Samsung Intros 8GB LPDDR4 Package With 10nm Process Technology

Samsung introduced a new DRAM package this morning, hopefully to be seen in a number of upcoming devices. The package is an “industry first,” with 8GB of LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, utilizing four of the latest 16Gb LPDDR4 memory chips and advanced 10nm-class (nanometer) process technology. To put that in the most simple form, it’s very fast and in a very small package.  (more…)

Google Pixel / Pixel XL Review

What happens when Google ditches its beloved Nexus program to take smartphones seriously? You get Pixel and Pixel XL, two phones with high-end specs that are “Made by Google” (in Taiwan by HTC), price tiers that typically only Samsung and Apple can compete in, and a massive marketing campaign. Another way to put that is – Google is finally ready to be your next smartphone maker, and not in a back-alley tinkerer, “You can only come to my website to buy the discounted goods,” hacky and cheap kind of way. The Pixel phones are supposed to be as good as any phones and Google is telling you about them.

Google is using its premium Pixel line to now not only highlight their vision for Android, but also to present an exclusive set of features that they hope will allow these phones to stand out. I’m talking Google Assistant, for the most part. However, Google has a special launcher for Pixel, is super hyped on the cameras they used, and will more than likely continue to add on new features as these phones receive updates.

Did Google succeed this time around? They sure did build a couple of really nice phones, I can tell you that much. I’ve spent the better part of the past two weeks switching between the regular Pixel and the Pixel XL. It’s now time to talk about the experience.

This is our Google Pixel review.  (more…)

Google Cast App Rebranded to Google Home, Different Icon and Everything

We hope you didn’t grow too attached to the Google Cast rebranding for the Chromecast app, as it is now going through yet another branding change. In a new update that will soon hit all users, the app’s name has been changed to Google Home, cementing its purpose as the go-to application for users of Google Cast and the soon-to-be-available Google Home device.  (more…)

Smartwatches, Not Exactly Selling Well These Days

IDC released their latest smartwatch market info this morning and it certainly appears to paint a bleak picture for the smartwatch industry. From Q3 of last year to Q3 of this year, shipments of watches dropped 51.6%. That’s, um, a big drop.

Their numbers show smartwatch shipments dropping from 5.6 million last Q3 to 2.7 million this Q3. Part of the drop could be attributed to the fact that the new Apple Watch only arrived with two weeks left in the quarter, but it could also be because no one else really seems to be releasing new watches worth jumping on.  (more…)

Mini Metro, Build Subway Systems in Real-World Locations

In all my years playing video games, I didn’t think a title about building a subway system could be any fun. Well, publisher Playdigious found a way, thanks to a new game on Google Play called Mini Metro.

In Mini Metro, you are tasked with building subway systems in real locations around the world. Unlike a Bridge Constructor game, Mini Metro is extremely minimalistic. Essentially, your construction will look like an actual subway map you would see at a station, with the different colored lines and stations(more…)

DEAL: Moto G4 With Amazon Ads is Just $120 Today ($30 Off)

For one day only, Amazon is slashing another $30 off its special ad-filled Moto G4, dropping the price to $119.99. While that “ad-filled” description may turn you off, it’s not actually the worst situation should be in the market for a new cheap phone.

The Moto G4 is a great budget phone with solid specs and really good performance that normally retails for $200, but this particular version sees extra discounts because it shows Amazon ads here and there. We’re talking about ads on the lock screen that are personalized to you, so it shouldn’t be complete spam. You can’t get rid of them either; keep that in mind.

Outside of the ad stuff, this is a phone that works universally on all the big carriers (Verizon and AT&T included) and has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, and turbo charging. It really is a solid phone for those of you on a budget.

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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 43

We’re back again for Volume 43 of the DL Q&A Sessions, providing you with direct access to ask us anything that might be on your mind. With the Galaxy Note 7 gone and never to return, you may want to know what phone you should buy next or if the Pixel and Pixel XL are any good, and we would be more than happy to share our insights with you.

If you have a question that doesn’t concern Android, we would also enjoy that. We can talk sports, music, movies, travel, or anything else you might want to know. Basically, this is your opportunity to ask us anything you want.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 With S Pen Available October 28 for $350

A new tablet will soon be available from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab A 10.1″. Featuring an obvious 10.1″ (1920 x 1200) LCD display, the Galaxy Tab A comes with an S Pen, Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, plus microSD support.

Other specifications include 3GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, 7,300mAh battery, 8MP rear-facing camera with auto focus, 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Android “Marshmallow.” (more…)