Leaked US Cellular doc points to August 26 launch for Moto X

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The teases for Motorola’s much rumored, upcoming Moto X smartphone keep coming. We already got a look at the device in the hands of Google’s Eric Schmidt, and a leaked video from Rogers confirmed an August release date and some exclusive features like always listening voice control. Today we get what might very well be proof of a solid release date for the device with a leaked memo from US Cellular (via AndroidCentral) pointing to an August 26th launch.

Earlier this month, another document allegedly leaked from Verizon pointed to an August 23 launch for the device, which likely means we’ll see the device launch on a number of carriers that week.

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Larry Page talks numbers, Motorola, Chromebooks & more at Q2 earnings [Transcript]

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Many expected Larry Page to talk about the upcoming Motorola Moto X smartphone at today’s earnings call, but unfortunately Page didn’t have much to say about the project. Other than saying he’s very excited about what unit has in store, Page didn’t spend long talking Motorola, possibly because it reported a $342 million operating loss and got rid of around 10K employees during the quarter.

Page did talk numbers– most of which we already knew– such as 900M Android activations (1.5M a day) and 750M Chrome users. He also confirmed that Google Play has surpassed 50B app downloads, a milestone that we knew the service was about to hit. Page said the company paid more to app devs in 2013 than in all of 2012, although he failed to mention any specific numbers.

As for Chromebooks, Page said the product line is growing fast and generally avoiding the general PC trend, but again didn’t provide a lot of specifics.

Head below the break to read Page’s full comments from the earnings call: Read more

Gov’t officials & security experts attempt to crack LoJack anti-theft app on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Last month, three days before Apple, Google and other technology companies were scheduled to meet government officials for a summit on increasing smartphone crime, Apple announced at its developer conference that iOS 7 would include a brand new theft deterrent feature. At the meeting in June, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced the “Our Smartphones Initiative” to bring together police and other government agencies to help tackle the problem. Now, Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman are hosting the first meeting of the group and attempting to crack not only Apple’s new “Activation Lock” feature, but also LoJack running on a Samsung Galaxy S4 (via Cnet): Read more

LTE-capable LG Optimus F3 now available from Virgin Mobile for $180 off-contract

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Virgin Mobile has announced that it is now carrying the LG Optimus F3 for $179.99 when purchased with its “Beyond Talk” plan, which runs $35 a month and includes unlimited data and messaging. 

The Optimus F3 is packing a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 4G LTE capabilities and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It has a 4-inch IPS display that helps it keep a “user-friendly form factor.” The home button can also light up in various colors depending on any missed notifications you have, such as texts, calls, and more. Finally, LG is touting that the 2,460mAh battery will last for 16 hours of talk time. 

For $180, the LTE capable Optimus F3 seems like a solid choice for budget minded customers.  Read more

Leaked Android 4.3 build available for Nexus 4 – get it while it lasts

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A link has been posted in the XDAdevelopers forum of an Android 4.3 build for the Nexus 4. This follows an earlier leaked version for the Google Edition of the Samsung S4 and likely more before google’s July 24th unveiling.

While the dropbox link posted to the forum soon stopped working, MoDaCo has mirrored the file on MEGA.

Posted just this morning on the XDA-Developers website, the build is currently in TWRP backup format so you’ll need to ensure you have the custom recovery installed, push the files to your TWRP backup directory on /sdcard and then restore …  Read more