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The Moto X phone is real! It's really real!

Jon Gold | May 31, 2013
Google Android news roundup: Also, upcoming versions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, and an admin app for Google Apps.

Given that serious Android fans are forever clamoring for stock Android UIs, this will likely be a popular move among that demographic. I personally am less than thrilled now that there's essentially a One Nexus in HTC's lineup to go with 2010's Nexus One, but if you've read more than a couple of these roundups, you already know my thoughts on HTC's ability to name its products.

Rumor has it that the One is also on its way to Verizon the only major U.S. carrier left out of the initial release. Android Community has analyst Laura Chen singing this particular tune to a Taiwanese publication, adding verses about the rumored HTC M4 being a mini-One and a (sigh) phablet also in the works.

Samsung, meanwhile, has announced a mini-version of the Galaxy S4, which a Reuters report notes is still bigger than the iPhone 5. It'll likely be the usual mini-Galaxy tradeoff of downgraded hardware for smaller size and a lower sticker price, though exact pricing and availability weren't provided right away by Samsung.

According to Engadget, the little phone will be joined soon by a ruggedized variant of the Galaxy S4 designed for outdoor use, but they don't seem to know much beyond the fact that it exists and that it's just won FCC approval. "We're bracing ourselves for a midrange handset that doesn't sport quite the same oomph as its original namesake," they said, heaving a dart at the calendar and hitting June 20 for a possible launch date.

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Google Apps administrators can now administrate wherever they are, thanks to a new Android app that the company announced on Wednesday.

Google said that the new app "makes it easy for admins to use their Android phone or tablet to accomplish the most common tasks such as quickly adding or suspending users, resetting passwords, managing group memberships, and directly calling or emailing specific users."

This seems very handy indeed, though it could also give a nefarious person access to your company's apps if they get ahold of your phone a potential problem that Google seems well aware of, given the prominent notice on the app's Play Store page urging users to set a strong lockscreen password before use.

 

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