Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen) Soak Test Incoming – Lollipop? VoLTE? Both?

Last year, Motorola pushed out a freshly announced Kit Kat update to the Verizon Moto X (1st gen) in under three weeks. As you can imagine, we are still impressed by this feat, considering they not only had to test and prep the software for the phone, but it also needed approval by Big Red in order to go live for all on their network. It’s one thing to push an update to a Nexus or the new Moto X “Pure Edition,” both of which do not have carrier ties and can be given new software as manufacturers see fit; it’s a completely different struggle when a carrier is involved.

Which brings us to this year’s Moto X (2nd gen) and its impending Lollipop updates. We have already seen Motorola push Android 5.0 to the “Pure Edition,” but what about all of the carrier variants? Our team has been discussing this subject a lot over the last few days, all the while wondering if Motorola and Verizon would try and repeat last year’s success. Tim was even ready to put money on the updates starting yesterday or this upcoming Monday. While no new software has begun pushing as I type this, he might be right.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared?  (more…)

AT&T Stores Being Told to Ship Nexus 6 Inventory Back Due to Software Bug

AT&T stores are being told to send back initial shipments of the Nexus 6 due to a software bug that Motorola has identified, according to multiple sources.

The bug renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on, essentially leaving the device useless. Only the initial batch of AT&T Nexus 6s were impacted and Motorola is currently working on shipments with corrected software. Unfortunately for customers, that means AT&T stores may not have Nexus 6 stock for a least a few days. As far as we know, this is only an issue with the AT&T units. (more…)

FYI: AT&T Nexus 6 has a Logo and Other Customizations, is SIM Locked Too (But We Have Fixes)

Just last week, we were still wondering what was going to happen when AT&T got their mitts on Google’s Nexus 6. Would they brand the device with their logo? Would it have other customizations, like bloatware and an AT&T themed boot animation? Would they SIM lock it to their network? Unfortunately, the answer to all of that is – YES. According to a handful of our readers with the device, along with a number of folks over at XDA, we have confirmation on all of this. The phone even comes in a different box than the version sold through Google Play or Motorola’s site.

So here is what we know and some things that you can do to fix the situation.  (more…)

Motorola Camera and Gallery Apps Receive Updates With “Material” Tweaks

Last night, Motorola updated both their Camera and Gallery applications on Google Play. The updates aren’t major, but they do introduce subtle “Material Design” tweaks to modernize each.

With the Gallery specifically, you are getting a bright new cyan color, performance improvements, and a responsive design. Motorola forgot to move the hamburger menu out from the side, but other than that, it looks and performs great.

As for the Camera, Motorola added in a “convenient Timer mode,” bright cyan color, and an added double-wrist twist with the camera open to switch it over to the front camera (only for the Moto X, Ultra, and Turbo). Yes, for selfies.  (more…)

Motorola Offering Moto Care for Nexus 6, Priced at $129.99

Accidents happen. It is almost unavoidable. If you seem to be more prone to accidents, you may want to take the necessary steps in order to protect your hefty Nexus 6 investment. To do that, Motorola is offering Moto Care for Shamu, which is an extended warranty program priced at $129.99. This money will cover your device should it meet an untimely death within a two year period.

However, it needs to be noted that you will need to have purchased your Nexus 6 through Motorola’s portal, and not from any other retailer. From Motorola’s site, as long as you purchased your device from Motorola within the past 30 days, you are eligible to purchase Moto Care.  (more…)