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Wood backs are now scheduled for the moto X via motomaker starting the 21st.

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Wood backs are now scheduled for the moto X via motomaker starting the 21st.

You have a problem...

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You have a problem...

The problem is that I don't have a woody. I mean... Um.... Errrrr.

ERECTION!

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Does anyone run any launchers on their Android's and if so any recommendations? I ran an iPhone launcher on my HTC One and found it to be bogged down and glitchy, which I sort of expected going in. If anyone knows of any that don't take a crap and that you've had success with on your phone I'd love to give them a try.

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I bought my first Android device 24 hours ago. A Galaxy S4 for $79 plus a 2-year contract. So far I love it, although keep in mind that I was coming from a Blackberry Bold [snicker away] so the bar had been set low. I own an iPad and an iPod Touch (love both) so am already getting enough out of the Apple family of products and App Store - thought for a phone I might as well diversify a bit.

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Does anyone run any launchers on their Android's and if so any recommendations? I ran an iPhone launcher on my HTC One and found it to be bogged down and glitchy, which I sort of expected going in. If anyone knows of any that don't take a crap and that you've had success with on your phone I'd love to give them a try.

TSF or Nova for me. My Note 3 uses Touchwiz natively. Which I really don't care for. Neither bog down the phone.

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Does anyone run any launchers on their Android's and if so any recommendations? I ran an iPhone launcher on my HTC One and found it to be bogged down and glitchy, which I sort of expected going in. If anyone knows of any that don't take a crap and that you've had success with on your phone I'd love to give them a try.

Apex and Nova are the best.

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Advantage that TSF and Next have over both is that you can resize widgets to whatever exact size you want since neither use a grid system.

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Btw cool app of the week…energy bar.

That's something that has been built into many custom Roms for a couple of years. Nice to see it non root.

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Does anyone run any launchers on their Android's and if so any recommendations? I ran an iPhone launcher on my HTC One and found it to be bogged down and glitchy, which I sort of expected going in. If anyone knows of any that don't take a crap and that you've had success with on your phone I'd love to give them a try.

I either use Nova Prime or the Google Experience Launcher that was ripped from the Nexus 5.

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Seems there have been several recommendations for the Nova launcher, I'm going to have to give it a trial run here on my day off. Thanks all!

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Forgive me if this is already somewhere in this thread, but can somebody recommend a free antivirus/firewall for my tablet? Preferably one that doesn't require me to have a gmail account.

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Forgive me if this is already somewhere in this thread, but can somebody recommend a free antivirus/firewall for my tablet? Preferably one that doesn't require me to have a gmail account.

I don't see a need for an anti virus on Android. Most of the "solutions" are as bad as what you are trying to protect yourself against. The built in security features have always been sufficient for me, and I tend to run insecure (hacked) software.

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In light of this I thought I'd give Play Music another try... disappointed initially that this is just a KitKat feature. But clues in the comments section of that article pointed me towards Xposed Framework, which allows you to set location to SD for older versions of Android.

So I uploaded my music and I'm trying it out. So far I'm happy with it. My biggest desire is to be able to create playlists on my computer and upload them to the phone. I'll have to test that later.

I'm also given Play Books another shot. So far I'm less impressed with that. I LOVE the clean, easy interface of Play Books, but I'm disappointed in a few areas:

1. I really want to be able to see the top bar... ie, NOT full screen when I'm reading.

2. I'd like a way to quickly toggle between night mode/day mode.

3. I'd like to be able to edit display setting a little bit more. Specifically I like a light cyan text color for night mode.

I can do all these things with Moon Reader Pro, as well as sync books between multiple devices, so I may end up moving back to Moon Reader... we'll see. I mean I can live with the not being able to do the things listed here in Books, but it comes down to this: Moon reader has a bit more complicated interface, but can do 1, 2, and 3. Play Books is a nice sleek interface, but can't do 1, 2, or 3. Which do I value more?

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Question for Walt in particular, but open to anyone with knowledge (this particular inquiry features a lot of intersection between he and I)...

Have you found a method/app for using your X as a WiFi hotspot? I mean short of the root method (which I may just do anyway). I think we're both moto X owners with Verizon unlimited.

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I don't see a need for an anti virus on Android. Most of the "solutions" are as bad as what you are trying to protect yourself against. The built in security features have always been sufficient for me, and I tend to run insecure (hacked) software.

Thanks

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Question for Walt in particular, but open to anyone with knowledge (this particular inquiry features a lot of intersection between he and I)...

Have you found a method/app for using your X as a WiFi hotspot? I mean short of the root method (which I may just do anyway). I think we're both moto X owners with Verizon unlimited.

You have to be rooted to bypass the subscription check AFAIK. You can USB tether though without root. WiFi hotspot was the only reason I rooted before. I may do so again once the script for doing so is better. I don't need it enough to do it the hard way.

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You have to be rooted to bypass the subscription check AFAIK. You can USB tether though without root. WiFi hotspot was the only reason I rooted before. I may do so again once the script for doing so is better. I don't need it enough to do it the hard way.

I assumed, but thought perhaps you'd stumbled upon something on the internets...I should have figured that when I couldn't stumble upon an answer on rootzwiki or xda (short of the convoluted root option you referenced), that there probably wasn't an answer available yet.

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I assumed, but thought perhaps you'd stumbled upon something on the internets...I should have figured that when I couldn't stumble upon an answer on rootzwiki or xda (short of the convoluted root option you referenced), that there probably wasn't an answer available yet.

Hopefully the root script gets better.

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Reports saying that Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo.

Booooooooooooooooooo!

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Reports saying that Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo.

Booooooooooooooooooo!

with or without the patent portfolio? Reportedly that was all Google wanted from Moto anyway.

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with or without the patent portfolio? Reportedly that was all Google wanted from Moto anyway.

Some of it. No idea how much yet. Rumored that the deal is around $3B.

Google has moved significant talent over to Moto.

Edited by Walt

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Its official now.

Here is Larry Page’s statement:

We’ve just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wanted to explain why in detail.

We acquired Motorola in 2012 to help*supercharge the Android ecosystem*by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users. Over the past 19 months, Dennis Woodside and the Motorola team have done a tremendous job reinventing the company. They’ve focused on building a smaller number of great (and great value) smartphones that consumers love. Both the Moto G and the Moto X are doing really well, and I’m very excited about the smartphone lineup for 2014. And on the intellectual property side, Motorola’s patents have helped create a level playing field, which is good news for all Android’s users and partners.

But the smartphone market is super competitive, and to thrive it helps to be all-in when it comes to making mobile devices. It’s why we believe that Motorola will be better served by Lenovo—which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest (and fastest-growing) PC manufacturer in the world. This move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere. As a side note, this does not signal a larger shift for our other hardware efforts. The dynamics and maturity of the wearable and home markets, for example, are very different from that of the mobile industry. We’re excited by the opportunities to build amazing new products for users within these emerging ecosystems.

Lenovo has the expertise and track record to scale Motorola into a major player within the Android ecosystem. They have a lot of experience in hardware, and they have global reach. In addition, Lenovo intends to keep Motorola’s distinct brand identity—just as they did when they acquired ThinkPad from IBM in 2005. Google will retain the vast majority of Motorola’s patents, which we will continue to use to defend the entire Android ecosystem.

The deal has yet to be approved in the U.S. or China, and this usually takes time. So until then, it’s business as usual. I’m phenomenally impressed with everything the Motorola team has achieved and confident that with Lenovo as a partner, Motorola will build more and more great products for people everywhere.

Posted by Larry Page, CEO

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Some of it. No idea how much yet. Rumored that the deal is around $3B.

Google has moved significant talent over to Moto.

Here is a bit more. Looks like Google is keeping all the intellectual property (big surprise there) and unloading all the hardware production capacity. If Ggle could have arranged this outcome on the initial purchase they probably would have. I'd say it's actually a good move and google fans should be happy that they are resisting the urge to get into HW. Stay focused on doing what you have shown you are good at - avoid the hubris of believing your management structures will be good at things they were never designed or evolved to do.

More on GoogleSaleofMOTOatBloomberg

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