This Week in the Life of DROID: 8/22/2014

We are wrapping up another week here at DL, but big things are looming, as we are now only one week away from the beginning of September. With September comes a ton of announcements, highlighted by those set to be made by Samsung, Motorola, and a few others. It should be an intense month for Android lovers.

This week, we learned a lot more about the Moro 360, and might have even found out its price thanks to a screw up over at Best Buy. How does $249 sound? In addition, HTC’s reported “Flounder” Nexus device received WiFi certification, we compare leaked renders of the new Moto X+1 to last year’s Moto X, and finally, Swing Copters made its way to Google Play.

Here are the highlights just in case you missed anything.  (more…)

Add Motorola XT1112 to the List of Possible “Shamu” Devices

A Motorola device under the codename “shamu” is largely thought to be the next Nexus device from Google. With that bit of information made public through a couple of reports, tech enthusiasts are doing anything in their power to try and find mentions or appearances of the device, because well, Nexus remains a huge deal in the Android world. With that in mind, feel free to add a Motorola phone under the model number XT1112 to your list of possible “shamu” devices.

The model number appeared this week through Zauba, an import/export tracking system in India that has been both correct and wrong in the past at helping us track down future devices. In other words, add the number to the list, but don’t invest deeply in it.  (more…)

Nova Launcher Beta Updated With New Drawer Animations, App Drawer Search Additions

The beta group for Nova Launcher received an update for their launcher application today, one which brings new app drawer animations, as well as a few important bug fixes.

Detailed in the GIF image below, users can choose between a few nifty drawer animations, such as a circular opening, slide up motion, and others. To highlight the fixes, users were previously unable to manually change the app drawer icon on their home screen, but thanks to the update, this issue has been fixed. And here I was, thinking it was only me having the problem.  (more…)

HTC “Flounder” Nexus Tablet Gets Wi-Fi Certified

The HTC “Flounder” or “Volantis,” whichever you prefer, is more than likely the new Nexus tablet from Google. Both codenames, which reference the same device (yes, Google gives all Nexus devices two names), have appeared a handful of times in official Android changelogs and also in detailed rumors. Thanks to a Wi-Fi Alliance certificate that went unnoticed on August 15, we have another sighting to add to the list.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Hitman GO, the Metal Slug Series, Apex Launcher Pro, and More

There is a new massive list of app and game sales taking place over on Google Play, so any plans you might have had for this weekend just went right out the window. So sorry about that.

Anyway, it appears as if the entire Metal Slug series of Android games are on sale for just $1, followed by the very popular Hitman GO for only $1.99. To follow it up, kovdev’s Nox icon pack (a personal favorite) is priced at just $0.99, while a huge lineup of Cartoon Network games is also priced at only a dollar.

For the full list of apps, plus links to Google Play to take advantage of the deals, look below.  (more…)

Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 22 Answers

On Monday, we asked our lovely community to submit questions for Volume 22 of the Droid Life Q&A Sessions. It looks like many people are curious about our take on custom ROMs these days, as well as when an Android phone deserves to be upgraded.

On top of Android-related inquiries, people are curious about what we could do to get Ron off of his iPhone addiction, as well as the DL Staff’s current favorite burger and beer combo at this moment. We have selected a few of our favorite questions, so take a look below at this volume’s answers.  (more…)

Question of the Day: What is Your Morning Android Routine?

This morning, the official Android Twitter account posted a question to its followers that we loved so much, we decided to steal it. Well, sort of. They asked, “After you’ve hit snooze for the last time, what’s the first thing you use your #Android phone for in the morning?” Our question has been tweaked slightly, asking for your typical Android routine in the morning, but they are similar. We want to know what apps you use before anything else or how you get ready for the day with technology, that type of thing. (more…)