You ready for day-2 of Motorola’s $150-off Moto X MotoMaker promo code giveaway?
To make up for a botched Cyber Monday deal, Motorola decided to re-do this incredible full retail price discount on their 2013 flagship by handing out promo codes over two separate days that can be redeemed within a week. This not only decreases the stress on their custom phone software, but also gives you time to finalize your custom phone. For those not familiar with the promo, $150 off the full retail price of a Moto X gets you into a 16GB version for $350 or the 32GB version for $399, and that’s without a contract. It’s most certainly the deal of the season. (more…)
Did anyone realize that Motorola could update the boot animation of the Moto X on the fly to match it up to special occasions like the holiday season? I think the safe answer to that is “no,” but that is exactly what Motorola did over the weekend. Through some sort of behind-the-scenes update (you comfortable with that?), the boot animation on the Moto X is now showing a holiday theme with cats, dogs, bears, bunnies, snow and cactus X-mas trees to help us all celebrate this glorious time of year.
You don’t have to do anything to make it show up, simply power your phone off and then back on again to see it in action. And if you don’t want to do that, hit up our video below. (more…)
Since we introduced a new Roboto-inspired logo with our latest site redesign, we personally wanted a way to show off the new style in our out-of-office lives. For us, that usually includes t-shirts or hoodies in our color scheme on incredibly soft cotton. So today, we’re happy to introduce you to the new Droid Life shirt (hoodie too). Once again, the shirts have been put together by our friends who created Andy Inside and various other popular Android shirts, so you know you are getting the goods. (more…)
A new version of Google Play has started to rollout to select users as version 4.5.10. As one would expect these days with stage rollouts of everything, a download has already been made available so that you don’t have to wait. While sideloading isn’t exactly always the cleanest or safest way to update, that’s the situation that staged rollouts have put us in. No one wants to wait weeks to see the update the guy sitting next to them received this morning.
So what’s new? Well, not a lot in a jump for x.4.x to x.5.x. (more…)
Remember back in September when we found the massive changelog to an update for the DROID DNA that detailed out its receiving of Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5? We still aren’t sure why it needed a four month delay to finally arrive if it was seemingly ready back then, but it actually is officially ready now. Verizon posted up the support documents for the update this morning as build 3.06.605.4. As you can imagine in a jump to 4.2.2 and HTC’s Sense 5, which is an overhaul of their Android skin, the changelog is significant (5 pages to be exact). (more…)
What, did you think only the Nexus 5 was getting the Android 4.4.1 love today? Not so fast. The 4.4.1 update file for the Nexus 4 is now available as well. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E.
Download Link (51.9MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16S. Sideload instructions can be found here. (more…)
With the Android 4.4.1 update now available for the Nexus 5, we took its updated camera for a spin, but also compared it to the 4.4 camera on a non-updated Nexus 5. It’s pretty obvious through a few simple tests that the 4.4.1 camera is indeed improved. Google told us that we should expect to see “faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors,” and “less shutter lag.” I’d say all of that is true.
We’ll try to put together some camera comparison shots here in a few, but for now, take a look at this quick video to see the differences. (more…)
Well, here you go, the Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E) update is now available for the Nexus 5. We are flashing now, and will update this post in a minute.
Download Link (56.6MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16M. Sideload instructions can be found here.
Update: We put together a comparison video of the Nexus 5 with the 4.4.1 camera vs. the 4.4 camera.