Motorola Returns to China Today With the Moto X – Moto X Pro and Others Coming Soon

Motorola officially made its return to China this morning in a keynote that was filled with dancing, fist pumping, and excitement. The event kicked off the launch of their whole product line-up in an area of the world that Motorola hasn’t been for some time. If it means anything to you, the Chicago-based smartphone maker pointed out that they managed to jump into China just three months after Lenovo closed their acquisition of them. Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company, so it’s not that surprising that it all came through this quickly.

Anyways, today kicks off the launch of Motorola’s line-up that includes the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto G (2nd gen) with LTE, Moto X Pro, and Moto Hint. The Moto 360 will come some time later, but for now, Moto wants us to focus on those first four products.  (more…)

Your Nexus 6 Dimple Should Have Been a Fingerprint Scanner, Isn’t Because of Apple

Former Motorola CEO and current Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside sat down recently for a brief chat with The Telegraph to discuss his current role, but also make a comment about the Nexus 6 that may interest a number of you. Woodside’s comment refers specifically to the dimple on the back of the phone, a dimple that was originally supposed to add functionality to the device like many had speculated, only never ended up there because of Apple.  (more…)

Deal: Amazon Prime Membership is Just $72 Today Only

Update:  The deal is done.

To celebrate Amazon’s two wins at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards for its original series, Transparent, the online retailer has dropped Amazon Prime memberships down to $72 for 24 hours only. The deal went live at 12:01AM ET and is good through 11:59PM Pacific, tonight.

Amazon Prime memberships typically run $99 per year, so if for some reason you don’t already have a membership, now would be the time. Wait, you all do have Amazon Prime memberships, right? Don’t answer that if you don’t, just go sign-up.

For those new to Amazon Prime, your benefits as a member include free 2-day shipping, unlimited ad-free access to over a million songs, instant streaming of popular movies and TV shows, free unlimited cloud photo storage, and a bunch of free books. It’s awesome, even if you just use it for the free  2-day shipping.

Amazon Link

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 23, 2015

Another good week comes to an end here at DL. Thanks to a couple of big stories, it turned into a great news week with reports of Google taking a MVNO route at some point in 2015, piggybacking off of Sprint’s network. In addition to that great news, specs were reportedly leaked for the upcoming Galaxy S6 from Samsung, and possible photos of HTC’s One (M9) “Hima” also hit the web.

Even with all of the great flagship stories, we still had time to answer your questions for Volume 26 of the DL Q&A Sessions, got excited by the idea of Google acquiring Softcard, and found out that LG intends to push out the Lollipop update to G3 owners “soon.”

Don’t miss these Android stories.  (more…)

Deal: Build Your First Android App With This Free Mini Course

Need a weekend project? How does building your first Android app sound? Through a free “mini” course over at the DL Deals shop, you can breeze through the basic steps needed to be on your way.

The course includes 9 lectures, plus a challenge activity, with topics covering the new Android Studio and a basic introduction to Java.

In order to grab the deal for free, all you need to do is follow a couple of simple social network-related steps at the link below.

Deal Link

The Droid Life Show: Episode 76

On this week’s episode of the Droid Life Show, we’ll run through the hottest topics of the moment, which of course include the latest on HTC’s new flagship, currently referred to as either the One (M9) or “Hima.” We have seen alleged leaked photos of it left and right, along with additional word on specs. Outside of HTC’s new offering, Google stole headlines when multiple reports (as in, everyone had to try to out-scoop each other) stated that the search giant was in talks with Sprint and T-Mobile to lease space on their networks, so that they could move towards becoming their own wireless carrier. We also had Galaxy S6 spec talk, are seeing Lollipop arrive for more devices, and watched as Verizon won again. All that and more on the show!

At 2PM Pacific (5PM Eastern), join Tim and I live!

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below.   (more…)

Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 26 Answers

On Monday, we opened up Volume 26 of the DL Q&A Sessions. Asking you to send in your questions, we got plenty of awesome inquiries concerning upcoming flagships, as well as plenty of more personal questions. It was a great mix of work and pleasure, and for that, we thank you.

Our main takeaway is that you all seem quite concerned with what the future flagships will bring in 2015. Now that specs seem to be plateauing in a sense, what will OEMs need to do to help differentiate themselves from the pack?

Read on to view the answers.  (more…)