DL Q&A Sessions: Volume 41 Answers

Last week, we opened up Volume 41 of the DL Q&A Sessions. Good for me, but bad for you, I took last Friday off, so we were unable to post our answers. To everyone’s delight, now I’m back, so let’s get to answering your questions.

We received a ton of great questions last week, ranging in topics such as how we sync our devices properly when we’re always changing daily drivers, if we ever get tired of blogging, if LG should drop the removable battery schtick, and if we were at all surprised by the NBA Finals outcome.

Let’s get to it! (more…)

Twitter Introduces #Stickers for Your Photos

Over the coming weeks, Twitter will rollout an update to its Android and iOS apps that introduces #Stickers, which as the name for them suggests, are fun little stickers that can be placed on the photos you share through Twitter.

With #Stickers, you get a “new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world.” Twitter says you can choose from rotating sets that include “hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props” that will be both generic and potentially timely. You could see options that help you show support for a cause, but let’s be honest here, aren’t we all seeing this as a way for Twitter to partner with brands? Yes, we are.  (more…)

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 4 is Getting Android 6.0.1 Today

T-Mobile has started pushing an update today to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as software version VU2DPE3 or VU1DPE3. Those numbers don’t actually matter much, though, because the real story here is the fact that the update is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

T-Mobile doesn’t list many details about the update outside of the file size (1.5GB), but being a Note device, you should expect a similar experience to what the Note 5 got with Marshmallow. Details of that update can be found here(more…)

Here’s a Few Reported Specs for the Galaxy Note ‘7’

According to the latest from Evan Blass, the next Galaxy Note will in fact be the Galaxy Note 7, not the Galaxy Note 6. As far as we know, nothing has yet changed for the timeframe Samsung will unveil the device, which is still rumored to be August 2 in New York City. A bit more interesting, though, are the specs Blass listed recently onto his Twitter feed. If all of these specs are in fact making their way into the Note 7, fans of Samsung and the Note series should be pretty excited.  (more…)

DEAL: Nest Thermostat (3rd Gen) is $199 Thru July 4 ($50 Off)

Nest Thermostat, one of the few items of tech I’ve purchased within the past few years that I often refer to as “an item I can’t live without,” is discounted at the moment in celebration of July 4th. Nest has dropped the 3rd gen model (the newest version) by $50, so to get into a device that rarely sees discounts, you can do so for $199 instead of $249.

Not all that familiar with Nest Thermostats? Just know that they are the ultimate smart home convenience items. Not only can you adjust the temperature of your house at any time from anywhere, you can also set schedules for heating and cooling or let Nest create them for you automatically. Nest works with a number of smart home platforms (like Amazon Alexa) and can be a hub of sorts for automation, like your doors locking or your WiFi cameras turning off or on.

As of right now, most retailers have the Nest Thermostat (3rd gen) at $50 off.

Links: Amazon | Best Buy | Nest

Report: Google Will Release Its Own Non-Nexus Phone Later This Year

For years, tech pundits, especially old washed up media who love nothing more than Apple, have begged Google to be like Apple. They think, because Apple prints money by manufacturing their own phones that run their own software, that there is no other way for Google to approach Android. Forget the fact that Android is on four in five phones across the globe, it’s Apple’s way or bust. According to a report that randomly went live over the weekend from the Telegraph, these one-track-minded pundits may get what they have long wished for.

Sources of the Telegraph, potentially who work within the carrier realm, are under the impression that Google is going to release a Google-branded phone that is 100% controlled by Google. The phone could arrive before the end of the year.

Confused? How is this different from Nexus phones? Let’s walk through this.  (more…)

Google May be Redesigning Android’s Nav Bar With Ugly Home Button, Introduce Live Nexus Support Via App

Not surprisingly, Android news is pretty slow these days, as it always is in the lead-up to a new version of the OS. Google more than likely doesn’t want to out anything too fun at the moment, since we are only two months or so from stable Android N going public and new Nexus devices running it arriving alongside it. To fill the time, we are left entertaining rumors of minute changes that may or may not be on the horizon, like Google tweaking the navigation bar appearance and creating a live support app for Nexus users. Yep, that’s where we are at the moment.  (more…)