This is Google Play Music 5.6.1640 With a Full Material Design Makeover

By the time Android 5.0 “Lollipop” officially arrives for the world to use with the Nexus 9 on November 3, I would imagine that Google will flip the switch on a number of massive updates to its core Google apps. We are talking full design overhauls of Gmail, Maps, Drive, and Google Play Music with Material Design. But, since we know that many of you would rather not have to wait another couple of weeks to see what’s in store, we thought we should point out that a number of the new re-made apps have surfaced through a leak that has been incorporated into a Nexus 4 ROM. That’s right, someone leaked a ROM from the Nexus 6, which included all of the refreshed Google apps, like Play Music.

So yeah, this is what Google Play Music 5.6.1640 looks like. How pretty is this?  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 10/17/2014

This week was Nexus Week, so as you will see below, pretty much all of the big time news that came across the wire is about Google’s new devices. Of course, there was a good bit of the DROID Turbo making the rounds, as well as a special Nexus episode of The Droid Life Show.

Moving forward, you can expect a whole lot of news surrounding Lollipop updates, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 availability/reviews, and so much more. It is easily our most favorite time of the year.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Setting Up Guest and Multiple Users

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” users can finally setup Guest accounts and additional user profiles on phones, similar to what has been available on tablets for some time. Whether you need to hand your phone to your friend for a quick call or email because their phone died earlier in the day, or because you have kids that are constantly asking for some time with your phone to game, know that your main profile will remain safe and untouched at all times.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Setting Up Trusted Devices

Motorola has been doing this really cool thing for a couple of years now called Trusted Devices. The idea behind a trusted device is pretty simple (our tutorial on the Moto X) – when you have select Bluetooth devices paired to your phone, you can tell your phone to let you bypass a secure lock screen without having to enter a PIN, password, or pattern. It could be a watch that you wear with your phone all day, so that your phone remains mostly unlocked when with you. Or it could be your car, for example, which would allow you to skip by your lock screen security to make for easier (and safer) access while on the go. But, if you were to disconnect from those trusted devices (lose your phone at a bar), your phone would then revert back to being fully locked by that pattern, PIN, or password to protect your information. Make sense?

Google added Trusted Devices to Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This is awesome news because it should mean that in the future, all Android phones running Android 5.0 or higher will have access to this super convenient feature.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Quick Tour

This morning, a close-to-final Android 5.0 “Lollipop” was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), so as you can imagine, we flashed it immediately to start looking for new features, test out performance, and drool at all of the Material Design. While this isn’t technically “final,” all of its APIs are final, so this is likely the last preview we will see before over-the-air updates are made available in the coming weeks. One would hope that most of the early bugs have been squashed.

So, what are we looking at in terms of differences between this and the previous preview builds of Android L? Polish. So much polish. This new Android 5.0 preview build is so buttery smooth and fast, that I wish you could all take it for a spin. If you own a Nexus 5 or 7 (2013) you can, but the rest will have to wait a bit. And if you own either of those devices, this may be worth flashing, unlike the previous previews. In fact, this is me basically tell you to flash it now. You need to experience this.  (more…)

Deal: Ending Soon, iLumi LED Smartbulb for $79

Have you ever watched Shark Tank? I love that show. If you do watch it, maybe you saw the following product called iLumi LED Smartbulb, which ended up being backed by Mark Cuban himself. Now, the product is available to the masses, bringing complete control over the lighting in your home. Usually priced at $90 a bulb, you can grab a iLumi bulb for just $79.  (more…)