Do you have a device with an AMOLED screen that is running Android 4.3? Like say, the Galaxy Nexus or maybe a Galaxy S4 running a custom ROM (or the Google Play Edition running official 4.3)? As of this very moment, you can enjoy my favorite feature of the Moto X – Active Display (well, at least some parts of it). (more…)
Over the weekend, owners of Google Play Edition of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 started seeing Android 4.3 hit their devices, only about a week after the newest version of the OS was announced. Android 4.3 (still Jelly Bean) didn’t bring too much in terms of features, but did pack in Bluetooth Smart, autocomplete for the dialer and a virtual surround sound driver for compatible devices.
If you own one of these devices and have yet to update, what are you waiting for? Head into Settings > about phone > system update and grab Android 4.3.
So, we’ve compared the specs of the Moto X to those of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but isn’t the real story here how they differ in terms software and experiences? After all, lists of details on paper never tell the true story of any product, it always comes down to whether or not a product’s set of features helps to make your life easier. At least that’s the way it should be. Motorola, with the Moto X, is trying to do that in as minimal of a way as possible, which is the exact opposite approach to some of its competitors. (more…)
First, we gave you the Moto X when compared to its brothers sold exclusively on Verizon – now we’ve got Motorola’s new flagship compared to other flagships of the moment. This is how the Moto X stacks up against the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and the Google-inspired Nexus 4. Is the Moto X really that far off in terms of specs than the others? Let’s look. (more…)
Samsung finally released their Qi wireless charging back for the Galaxy S4 back in June, which we took a brief look at. Wireless charging has always been a nice add-on to phones, assuming you are willing to pay the price for the setup that typically includes a $50 charging pad along with a $40 wireless charging-ready back plate. Well, unless your phone has wireless charging built-in, then all you need is the pad. Either way, it’s not necessarily thought to be a reasonably priced charging alternative, but more of a luxury item. But what if you could get yourself into the pad for 50% off or $25? You can. (more…)
According to a recent report from Hong Kong, a Galaxy S4 is the suspect in an arson fire. Not that the device will be tried or anything like that, but according to the device’s owner, the S4 was acting normally, then it just blew up in his hands. Once the device caught fire, the victim threw the device onto his couch, which then lit up the rest of his apartment and the fire even spread to his Mercedes. With the victim of the fire assuring those concerned that the device was running a Samsung battery and was only charged using an official Samsung charger, could the blame be put onto the tech giant? (more…)
As many of you know, the newest update for Verizon’s Galaxy S4 (build VRUAME7) patched up the previously released root and bootloader bypass exploits. Since that update dropped on July 9, owners of the phone have taken to forums to pledge their hard-earned cash towards bounties in hopes that someone would find a new exploit. While I don’t think that the root bounty has been claimed, since it also required a successful recovery flash, we are one step closer thanks to a newly released root method. (more…)