News Roundup: Verizon’s Moto X, Akademy ’13

The much hyped Google’s “own phone”, the Moto X, is rumored to have been caught on camera, finally. Moto X is touted to be the first Google-branded phone coming from the stables of Motorola since its acquisition by Google in 2011. Google assured last year that Motorola — now known as Motorola Mobility — would not be merged with any of Google’s existing divisions and would continue to operate independently. That propelled hopes for the next NEXUS device coming from Google itself, via Motorola. Although that hasn’t happened yet, Moto X’s performance in the market could be a decider on whether Google would make the switch to producing its own hardware. NEXUS phones and tablets have been, until now, been made by Samsung, Asus and LG.

From a leaked photo, reported by Android Central, the purported Moto X looks a bit smaller than today’s trending 5-inch phablets (Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One). It seems to be running a newer version of Android, although the customizations (on home screen) seen could be part of Motorola’s own UI experience.

Akademy 2013

KDE’s flagship annual meeting has started in Bilbao, Spain. Akdemy 2013 will take place in Bilbao, in the Basque Country of northern Spain from the 13th to 19th of July.

Akademy features a 2-day conference with presentations on the latest KDE developments, followed by 5 days of workshops, Birds of a Feather (BoF) and coding sessions. It is an opportunity to meet key KDE contributors, learn about the latest features and enjoy the great atmosphere. You will meet developers, artists, translators, upstream and downstream maintainers, users, and free and open software industry leaders from all over the world.

Participants at the Akademy 2013 event
Image courtsey: jriddell@Flickr

The complete schedule can be found here. I’m hoping to hear more about KlyDE‘s progress as its one DE I’m anxiously looking forward to maturing.

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Anurag Bhandari

Anurag is an open-source evangelist, and affiliated with several Linux projects like OpenMandriva, Unity and Granular. He began his Linux journey with SuSE 9.1. He is passionate about sports (football, tennis, cricket) and loves to read books (fiction, sci-fi, classics). He is also an avid gamer, Steam being his latest obsession. He usually blogs on his homepage and twitter profile. Anurag works as a Senior Analyst (software engineering) at Accenture India, and is a regular contributor at Muktware.

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