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According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Google is “pretty sure” that your data is safe. Schmidt said this today at a panel discussion at South by Southwest Initiative.
Google upgraded the encryption process that they use to keep users information secure, and Google was apparently in the process of upgrading their system and encryption when the Edward Snowden revelations were first released. When that news broke, Google says that they expedited the process of upgrading.
Schmidt also said that Google was attacked by the Chinese in 2010, and by the NSA in 2013, but that he was “pretty sure” that the information held by Google is safe right now. According to Schmidt, Google is working hard to keep users information secure, but that once something is published on the Internet, it never really goes away.
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We're starting to fill our schedules for Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona. And one must-see keynote address will come from none other than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was just announced as a speaker this morning.
We're not expecting any new device announcements, especially given the failure of last year's HTC First/Facebook Home experiment, though stranger things have happened. No, instead what we're likely to hear is a sort of "state of mobile" speech that's more common at MWC. Google's Eric Schmidt has done so in past years, and it usually proves to be interesting.
So set your clocks for 4 p.m. Barcelona time on Feb. 24 — that's noon on the east coast of the U.S. And as always, we'll be there live to bring it straight from our eyeballs to yours.
Now that’s he’s told us how to properly distance ourselves from anything that isn’t Android, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is now predicting the future. In a Bloomberg “Ask a Billionaire” segment on YouTube, Schmidt claims the sprint away from traditional computing has seen it’s day, declaring mobile technology the winner. He also says that in 2014, everyone will have a smartphone.
While perhaps a bit of hubris, he does hit on a salient topic, and that’s feature phones holding a place in the market. Easy to get — and easily affordable — some simply prefer feature phones to smartphones. Others don’t particularly need smartphones, or find the technology over their head a bit.
Schmidt may feel the mobile race has been had, but it also makes us ask just what mobility is. Schmidt says “There are now tablets and phones being sold than personal computers. People are moving to this new architecture very fast”, which we won’t argue with. But if the trend is asking toward mobile, we’d be interested to know how Schmidt feels about Chromebooks and their recent surge in a dying segment.
The Google Chairman also laid a bit of groundwork for Calico, noting that collecting medical data would be important to research and driving the field of genetic research. If you’re wondering where Schmidt felt Google screwed up, it’s social. He takes responsibility for not anticipating the social media “phenomenon” during his tenure, and acting appropriately. Though they have Google+, Google is still trailing in regard to popularity and users when compared to other platforms.
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For Google, 2013 was a big year. The Android team lost some key players for other ventures in Google or elsewhere; they introduced Google Play Edition devices; and the much hyped Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat were released. This momentum is what Google hopes to capitalize on in 2014.
In talking to Bloomberg current Chairman of the Board, Eric Schmidt, gave us his predictions for what we’re to expect from Google in 2014. While he didn’t particularly mention the mobile front or the robot venture in particular he’s anticipating big things this next year. He sees big strides in DNA and Genetics on top of the push for everyone in 2014 to having a smartphone.
Schmidt also recognized and took responsibility for being “behind” on the social media boom. However given how well Google+ is doing these days, it doesn’t look like he was too far behind at all.
We have the video for you below and it’s worth the two minutes you’ll spend watching it to get a glimpse in regards to what’s coming next year. Enjoy!
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The year is almost over, and one Google executive is already looking ahead to the turn of the calendar. I’m talking about ex-CEO and current chairman of the board Eric Schmidt, the man who saw Google through some of its best years before handing the reigns back to the two original gents who started the Mountain View company.
Speaking with Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt let us in on his thoughts about what would transpire in 2014. While he didn’t have any off-the-wall predictions to make in regards to mobile, he did let us know that he believed “everyone” would have a smartphone or mobile device in 2014.
While we’re sure that statement isn’t to be taken literally, the trends have indeed shown that smartphones and tablets are gaining in popularity at a much more aggressive rate than PCs. In fact, the two seem to be headed in completely different directions, with PC market share steadily declining over the past few years. That these tablets and smartphones are becoming as capable — if not more, in some cases — than traditional PCs has certainly helped, and 2014 should bring the innovation needed to drive that trend home.
Schmidt also touched on the social networking boom, and how Google wouldn’t underestimate the importance of being a major player in that arena like they have in the past. Google has tried many times in the past with things like Google Buzz, iGoogle and more, but ultimately failed.
Schmidt wasn’t above taking the blame for those failures, with the executive putting the missed opportunities on his own shoulders. Their latest attempt — Google+ — has already been a huge success, and you can bet they’ll be working to bring us even more social innovations in the year to come.
On the not-so-tech focused part of it, Schmidt says he thinks we’ll be seeing great ground broken in DNA and genetics, leading the way to unlocking the information needed to combat some of the world’s as-yet uncured diseases. We all hope that one turns out to be true for the sake of the world’s health. Be sure to watch the video above for his full slate of thoughts.
While not completely related to mobile, whenever Eric Schmidt has something to say, we have no problem sparing the time to listen. In a recent video posted by Bloomberg, Schmidt lays out his predictions for the year of 2014, which includes everyone rocking a smartphone, big investment from Google in social networking, and “unfathomably” important steps in finding additional treatments for cancer and other various diseases.
While his predictions may not be 100% spot on for what takes place – as our very own Ron Offringa would happily tell you about Schmidt’s lolz-worthy predictions for the success of Google TV – we never know what is in store for the human race.
If you have two minutes to spare, check out what Schmidt has to say.
Eric Schmidt sat down with Bloomberg recently, to give his predictions of 2014. He mentions the progress Google has made in the past year, and plans they have set for 2014. Some of those plans include investing more into social media, and talks a little about genetics. I guess Google will start looking into treatments for cancers, as well as other diseases out there. He also mentions how in 2014, everyone will have some sort of mobile device, and how mobile devices will be purchased more than desktops.
It’s a brief video, but enlightening, and we should a lot coming from the world of Google. Check out the video, and let us know your thoughts about the coming year.
We’ve talked a ton about switching from iPhone to Android in the past, and there are a vast amount of online resources which exist to help you do just that. But it’s not often that we get to hear the tips from the former CEO (now executive chairman) of Google give us his own tips and tricks. I’m talking about Eric Schmidt, the man who got Google through some of its biggest years before handing the reigns back to the co-founders.
Schmidt took to Google+ to post the wordy guide. He goes over the most important things, like transferring your contacts, setting up your email, and setting up two-step authorization on your Google account for added security. It’s not going to solve all of your problems or answer all of your questions, but this guide is a good starting point to get your feet wet with the world of Android. Head to the source link to check it out for yourself.
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Google chairman Eric Schmidt took to his Google+ page this weekend, laying out the basic guidelines for any iOS user making the switch to Android. The process might seem daunting at first, given a certain level of investment one might have in an ecosystem, but Schmidt relates the switch to the same people that went from PC to Mac years ago – once you go Mac, you don’t go back. As a little poke at Apple, Schmidt also references the latest data, that Google’s Android OS controls 80% of the world’s smartphone market. It’s quite the stat, so he wants to make sure that converts are in for a smooth transition to Android.
With steps clearly spelled out, setting up a stock Android device has never been easier. Simply log in to a WiFi point or connect to your cell network, add a Google account you already have or sign up for one, download any apps you’d like, update to the latest version of Android, and you are off to the races. Schmidt also dives into making sure you have all of your contacts and music as well, which most people are mainly concerned with – people don’t want to lose all of their valuable media in the switch.
Oh, that Eric Schmidt. Such a nice guy.
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I’ve heard it time and time again. “Android is too complicated.” “iPhone is much simpler than Android.” Anytime I have a lengthy discussion with an iPhone user about which mobile platform is better, those two excuses are what is always said. I always try to tell them that they are over thinking it way too much, and that Android is in fact very easy to use. Still, those iPhone users are very stubborn.
Google’s Eric Schmidt decided to give those iPhone users another opportunity to switch to Android, by going to his G+ page and bringing us the guide for “Converting to Android from iPhone.” It is a very detailed guide to setting up your Android phone from when you first open the box. He also provides many links for new users to utilize to get them all set, and I especially love how, at the end of the guide, he says, “Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways. And it’s free.” Just a nice little stab to his ex employer. If you want to take a look at the guide, hit the link below to check it out.
Holiday season and the time of gift-giving is almost upon us. And what better gift is there for your iPhone touting buddy than a brand new high-end Android smartphone? But since a new mobile platform always involves no small amount of hassle when migrating from the old one, Google CEO Eric Schmidt himself has decided to help his friends and yours in making that crucial step less daunting.
Unsurprisingly, the first step involves setting up the device with a Gmail account that will serve as the gateway to the Android world. Of course, not all Android devices need one, especially those that don’t use Google Play in favor of their own services. Schmidt also recommends installing your favorite apps at this point, if they have Android versions. This phase is relatively painless. The tricky part comes when its time to sync or transfer your data from Apple’s ecosystem to Google’s.
There is not easy way around this and it requires Apple’s iCloud service. It also requires setting up a Google account on the iPhone or iPad as well. Once the necessary options have been set, like setting the Gmail account to sync Contacts, new users should start seeing their contacts slowly make their way into their Android phone or tablet. Of course, there might be some hiccups along the way, but it is possible to manually export contacts from Apple’s iCloud web portal as a vCard file and then import it manually into Gmail’s web interface. Music is also easy to move over by using the free Google Music Manager software for the Mac. What this program does is upload your iTunes music to Google’s own cloud version. While the app itself is free, one has to sign up for a Google Wallet account first, which is also free but requires users to enter credit card details. Photos are a bit trickier.
Once all that is done, all that’s left is transferring your SIM card, which will require a nano-SIM adapter, to your Android device and saying goodbye to Apple’s exclusive services and apps. Schmidt recommends switching to Chrome instead of Safari, even on the iPhone, and turning off iMessage, probably in favor of its own Google+ Hangouts.
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A nice beginner's guide mixed with some subtle jabs at the competition
Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt doesn't always post on Google+, but when he does it's usually something entertaining. Today he took up a big chunk of everyone's stream with a little step-by-step tutorial on the process for switching to Android from an iPhone.
After taking a few sentences to remind folks the benefits of heading over to Android, Schmidt breaks down the process of signing in to your new Android phone, then moving over contacts, music, photos and finally, your SIM card. One of the biggest steps that he thankfully points out is the process of turning off iMessage before moving — nasty things can happen if you leave that on before you make it to your new Android phone.
As you would expect, the comments on his post have taken off as well, with a few more insights. Been wondering about undertaking the switch yourself, or have someone that might need a nudge in the new direction? You can find Schmidt's post at the source link below.
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Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has recently taken to Google+ to tell iPhone users how to properly convert to using an Android phone. His detailed and lengthy post includes information on how to move contacts over from iCloud to Gmail, how to set up an Android phone, and why users should switch from Safari to Google Chrome.
While the information itself really isn’t anything new, the fact that Schmidt took to Google+ to post it is a very interesting choice. Eric also mentioned that Android devices “are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user.” You can find the full post by clicking on the source link.
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Eric Schmidt, in a remark delivered to a packed audience during a question and answer session at the Gartner Symposium, unequivocally said that Android is more secure than the iPhone. This unsurprising statement coming from Google’s chief executive is sure to draw no small amount of discussion between fans of both platforms.
In context, the statement was just one among the many things that Schmidt had said in a 45-minute long session that revolved around Google, its business, its products, and everything under the sun that relates to the company, which really means almost everything under the sun. When the discussion went into Android territory, Gartner analyst and senior research board head David Willis remarked that many in the audience did not use Android as their principal platform because it is not that secure.
Understandably, Schmidt went on the defensive, claiming that the mobile platform is, in fact, more secure than the iPhone. While not exactly spouting off figures, he justified his claim by citing Android’s more widespread distribution and longevity, which translates to rigorous, real-world security testing. He also predicted that in the future, the paradigm will shift towards apps themselves providing their own security as nothing will be assumed to be inherently secure.
Schmidt also briefly touched on the other biggest complaint about the platform: its version and device fragmentation. He didn’t really give a direct answer but instead pointed out the established agreement between Google and Android vendors to keep their stores compatible.
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Narrowly-focused book to draw on experience at Google and other tech companies
Former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt is planning to release a new book next Fall that will draw on his experience at the company. The book, titled No Adult Supervision Required: How To Build Successful 21st Century Companies, will be co-authored by Senior VP at Google Jonathan Rosenberg and will share accounts of his time at Google.
"Getting products right requires attracting and managing a new breed of technically-savvy workforce, and this book offers a practical and accessible guide for how to do that."
Said Schmidt of the upcoming title, which will be narrower in focus than his previous one, and will be targeted at those who are looking to draw from his wisdom on running one of the largest technology companies in the world. The title for the book is a clear callback to his statements when stepping down as CEO of Google in 2011, where he said the company no longer needed "day-to-day adult supervision."
Motorola’s “made-in-America” proposition has been very interesting ever since the company announced that all Moto X handsets would be assembled here in the United States. They do that at the Fort Worth, TX plant that added over 2,000 new jobs to the area. We’d already gotten a sneak peak inside the plant through some nice Google Maps Street View trickery, and now we’ve gotten full-on video of what goes on inside.
The deed was done by Engadget, who was on hand for the special visit by Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Texas governor Rick Perry. In the video, you’ll hear CEO Dennis Woodside comment on why they aren’t worried about the Moto X costing a few dollars more to produce in the United States as opposed to overseas (where labor is cheaper and there is no burden for maintaining a facility of their own):
“It does cost a little bit more to make the product here, but not so much more that it changes the overall economics. And we think over time we’ll recoup that investment, because we’ll be able to improve the productivity of the plant much faster, and also improve our designs much faster.”
Also noted is the importance of the plant’s location, which is fixated within the heart of a major shipping hub. It’s that strategic placement (among other things) that helps Motorola turn device shipments around in less than a week.
Watch the video at the source link, and stay tuned past the conclusion to see a video of Rick Perry tossing an iPhone to the ground upon being presented with a Moto X by Dennis Woodside.
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way: Motorola had picked the date for its Fort Worth, Texas facility’s dedication ceremony first. But then Apple went ahead to claim the date and stole the day’s spotlight with its new iPhone reveals. No matter, as the gathering of press, factory workers and bold-faced names — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Texas Governor Rick Perry — seemed minorly preoccupied with the major news of the day. We were in the midst of Nokia’s old manufacturing plant, after all, now the birthplace of all custom-made Moto X’s and there was the spirit of American manufacturing to celebrate.
To drive that point home, some very Springsteen-ish tunes were pumped over the loudspeakers as we all patiently awaited the end of Cupertino’s product showcase and the start of Motorola’s ‘we can too make it in the USA’ toldja moment. I even half-expected Miley Cyrus to jump onstage with an assortment of teddy bears brandishing raver-hued Moto X’s. She didn’t and an Americana Twitter-trending hashtag moment was missed. Still there was one exceptional and unscripted highlight waiting in the wings. It wasn’t CEO Dennis Woodside nose-thumbing at those unnamed rivals that said US-based production could and would never happen. Nor was it Schmidt’s patriotic pledge to the Texas facility: “This is a bet we’re taking on America… on Texas [and] on this incredible workforce that’s assembled here. We think this is a very, very safe bet.” No. It was the moment Woodside presented Gov. Rick Perry with a Moto X — designed with Texan colors — and Perry, in response, unceremoniously spiked his iPhone to the floor below. Yes, the moment is caught on tape.
Today Google‘s Senior Vice President and current head of Android Sundar Pichai just shocked the Android world by posting a few beautifully timed posts on his social network pages. For one he has confirmed the next version of Android will be 4.4 (not 5.0) and will be called KitKat. Say goodbye to Key Lime Pie. Not only that, but the Android train cannot be stopped, and we’ve reached another milestone.
This morning Sundar has confirmed that Android device activations are growing at an incredible rate. The entire Android ecosystem worldwide has sped up so fast that in just 3 months there’s been over 100 million Android device activations added to the nearly 900 million they announced at Google I/O. So what does this mean? Good things!
Sundar confirmed that Android has now exceeded the 1 billion device activations milestone, something we all figured would arrive at some point in late 2013 or early next year. Instead, the growing Android ecosystem in the US, and elsewhere, especially emerging markets has kept Android on top. Google’s own Eric Schmidt said we’d probably get to 1 billion by the end of the year, so congrats to the entire Android team.
So what next? Android 4.4 KitKat will be coming soon, most likely in October if Google follows last years time frame. There’s been a lot of reports and rumors surrounding the new Nexus, and there’s reports we could see an improved N4, and and all-new Nexus 5 both. We’ll have to wait and see. One thing we do know is Android is continuing their dominance in the mobile market, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
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Despite the fact that the Moto X hasn’t even been officially announced (unless you count Eric Schmidt’s Idaho flaunt-fest or Dennis Woodside’s D11 talk as “official”), there’s a lot we already know about the device. What we haven’t heard for certain yet are which carriers in the US will offer the new handset, though FCC docs and other leaks have revealed AT&T, Verizon and Sprint as likely candidates so far. Does T-Mobile fit into the mix? Whether or not the UnCarrier will really pick it up, a variant of the Motorola X known as the XT1053 has made its way through the FCC approval process with all the bands you’ve grown to love and use on other T-Mo devices, such as AWS HSPA+ and LTE (along with bands 2 and 17, making this theoretically compatible with AT&T as well). This is a pretty clear indicator that worst-case customers will be able to purchase an unlocked version of the device with the right frequencies in tow. Additionally, we noticed evidence that 802.11ac will also make an appearance. Have a look at the docs for yourself below, if you so desire.
The invite Motorola sent out on July 19 announced that the Moto X would be launched at an event on August 1, but it left out such information as venue and time. Now both of these things have been set, with the company sending out a second invite just a bit ago. In it, we get a look at the white Moto X, which looks like the one Google’s Eric Schmidt was seen carrying.
As we’d already known, the event will be taking place in New York on August 1, and per the latest invitation, will kick off at 8PM, running until 1 in the morning. A variety of entertainment will be involved in the event, such as DJ Kaskade, M4SONIC, the comedy collective JASH, Thank You X, and Chef Marc Forgione. It seems Motorola has quite the launch planned.
If you have an astute eye, you’d have already noticed one other element of the invitation: the Moto X cameo. While it is only a back shot of the device, it does look like many of the leaks that have surfaced over the past weeks, lending them further credence and giving us another official look at the handset (the first invitation also had the Moto X, but in a less visible manner).
In case you missed it, a slew of Moto X features leaked yesterday in a dozen or so screenshots, revealing features like Active Display and Active Notifications, Connect Chrome Extension, Assist, and quite a bit more. This is in addition to what we’ve already seen in other leaks, which you can checkout in the timeline below.
As always, we’ll be live at the event when it kicks off next month (there’s a tad over one week remaining), so stay tuned and we’ll give you all the details, as well as however much hands-on time as we can get with the handset.
We know nearly everything there is to know at this point about the exciting and upcoming smartphone from Motorola and Google. The Moto X will be their first main push together, and until this moment we’ve seen leaks on everything from screen size, specs, customizations, and even Google’s own Eric Schmidt carrying one around. However, we still don’t know a price.
Latest tips suggest Google and Motorola will undercut the Nexus 4 with both the price, and with what they offer. That being a 16GB Moto X smartphone (off contract) for the same price as the 8GB Nexus 4. According to reports we’ve received ourselves here at Android Community, and from GizmoFusion, Google and Motorola will be making a huge push with this budget friendly device. Thanks for the photo @evleaks.
The tipster claims the 16GB Moto X will cost users just $299, off contract, and will also be sold by carriers. Then the 32GB Moto X will be $349, which is a pretty impressive price with all things considered. However, it isn’t yet known what carriers will be asking, but we’re hearing that will be $99 and $149, respectively.
This pricing is all we have to go on at this point, and it doesn’t mention anything about customizations, which will be a huge selling point with the Moto X. Google might be charging more for the customizations like engravings and custom backplates, but maybe not, who knows. At AllThingsD Google talked about cheap smartphones for the masses, and even Eric Schmidt hinted at the future of wallet-friendly smartphones at MWC 2012.
While we’re taking these details with a grain of salt for now, it’s highly possible that come August 1st Motorola will unveil the new $299 16GB Moto X available nationwide on all carriers. It might not have absolutely top-tier specs, but it’s pretty darn close. For that price, I’m not complaining. Who’s getting excited now?
As August 1 approaches, we’re beginning to see more and more leaks and press shots of the Moto X smartphone. Only yesterday we saw one such image which revealed the black Moto X in all its glory. Today, it’s the white variant which has appeared. Interestingly, this is the same variant of the smartphone which Eric Schmidt was seen using recently.
Much like yesterday’s leak, even this render has been accessed by @evleaks. There are a couple of weeks left for the announcement of the smartphone, but we already know everything there is to know. If rumors have led us correctly, this won’t be a high end smartphone by any means. Instead, it is believed that the Moto X will be a decent mid ranged smartphone with a very attractive price tag.
The Moto X is rumored to pack a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1184, a 1.7 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT chip, a 10.5MP main camera, 2.1MP front camera, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 1,500 mAh battery and the latest iteration of Android – we’re guessing Android 4.3.
Other software features like auto HDR and an always on listening mode has built up decent amount of buzz too. We will keep you updated on news and information about the Moto X as the event takes place on August 1.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)
Renders confirm earlier partial looks at the upcoming device
Now that we know Motorola is ready to spill all of the beans on the Moto X come August 1st, we were bound to see some press renders hit the Internet. Well-known leaker evleaks has just released these purported first press renders of the device, which reaffirm many of the design elements we've been seeing in the past few weeks. Just as Eric Schmidt showed us, the back of the device looks to have a lightly textured back (by default) with a central camera pod, small Motorola logo recessed below it and a centralized headphone jack above.
Around the front, we see a standard Android home screen with the usual icons shown off in most of Google's device renders. The display looks to have bezels that are nice and small around the sides and on the bottom, with a pretty standard-sized one on top accented with the appropriate camera, speaker and sensors.
We all knew it was coming. Device image leaks, Eric Schmidt spotted using one and plenty of rumors and talk about the next flagship device from Motorola. Happily named the Moto X. Personally I am glad to see the RAZR name finally get retired again.
The information surrounding the device seem to be pretty interesting. users can customize the device in different colors, backgrounds and even laser etching. Other talks include different sensors that detect when you are driving and the camera app opening when you twist the device. Unlike the usual ‘on stage’ presentations that we are used to seeing, Motorola is asking the press to RSVP for separate private sessions. Should let everyone get a little one-on-one time with the device and be able to ask those pressing questions in a more secluded and less noisy environment. It could be a turning point for Motorola, at least, that is what it is supposed to be. How many of you guys are waiting to get the details about the Motorola X Phone before you buy your next device?
So when exactly will the Moto X make its formal debut? August 1st is the date, according to a Motorola teaser announcing the launch. There’s been no shortage of leaks for the new flagship smartphone, which we know will be assembled in the US and will ship to customers in a variety of colors. So far, our best look at the device has come courtesy of Eric Schmidt himself, who was showing off his own sample at the Allen and Company Conference earlier this month in Sun Valley. He declined to provide any specification details, but some attendees did sneak a peek at the handset’s carbon fiber-like back and sleek curves. We’ll surely be back with more, live from the August 1st launch event in New York City.
Source: Ina Fried (Twitter)
So that settles it. Moto's next big thing is set to be unveiled in New York City at the start of next month. Look closely in the bottom right corner and you'll even see the device modeled by Eric Schmidt late last week.
Needless to say, we'll be live from NYC on Aug. 1 to bring you full coverage of the Moto X launch.
Motorola has just sent out invites for the Moto X announcement. It’s going down in New York on August 1st. Months of rumors and leaks have led to this. Are you excited?
This will be the first truly Google-blessed smartphone from Motorola since the acquisition. The device is rumored to have specs a bit under the top-of-the-line flagship devices, but some unique features could be included to make up for that.
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Moto X Announcement Scheduled For August 1st In New York was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In case you missed the usual boring earnings call by good old Google today, they’ve been making plenty of cash. While we’ll talk more on that later, we wanted to mention some Android numbers because as usual Larry was on the earnings call shouting them out. I’m just excited to know that soon enough Android will reach that magical 1 billion point. That’s impressive!
Echoing statements we heard from Eric Schmidt this year, Android has reached a point where there’s nearly 1.5 million devices being activated and powered up each and every single day. That means the number of total devices is just growing at an insanely fast rate. With 1.5 million daily, things are looking good.
Since 2008 There’s been nearly 900 million Android devices activated total. That’s where that magical 1 billion number plays in. We’re getting close, and soon enough we’ll be able to report that massive number as well.
At Google I/O in 2012 there was roughly 400 million, so it more than doubled in 2013. By the end of the year we’ll probably be well past the 1 billion mark, and come Google I/O 2014 we’re assuming that Larry will again go up on stage and announce that there is now nearly 1.4 billion. The rate of activations isn’t slowing down anytime soon either. With Google Glass, smartwatches, game consoles and more all running Android, it will only continue to climb.
There is no stopping this army!
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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
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Just yesterday we spotted Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, using his slick-looking, white Moto X phone to make a phone call, and we’ve been hearing various reports and leaked pictures over the last few weeks that suggest that you will be able to customize the colour of the panels on your Moto X phone. According to Taylor Wimberly, however, the customizations won’t stop there. Wimberly says that as well as the colour, you’ll also be able to customize the material that the backplate is made of, including choices like wood, metal, ceramics, fabrics and of course, plastic.
That’s not exactly the type of customizations I’d expected because I’d never really thought a different material on the back of my phone would ever be a choice (cue joke about getting a metal backplate on Samsung phone). But MotorGoogle is obviously making this an option for a reason, though this might end up being an annoyance for accessories manufacturers as people who do customize their phones probably won’t want a case to cover up their personal statement.
I guess the only real question here is, which material for the Moto X’s backplate would you get given the choice?