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Nov 27, 2013 - 12:09 PM - by wicked
Good news folks! Motorola will be lowering the price of all off-contract Moto X smartphones by $150. The 16GB model will be just $349.99. The Cyber Monday discount is valid for all carriers, both 16GB and 32GB storage capacities, and the special Developer Editions available only via its website. Motorola warns that "supplies will be limited" and they'll be providing more details soon. Moto Maker customization is now available for all US carriers so you'll have plenty of color options if you do decide to take advantage of the sale.
The 16GB Moto X is currently priced at $499.99 off contract, so presumably it will be available for $349.99 on Cyber Monday. (The 32GB model should come in at a slightly higher $399.99.)
Don't miss this deal! - https://plus.google.com/+Motorola/posts/7pBuo1GaxKu
One of the best parts of installing a CM based rom is the ability to use the theme engine. The theme engine allow themers to theme every aspect of the Android system UI and Framework. This means navigation bar, notifications, keyboard, and everything else can be customized and themed. Theme developer Nitin Vaid brings us the Label Revolution theme. The main feature of this theme is the label style notifications. There are also several custom app icons, different color elements, shadowing and texture effects and more.
This theme will only work with the theme engine which means that you must be running an AOSP CM style rom for this to work. Head to the link below for the download.
via Play Store
I guess it was about time for a refreshed version of the Boot Animation for the Cyanogen Mod Rom. It doesn't look half bad. There isn't a zip floating around just yet, but I imagine it will be packaged up into a flashable zip by some eager crackflasher soon enough. Otherwise this will give you another reason to look forward to CM 11 for your device.
Team Black Out is a group of dedicated themers whose goal is to bring high definition blacked out apps. Blacked out or inverted apps are apps that replace all white and lighter elements of the theming of an app with black or darker elements. This looks great with a minimal setup, and just looks sharp in general. The list of themed apps is huge and includes some of the most popular apps around. There are about 98 apps included now. Some of the apps included are Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flipboard, DropBox, PlayStore, Hangouts, Gmail, Maps, Youtube, Google Now, Play Music and more. Beyond the Blackeout apps TBO also has transparent apps which also look pretty amazing. The latest app includes an updater that will allow you to download and install the latest versions of all 98 apps in Blacked out and Cleared Out versions. Head to the link below for the download.
Via Play Store
CyanogenMod has been a leader in the Rom and Root community as long as I can remember. They are bringing another first to the rom world with their build of Android for their upcoming CM N1 release. If you flash AOSP roms then you already know that you must flash a google apps package separately or you will be without the much needed apps like the playstore, gmail, talk and other important apps. Google decided that they didn't like their apps being built into third party roms without being officially licensed. Every OEM must get their gapps licensed before including them with their skinned version of Android. This can be an arduous process, one that many amateur, in my freetime, developers would not be fond of taking on.
As you know by now CyanogenMod has gone legit, and will be the Android builder for the new N1 devices. Since they will be the base rom for an OEM they are needing to get their Gapps licensed. We can only hope that they can also swing licensed gapps for all builds of CyanogenMod and not just the N1. Apparently just getting the Gapps licensed for the N1 build of CM is a huge milestone considering that CM was allegedly issued a cease and desist letter from the Mountain View Company asking them to comply with licensing rules or risk major legal action. The official device has still yet to be officially released, but this is huge news for CyanogenMod and Rom fans alike!
With Black Friday only a few days away we're sure folks are already being inundated with Black Friday deals, so we're going to pile yet another deal on your table. "Oh no they didn't!!" This should be a good one though, so it's worth giving the community a heads up. NVIDIA will be announcing a bundling deal this Thursday, November 28 at 9:00pm Pacific. What exactly that Black Friday deal will be is anyone's guess, but who wouldn't like to save some pennies on the NVIDIA Shield? *raises hand*
Be sure to check out their teaser page and leave a comment if you intend to pick one up.
NVIDIA Shield Teaser
Nov 26, 2013 - 2:19 PM - by wicked
CheapCast, the free Chromecast alternative, was updated to version 0.4.1. This update brings the support to beam browser tabs straight from your device to your television via HDMI or WiFi. This apparently only works with tabs and not fullscreen casting, and DRM’d services like Netflix and Google Play Movies “actually might never work,” but this is a free solution that will allow you to stream most Flash-based video content.
Grab Cheapcast from the Google Play Store
Nov 26, 2013 - 11:52 AM - by wicked
Motorola will be releasing the Droid Ultra and Droid Mini in white according to the very trusted leakster @evleaks. The Droid Ultra and Mini were unveiled back in July.
The Droid Ultra comes with a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a dual-core 1.7GHz cpu, a 10 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front facing camera, 2130mAh battery, and currently comes in red or black.
The Droid Mini offers extremely similar specs, sporting the same processor, cameras and battery as the Ultra, but with a smaller 4.3-inch screen.
The Droid Ultra and Mini are both good devices, currently selling for $99 and $49 from Verizon.
There’s no word on when these new variant will hit the market. Could they come out in time for this Holiday season?
Motorola has begun selling the Moto G in the US a bit ahead of schedule...well kinda, sorta. The Moto G that is available right now is the SIM-free, unlocked GSM model sold directly by Motorola. The handset is selling for wallet saving $179.00 without contract. This particular GSM model is only compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and the MVNO's that operate on their networks. The CDMA versions for Sprint and Verizon, as well as the GSM versions sold directly through carriers, will not arrive until January 2014 as planned.
The Moto G has no SIM lock, unlockable bootloader, 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 2,070 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 megapixel front shooter, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera,and 50GB of Google Drive storage free for two years. We here at DroidForums headquarters think this is quite a steal.
For inquiring minds, the Moto G is scheduled to receive Kit Kat sometime in January. Head on over to the Motorola blog for more details.
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