As you're probably well-aware, the only way you're going to get your hands on an easily-unlockable Motorola phone is going the Developer Edition route, as Moto has locked down the bootloaders of all its other handsets. And until now, even if you purchased a developer edition phone that Motorola explicitly advertises as having the benefit of an unlockable bootloader, Motorola would still void your warranty if you requested an unlock code.
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Cyanogen Inc. is making moves on its next officially-endorsed piece of hardware, but this time it isn't with an OEM we've heard of, at least according to a source who asked not be named with knowledge of the situation. While Cyanogen Inc. did indeed tease such a new hardware partner on Google+, we've got a few extra details on the upcoming device that you might be interested in.
First, we're hearing that the phone will be made by a "new company" - not any existing OEM we're familiar with.
The Android 4.4 update, aka KitKat, still has yet to roll out to a large number of Nexus device owners out there. And, in desperation, some users are resorting to methods they probably don't fully understand in order to get the OTA, one of which is clearing the Google Service Framework data. This method isn't new, but it's one whose side effects are not generally considered by those who use it, at least according to Google engineer Dan Morrill.
According to the official Drive Google+ page, the Android client for Google's cloud-based file and document manager will be receiving an update "over the next few days" adding new, richer editing features, as well as a few smaller feature tweaks. It looks like a lot of these features have already been available on the version of Drive that shipped with KitKat (1.2.403.9), though the one rolling out today is even newer.
While most of us won't be getting our hands on Xbox Ones until November 22nd (or ever, if that's not your thing), a few lucky souls would probably be happy to hear that the official SmartGlass app for the console is now out on Android. This app is rebuilt from the ground up compared to the old Xbox 360 companion, and while it does do much of what the old app did (in addition to a few new things), it's got a brand-new Windows 8-esque interface.
Looking for a 32GB 2013 Nexus 7 on the cheap (in the US)? Amazon and Newegg to the rescue! While this isn't the lowest price we've ever seen, it is pretty close to it, and more importantly, it's not through eBay or a less than well-known 3rd party retailer - these are the big-box guys.
Getting things kicked off, the 32GB 2013 Nexus 7 is one of today's Newegg featured daily deals, coming it at an impressive $239.00 sans tax and shipping, beating the Play Store price by a rather substantial $30, or 11%.
While the Nexus 5 launched nearly three weeks ago in some parts of the world, as we all know, the Google Play Store doesn't exactly ship to every corner of the globe. Today, we're getting a little closer to that goal, though, as India and Hong Kong can now purchase the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) direct from Google, as confirmed by the Nexus page on Google+.
Starting with Hong Kong (Play Store pictured above), pricing for the Nexus 5 is HK$3,198 for the 16GB version, and HK$3,588 for the 32GB variant.
Dropbox's Android client received an update today, adding a few new features to the file-sharing service's mobile software, as well as introducing a new, cleaner (inverted?) logo.
Left: old logo; right: new logo
The newest version of Dropbox now supports direct sharing of files to all of your contacts via email from inside the app, via the newly-added contacts permission. Just choose the share action on a file, hit "send to contact," enter the appropriate info, and Dropbox will send the share link to them immediately.
Last week, Google released a massive update to the Search app for Android 4.1+ phones and tablets. Inside that refreshed APK, though, is a somewhat sneaky surprise: all the necessary bits for the Nexus 5's "Google Experience" launcher. All you need to get it working is the launcher app pulled from the Nexus 5, and you'll be up and running GEL-style.
If you want a detailed look at the new launcher, be sure to check out the relevant sections of Liam's Getting To Know Android 4.4 post, which goes into crazy detail as to all the changes you'll discover over the old AOSP launcher.
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