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Moto X Introduces a Ton of New Smart Features Including Phone Tracking and Phone Migration

Motorola’s next flagship smartphone and Google’s own baby, the Moto X, has not been officially announced yet but it is already dominating news and blog sites as most of us expect something completely new.  We already know the processor the Moto X will be coming with, we have seen the phone’s leaked dull boot animation, and we even have a hint on the pricing.  Most of the Moto X specs have been leaked, you can read about them here.

Moto X Render

Today, we get to know of a ton of new features that the Moto X brings.  These features are real and were extracted by the folks at Android Police.  Here are some of the great features you can expect if you are planning to buy the Moto X.

 

Active Display and Active Notifications

Moto X Active Display Notifications

This feature was revealed when Motorola revealed the new line of Motorola Droids.  The active displays and notifications make full use of the high definition AMOLED display of the new phones and involve lighting up screen pixels to display notifications while all the other pixels are off to conserve the phone’s battery.  With the sensors the phone has, it will be able to detect when it is in the pocket, in a call or on a surface face down, in which case the notification pixels will not light up.  Users will have the option to configure the display notification to turn or stay off during the night.  This feature also comes with configurable gestures to unlock the device, clear notifications and to expand current notifications.

 

Motorola Migrate

What can be more painful than losing all your messages, call records, have to copy your contacts manually, and re-install applications one by one from the Play Store when you ditch your current smartphone for a new one.  Motorola Migrate is an amazing feature to simplify this process and transfer your messages, call history, media, some settings and phone and SIM contacts.  For this to work, a Motorola Migrate application will need to be installed on the old device as well.

 

Touchless controls

Moto X Touchless Control

Samsung introduced gesture controls with the launch of its current flagship smartphone the S4 but Motorola is taking touchless controls to a whole new level.  This feature, also found in the new line of Motorola Droids exclusive to Verizon, lets the user control the device using voice commands.  The hot word is ‘OK Google Now’ but this should be customizable as the feature learns the user’s voice.

 

Phone tracking

Moto X Phone Tracking

Samsung was among the first companies to work on a feature that would make it easy and possible for users to track and possibly recover stolen handsets.  This new feature helps users track stolen or lost phones using their Google accounts and web portals.

 

Motorola Connect

Android smartphone and chrome desktop integration gets a little more boost with the Motorola Connect, a tool that lets users send and receive messages from a desktop computer and even get messages and call notifications.

 

Motorola Assist

Moto X Assist

An improved ‘Smart Actions’ tool, the Motorola assist helps users automatically switches phone settings based on various parameters.  The pre-set features include driving mode, silent mode, night mode and normal among others.  The Motorola Assist has an interface almost similar to that of Google Now and combined with Active Notifications, they make Moto X’s ‘Contextual Awareness’ features you may have heard about in previous rumors.

What do you think of these new features?  Could they influence you to buy the Moto X?  Do you think they are as revolutionary as hyped or are they just a stepping stone into better features by other manufacturers?  Share your thoughts with us on the comments section.

Courtesy of Android Police

 

Motorola X Front Fascia Leak Reveals More Features

Details of Motorola’s next smartphone have been leaking, one spec at a time, for weeks now.  Earlier today, we learnt that the phone will be launched in Canada ‘soon’ and will be carried exclusively by Rogers and while almost everything important about the phone is still a mystery, we now know that it indeed is fully ‘customizable’ as Google promised it would be.  A few images of the phone’s front fascia, which for most phones is not removable, leaked today alongside the rear cover which was in different colors.

Motorola X Front Fascia

Rumors that the phone will be highly customizable in that the user can get to choose exactly what they want.  The phone also boasts of it being ‘Made in the USA’, probably to appeal to the many patriotic buyers who feel that almost everything in their home is made in China.  We also learnt earlier this week that the Motorola X will offer a wide variety of customized engravings, a special color trim and 16 pastel colored panels.  What is unclear now though is whether the leaked front fascia images mean that users can also buy different colors of the front fascia at will and change when they need to or the panel is part of the phone.  With modern touchscreen phones, it seems impossible to have a phone with an interchangeable front fascia.

The leaked images show the front fascia in two colors – black and white – both with the new Motorola logo.  There haven’t been any reliable leaks or rumors regarding other specs of the Motorola X Phone but speculators reckon it will have a dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC – which is just slightly faster than the processor the US version of Samsung Galaxy S3 came with and 1 GB RAM.  The images show that the phone will most likely have a 4.7 inch full HD display and a very thin bezel.

We will update you on any new specs of this new phone as soon as we hear anything.

 Source: GGames

Most Anticipated Goodies We Should See at Google I/O 2013

Google’s I/O registration page went live a couple of days ago, and we now know that registration for this annual event will kick off next month on 13th.  If you are abreast with the developments in the technology field, especially Google’s and other conferences, you will know that the Google I/O is not cheap, but for an enthusiast or a fan it is worth every penny.

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The registration page does not offer a lot of information at this point but we know that the registration will kick off in two weeks, Wednesday March 13th at 7 am PDT.  If history is anything to go by, registration will be very competitive and is available spots should sell out within a couple of minutes after registration goes live.  If you have to earn a spot, be on your computer by 6.59 am and keep pressing F5 to refresh the page to secure one of the few first spots.  Google is reminding those wishing to register to make sure that they have set up Google+ and Google Wallet accounts and are active – if they are going to pay by this means.

The rest of us who may not make it to attend the conference, we will eagerly be awaiting to see what Google will offer us in terms of services and other goodies.  There are a lot of things that speculators have projected Google will introduce during the I/O conference including the next Nexus smartphone, Project glass, the Chrome OS, next version of Android OS and many more.  I am very excited about the I/O, I can’t help speculating what the major goodies Google may introduce during the I/O.  This is a post on the hottest expectations that may be unveiled during this year’s I/O between March 15th and 17th.

 

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie

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We have been hearing of Android 5.0 even long before Google announced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean last year.  Google has made tremendous steps in the development of the world’s most dominant mobile operating system – it now has almost every feature imaginable possible.  But the next edition of Android is expected to be a major improvement from the last major edition, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and if rumors are anything to go by, the operating system will focus on simplicity and functionality rather than aesthetics.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be a major announcement by Google, even if it is only an unveiling.  It may be the highlight or the highlight of the event depending on what Google has in store for us.  Android is already a great operating system – it is nothing like that has ever been installed on a mobile device before.  The operating system works seamlessly with high end and budget smartphones and now runs on over 70 percent of all smartphones and tablets in the world.

It is Google’s tradition to unveil a new operating system with a new smartphone – or a tablet.  The next Android operating system 5.0 is expected to also focus on low battery consumption, simplified user interface, more compatibility with third party applications and hardware and more and simpler customization.  Google may also add a ton of other great features including gesture controls and greater performance.

If indeed Google is prepping a tablet or a smartphone, then there are high chances that there is a smartphone and or tablet in the works as well.

 

Nexus

Nexus

The success of Nexus devices in the market immediately on release has been unprecedented.  From the Original Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, the name Nexus is in the telecommunication sector is now synonymous with fast-selling, cheap, high end devices from the best of the best companies.  There hasn’t been a chatter on whether Google is planning any new devices this soon, but last year, the release of Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 was almost an utter surprise to most of us.  Google, in collaboration with LG, released Nexus last fall, so it is unlikely that they are working on a new tablet or smartphone now, but it may come as a surprise.  In this regard, it is likely we may see a Nexus 4 with advanced features that the original one did not have such as 4G for the US market or better camera and expanded memory to up to 64 GB.

Nexus 7 was released in July last year and it has sold out in the Google Play Store a couple of times.  The biggest downsides of this tablet is that it has no voice GSM support, no rear camera and has no memory card slot for memory expansion.  Would Google broaden the market for Nexus 7 and come up with a tablet that has these missing features?  Could they go this far to introduce a Nexus 7 with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?

 

Motorola Phone X

Motorola Phone X

Motorola, the company that developed the first ever mobile phone, is now under the wing of Google.  When Google acquired Motorola, most of us expected to see fireworks – of Google coming with all sorts of developments now that they have a hardware company.  However, as it turns out, Google took Motorola as an independent company and did not even build Nexus phones and tablets using the company and instead sourced it to other companies including Asus, Samsung, LG and in the future, HTC.

There are however strong indications that Google may be working on a Superphone with Motorola, currently dubbed Motorola Phone X.  Motorola in this case may be creating the phone ‘separately’ independent of Google, just the way other companies such as Samsung, Asus and LG did.  Google’s Larry Page has hinted in the past that Motorola X device or devices but nothing much is known about this except that it is expected to take on some of the most powerful smartphones in the market such as HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro and soon to be unveiled Samsung Galaxy SIV.  If indeed there is a high end smartphone, then we should expect a large full HD screen (between 4.5 and 5 inches), a quad core processor, Kevlar body, a battery that beats and other new technologies.  For now, it is just a speculation, or a hope.

 

Google TV

Google TV

Apple has made great strides in providing users with a comprehensive home entertainment.  Google on the other hand made a jab at it last year with Google Nexus Q Orb which didn’t really perform impressively.  The problem was that the hardware of the TV was lacking and it was much more expensive than those currently dominating the market.  This time though, Google may approach this service from an entirely new perspective and will most likely focus on provision of both online and offline content.

Google has however been quiet about whether they are developing a new TV hub.  Google is not a company that gives up easily though, the company may be making a big move to re-enter your living room – and this time to stay.  Other companies such as Roku, Apple, Ouya and Kinect have made the bold move and it paid off, but who will dominate the market this year?

 

Google always has a way to bring something new to its customers, and this is what makes such events as I/O very special and anticipated.  The company also does an amazing job of keeping mum on what projects they are working on – mostly until a few days to or during announcement.  This year’s I/O may have tons of surprises but we have no way of telling it for sure.  For now, we just have to wait for two weeks and see that surprises await us, the Google fanatics.

Motorola X Phone: Features to Look Forward to

Since Motorola was taken over by Google, there have been many changes, most of them positive, that have helped boost the image of the company and put it back on the map.  One of the most notable achievements of Motorola of late when it comes to smartphone is the release of the Motorola Droid Maxx HD which set a whole new standard for high end smartphone battery capacities with a 3300 mAh battery which promises up to 372 hours standby time on a 4.7 incher smartphone with a dual core processor.  The biggest news from Motorola since the introduction of the Droid Maxx HD smartphone is the rumor that Motorola is working on a new smartphone expected to shake the smartphone market and give other anticipated smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy SIV and HTC M7.

Motorola X Phone

The Motorola X Phone is said to be in its last stages and will be coming together with an X – Tablet, another high end device anticipated in the market in the next couple of months.  The rumor of this gadget has been circulating for weeks now, with Google’s CEO beating around the bush when questions of the X Phone are raised.  The big question now is, what specifications can Motorola compress in their next flagship smartphone to make it fair better than the Droid Maxx HD did?  We already know the battery will be better, the screen will be high definition and it will come with all the specs and features of a high end smartphone.

Google’s CFO dropped a hint of their 12 to 18 month product pipeline which shed a lot of light as to what the company is planning.  Google played a significant role in the conception and development of the company’s next flagship device.  The company, it appears, has dropped the DROID branding of their smartphones and there are reports that their next flagship device, will be coming to all major carriers in the US – just like most other successful smartphones and phablets like the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the Note II.

I read a rumor the other day that the Phone X may be coming with Google’s next major version of Android, 5.0 Key Lime Pie.  All this may be unveiled during Google’s I/O but for now, we can just assume that the company may take the steps it took with the Nexus and Jelly Bean OS.

When it comes to the specs of the Phone X, Motorola will have to do a lot more than it ever has if it is to take on or even beat Samsung’s Galaxy SIV and HTC’s anticipated M7 5 incher.  One feature we can be sure of is that the phone will come with a 5 inch screen – 5.5 inch at most, although rumor has it that the screen will be a 4.7 inch edge-to-edge OLED or SLCD3 1080 Full HD.  Phone X should also come with a 2.0 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 or Tegra 4 processor with a matching GPU and between 2 and 4 GB of RAM.  To take on Samsung’s Galaxy SIV, Phone X must come with at least 32GB internal memory, with the option of higher end 64 or 128GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot for memory expansion and a 12 megapixels rear and a 2 megapixels front camera.

Since Motorola has already outed a smartphone with an impressive 3300 mAh battery, the company should do better with their next flagship device – maybe surprise us with a 4,000 mAh battery that should go 3 weeks on standby mode.  What should be most intriguing though is the edge-to-edge screen, Android 5.0 features and interface software.

What we are sure about as of now is that the Motorola Phone X is expected to be unveiled in May during the Google I/O and should be released on or around July 8th to all carriers in the US.  Verizon is expected to sell the phone for $299 with a 2 year contract, and those who prefer unlocked phones can get it from Google Play at the same price as the Nexus product line.  Verizon will however charge a $15 a month for those who want to unlock their bootloaders.  This will enable them to remove bloatware and use it with carriers of their choice.

For now, we would love for Samsung to surprise us with an octa-core smartphone with 4GB RAM and up to 16 megapixels camera, but this is not realistic, at least not in the first half of 2013.  But whatever Google and Motorola gives us, I am sure Phone X will be a market shaker and who knows, maybe it will be the next ‘mother of all smartphones’.

What features do you expect or wish on the Motorola Phone X?