Moto Z and Moto Z Force: First 10 Things You Should Do

With Moto Z reviews out of the way and the July 28 release day quickly approaching, our focus on both the Z and Z Force will now turn to helping you get the most out of each, assuming you plan to buy one or the other. To kick off the next series of posts, we wanted to start off with something we’ve been doing for all flagships recently, and that’s by offering up the first 10 things you should do upon receiving the Moto Z DROID or Moto Z Force DROID.

In this clip, we’ll walk you through using the fingerprint reader, Moto’s app suite (Display, Voice, and Actions), choosing a new launcher, disabling bloatware, firing up WiFi Calling, and even helping you pick a Moto Mod or two.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 116 – Moto Z Reviews

On today’s episode of the Droid Life Show, as you probably guessed, we’ll be diving into our final thoughts on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force now that reviews have been posted. Not only that, but we’ll talk Moto Mods, pricing and availability, and hopefully answer questions you may have if watching live. After that, we will move onto the latest on the Galaxy Note 7, Android N DP5, and Verizon’s latest attempt to kill off unlimited data for some.

Join us at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM 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…)

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5 Reasons the OnePlus 3 is Worth Buying

We have been discussing the Moto Z lineup of devices quite heavily, given we just posted our reviews and pre-orders have gone up, but we wanted to take a bit of time to discuss the already-available OnePlus 3. If you’re still on the fence for which phone to possibly pick up in 2016, we would like to offer you five reasons the OnePlus 3 is still worth your hard-earned money.

If you missed our complete review of the device, along with plenty of videos we have shot, we think the OnePlus 3 is a great smartphone. Bringing great specs and design all into an affordable package, this phone is an excellent choice for fans of the Nexus lineup. You’ll get your stock Android experience with custom tweaks baked in, as well as a plain, yet sexy hardware package. For $399, what’s not to like?

Here are 5 reasons the OnePlus 3 is worth buying. (more…)

Here’s the Galaxy Note 7 From All Sorts of Angles in Different Colors

With each passing day, we get closer to Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Note 7. Thanks to yet another leak, we can see the device from a ton of different angles, as well as in three different colors – Gold, Blue, and Silver.

After looking over the device pretty well, I must say, the design is pretty much what we would expect from Samsung these days. We have a body drenched in glass and metal, along with the ever-so-slightly curved edges on the frontside display. Looking at the side view, the Galaxy Note 7 appears to be extremely thin, but not too thin, since we still need room to fit the S Pen inside of the body.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X 32GB for $240, Nexus 6 for $280

To head into the weekend, we’ve got a couple of decent deals for you on Nexus devices, assuming you need a good phone on the cheap that actually receives software updates and security patches. You can pick-up last year’s Nexus 5X with 32GB storage for just $239.99 or the previously released Nexus 6 32GB for $279.99.

The Nexus 5X is available at the price ($160 discount) in either white or black as a brand new unit and is shipped to you for free. This is the US model, so it’ll work on all US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon.

As for the Nexus 6, the listing states that it is “new other,” which means it might come in packaging other than its original retail box. It doesn’t say refurbished, so it still should be an unused phone. You can choose from either white or blue models and it too ships for free.

eBay Links:  Nexus 5X ($239.99) | Nexus 6 ($279.99)

Dots & Co Hits Google Play, a More Adventurous Take on the Original Dots

From the makers of the original Dots game, as well as the sequel TwoDots, Dots & Co is what I would label as a more adventurous take on the same Dots gameplay. While you still go around popping dots and making squares for more points, there is something similar to what could be labeled as a storyline taking place in Dots & Co.

We begin Dots & Co with a single character, making her way through a very dotty world. As we progress, we meet companions. These companions have special traits, such as the ability to clear an entire color of dots, making select levels a bit easier. However, even with the addition of actual characters, it’s basically the same Dots game as the original.  (more…)

#TBT: Android 1.6 Intro Video Details CDMA Support, “Quick Search” Box and Much More

The current version of the Android OS is Android 6.0.1, with the next version, Nougat, slated to be Android 7.0. Since we are still on Android 6.0.1, it’s fitting that today, our #TBT post is about Android 1.6. You know, since 6.0.1 is sort of like 1.6 backwards. Close enough.

Posted onto the Android Developers YouTube channel in September of 2009, Google details the big changes taking place in Android 1.6, also known as Donut. Changes for Donut include the ability for apps to be displayed properly on various devices that feature differing screen resolutions. Apparently, that was an issue back in the day, with apps not knowing how to display themselves properly unless a specific value was provided. Woof, that must have sucked. Additionally, Android 1.6 included support for CDMA networks, not just GSM. This allowed Verizon, Sprint, and other CDMA-using carriers to get in the Android action.  (more…)