One of our favorite apps of all time, Google Opinion Rewards, received an update today, which means we have an excuse to talk about it and remind you that using it is a probably a good thing. The update introduces availability to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, in case you were wondering, along with a slightly different UI that may even have been a server-side switch.
What is Google Opinion Rewards? It’s an app that wants to give you free money (in the form of Google Play credits) to spend by asking you to answer short 1-4 or 5 question surveys. It probably – because it’s tied to Google and your Google accounts – knows far too much about you and may creep you out with some surveys, especially the location-based ones, but it’s worth it for most of us who don’t mind a little Google stalking. In a few years worth of surveys, between two accounts, I’ve totaled over $50 in Play credits. Some of our readers have hit much higher numbers than that. See for yourself. (more…)
Back in late March, the beta for WhatsApp received a sizable update, one that included quick reply from notifications, wallpapers for chats and multiple contact selection. At last, that update is now rolling out to everyone, exiting the beta stage.
As previously stated, this update includes a quick reply feature, allowing users to rapidly reply to incoming messages directly from the notification pulldown. Additionally, users now have a few color choices to choose from to revamp the look of their chat windows, as well as quickly add photos or video from your camera roll by tapping the quick camera button. (more…)
We took last week off from the Droid Life Show to recover from weeks and weeks of smartphone reviews in a row, but are back this week to catch up before we get to Google I/O. So on this episode (108), we’ll walk through the latest Nexus rumors involving HTC and a couple of codenames. We’ll also talk about why we think it’s a mistake to buy DROID phones at Verizon, check in on your Galaxy S7 after two months, talk must-have smartphone features, and share initial impressions of the Huawei P9.
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…)
Need a smartwatch? How about one of Samsung’s Gear S2 models? As of today, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic have been discounted by $50 at Best Buy and Amazon. And we are talking about all models, including the new platinum and rose gold Classics.
At a $50 discount, you can get into the regular Gear S2 for $249, the Classic for $299, or the platinum and rose gold Classic versions for $399.
Months ago, when the Gear S2 was first released, I spent a good amount of time with it to see if it could become my smartwatch of choice. While I prefer Android Wear devices to Samsung’s wearables, there is no denying the attractive hardware here, really cool rotating bezel, and somewhat robust software experience. If anything, the Gear S2 is a solid alternative to Android Wear.
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We are closing in on the two month anniversary – if you can believe that – of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launch. That means you have all had a substantial amount of daily usage to weigh in on whether or not you made the right decision in buying one. You have spent days and nights, dates and couch surfing sessions, travel and backyard BBQs, all with the S7 or S7 Edge by your side. At this point, you probably should have done it all.
So now it’s time to share your thoughts.
Has your phone maintained day one or week one performance? Is battery life good or bad or just OK? Are you satisfied with the camera? Has Samsung’s TouchWiz lived up to its “jank” reputation of slowing down a high-end phone after just a short amount of time? How has the glass held up on the front and back?
How is your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge holding up?
Thanks to LG’s Guarded Access to Enterprise — better known as GATE — the G5 and V10 have been certified for use in fields that require top-notch security, enterprise and military. Certified by the U.S. National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP, for short), both devices meet the international standards for security in corporate environments. (more…)
A little over a month ago, we talked about the idea of there being a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, not only because Samsung mentioned the device in a listing for one of their apps, but because this is a long-running line of exclusive phones for AT&T that makes a lot of sense. It’s a pretty brilliant product idea (super high-end rugged phone) that should live on, even if we do all hate the fact that you can’t get it outside of a single carrier.
Today, thanks to a leak out of a Vietnamese Samsung-focused site, we get what might be our first look at the phone. As you probably expected, it’s rugged as hell and has all the camo a rugged person could ask for. (more…)
Verizon approved an update this morning for its variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as software version VRU2APD2. The update includes both security patches and “improvements to various settings and features.” None of those improvements seems to be of the headline variety, but they are worth being aware of. (more…)