What is the Moto X +1? Leather Backs to be a MotoMaker Option?

Buzz surrounding future Motorola products has been quiet since they unveiled their smartwatch, the Moto 360, back in mid-March. We’re now just waiting for that watch to arrive for its summer launch, hopefully alongside the new version of the Moto X. According to industry leaker, @evleaks, something from Motorola is on the horizon that could potentially be talked about, titled Moto X +1, though we’re not exactly sure what to make of it.  (more…)

Rumor: Google to Release Overhauled Stand-alone Camera App, Address All Sorts of Issues

I think it’s safe to say that for years, our biggest complaint about Nexus devices and stock Android has involved their cameras or camera apps. From a confusing menu system to a weird viewfinder experience, the camera app that Google has shipped over and over again is not great. Pair it with sensors that do not appear to have been optimized and you are left with frustrating results. We keep hoping that Google will fix one of its longest standing issues, but even a camera-specific update to the Nexus 5 in Android 4.4.1 didn’t quite do the trick.

According to a report out of Engadget, Google is on the verge of releasing a new camera app that should address a number of complaints, while also opening up new opportunities for both developers and non-Nexus devices.  (more…)

Moto 360 Rumored to Sport OLED Display, Sapphire Glass, and Wireless Charging

When Motorola released naught but a launch window and device renders for the Moto 360, the company left everyone scrambling to fill in the blanks through unofficial channels. G For Games claims to have heard rumblings first; according to the publication, the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display protected by sapphire glass and magnetic induction wireless charging.

Although we were unable to independently verify the rumors, they don’t sound outside the realm of possibility. An OLED screen would allow Motorola to implement battery-saving Active Display-style notifications. Sapphire glass would provide the durability the smartwatch form factor necessitates. And, considering the Moto 360 doesn’t have a USB port, wireless charging was probably a given. (more…)

Amazon to Launch Media Streaming Device in April

The competition for the living room is heating up. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon’s long-rumored streaming device is set for an April unveiling, and will carry the Fire name the company uses for its Kindle line of tablets.

Although leaks regarding Amazon’s media device have been largely unspecific, early reports indicated it would run a modified version of Android, and have access to a variety of streaming apps. More recent information suggests the device will come in a dongle form factor, include a remote control, and may retail with a gaming controller accessory. (more…)

Google May Tap Intel’s Moorefield 64-bit Processor For Nexus 8

In an unusual move, Google may eschew ARM for a 64-bit Intel Moorefield SoC in the long-rumored Nexus 8. That’s according to a report from AndroidPit, which points out that the device’s alleged release month – July – would both conveniently coincide with Intel’s chip shipment schedule, and come after the potential introduction of a 64-bit compatible version of Android. (more…)