This Week in the Life of DROID: 12/19/2014

This may be hard to believe, but Christmas is next week. Like seriously, you have this final weekend to finish off shopping. Crazy, right?

On that note, you may have noticed that things have really slowed in terms of big Android-related news. That happens around this time every year because of the holidays and will continue through to the new year. Big companies don’t have anything to announce, people aren’t working in general, and the rest are probably sucking down as much winter ale as is humanly possible, meaning they are “busy.” Oh, and CES is also around the corner, so if there are things to be announced, they will happen then, not now.

Still, some decent things happened around DL this week, including new Android updates, big announcements from T-Mobile, and free LotR. FREE LOTR. Be sure to catch up!  (more…)

Final Deal Reminder: NES30 Bluetooth Gaming Controller for $29.99

I know that we have written this NES30 Bluetooth controller up a couple of times already, but many of you seem to be excited about it and we didn’t want anyone to miss out before it goes away. This deal is only around in the DL Deals shop for two more days.

At $29.99, it’s actually a solid deal if you need a fun take on a controller that can be paired with your phone or tablet. Outside of being an affordable controller, it’s also awesome for the simple fact that it was made to look like an old NES controller that should bring back plenty of happy childhood memories.

Again, two days left. $29.99. NES-style. Get some.

Deal Link

Giveaway: Nexus 9 Magic Covers Up For Grabs!

The Nexus 9 is arguably the best Android tablet available today (our review). It feels great in hand, sports a user-friendly 4:3 aspect ratio, and has specs to compete with anyone. So should you have purchased one over the last month (or expect to receive one as a present next week), we wouldn’t be shocked. This is a really nice tablet. But what if you could make it better, for free?

Well, you can, by winning one of the two Nexus 9 Magic Covers that we picked up last week and have to give away to a couple of lucky DL readers. We have both the Lime Stone and Mint Indigo covers (our two favorite colorways) on hand, ready to be magnetically attached to your brand new tablet.  (more…)

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up

Don’t bother getting comfortable with Android 5.0.1. Google just posted a factory image of Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G) for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (“nakasi”).  Yep, they did.

This should mean that an OTA update is on the way for this device, but it could also mean that the rest of the Nexus family could see a jump to 5.0.2 as well. As always, we will be on the lookout for OTA .zips and will pass those along as they come in.  (more…)

Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too

The Moto G (2nd gen) appears to be one of the first non Nexus or Google Play Edition devices to receive the newest update to Android 5.0.1, according to a reader of ours who picked up the update within the last hour. The build showed up on his phone as system version 22.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25. It’s tough to tell if there is a wide rollout on the verge of happening or if he is simple a lucky early receiver.  (more…)

Deal: All Android Phones $199 and Over are 50% Off at Verizon, Including Galaxy Note 4

Verizon is currently hosting a deal for 50% off of their best Android phones. Of course, the 50% is only off of the on-contract price, but still, the deal includes all phones over $199 on-contract. The devices to consider are the Galaxy Note 4 ($149), Xperia Z3v ($99), and DROID Turbo ($99). Actually, those might be their only Android phones that qualify, all of which we are big fans.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our Galaxy Note 4 review, DROID Turbo review, and Xperia Z3v review.

Verizon is also doing free overnight shipping, so if you get orders in by 4PM on December 23, they should arrive by X-mas.

Verizon Link  (more…)

Tip: You Can Take Easier Screenshots in Android Wear 5.0.1

With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear, we not only got a whole bunch of useful tweaks to the experience, including official watch face support, but Google also made the process of taking screenshots insanely easy. For those not familiar with screenshots on Android Wear, just know that before the 5.0.1 update, it involved adb, way too much typing to do such a simple task, and the pushing and pulling of all the things. Now, you can snap screenies with the tap of a couple of buttons in the Android Wear companion app.  (more…)