New Moto X Boot Animation Features Sci-Fi All-Stars, “Powered by Android” Branding

Remember over the holidays when Motorola surprised Moto X owners with a new holiday-themed boot animation? Well, they have updated the animation again as of today with a clip that features some of your favorite sci-fi characters. In the video below, you’ll see the Loch Ness Monster, a UFO, and what appears to be a yeti (or Sasquatch or some other type of walking man-like harry thing).

Oh, the boot animation also shows a “Powered by Android” note at the bottom at initial boot, because Google has reportedly mandated such a move. That’s apparently a big deal to Android news sites. Because, well, you must not have known that your phone was powered by Android. Or maybe it’s a slow news week. Or maybe…I don’t know. But hey, the Moto X, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8) all say it.

Joy!  (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…)

Motorola Gallery Updated Through Google Play for Moto X, G, and DROIDs – More Design Tweaks and Actions

One of the subtle tweaks Motorola added to stock Android for its 2013 flagships was a different Gallery application. This is appreciable, considering stock Android’s implementation isn’t the greatest looking app we’ve seen these days. Motorola has made an effort to fix that with their rendition, with a hamburger style menu and better looking image thumbnails. Today’s update brings an updated design and a couple under-the-hood improvements. (more…)

Here is a Recap of Motorola’s Hangout Focused on the Moto 360

Motorola hosted a special Hangout this morning, featuring the lead designer behind the Moto 360 smartwatch. The discussion started off rather slow, with most of the time going into the fact that the watch’s face is actually circular; not square as we are used to seeing in this sector of devices. Once we got past that point, we got into the viewer-submitted questions, concerning pricing, battery life, functionality, and more important topics.  (more…)

Reminder: Motorola is Talking Moto 360 Design in a Live Hangout Today

Shortly after Motorola announced its new Moto 360 smartwatch, the (for now) Google-owned company told us to mark our calendars for a Google+ Hangout with the watch’s lead designer, Jim Wicks. Wicks plans to talk only design and style features, most of which we know from yesterday’s promo video and a couple of interviews that have spread around this morning. In other words, this won’t be about price, specs, or software features – you know, the important stuff.

The Hangout should be live any minute, though they seem to be having issue getting it up and live. Here is the event page.

We’ll update this post, hopefully with an embedded stream as soon as we have it. In the mean time, re-watch yesterday’s introduction video and drool.  (more…)

AT&T Moto X Android 4.4.2 Update Approved as Build 165.44.1

The Android 4.4.2 update for the AT&T Moto X has been approved by all parties and should begin to rollout as build 165.44.1. A soak test for the update was scheduled to begin last week, so we’ll just assume that went well.

Motorola posted up the changelog for the update this afternoon, showing an identical update to the other carrier variants of the Moto X, in that it brought cloud printing, better battery life, and fixed an email sync issue. Well, there was one difference – the AT&T model “fixed a bug that caused data connectivity issues for AT&T Moto X users while traveling outside the US.”  (more…)