David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

03
Jun
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As just announced on Motorola's official blog, the company will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to unlocked Mot X, G, and E owners this week. Motorola has made a point of rapid updates since it was acquired and subsequently sold by Google, with Punit Soni acting as the public face of Motorola's software update team.

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This update will be rolling out to unlocked (T-Mobile) Moto X owners, the unlocked Moto G (including the new and old 3G variants, as well as LTE the version), and the Moto E.

03
Jun
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So, Google posted this 'An Android Wear Design Story' thing that's probably moderately interesting if you want some insight into app development on Android Wear and the process of designing an experience appropriate for a smartwatch, but the only thing I came out of that post not being able to forget was this. Freaking. Photo.

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My reaction is best summarized by the timecoded YouTube clip below.

The Moto 360 is huge.

03
Jun
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Bluetooth stereo receivers, even one with batteries, even ones with transmit and receive functionality, ones with extra-powerful antennas, ones with optical audio support, ones with NFC, and ones with apt-X support have been around for a good, long while.

But what about a Bluetooth audio receiver that lights up with all kinds of funky colors and is shaped like an Icosahedron? Yeah, I know I've got your attention now, and for $50, Motorola will make all your psychedelic geometric high-fidelic near field Bluetooth dreams come true.

03
Jun
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An alleged system dump from LG's upcoming Android Wear-powered G Watch has been leaked on Twitter by an account known as upleaks, along with a bootloader animation hosted on YouTube pulled from said dump. Take a look:

This is our first look at the bootloader animation for Android Wear, though obviously there's not much substantive information we can gather from it. It looks nice, so there's that. We haven't delved into the dump ourselves, but feel free to download it from the Mega link in tweet below or in the source links at the bottom of this article.

02
Jun
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While some of us doubtless ignored the iOS 8 hubbub this morning, it's safe to say that Apple's WWDC remains probably the closest-watched developer event in the industry, and likely has since the original iPhone made its debut way back in 2007. The WWDC keynote is where we see the world's most valuable consumer electronics company display how consumers and developers alike will interact with its new [usually software] products. It's a highly visual, buzzword-laden ritual that even many of the most ardent anti-Apple find themselves at least half paying attention to in the background, either on social media, blogs, or live video stream.

24
May
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Over the past week, Google's exposed a handful of new and useful voice-activated features on the Now app for Android. Whether it be figuring out information about your booked car rentals, setting reminders, or finally handling timer queries properly, Google really seems to want you to talk to your phone more. Our question today, though, is just how much do you talk to your phone or tablet?

Now, this a kind of hard question to answer scientifically, I know.

23
May
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While it's not exactly clear how much use it'll get, Google just launched a full-featured mobile web version of the Play Store. It's got everything - including devices. That means you can finally order a Nexus on your Nexus in a Nexus-friendly web page layout. Xzibit is going to be stoked.

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The design is actually pretty nice, too. It's very clean, and it even has, you guessed it, a hamburger menu!

23
May
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As Android Police's resident phone insurance guru, I'm here to talk to you briefly about AT&T's new multi-device insurance plan that it's offering postpaid subscribers starting today. The premise is simple: pay more money, be able to insure more things. They're calling it the Multi-Device Protection Pack, abbreviated MDPP, which is about as catchy as MERS.

Anyway, the plan works like this - you need at least one connected postpaid AT&T device (phone or tablet) as the "anchor" device on the plan.

21
May
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Adobe's Photoshop Touch apps for Android received a modest update today, adding a couple of new features and fixing a handful of bugs. Both the phone and tablet versions were updated, the former to v1.2 and the latter to v1.6. Here's the full changelog:

What's New

• Fixed two crashers: when syncing and when storage is low
• Added more brush types for fine-tuned corrections and painting
• Added the Quick Selection tool, similar to Photoshop
• Implemented auto-recovery of unsaved documents
• Added ability to use Android fonts with the Type tool
• Keep the original EXIF metadata when editing a JPEG
• New customized Gallery for selecting images
• Lots of other bugs fixes!

21
May
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As one of the world's largest airlines, you'd expect BA to be on top of its Android app - oh man, who am I kidding: like most airlines, BA had an absolute crapfest of an Android app for years, and now it's finally gotten around to making it not look so god-awful.

The British Airways app's v3.0 update looks vaguely modern, I mean, it has a hamburger navigation slideout menu. So that's good.

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