December 14, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
About a month and a half ago, Motorola decided to remove some of its reliance on firmware updates by putting its camera app on the Google Play Store. And although we’ve seen generally great response times from most major carriers in updating the flagship Moto X, this was a fantastic move on their part because devices could now have an improved camera experience, without having to wait for a carrier-approved OTA update.
Now, Motorola has issued an update to their camera app , bringing some new and exciting features for Moto X and Moto G devices running Android 4.4. First and foremost, the app brings focus and exposure control by allowing you to drag the exposure and focus bracket to anywhere on the screen. These are set together, so you can’t focus in on a certain object while metering for another, but that’s not a huge limitation. And speaking about exposures, they are not locked during Panorama capture, making for an overall smoother picture.
December 8, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Despite its insanely cheap $179 asking price, the Moto G is a legitimately good smartphone. Sure, it doesn’t pack the latest specs or highest resolution and largest screen, but it is more than powerful enough to deliver a fluid user interface to its more than adequate 720p panel. And to top it off, the device is slated to get official KitKat love in the relatively near future.
We recently created a forum for the new device, and it has since seen the beginnings of aftermarket development love. Now, things are about to get a whole lot more exciting, as Motorola has released the GPL-mandated kernel source for the device—a prerequisite for the real development to begin.
Naturally this means nothing in the immediate term for end users. However, the timely source release and the device’s excellent value will almost certainly equate to plenty of development fun to come. Head over to SourceForge to download the open source files, and don’t forget to share your development work in our newly created Moto G forum!
We added a couple of new forums today for a pair of very intriguing devices. First up is the Moto G. This recently released device doesn’t exactly have flagship aspirations. Its $179 off-contract asking price isn’t really targeting the midrange either. Rather, this is meant to be a phone for the masses. But unlike most other devices in its price range, the Moto G actually packs some relatively healthy specs. The device features a 4.5-inch 720p LCD panel. Powering the screen, we have a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, which is backed by a 2070 mAh battery. The device features 1 gig of RAM and either 8 or 16 gigs of internal storage. It lacks LTE and even DC-HSPA+, but it can reach a theoretical maximum of 21 Mbit with its single-channel HSPA radio. The device ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but will see an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The Moto G is already available in Europe, and is expected to arrive stateside by the end of January.
Next up is the Oppo N1. This device is intriguing on many fronts. First of all, it’s huge. With a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS panel, the phone certainly stands out. It also has a rather unique camera module that rotates to allow for full quality selfies. The N1 packs relatively powerful internals thanks to its quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. It also features 2 gigs of RAM and either 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage. The device ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But much like the company’s previous efforts with the Find 5 and the R819, the N1 features tremendous development potential thanks to the company’s developer friendly attitude and early work by developers such as XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD.
Do either of these new devices tickle your fancy? Personally, I can’t think of a better budget option than the G, and anything from Oppo is automatically exciting. Head over to the newly created forums below to get started: