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PSA: The Terrible Old Droid Life App is Dead, and That’s a Good Thing


Say your goodbyes – the terrible Droid Life app that we introduced years ago as a way to extend your DL addiction, is now dead. Actually, we pulled it from Google Play a few weeks ago, but as of this week, the app will no longer update with new posts. Trust me when I say that this is a good thing. No one should have to suffer through the pain associated with that mobile experience ever again.

In the mean time – as we continue to discuss potential replacements – if you’d like an option to keep up with us outside of the website, think about Google Currents. You can catch all of our feeds through the DL subscription in Currents, including our podcast and YouTube feeds. Google+ (our page) also isn’t a bad place to catch the latest posts in real time.

But for those who want a dedicated DL app, don’t worry, we are definitely considering some options. And actually, we’d love to get your ideas in the comments on what your dream DL app would look and feel like. What would you like to see in it?

Subscribe to DL through Currents here.

Update: Β We noticed in the comments that a number of you are fine without a dedicated DL app, but we also know that plenty of people were using the old app. So, let’s do a poll to see where you all stand.

Do you want a dedicated Droid Life app?

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  • Kenneth Lee

    Google Current is great mobile option for Droid-Life. Refine it, and it will be great! I have multiple phones and tablets, as well as other news feeds, and it’s a pain to manually install and update each and every feeds on each single device. Also Google Current makes it much easier to restore every subscription after flashes.

  • Spencer

    Make an app with the new Google Play Music style, and I will love you guys forever.

  • Tony Romano

    Have you seen android central’s app though? Its pretty nice.

  • I can get you guys on Pulse so I’m good πŸ˜€

  • jdomann

    I’ve got Google Reader still (till the apps I use give me a good alternative), so not gonna miss it here.

  • Dillon Brown

    I’m not really sure if its more of a chrome problem or a thing with the dl website, but the desktop site on mobile has no margin on the left side, the text is right up to the edge and it annoys the sh*t out of me. It got fixed somehow when Chrome beta was first released, but went right back to the way it has always been. perhaps the money for making an app is better spent on a face lift for the site itself.

  • paul_cus

    A new revamped DL app would be awesome.

  • Ray

    Make one for iPhone lol

  • Pilot25

    Please make a dedicated app. Currents takes forever to update the articles so its pretty useless. Your app was fine to get quick droid-life news.

  • Please do make one ! … I checked it every day and had in my bezel tray in widgetlocker …. I hate opening up twitter or other sites just to see whats new, and also by style it would be awesome to do something like the new Google Music app; minimal, clean, fresh and light ! . πŸ˜€

  • App would be nice. I get a really crappy signal at work (can’t even get a 3g signal most of the time, let alone 4g), and apps load much quicker than web pages do. Would be nice to have an app to use that also displays the comments if possible.


    I dont need one unless you connect the podcast with it like the new andriod central app

  • I don’t use facebook, or G+, and my twitter account is only for logging into sites like this one who offer an automatic sign in. I would prefer an app. I checked the app daily. Droid Life, Engaget, XDA were the 1st apps at the top of my home screen.

  • J. Ward

    There is no need for an app. I use your mobile site.

  • coolsilver

    Also Feedly works wonderful too.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I guess I’ll uninstall it πŸ™
    While I know there are other options for finding the information, such as G+ – especially since DL is the only thing I have in my circle on G+, i did enjoy the app when it didnt: Crash, stall, not load news, and of course wouldn’t let you comment or do the polls.

  • Sinistar83

    How about getting the mobile site working properly? Every time I go to http://www.droid-life.com from the mobile browser, wither chrome or browser or even dolphin it will always load the full site, instead of the mobile site, and I have to scroll all the way to the bottom and choose the mobile site link. Should it not load that be default when I’m on the Galaxy Nexus?

  • Intellectua1

    G+ Get all my Android and Tech News in 1 spot..

  • Neomastermind

    I would really love for an updated DL app. I didn’t use the last one because it was seriously dated and ugly. However, visiting this website on my phone is also something of a chore. A nice Holo-fied Droid-Life app would be greatly appreciated.

  • Shawn Maloney

    I use pulse, just keep the feeds going to pulse, currents, flip board and any other popular news apps and will be fine

  • I would like one. I use DL on my Maxx HD all the time. Guess it’s time to uninstall it!

  • google currents does the job just fine for me

  • jdsmx

    Can we have a mobile version of the site for people using mobile browsers?

    • Jason Lee

      I second this. I tried the app but it was too ugly so I just use the actual website but a mobile version of the site would be amazing.

    • There is one, but it doesn’t load by default. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and load it up.

  • MrJigolo

    Just make a good mobile site like Engadget has done. They beat out most dedicated apps including their own.

  • Justin Winker

    Are you thinking about integration with blinkfeed? I’d love for DL articles to show up through that.

  • Would love a dedicated app. I used to use currents but it no longer works properly. The pages are blown up on the currents app and you can read the whole article. I no longer use it because of this…

  • shdowman

    I would use whatever The Verge is doing as a model for a dedicated mobile app. That’s just my 2 cents…

  • Mauro Youknowwho

    I’d really like your webpage to be mobile friendly so that when I click to expand an article from RSS it doesn’t take forever to load and look microscopic. Or like others have said, expand the info in the feed. Thanks! Love your site.

  • EvanTheGamer

    I actually did use the Droid-Life app quite often(WHEN it worked). After it stopped functioning properly I stopped using it.

  • No need for separate app. Mobile Web site is fine. πŸ™‚

  • Kyle

    DOWNLOAD Links…..one of my biggest gripes about the app. They would never actually download anything onto my phone from within the app. I always had to hit the menu button and “Open in Browser” and then click on the link to get it to download. Then again it wasn’t the official site opening in the pseudo browser, the link was something like Notice Orange I think.

  • I was looking forward to loading the DL app and Google Scoreboard on an HTC One too!

  • Kyle

    i know they’re a quasi “competitor” of Android news but take a look at Android Central’s new app.

  • rodney11ride

    at the risk of getting yelled at… how are you guys reading posts and adding comments on your phone…. ? via web page? disqus app? seems trying to do it via the web page is buggy…

  • Salvationalizm

    I’m starting to look at apps the same way Alton Brown looks at kitchen appliances/gadgets: If it only does one thing that can be accomplished by another broader use app that can also do many other things, 86 it.

  • trophynuts

    all someone has to do is follow DroidLife on Twitter. Boom you’ll get all of the news and info you need. Sometimes before you guys even put it on the site.

  • Chris Stuart

    Maybe a mobile version of the website? I imagine that most people who visit this site have powerful enough smartphones to render the site at a decent speed, some sometimes the mobile data can be a little slow for all of the images.

  • MikeSaver

    Is there a way to have your sites RSS feed as background notifications. So say, Droid Life posts an article, I get a notification of it on my phone without having to open an app or anything.

  • Jon

    Don’t waste your time guys. Feedly or Google + work great. Keep working hard on other stuff…like great articles πŸ™‚

  • EvanTheGamer

    When I’m AFK I use my phones browser to check out what’s going on at droid-life.com. And sometimes I use Pulse to check out the latest.

    But good to know about the DL app being dead!

  • zepfloyd

    Minor adjustment/suggestion I suppose, but I kind of wish the mobile version of the site appeared on load instead of having to scroll all the way down and flip it if that’s the preference for viewing. Definitely no need for an app.

  • I never knew it existed

  • Ryan

    I use pulse and have the widget on my home screen with the DL currents. Always seeing what new and going on. Works well for me.

    • I use Pulse for most of my blog reading too (just not the widget). My biggest complaint is just that it doesn’t work well with comments/disqus

  • nextstepbasketball

    Google Currents does not update Droid-Life fast enogh. From the time a new story is up on the website it takes at least 15 minutes for it to get on Google Currents. Even if I manually refresh. Anyone else have this problem.

  • brkshr

    I just want to be able to comment & reply with Disqus on an article. Maybe get a disqus notification when someone replies to my comment. If Disqus integration is not possible, then Google Currents works just fine for me.

  • Daniel Clifford

    End of an era.

  • EC8CH

    I use Taptu to read Droid-Life alot.

    Only lots of times the images for the posts are all screwed up. What gives?

  • Rafa Sandoval

    Droid Death

    • EC8CH

      Droid /after/ Life

  • kevinc

    blogs and most websites have no need for dedicated apps. good move.

  • Seriously, no need for a seperate app. As long as I can hook in via twitter, G+, Currents, Feedly, etc, I’m good.

    • EC8CH

      Second this. Seems like a waste of resources.

      Seems like news sites and blogs are full of themselves when they think they need their own dedicated app when there are so many news aggregating apps available.

    • jak_341

      Third this. I use gReader for the RSS feed.

    • Flat_Stanley

      Is there a full RSS feed for feedly? I hate that it’s only the first couple sentences.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        This was the biggest thing I didn’t like about the app too.

        • Flat_Stanley

          To be fair, it’s Droid-Life’s fauly, not Feedly’s. DL is only providing a few sentences in order to lure readers to the website to view ads. It’s the nature of RSS unfortunately.

    • Jorge GarcΓ­a

      I use feedly but since two months ago if there’s a video or a poll I have to visit the site and it’s really annoying. I don’t know if it’s droid-life or feedly problem… but before it worked just fine

      • Sammy V

        I have the same issue using Pulse.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What about Blink feed? Is that a thing? Can any site be added?

    • JoshGroff

      I haven’t found a way to add sites manually, and Droid-Life isn’t an option. Would love to see them on blinkfeed though, would make it so much better.

  • Abel Condrea

    Maybe some vertical story stream that has the main picture and “spark notes” or “tl;dr” abbreviated, concise content with the ability to swipe to either side to get details?

  • If someone remake the app, please make it Holo style!

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I actually did download it once. Once!

    • I’m sorry. πŸ˜›

      • Jason Brown

        how about a mobile version of the website? m.droid-life.com?

        • There is a mobile version….

          • zurginator

            There is? Because my phone has definitely always gotten the desktop site.

          • tyguy829

            yeah but it should be able to detect when you are on a mobile device and redirect you. Right now, you have to enable the mobile site at the bottom, and by that time, the normal site has already loaded so there is no point.

    • zepfloyd

      There were dozens of us….DOZENS!

      • Chris

        Was it really that bad? I’ve never seen it lol

        • zepfloyd

          Yeah, it was not exactly a pleasant experience.

          • JoshGroff

            I’ve used worse apps, but most of them were FAoTD from amazon.

          • ouch

        • Kyle

          I never really liked the thin bar to tap on to see more stories in the list because it was right above an ad banner I kept tapping the advertisement rather than the thin little bar

      • Muddy B00ts

        I can’t believe no other AD fans picked up on this.

        Can’t wait for the new episodes!

        • zepfloyd

          FINALLY!! Someone noticed! Have all the upvotes.

          • ArrowCool

            Only 1 week to go!

  • Jimmy

    Get a flipboard

  • wickets

    As an aside, Im really enjoying keeping up via G+, …….i hope you keep updating through that

    • For sure, G+ has become something we are 100% dedicated to.

      • Silver Veloz

        Following on G+ and just added to Currents. We need our daily fix of Droid-Life. Thx.

  • Don’t really care what it looks like, I just want it to work!

  • um, there was a droid life app?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Trust me…. You were better off not knowing.. Mm

      • Lol — I’ll just consider myself ahead of the game and forget any of this ever happened πŸ™‚

    • Thomas

      At least it lasted longer than The Tato Show

    • flippingthecoins

      Do they have a mobile themed website?