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New X Button Appears In YouTube App For Some Users

Google may have finally unleashed the new YouTube app layout to the world after four months of testing, but that doesn't mean it's done tweaking the YouTube app or testing new design features. The latest tweak-in-testing, after a redundant (and non-standard) share icon is a new X button on the video player.

Right now, if you're watching a YouTube video through the official YouTube app, you can tap the video player to bring up the scrubber and lots of other controls - minimize, add to playlist, share (again), full screen, and an overflow menu which offers quality and closed captioning options.

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Glass Explorer Program Will End January 19th As Glass 'Graduates' Google[x]

The Google Glass team announced today, in a post to its Google+ page, that Glass is "graduating from Google[x] labs," presumably still marching toward a "real" consumer launch.

According to the post, January 19th will mark the official end of the Explorer program, a program that has spanned years and seen plenty of awesome, annoying, and controversial moments as Glass has looked for a place in the hearts and minds of tech consumers and its own place in the broader wearable ecosystem, finding homes in operating rooms, fashion runways, fire houses, magazines, music videos, and showers.

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As Google iterates on Glass (whether the iterations contain Intel chips or not), the Glass team is becoming its own team at Google outside Google[x].

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Yet Another Photo Purports To Show Shamu, Motorola's Gigantic Maybe-Nexus

Relative to last year's downpour of Nexus 5 leaks, there's been a bit of a drought in Nexus phone rumors this season. So far, we know that Motorola is expected to have made a large Nexus device codenamed Shamu, which multiple sources have affirmed and which is supposed to share an impressive spec sheet with another device codenamed Quark. This device is supposed to be set for a November release.

What it looks like (or how it even came to be) are still up in the air, however. Until we know more concrete info (or hear an official announcement), there's no way to reliably nail down the details.

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Rumor: 9to5Google Divulges More Alleged Shamu Specs, Affirms 5.9" Display For Motorola's Nexus

We've been hearing a lot about Volantis lately, but what about the other supposed Nexus device - Shamu? Since we originally broke the story back in July (with the Information affirming Shamu's existence soon after) things have been relatively quiet, with only a benchmark test here or there popping up with alleged specs that seemed to point to a smaller device.

Today, however, 9to5Google has divulged specs and details about the device in which the outlet seems fairly confident. 9to5 says it can corroborate the 5.9" screen size, and notes that "the device we've learned about" actually carries the following specs, some of which clash with earlier reports:

  • 5.92" QHD display (498PPI)
  • 3200mAh battery
  • 13MP camera and 2MP front shooter
  • Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 3GB RAM

Worth noting is that 9to5's information aligns almost perfectly with information we received earlier this year, but they also sound very close to a device we've seen under the name Quark, which may in fact be the basis for Shamu.

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Motorola Updates Boot Services App With April Fools Animation, 'Powered By Android' Branding

A few days ago, it was confirmed that Google had started asking manufacturers to brand boot animations with a specific "Powered by Android" lockup as part of Google's Mobile Services license. Samsung's Galaxy S5 and HTC's new One M8 both carry the branding, and today Motorola's Moto X and Moto G have joined the party, but Motorola has something else in store as well - a new boot animation just in time for April Fools Day. The animation features a UFO, bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster, all exposed by Motorola's spotlight. Check out the full sequence below.

The updated animation sequence comes in an update to Moto's Boot Services app on the Play Store.

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Motorola Confirms Android 4.4 For DROID Mini, Ultra, Maxx, And Moto X

This afternoon, Motorola's Punit Soni shared a post on Google+ to follow up on the company's earlier "more to share soon..." post. Soni's post pointed users toward Motorola Mobility's online upgrade checking interface, which tells users whether or not their Motorola device will be receiving any planned updates.

The tool now confirms that Android 4.4 KitKat will be coming to the Moto X along with the DROID Mini, Ultra, and Maxx.

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Of course, the site mentions nothing about a timeline, but does have the option to sign up for email alerts for when the updates do become available.

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First Motorola X Press Images Hit The Web [Updated: White And Profile]

The leakiest and one of the most mysterious phones in recent history just got a little less mysterious as @evleaks dropped the first official press renders onto our sleepy heads late Friday night. The OS is close to stock (it's Android 4.2.2 for now, but we fully expect 4.3 soon after its release), the cameras are where they're supposed to be, the on-screen buttons make us happy, and overall, it's not such a bad-looker for a mid-spec, affordable device.

The specs we've been able to independently confirm include:

  • A dual-core (not quad-core) Qualcomm S4 Pro MSM8960DT 1.7GHz CPU, Adreno 320 GPU (I'm not actually sure what the "d" stands for in the processor model number)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 720x1184 4.7" (about 4.5" without on-screen buttons) display
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera / 10.5MP rear camera
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 16GB internal memory, 12GB of which is user-accessible (at least in one variant)
  • NFC
  • 2,200 mAh battery (tipped by @evleaks and the fact I've confirmed in FCC docs)
  • About 18-19K AnTuTu score
  • About 7100 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme score

Remember, Motorola wants this phone to be affordable, so it doesn't sport high-end flagship specs.

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Leaked Video Shows Moto X With Always-On Voice Commands, Camera Gestures, And More [Updated]

Google+ user Дима Прокопенко has just given us a tantalizing, more complete look at the Moto X, posting a Rogers "Tech Experts" demo video that shows off some of the hotly-anticipated device's unique features.

Before we get to features, it's worth noting that the video indicates a Rogers launch "in August," as an exclusive for the Canadian carrier.

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The video also shows off the Moto X's always-on voice commands, allowing users to query Google Search with their voice regardless of whether they're in the search app.

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The Moto X will also lack an LED notification light, favoring instead "Active Updates," which "quietly" light up the display with the time and an icon related to your notification.

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Motorola Teases The Moto X Like A Boss, Launches Patriotic Ad Before Fourth Of July

Motorola is rolling out its first ad for its upcoming Moto X tomorrow, one day before Americans kick off Independence Day celebrations. This is no coincidence. Motorola wants its Made-In-The-USA smartphone to stir patriotism in the hearts of consumers across the country. Yet that is just the beginning. Not only is the company pushing the Moto X as the first smartphone designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA, it's calling it the first smartphone that you can design yourself. If you're an American, this statement skips over platitudes of individual liberty and hits you straight in the gut. How can you not want to buy this phone?

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Moonshot 'Project Loon' Official – Google Will Set The Internet Adrift 'On The Stratospheric Winds' Using Balloons

"Many people don't realize … the majority of the world is not connected to the internet. How do we get cost-effective, inexpensive, and reliable connectivity to the remaining 5 or 6 billion people who don't have it?"

Chief Technical Architect Rich DeVaul poses this question in introducing the technology behind Project Loon – the newly (officially) announced project from Google X that aims to bring internet connectivity to "rural, remote, and underserviced areas," as well as those affected by natural disasters. The project doesn't seek to do this with a hulking wired infrastructure, however. No, Google plans to do this using the "effortless elegance" of balloons, combined with the power of stratospheric wind.

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