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Here's how things work in the background. Contributors become bidders on AdSense, and the ads they outbid are the ones they don't have to see.
The original Moto X signaled a major design shift for Motorola, and the company has done an admirable job keeping the device updated to the latest versions of Android so far. The Moto X 2013 is now seeing its first Android 5.1 updates, specifically for the unlocked retail models in the United States and Brazil plus the Rogers carrier version sold in Canada, according to Motorola manager David Schuster. This comes after a few weeks of soak tests.
That's just a short while after the first Moto X 2014 models were given 5.1 updates, and about three months after Google officially announced Lollipop 5.1 itself.
Huawei is a huge device maker in Asia, and it's been slowly expanding into other markets too. The US has been essentially off-limits to the company, but that could be changing next month. At a June 2nd event, Huawei will talk about its plans for the US and it may announce its first North American device since the Mate 2.
After its introduction at CES, the curvtastic LG G Flex 2 is almost ready for primetime. The phone has been available for pre-order on Sprint in the US for a few days with a free Quick Circle case, but its global rollout is about to commence. It will first be offered on "major carriers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany, and the U.K," according to an LG Press Release, followed by key markets in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Aside from Sprint in the US, we know that AT&T will carry the G Flex 2 (only in grey, red is exclusive to Sprint) but their landing page still marks it as Coming Soon, and that U.S.
Motorola, in a post to its official blog today, announced that the Moto 360 would be back in stock on its website beginning Tuesday, September 16th. What's more exciting, though, is the promise of pre-order for new products beginning the same day. Yes, that means the new Moto X.
But before you get too excited, only the Moto X Pure Edition (the unbranded, unlocked version), and the AT&T variant will be available for pre-order Tuesday. Along with the Moto X, customers can pre-order the Moto Hint and the Motorola Turbo Charger.
The pre-order madness officially starts at 11am Central Time, with shipping dates provided on a per-case basis at checkout.
Sources are saying that Sprint will soon offer a Sony smartphone in the US for the first time. We can't tell you who these sources are, but they're the kind that have spoken to Reuters and The Wall Street Journal in two separate reports. And the device apparently won't be cheap either. We're talking about an upcoming Xperia flagship. With Sony expected to unveil the Z3 at IFA next week, well, you can fill in the blanks from here. The phone will reportedly be available in time for winter holiday season.
Our hands-on look at the Xperia Z2, which we don't expect the Z3 to deviate from all that much
Sprint will carry the handset in the US, while its owner SoftBank will provide the phone in Japan.
I've been lusting after ASUS' ambitious Padfone devices ever since they were announced way back in 2012. But since ASUS is a company that focuses on its home market first, we haven't seen hide nor hair of the docking smartphone-tablet hybrids over here in the United States. According to an Engadget interview with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, that could change as soon as the second quarter of next year.
The interview is a lengthy one, but the juicy bit is near the end: Shen says that ASUS is partnering with a "big operator" in the United States to launch the next iteration of the Padfone on our shores.
Much has been made of the fact that Motorola's shiny new flagship is made (or at least assembled) in America. But there's a downside to this: it looks as though aspiring Motorola customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the rest of the world will have to do without. Motorola has made it clear that the Moto X is only for the US, Canada, and Latin American markets.
That isn't to say that the company is not concerned with the worldwide marketplace. According to a Cnet interview with Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside, at least one model will be created with a lower price (and probably a wider distribution) in mind.
Google's charity-minded One Today app launched three months ago, inviting users to give away a dollar a day to a different deserving cause, sort of like a philanthropic version of Woot.com. The initial rollout was very limited, only opening to U.S. residents who had applied for and received an invitation. Now the invitation is no longer necessary: you can download One Today on just about any Android device, so long as you're in the United States.
One Today presents a new cause every day - today it's Water.org's Water For Life project, providing clean drinking water to remote villages.