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by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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In case it went unnoticed by you, Google changed their logo and introduced it yesterday. You will be forgiven if you didn't realize it, because it hasn't changed a ton. It turns out that the Googlers weren't the only folks who wanted a new look for their logo. Apparently Verizon wants to freshen up theirs as well.


What you see above is obviously a minor change. The check mark is now smaller and on the right side, instead of the left. The first pic is the leaked logo change, and the second is the official one. It looks like Verizon just decided to push it out after it leaked.

Did we need this change? Will this minor aesthetic alteration appeal to a new generation of apathetic end users? Will folks even notice or care? At least it makes the marketing execs happy...

Source: Verizon News (@VerizonNews) | Twitter
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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Not only can you pre-order the Moto 360 (2015 2nd Gen Model), but the folks at Motorola are also offering the new Moto X Pure Edition for pre-order as well! The base device will set you back $449.99, but that's a pretty good bargain for the remarkable hardware and software innovations that Motorola has packed into this bad boy. Here's the recap:
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • A 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Universal LTE banding
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • Android 5.1.1
Here's the pre-order link: Moto Maker | Motorola

Here's our dedicated section for further discussion: Moto X Pure Edition | Android Forum at
by PereDroid at Sep 2, 2015
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Apparently following along in the footsteps of the Moto X naming scheme, the new 360 is simply... the 2015 360. It seems Motorola likes this naming scheme instead of putting a 2 on everything.

The "Collection" as they are calling it, starts out at $299 for the 2 smaller versions (a men's and women's) and the larger one comes with a $50 bump in price. It's actually available right now on the Moto Maker website for pre-order. The most expensive version with every option checked is $450.

It's a lot more customizable then its predecessor, has improved better battery life and yes, it still has the flat tire which Moto claims doesn't bother most people.

Oh, and did I mention a Sport version coming soon, too, that rounds out the "Motorola Collection"?

SOURCE: Engadget
SOURCE: Engadget - Sport
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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If the new Huawei Watch is a bit too rich for your blood, but you are still in the market for an Android Wear smartwatch, then next month Asus might have your solution. You will be able to buy the new Asus ZenWatch 2 for around $170 to $190 (depending on size and model). Here's a spec-list:
  • New metal crown
  • AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Magnetic charger cable
  • Dust-and water-resistance ratings of IP67
  • Three colors, silver, gunmetal and rose gold - including an array of rubber, leather and stainless steel straps
To be clear, here at HQ, we weren't impressed with the first Asus ZenWatch, but perhaps they have improved the device since our review. We included a video in the thread below to show off their "improved" design.
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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Those leaked pricing details for the Huawei Watch were accurate. The Android Wear smartwatch just went up for pre-order starting at a price of $349.99 and going up from there. The watch will ship September 17th in the US. You can snag your preorder at GetHuawei, the Google Store, Amazon and BestBuy.

Here's a full price breakdown:
  • Stainless Steel watch body & Black Leather band - $349
  • Stainless Steel watch body & Steel Link bracelet - $399
  • Stainless Steel watch body & Stainless Steel Mesh - $399
  • Black DLC-coated Stainless Steel & Black Link Bracelet - $449
  • Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Alligator-pressed Brown Leather - $699
  • Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Rose Gold-plated Link Bracelet - $799
Here is a quick spec breakdown:
  • 1.4-inch 400 x 400 resolution display
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Android Wear with basic support for Apple’s iOS as well as Android
We have to admit, even with these over-inflated prices, the Moto 360 and new Moto 360 2 has some stiff competition now. What do you folks think?
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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Acer showed off something new at IFA this year. They are hitting the market with a new Android smartphone and tablet that they claim are geared and optimized for gaming. The smartphone is called the Predator 6 and the tablet is called the Predator 8.

Both devices will essentially have the exact same design aesthetics, with one being a bit larger than the other. Here is the spec breakdown for each device and you can see the full press release in the thread below:

Acer Predator 6 Gaming Smartphone - launch date and pricing details unknown for this device at this time
  • 6-inch FullHD display
  • Deca-core (10-core) MediaTek SoC (probably the Helio X20, although that is unconfirmed at this time)
  • high-end Mali-T880 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 21 megapixel rear camera
  • Quad front facing speakers
  • Haptic feedback motors for at authentic gaming rumble
Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet - US launch on November 6th at $299 - global launch in October with a €349 price tag in Europe and ¥2499 in China
  • 8-inch 1080p display
  • Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor - The Atom x7 is a 64-bit quad-core CPU chip with Intel’s Gen8 graphics architecture - this is Intel's most powerful mobile processor to date
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Lightweight aluminium body
  • Four front facing speakers with support for virtual surround sound
  • Tactile feedback for supported games
  • 2×2 MIMO WiFi
  • 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, supported by a microSD card slot
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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Sony's newest flagship mobile device(s) was announced at IFA 2015 this morning. It turns out that all of the rumors for the Xperia Z5 were true, including the "overkill" 4K display; however, it also turns out that Sony will actually produce three different versions of the Xperia Z5, and the Premium model is the only one with the 4K screen. We will have the following new Xperia devices:
  • Xperia Z5: 5.2-inch 2K display
  • Xperia Z5 Compact: 4.6-inch display
  • Xperia Z5 Premium: 5.5-inch 4k display
Here's a quote and an image (above) from Engadget with some of the details from IFA,

As far as the displays go, the regular Z5 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Z5 Compact will have a 4.6 inch 720p display,...
by dgstorm at Sep 2, 2015
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A new image and some new intel was revealed regarding the previously shared Motorola Bounce. It turns out that will not be the final marketing name for the device. The newest rumored name for the supposedly "shatterproof" device will be the Moto X Force.

While that name sounds like some sort of Japanese anime car combat squad, we must admit it's still a much better name than the Motorola Bounce. Of course, it's possible they might keep both names for different markets across the globe. We will keep you update as always.

In the mean-time, feast your eyes on the leaked pic of the black version in the shot above, and here's a recap of the rumored specs:
  • 5.43" Quad HD display
  • Snapdragon 810 chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB/ 64 GB storage
  • 3760 mAh battery
  • 21 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
  • "shatterproof"
Don't forget to drop by our dedicated section for the phone here: Motorola Bounce/Moto X Force | Android Forum at (We'll get that name adjusted shortly.)

Source: upleaks on Twitter
by pc747 at Sep 2, 2015
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The evolution of Android over the years has been amazing. For those who started with the Droid here on this forum and those who started with the very first Google phone it is hard to imagine that we would be here, but we did not get here on the back of Google alone.

Android started out as an open source platform that gave developers open freedom to create. Over the years we have seen some marvelous creations to the point where garage developers were steps ahead of Google and phone manufacturers. I still remember when devs created and released a fix for the Thunderbolt bug before HTC even acknowledge it existed and once the issue was acknowledged it still took months for them to release a fix that was needed.

But, over the years these garage heroes began to fade off and to be frank I'm not surprised. The hours it took to develop programs, apps, roms, themes, and fixes were all done for free. Yeah you would have the occasional donation, but the money earned was nowhere near what they could make developing for other platforms. Even worse, the community (me included) responded harshly to developers demanding payment, despite the fact that Google and phone manufacturers would implement those same fixes in their software.

So have developers received a fair shake in all this?

I mean, as innovative as Android has been, it has also been brilliant in an exploitative kind of way. Google supplies the software and motivates potential developers to build for the...
by dgstorm at Sep 1, 2015
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It looks like this Sunday will be a calendar event day for fans of HTC smartphones. They let everyone know they will be officially unveiling a new device on September 6th. Although no details were given, more than likely this is the new HTC One A9/Aero.

We have posted several rumors on the device over the past few weeks, and now all the facts will be presented. What do you folks think HTC has up their sleeve? Something juicy or just more of the same?
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