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Moto X hands-on

Moto X hands-on

Motorola is back, and the Moto X is its coming out party. The culmination of Google's new hand on the wheel, the "context aware" smartphone promises to step away from the core-chasing that plagues Android today, and instead deliver real usability improvements like entirely voice-activated Google Now, a camera with better low-light performance that doesn't sacrifice megapixels along the way, and the promise of all-day battery life. Google has had a year to work with Motorola for this relaunch: the Moto X is the fruit of that labor, and it's already tasting mighty fine. Read on for our first-impressions as to why the Moto X is a mobile game-changer.

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Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

Moto X official: Touchless Google Now and 10MP Clear Pixel camera

The Moto X is official, relaunching Motorola and bringing Google Now to the forefront of the Android experience. The year-long handiwork of Google's new management, the Moto X trades spec-bingo for usability and customization options, like sixteen casing colors to choose between, and instant all-voice access to Google Now. Inside the 4.7-inch 720p HD smartphone there's a new Motorola X8 architecture and a custom-stacked battery for balancing power and runtime when it lands on all five networks this August.

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Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google is experimenting with a "hyper-local news card" for Google Now that flags up location-specific information, such as nearby store promotions, social activities, or breaking news. The new card, currently in internal testing as Google works on the overall "Explore" experience, was confirmed by VP of search and assist at the company, Johanna Wright. Speaking to Quartz, Wright described the new info pane as "very, very targeted to you and your interests."

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 (with Sense 5.0) update detailed

HTC One Android 4.2.2 (with Sense 5.0) update detailed

The update to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on both the HTC One and the HTC Butterfly (international version of the DROID DNA, that is), has been a long time coming. Today it's appeared only on some international models of the HTC One with a bit of a boost to Sense 5.0 as well (without the name change) - and the aesthetic changes are what's heading the pack. While we're expecting this change to hit carrier models in the near future, right this minute it's just popping up on a select few models across the sea.

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Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

A series of patent infringement claims have been filed by Apple this month surrounding both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the Android-centric Google Now system. Two "Siri" patents have been pulled up by Apple surrounding unified search, each of them originally attached to a suit that filed against the Android Quick Search Box in devices running Android 4.0 and lower. Apple has also claimed in a similar document this week that claims against past Samsung Galaxy devices continue to hold true with the Samsung GALAXY S 4, the company asking that this device be included in a suit they've already got on the books.

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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

When we spoke with Matias Duarte earlier this year about Google Now, it seemed as though Google Now would become the "control panel" of sorts for every smart device it appeared on. Now that we've seen the initial Google Now push for the iPhone and iPad, it would seem that Google doesn't want to simply give Apple products their whole "Now" experience. Instead Google's release of the Google Now experience on iOS is an assistant to Google Search.

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Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

This week the until-now Android-exclusive system Google Now reaches out to iOS inside the Google Search app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Both versions are tuned to the display size they appear on, with sets of "cards" appearing in a single column for iPhone and a set of two columns for iPad. These cards contain information about current events and the environment around the user based on their search history and interests.

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