When I had the Republic Wireless Moto X for testing, the company said it planned to have support for reactivations ready in a few months. Well, it's finally happening – Republic Wireless can now handle reactivations for the Moto X and the older Motorola Defy XT.
Without reactivations, you can never put a Republic device on a different account than the one it was originally activated on. That's a problem if you want to jump ship to another carrier and sell the phone (or if you want to buy a used RW phone from one of those folks).
Amazon already owns the most popular brand for ebooks, having debuted the Kindle ages ago and attracted consumers and publishers alike before other big players managed to establish a foothold in the industry. Now the company's going after comics. It could continue to expand its library of Kindle editions, but the speedier approach would be the buy the best competitor out there. So that's what Amazon is doing. The company has just announced plans to acquire comiXology, the makers of a popular digital comics platform, not to mention a couple of great Android comic book reading apps.
Late last year, Gmail started showing images by default in a way that Google says doesn't compromise general security. Now Yahoo has released an update for its Android mail app that does precisely the opposite. Now those pesky images are blocked by default (or is the story here... that they weren't already?).
The option to toggle this is tucked away in the app settings, so there's nothing stopping users from going back to living wild and free.
A flood of email fills our inboxes over the course of a month, and as the generally somewhat vaguely nice people that we pride ourselves on being, we do our best to respond to them. But we're not a helpline, nor do we hold much sway over what Google, Samsung, or Sprint say, think, and do. We, frankly, are powerless to address some of the concerns people bring to us. It's sad, I know, but take a look for yourself.
If you've been anxiously awaiting your opportunity to get your very own Google Glass, and somehow you've missed every other invite or code giveaway, your time is coming up in just a few days. The Glass team has confirmed documents leaked to The Verge that indicate Google will be giving a one-day pass to all residents of the United States to join the Explorer Program and purchase their very own head-mounted unit.
It's becoming more common for manufacturers to put their proprietary applications in the Play Store for easy updating, a trend essentially started by Motorola. HTC recently followed suit by adding several of its apps – including Sense TV, Gallery, and BlinkFeed – to the Store.
Google's previously announced enhancement to the Verify Apps framework is rolling out to users now, according to the official Android blog. Your device already has the standard Verify Apps system built-in that scans at the time of installation, but the new version will be watching all the time for suspicious activity.
Verify Apps compares each app you install with known malware signatures, but there's always a possibility you are downloading a form of malware that hasn't been identified yet.
Wind-up Knight 2 first appeared in the Play Store last month, but it was geo-restricted to Canada to get the kinks worked out. Now it's ready for everyone else to take a look at. Just like the previous title, Wind-up Knight 2 is an action-platformer with style to spare. It offers in-app purchases, but does so in a pretty reasonable way.
Saturday, April 12th is increasingly looking like a big day for T-Mobile. Yesterday the carrier introduced its new "Simple Starter" plan going for $40. Now, for day 2 of 3 "un-carrier" announcements leading up to this weekend, T-Mobile has unveiled "Operation Tablet Freedom." This offer entices customers to purchase LTE versions of tablets for the same price as the Wi-Fi versions. The company will then provide 1GB of free 4G LTE data for the remainder of the year in addition to the 200MB of free data lasting for the life of the device.
Somebody - let's call him Joe - loves for his point-and-shoot camera to be powered by Android. Nothing inspires Joe Somebody to go out and take photos like being able to crop out stray pedestrians, apply filters, and upload straight to several social networks without having to move images off his SD card beforehand. He loves his old Nikon Coolpix S800c, but that Gingerbread-powered device is looking a bit long in the tooth these days (after all, it was already two versions behind when he bought it).