ZTE’s SPro 2 Smart Project Hits AT&T on April 24, Priced at $399 With Contract

The ZTE-made SPro 2 Smart Projector, which was showcased at this year’s CES, is hitting AT&T’s network on April 24. Potential buyers can pick it up for $399 on-contract or $499 with no agreement.

Being the neat little machine that it is, the SPro2 is a portable projector with auto keystone correction, WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, and can also stream media via a full-size HDMI port. Coming with its own built-in storage, you an also expand your space with a built-in SD card slot.  (more…)

Sony’s Google Cast Ready Speakers Arrive in June/July, Receivers in May

Back in January, Google announced that it was opening up its Cast technology to speakers, with partners like LG and Sony integrating it into models later in 2015. Now that we are later into 2015, those speakers are almost ready for prime time. Last week, we saw LG announce Google Cast compatibility with their Music Flow speakers, and this morning, Sony announced their Cast-ready equipment as well.

Sony is adding Google Cast to two of its sound bars and two of its receivers as well. The speakers won’t arrive until June and July of this year, but the receivers should hit stores in May.  (more…)

Deal: 3 Mystery Android Collectibles and a 6-Inch Plush Bugdroid for $20

Ready to add to your collection of Android memorabilia? The DL Deals store currently has a bundle of Bugdroids that includes 3 mystery boxes of Dead Zebra collectibles, along with a 6-inch Plush toy for $19.99.

The mystery boxes are indeed a mystery, and we aren’t even sure which set they are from. The whole bundle is being filled by DKE Toys, so it’s my guess that they have a whole bunch of left-over individual boxes that have piled up over the years and are going to slap them together in a bundle with the soft plush toys.

At $20, that’s not a bad price, since individual mystery collectibles typically retail for $9. But keep in mind that you get the plush toy with the three mysteries.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab A, Available May 1 Starting at $229

Samsung introduced a new tablet this afternoon, the Galaxy Tab A. Set to hit the market on May 1, the Tab A comes in a variety of versions, with different colors and display sizes. The most modestly priced model, which is $229, is a 8″ tablet that comes in Titanium, Blue, and White. The slightly larger model, which features a 9.7″ display, also comes in the same color options, priced at $299. In addition, a separate 9.7″ model will include an S-Pen for $349, and goes on sale starting May 17.  (more…)

Report: Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla to Google for $6 Billion

The big headline today covers something that happened a couple of years ago, that being a possible acquisition of Tesla Motors by Google for just $6 billion. In a time when Tesla was near financial ruin due to its inability to turn pre-orders of its vehicles into finalized sales, Elon Musk turned to Google, looking for serious support.

The deal was that Google would buy Tesla, but continue to keep the company running to produce vehicles. Of the $6 billion that was reportedly discussed, $5 billion of it would go straight to the Tesla factories, which involved continued development on its batteries and vehicles.  (more…)

DL Favorites: Lock Screen Replacements

[DLF], or Droid Life’s Favorites, is a series of articles reviewing our favorite apps in a given category. The goal of these articles isn’t to extensively review every single option out there and determine which is “the best,” but rather to give you a few of our favorite apps in a category. This week we look at Droid Life’s favorite lock screen replacement apps.

Your lock screen is one of the most personal and important parts of your phone. It’s the gateway to your device, often adorned with an image of loved ones or fan art for the new Star Wars movie. But sometimes, the lock screens that come on our phones are annoying to use, limited in features, or just get boring after a while. I tried a ton of different lock screen replacements from Google Play, looking to shake things up, and these three are my favorites. (more…)