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HellomotoHK has posted a photo that’s said to show the back cover of a new Motorola DROID phone. The shell includes a pattern that looks like it’d be right at home on a DROID as well as a metal strip with cutouts that look like they’d house a camera, flash, and Motorola dimple logo.
That metal strip appeared in a recent leak that claimed to show the Moto G (3rd Gen.), and the Moto X (3rd Gen.) shown in a different leaked image appears to support a metal strip, too. That shared design feature, along with the outer edge of this new DROID that looks similar to the Moto X (2nd Gen.), suggests that what we’re looking at today is indeed an upcoming DROID phone. Unfortunately, there’s not much else we can figure out from this rear shell, so we’ll have to wait for more details to come out.
Mystery Motorola back cover believed to belong to upcoming DROID device (or just the Moto X 3rd Gen)
Photos of an alleged Motorola-made DROID back cover have just popped up online courtesy of HelloMotoHK‘s Google+ page. There are no real details given but this appears to be an OEM replacement part of some sort, sharing similar design cues to that Motorola Moto G 2015 that leaked last week (silver strip with camera, flash and Moto dimple). @Upleaks — who claims he’s done with that leaking HTC devices — also leaked a very tiny photo of a mystery device last month that looks extremely similar to what we’re seeing here.
So, why is this being called an upcoming DROID device and not just a Motorola Moto X 2015 with a different colored/textured battery cover? Nobody knows. We’re assuming it has something to do with the small (blank) plastic piece towards the bottom which, if based on last year’s Motorola DROID Turbo, could be the spot where Verizon sticks their “DROID” branding. That tag only came on the 64GB Ballistic Nylon option and even though it’s hard to make out from this photo, it’s possible that’s what we could be looking at here.
The reason this “leak” is throwing us off is because last year’s DROID Turbo actually had a body and look all of its own — it wasn’t simply a Moto X variant. Of course, Motorola could be changing that for this year’s model, going with a uniform Moto X 2015 body, instead giving Verizon some sort of exclusive back plate and/or added storage, battery, etc. Who knows. What we do know is that September is closing in fast and although nothing has been made official quite yet, we expect Motorola’s new Moto X lineup will be announced somewhere around then.
As reported by Phandroid, an update is coming to Android Wear, bringing with it a couple of highly notable features. First, a basic change in the UI will allow users to perform a single tap on the device’s display, resulting in windows sliding in from the right.
For example, inside of an app, a tap could bring up new dialog for users to consume, such as health info via Google Fit. On the home screen, certain watch faces that are not yet released would allow for interaction. If a watch face shows weather, you could tap on it, then it will display different time zones, battery info, or other information.
More interestingly, this reported update would also bring a new watch-to-watch communication method. As you may be aware, the Apple Watch allows users to send doodles and heartbeats to one another, increasing, in a rather odd way, interaction between smartwatch owners. The update for Android Wear will also bring the ability to share doodles and messages to fellow Android Wear users, just like on the Apple Watch. Beyond just doodles, we could see sharable Stickers, Emoji, and Photos.
The below images were posted alongside the report from Phandroid, detailing what users can expect from the upcoming update. Currently, there is no timeframe for when we can expect this change.
Last week, we learned that Xiaomi is one of the biggest names in the fake Android market. That’s not really something to be proud of but we know Xiaomi is determined to be bigger not only in China but in other countries as well albeit not in the US anytime soon. The MIUI 6 ROM for the Redmi 1S was recently made available globally and the brand has also launched in Brazil the entry level Redmi 2 Android phone.
Xiaomi is set to make an important announcement this coming July 16 and we’ve been hearing several rumors that it could be the Xiaomi Mi 5 together with the Mi 5 Plus and the Redmi Note 2. Anything is possible especially after a TENAA certification was recently sighted. The phone looks a lot like the first-gen Redmi Note except for what is believed to be a loudspeaker found at the back. We can’t see any fingerprint sensor though as previously rumored.
All the details and the images point to a possible Redmi Note successor. Actually, two versions were spotted and both will have 2GB RAM, either a Snapdragon 615 or an octa-core MediaTek MT679 processor, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing cam, 16GB or 32GB built-in storage, and a 3020mAh battery.
There’s another rumor that the two variants of the Redmi Note 2 will differ on the material used for the body–one is plastic and the other one metal but it’s too early to say yet so let’s wait and see as it the announcement is only a few days from today.
XDA Senior Member AhsanU posted a nice review of his experiene with the Z3+ so far, including his thoughts as to how it compares to the LG G4. If you are looking to upgrade or just want to learn about the Z3+’s performance, battery life and general quality, don’t miss it!
Android Wear, Apple Watch and Pebble all seem to be the big players in the smartwatch space lately, though there is one other notable option that we tend to forget about when it comes to choosing our next smartphone companion. Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2, which was unveiled early 2014, is still a decent option for those looking for an inexpensive, capable smartwatch. Normally the watch’s price point is too high for us to recommend, but right now there’s a decent promotion going on that may be worth your while.
For a limited time, or while supplies last, you can pick up a refurbished Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch from A4C for just $119.95. The list price reads $169.95, but it will drop down to the sale price once you apply coupon code CHEAP50 at checkout. The watch is available in both Black and Gold Brown color options.
If you’re looking for a brand new Gear 2, that will cost you around $299 from most online retailers, which is why this $120 price point is such a steal. It may not boast the best specs on the market, but this is still a great option for those looking to try out their first smartwatch.
If you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself, head to the deal link below. And remember, the Gear 2 only works with Samsung devices, so be sure to take that into consideration before buying.
The Android M Developer Preview has already received its first update following Google’s promise to issue monthly deltas following Google I/O 2015, and OTA updates are already hitting devices running Preview 1.
For those who prefer to flash the Android M Developer Preview 2 as a fresh install, you can download the ZIP files below:
Download Android M Preview 2 updates:
- Nexus 5 – [MPZ79M from MPZ44Q, 182MB] – Download Link
- Nexus 6 – [MPZ79M from MPZ44Q, 330MB] – Download Link
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How many times have you had to battle a loved one over an outlet or USB cable to charge your phone? With the ChargeIt! US wall charger, you can charge up to 3 devices at a time through a single outlet, with one grabbing juice through a built-in USB cable. The ChargetIt! should also be able to provide faster charging through its 2.4A port.
At $23, which is a solid discount from the full $50 retail price, you get a solid travel buddy that would be a solid charger for highly-trafficked areas in your home.
Here are some of the specs and features:
- Simultaneously charge three devices: two w/ USB & one w/ micro USB
- Power your Android or micro USB-capable devices w/ the built-in 15”L cable
- Benefit from a powerful 15 watt output
- View charging progress on the status LED that glows red while charging & green when complete
- Use any wall outlet to get charging
- Protect your devices from electricity surges, overheating & more
- USB 1 Output: 5V/1A
- USB 2 5V/2.1A
- Micro-USB cable output 5V/2.4A
- Maximum power output: 3A, 15W
Science is typically seen as one of those subjects that only “nerdy people” enjoy. That stereotype has started to change in the last few years. More and more people are realizing that science doesn’t have to be some old dudes in white lab coats. Science can be really fun, and games like Atomas drive that point home.
Atomas, by Sirnic, is a puzzle game that uses scientific elements. Your job is to create valuable elements such as gold, platinum, and silver. All you have to start with is a hydrogen atom, but in no time at all you’ll be creating bigger and better things. The good news is you don’t have to be physicist or chemist to understand this game. Anyone can pick it up in just a few seconds.
To play Atomas you have to combine matching elements. Every element has an atomic number, and when combined they create the element with the next higher atomic number. For example, when you combine two Lithium atoms (3) you’ll get one Beryllium (4). The goal is to get the element with the highest atomic number you can before the board gets too crowded.
Here’s how it works. A few random elements are arranged in a circle. At the center of that circle is another random element, or a (+) or (-) icon. You can tap anywhere in the circle to place the new element in that spot. The (+) icon can be placed between two matching elements to combine them, but you can combine more than just two at a time. If you create a symmetrical pattern of elements, and then place the (+) at the center you can combine multiples.
The (-) icon can be used to move an element into a different position, or transform it into a (+) icon. Once the circle is completely full of elements, and there is no room for new ones, the game is over. At your disposal is “antimatter” that can be used to clear half of the circle, but these are only available via an in-app purchase.
Along with the standard mode that I just described, there is Time Attack and Alchemist mode. In Time Attack, you are tasked with creating as big of an element as you can in the allotted time. Every time you combine elements you get a few more seconds. Alchemist mode is for serious players. You have to create all 118 existing elements, and a few new ones created by the developer.
Atomas is a really well designed and addictive game. You can log in with Google Play Games and compete with your friends to get the high score. If you don’t have time to finish a game you can easily stop and continue at a different time. We can’t help but feel like Atomas would have made high school science class much more enjoyable (and maybe there wouldn’t be so many science errors in this review). Download Atomas for free from the Play Store here.