Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More

On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 13, 2017

Our first recap of 2017. Much pressure. This week, while we gathered ourselves after the craziness of CES, we got through Episode 130 of The Droid Life Show, went over the latest news around the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, and got introduced to HTC’s new flagship device, the U Ultra.

2017 is already gearing up to be quite the year. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s a recap of this week’s news that you shouldn’t miss.  (more…)

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Report: Andy Rubin is Back With a New Company to Compete With Google and Apple in Smartphones

Just over a year ago, a report surfaced suggesting former Android king Andy Rubin was considering re-entering the phone business. The report talked about Rubin assembling a team to potentially build out a new company, yet there has been almost zero follow-up since. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that things are very serious on the Andy Rubin smartphone front and we may see a phone (as well as other products) as early as this year.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 130 – Hey, CES Happened

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re taking some time to recap CES 2017. I know, CES wrapped last week, but we haven’t had a chance to share our experience that is almost always worth sharing. We’ll talk about our favorites of the show (SHIELD, Spot, AirTV, Chromebooks, etc.), some random stuff (an Android bike), and any other stories from the week in Vegas.

Join us live at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern) for the fun.

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Galaxy S8 Hype: These Samsung AMOLED Display Videos Might Give Us a Taste of the Near Future

As case manufacturers are doing their best to hype the Galaxy S8, maybe we should continue to ignore them and instead go to the source for a view of the future. Two videos from the Samsung Display YouTube channel are making the rounds today and they show Samsung in full hype mode over AMOLED panels used in phones with almost zero top, bottom, and side bezel.  (more…)

If This is the Galaxy S8, What do You Think?

This week marked the beginning of the casemaker battle over who could first post supposed realistic renders of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 without getting sued into oblivion by Samsung while also trying to catch that early money train and build upon SEO rankings. Mobilefun is the first out of the gate, as far as we can tell, with a bunch of listings on their accessory site for Galaxy S8 cases. We’ve included a bunch of their photos of cases with supposed Galaxy S8s inside here, but understand that these are by no means final or official on any level.  (more…)