Review: Motorola Moto X

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The Motorola Moto X was a phone that was widely talked about when it released in the US some eight months ago. It’s now seen a recent release here in Australia, albeit a quiet one, but I’ve had an imported Moto X since the new year and thought I’d provide you with a review comprising mainly of my observations from usage for those out there considering a purchase.

Note: We figured an in-depth review of a product eight months old is pretty useless, given any reader even remotely interested in this device has likely looked up a review elsewhere in that time. This short review ‒ at least by my standards ‒ will hopefully offer some interesting tidbits and …


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LG talks design, ergonomics and curved displays

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Design has become a prominent selling point for smartphones of late, with an range of manufacturers each depicting what they perceive to be the “ideal fit” for consumers with their respective flagships.

Recently we had a chat with LG’s senior marketing manager for mobile communications, Brad Reed on the importance of design and ergonomics as manufacturers using Android differentiate themselves from one another, as well as LG’s efforts with their recent offerings, the G2 and G Flex.

Everyone has their preferences. Plastic, metal or glass, regular or phablet ‒  though the blurring of those lines is becoming ever more prominent these days ‒  tapered edges or mostly flat, these are points each of the manufacturers take into consideration and use


Leak of Japanese bound LG Isai FL has us drooling over its lack of bezels

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We’re getting there folks! Smartphones with narrow(er) bezels just may be a trend that continues to form in 2014, if recent leaks by @evleaks of the LG Isai FL is anything to go on.

While the phone according to the leaker is headed for Japan’s au by KDDI network, the image does provide us with some possible insight into LG’s design process – one which may or may not form a foundation for the G2′s replacement.

From the front we see a display that’s pulled to the very neraly to the top of the handset and a seemingly minuscule earpiece sitting on the top edge, though that could suggest the device in itself is well and truly a phablet, only …


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Google explains Project Ara in finer detail

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Remember Phonebloks, that crazy modular phone idea that got everyone talking last year? Just in case you don’t, here’s a quick video that shows you how it all started. It talks about a modular phone that can be customised to be exactly what you want. The concept builds on a simple breadboard-like platform upon which various modules or “bloks” like camera, battery, storage, WiFi, speaker, etc. can simply be attached. No wires, No plastic exteriors. Nothing. Of course, at the time it was just a concept. An idea and a rather far fetched one in all honesty. While it did seem like a great idea, it simply didn’t seem like it would turn into something more. Then came Google….


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Google adds a new level of security to Android by constantly verifying apps

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Google has announced today that the ‘Verify Apps’ security feature of Android is being extended. Up until now this feature would verify that an application has nothing malicious inside of it at the time on installation. Now, this service is being extended to constantly monitor your applications to ensure that there’s nothing nasty happening in the background.

While the risk of actually getting some malware on your phone isn’t all too high, it’s great to see that Google is adding in extra safeguards to keep Android users safe. If an app is picked up that appears to be harmful Google will either warn you about it or block the application and install. It’s available on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above …


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Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Australian LG G2

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LG has sent out an email today letting us know that the latest and greatest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, has begun rolling out to Australian LG G2 units. We have been told that owners of the Optus variant can expect to see the OTA update notification beginning from today, with other variants to receive the update shortly.

The KitKat update brings the latest and greatest to LG’s flagship. LG says that KitKat will allow applications to run up to 17%  faster and to have a faster web browsing experience through Chrome. You’ll also get some better battery saving options in the location settings and a less power intensive music playback.

Do you have an LG G2 and have you …


Google Play Music bridges the gap to Sonos, brings native streaming support

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Do you use Sonos or Google Play Music? Now you can use them together!

Up until now, the Sonos music streaming service has not included Google Play Music. Most of the other big names in music streaming have been available for use through the popular speaker for a while. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, Google Play Music hasn’t been fortunate enough to make the cut. Until now that is.

Today Google and Sonos have announced that the Sonos app is being updated to allow Google Play Music to be streamed to the Sonos speakers from directly within the Sonos application.

However, that’s not all. For the first time ever Sonos is allowing a third party application to stream directly …


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LG announces L40 and L70 handsets for Australian market

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Today LG announced the first two handsets from their L Series III line, the L40 and L70 will be making their way to Aussie shores in the coming weeks.

Improving upon their budget line of L Series devices, LG’s third generation offerings bring premium features from the OEM’s top tier G Series line, including:

  • ‘KnockCode’, which allows for the user to set a personalised sequence of taps which serve as a pass code to unlock ones’ device.
  • ‘Plug and Pop’, which makes application suggestions based on the particular accessories users plug into the device, like say if the headset were connected, audio related apps will pop up.
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Is Chrome Remote Desktop coming to Android?

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For those of us who wished that Chrome on Android was more like Chrome on the desktop, we may be receiving our wish in the near future.

Now first up I’m going to put a huge rumor warning on this one. This is based on one Reddit post, with little corroborating evidence, and the screenshots could easily have been faked. Saying that, this does seem likely and if it does turn out to be true, it could be very big news. Anyway, with that out of the way, lets move onto the juice.

Reddit user norsethunders has claimed that he received an email invite to beta-test an Android remote-desktop app for Chrome. He was sent a link to the Google …


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Is Google poised to unleash Android TV on the world?

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The Verge has seemingly been fed some pretty great screenshots of Google’s apparent ‘Android TV’ in the works. Before we get started, be sure to take anything about Android TV with a grain of salt until Google may officially announce it. In the meantime, sit back and read up on how great this looks!

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The Android TV looks to take over Google’s underperforming Google TV service, which basically put a tablet display on the largest screen and was controlled by a remote. It was confusing, a little overdone and failed to take off with great sales numbers. Step in Android TV and it appears as though Google is jumping back into the TV game with a fresh new approach. The UI seems simple and The Verge reports it is focused around simplicity and speed to viewing content. Android TV also looks like it will allow third-party developers and games to be played on the unit with game controllers as an optional extra purchase.

If you’re keen to learn more about Android TV follow the link above and read through The Verge’s great coverage.

Does the prospect of an Android TV system excite you?

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Google Play Gift Cards now arriving at more Australian retailers

For the last half year or so Australia has been lucky enough to find Google Play Gift Cards floating around Woolworths and 7-11 stores. Up until now, there’s been nowhere to find them except for these chains.

However, the gift cards are now rolling out to JB Hi-Fi, Target and other retailers and are available in the $20, $30 and $50 varieties. If you see them in other stores let us know in the comments below and we’ll update this story with the list of partners.

What say you? Would you purchase a Google Play Gift Card? Do you use the Google Play ecosystem?


Take surveys with Google Play Opinion Rewards to earn free Play credit

Google has made it’s Google Play Opinion Rewards Android application available in a few new countries. While Canada and the UK are remotely exciting, we’re mostly keen about the local availability.

This is a simple application where Google is able to learn a little more about you, the consumer, and reward you with free credit towards the Google Play Store. This cash allows you to purchase movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines and anything available at Google Play.

Head on over to Google Play to grab the app now for some free Google Play credit!


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