This could be the moment of reckoning for the Moto X.Amazon has dropped the price of the Verizon Wireless model of Motorola's flagship Android phone down to a single penny (with a new two-year contract, of course). So, either there's still plenty of interest in Google-owned Motorola's first true collaborative smartphone, and lowering the price to effectively nothing will amount to tons of new Verizon subscribers and a nice cut for Amazon, or...(perhaps more likely) there are tons of Moto X units taking up too much warehouse space around the country. … Read more
Android tablet users should take the latest version of Opera for a spin around the Web.
Launched Wednesday at the Google Play store, Opera for Android version 18 has been spruced up to take advantage of the full screen of larger tablets. The icons and menus are positioned so as to allow easy access whether holding your tablet in portrait or landscape mode. Opera's goal was to not scale up the smartphone layout or scale down the desktop layout but to design an interface ideal for tablets.
"We poured a great deal of thought into the Opera for … Read more
Those of you aiming to buy the Xbox One can download a companion SmartGlass app onto your mobile device.
Released or updated on Tuesday for iOS, Android, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows Phone, Xbox One SmartGlass ties in with the Xbox One in a few different ways. You can use the app as a remote control device for the gaming console, which allows you to navigate the dashboard to play games or open various applications. The app also lets Xbox One players use their mobile devices to perform Web-related gaming functions.
Xbox One SmartGlass can act as a second … Read more
Nexus 4 owners should keep an eye out for Android 4.4 KitKat.
The latest flavor of Android has started to roll out to the Nexus 4 phone via over-the-air updates, according to blog site Android Central. Several users said they received the 238MB update Tuesday night.
Android 4.4 began rolling out last week for the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. Google said at the time that Nexus 4 owners would have to wait for KitKat.
The Nexus 5 is already flavored with Android 4.4. One device not invited to the KitKat club is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.… Read more
LOS ANGELES -- For some time now, we've been anticipating the day that you'd be able to unlock yourby simply approaching it with your smartphone in your pocket. It turns out that the technology has been right under our noses.
The first generation of the Mobile Enhancement Specialist's (MES) Bluetooth Passive Keyless Entry module hit the market earlier this year and, after being professionally installed in almost any car with power locks, can automatically unlock the vehicle's doors when it recognizes your Bluetooth-enabled cellphone is within range. The phone doesn't even have to … Read more
Sometimes, my inbox is full of exciting news.
An ex has got married, divorced, or drunk. A disliked ex-colleague has been arrested for bigamy.
But Tuesday, it was like my own personal edition of Star magazine.
I could barely contain myself on learning that Kim Kardashian has given her name, voice, body, and soul to a new video game called Stardom.As InsideApps has it, this is a Glu Mobile game that "will introduce players to the world of Hollywood, with Kardashian serving as the player's mentor."
This is a follow-up to Glu Mobile's "Inferno,&… Read more
Verizon might be first out of the gate with its Android 4.4 update, but that doesn't mean Motorola is planning to pump the brakes any time soon. On the contrary, the hardware maker has quietly expanded its database to show no fewer than a dozen smartphones expecting the KitKat treatment.
If you swing by Motorola's software upgrade page today and go through the effort of methodically selecting carriers from the drop-down menu, you'll find that there are at least six more devices across multiple carriers that will receive an Android 4.4 update.
Motorola, for its … Read more
It could happen to you any time, or maybe it already has: You're on the bus playing Angry Birds or browsing Facebook on your phone, when someone snatches your handset, sliding out the closing doors and slipping away into the crowd. Or, worse, a thief takes your phone from you at gunpoint. However it happens, there's no recourse. Your phone is gone, and while you always can buy another handset, all your personal information now lives in the hands of a criminal, petty or otherwise.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, more than 50 percent of the … Read more
According to a company blog post, Verizon customers will start seeing KitKat as soon as today.
Rolling out in phases, the software brings features such as an improved dialer, new photo gallery effects, and redesigned status and notification bars. Oh, and let's not forget the colorful emojis in the keyboard.
Motorola has also folded in some custom tweaks, integrating features into services such as Touchless Control. In a move that feels entirely out of place, there are no Verizon … Read more
Google has expanded its bug-bounty program to cover vulnerabilities uncovered in Android.
The program began with Chrome and expanded to Google Web sites and other open-source software projects. Under the program, people who find security holes get paid bounties. That often equates to a few hundred dollars, but particularly skilled attacks can mean big money -- $50,000 last week for one expert who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, for example.
The broader expansion, called the Patch Reward Program, now includes Android, Google security team member Michal Zalewski said in a blog post Monday.
The program also includes three … Read more