It was another busy week here at Droid Life, with the early days of the week being filled with crazy Moto X Cyber Monday madness. Going beyond all of the sales taking place across the Interwebz, Google released Android 4.4.1, which then became downloadable for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 tablets. We are thankful because the update brought major improvements for the Nexus 5′s camera, which was seriously struggling before the update.
If you missed any of the week’s top stories, check out all of the highlights below.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
According to a recent report from The Information, who has a source inside of Google, the search giant will continue its reach into the living room with the introduction of Nexus TV. The device is said to be a set stop box, much like a regular Google TV box, but Nexus TV won’t handle any actual TV broadcasts. Instead, the company will stayed focused on delivering the Web and all of its rich content right to your HDTV, much like they are doing with the Chromecast dongle. (more…)
It’s always fun to browse through Kickstarter and find neat projects to fund, and a new one called GlowLytes has caught our attention. It is much like the multi-colored LED bulbs that you can put inside of your house sockets, but these are specifically made to be put outdoors. Once you set up the set of multi-color LED lights, you can control individual bulbs using your Android or iOS device. There are also presets available for special occasions, such as Christmas, 4th of July, and Halloween. It’s a fun and mobile-related way to show off your festive side all year round. (more…)
Yesterday, OTA update download links were flying out for Nexus devices to update to Android 4.1.1 (build KOT49E). After only a little wait, the download is now also available for the Nexus 7 WiFi (2013) model, so go get yourself the newly updated Kit Kat. (more…)
If you are one of the people who choose not to use an app such as Newsstand or Currents to get all of the world’s news on your mobile device, then you will be delighted to hear that Google is launching a massive update for its mobile news reader. The current reader looks like a much older Google product, but the new version is sure to remind everyone of Android’s design language. And yes, there’s a hotdog/hambuger menu to use. (more…)
If you were hoping to snag a coupon code for $150 off on a Moto X, then it’s time to let the holiday spirit fill you up. Thanks to a few generous readers who received codes, but then decided against picking up a device, we have 16 coupon codes for an off-contract Moto X. You can use the codes through MotoMaker, which will allow you to buy a 16GB Moto X for just $350 or a 32GB model for $400. It’s quite a deal, and if you will recall, this deal brought down Motorola’s site on Cyber Monday when it went live. (more…)
Since we introduced a new Roboto-inspired logo with our latest site redesign, we personally wanted a way to show off the new style in our out-of-office lives. For us, that usually includes t-shirts or hoodies in our color scheme on incredibly soft cotton. So today, we’re happy to introduce you to the new Droid Life shirt (hoodie too). Once again, the shirts have been put together by our friends who created Andy Inside and various other popular Android shirts, so you know you are getting the goods. (more…)
Verizon customers in major cities across the U.S. should see a big time increase in 4G LTE performance this week. According to GigaOm, Big Red has quietly doubled, and even tripled 4G LTE capacity across its network, available in commercial corridors of cities such as San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, and the list goes on. We’re talking “every major city east of the Mississippi and in several western markets.” (more…)