Motorola’s Lasting Impact Shows at I/O

Google shocked the tech world in January when it announced it was selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, only a year after purchasing the company for $12.5 billion. The phone maker seemed to have a new focus and drive after being unshackled from its set-top branch. This new drive was initially seen with the release of the Moto X last year. However, despite the praise the device received from the tech community for its design, unique customization options and useful software additions, the phone failed to help to company become profitable. By December of 2013, Motorola CEO and Google veteran Dennis Woodside told CNET about how his company would be releasing affordable yet high quality phones. And then came the Moto G, which truly was a well-made midrange phone at an affordable price. In January, Google announced it was selling Motorola to Lenovo. Motorola always said that it operated independently from Google. However, Google announced a few new Android features and strategies that seem to be taken straight out of Motorola’s playbook.
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Check out “Cardboard”

So it seems like Google is getting into the VR space. I just came across the Cardboard app in the Play Store, which looks like it is meant to bring Android content into VR. The description states that “Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. Try a variety of immersive demos on Android, and get inspired to build your own using the VR Toolkit at http://g.co/cardboard” That link doesn’t appear to be live, but it should be soon. I certainly didn’t see this coming! The link for the app is below.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo

New Chrome Web App Looks Like Android

Google has quietly updated the Google Play Movies Chrome app to look like its Android counterpart. This update makes Play Movies look and operate like an separate app rather than just a service on a webpage. Compare the Chrome apps for Play Books and Play Movies. Play Movies now opens in its own separate window and the content displayed adapts to the size of the window. Play Books, on the other hand, opens as a tab and look and operates like any other webpage. Continue reading New Chrome Web App Looks Like Android

Swiftkey is Free!!

One of the best Android keyboards to date is now free on Android. This comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2014 that iOS 8 would bring support for third party keyboards. Instead of charging for the keyboard, the six year old company will be offering keyboard themes for $0.99 a piece and bundles of themes for $4.99. For users that paid for the keyboard in the past, you will bet a free $4.99 bundle. New users will also get three keyboard themes for free. Continue reading Swiftkey is Free!!

Great deal on external battery

Does your phone last through the day? Does your phone’s battery die quickly? If you want to get some more hours out of your phone, Motorola has a great option for you. Usually costing $40, the P793 Universal Power Pack is only $10 on their website. This item is in the clearance section, so grab it while you can.

OneTab

Has your computer come to a crawl because you have dozens of tabs open? Obviously, closing them would fix the problem. But you want to…no, you need to keep them open. You’ll use them soon and you don’t want to loose them. You have two options. You could save it in Pocket . Or, if you use the Google Chrome browser, you could use the OneTab extension. Continue reading OneTab

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