091714_steve_wozniak_launch_v2Steve Wozniak is finally going behind to Apple, exclusively … when it comes to phones — and it’s all since he thinks a association finally has a product in the iPhone 6 to opposition Android. 

The Woz was creation his approach by Dulles International Airport when he copped to tossing out mixed Android phones he had been regulating instead of a iPhone … and  said a new indication (TWO DAYS AWAY!) is a diversion changer. 

Steve started purgation about new iPhone 6 facilities — and it sounds like one in sole sold him on a device.

Check out a vid … Woz can still sell. Better than the normal Genius Bar jockey, anyway.

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A bug has compromised a confidence of a Android Browser app, permitting unfamiliar sites to inject virulent JavaScript into other sites, hidden passwords and personal information in a process.

The bug reads cookies and cue fields, and can remove a resources of personal information, and simply meddle with other sites’ content. Google pronounced it is operative on a problem, though when, or how, a repair will be finished stays unclear. Any updates to a app, that comes bundled with comparison Android phones, contingency be finished by handling complement updates –– so a accessibility of a repair might be hindered on a initial release.

The smirch was reported by researcher Rafay Baloch, though was primarily abandoned when Google couldn’t reconstruct a problem, and sealed a report. But in his blog post, Baloch describes how a bug bypassed a browser’s Same Origin Policy (SOP), a magnitude that prevents sites from accessing other sites’ information. After attempting to conjure a problem again, Google witnessed a bug firsthand, and motionless to take action.

As for now, Android users are improved off regulating other web browsers, such as Chrome, Opera or Firefox. IGN will refurbish this story with any new information.

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I unequivocally don’t have a post for we all today. The new Moto X forsaken yesterday, along with some some-more batch of a Moto 360 and I’ve been perplexing to place my sequence for both given 11 AM CST. Apparently I’m not alone in still not being means to do so.

So my concentration is apparently on all Motorola right now.

This post will have some useful info, yet it’s also usually a diminutive bit some-more on a venting side of things for once.

First off, a new Motorola phone customized around a Moto Maker site is insane! The choices! Since there were so many issues yesterday we finished adult carrying to change my phone regularly given I’d try it customized one approach and I’d accept a “sorry, that object is no longer available” summary on attempting to checkout. I’d try another approach and same thing. Over and over til we strike something that didn’t get that message, I’d usually get a new one that was a homogeneous of “fuck you, bangishotyou”.

Rather than list all a options, I’m going to share some screenshots so we can see them all for yourself.

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Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

One unequivocally critical thing for anyone meditative about removing their Pre-Order in. DO NOT supplement a box usually yet. At slightest not for this step. Pre-Order equipment and equipment now in batch MUST be systematic separately. That’s not a me revelation we how we should substantially do it thing, that’s a Motorola revelation we how to place your sequence thing. If we try to sequence both during a same time it won’t let we and you’ll have to mislay a box from your order. This can cost we profitable time. Or during slightest it did yesterday when it was me opposite everybody else. (And a lot of people ran into that problem and soon went from “I got this” to “OMG WHAT DO we DO?!?!” and afterwards we all blew a common gasket.)

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Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

In regards to storage capacity, as we can see above there is no 64 GB choice as there eventually was with a Moto X (1st Gen.), does that meant it isn’t entrance or there won’t be one during all? No clue. But my recommendation to anyone meddlesome in a device during a impulse is to open for a 32 GB option. Better to have a storage space and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

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That final one is your final step before we get to indeed creation a unequivocally critical (financial) choices per your phone.

And now, some some-more options once you’ve selected your phone.

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Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

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For those wondering, a GSM Unlocked (aka Pure Edition) chronicle of a device will work with both T-Mobile and ATT SIM cards. Also, it will come bloatware free. Currently we are uncertain about a conduit specific branded versions, so if you’re going to compensate a full off agreement cost be certain to get a GSM Unlocked version. By doing so we also cut out a center male in a unequivocally critical way, your updates are no longer supposing or rubbed by a conduit (to lot out as they see fit). You get them true from Motorola, who has been unusual when it comes to rolling out updates for their devices. No one even remotely comes tighten to touching them on that, during slightest no one who isn’t Google (and Google beats them naturally).

Onward and ceiling as they contend though. Time to get to that Shopping Cart and see what a repairs is!

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Wednesday Android Update - When Will They Learn Edition (UPDATED! x4)

If we elect to supplement a Moto Care Accident Protection (which we unequivocally should, given this is an costly device and accidents do occur and we can see all that it covers and does for we there in that second picture) afterwards that’ll be an additional $85 on tip of a cost of a phone. For a sum price, see a pic next of my stream selling transport in Chrome.

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You can also see a options I’ve selected for my phone, that is a sequence I’ve been perplexing to place given yesterday.

Note that summary during a top. That is something that has been seen for anyone attempting to compensate with financing given yesterday. On a associated note, if we see that summary do not worry. It doesn’t meant your credit is shot to shit. we mins ago got off a phone with a unequivocally useful Motorola Financing Representative by a name of Pinky (ma’am if we somehow see this we usually wish we to know that we were over useful and awesome! someone give that lady a raise!), she sensitive me that Motorola is wakeful of a summary that people are observant and that they are operative on a issue. It is not an emanate with those observant it or their Motorola Credit. It’s an emanate on Motorola’s side and they are operative on it. “Just keep trying.” That was what we was told, that naturally I’ve been doing for roughly 24 hours now. Incessantly. Every minute. Cause damnit we wish a new Moto X! [composes self] Ahem! What was we saying?

Oh yeah, a damage. So after selecting a 32 GB indication and adding Moto Care Accident Protection your sum will be $634.99. Motorola is charity giveaway shipping for all orders over $75, so there will be no shipping fees. However, there are dual certainties in life. Death and taxes. One of those relates here. For those of us still perplexing to get a sequence in it competence feel like a scold one would be “death”, yet that is not a case. It is many confidently taxes, that combined in move a sum cost of a sequence to $669.37.

As for when it’ll boat and be in your hands, that’s unequivocally anyone’s guess. Some people are observant they’ll have it by Sep 26th, others are observant a date we can see in my final screenshot there that is Oct 13th. Doesn’t matter when we got your sequence in, shipping and smoothness times are all over a place.

In associated news, they had a Moto 360 in stock. Might still have it, I’m some-more focused on a phone now. But during final check, when we had a 360 in my selling cart, a shipping date is also display Oct 13th. Try and get an sequence in if we wish on that. Personally, we wish to have a acknowledgment on my phone sequence before we do one for a watch. Was deadset on a latter til we kept observant issues while grouping yesterday during that indicate we pronounced “fuck it” and motionless to console myself with a shiny, new Moto X. Because that’s how we roll. : )

As for a repetition partial of this: You had one job, Motorola!

Do companies not learn? Scratch that. They don’t. As a male who tends to sequence inclination like this on Day 1 we can endorse that. It’s happened to Google, Apple and everyone. They recover new inclination and it’s like they forget people wish them. Tech enthusiast, soccer moms and each singular other chairman in between.

What happens then? Websites pile-up or bucket unequivocally slowly. Shopping carts change but user intervention. (A series of users yesterday were stating that their phones’ options were changing in their carts yesterday.) Orders don’t process. (I can’t tell we how many people were angry online and on several Android associated websites about orders not being processed and afterwards receiving emails confirming their orders.) Payment difficulties. (See prior acknowledgement in parenthesis. People were switching cards left and right perplexing to get one to go through. A series gave adult entirely.) And so on and so forth. (Look during me, 24 hours now and Motorola still hasn’t worked out their Moto Credit customers’ issue)

Goddamnit guys, get your act together!

/end rant

As distant as common Android Wednesday Update things goes though: Google Docs, Sheets, Sheets and YouTube were all updated this week. Mostly bug fixes and opening improvements, that translates to “nothing a normal chairman will notice or caring about”.

Touchless Control from Motorola has strictly spin Moto Voice, bringing support for a 360 (when active, usually a watch will respond to your voice) and support for a Moto X (1st generation), Droid Uldra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx. By support we don’t meant any of a imagination Moto Voice Moto X 2nd Generation features, usually support for a Moto 360 partial of things on those comparison devices.

Beyond that we got nothing. No new apps or anything I’ve attempted out recently. More and some-more yet I’m unequivocally blissful we picked adult an Android Wear device, my LG G Watch. More apps are entrance to pronounced inclination and with some-more and some-more use we unequivocally usually how useful it can be. You check your phone reduction and we notice a strike we no longer take on battery life given of it. You also are no longer tempted to check your phone while driving, given let’s not distortion here: everybody does it. Short of people who have inclination setup for Touchless Control (like a Moto X) or vehicles that raise a facilities of a given device and effectively give we a same abilities around a car’s hardware itself. You feel your wrist quiver somewhat and we spin your arm usually a bit (since it’s expected already on a steering wheel) and see what’s up. You contend a sorcery difference and get a response out and that’s it. No some-more fiddling with a phone, that is a critical no no (and unequivocally one reason I’m perplexing to get all my evident friends and family to switch over to regulating a Moto X… Touchless Control FTW!).

So anything anyone wish to plead or ask? Any of we get any orders in yesterday or today? If so, punch me!

UPDATE! Holy hell! Punit Soni is strictly withdrawal Motorola! (That’s a couple to his G+ post on his leaving, we unequivocally should review it.)

Motorola was ostensible to have this one in a bag.

When a initial Android Wear watches showed adult in early July, a near-unanimous opinion among reviewers was that we should wait before shopping anything. A better-looking smartwatch called a Moto 360 would arrive by late summer, and with a turn face and sharp steel frame, it would make Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch demeanour like ungainly nerdware.

But Motorola blew it. The Moto 360, accessible now for $250, could have been distant and divided a best Android Wear watch of a year, yet it’s dragged down by terrible battery life, diseased opening and hair-pulling glitches. If we wish a truly good Android Wear watch, you’ll need to keep waiting.

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Tastes vary, yet Jon Phillips, a editor-in-chief, finds a all-black Moto 360 to be a some-more worldly design.

Like other Android Wear watches, a Moto 360 pulls in notifications from an Android phone, and prompts serve action. You can respond to content messages by voice, control your phone’s song playback, get elementary navigation directions, and more. The height also supports some simple voice queries, such as seeking what a continue will be, and pipes in information from Google Now. The complement has a flaws, yet it’s a useful approach to keep tabs on your digital life yet constantly fishing into your pocket.

From afar, a Moto 360 could be a best-looking smartwatch on a market. Between a turn design, steel trim, leather tag and crown-like symbol on a side, a Moto 360 approximates a demeanour of an tangible watch. And with a right wrist distance and some business attire, we competence be means to lift it off.

On my spare wrist, however, a Moto 360 stands out a small too much. The watch physique is about a tenth of an in. thicker than Samsung’s Gear Live—the slimmest of all now accessible Android Wear watches—and a approach a spare tag runs by a bottom of a watch physique usually emphasizes a massive frame. Of course, personal tastes can differ, yet a miss of a smaller, slimmer chronicle creates a Moto 360 a non-starter for many intensity users.

At slightest it’s comfortable, though. Motorola creates a large understanding about how a leather straps (from Horween) supplement a hold of class, yet a genuine advantage is how good a watch rope feels on a wrist. You get zero of a stickiness and sweatiness that comes with Samsung’s cosmetic tag or LG’s rubber band. (Motorola is also offered a steel rope for $80, yet we haven’t attempted it.)

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Even if you’re confident with a Moto 360’s demeanour and feel, a watch’s battery life is a problem of deal-breaking proportions. The usually approach it lasts by a 16-hour day is if we invalidate a ambient shade setting, that totally turns off a arrangement until we deliberately turn your wrist toward your eyes. Unfortunately, a Moto 360 has difficulty detecting this gesticulate each time, so you’re mostly left drumming on a shade or climax instead. This defeats a purpose of even carrying a watch, as we can no longer usually peek down during a arrangement to see what you’ve missed.

Turning on a ambient shade setting—which keeps a arrangement low yet not totally off—creates even bigger problems. The Moto 360’s ambient mode is most harder to review compared to a Samsung Gear Live and a LG G Watch, generally during off-axis observation angles, and a strike to battery life is significant. In my testing, with ambient mode incited on, a watch never had some-more than 15 percent battery life left after 12 hours. And after prolonged stretches of inactivity, infrequently a shade incited off anyway.

It’s probable that a Moto 360’s four-year-old Texas Instruments processor is to censure for a diseased battery life, yet that ancient chip seems to means ubiquitous opening issues as well. While Android Wear runs sincerely uniformly on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processors of other watches, a Moto 360 frequently suffers from stutters and forsaken frames.

I also ran into one other infuriating technical glitch: On several occasions, a Moto 360 would half-lose a tie to my smartphone (a second-generation Moto X, also on loan from Motorola). I’d still get incoming notifications, yet my attempts to correlate with a watch—for instance, by deletion an email or arising a voice command—would move adult a “disconnected” error. Only branch a phone’s Bluetooth off and on bound a problem.

This is all so frustrating since of how most a Moto 360 does right. If usually a watch could make it by a finish of a day, since a enclosed wireless energy wharf is as free and superb as it gets for nightly charging. Just place a watch on a stand, and a shade fast translates into a dimly illuminated time for your nightstand. In a morning, we usually squeeze a watch by a tag and slap it behind on your wrist.

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That black frame of blank pixels during a bottom continues to be irritating for several reviewers.

Then there’s outside legibility. While other Android Wear watches are all yet unfit to review in approach sunlight, a Moto 360’s back-lit LCD arrangement gets splendid adequate to gleam through, and it uses an ambient light sensor to dial liughtness down in darker settings. (On a downside, a sensor and arrangement electronics are a reasons for a Moto 360’s black bottom strip, that creates an unlawful round on a display. That said, I’m not as worried by it as other reviewers.)

The Moto 360 also includes an visual heart rate guard that’s a lot some-more arguable and useful than a one on Samsung’s Gear Live. While Samsung’s heart rate formula can be all over a map unless we stay ideally still, a Moto 360 regularly separate behind unchanging results. More importantly, a Moto 360 keeps tabs on your heart rate during all times, and feeds a information into an activity guard that encourages during slightest 30 mins of activity per day. It’s a distant some-more unsentimental use of a record than Samsung’s highfalutin beat checker.

So what’s an Android fan to do? If we wish to see what Google’s smartwatch height is all about right now, we still suggest a Samsung Gear Live. While it isn’t as stylish as a Moto 360, we can indeed use for a full day, and we won’t run into technical snafus either. It’s also $50 cheaper.

As for Motorola, my wish is that a association has a persistence to try again—and quickly, even as it hangs in Lenovo’s merger limbo. Except for maybe a LG G Watch R, there’s zero on a evident Android Wear roadmap that looks as earnest as a Moto 360 did a few months ago.

Google (GOOGL) introduced a Android One family of smartphones starting during usually $105. The new phones are made by abroad production partners.

At Google’s I/O progressing this year, a organisation suggested a Android One program, that is meant to enhance a strech of smartphones to as many users as probable (“the subsequent 5 billion” as termed by Google). Besides benefiting from a unchanging facilities of a smartphone, users will accept updates directly from Google. 

Project Android One 

Android One is an beginning to make high-quality bill smartphones accessible to as many people as probable in building economies.

Therefore, it is predominantly for people who could usually means phones able of using comparison versions of Android, that naturally don’t embody a latest Google features.

The new smartphones will tackle a problem on 3 fronts – with an careful hardware able of using a many present software, with module updates directly from Google and with subsidies from network providers (such as Airtel in India) that will concede users to download around 200 MB value of apps per month from Google Play for free.

Features

The new phones have bigger screens, expandable storage, slots for dual SIM cards, replaceable battery, high peculiarity front and rear-facing cameras and built-in FM radio. 

The phones will also support 7 informal languages and even foster apps in those languages.

Competitors

Newer platforms like Firefox and Tizen might emerge as competitors to Google’s Android One. Recently, Firefox (in organisation with Spice and Intex) launched dual new bill smartphones targeted during users wishing to ascent from underline phones to smartphones.

Facebook (FB) has also been operative with telecom providers and hardware manufacturers to develop mobile record that is more cost-effective to use in rising nations.

Apple (AAPL) is a reward actor and has traditionally kept itself singular to a high finish segment. Microsoft (MSFT) on a other palm is some-more of a module organisation with a hardware business that is dictated to addition and support a module strategy. Both these companies are therefore not meddlesome in this shred of a market.

Looking Forward

According to Google, a Android One phones are now accessible in a Indian market.  It skeleton to enhance to Indonesia, a Philippines and other tools of South Asia by a finish of a year. Google hopes to make some-more high-quality, bill inclination with several shade sizes, colors, hardware configurations and customized module experiences.

HTC, Asus, Acer, Panasonic and Lenovo will also be fasten a module to make Android One handsets.

Eventually, Android One is approaching to enter a inscription markets also.

Google now has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Back in Jan we brought we news on Horizon, a neat new iPhone app that radically means no some-more straight videos. And today, it’s rising for Android users too.

While sharpened a video in straight mode is excellent if we intend to play it behind on your phone, any skeleton involving examination after on your big-screen TV will finish in disaster. Yes, those barbarous black bars that support many handcrafted YouTube skits are all a outcome of straight capture.

Horizon lets we fire plane videos regardless of how we reason your device. You can stagger a camera from straight to plane and behind again, and a aspect ratio stays a same. How does it do this? It’s all interjection to your device’s gyroscope, that auto-levels a video to safeguard it stays constant.

Here’s a discerning demeanour underneath a hood of Horizon for Android.

On a Horizon

With your phone in a straight position, Horizon shows we how it will indeed be displayed with a small landscape box. As we pivot your phone, a box stays in a landscape orientation.

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Horizon comes versed with 3 straightening modes, including Flex, that serves adult a stretchable frame-size enabled by tilt-to-zoom. This adjusts a zooming scale when we lean your device, to make things demeanour a small smoother.

The result, when we play it back, should demeanour as yet it was shot in landscape to a infrequent observer. Of course, this doesn’t exquisitely replicate tangible ‘landscape’ as a gathering of a top/bottom of a picture and a subseqent ‘zooming’ affects a peculiarity of a shot, though it does a decent pursuit and it is flattering crafty things all a same.

Here, we can see a comparison of Landscape vs. Portrait, shot with a Horizon for Android app.

‘Rotate’ mode gives we a bound frame-size, that competence work find for some shots such as outdoor panoramas, though given it stays during a bound ‘zoom’, it competence not be suitable for all situations. Then there’s ‘Locked’ that doesn’t scold anything and will make Horizon only like any normal camera app.

Additionally, we can select from 3 Video Quality options – VGA (640×480), HD (1280×720) and Full HD (1920×1080) – to conduct video peculiarity and so save yourself memory space. Helpfully, a videos are stored to your categorical DCIM folder, creation them permitted to other apps too.

You can record videos with both a front or behind camera, that is a intelligent pierce given a arise of a selfie, even if this is a video-focused app.

Horizon is giveaway to use, and lets we record 15 seconds with a Horizon trademark embedded in a video. You can clear total recording, priority patron support, dismissal of a Horizon trademark and entrance to destiny facilities within a app for a flattering reasonable $0.99.

Fixing a problem?

Many ‘complaints’ with Horizon for iPhone were that if someone is amply wakeful of ‘vertical video syndrome’ to download this app, afterwards they can simply adjust a device to fire in landscape. And that is a satisfactory point.

However, there is also a reason because many people elect to fire in mural mode – it’s a some-more healthy approach of holding a device. This is quite applicable in an age of ever-growing smartphones, that effectively requires we to reason your phone with dual hands to fire in landscape. Horizon, during least, goes some approach towards remedying this by vouchsafing we reason your phone in portrait.

To use a app, your device will need a gyroscope and an accelerometer, and you’ll need Android 4.3+.

Horizon is accessible to download now on Google Play and a Amazon Appstore.

Related read: How to shoot, revise and tell videos from your Android smartphone

➤ Horizon: Google Play | Amazon Appstore

Motorola was ostensible to have this one in a bag.

When a initial Android Wear watches showed adult in early July, a near-unanimous opinion among reviewers was that we should wait before shopping anything. A better-looking smartwatch called a Moto 360 would arrive by late summer, and with a turn face and sharp steel frame, it would make Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch demeanour like ungainly nerdware.

But Motorola blew it. The Moto 360, accessible now for $250, could have been distant and divided a best Android Wear watch of a year, yet it’s dragged down by terrible battery life, diseased opening and hair-pulling glitches. If we wish a truly good Android Wear watch, you’ll need to keep waiting.

moto360 1 Jared Newman

Tastes vary, yet Jon Phillips, a editor-in-chief, finds a all-black Moto 360 to be a some-more worldly design.

Like other Android Wear watches, a Moto 360 pulls in notifications from an Android phone, and prompts serve action. You can respond to content messages by voice, control your phone’s song playback, get elementary navigation directions, and more. The height also supports some simple voice queries, such as seeking what a continue will be, and pipes in information from Google Now. The complement has a flaws, yet it’s a useful approach to keep tabs on your digital life yet constantly fishing into your pocket.

From afar, a Moto 360 could be a best-looking smartwatch on a market. Between a turn design, steel trim, leather tag and crown-like symbol on a side, a Moto 360 approximates a demeanour of an tangible watch. And with a right wrist distance and some business attire, we competence be means to lift it off.

On my spare wrist, however, a Moto 360 stands out a small too much. The watch physique is about a tenth of an in. thicker than Samsung’s Gear Live—the slimmest of all now accessible Android Wear watches—and a approach a spare tag runs by a bottom of a watch physique usually emphasizes a massive frame. Of course, personal tastes can differ, yet a miss of a smaller, slimmer chronicle creates a Moto 360 a non-starter for many intensity users.

At slightest it’s comfortable, though. Motorola creates a large understanding about how a leather straps (from Horween) supplement a hold of class, yet a genuine advantage is how good a watch rope feels on a wrist. You get zero of a stickiness and sweatiness that comes with Samsung’s cosmetic tag or LG’s rubber band. (Motorola is also offered a steel rope for $80, yet we haven’t attempted it.)

moto360 4Jared Newman

Even if you’re confident with a Moto 360’s demeanour and feel, a watch’s battery life is a problem of deal-breaking proportions. The usually approach it lasts by a 16-hour day is if we invalidate a ambient shade setting, that totally turns off a arrangement until we deliberately turn your wrist toward your eyes. Unfortunately, a Moto 360 has difficulty detecting this gesticulate each time, so you’re mostly left drumming on a shade or climax instead. This defeats a purpose of even carrying a watch, as we can no longer usually peek down during a arrangement to see what you’ve missed.

Turning on a ambient shade setting—which keeps a arrangement low yet not totally off—creates even bigger problems. The Moto 360’s ambient mode is most harder to review compared to a Samsung Gear Live and a LG G Watch, generally during off-axis observation angles, and a strike to battery life is significant. In my testing, with ambient mode incited on, a watch never had some-more than 15 percent battery life left after 12 hours. And after prolonged stretches of inactivity, infrequently a shade incited off anyway.

It’s probable that a Moto 360’s four-year-old Texas Instruments processor is to censure for a diseased battery life, yet that ancient chip seems to means ubiquitous opening issues as well. While Android Wear runs sincerely uniformly on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processors of other watches, a Moto 360 frequently suffers from stutters and forsaken frames.

I also ran into one other infuriating technical glitch: On several occasions, a Moto 360 would half-lose a tie to my smartphone (a second-generation Moto X, also on loan from Motorola). I’d still get incoming notifications, yet my attempts to correlate with a watch—for instance, by deletion an email or arising a voice command—would move adult a “disconnected” error. Only branch a phone’s Bluetooth off and on bound a problem.

This is all so frustrating since of how most a Moto 360 does right. If usually a watch could make it by a finish of a day, since a enclosed wireless energy wharf is as free and superb as it gets for nightly charging. Just place a watch on a stand, and a shade fast translates into a dimly illuminated time for your nightstand. In a morning, we usually squeeze a watch by a tag and slap it behind on your wrist.

moto360 3 Jared Newman

That black frame of blank pixels during a bottom continues to be irritating for several reviewers.

Then there’s outside legibility. While other Android Wear watches are all yet unfit to review in approach sunlight, a Moto 360’s back-lit LCD arrangement gets splendid adequate to gleam through, and it uses an ambient light sensor to dial liughtness down in darker settings. (On a downside, a sensor and arrangement electronics are a reasons for a Moto 360’s black bottom strip, that creates an unlawful round on a display. That said, I’m not as worried by it as other reviewers.)

The Moto 360 also includes an visual heart rate guard that’s a lot some-more arguable and useful than a one on Samsung’s Gear Live. While Samsung’s heart rate formula can be all over a map unless we stay ideally still, a Moto 360 regularly separate behind unchanging results. More importantly, a Moto 360 keeps tabs on your heart rate during all times, and feeds a information into an activity guard that encourages during slightest 30 mins of activity per day. It’s a distant some-more unsentimental use of a record than Samsung’s highfalutin beat checker.

So what’s an Android fan to do? If we wish to see what Google’s smartwatch height is all about right now, we still suggest a Samsung Gear Live. While it isn’t as stylish as a Moto 360, we can indeed use for a full day, and we won’t run into technical snafus either. It’s also $50 cheaper.

As for Motorola, my wish is that a association has a persistence to try again—and quickly, even as it hangs in Lenovo’s merger limbo. Except for maybe a LG G Watch R, there’s zero on a evident Android Wear roadmap that looks as earnest as a Moto 360 did a few months ago.

A new chronicle of a Android handling complement has been in a works during Google for some time, nonetheless was finally suggested to a open during a keynote debate during June’s Google I/O conference. Android L, formerly famous as Android 5, is a vital depart for a mobile OS, with a totally redesigned interface, some-more liquid animations, a renewed concentration on improving battery life and, for a initial time, harmony with 64-bit processors.

Android L will go adult opposite iOS 8, that along with a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will give Apple inclination a vital boost. Google won’t wish to hang around before phenomenon a latest handling complement and is approaching to launch it this autumn.

There have been a lot of announcements following a initial reveal, so we’ve collected them all in one place to give we all we need to know about Android L forward of a approaching recover after this year. This essay also covers a new Android Wear smartwatch handling complement – corkscrew down to review about a OS we can wear on your wrist. 

Release date

Android L is accessible right now, in developer preview form for a Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, from developer.android.com. If you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, we can even implement it on handsets from third celebration manufacturers; there’s already a tradition ROM for a HTC One (m7) and others are appearing any day on a XDA Developer forums.

Google isn’t nonetheless prepared to speak about an executive recover date yet, as we approaching have to wait for a new Nexus device to seem to coincide with a launch. This isn’t approaching until during slightest a Autumn, definition a identical wait for Android TV and Android Auto. For everybody looking to reason onto their smartphone warranty, this means watchful for a executive recover after in a year.

Android L

Android L was a categorical eventuality during Google I/O, even if Sundar Pichai avoided giving it a sweet-sounding name. Google has referred to any chronicle of Android by a sweet-flavoured codename formed on augmenting letters of a alphabet; a strange 1.0 chronicle was Apple Pie, followed by Banana bread, Cupcake and Donut as versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6. Version 2.0 introduced a universe to Eclair, while 2.2 arrived as Froyo. Gingerbread referred to 2.3 and Honeycomb was 3.0, a initial chronicle designed with specific support for inscription devices. Android 4.0 was also famous as Ice Cream Sandwich and versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 were all famous as Jelly Bean.

At this early theatre it’s misleading either Android L is a final name, or Google will exhibit a tangible pretension a tiny closer to launch. If a association sticks with L it’s a pointer that a handling complement is maturing, nonetheless we’re holding out for something a tiny sweeter. Google was approaching to call Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie, nonetheless a tie-in with Nestle saw chronicle 4.4 go by KitKat instead. That leaves a doorway open for other companies to burst on a bandwagon, with Liquorice Allsorts and Lion Bar both suggested.

This seems doubtful nonetheless as both are typically usually found in Europe. The Lion Bar, also done by Nestle, was usually sole in US and Canadian import shops in North America and it would be peculiar for Google to go with such a little-known brand. The same goes for Liquorice Allsorts. That leaves Android Lollipop or Android Lemon Meringue Pie as a dual other rumoured names. The names competence be some-more generic, generally after Android KitKat, nonetheless they’re both formally honeyed and memorable.

Updates for comparison phones

Any vital Android recover will be energetically anticipated, nonetheless it’s not many fun being stranded on an old-fashioned chronicle since your phone manufacturer doesn’t devise to recover an update. Thankfully that shouldn’t be a box for HTC and Motorola customers. Right after Google done Android L official, HTC expelled a matter confirming a stream One (m8) and strange One (m7) would be receiving Android L updates “within 90 days of [HTC] receiving final program from Google.” A leaked roadmap, posted to XDA Developers, appears to uncover skeleton to supplement other handsets to this tiny list, nonetheless many are now noted as “under evaluation” rather than confirmed.

Motorola is apparently formulation to ascent a Moto X and Moto G to Android L during some indicate in a future, nonetheless a association has nonetheless to endorse a rumours officially. A user posting to Android Origin has suggested a Moto E will be left out of a loop, withdrawal it stranded on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Unfortunately zero of a other vital manufacturers have done an executive matter on that phones will be removing an refurbish to Android L, potentially forcing owners to bottom their inclination and implement unaccepted tradition ROMs to get Google’s latest and greatest.

Material Design

Android L reportedly has over 5,000 new APIs ticking divided behind a scenes, nonetheless a many apparent changes will always be a visible ones. The new Material pattern intrigue is set to seem on any Google platform, not usually Android, nonetheless it will demeanour best on smartphones and tablets. Apparently Google drew impulse from pens and inks, with any idol and user interface component casting an accurate shade to give a clarity of depth. Everything animates as we hold it, with objects drifting into perspective and tapped icons rippling like puddles.


Android L Homescreen

The home screen, close screen, Quick Settings pull-down menu, categorical settings page and even a onscreen navigation buttons have perceived a makeover, and Android L will also embody new complement widgets to compare a pattern scheme. Finally, any Google app will be redesigned to compare a new look, with some carrying already been upgraded in time for a early Developer Preview recover following Google I/O.

Certain redesigned apps were teased behind sealed during Google I/O, nonetheless that hasn’t stopped leaked images from appearing online; a tip form trickle so distant has suggested a totally new demeanour for a Play Store, on both inscription and smartphone. Images of a work-in-progress chronicle of a app uncover a incomparable concentration on images, a simplified layout, some-more colour coordination and some-more inflection for film trailers or app/game teaser videos. The leaked images still uncover Google has some work to do, as minute calm appears to be missing, nonetheless it should make it many easier to crop by a expanded Play Store to find what you’re looking for once a refurbish arrives.

The notifications complement has been totally overhauled for Android L as well. Currently, Android users have to clear their device to check, respond to or boot notifications, nonetheless with Android L they will be means to do this from a close screen. They will seem as a smoke-stack of Google Now-like cards, that can be corkscrew by rather than flooding a screen. Each one has an in-line preview, giving context.

Features

Android L isn’t all about looks; it will also embody a new Personalised Unlocking mode. Essentially it creates your smartphone or inscription hunt for informed Bluetooth gadgets, Wi-Fi networks, locations and even voice imprints to deactivate any lockscreen protections, vouchsafing we burst true into your phone when it knows you’re nearby. If a device can’t detect any of these metrics, anyone perplexing to use it will be presented with a customary lockscreen.

Android L Lockscreen

The new apps page will spin a new calm page, displaying all your calm in one list of Google Now-styled cards. You’ll be means to burst between apps and a web, with links in Google hunt formula jumping true from a browser into a applicable partial of an app. Although not particularly built into Android L, Google will also be giving a mobile webpages and hunt an renovate in time for a release. The Material pattern will be carried across, along with well-spoken animations and a slicker UI.

Google will be updating a batch Android keyboard for Android L, adding some-more personalisation facilities and scrapping a particular tiled keys – instead any minute will lay on a prosaic background, that should make it easier for those with incomparable fingers and thumbs to form quickly. Also set to arrive are a Do No Disturb mode, that automatically deactivates all notifications and audio during set times, support for Bluetooth 4.1 and a totally redesigned Audio backend with support for USB audio devices.

Performance

Android L should arrive with copiousness of opening improvements as good as visible changes, that should assistance speed adult existent phones as good as make a many of new hardware. The biggest back-end change is a pierce from a Dalvik runtime to ART. Part of a handling complement during a simple level, a ART runtime supports ARM, x86 and MiPS instructions, and a brew of AOT, JIT and interpreted formula – radically Android now speaks a lot some-more languages and will work on some-more CPUs than a predecessor. This alone could urge opening by as many as duplicate over Dalvik, though developers creation any formula adjustments.

DirectX 11-level graphics will finally make their approach to Android regulating a Android prolongation pack. This set of APIs support modernized effects such as tessellation, geometry shaders, hardness application and discriminate shaders, and have a intensity to put mobile inclination on customary with games consoles and PC games.

Android L discerning settings

Battery life

Google has strong on improving battery life in Android L with Project Volta. Similar to how Jelly Bean’s Project Butter was an bid to make animations feel smoother and some-more responsive, Project Volta includes a new battery historian to improved visualize beat discharge, assisting users work out what a device was doing during any given indicate in a battery cycle to find out that apps are removal a many power.

A battery saver mode will be enclosed in batch Android for a initial time with Android L, after being a common tweak for third celebration manufacturers. It will activate automatically when your battery drops subsequent a certain percentage, downclocking a CPU, disabling additional facilities like plcae stating and dimming a display. Google says a Nexus 5 regulating Android L gets around 90 mins of additional use over a march of a customary day, though indeed changing how a patron uses their phone.

Android Wear

Although Android Wear is an wholly apart height to Android L, it forms an constituent partial of a mobile handling system. Naturally it has a same Material design, with relating colours, icons, fonts and animations to Android L. Notifications form a heart of a handling system, appearing as cards that can be swiped by as they appear, swiped divided to boot and double-tapped to correlate with. Notifications are synchronised with a interconnected smartphone, so when we boot one on an Android Wear device is also disappears from your handset. A Do Not Disturb mode can be activated with a singular downwards appropriate from a tip of a screen, for when we don’t wish notifications to worry you.

LG G Watch organisation shot

There’s no need to implement apps to an Android Wear device; if an app works with Android Wear, it will automatically implement to your wearable when we implement a mobile app on your smartphone. When a mobile app updates, a Wear chronicle will refurbish too, definition no apart app store and no need to juggle mixed apps as with a singular memory Pebble. The app preference is now really limited, with a few built-in abilities such as song playback control, continue reports and tradition watch faces – comparison by dire and holding on a default watch face. One of a best apps now upheld is Google’s possess Maps, that includes spin navigation when walking to a destination.

Moto 360 turn-by-turn maps

The best news is that we can buy one right now from a Google Play Store, forward of Android L’s full release. We’ve also seen a flurry of new smartwatches expelled recently, such as a Asus ZenWatch, Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360

Google Fit

Google’s possess health and aptness hub, that is set to lift in information from third celebration aptness apps and wearables in sequence to keep it in one executive location, wasn’t utterly prepared for a full exhibit with Android L during a I/O conference. Whether it will arrive in time to come preinstalled on Android L inclination stays to be seen, nonetheless we do know it feels really many like a approach response to Apple’s Healthkit initiative. We consider Google Fit has some-more intensity since it will be an open system; Google will roughly positively launch a use with Android Wear smartwatches in mind, nonetheless there’s zero interlude developers from porting a record to other handling systems – including Apple’s iOS.

Google expelled a Fit program growth pack (SDK) and developer preview to a official developer hub in early August, providing APIs that can give apps or inclination a ability to send and store information from aptness wearables and practice apps opposite Android – either a information was saved to that app creatively or not. The SDK includes a Sensors API, Recording API and History API, and is now usually concordant with a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 inscription regulating a latest Android L developer preview.

We’re still watchful for a initial formula from this preview, nonetheless we’re assured that many Android developers are already tough during work to confederate a new facilities into their existent apps, prepared for when Google creates Fit particularly accessible to business after this year.

Android TV

Coming to set-top boxes, TVs and micro-consoles early subsequent year, Android TV is a tweaked chronicle of Android L designed privately for a large screen. It uses many of a same formula base, but has been designed from a belligerent adult for streaming services, on-demand calm and casting media from a smartphone. Like a rest of Google’s Android L announcements, Android TV will use a Material Design ethos and apps will demeanour really identical opposite mobile, inscription and TV.

Android TV during Google IO

Android TV can be used usually like a Chromecast, nonetheless it will do distant some-more than arrangement smartphone apps on your TV. The tile-based homescreen sits on tip of a now personification TV channel, and can be tranquil regulating usually a D pad and voice input. That means there’s no need for a dedicated remote, as an Android smartphone or Android Wear smartwatch will be means to wholly navigate a interface. Using Google KnowledgeGraph, users will even be means to ask enigmatic questions like “who played Katniss in a Hunger Games” to lift adult films starring Jennifer Lawrence. Google Play Games is also enclosed for personification Android games on a large shade regulating a smartphone or dedicated gaming controller.

There will be a dedicated Android TV store for apps, and with hardware support from Intel and Marvell many inclination should be means of personification gorgeous-looking mobile games during Full HD resolutions.

Sharp, Sony and Philips/TP Vision have committed to Android TV for 2015, that hopefully means it will be off to a improved start than a luckless Google TV behind in 2010. 

Android Auto

The final square of a Android L nonplus is Android Auto, a in-car chronicle of Google’s mobile OS. Designed privately to let drivers entrance navigation and audio apps though holding their eyes off a road,Android Auto runs of a connected smartphone rather than being commissioned in a automobile itself; a phone merely casts a shade to a incomparable arrangement built into a dashboard. This means Google can supplement facilities and ascent hardware though creation changes to a cars that use a technology, avoiding a need to resubmit to reserve inspections with any program update.

Android Auto in-car

Android Auto can be tranquil wholly regulating voice commands, or a buttons built into a steering circle if your automobile has them, to assistance keep drivers’ eyes on a road. If your automobile has a touchscreen arrangement it will be means to use that too. It will let drivers entrance a name series of apps, that Google hold protected for use on a road, and updates them with personal or contextually applicable information. Directions to meetings can be pulled from emails and calendar appointments, afterwards displayed with live trade and spin by spin navigation regulating Google Maps. Voice enabled messaging lets we review and respond to content messages though reaching for a phone, and several song streaming apps including Google Play Music have already been blending privately for a minimal Android Auto interface.

Google has now over 40 partners in a Open Automotive Alliance, that supports an open in-car intelligent device customary platform, and 25 automobile bands will be rising vehicles with Android Auto support over a subsequent year. The initial cars are likely to start rolling off forecourts after this year.

Google launched a Android One height for smartphones progressing this week, operative with 3 Indian smartphone manufacturers and MediaTek – a Taiwan-based chip engineer – to offer smartphones that cost a small over $100. Through a Android One initiative, Google is looking to urge a peculiarity of a user knowledge on low-priced Android smartphones, interesting business in rising markets to ascent from underline phones, eventually pushing users to a company’s hunt and internet services. Google skeleton to enhance a module to other markets such as Indonesia, Pakistan, a Philippines and Bangladesh, with vendors including Panasonic, Asus, Acer, HTC, Alcatel and Lenovo participating as hardware partners. We trust that a pierce could poise a hazard to Samsung – a world’s largest smartphone manufacturer – potentially compounding a marketplace share woes in rising countries, where we design many of a expansion in a smartphone marketplace to come from.

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Trefis has a $1,200 cost guess for Samsung, that is about in line with a stream marketplace price.

Android One Should Address User Experience Issues On Low-End Phones

Smartphones priced next $200 comment for about 81% of a Indian smartphone market, according to IDC. While several manufacturers have been charity smartphones during cost points of around $100, many of these inclination have been tormented by diseased hardware specifications and an unsuitable user experience, given vendors mostly use older, mutated versions of Android bundled with their tradition apps. However, with Android One, Google will partner with hardware manufacturers, providing them with a template of sorts for conceptualizing smartphones. Google will have larger control over a Android module on these phones, providing timely updates to a latest versions of Android for dual years, while tying a turn to that manufacturers can customize a module on these phones.The association is also partnering with carriers to offer giveaway information services for a duration of time.

Samsung Contending With Shrinking Market Share In Emerging Markets

Samsung has been confronting feverishness in a low and midst tier of a smartphone market, with manufacturers such as China’s Xiaomi and Lenovo eating into a company’s marketplace share in a sub-$200 shred by charity products with high-end specifications during low prices. The association shipped 15% fewer smartphones in China during Q2, and mislaid a tip mark to Xiaomi. The association has been losing belligerent in a fast-growing Indian marketplace as well, with a market share descending to around 29% in Q2, from around 35% in a prior quarter, while internal businessman Micromax saw a share arise to around 18% from 15%. The introduction of a Android One height could serve supplement to a company’s troubles.

Android One Could Impact Samsung

While Samsung offers smartphones during cost points of around $100 in rising markets, they haven’t been utterly well-reviewed overdue to their unsuitable module experience, nonetheless they have sole utterly well. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy Star Pro and Galaxy S Duos 2 – that are a dual best-selling smartphones in India – run on versions of Android that are during slightest dual versions comparison than higher-end devices, and offer revoke shade resolutions. Given that business during a low finish mostly bank on their smartphones to be their primary computing devices, they could curve towards a improved module knowledge and improved opening that Android One inclination could offer. While Samsung could confirm to join a Android One module for a low-end devices, it would revoke a turn of product split that a association offers, given many Android One inclination will boat with scarcely matching hardware specifications. Additionally, given that a module has several smaller manufacturers, a association could run a risk of diluting a code image.

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PHOTO: The iPhone 6 Plus is displayed during an proclamation of new products by Apple on Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.

When a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expelled on Friday, Apple is betting that some Android users will be enticed to make a switch.

Apple has expelled a consummate beam advising Android users on how to pierce all from photos, song and documents, off of their Android inclination and onto an iPhone.

In sequence to make a routine seamless, a beam advises users on several information duplicating apps to use, such as Copy My Data and PhotoSync, to make certain all from their Android device is simply changed to their new iPhone.

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Apple’s App Store also includes many apps that might already be informed to Android users. The beam advises users to hunt for app they’re already using, implement them and simply pointer in with their existent user name and password.

Check out a beam here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called a inclination a “biggest enrichment in a story of iPhones” and a “best iPhones” Apple has ever produced, and many record reviewers have given a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus high marks.

One reason because this sold recover is so prohibited is a incomparable shade size.

The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, while a iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches diagonally, giving Samsung, that has dominated a hulk phone marketplace and runs on Android, some competition.

While it’s misleading only how many Android users devise to make a switch, Apple reported that a record 4 million pre-orders were placed for a new phones on a initial day. Many carriers are stating direct so high that a inclination are on back-order until October.