Motorola have announced which devices in its product portfolio will get the Android 6.0 update in a blog post. All the most recent devices are included, apart from the 2nd generation Moto E (the one with the bigger screen and 4G).
The complete list is as follows:
2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
2015 Moto X Play
2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
2014 Moto MAXX
2014 Moto Turbo
The Motorola manufactured Nexus 6 will of course be one of the very first devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I for one will be furiously checking to see if the update is available from early Monday morning.
The first generation Moto G and Moto G 4G are not getting the marshmallow goodness as the first and second generation Moto E. Here at CSP Towers we are surprised the second generation Moto E is left out of the Marshmallow upgrade as the hardware and product release were fairly recent. The first generation Moto X is left out too, but as that device is more than two years old we are not too surprised.
Lets see if the software engineering teams at Motorola will release Marshmallow for some of their deviecs (probably Moto X) before the competition (like LG, Samsung, HTC and Sony). As this is the first product cycle since they have been part of Lenovo, it will be interesting to see if they slow down their OS updates now they are further away from Google.
Should we refer to Moto as Lenovorola now they are no longer Googorola? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
Argos have dropped the price of the HTC made Nexus 9 16GB to £179.99 online. The Nexus 9 32GB has had its price cut to £299.99 as well.
The Nexus 9 is last year’s Nexus tablet which brought the 4:3 aspect ratio to Google’s Nexus range. As of next week, starting Monday, Google will be pushing some of the first Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTAs to the device. At the £179.99 price point this is a great bargain, but be warned that the 16GB model only comes with just over 12GB usable storage once setup and updated.
What does £179.99 get you? The 16GB storage model of the Nexus 9 has a dual core 2.3 GHz processor part of an Nvidia K1 chipset with Kepler DX1 GPU, 2GB RAM, a 1536×2048 8.9″ IPS display, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1.6MP front facing camera. As this is a Nexus device you are very likely to get the latest Android versions on the Nexus 9 until the second half of next year. Want to know more? Check out Dan’s excellent review.
The £179.99 price for the 16GB Nexus 9 (in black or white) is available online from Argos. According to the point of sale in-store the price is £189.99, so price at store may be higher. We also noticed an issue with their in-store advertising which carries the Nexus 7 logo in the top right hand corner. Rest assured, the product sold is the Nexus 9, as I popped down to Argos to pick a device up myself (there you go, a tester nitpicking at details…).
Thinking of getting a Nexus 9 at this bargain price? Let us know in the comments or discuss this deal with us on Twitter.
If you’ve read this site for a while, you’ll probably know how I’m a big campaigner for internet safety, especially when it involves kids. The “lag” involved in locking down unsafe videos on sites like YouTube meant that anyone could’ve watched a double murder online. Plus, with so much content being constantly updated it’s a cat-and-mouse game. Now Norton have published this PDF for parents with some quick tips for your kids when they’re online. The headline figures from their research are pretty revealing. For example, did you know that 83% of 11 to 15 year olds registered on a social media site with a false age? That’s 83% of kids whose usage was monitored too.
With gadgets being so small, so portable and so connected, it’s impossible to monitor children all the time. The minute you buy them a gadget, you’ve effectively lost control.
Of course, Norton want you to use solutions such as Norton Family to monitor usage and limit information which is being shared. You should also perhaps check their history, stop in-app purchases, add a password protection on app stores and limit usage online. All of this can be tricky, and it’s not easy either – especially when kids between 8 and 17 claim to spend a full 44 hours online every week.
Tech solutions aren’t going to fix things like this. If you turn off the WiFi, kids will find an alternative, so monitoring the amount of time being spent online and building a reward system for turning off the device when requested are all decent ideas. However, teaching kids about the internet and discussing the risks is definitely a great starting point. Treat the internet and all these connected gadgets in the same way as crossing a road or going out of the house. Set boundaries, detail the concerns you have and – whilst you must try and monitor usage – talk to them and listen to their experiences.
ASUS will install Office apps and other "innovative product solutions" from Microsoft on its Android phones thanks to a new patent licensing deal. The arrangement builds on an existing, private deal over Android phones between the two companies, according to ZDNet. Despite holding most of the patent cards, Microsoft magnanimously said the pact "opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property." ASUS joins Samsung, LG, Sony and 20 or so other manufacturers that signed deals with Microsoft to bundle Office apps on Android devices.
Symetium, which is a Swedish based company, are looking to crowdfund their latest smartphone to get it market. It has been designed to remove the lines between mobile and desktop devices. This is being done by delivering desktop-class performance in a form factor that will meet the needs of the mobile market.
All of this sounds very much like a pipe-dream, but after having a quick poke around on their Indiegogo page they could possibly have something here.
The phone will be running Android 6.0 and will come with some jaw-dropping specs on board. Here is a sneak peak of what they are proposing.
-Up to 256GB of Storage + SD card slot for 128GB -6 GB Ram -USB Type C -Stereo Speakers -Snapdragon 820 -1080P 5.0 inch OLED screen -Android 6.0 Marshmallow -IP 67 dust and waterproof certification
My only conern is that it could be too late. This is an area where the big cheese – Microsoft – are focusing on heavily. Their Continuum model is due to be shown in it’s full glory next week.
The phone comes with a USB type c connection,allowing it to be connected to any external HDMI supported display. Once connected, it becomes a precise trackpad for the external screen.
Again this sound very like what Microsoft have in the pipeline, but if it adds another player to the market and they have a way of making it work .. then I am all for it. Here are some pictures of the concept.
I for one am very interested in this as I could potentially replace the need for tablets if it could be used to drive a full screen along with keyboard and mouse. I have reached out to the company to see if I can get any further details and a review sample, if it comes to fruition. Also that clip-on keyboard looks amazing. The more I look at this the more I want one!!
To find out more, and if this is something that tickles your fancy, check them out at Indegogo
[showpress] Sweden-Based Symetium Looks to Crowdfunding to Bring No Compromise SmartPhone PC to Market
With 3 years of development and a huge response from Social Media, Symetium is ready to launch itsCrowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. The passion project of a young Entrepreneur, delivers design and functionality without sacrificing quality to deliver his idea of the perfect phone.
Gothenburg, Sweden, September 29, 2015 – Sweden based Symetium, has been focused on creating the perfect phone for more than 3 years. What started as a passion project for young Entrepreneur, JonathanGustafsson, has quickly turned into a global social media effort to bring the no compromise smartphonePC to market.
?Gustafsson has worked diligently to bring the initial design together so that Symetium can move forward with the next stage. With nearly 30,000 likes onFacebook, Gustafsson is ready to harness the power of the crowd, with the launch of its IndieGoGocampaign on September 29th.
Although it appears as a simple mobile device,Symetium is designed to be far more than a traditionalsmartphone. The true purpose of Symetium according to Gustafsson was “to create a device that removes the line between mobile and desktop devices.” The original design concept was to deliver the same level performance as a full desktop PC hardware but with the form factor to meet the needs of the mobile market.
“With Symetium, I want to go past mobile operating systems and join the two together. It is time for phones to stop being phones as they are much more than that and have been for years,” said Gustafsson.
In his efforts to create the perfect blend of design and function, Gustafsson has been engaging his future customers via Social Media since the project began. As a Google YouTube partner with over 125,000 followers, he knows that by harnessing the power of the crowd, where shared ideas can make great solutions even better.
?Gustafsson has built the operating system from the ground up (based on Android Marshmallow) to work perfectly with a mouse, keyboard and touch control interface. Symetium has been designed to provide streaming UI to various displays via a portable dock or USB connection. This allows you to run multiple environments without interrupting your phone for unparalleled transfer of function and data whether at home or on the move.
“In my eyes Symetium will always be a 5 inch portable computer that can make calls and that’s how it was built. This means that there will be no limitation when it’s used without a simcard.”
The phone comes with a USB type c connection allowing it to be connected to any external HDMI supported display. Once connected, it becomes a precise trackpad for the external screen.
“Symetium is my idea of the perfect phone, both in design and functionality,” says Gustafsson.
With a target funding goal of $1.25 million for its production, Symetium is looking to disrupt thesmartphone industry without compromise.
Founder Jonathan Gustafsson is a young tech entrepreneur from Sweden. Has designed? Symetium, a no compromise smartphone, which is aimed to replace the PC. Symetium is focused on design, symmetry, and quality and serves to function both as a desktop and mobile computer. Gustafsson is launching an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to turn his prototype into production. [/showpress]
Much like OK Cupid, Pornhub has access to a large repository of data concerning our most private and intimate desires. Every now and again, both sites like to reveal some statistics about what we like to get up to when nobody else is watching. Today, Pornhub is delving deep into its servers to look at the meteoric rise of smartphones over the last five years and what, if anything, your choice of smartphone says about your habits. Are iOS and Android users that different in what they like to get off to? You betcha, but for propriety's sake, we'll leave all of the grisly details until after the break. Adults only from here on out.
The Chocolate factory went all-in on one of their more interesting annual events. The speakers were tight, and the announcements flew by. We were expecting two Nexuses and boy did Google deliver.
First up, there was the Nexus 5X.
This was the second 5 inch phone made by LG (but the third Nexus they’ve manufactured, lest we forget the Nexus 4). The rumours were very much on point. We’re all specs-heavy enthusiasts here, so let’s get into it.
Nexus 5X (European model)
2G: 850/900/1800/1900 (the 850 and 1900 means you should be able to roam in the US and grab a voice connection at the absolute least
3G: 800/850/1700/1900/2100 (you’re covered on all networks in the UK)
What the specs don’t reveal is that it’s actually a nice looking device, and arguably the better looking one of the pair. It’s definitely the easier one to handle compared to it’s big brother, the 6P. And no, we don’t yet know what the P stands for.
Here is the promo vid for the 5X.
Next, the Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, is a different beast entirely. It appears that Google took all the learnings from its previous 6 inch device and refined all of the rough edges. It’s still a bit of a beast, specs-wise, but the 6P isn’t about turning the internals up to 11. For a start, although the moniker is 6P, it’s actually a 5.7″ device. This puts it in the same sort of screen size as handsets like the Motorola X Play and Style, the Samsung Note 5 and GSSEP (Galaxy S S6 edge +…. because that isn’t an awkward name at all), the OnePlus Two and the iPhone 6S Plus, to name a few of this year’s headline devices.
Does it stack up well to them? Honestly speaking, from an objective point of view, it should. Mostly. It’s a Nexus. We love the Nexus range, but we know what they are and more importantly, what they aren’t.
Having said that, the phone looks a lot better in the flesh than it does in the renders that have been floating around.
Let’s hit up the hardware first. The first thing to bear in mind is that aircraft-grade aluminium unibody design. I’ll be honest. I’ve heard other people talk about aircraft grade, but it still doesn’t tell me exactly what that’s supposed to mean. Will it stop my phone from tearing up in mid-flight when it hits mach 3?
It looks nice, and there’s definitely a design language shift from the previous Nexus 6. Somehow this manages to look simpler and more refined. Even the Huawei logo on the back is smaller and understated. This is how Nexus branding should be done.
As for the hardware inside, Google and Huawei impressed. Barring a couple of things that haven’t made it onto either phone, namely wireless charging and Optical Image Stabilisation, both phones are packed (they’re Nexuses, they’re built to a price point, and they aren’t meant to overshadow original manufacturer devices. They are supposed to show off the OS in the best possible way).
Both phones use USB C and have nano SIM’s, which should be par for the course for any (yes yes, Android phones) coming out this year. I like that they’ve future-proofed the phone to allow you to transition to USB C.
Here is the promo vid for the 6P.
So what’s hot? Gosh, where to start? Maybe that Google seems to have gone mostly all-in (I say mostly – there isn’t any OIS, ‘member?) in taking imaging seriously, with building camera’s with bigger sensors. The proof will obviously be in the viewing, but it’s something we’ve seen other manufacturers such as Nokia and HTC do in the past. The cam app is quicker, with an OS level quick action now, and both phones have the fingerprint reader baked in. It’s fast to start with, but those chaps tell us it will become even faster as it recognises your fingerprint.
There’s a lot more to unpack, but we’ll get to it over the next couple of days.
Oh, one more thing. There are some free goodies that have been bundled in for both phones, namely 90 fays of Google Play Music (formerly known as All Access), and Google also finally came good with their family offering, pricing it at the same price as Apple Music for £15.
Sorry, did I forget to mention? You can order one now. Prices start at £339 for the 16GB Nexus 5X, and £379 for the 32 GB version. The Nexus 6P starts at 32 GB for its minimum spec at £449, with the 64 GB version coming in at £499 and 128 GB will set you back £579. I can’t remember the last phone that came in at £579 for 128 GB of storage on-device.
If you’re this far down then you might want to watch the whole launch event…
Folks in China don't have access to the record-breakingiPhone 6s until October, but Apple's making sure they they'll be able to get their hands on iBooks, Apple Music and iTunes Movies ahead of that. Those services are available starting today, and Music in particular is getting some very region-specific special treatment. The streaming catalog includes work from Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M.. Apple writes that there will be a raft of movies from Chinese studios too, saying that this is the first time that its customers in the country will be able to jump into the ecosystem. There's a three-month trial period, which gives way to a 10 RMB/month subscription. Family plans are part of the deal as well. And if you don't own an Apple handset but still want in on its music service, Music will hit Android phones later this fall.
When Google (and Motorola) showed off the Nexus 6 last year, most nerds were excited. Others, making up a surprisingly vocal minority, reacted as though the companies dropped ice cubes down the back of their shirts. Bigger isn't always better, and they were more than a little concerned that the days of easy-to-grip Nexus phones were nearly over. They were wrong. To go with the big-screened Nexus 6P, Google once again teamed up with LG on a Nexus 5 -- the 5X this time -- and it's shaping up to be the successor that N5 fans have been hoping for. Slideshow-324001
When it comes to smartphone design, there are always compromises. If you want a high-resolution camera with OIS technology, you may have to put up with an unsightly camera bump. If you want a device with a big battery, you won't get the lightest and slimmest device around. However, one IndieGoGo project is aiming to show that it can get around all these compromises... and we have a very hard time buying into its legitimacy.