Contest: $300 in Google Play Gift Cards Up for Grabs, 10 Winners, 24 Hours!

If you follow us on Twitter (you are following us, right?), then you likely saw our teases over the weekend for two upcoming contests. Well, we didn’t exactly tease – we more or less told you exactly what to expect. Today, we are giving away a OnePlus One and a whole bunch of Google Play gift cards in separate contests. As you can tell by the image above and the title, this is the Google Play gift card contest, with a total prize value at $300.

That’s right, because we love you, we are handing out $300 in gift cards to 10 DL readers (two $50 cards, eight $25 cards). We are giving these away, like always, because you have given us the opportunity to. That’s how we do things around here. We just want to thank you for the support as we head into one of the busiest weeks of the year.  (more…)

Android Wear Receiving Update This Week, Several This Year – Will Soon Pair With Bluetooth Headsets, Support GPS

Two members of the Android team – engineering director David Singleton and VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer – sat down with CNET this week for a quick Q&A about the current and future status of Android Wear, the company’s wearables platform, likely because we are about to see a handful of new devices running it this week at IFA. In the chat, both Singleton and Lockheimer talk updates that are direct from Google, new use cases, and most importantly, new features that we will see very soon.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off

Best Buy slashed the price of the LG G Watch by $50 this weekend, dropping it to $179 in either black or white. That right there, is a pretty good deal for one of the original Android Wear devices, which originally retailed for $229. In fact, it still is $229 through Google Play.

We reviewed the G Watch and came away interested in the future of Android Wear as a platform, but were a little bored with the device’s design. Also, keep in mind that LG just announced their new premium round version of the G Watch, the G Watch R, which should put this device to shame. But, if you want in on the Android Wear game, this is the best deal in town.

Best Buy Links:  G Watch (black) | G Watch (white)  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 8/29/2014

This week may have seemed hectic at times, but it was nothing in comparison to what next week will bring. With IFA taking place over in Europe, and the DL crew traveling cross country to Chicago and New York City for separate press events, it is going to be a very busy week.

On the bright side, however, that means we will be offering up all of the latest news as soon as it drops, including coverage on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, Motorola’s next flagship phone, and the Moto 360.

This week was highlighted by LG and Samsung unveiling two new smartwatches, slated for arrival later this year in the US. In addition, Amazon bought Twitch for nearly $1 billion, ASUS teased the ZenWatch (unveiling coming next week), the new Moto G was reportedly pictured, and a mystery Moto device stopped off at the FCC on its way to AT&T.

If you missed any of the action, take a look below for the highlights.  (more…)

Run Forrest Run, an Endless Runner Based on Forrest Gump

Finally, an endless runner based on a story I know and love. If we have any fans of Forrest Gump here – everyone should raise their hand – you might want to check out a new game on Google Play called Run Forrest Run.

In the game, which will remind you of any other endless runner game available, you play as Forrest Gump as he runs his way through Alabama and Route 66. Collecting coins while running helps you upgrade Forrest, which will allow you to run further in the game.  (more…)

Your Labor Day Plans Now Include the Droid Life Show Episode 67

The crew joined forces once again this week for episode 67 of the DL Show, focusing on next week more than anything, since a handful of companies have products to unveil. For those not familiar with this time of year, we are talking IFA in Berlin, a major tech conference that always leads us into the fall season. Samsung, LG, Asus, and Sony all have products to announce during the conference, plus Motorola is doing their own thing as well, here in the States.

Topics on this week’s show include a recap of the latest on the Moto X+1 and Moto 360. We also watched as LG unveiled their new round smartwatch, the G Watch R, live on air. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 launch, news out of the Cyanogen camp, plenty of carrier moves (Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all had recent announcements), and a list of top apps and games from the last two weeks, all made the show.

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