Motorola has started rolling out the much-anticipated Marshmallow update to all unlocked variants of the Moto G (2015) located in Europe. Strangely, the upgrade carries a slightly different version number to the firmware that was released for the handset in India and North America, but it appears to bundle the same functionality, as well as a handful of regional bug fixes and stability improvements.
As previously mentioned, this update transports the latest build of Marshmallow to the handset, and for those unaware of the differences between Android 5.0 and Android 6.0, the newest edition brings greater control over application permissions, an enhanced battery-life through Doze, a redesigned application drawer, and last but not least Fingerprint-authentication for payments.
To see if the upgrade is ready for your device, open up the Settings application, scroll right down to the bottom and tap on About Device, select the System Updates subheading, then tap Check for Updates. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to download and install it.
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Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi has missed its sales target for 2015 by 10 million units, but still managed a 14 percent growth in sales. While it is not a bad sign, it is much smaller than the massive surge in popular Xiaomi noticed in 2014.
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Motorola’s latest Moto 360 smartwatch has hit Amazon in India.
Prior to today, the only way to purchase the new Moto 360 in India was on Flipkart. With the addition of Amazon, users now have a secondary option when buying the new Moto 360 just in case one sells out.
Up for sale on Amazon are four versions of the smartwatch, the black 46mm, the silver 46mm, the black 42mm, and the silver 42mm. Both black versions include a black leather band and both silver versions come with a cognac leather band. Pricing is nearly the same as Flipkart which ranges from INR 19,999 (approx. $ 300 USD) to INR 24,999 (approx. $ 375 USD). To purchase yours, tap the source link down below.
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What’s the best smartphone platform of them all? We take a detailed look at the differences between the top three and try to pick a winner for various categories. Who will come out on top as we pit Android against iOS and Windows Phone?
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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic organization tool, a reliable Roku controller, an amazing wallpaper database and an incredibly addictive puzzle game.
Organization is key over the Christmas season. It’s important to make lists not only for the gifts you want to buy, but for the groceries you need to pick up, too. I’ve never been a fan of noting down chores on a piece of paper because I always seem to lose them — so this year I’ve done all my preparation on Google Keep.
For those unaware, Keep is an in-house application developed by Google, which enables you to record notes, lists and even photos. Any files created using the service can also be shared with other users, making it extremely easy to collaborate and assign tasks to friends, family and even colleagues.
Android Wear compatibility also means you can view your lists on your wrist. This is great when you’re out shopping as you can simply browse through the items you need to purchase, checking them off along the way.
If you own a Roku set-top-box, I’m sure you’d agree that its remote control is pretty shoddy and comes up short on the functionality scale. Due to its poor quality, the IR blaster has to be pointed directly at the box itself, which is a bit of a pain if you have all your third-party hardware neatly tucked away.
However, Roku recently updated its official companion application for Android to allow users to control their device over WiFi. In addition to having a fully-fledged remote accessible via their smartphone, adoptees will also be able to search for content and remotely open applications without having to trail through Roku’s long-winded menu system.
One of my favourite features, is the facility to push content from either your phone or tablet to your Roku box. I find this particularly handy when I’m having friends and or family round for dinner and they all want to see photos from a recent event or vacation.
As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, I’m quite partial to a creative background or two, and am constantly changing the wallpaper on my smartphone to suit my mood. This week, I think I may have discovered the best Material Design-inspired images database out there.
Backdrops is a free application available to download from the Play Store. It’s filled to the brim with tons of Full HD shots that have been handcrafted by a dedicated design and development team. There are even some device-specific renders stored inside the app, created solely to take full advantage of a handset’s color profiles, in order to produce the clearest possible picture.
If you have a weakness for a traditional puzzle games, then you’re going to love ZigZag. The title’s objective is simply to keep a ball on a wall. All you have to do is tilt your device up, down left and right to guide the ball along its path without allowing it to fall. As you progress through the game, however, the difficulty increases. Bends will appear more frequently, and the overall pace of the ball escalates.
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Each year, we look at the top trending videos on YouTube — the ones viewers chose to watch, share, and watch again. And every year, we see that brands are continuing to raise the bar to make great ads on YouTube — ads that viewers are choosing to watch, share, and watch again.
Today we’re releasing our YouTube Ads Leaderboard for 2015, highlighting the top 10 most popular ads of the year determined by factors including watch time, organic video views, engagement and audience retention. From crushing stereotypes to sharing heartfelt messages, these videos represent the most popular ads watched by YouTube viewers around the world.
While their messages may be unique, one unifying theme of these top trending ads is that they all went mobile. Collectively we watched these top ads more than 470 million times this year, and nearly two-thirds of these views took place on mobile. For the first time ever, more people watched the top 10 ads of the year on mobile devices than on desktop devices.
So without further ado, here are the top trending ads on YouTube in 2015:
For more on the top ads lists for the year, visit Think with Google.
Meredith Argeris, YouTube Marketing, recently watched “Imagine the Possibilities | Barbie.“
Smartphone shipments will slow to single-digit growth in 2015, driven by sluggish growth in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Western Europe; and lowered expectations for Windows Phone shipments.
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Tech for everyone on your holiday and Christmas lists. Laptops, phones, TVs, home theater, gadgets, and more.
Are you wondering whether to root your Android smartphone? Perhaps you’ve decided to do it and you just need to know how? You’ll find an explanation and a quick guide to Android rooting right here.
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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using for the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on an awesome third-party launcher, a renowned live-streaming application, a competitive pool game and last, but not least, a must-have travel tool.
Up first this week we have Hola Launcher, which made its way onto the Play Store back in August, 2014. I’ve been using this launcher on my LG G4 for a while now, and it’s safe to say, I don’t see myself switching back to Google’s stock alternative any time soon.
The application weights in at a mere 2.9MB, so it won’t take a huge toll on your device’s memory usage, meaning that your handset should stay clean, fast and responsive.
Don’t let its file size fool you, though. Hola is filled to the brim with the latest and greatest functionality any launcher has to offer, all of which are guaranteed to change the way you use your device. A few of my favorite features can be seen below:
To really get to grips with Hola Launcher, it’s best to see it in action, so be sure to check out the gallery below.
If you’re a huge gaming fan like me, you’re probably aware of the online live-streaming platform, Twitch, and since Forza Motorsport 6 launched last week, I’ve been unable to pull myself alway from the hoards of different streams showcasing the title’s insane gameplay — so I thought it only fitting to include Twitch in this week’s Apps of the Week column.
The application itself is essentially a secure portal to Twitch’s website, which gives you a direct link to broadcasts from all of your favorite streamers on your smartphone. If you happen to own a Chromecast, you can even Cast the stream to a big screen, which is great for when there’s a big tournament on, and you want to have a couple of mates over to watch it with you.
Contrary to popular belief, Twitch for Android is actually immensely stable and reliable. I’m happy to report that over the course of the past week, the app did not crash once and streams remained silky smooth in Full HD regardless of the data connection being used at the time (Wi-Fi or 4G).
To see Twitch in full swing, take a look at the demonstration video below.
Up third, we have 8 Ball Pool, which is arguably the most entertaining game currently available for Android. The title comes from Miniclip and has been available for the past two years, during this time it has been progressively updated to be one of the best multiplayer game that I have ever played.
Whether you’re competing 1-on-1 or engaging in an eight-player tournament, you’re in for hours of fun. As you progress through the game, potting ball after ball, you’ll unlock exclusive cues, sweet add-ons and access to more prestigious tables on which you can battle for a higher stake.
To see it in 8 Ball Pool, check out the teaser video below:
The final app I’m looking at this week is called CityMapper, which is a must-have tool for anyone who relies on public transport to get around. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve headed into Central London only to find myself lost, unfortunately I don’t possess a very good sense of direction as you’ve probably guessed, but CityMapper has always managed to get me to my intended destination in good time.
The service grabs real-time data from a variety of different modes of transport, including trains, buses, and cabs, in order to provide you with the cheapest, fastest route to your port of call. There’s a comprehensive A-to-B journey planner, which gives you step-by-step directions on board too.
I can honestly say that CityMapper has completely changed the way I get around town. Before, I always had to rely on Google Maps and the Transport for London website to supply directions as well as train times, but this application takes an all-in-one approach and gives you access to this data. It really is fantastic.
Be sure to take a look through the gallery below to get a feel for all of CityMapper’s features.
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IFA 2015 was chock full of cool smartwatches and fitness wearables, so we’ve put together a list of 10 of the most awesome wrist-worn devices we saw at the show — Samsung’s Gear S2, the Huawei Watch, and Moto 360, to name a few.
Tech companies from around the world brought their best to Berlin for IFA 2015, but these winners in 10 different categories truly exemplify the finest the show had to offer.
Motorola’s new Moto 360 turns heads with unique customization options and excellent specs. We took the Android wear smartwatch for a spin to see how it compares to the competition. Here are our hands-on impressions.
IFA, the biggest tech show in Europe is about to kickoff in Berlin, Germany. Here’s everything we expect to see at the show from Samsung, Sony, LG, Asus, Microsoft, Intel, and more. TVs, phones, wearables, and the smartphone will power the show.
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It’s time to start looking into what Verizon Wireless and Motorola are cooking up for this year’s Droid lineup. Early rumors indicate that we will get second generations of the Droid Maxx and Droid Turbo.
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Rumors are gathering that Motorola has a second generation version of the Moto 360 smartwatch, which could have a revised design and come with new accessories. Here’s everything we think we know about it so far.
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The Google Play Store is chock full of great apps, but it can be hard to decide what to download. We browsed through a bunch of awesome apps to find the best ones you should try out in June.
In a response to its weak start to 2015, HTC promised to improve its performance across the board. It may also release a new product this October. HTC didn’t reveal details on the product, though.
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Apple will be live streaming its WWDC event on June 8, starting at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). Find out how you can watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 live video stream on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.
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Google’s 2015 I/O Keynote wasn’t packed with flash, but it did offer some solid improvements on the company’s platform and a few surprises. Here’s the 10 highlights you have to know about.
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Here it is, folks. Today we’re dropping a collection of exclusive, new music videos from some of the biggest and emerging artists on YouTube for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards Show, presented by Kia. Produced by VICE and made by some of the most original music video directors alive, this new kind of awards show puts you in the front row and all the performances at your fingertips — right now. To get even more into the show, host Tyler Oakley will take you through the highlights, and you can join the conversation online with #YTMA.
Action Bronson feat. Chance the Rapper – “Baby Blue” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Joined by Chance the Rapper, Action Bronson puts his twist on the cult classic “Coming to America” as he travels through NYC to find his queen. The video was directed by Lil Chris, and the single was produced by Mark Ronson off the anticipated album Mr. Wonderful, set for release on VICE/Atlantic March 24.
Cahoots – “No Money” (feat. Roomie) [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Cahoots, the YouTube supergroup comprised of Spain’s Curricé and England’s Matt DeFreitas and Tom Joseph Law, has come together with director De La Muerte for an over-the-top, crazy collaboration of talent on a cinematic “stage.”
Charli XCX “Famous” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Charli XCX and director Eric Wareheim invite you to a heightened dreamy reality where people are living in their online personas, and everything is beautiful and filtered. But when we are suddenly disconnected and returned to reality, it’s a total nightmare.
Ed Sheeran & Rudimental “Bloodstream” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Ed Sheeran. Rudimental. Need we say more? In this new video directed by Emil Nava, the combo has a surprise for fans that can be summed up in two words: Ray. Liotta.
FKA twigs “Glass & Patron” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
In a moody forest in the back of a van, FKA twigs births into the world eight dancers whose subsequent stunning performance is set to twigs’ brand-new song “Glass & Patron.” If you’re one of the many people who have watched and loved the past music videos twigs directed herself, then you’re in for a treat.
Kygo “Stole the Show” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Ever had a house party DJ’d by Kygo where a couple from space steal the show with their out of the world dance moves? If no, then you need to watch this video, directed by Saman Kesh. If yes, then get ready for the surprise ending.
Lindsey Stirling “Take Flight” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Two-time YouTube Music Award winner and performer Lindsey Stirling moves through an Escher-like universe on an adventure to find life in the mountains that hover above her city, directed by Joe Sill.
Martin Garrix feat. Usher “Don’t Look Down” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix is becoming one of the most important names in electronic dance music on YouTube, and when he teams up with Usher, big things happen. To bring this song to life, director Petros depicts the timeless story of the pool party towel boy and towel girl trying to find love.
MAX “Gibberish” (feat. Hoodie Allen) [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
The world has watched MAX go from creating great covers on YouTube to releasing his own albums in just a few years. And now with director Greg Jardin and a little help from Hoodie Allen, MAX is moving on while the rest of the world around him is moving in reverse.
Megan Nicole “Escape” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
On the heels of her recent single “Fun” — which has been viewed more than 18 million times in the last two months alone — Megan Nicole has created a beautiful, scenic music video. Directed by the Young Astronauts.
Migos “One Time” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
What if you had a party so amazing that you wake up to learn the night before was frozen in time. Migos and director Ninan Doff are here to take you through this unique world of time tunnels, as the trio continues their rise to rap greatness.
Nicky Jam y Enrique Iglesias “El Perdón” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Even when you lose a loved one, their memory still stays with you, and Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias invite you on a memory lane trip through Medellin, Colombia. Directed by Creative Uprising, this collaboration brings together two of the biggest names in Latin music and has all the makings of a smash hit.
Shamir “Call It Off” [Official Music Video – YTMAs]
Shamir has been blowing up on YouTube on the regular and has now teamed up with Philip Hodges and Henson Studios to tell a tale about making people’s days just a little bit better … by becoming puppets.
And that’s our show! Thank you to all the artists who made the 2015 YouTube Music Awards Show possible, and VICE for producing the show. And above all, thanks to all of you who make YouTube the ultimate home for music. Join the conversation online with #YTMA.
Eshan Ponnadurai, Music Brand Marketing, recently watched “Announcing the YouTube Music Awards 2015 Show.”
Passes for Coachella 2015 are hard to come by, but for the fifth year in a row, the California festival is inviting fans from around the world to watch it live on Coachella’s YouTube channel, unleashed by T-Mobile. From Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, you can catch the biggest acts and emerging artists performing live at Coachella on any screen where you watch YouTube.
What can you expect from the longest-running music festival live stream on YouTube? First, you’ll welcome the freedom to choose from three live stream channels. Then, you’ll enjoy a bunch of new stuff you didn’t see coming, like:
And more to come … we can’t give away all the surprises yet!
Watch here to find out which Coachella artists will be in the live stream, and subscribe to Coachella’s YouTube channel to stay up on all the latest videos, and relive the sights and sounds of Coachellas past.
Ali Rivera and Brian Anderson, YouTube Music, recently watched “Years & Years – King.”
No matter where you are this Saturday, you can have a front row seat at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event. Tune in to the event live on the Global Citizen YouTube channel to catch performances by No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Train, and My Morning Jacket, with special guests Common and D’Banj.
To bring you the latest from the National Mall in D.C., YouTube stars Matthew Santoro (MatthewSantoro) and Yousef Erakat (FouseyTube) will join the Global Citizen hosts, which include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, will.i.am, Soledad O’Brien, Chris Martin, Freida Pinto, and more.
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by joining the largest movement of people taking action to end extreme poverty and stop climate change. It all begins at 11:45 a.m. ET on April 18 on the Global Citizen YouTube channel.
Lindsay Dahms, Brand Marketing Manager, recently watched “Fall Out Boy – Irresistible (Official).”
There are many reasons as to why you should backup your smartphone and data to the Cloud. After all, you want to ensure your files are secure and have are in a safe place in case of an accident with your smartphone or tablet. But, it’s difficult to do that when you don’t have access to any cloud storage. I’ve put together a list of my favorite cloud storage apps that offer free storage solutions. Some of them even have fantastic pricing for either hundreds of gigabytes of storage or unlimited storage.
Be sure to check it out below!
Dropbox is my all-time favorite cloud storage app. Not because I have any affiliation with Dropbox, mind you, but I’ve been using it since the day it launched, and have it across all my computers and devices. I haven’t had much need to look elsewhere, as they offer plenty of free storage for what I use. Not to mention the fact that you can get more free space through inviting friends and other minor tasks.
If the allotted space they give you isn’t enough, Dropbox will give your 1000GB of space to use for $ 10/month or an unlimited amount of storage for $ 15/mo.
Google Drive is another cloud storage staple, offering 15GB of free data across all of Google’s services, such as Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos. You can store just about any data you need in Google Drive, and out of all the apps listed, they do provide the most free storage. Drive is also seamlessly integrated with Docs, Sheets, and Slides, making it insanely easy to store and work on important documents.
If you use up the 15GB, Google has rather cheap storage options, similar to Dropbox’s pricing. For $ 2.99/mo you can get 100GB of storage or for $ 9.99/mo you can get 1000GB.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s solution to Cloud storage, and similar to Google Drive, Microsoft gives you a free 15GB of storage. You can get an additional 15GB of storage for free by simply turning on camera upload on either your smartphone or tablet. For the everyday user, 30GB is more than enough to store photos and video.
OneDrive offers cheap storage plans at 100GB for $ 1.99/mo, 200GB for $ 3.99/mo, and 1000GB for $ 6.99/mo. If you go for the 1000GB plan, Microsoft will throw in free access to Office 365, which gives you access to all of Microsoft’s Office applications, and let’s you work on them across all your devices.
Amazon Cloud Drive is, well, Amazon’s solution for Cloud storage. With Amazon Cloud Storage, you have the option to get a three month trial, where you can store unlimited photos for free, and up to 5GB in videos and files. After the trial ends, you’ll have to pay $ 11.99/year to continue using that service. If you’re just looking for somewhere to store your photos, you can store unlimited photos for free with an Amazon Prime subscription. You may not need to pay that $ 11.99/year at all.
Amazon Cloud Drive has another subscription option, where you have access to unlimited everything for $ 59.99 a year, which is a much cheaper solution than anything on this list.
Box is another excellent Cloud storage service, offering 10GB of free storage space. While it does have more of a business focus than personal, the 10GB of free space is still excellent to have in your back pocket. One of the fascinating benefits of Box and its business-focus is that documents can be commented on in real-time, giving you instantaneous feedback. In addition to that, it has a lot of great features to effectively share files between coworkers.
If you need more storage space, the starter pack will get you 100GB for $ 4.99/mo. The business package, requiring a minimum of three users, will run you $ 15/mo, but gives you unlimited storage space.
MediaFire is another common Cloud service, offering 12GB of free storage space. One of the unique things about this service is that you can earn up to 50GB of free storage, which should be just enough for the everyday user. It’s certainly not enough for power users, but that’s not to worry, as MediaFire offers some excellent packages, which are all 50% off right now.
For a mere $ 2.49/mo you can get yourself 1000GB of space. If that’s not enough, for $ 24.99/mo, they’ll give you up to 100TB of space. And if that’s not enough, I’m not sure what will satisfy your craving for data. At normal prices, you can expect to pay $ 4.99/mo and $ 49.99/mo, respectively.
There are plenty more Cloud storage apps out there, but these six are my top favorites, as they have a wide variety of free storage options. If you need more, a lot of the storage subscriptions are the price of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. It isn’t bad at all. Either way, I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones. What are your favorites?
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