The question of the holiday season, wouldn’t you say? Or for many, the question that needs an answer by tomorrow morning. With Motorola hosting a $150-off deal on Cyber Monday (December 2) for MotoMaker and Developer Edition orders of the Moto X (our review), a number of you have asked us to put together some sort of comparison between it and the Nexus 5 (our review). This might be hard to believe, but for a limited time tomorrow, these two phones will be the same price.
We’re looking at somewhat similar, yet also very different approaches to an Android phone, even though they are technically made by the same company. One focuses on convenience, the other on power and cleanliness. One wants you to design it and make it your own, the other remains subtle even in two color schemes, with the focus on the operating system. One is trying to be as developer friendly as it can, the other is the ultimate device for a tinkerer. Both offer incredible values. Both are updated faster than any other Android phone.
So, which is it – Moto X or Nexus 5? (more…)
Verizon is now selling the DROID Mini in red through its online store, for anyone who has been waiting. As a refresher, the Mini is pretty much the DROID ULTRA, but in a smaller and more-compact package. It features a 4.3″ 720p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,000mAh battery, and a 10MP back-facing camera. It’s a little powerhouse, for sure. In addition, it features all of the Touchless Control and Active Display hotness that comes with the ULTRA and MAXX. (more…)
Ever set your phone down in a room and then completely forget where you left it a few minutes later? Motorola wants to help you find it with their latest update to Touchless Control. With an added “find my phone” command, you can activate an alarm on your phone that plays until you touch the screen. So if you’ve walked away from your device and can’t seem to find your way back to it, simply say, “OK, Google Now…find my phone.” The alarm (and screen above) should activate.
The new update also fixes bugs and improves accessibility access for the visually impaired. Touchless Control works with the Moto X, DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini.
When we posted about Motorola’s Touchless Control app hitting Google Play yesterday, there were many readers that were a little disappointed that it only worked with the new Moto devices. However, Android developers always love to step up and make our days so if you are looking to get some voice control action on your new phone, Open Mic+ is something you need to check out. (more…)
Motorola’s Touchless Control app, which is one of the leading features of the Moto X and new DROID line, was pushed to Google Play today. For those not familiar, Touchless Control allows each of these new Moto phones to partner with their natural language processors, so that they are always listening for your commands. After training them to only activate to your voice with a command of “OK, Google Now,” you can perform all sorts of Google voice actions from setting reminders to finding directions home. (more…)
Oh the Moto X, I get the feeling that it’s going to be quite the aggressive conversation starter over the next few weeks as we approach launch through U.S. carriers. I love it that people have opinions on both sides about this phone. If anything, it’s going to make for some entertaining chatter in the comments. But no matter what, our coverage will continue! With its $199 price and specs that on paper aren’t matching up to other flagship phones, we are as curious as many of you to find out if this phone can compete or even stand up to its competitors, for that matter. As I’ve said three or four times now, so far it’s doing just fine. (more…)