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[New App] Motorola Touchless Control Is Live In The Play Store, Only For The Moto X And New DROIDs (Of Course)

Motorola hasn't been shy with the apps as of late. They've published a handful of new ones in the last few weeks, most of which are exclusive to the multi-carrier Moto X and the new family of DROIDs for Verizon. The Skip app went live just a few hours ago, but the latest is possibly the phones' most visible feature, Touchless Control. It lets the new Motos react to voice while the phone screen is off with the command "OK Google Now."

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Don't get excited: the app is absolutely and emphatically only for the Moto X, DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX.

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Motorola Publishes Official Skip NFC Authenticator App On The Play Store

Motorola Skip, the NFC clip that lets you bypass your pattern / PIN lockscreen, was announced last week as an accessory exclusive for the Moto X. At the time, the Skip setup page linked to an app on the Play Store that wasn't yet publicly available, but that just changed. The Motorola Skip Setup app is required to get your Skip up and running. To set it up, install the app, turn on NFC on your phone, tap the skip against the back of your Moto X and follow the app's instructions. Easy.

You know, assuming you have a Skip. Or a Moto X.

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AT&T Moto X Launch Scheduled For August 23rd: Black And White In Retail Stores, Moto Maker Orders Get Free Skip Accessory

We were told that Motorola's new flagship would be coming soon, and we have not been disappointed. According to a press release issued this morning, the Moto X will be available at AT&T retailers and in the online store on August 23rd. Customers can order a customized model from the Moto Maker website, or use special kiosks in stores to begin the color and text selection process.

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The 16GB model of the Moto X will be $199.99 on a two-year contract, with the AT&T exclusive 32GB version running $249.99. (You'll probably want the upgrade: the Moto X has no MicroSD card slot.) Unsubsidized prices are $579.99 and $639.99, respectively.

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Meet The Motorola Skip: An NFC Clip That Unlocks Your Moto X And Has No Business Costing $20

Update: Motorola posted more concrete details on the Skip in an official blog post. It's made out of fabric, not metal, which implies that the clasp uses a couple of magnets. On the plus side, the Skip includes three "dots" - NFC stickers that can be paired in the same manner and bypass a lock screen or PIN. The Skip will be included free with Moto Maker purchases.

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Near-field communication has some pretty cool applications. With a little work you can set it up to automatically unlock your phone, say, when you put it in a dock. Motorola thinks that's a pretty neat idea, and also that you need something similar for your pants.

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Verizon Posts Moto X Signup Page, Shows Off Phone With Only One Verizon Logo

Have you been waiting with bated breath for news of the Verizon Wireless Moto X? Well, Big Red has made its Moto X signup page live so you can get the "latest information" on the device. I'm sure that's accurate. They wouldn't take your email, then wait days after the official release date is announced to let you know, right? At least not again.

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[New App] Motorola Drops Droid Zap Sharing App Into The Play Store, And No, You Can't Use It Yet

Remember the "Zap" feature that Motorola and Verizon hyped up during their latest press conference? You could be forgiven if you don't - the local sharing app is a solution looking for a problem, and it's only for the new DROID phones. Like the previous Moto-exclusive apps, Droid Zap has popped into the Play Store long before the launch of the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, or DROID Mini.

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Why have it in the Play Store? This is the receiver app, presumably included in the ROMs for the upcoming phones. It should allow any device to receive photos or videos from the new DROIDs, but you'll still need one yourself to send anything.

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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Offering Steep Pre-Order Discounts On New DROIDs: Ultra ($149.99), Maxx ($199.99), And Mini ($49.99)

You can't have them in your grubby little paws just yet, but as soon as the new Motorola DROID phones from Verizon are ready to ship, you can get them at a big discount from Wirefly. If you pre-order one of the devices now, you can save $50-100.

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The DROID Ultra (red or black) is going for $149.99, which is $50 off Verizon's price. The Mini is also $50 off, at just $49.99. The DROID MAXX is where the real savings are with $100 off the carrier price, bringing the total to $199.99. For phones that aren't even out yet, these are pretty awesome deals.

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CyanogenMod Adds Support For 11 More Devices, Including The Nook HD And HD+, DROID RAZR M And HD, And Verizon Note 10.1

The folks on the CyanogenMod team are always adding new devices to their ever-increasing list, and over the last few days they've added no less than eleven more. According to a pair of Google+ posts, there are new officially-supported phones and tablets including two Barnes & Noble Nooks, a ton of Motorola devices, and a few Samsungs thrown in for good measure. Here's the full list:

*These builds may also work for the DROID RAZR MAXX HD.

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AT&T To Android Users: We Don't Support Unlocked Bootloaders, So Stop Asking Us About Every Phone

In preparation for reporting on the general state of the Moto X bootloader, we reached out to AT&T for an official statement on the matter. We know that many potential buyers want to know whether they can fully modify their phones, especially after the HTC One X and Galaxy S4 were denied unlockable bootloaders on the carrier. Here's what they said in reply:

To ensure a safe and consistent experience on your wireless device, we do not support unlocked bootloaders.

That's a blanket statement. There's no room for give and take, and presumably it's applicable to all AT&T phones and tablets going forward.

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Motorola Clarifies The Moto X Bootloader Situation: Unlockable On Most Carriers, Developer Editions For AT&T And Verizon

A lot of you have been waiting to hear about the status of the bootloader in the Moto X - after all, if this is Motorola's new standard, how do they intend to go forward? The answer is a bit anti-climactic: according to this developer-focused page on the Motorola website, the Moto X for Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Rogers in Canada will be unlockable, along with "two models just for developers."

What are these two models? Motorola's Vice President of Product Management Punit Soni took to Google+ to clarify.

Moto X on the Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and T-Mobile networks will have an unlockable bootloader, and in addition, we will be offering a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and a general North American Developer Edition.

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