August is over, and as a resident of the southern United States, I say good riddance - we're now beginning the slow slide into the more bearable part of the year. But Android apps know no season, and while the crop of new apps from August was a little light, there are a few that you should definitely check out. Below are the Android Police writers' picks for the best new apps from the last month, plus a few honorable mentions.
Lenovo is an up-and-coming player in the Android world, having taken the Chinese smartphone market by storm in the last couple of years. Now that it owns Motorola, we'll likely be hearing the Lenovo name even more often over here in the US as the company seeks to expand the presence of its Android portfolio across the world.
This is probably especially true of tablets, which Lenovo has consistently been creating for a number of years now, and an area where Motorola has generally fallen flat.
The new Moto X is official, and now, so are a few of its carrier arrangements. This list is bound to grow over time, but as of now AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular have all confirmed that they will carry the phone this fall. Motorola says the handset will launch later this month, but time may vary between when each of the carrier begins to offer it online and in stores.
Now that we've seen new videos for the Moto 360, Moto Hint, and the new Moto X and G, there's one more promo video to watch - this one, revolving around the "Choose Choice" tagline, gives some behind-the-scenes looks at the "choices" that went into the other videos, including some of the construction work that went into the crazy set used in the other four videos. Like the other videos, it's around a minute long, so it's worth checking out while we wait for more updates to Motorola's website.
The hits just keep on coming. A video for Motorola's second-generation Moto G has been posted before the expected reveal later this evening/morning. According to the video, the phone will use a larger, 5-inch HD (read: 1280x720) screen, and the unidentified processor is a quad-core model. Motorola also highlighted the fact that the Moto G will get "pure Android with [a] guaranteed upgrade."
The Motorola homepage was also briefly updated with a few hints of the Moto G, among other devices.
One of the less dramatic software additions to the Moto X was the handy and unobtrusive camera launch gesture. While most phones have a quick-launch function for the camera on the lockscreen, the Moto X (and Verizon's me-too DROIDs from 2013) can quickly access the camera with two twists of the wrist, even when the phone's screen is off. According to a video spotted by A Tech Website (no, that's really the name) the upcoming Moto X+1, or possibly "the new Moto X," retains this function.
Motorola is still teasing us all with a few more hours of waiting before the X+1, Moto G, and everything else is official, but the phones have apparently broken cover on the website of German retailer Media Markt. The pages have a few images, but we've seen those leaked already. What's of primary interest here is the full spec list for both devices.
The page calls the new X simply "Moto X (2nd generation)," so perhaps the rumored name isn't accurate, or Media Markt is still using a place-holder.
Motorola is revealing its new line of products today, but only for press that are in Chicago for the private event. Everyone else gets to wait until 1AM central time for the embargo to drop. Well, a Brazilian retailer called Lojas Colombo may have jumped the gun a little by posting (and quickly pulling) a YouTube video showing off the new Moto G. Don't worry, there's a mirror below.