for $159.99, which is more than $100 off the original retail price. The device is “manufacture refurbished,” but you know what that means by now – the manufacturer has had a chance to work out defects or kinks.

Not much else to say with this one; you have seen this deal countless times. Your time is running out, though, as Google is close to giving us the new HTC Nexus 9.

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