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Hands-On With The Moto Z And Moto Z Force (...And Mods)

I had a chance to go hands-on with the Moto Z and Z Force today (full name: Lenovo Moto Z DROID Edition and Lenovo Moto Z Force DROID Edition... which, OK), and here are my initial thoughts. Videos also follow.

First, I think both phones actually feel of a high quality - the design Moto is going with here is actually a lot nicer in person than I think various leaked photos have given these devices credit for. In particular, I love the black / dark gray versions of both devices - they have kind of a Darth Vader thing going on, if you ask me.

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Motorola Has Four Moto Mods Ready To Launch Alongside Moto Z, More Coming Later

The first time we heard about Motorola's plans to launch a phone with modular back plates, they were called Amps and there were going to be at least six of them. However, Motorola only announced four "Moto Mods" with the new Moto Z today. You'll be able to get stereo speakers, a projector, a battery, or a pretty back cover.

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Lenovo Announces Moto Z And Moto Z Force, With Verizon Droid Editions Arriving First

So Lenovo, you're not going to let Motorola announce its own stuff anymore, is that it? That certainly seems to be the take-away from the company's reveal at its Lenovo Tech World presentation in San Francisco. In between discussions of new tablets, augmented reality 3D design, and network tech, the much-leaked Moto Z flagship was announced at the event, along with the Moto Z Force. They're both coming in "DROID Editions" only to Verizon, at least initially.

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Lenovo Phab2 Pro Tango Phone Is Official—Coming In September For $499

Lenovo did as expected and announced the Phab2 pro Android phone at Tech World today, making it the first consumer-ready device with Google Tango technology built-in. The leak appears to have been accurate; this is a huge 6.4-inch phone with an array of cameras and sensors on the rear. The phone will launch worldwide in September as an unlocked device for $499.

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SHIELD Android TV Update 3.2 Will Add A Built-In Plex Media Server And Remote File Access, Among Other Improvements

The SHIELD TV is the best Android TV device around, even if its competition isn't up to much. With NVIDIA's Tegra X1 architecture and an available 500GB hard drive on the Pro model, one might wonder why something like the fan-favorite Plex software wasn't available before. (Plex was previously installed on the SHIELD, but only as a client for streaming media from another server.) Well soon enough it will be: NVIDIA and Plex announced that the next update to the SHIELD firmware will include a built-in Plex media server.

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Google Replaces Obnoxious Arrow Navigation In Maps Street View With Super Smooth Swiping

Have you ever opened up Street View in Google maps and tried to move more than a couple of steps to get a good look around? It's useful and kinda cool, but also utterly horrible. Every move required a tap on the little arrows at the bottom, and you had to wait a little bit after each tap before making the next one. Plus, the arrows weren't always very clear about where they would take you. Seriously, it was really bad. But there's great news: Google is throwing out the old arrows and switching to a new swipe-to-move feature that makes Street View super fluid and much easier to use.

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Latest Street View Update Adds Blur Tool To Photospheres And Reveals Plans To Add Features For Professional Photographers [APK Download + Teardown]

For many of us, the Street View name is linked to a convenient way to look around at places we haven't been, whether it's just an address we're about to drive to or one of the world's greatest mountains. We don't usually associate it with making money, but a lot of businesses have started investing in virtual tours to attract more customers. For a few years, Google has been working to help businesses pair up with independent photographers and agencies to capture scenery for potential visitors. The interface for this was entirely web based, but now it looks like some of the operations will soon become available through the Street View app itself.

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Deus Ex GO Will Give Square-Enix's Mobile Board Games A Sci-Fi Makeover Later This Year

E3, the biggest video game trade show on the planet, is ramping up next week. Most of the news will only be relevant for PC and console gamers, but a few of the mega-publishers will be announcing mobile fare too, and Square-Enix is getting ahead of the pack. Along with a new primary entry in its futuristic post-human action series Deus Ex, the publisher has announced Deus Ex GO, a mobile game with similar elements to the existing Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO titles. It'll be available on phones and tablets "this summer" according to the reveal trailer.

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Developer Hacks Together A Case That Lets You Run Android On An iPhone

So you're one of the Android faithful, but you're also slightly interested in Apple's hardware? What can you do about that? One Nick Lee from development and design studio Tendigi came up with a solution that is both novel and terrible. It's an iPhone case that runs Android. Yes, really.

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A Bunch Of Jeopardy Nerds Have Never Heard Of Android Or Marshmallow


Alright, so I get that most of what we cover here on Android Police probably goes straight over the head of an average Joe. Honestly, I don't expect anyone but the most hardcore Android enthusiasts to have ever heard of things like Google Play Services, kernel sources, or unlocked bootloaders. Heck, I'm always more than happy to teach people how to set up Google Photos and backup their digital memories for free or to use a Chromecast to mirror video and audio to a TV. It's my job to know this, and I'm fine with other people having different interests.

But sometimes I think the generalized ignorance has gone a bit too far.

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