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Folks it's been a busy day for us at headquarters and we just wanted to quickly announce and congratulate our winners! The winners were contacted earlier this morning and due to a scheduling mishap your humble host messed up and didn't announce the winners on Friday. Luckily the codes are good until December 11th so everyone will be able to secure their Moto X without any hassles. Once again we'd like to thank MotoXGirl for being so gracious and offering the Moto X coupons to the community. Thank you MotoXGirl!
Ladies and gentlemen our 6 randomly picked winners in no particular order are:
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Congratulations folks!! Enjoy your new Moto X's!!!
The Droid RAZR HD will more than likely not see an official update to Kit Kat 4.4 for a while, maybe even months. In the meantime we do have the development community which has already succeeded in bringing the latest and greatest version of Android to the RAZR HD. The SlimKat rom is a Pure AOSP Kit Kat 4.4 experience Rom for the RAZR HD. In the video above I fully review this rom.
Want a new and totally unique wallpaper for your Android device? If so chances are you have scoured the web and more than likely you have even tried a number of the free wallpaper apps on the Play Store trying to find the perfect wallpaper. In many cases walls that you find online or in apps won't fit your screen perfectly and even if you do find the one you like it just looks janky since it doesn't fit your screen correctly. Blur gives you a unique option for a custom wallpaper. It allows you to choose any picture from your device whether downloaded or one that you have taken and applies a blur effect. The strength of the blur effect is chosen by you. The effect is completely uniform and can give any photo a very artistic look. It reminds me of looking through a sliding glass shower door. The best part is that the app is 100% FREE!
If you own a consumer edition Moto X device with a locked bootloader then you probably find the write protection to be incredibly pesky. Even with your device rooted you aren't really able to modify or change any system apps while write protection is turned on. Justin Case had previously released a root method that included write protection block, but his method required you to boot into a special recovery mode which was actually an operating version of Android without write protection, and it replaced your recovery all together. Developer "Beaups" has released his method to kill write protection on the Moto X. This is permanent in that it will survive factory resets or flashing the device, however you can't expect it to survive an OTA update as with most exploits.
You will need a working root with superuser (Jcase's methods are fully supported), working adb and fastboot drivers, linux or windows, and you will need to disable any firewalls/internet security/or antivirus before beginning. The method is pretty simple just download the application to your PC, extract the archive, run wpbegone.exe as administrator, and follow the onscreen prompts. Once completed you will be able to remove bloatware apps, add custom bootanimations, and pretty much anything that requires write protection to be removed.
It should be noted that this is not a bootloader unlock method, it only removes write protection. Head to the link below for the download and more info.
Headed to Las Vegas any time soon? If so developer "Vu Minh Thang" has the perfect game for you to perfect your gaming skills. His new Black Jack Card game is a simple yet addictive game. Obviously the object of the game here is to get to 21 or closer to it than the dealer without going over. Each card has a different value, aces can be 1 or 11. Your hand value is automatically calculated for you which makes your decision to Hit or Stay a bit easier. You are able to set your own bet amount. If you love casino games or games of chance this should be right up your alley. The best part is that this game is totally FREE! Head to the thread below for the download.
Download and Discuss here
If you love to root and rom then you know that it can often be a painful process to update to the latest official ota for your device once it is released. You have to go find a stock image and then flash it to your device. While not entirely difficult it can be annoying to have to return to complete unrooted stock to accept the official ota update just to have to reunlock, root, and flash recovery for your device. It is always much easier just to wait on the development community to release a stock rooted rom for your device that features the latest digs.
Developer "papi92" has released a flashable build of the latest 4.4 kit kat for the Nexus 7 Grouper. This is the 2012 version of the 7 inch Nexus tablet which has also not been updated as quickly as the newer version by Google. His Rom is Pure AOSP 4.4 with no customization options or tweaks. If you need an easy way to update your Nexus 7 Grouper head to the source link below for the Rom and the Gapps. Flash in TWRP or CWM recovery.
Update to the update? Yes indeed. Some users are reporting another update rolling in on their Nexus 5 devices. Looks like this one brings the Nexus 5 up to Android 4.4.2. and it’s all about the camera. What's confusing is that 4.4.1 was supposed to fix the camera woes. Now either that update didn't work out as planned, or they are just pumping it up even more. With this news, this will put some Nexus 5 users two (2) updates behind and pretty grumpy.
Let us know if you have received the update in the comments below.
Dec 09, 2013 - 4:23 PM - by dgstorm
Samsung just released a refreshed version of the Samsung Galaxy S4-Active in Korea. This new version is an SK-Telecom exclusive and boasts some more powerful specs than the first version. The main difference is that this one is upgraded to the faster LTE-A network capabilities. Here's a breakdown of the rest of the improvements:
- Includes 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 instead of the 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in the AT&T version
- Now has LTE-A connectivity instead of "vanilla" LTE.
- The original 8MP rear camera is upgraded to 13MP
- Instead of the 16GB native storage found on the AT&T version, it now has 32GB storage
- Oddly, despite the updates, the device is now lighter, weighing 147 grams instead of 151 grams
It's disappointing that this version is unlikely to ever hit the United States. Even though we can't yet take advantage of the LTE-A here, the other features are still pretty impressive.
Dec 09, 2013 - 12:02 PM - by dgstorm
In a recent Google Hangouts chat, Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola, revealed that Motorola's upcoming modular smartphone concept called "Project Ara" is actually nearing prototype status. This is a surprising sign that the technology is advancing quickly although he admitted that it's still further out from becoming a retail product. In his chat he also revealed that the device could possibly be sold through the Moto Maker website just as the current customizable Moto X is sold.
Form the direction they are taking with this, it appears that Motorola is planning on developing a smartphone which is completely customizable from the get-go for consumers. It will basically allow you to "craft" your own smartphone. Check out the video above for even more intriguing hints into this potential future tech.
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