The Moto X is one of those rare devices that skips the spec war in favor of a more elegant approach. This device has interesting voice and notification features most other devices can't touch. If you're a Verizon customer with a hankering for active notifications and touchless control, today is your lucky day. You can grab a Moto X on Big Red for zero dollars with a new contract.
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We heard yesterday that the newest Transformer Pad was slated to get its Android 4.3 update on November 18th, but it looks like the bits are dropping a little early. Android 4.3 for the TF701T has been posted on the Asus support site, and you can download it right now.
Today is a big day for Republic Wireless. After weeks of anticipation, the Moto X is finally up for sale alongside four new plans. The Moto X costs $299 from Republic, but that's without any kind of contract – the full price is $499 most places. You also get you choice of four super-cheap service plans on Republic Wireless.
This is only the second phone Republic Wireless has launched, with the last being the lackluster Motorola Defy XT.
Google-owned Motorola has already added several of the unique stock apps from the Moto X to Google Play for faster updating, but now it looks like the Moto G is going to get the same treatment. The FM radio app for the upcoming budget-friendly phone has hit Google Play.
This app doesn't appear to be compatible with any other devices – not even the Moto X. The tab-based interface looks clean and you get around by swiping.
We're all spending a lot on mobile data, but are we getting our money's worth? That's the question the FCC hopes to help answer with the new FCC Speed Test app. It's exclusive to Android right now and provides you (and the FCC) with data on mobile network performance.
Unlike most speed testing apps, this is not just a run-on-demand service. You can trigger a test whenever you want, but the app is configured to run occasional tests in the background to get a picture of your network speeds over time.
The Anomaly games are a really good time – even the preview build of Anomaly 2 we got to take a look at a few weeks ago was already excellent. Now the game has been fully optimized for Android and it's in the Play Store for your alien-blasting pleasure.
Anomaly 2 has the same reverse tower defense gameplay as the first two games, but now you've got some cool new vehicles that can transform.
The LG G Flex, a device that can survive a thousand mild scratches, is apparently destined for American shores after all. While it was first thought to be exclusive to Europe and Asia, noted leaker of phone-related business, @evleaks has said the phone is headed to AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile. In fact, he used the word "confirmed."
LG G Flex confirmed for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 13, 2013
LG's fancy new curved smartphone seems a little gimmicky at first, but it might actually have some innovative stuff going on. One of the surprises when it was finally announced a few weeks back was the "self-repairing" back material. Now you can see that capability demoed on video.
In the video, a wire brush is used to scratch up a regular plastic back panel and the G Flex back. With 500g (1.1 lbs) of pressure the scratches are almost completely gone after a few minutes.
The big next-generation game console releases are just days away, and Sony is getting ready with a major update to the PlayStation Android app. Just as Sony promised, the app will plug into the PS4 and all Sony's associated online services. You'll need a PS4 to take full advantage of the app, but it seems like it'll be much more useful in the PlayStation 4 era.