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Jimmy McGee · Oct 6, 2014

Moto X Available in the UK, Repartitioning The Moto Defy and HTC Pico, and Making Sony Small Apps – XDA TV

The Moto X (2014) is now available in the UK! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the Motorola Defy gaining new life with a system repartition and be sure the check out the article showing you how to make your own small apps! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 6, 2014

[OTA Captured] Android 4.4.3 Now Rolling out to Unlocked, T-Mobile, and Certain Regional Variants of the Moto X

What a week this has been for Android firmware updates! Just one day after Android 4.4.3 was officially released, Motorola announced that it would begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E starting this week. Well folks, that time is now here, and the Moto X is officially the first non-Nexus/GPe device to receive Android 4.4.3. The Android 4.4.3 update for the Moto X first started making its way out to the unlocked GSM Moto X (XT1053) early Wednesday morning,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 3, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Rolling Out to Moto X, E, and G Starting Today!

Folks, it looks like Good Guy Moto is at it again! Just yesterday, we covered the launch of Android 4.4.3, and today we took a look at the latest version of KitKat what exactly has changed in 4.4.3. Also earlier today, the update started making its way out to the WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Now, we've got some great news for Moto device owners, as Motorola has just announced that it will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto...

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Samantha · May 16, 2014

Twist Your Wrist to Launch Apps on Your Moto X

Rather than having a dedicated physical camera button that you can hold down to quick launch the camera app, the Moto X comes with a gesture that instead requires you to twist your wrist twice in order to access the camera quickly. We've seen this feature before with apps like Magus, which offers a lot more customization. If you would rather not install a separate app and retain this native function, but with the added freedom of being able to choose which app to launch, Twisty Switch...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 8, 2014

Always-On Listening Mode Proof-of-Concept Demoed on the Nexus 5

When the Moto X was first announced, many were skeptical about the supposedly flagship device with less than flagship specifications. Then as time went on, it gradually became clear that the Moto X wasn't exactly about raw hardware specs. Rather, the device's innovative features were its selling points. We've already seen various Active Display-like implementations for other devices, but for many, the coolest feature of the Moto X is undoubtedly the famous "OK Google Now" wake-up hot word. This lead many...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 14, 2014

Android 4.4.2 for Unlocked HTC One and Moto X, Convert Moto G into Play Edition – XDA Developer TV

Android KitKat 4.4.2 is now available for the unlocked and developer edition HTC Ones! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 3 is available for 50 devices and their is now a way to turn your Moto G into a Play Edition! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 11, 2014

T-Mobile / Unlocked / Developer Moto X (XT1053) Receives Android 4.4.2, OTA Captured!

Googorola may now be Motonovo, but this hasn't stopped the expedient firmware updates for the critically acclaimed Moto X---at least not yet. Now, a wild update appears for the T-Mobile, unlocked, and GSM developer editions of the device, which brings the Moto X to the very latest flavor of Android KitKat, version 4.4.2. A few days ago, the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X began receiving an incremental OTA to Android 4.4.2 as part of a limited release soak test. Coming...

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Samantha · Jan 29, 2014

Add Personal Messages to Your Moto X Boot Animation with Bootiescreen

Although you don't normally see the boot animation very often, especially on a device with a pretty stable ROM, the inevitable and occasional (or perhaps frequent) reboot prompts you to sit through the whatever flashy wave, colorful pulsating icon, or even a bland Android mascot for those 10 or so seemingly "eternal" seconds. If you're looking for an easy way to make it that much more interesting on the Moto X, you may want to check out Bootiescreen. Developed by...

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Samantha · Jan 20, 2014

Restore Your Moto X Back to ‘Brand New’ with the Moto X Restore Utility

So you've already cracked the screen on your beloved Moto X when it just 'somehow' fell to the ground, and you're worried that Motorola will void the warranty because you're phone is rooted. Developer editions aside, there probably isn't much of a chance the tired and overworked device repairman will discover and immediately reject your device, but it wouldn't hurt to refresh your device back to 'brand new' as a safeguard. To help with this, XDA Recognized Developer mattlgroff has...

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Samantha · Jan 17, 2014

Set Up Your Moto X on a Mac

If you're an Android device owner who happens to use a Macintosh, you may feel a bit left out at certain times, especially with regards to toolkits and other software for your device. Sadly, the majority of toolkits run only on Windows PC, with Mac and Linux support unfortunately low on the list of priorities. Thankfully, there's good news for Moto X and Mac owners, as XDA Forum Member mjphillips1981 developed a nice toolkit that helps you perform various Moto X...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jan 8, 2014

Surprising News: Moto X Has a Notification Light

LED notification lights are nothing unusual on most Android devices. They are widely available on most devices, ever since the first Android devices saw the light of day. Nevertheless, some devices launch without LED notification lights. A popular example is the Moto X---at least that was what everyone thought at first. Rather, it uses its innovative active notifications system to handle all notifications. XDA Senior Member Jayrod1980 discovered that the Moto X actually has a green notification light that starts blinking when a...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 25, 2013

Find a New Phone or Tablet Under the Tree? Let XDA Help You Make the Most of It!

Once again, all of us here at XDA would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season! Undoubtedly, many of our happy readers are waking up to some extra Holiday cheer in the form of shiny new tech acquisitions. Luckily, XDA is here and has your back in helping you make the most of your new, Android-powered tech toy(s). You may remember that a little while ago, we shared with you our Best of 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Now, we're...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 19, 2013

Good Guy Moto at it Again, Releases KitKat Code for Moto X

Ever since Sony began its Xperia AOSP experiment on the Sony Xperia S, the company has been a shining beacon of developer friendliness in a sea of almost ubiquitously uncooperative OEMs. Luckily, there are a few other OEMs like Oppo that choose to work with rather than against the developer community. For some time now, Motorola has shown itself to be one of the "good guys" in the Android OEM scene. Now they're at it again by releasing KitKat code for the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 14, 2013

Motorola Camera App Update Brings Manual Focus and Exposure Controls

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 12, 2013

Sprint Moto X Finally Receiving Android 4.4 KitKat

Today marks the final chapter in the Android 4.4 KitKat update saga for the Moto X, a story that certainly packed a few surprises. We were all caught off guard when Verizon became the first carrier to push out the KitKat upgrade for the device. In fact, the Verizon variant of the Moto X actually received the first KitKat update for any OEM-skinned device, beating out even the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition devices and the Nexus...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 4, 2013

US Cellular Moto X Getting Android 4.4 Today, Sprint “Coming Soon,” Republic Wireless Early Next Year

Verizon and Motorola shocked us mid last month with the rather expedient Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Moto X. Three days later, we saw T-Mobile follow suit. Then later that day, AT&T joined the KitKat Moto X party as well. Curiously, we haven't seen an official KitKat update from America's third-largest carrier: Sprint. Now the fifth-largest carrier, US Cellular, has begun its phased roll out to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto X. Just like what we've come to...

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Samantha · Nov 25, 2013

Easily Set up Your Moto X with the Moto X Toolkit

Getting a new phone can be likened to a ritual in many ways. After ripping apart the delivery packaging and bubble wrap, delicately removing the sticky tape, opening the phone's box, finally holding the glorious new device in your hand, and then feeling the slight jolt of vibration when you turn it on for the first time, you come to realize that there's still quite a long way to go before it's ready. So rather than sitting at the PC...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 25, 2013

AT&T/T-Mobile Moto X Gets Android 4.4, Oppo N1 Easily Rooted, Sony Expands KitKat Rollout – XDA Developer TV

The T-Mobile and AT&T variants of the Moto X get Android 4.4 KitKat, hitting the public not long after it was released for the Verizon model! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week's news is the announcement that Sony is expanding its KitKat rollout list to include more Xperias and that the Xposed Framework now works with Android 4.4! In other important news, Jordan talks...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2013

Jcase Roots Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat Update with SlapMyMoto

After a fortuitous change of heart no doubt due to the influence of its new parent company, Motorola is now becoming one of the good guys. Along with their newly found acceptance of third-party developers, the company has also been pumping out KitKat updates for its flagship Moto X at an impressive pace. We were first shocked to see the Verizon model receive the first non-Nexus KitKat OTA update. Not too long after, we saw the T-Mobile and AT&T variants follow suit. One...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 22, 2013

AT&T Pushes Android 4.4 KitKat to Moto X

Good Guy Motorola---and surprisingly stand-up individual AT&T! We were initially quite shocked to see the Verizon variant of the Moto X become the first non-Nexus device to receive an official taste of Android 4.4 KitKat. This was an incredibly timely release, as it even beat out the official OTA for the Google Nexus 4, as well as both Google Play edition devices. Not too long after, we saw the T-Mobile variant follow suit with its own KitKat update. Now, we've...

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