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Motorola Alert now available for Moto X and Moto G

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 12:50 PM PDT

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When Motorola announced their low-budget Motorola Moto E smartphone, one of the new apps they released at the same time was Motorola Alert . The Motorola Alert app has a dual purpose – it can track the location of a device and send a notification when certain places are reached and it can be used to trigger a virtual call for help via automated notifications.


Motorola indicated the app would eventually be available for other devices they produce. True to their word, the app is now available for additional devices including the Moto X and the Moto G. It does appear that Motorola Alert requires Android 4.4.3, so your Moto device will need to be updated to use the app.


You can get Motorola Alert using the links below.


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T-Mobile Moto X gets Android 4.4.3 update

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 12:50 PM PDT

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Moto X users on T-Mobile will be happy to know that the latest version of Android is being rolled out to their device. If users haven't already received a notification to install Android 4.4.3, they should check their settings for software updates and the update will likely appear. The update includes a number of bug fixes, as well as improved camera quality and the ability to pause video recording. It also includes an updated phone dialer.


Source: TmoNews




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Don’t miss your stop with new Google Now alarm

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 12:42 PM PDT

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If you get to travel using public transportation on a regular basis, the next time you board your train, subway or bus, you may want to check out Google Now. It appears a new option has been added that will let you set an alarm for when you are close to your final stop.


The new feature uses locations like Home and Work that you may have setup as favorites in Google Maps. It does not seem to be connected to a device's clock app which is normally used for alarms, operating completely through Google Now. The nice thing is Google handles all the calculations, so all you have to do is hit a button to set the alarm.


So the next time you are traveling via the public transit system, be sure to set the alarm and then feel free to doze off or get engrossed in the latest news or play a video game.


source: Android Police




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Moto 360 makes appearance on The Tonight Show

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 12:06 PM PDT

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With so many wearable devices coming to market it is getting increasingly difficult for any one of them to generate significant buzz. One device that does seem to have captured the interest of industry watchers is the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. This can be seen by the sharp-eyed folks who spotted an inadvertent appearance by the Moto 360 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon late last week.


During the show, Fallon had Joshua Topolsky, Editor Chief with The Verge, on the show for a segment covering a Lytro camera an a new VR headset from Sony. Although he never discussed it or pointed out that he had it, during the segment a watch was spotted on his wrist. It appears the watch was actually the Moto 360.


Check out the video below.


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source: AndroidSpin




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Chromecast Support Is Coming To VLC For Android, iOS, And Desktop

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 11:52 AM PDT

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Aside from Windows Media Player, there is probably no single video player more widely installed on computers than VLC. It may not have the prettiest interface (or icon), but everybody eventually turns to that huge orange traffic cone, especially for file types that simply can't play in anything else. While VLC provides a mostly full compliment of features, there is one request that has gone unanswered for a while: Chromecast support.





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Uber rich: App-based taxi service is valued at $17bn

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 11:08 AM PDT

untitled-1-1377611361 Want proof of just how much app-based solutions can disrupt established businesses? Try the fact that Uber, the Android and iOS-based alternative to traditional taxi services — has just been valued at $17 billion. The valuation comes on the back of a new round of venture funding for the year-year-old company, which saw investors pour



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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 2 – June 8, 2014

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 11:03 AM PDT

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Computex took place this past week so we had some new devices from ASUS. We also got the official announcement of the HTC One (E8) and the Samsung Galaxy W. This coming week we have Samsung's unveiling of their new AMOLED tablets. Is Samsung overdoing it in the tablet segment? The Amazon phone is no urban legend folks. It will finally be unveiled in mid-June. Google finally released Android 4.4.3 to Nexus / GPE devices, and Motorola wasn't far behind in releasing the same update to the Moto G and Moto X. Finally, could the "Android" logo get changed? It's time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.


Contests


Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout's Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014


Reviews


Moto E Review: A cheap smartphone worth buying


Accessories


Motorola announces Moto Stream, makes a speaker wireless for $50



Apps – New


Acer reimagines "Extend" app


Microsoft Office Touch will likely be released on Android before Windows 8


Apps – Updates


You can now save all your Spotify tracks for offline playback with just one tap


Pushbullet launches Google Play beta program


Redesigned dialer app introduced in Android 4.4.3


Instagram 6.0 update brings new editing tools


Nova Launcher update brings "OK, Google" hotword and slight design fixes from the beta


Motorola Assist updated to improve driving detection


SmartGlass app can now control TV through Xbox One


Hangouts update fixes bugs, adds custom ringtones and gives you access to your blocked list


Chrome Remote Desktop for Android gets updated with immersive mode [APK Download]


YouTube for Android updated with better stream quality selections


theScore updated with a focus on the FIFA World Cup


Tinder will let you share photos with matches, but they disappear


Netflix update brings Post-Play once a TV episode or movie ends


Carriers


AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup


AT&T offering $50 of Google Play credit after purchasing new phone or tablet with new contract


AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0


New information ratchets down size of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2


AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan


Cricket to offer mid-range LG L70 for $49.99 after rebate


Sprint offering open enrollment for device protection packages all throughout June


Sprint and T-Mobile merger finally a reality


John Legere to remain CEO if T-Mobile successfully merges with Sprint


T-Mobile introduces Underground for limited stock devices


Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces


HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device's front and back


Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3


Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5


[Deal] Prepaid Moto G on Verizon Wireless now $49.99 off contract


Chrome


New Chrome add-on helps secure users emails


Chrome Web Store now links to Android apps


New Chrome OS app allows Play Movie watchers to store movies offline


Chromebooks


Google expanding Chromebook availability to nine more nations


Chromecast


WatchESPN, MLS Matchday, Google+ Photos, and Crunchyroll support Chromecast


Aereo gains Chromecast support in beta form


Gaming


Angry Birds Stella spin-off coming this fall, Rovio shares gameplay screenshot


New FCC filing appears to be NVIDIA Shield 2


Mad Catz M.O.J.O. adds support for OnLive


Google


Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today


Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10


Google adds permissions shortcut to Play Store listings


Could this be Android's new logo?


Google Translate now shows definitions, synonyms, usage history, and more


Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat approaching 15%


Google Maps gets support for viewing 12 World Cup stadiums in Street View


Ingredients can be displayed and sorted when using Google Search for recipes


New Hangouts feature allows sketch-messaging through your browser


Google to possibly buy music streaming company Songza


Google will soon introduce "Nearby" to send you notifications when you're around certain people or places


Google Glass


Google expands frame offerings for Glass with selections from Diane von Furstenberg


Hardware


According to Intel, 130 tablets will ship with their processors this year


Huawei claims that their first octa-core chip will deliver faster LTE


Laptops


The ASUS Transformer Book V is the first 5-in-1 Android / Windows device


Phones – Amazon


Amazon announcing new device on June 18, probably its first smartphone


Amazon's new smartphone to use Omron's OKAO Vision technology


Phones – ASUS


Asus debuts Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8


Phones – HTC


Look out for HTC "Eye" coming later this year


HTC officially takes the wraps off the HTC One (E8)


Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5


HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device's front and back


AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0


Phones – LG


LG G3 Mini (LGD722) appears on Indian shipping site


LG G3 outselling Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Korea by three times


According to design lead, a metal LG G3 would cost $300 more


LG's G3 does indeed contain metal — some metal, at least


Cricket to offer mid-range LG L70 for $49.99 after rebate


Phones – Motorola


New Motorola codenames surface along with the Moto X+1, Moto 360


Motorola running a Moto X 'Try Then Buy' promo on June 9


64GB Moto X coming to Motomaker on Sunday


[Deal] Prepaid Moto G on Verizon Wireless now $49.99 off contract


Motorola releases information about Android 4.4.3 on Moto X, Moto G and Moto E


Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3


Phones – OnePlus


First invitations to purchase a OnePlus One finally get sent out


Phones – Samsung


New certifications point to Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime release in near future


This could be the Galaxy F (aka Galaxy S 5 Prime), launch now expected to be in September


Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime spotted at FCC


Google Play Edition of Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be in the works


New information ratchets down size of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2


7-inch Galaxy W makes debut in Korea


Samsung dips supply chain orders on Galaxy S5 for Q3 by 25 percent


Phones – Sony


Sony teases a "next big thing" of its own, likely Xperia Z Ultra successor


Latest Sony Xperia Z3 rumors say September release, compact version but no Ultra


Sony Xperia T3 officially announced


Phones – Vertu


Vertu unveils newest luxury device for over $11,000 — packs titanium, sapphire and leather


Phones – ZTE


First image of high-end ZTE Nubia Z7 released


Project Tango


Google announces Project Tango Tablet Developers' Kit with NVIDIA Tegra K1


Smartwatches


Turn your watch into a smartwatch with the Glance attachment


LG G Watch may have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 inside


New LG G Watch leaks include possible boot animation, cellular option


Picture of Moto 360 appear in Google development post, appears to be massive


New Motorola codenames surface along with the Moto X+1, Moto 360


Samsung could include fingerprint scanners on wearable devices as early as Q2 2014, Synaptics CEO says


Tablets


Asus debuts Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8


The ASUS Transformer Book V is the first 5-in-1 Android / Windows device


Fuhu and DreamWorks finally launch the nabi DreamTab HD8


Leaked pictures of an aborted Motorola Xoom 3 project appear online


Images and specs of supposed Nexus 8 leak


2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA


Samsung prepping 4K tablets for end of 2014, already has an impressive prototype


AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 specs leaked


New images reveal additional details about Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5


Samsung releases countdown teaser for next week's Tab Into Color event


Samsung, Barnes & Noble announce Galaxy Tab 4 Nook


Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces


Updates


Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today


Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10


2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA


Motorola releases information about Android 4.4.3 on Moto X, Moto G and Moto E


Google Play Edition devices receiving Android 4.4.3 update


Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3


AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0


Wearables


Sony releases SmartBand in the U.S. for $99.99


Samsung could include fingerprint scanners on wearable devices as early as Q2 2014, Synaptics CEO says


Miscellaneous


Tech-friendly cities prefer iOS over Android devices


HTC experiences sales dip in May, looks ahead to June for rebound


Android, Samsung maintain strong positions in U.S. smartphone market in April


Samsung partners with Vogue to glamorize products in upcoming spread




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Catch The World Cup 2014 Fever With These 20 Great Android Apps

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 10:48 AM PDT

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, and the fever is starting to catch up with every football (or soccer, for y'all Americans) fan. Where I grew up, we take these competitions very seriously and passionately, to a point where it's a normal occurrence to see Italian flags attached to car windows, Brazilian flags draped over buildings, or German flags raised across the street. But we're not alone. For the next month, all around the world, this will be the number one topic in every conversation between adults, children, friends, coworkers, and even strangers.





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Google Now will tell you when to get off the bus

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 09:55 AM PDT






Google Now can now alert you when it's time to get off your bus or train. When you open Google Now while on public transportation, you may find that it offers you an alarm for locations that you may have saved, such as home and work, and all you need to do is tap to activate it. Using Google's public transit data, Now will tell you when to disembark when you reach the stop closest to your destination.





















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Top 9 Android stories this week: Android 4.4.3 rolling, Apple news, and Tango tablet

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 08:45 AM PDT


This week in your world of Android: Android 4.4.3 landed, Sony launched the T3 and HTC launched the E8, the Galaxy F supposedly leaked, Apple got everyone talking, Samsung finally released a Tizen phone, Google updated several apps, Asus unleashed a ton of devices, and the Project Tango tablet made us all drool.


These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It's Android Weekly.


Android 4.4.3 cometh


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Finally, after more than a few rumors and false starts, Android 4.4.3 has finally begun rolling out to Nexus, Play edition, and Motorola devices. The update brings a lot of bug fixes, though some old issues remain unsolved, as well as small changes to the Dialer and People apps.





Xperia T3 is made of real steel


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Sony revealed this week a new mid-range device that marries decent specs with a premium design. Framed in a band of stainless steel, the Xperia T3 brings Sony's style down range in a thin, sleek profile.





This may or may not be the Galaxy F


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If rumors were right, Samsung should be coming up with a premium Galaxy S5 sometimes this month. According to an alleged press render published by @evleaks, the device could feature a brushed metal finish similar to the LG G3's.





iOS catching up with Android?


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Apple's developers conference took place this week, and it was a memorable one, for Apple fans and not only. After taking a few jabs at Android, Apple's execs proceeded to announce several new iOS features that Android users have been enjoying for years. In all seriousness though, Apple really improved its game this year.





At last, a Tizen phone


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It's been in development for ages, but now Samsung's very first Tizen smartphone is here. Is it the threat to Android that some predicted it would be? No, at least not for now.





Google updates galore


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It wasn't just Android 4.4.3 that Google has been rolling out. Apps like Hangouts, Google Search, and YouTube all received substantial updates this week.





Attack of the hybrids


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At Computex this week Asus unveiled a stable of hybrid devices, ranging from a conventional 8-inch tablet that makes phone calls, to a crazy 5:1 Window laptop that comes with a detachable Android phone.





I'll have the M8, but in plastic


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Ever wished the One (M8) was made of plastic instead of metal? Or that it had a 13MP camera instead of that Duo Camera? If so, the One (E8) should be your dream device. The E8 is basically a plastic M8, and presumably it will be priced very attractively. Interested?





Google unveils killer Project Tango tablet


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It has an Nvidia K1 processor. 4GB of RAM. 128GB of storage. It senses your world, almost like a Kinect. And it costs $1024. This is the Project Tango tablet, and it's the stuff of nerd dreams.





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New Google Now feature can set an alarm for your public transit stop

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 08:00 AM PDT

Google Now offers great features for anyone getting around, serving up flight info, navigation details and public transit data. Google recently beefed up Google Now's public transportation abilities with a feature that I'm sure riders of busses and trains will love.


As spotted by Android Police , Google Now can recognize when you're riding public transportation and recognize where your home and work locations are. It can then sometimes show you when and where you need to get off and offer to set an alarm that'll go off when you get near your stop.


Google Now has steadily been gaining new features ever since its introduction, and while things like weather and package tracking cards are features that most everyone can use, Google also adds goodies for more specific use cases. Just like the parking location reminder, this new public transit alarm card serves a specific set of users, and I'm betting that a lot of those folks will find it pretty handy. After all, you don't really ever hear anyone say that riding public transit is the most exciting thing that you'll do all day.


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Deal of the Day: Mobi Products Soft Shell Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 08 Jun 2014 05:17 AM PDT





Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when gripped, the Mobi Products Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that gives your Samsung Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all features.


The Mobi Soft Shell Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!


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No more cracked smartphone screens, claims maker of transparent electrode

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 11:44 PM PDT

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Polymer scientists at the University of Akron have developed a layer of transparent electrodes that is flexible, durable and, although unconfirmed, more efficient than modern touchscreen technology. If all you want are the CliffsNotes: this technology could eliminate the shattering of screens on your average smartphone.


In their recently published scientific paper on the process and material, Dr. Yu Zhu and his team, mostly students, explain the details of their transparent electrodes. The resulting layer of electrodes offers the same transparency as the indium tin oxide (ITO) layer that is used on most current smartphones. In addition, the new material is flexible and offers greater electrical conductivity.


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Traditional ITO screen technology is fairly brittle and expensive, both of which are things you learned the hard way if you have ever dropped or sat on your phone. The novel film created of the new transparent electrodes manages to retain its shape and functionality in tests of up to 1000 bends. Not only that, but they say it can be economically fabricated in mass-quantity rolls.


"The annoying problem of cracked smartphone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touchscreen," says Zhu.

We like the sound of all this, but we are reminded of another device that offers flexibility, plus a curved design, the LG G Flex. Do you remember the G Flex drop test from last fall? I don't want to spoil it, but it didn't do as well as hoped, requiring a replacement to its cracked display.


With the information at hand, we cannot say how well the new novel film of transparent electrodes will compare to the G Flex, or other flexible displays out there, but it sounds like Zhu and team are eager to get it to market. One thing is for sure, quality competition to any materials manufacturer can only be good for us consumers. If this material can actually make for less expensive and shatterproof screens, count me in.


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[Bonus Round] Sky Force 2014, Random Heroes 2, Hopeless: Football Cup, Rival Knights, GlowGrid, And Les Miserables

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:52 PM PDT

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a beautiful shoot-em-up remake, a 2D platforming sequel, a more friendly version of the super-tense Hopeless, a jousting simulator, a Lite-Brite puzzler, and an adventure game inspired by Hugo.





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Netflix update brings Post-Play once a TV episode or movie ends

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 08:42 PM PDT

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On almost every Netflix-capable device except mobile, the streaming service will continuing rolling into the next TV episode or movie once the current one ends. With the latest update to Netflix's Android application, Post-Play arrives. With this, users have a hands-free experience to continue watching TV episodes on a smartphone. Post-Play for movies, for now, is capable with only tablets. And in a few months, Netflix plans on having Post-Play ready for Chromecast. So go ahead and binge-watch without ever touching a device until you are finished.


Hit the break for download links.


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Source: Netflix




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[New App] Netflix Publishes Its First Android App That Isn't Netflix For 'Orange Is The New Black'

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 03:44 PM PDT

unnamed (4) There's a new Netflix app in town, and strangely, it doesn't have anything to do with streaming movies or TV. Nope, this is an official fan app for Orange Is The New Black, Netflix's original series about inmates in a women's prison. There aren't any clips or news articles in Orange Is The New App (har har). Instead it's more like a meme generator that's specific to the popular show.





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[New App] Fox Sports GO Streams Live Sports To Cable Subscribers, With A Few Restrictions

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 03:44 PM PDT

unnamed (3) Another week, another cable channel with its own app, but this one will be particularly welcome for sports fans. Fox is now ready to broadcast its cable sports content to subscribers via the Fox Sports GO app, offering a live feed of available games and various talking head sports shows. Oddly this app shows up as a "version 2.0" release - Fox may have been testing it internally, since the Wikipedia page says that the Android version is still forthcoming.





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64GB Moto X coming to Motomaker on Sunday

Posted: 07 Jun 2014 03:19 PM PDT

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Motorola recently announced their new "try before you buy" promotion, but that's not all the Motorola related news to come out this weekend. Reportedly, Motorola is set to release the 64GB version of the Moto X tomorrow, Sunday June 7, which will be available via Motomaker.


The confirms recent rumors suggesting that Motorola would release a 64GB model of the device, and it also suggests that the upcoming Moto X+1 would have similar storage capabilities. The device is set to cost around $100 more than its 16GB little brother. It's set to come to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Republic Wireless, but it's unknown if it will be released to Verizon.




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