AT&T Stores Being Told to Ship Nexus 6 Inventory Back Due to Software Bug

AT&T stores are being told to send back initial shipments of the Nexus 6 due to a software bug that Motorola has identified, according to multiple sources.

The bug renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on, essentially leaving the device useless. Only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6s were impacted and Motorola is currently working on shipments with corrected software. Unfortunately for customers, that means AT&T stores may not have Nexus 6 stock for a least a few days. As far as we know, this is only an issue with the AT&T units. (more…)

FYI: AT&T Nexus 6 has a Logo and Other Customizations, is SIM Locked Too (But We Have Fixes)

Just last week, we were still wondering what was going to happen when AT&T got their mitts on Google’s Nexus 6. Would they brand the device with their logo? Would it have other customizations, like bloatware and an AT&T themed boot animation? Would they SIM lock it to their network? Unfortunately, the answer to all of that is – YES. According to a handful of our readers with the device, along with a number of folks over at XDA, we have confirmation on all of this. The phone even comes in a different box than the version sold through Google Play or Motorola’s site.

So here is what we know and some things that you can do to fix the situation.  (more…)

Motorola Camera and Gallery Apps Receive Updates With “Material” Tweaks

Last night, Motorola updated both their Camera and Gallery applications on Google Play. The updates aren’t major, but they do introduce subtle “Material Design” tweaks to modernize each.

With the Gallery specifically, you are getting a bright new cyan color, performance improvements, and a responsive design. Motorola forgot to move the hamburger menu out from the side, but other than that, it looks and performs great.

As for the Camera, Motorola added in a “convenient Timer mode,” bright cyan color, and an added double-wrist twist with the camera open to switch it over to the front camera (only for the Moto X, Ultra, and Turbo). Yes, for selfies.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Rooted or Non-Rooted?

Throughout the day, thanks to topics like the Nexus 6 having encryption that can’t be turned off without taking matters into your own hands, we have seen the emergence of a healthy discussion around the topic of tinkering. When we say “tinkering,” we are talking about understanding adb commands, flashing recoveries or images or ROMs, and generally deciding that you can make your phone better than it is out of the box. As the conversation has grown, a number of readers have taken it back to what we used to consider to be the initial step in becoming a tinkerer, and that’s through rooting a phone. And that thought has revived this poll question, which we try to run at least once a year, but haven’t seen December of 2013. In other words, it’s time.

So, let’s do this. In the poll below, all you have to do is answer by choosing if you are “rooted” or “non-rooted.” From there, to continue this conversation, feel free to jump into the comments section and talk about the phone you own, if you are rooted or non-rooted, why you fall into either of those categories, etc.

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Motorola Offering Moto Care for Nexus 6, Priced at $129.99

Accidents happen. It is almost unavoidable. If you seem to be more prone to accidents, you may want to take the necessary steps in order to protect your hefty Nexus 6 investment. To do that, Motorola is offering Moto Care for Shamu, which is an extended warranty program priced at $129.99. This money will cover your device should it meet an untimely death within a two year period.

However, it needs to be noted that you will need to have purchased your Nexus 6 through Motorola’s portal, and not from any other retailer. From Motorola’s site, as long as you purchased your device from Motorola within the past 30 days, you are eligible to purchase Moto Care.  (more…)