The Moto G just popped up on Google Play as a “Google Play Edition” with a starting price of $179 for the 8GB model. This is the unlocked GSM model (should work on both AT&T and T-Mobile), so no, you can’t buy it and try to take it to Verizon or Sprint. From reading the description, it appears to be exactly the same as the regular unlocked GSM Moto G, except that it should be running even closer to a 100% stock build of Android than the phone already was.
Again, we aren’t exactly sure what differences you’ll see from this over the regular version, but the listing does say it’ll run the most recent version of Android. Then again, Motorola has been on top of its update game lately, so that’s not even necessarily something different. But hey, if you want a phone that says “Google Play Edition” on the box, here you go. If anything, this is only helping Motorola spread the word about its ultra-affordable smartphone with a “premium” experience. (more…)
At the end of each year, it’s easy to find ourselves both looking back at all that happened over the past 12 months, trying to reflect on it, and then looking forward to what’s ahead. The “what’s ahead” is about to hit us with a right-cross in a couple of weeks when CES arrives, so I’d say that I’m still very much in the reflection stage at this point. Which brings me to this post and my thoughts on the top 5 Android phones of the year.
The year 2013 was filled with the most incredible smartphones the world has ever seen. 1080p displays became a standard (for the most part), cameras grew increasingly better, battery life is now measured in days instead of hours, customization was introduced, and prices may have started to decline across the board. Phone manufacturers also seem to have figured out winning formulas for the most part in terms of hardware, but only one still has the marketing side (or budget) on lock. All of that helped shape this list. (more…)
I don’t think anyone can deny that 2013 was the biggest year yet for Android. And I’m not talking about sales numbers, I’m talking about things like the quality of handsets that were delivered by our favorite companies. From the Galaxy S4 or Note 3 to the HTC One and G2 to the Moto X and Nexus 5, smartphone buyers had so many great choices. But if you look outside of the devices themselves, there were other stories to be told in 2013, ones that could alter the future of Android in great ways. For example, timely updates became a reality, Motorola made one heck of a return, Google Play Edition devices actually exist now, and the Chromecast is poised to take over your home media experience for just $35.
In a collaborative effort from the DL crew, we touch on a number of these storylines through our choices of Android moment of the year. (more…)
Not to be outdone by HTC, Samsung has finalized an update to Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) for Galaxy S4 GPE owners. The OTA file – I9505GUEUCML4 – is the latest version of Android, and includes a device-specific bug fix. (more…)
If you picked up a LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition this week (our unboxing and hands-on), be sure to jump into Settings>About tablet>System updates, you may have an update awaiting your approval. According to at least one of our readers, the 52MB update is rolling out now, bringing the tablet up to the most current version of Android available. The update itself doesn’t do much from Android 4.4, but does tweak UI elements here and there and also squash bugs that Google deemed important. After all, 4.4.2 showed up within days of the release of 4.4.1. (more…)
This afternoon, HTC posted the kernel source and framework support files for the One Google Play Edition’s Android 4.4.2 update. This doesn’t exactly mean that the update is rolling out at any moment, but it certainly wouldn’t shock us. Typically when HTC posts these files, it’s because an update is ready, and since Google has already pushed out the bug fixing 4.4.2 build to all of its Nexus devices, the Google Play Editions should be next. (more…)
On Tuesday, Google and LG announced a Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3 tablet - the first GPE tablet device to ever be released by Google. Much like every other GPE device, the tablet comes running stocking Android, this time being Android 4.4 aka Kit Kat. It features the same specs as the regular variant of the G Pad 8.3 from LG, with its Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, dual back-facing speakers, 8.3″ IPS Full-HD 1080p display, 4,600mAh battery, 16GB internal storage, and weighs 338g. (more…)
Moments after going live with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Google also went live with a white Nexus 7 and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. The Sony Z Ultra is most widely known as the Xperia Z Ultra, a massive 6.4-inch device that also runs a Snapdragon 800 processor. We’re talking 342ppi with a resolution of 1920×1080 that uses “similar” technology to a Sony Bravia TV. (more…)