Don’t Miss These Top Android Stories: 7/3/2015

While you get ready for your long holiday weekend, take a few quick moments to catch up on all that was Android during the past few days. A whole bunch happened this week, including another juicy CEO battle that involved Sprint and T-Mobile.

Outside of the drama, we also started breaking down lease programs, reviewed the Galaxy S6 Active and Pebble Time, watched Motorola update the DROID Turbo to Lollipop (seriously, it happened!), listened to OnePlus confirm new specs for the OnePlus 2, asked you what the perfect smartphone size is, and sat down this morning for DL Show episode 84.

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Friday App Sales: Lifeline, Machinarium, Clockwork Tales, and More

Since a few of you may be enjoying a longer weekend than normal, you may need a few new apps or games to keep you busy. Thankfully, developers and publishers know this, so quite a few titles are on sale through Google Play, bringing you cheaper access to fun games and apps.

For gamers, you can grab Machinarium for just $2.49, a classic little platformer that features fun graphics and intriguing gameplay. Also available are Civilization Revolution 2, Lifeline, and quite a few RPG titles from overseas for just $1.

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Last Chance Deal: Mpow Intelligent 3-Port Car Charger Just $13.99

A good car charger is something everyone should have. The problem is, it’s tough to figure out which ones are actually good and which ones are cheap garbage. The Mpow 3-port intelligent car charger that is in its final days on the DL Deals store should be one to consider. You can pick up this compact charger for just $13.99 for the next 5 days.

As a recap, the Mpow 3-port charger supports both 12V and 18V input, identifies which types of devices you connect to power them correctly, and will shut down charges in order to prevent damage to your battery or device. It also has 3 ports, of course, so you can charge up to two tablets and a phone at a time.

The Mpow 3-port intelligent charger has a close-to-5-star rating over at Amazon(more…)

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The Droid Life Show: Episode 86

Today is a holiday for many, but we still wanted to get together for a quick DL Show before you all head into the long weekend. This is episode 86, an episode that will run through the recent drama between T-Mobile and Sprint, their lease programs, all of the Lollipop updates from Motorola that finally began rolling out, what may be the new Google Glass, the latest on the OnePlus 2, the newest apps, and more.

We will kick the show off live at 9AM Pacific (12PM Eastern). We have a live video embed below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show.

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HTC Pulls Out the Old “Blind Test” in Latest Ads, and HTC Wins Every Time!

I know that most of you are all off observing freedom, but we have marketing news to report. Yes, marketing news! HTC is back doing commercials to promote phones, though this time, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t involved and on the set of something where he clearly would rather be doing something other than promoting HTC products. This time, it’s all about the blind tests. Oh boy, because blind testing is always a go-to when every single other marketing attempt you imagined failed miserably.

So how’d it all go? If you guessed that HTC wins every time, you guessed right!  (more…)

T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand Leasing Program: How It Actually Works

Smartphone leases seem to be the hot topic of the moment, thanks to a public battle between the CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint. They also seem to be confusing to many, including those in this industry. What’s the difference between T-Mobile and Sprint leases? Do you own your phone or not on a lease? What happens at the end of your lease? Can you buy the phone or do you have to return it? How do upgrades work? Is a lease a good or bad thing? There is a lot to talk about here.

To try and make this all as simple as is possible, we are going to take some time to go through T-Mobile and Sprint’s lease plans, hopefully to give you some sort of comparison of the pros and cons of each. Since T-Mobile’s appears to be a decent deal for those who like to upgrade often, we’ll start there.  (more…)