Moto G: Unboxing, Overview, and Hands-on With Motorola’s New Prepaid Phone

A tasty little Black Friday treat arrived on our doorstep today, so even though we’re sitting in the middle of a long holiday weekend, we couldn’t hold back and decided to unbox it. Yessir, here is our first look at the Moto G by Motorola, an incredibly inexpensive phone targeted at emerging and prepaid markets.

For those not familiar with the Moto G, you are talking about a phone that is either $179 (8GB) or $199 (16GB) off-contract, works on all sorts of HSPA+ networks across this globe (CDMA variant on the way too), and still has decent enough specs to give everyone a solid smartphone experience without the typically high price. The GSM version is currently available now in the U.S. through Motorola’s store with the CDMA variant arriving in a month or two. Amazon has it up for pre-order.

In terms of specs, the Moto G has a 4.5-inch HD (720p) display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad-core) processor, 5MP rear camera, 2070mAh battery, and runs Android 4.3 (with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 on the horizon). It may not have LTE, but at those prices, I’m not sure even data speed freaks can complain.

So what do we think about it? After only a few minutes with it, it’s obvious that this is the little brother to the Moto X. In fact, it feels (and is according to measurements) almost identical in hand, outside of a little extra thickness towards the bottom. The craftsmanship is there, plus the camera, dimple, ports, and buttons are all in the exact same places. It’s certainly plastic, but by no means does it feel cheap.

Performance doesn’t seem to be an issue yet, as the device is responsive enough for its price and set of specs. It isn’t necessarily as buttery smooth as the Moto X, Nexus 5, or LG G2, but it shouldn’t be. If I only had $200 to spend on a phone, I think I’d understand that it isn’t going to be the best of the best. No matter what, this phone seems so far to be able to hold its own.

If there is one downside, it’s that the phone doesn’t have Touchless Control or Active Display, two of the most popular features of the Moto X. I guess I’m not sure I was fully expecting them to be there, but since the phone size and style-wise is so similar to the Moto X, it was a bit of a disappointment. Then again, Motorola is trying to keep the price as low as possible, so their X8 Computing System and variety of chips had no chance of making the cut.

Overall, I’d being lying if I didn’t say that I was impressed. For what you get at $179, everyone should be.



Source: Droid Life

Kit Kat Update Rolling Out to HTC One Developer and Unlocked U.S. Units

HTC originally told us to expect the update to Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” to arrive on the One some time in January. And then this morning happened. Through the official HTC USA Twitter account, HTC has announced that the Kit Kat update is now rolling out to the unlocked U.S. and developer units. Yes, “now” as in today.

Our unit has not received the update yet, but we’ll be checking often. Should your unit receive it, be sure to let us know! Also, don’t forget to post up screenshots and other details in the comments.

Kit Kat introduced all sorts of new goodies on the user side of things, many of which we have highlighted here. We’ll see how much of it HTC includes, though we’re hoping for most.

The update to Kit Kat also brings Sense 5.5, a version of HTC’s skin that recently launched on the HTC One Max.



Source: Droid Life

Series 04 Android Collectibles Now Available From Dead Zebra!

The Series 04 Android collectibles set from Dead Zebra is now available in both box sets and as individual mystery packs! Go get ‘em before they sell out!

If you buy an entire case, you’ll get the 13 different featured designs plus one secret rare collectible. I believe there are two rare collectibles in total. Cases contain 16 collectibles, so yes, you likely will end up with a couple of doubles.

Also, if you want the Android Foundry socks that were highlighted last week by us, we’ve got links to those below as well. All are available, for now. The site does seem to be getting hammered at the moment, so be patient or at least give it all a shot.



Source: Droid Life

[New Game] BADLAND

Just in time to help you unwind after a few days with the family, Badland has arrived in Google Play with a ton of free content. This is an atmospheric side-scrolling game that has some action elements along with a little dash of platforming. It’s also incredibly pretty.

In Badland you simply press on the screen to make your little fuzz-ball character flap its… wings? It’s not entirely clear what this thing is, but it’s definitely flying. All you have to do is make it through the level as the screen steadily advances. Along the way, you’ll encounter objects that make you larger or smaller, thus changing the game mechanics dramatically.

The visuals are amazing in this title. All the obstacles in the foreground are crisp black silhouettes against the vibrant multi-layered backgrounds. The animations and physics also feel very fluid in Badland. Just from initial impressions, this seems like a killer game.
You can play the first 40 levels for free, but the next 40 have to be unlocked with an in-app purchase. If you only want the levels, that’s $1.99. You can also just unlock the multiplayer pack for $1.99. Or just get everything for $2.99. All purchases also remove ads, but I haven’t seen any yet.