Angry Birds Transformers Gameplay Trailer Released, Looks Better Than Expected

The official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Transformers has been released by Rovio, with the game now available to those who live in New Zealand and Finland. Unfortunately for us Android users who live in America, the game is not set to hit Google Play until October 30, but at least this trailer gives us something to look forward to.  (more…)

Report: Google Requires More Google From Manufacturers, Because Android has Evolved and Google Apps are Still King

A report out of The Information this morning suggests that Google’s revamped MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) for 2014 – the agreement that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, or Lenovo sign in order to add Google’s suite of apps to their Android phones – has changed significantly, requiring more Google-iness than ever. Manufacturers aren’t mad or happy, but they have acknowledged that Google is tightening up the requirements and asking more from them in order to carry Google’s apps, more importantly, Google Play.  (more…)

Moto Maker Now Available for Verizon’s Moto X (2nd Gen)

The new Moto X (2nd gen) became available last night through Verizon, an hour or so before the clock flipped the day to September 26. We pointed it out, but also noted that Moto Maker was not available just yet. If you were hoping to customize a new Moto X or make one with a leather back, you had some more waiting to do. That wait is now over.

If you cruise through Motorola’s store, choose the Moto X (2nd gen), customize it, and then click the “Buy” button, you will see Verizon listed as a carrier option.  (more…)

Moto X (2nd Gen) Now Available From Verizon for $99

The date is September 26 (well almost), and the Moto X (2nd generation) is available from Verizon, only a day later than sources of ours from two months ago told us to expect it. The device is available for $99 with a new 2-year contract, $24.99 per month on Verizon Edge, or $499 at full retail for the black plastic back. Verizon is currently listing the black plastic or white Bamboo models as available directly from them, but we are expecting to see Moto Maker integration before long, likely at some point later in the day. The Bamboo model carries a bit of a price premium. (more…)

AT&T Sends Minor Update Out to Galaxy S4 Active

A minor update is being pushed out to the Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, build number I537UCUCNH3, filled with fixes for network connectivity and security patches.

In the official changelog posted on AT&T’s support site, the company notes that connectivity improvements related to receiving calls and text messaging, a single security patch, and a few updated Google applications are included.  (more…)

So, is This Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus Looking All Sorts of Massive Next to a G3?

Umm, I don’t know if it is. Either way, the phone pictured is a massive Moto X-looking phone next to the LG G3, which is already a massive phone, and absolutely stomping all over it.

Is this the Motorola Nexus aka “Shamu” aka Nexus 6 aka Whale Wars aka Free Willy aka please-don’t-make-this-Google-it’s-too-freaking-massive? You tell us.  (more…)