Random Google 7-inch “Tablet” Shows Up at FCC With NVIDIA Chip, Tiny LG Battery

While we were busy flying around the country last week, checking out the new goodies from Samsung and Motorola, a reader of ours noticed that a “7-inch tablet” that is “powered by NVIDIA Tegra” and running an LG battery, stopped by the FCC under Google’s ID. The device is odd, to say the least.

The device falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, in case you want to go digging through the listing. It features some sort of NVIDIA Tegra chip, global roaming with LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17), and an LG-made battery that only weighs in at 2,480mAh.  (more…)

Google Details Upcoming Updates for Android Wear, 3rd-party Watch Face Support Included

Have a G Watch or Gear Live lying around, or manage to nab shiny new a Moto 360? Well, if you do/did, then you have something to look forward to. David Singleton, Engineering Director of Android Wear, took to Google’s official blog this afternoon to formally announce two major updates coming to the nascent wearable platform before the end of this year. (more…)

Chrome Stable for Android Gets Its Material Design Update

Google Chrome stable for Android received an update to build 37.0.2062.117, which will forever be known as the app’s initial Material Design update. This is a similar update to the version released to Chrome Beta back in July

With Material Design helping its looks, you will see new animations while opening the menu or tapping in the Google Search box on a new tab page. You will see a lot more white, new Incognito page,  and more. Everything has been simplified in appearance, yet still has the full Chrome feature list.  (more…)

Google Play Now Offers A One-Time Free Replacement if You Damage Your Nexus 5 (Updated)

If you like to live dangerously (i.e., without a smartphone cover or insurance), breaking your handset’s screen can sometimes be a terrible disaster. Getting a low-cost replacement can prove challenging depending on the company and carrier, but Google’s apparently sympathetic to the travails of careless owners. According to reports, Nexus 5 owners who ordered their devices from the Play Store are now eligible to receive one replacement free of charge, should their device accrue damage of any kind. (more…)

Good Read: History of Motorola – From Marty Cooper to the OG DROID and Sanjay to Today

If you were looking for a solid article that covers the history of Motorola from its glorious days of inventing the first mobile phone to its eventual fall, rise again thanks to the original DROID, to its landslide decline again before being sold to Google and then to Lenovo, Chicago Magazine has you covered. In a piece released at the beginning of the week, the story of one of America’s most innovative companies is detailed from the good times to the bad. We’re talking from its founding days in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Corp to its current up-in-the-air status with a Lenovo acquisition looming over their new downtown Chicago headquarters.

You should really go read the full article if Motorola’s history interests you at all, but for the sake of saving a bit of time and grabbing your attention, we have pulled out a couple of excerpts on events that stood out to us, starting in the 70s.   (more…)

Cyanogen Inc. Working on “Something Really Cool” With Ex Google, HTC and Apple Employees

“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product.  (more…)