Thursday, August 21, 2014

Motorola Goes Crazy, Possibly Launching 8 New Smartphones Within Next 4 Months

Motorola has been popping up in the news left and right lately, but none of that news has been as exciting as the newest announcement from the mobile phone company. According to a recent report from TKTechNews, Motorola is planning on making up for its relatively quiet first half of the year by prepping as many as eight different smartphones all set to launch in the second half of this year. Yeah, you read that right, EIGHT different smartphones.

Phones like the Moto S and Moto X Play are poised to join the familiar Moto X+1 and Moto G but the real big news is that the company could be reviving the formerly popular Droid line with a potential three new Droid phones. If you are an avid follower of the mobile industry then you have probably already heard that Motorola should be releasing new versions of the Moto X and Moto G sometime around September 4. Outside of these two confirmations, everything else is rumor and hearsay, which is where things get tricky.

One model that recently started circling the rumor mill is code named "Shamu" and was tied to some talk regarding Nexus. However, this device could ultimately come out under the Moto S name when, or if, it ever surfaces for real. This shouldn't deter you from hoping for a Motorola Nexus, as that is always a possibility. In addition to that, the Moto X Play could also come out as a mini version of the Moto S.

Even more interesting is the fact that the Droid series of smartphones may no longer be exclusive to Verizon. An anonymous source has indicated that AT&T could be launching their very own branded versions of the handsets. Regardless of carrier, it is advisable for mobile users be on the lookout for a refreshed Droid and Droid Maxx in addition to a Droid Turbo, all set to come out this year. Side note: If you are a Star Wars fan then you will be pleased to know that one of these devices may be offered in conjunction with an upcoming Star Wars promotion, which is pretty exciting news if you ask me.

This is definitely an interesting report, amplified by the fact that we are already well into the second half of the year, meaning there isn't much time left for these eight new Motorola devices to start coming out for real. The specific eight devices that are rumored to be coming out are the Droid, Droid Maxx, Droid Turbo, Moto X+1, a successor to the Moto G, Moto S, Moto X Play and Motorola Nexus. While all these choices may seem like a good idea and a good way to boost sales for Motorola, this could have the opposite effect. Let me explain with an analogy I got from learning improvisational comedy: If I ask you to pick your favorite ice cream, it may take you a while to choose just one, but if I tell you to pick your favorite out of chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, your choice becomes easier and your response faster. Basically what I'm saying is sometimes less is more.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Phone, Two OS choices Android or Windows

HTC and Microsoft are debuting the HTC One (M8) for Windows, making it the first time a device is offered on multiple operating systems – Android and Windows.

The phone comes with HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound, Duo Camera with UltraPixel technology, a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and support for the HTC Dot View case. 
Other specs include Windows Phone 8.1 Update, which incorporates a host of meaningful innovations including Cortana, Action Center, Apps Corner, and Live Tiles.

Cortana is Windows’ personal digital assistant, makes her HTC debut in this phone. Cortana is adept at search and setting calendar appointments. Cortana also offers the ability to warn you when it’s time to leave for your next appointment or remind you to pick up toilet paper and bread on the way home.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is also covered by HTC Advantage, which provides the industry’s only free cracked screen replacement.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available only through Verizon Wireless.