Motorola is going back to school in the latest update to its MotoMaker customization site. Moto X buyers can now choose from nine new back colors or three new accent colors to get more options for personalizing the device. Motorola pitches the new colors as a way to get combinations related to American universities.
Though the Moto X can prompt Google Now even when the phone is off, the Nexus 5 can only do it on the home screen. A new video shows that the Nexus 5 is capable of having always-on listening just like the Moto X; Google simply chose not to include it.
LG, in an attempt to promote its G Flex smartphone, has taken a rather strange path to let people know about the device's self-healing coating and curved display. Very strange.
Wireless provider FreedomPop has offered a new-ish phone for people who care just as much about government surveillance and security as they do about apps and messaging. FreedomPop's Privacy Phone has encryption, privacy controls, and even Bitcoin payment.
The latest statistics from Google show that Android 4.4 KitKat is still a very small portion of active devices. KitKat notches only only 2.5 percent, up from the 1.8 percent reported last month and likely to increase next month with the release of new KitKat updates and phones from HTC and Samsung. In the meantime, the leading platform versions remain Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (35.3 percent), Android 4.2 JB (17.1), Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (15.2), Android 4.3 JB (9.6), and Android 2.2 Froyo (1.2).
Google and Samsung joined Huawei and ZTE in asking that Chinese regulators set conditions that might ensure patent licensing agreements remain in tact following the sale of Nokia's handset division to Microsoft.
One of the interesting tidbits in a new TIME magazine article says that Google aims to release Project Ara "a year or so from now," and the target price for the phone is only $50.
Here's another difference between the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner and the Apple iPhone 5S Touch ID: developers will actually be able to incorporate the scanner into their apps on the Galaxy S5.
On the off chance that consumers in United States or Canada seriously considered purchasing one of the low-cost Nokia X Android smartphones announced yesterday, Nokia has confirmed those people need not waste their time because the phone will not be officially sold in North America.
The presence of a fingerprint sensor was not surprising when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 yesterday. What's more surprising is that the sensor will be used to introduce a way to make payments using the fingerprint scanner.