THE NEW MOTO - I AM IMPRESSED, HOW ABOUT YOU ?????
You Asked, We Listened: Announcing Changes to Our Developer Edition Program
At Motorola, we’re focused on delivering the best Android experiences and the best of Google services. Over this past year, we’ve worked very hard to create ways for users to express themselves using their mobile devices. Customers who purchase Developer Edition devices want the flexibility to take this even further and tinker with the operating system. This may include creating and flashing a custom build of Android or porting one from an enthusiast community. Up until now, when a customer requested a bootloader unlock code we would void the warranty for that Developer Edition device.
We are excited to support the developer and enthusiast communities by making two key changes to the Developer Edition program:
For customers who have previously purchased a 2012 or 2013 Developer Edition device directly from Motorola and who have requested a bootloader unlock code, we will reinstate the warranty effective from the date of original purchase. (You’ll recognize these models because they come with a printed “Developer Edition” across the back and include the Moto X DE (for GSM networks), Moto X DE (for Verizon), and Droid Maxx DE (Verizon).)
In addition, recovery images (as shipped from the factory) will be posted here. A developer or enthusiast can use this image to restore their device to run with its original factory software.
We hope that you like these changes. Keep telling us what you think (you can use the comments section below or participate in one of the many G+ forums such as Moto X).
We strongly believe in the developer and enthusiast communities and intend to keep making changes to better support them.
Posted by Punit Soni, Software Product Management
Owners of any of the new Droid lineup got some good news today straight from Punit Soni himself. In a conversation on Google+, he was asked if the new Droid lineup would be skipping 4.3 and going directly to 4.4 in which he responded with "We are moving directly to 4.4. I dont like to discuss timing. It puts a lot of stress on the team, and there is always a chance we find something which delays us a bit. Rest assured, we are on it. You have seen the speed with which we are moving as a Google company, that shall continue."
This is some amazing news for us. I have been following Punit Soni since he started and this man has always been in contact with the community and has continued this trend. He throws us a bone and from what I can see, has yet to really disappoint. Its not very often that you see someone in his position chat with the general public as much as he does so this is a breath of fresh air. Follow him on Google+ for the latest updates. Punit Soni Google+
EDIT/WARNING: IN DISCUSSING THIS WITH OTHER STAFF, WE DECIDED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO INFORM EVERYONE THAT IN THE UP AND COMING OTA, THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT YOU WILL LOSE ROOT. IF YOU WISH TO MAINTAIN ROOT AND CONTINUE DOING THE THINGS YOU LOVE, ACCEPTING THE OTA IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU MAY WANT TO DO. OLD METHODS USED TO MAINTAIN ROOT WHILE TAKING A UPDATE MAY/WILL NOT WORK ANYMORE. IF YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN ROOT, WAIT FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR BUILD/ROM FROM YOUR FAVORITE DEVELOPER INSTEAD OF PARTICIPATING IN ANY SOAK OR TAKING ANY OTA.
11. ENCRYPT YOUR DATA
It is simple to do assuming your device supports it. Go into settings, and depending on the model phone you have and OS, typically start by looking in under the 'Security' section. Most users will have the ability to encrypt their storage card, and in some cases, the entire phone. By enabling encryption, no one will be able to get into the contents of your phone if it is ever lost or stolen. The data is irretrievable to anyone except the holder of the keys.
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Now available in a stable release for mobile devices...... well, at least a couple. Currently the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 are supported devices. Backed by Canonical, this upcoming OS has potential to go big. They are looking to release devices with the OS out of the box at the end of this year or early 2014.
Apparently there has been a lot of cheating going on in Android Benchmarks. Sadly, your News Mistress is a bit of a newbie and this has me going...
So, check out this expose on AnandTech. It sure makes you wonder if the specs on that new device you are eyeing are correct. At least I think that's what this means.
Photos courtesy of XDA
The freedom to buy your toys where and how you want takes yet another hit as Samsung starts restricting the SIM to the region of purchase. Apparently this doesn't apply to devices already delivered, but if you get anything new, be prepared to use it where you buy it. It looks like the two geographic areas at this time are Europe and the Americas.
This won't be too much of a problem for the tech savvy, but the globetrotting general public better start counting on some hefty roaming charges.
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HTC One Developer Edition users are getting some fresh Jelly Beans,, jumping from Version 1.29.1540.17 To 3.22.1540.1. Supposedly our friendly HTC One users from the land of Poutine will be getting it soon as well. When will it come to the States? Who knows.
How many HTC One users do we have here?
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