Roku’s New Device Lineup Includes the Roku Express and 4K-Ready Roku Ultra, Pricing Starts at $29.99

Roku has a new lineup of devices for the holiday shopping season, five in total. Ranging in price and specification, the devices are up for pre-order beginning today, with in-store availability starting early October.

The five devices are as follows – Roku Express, Express+, Roku Premiere, Premiere+, and Roku Ultra. The least expensive model, the Roku Express, features 1080p streaming, a simplistic IR remote control, 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, and comes with a HDMI cable for connecting to your TV. Pricing for the Express is $29.99, while the Express+ is $39.99.  (more…)

Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: September 23, 2016

Day 2,504 in the books at Droid Life. This week, Google finally launched Allo after debuting it at Google I/O in May, and we posted our review of the Moto Z Play. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s a video review (not 2,000 words), and we are very proud of it. Let us know what you think.

Other top Android stories include photos of the Pixel and Pixel XL in white surfacing, details on Google WiFi and Chromecast Ultra have leaked, and Google made official the date which they will unveil their latest smartphones. Are you ready? We most definitely are.

Catch this week’s greatest stories below. (more…)

Reports: Google Home and Chromecast Ultra Pricing Revealed, Google WiFi Router Also Coming October 4

Hey, fun spoilers on a Friday! We have two new reports out of Android Police that dive into Google’s plans for October 4 outside of Pixel phones. According to their reports, Google Home and the new Chromecast Ultra (4K version) have been priced, plus Google has a new router ready to take over our homes, called Google WiFi. We can independently confirm that Google does indeed have have a new router in the works.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 121 – Allo is Here, Pixels are Coming

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we are diving into Google’s new messaging app, Allo, which is now available for all. It’s certainly the big topic of the week after being hyped for months. I think we all have some pointed opinions on whether or not we need it in our lives.

After that, we need to talk Google’s Pixel phones as well, since we have an official unveiling date (October 4!), new pictures, and more. Also, we’ll be sure to catch you up on the latest Galaxy Note 7 recall news and anything else that comes up.

Join us at 10:15AM Pacific (1:15PM Eastern) for the fun.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below. We have a video embed as well and will be chatting it up over at the YouTube page for the show. You can find it here.   (more…)

Report: Twitter Internally Debates Selling Off to Google, Salesforce, or Verizon

According to reports this morning, Twitter may be looking to sell itself off before year’s end. Possible buyers have already been named, with three large companies reportedly leading the pack of potential suitors. The first two companies are Google and Salesforce, with a separate report claiming Verizon is even in the mix to acquire Twitter.  (more…)