The Droid Life Show returns this evening with Episode 65, at its usual time of 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern). On tonight’s show, we will discuss our latest device reviews (SHIELD Tablet, OnePlus One, and LG G3), Samsung’s newly granted patent for circle watch faces, Instagram’s shot at Snapchat with the new Bolt app, and so much more.
Given that the Summer months are usually a bit slower in terms of major news, we have decided to cut our shows down to every other week, which means each show we will do from now on will be packed with additional news. At least, until news picks back up with Motorola, Samsung, and Google later this year.
We are live tonight at 6:00PM Pacific (9:00PM Eastern). (more…)
Last week, we exclusively reported that Verizon planned to begin throttling the top 5% of unlimited data users with 4G LTE phones come October 1, a move which Verizon has since confirmed. The throttling is a part of Big Red’s “Network Optimization” policy, which up until now has only affected 3G customers with unlimited data. As you can imagine, this news didn’t exactly excite those with unlimited data plans who have been long-time Verizon customers. According to a letter sent to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t excited either. (more…)
Back when the Galaxy Nexus was introduced, Google made it clear that they would rather not have to deal with micro SD cards in their Nexus devices or Android as a whole. Basically, they think the experience of dealing with one block of storage outweighs the experience of having removable storage.
Many manufacturers, outside of Samsung, adopted this philosophy shortly after Google made this known and removed micro SD slots from their phones for a couple of years. Then 2014 arrived and almost all major manufacturers have included a micro SD slot in their new phones, including HTC and LG. Both the LG G3 and HTC One (M8) have slots for expandable storage.
Our question to you is – how important is it that your phone have a micro SD slot? I think it’s safe to assume that manufacturers think you care or they wouldn’t have abandoned them only to bring them back as quickly. I can tell you that I appreciate the option to take storage with me from phone-to-phone, even with all of the cloud storage options available for free or little cost. But what about you? Would you pass on a phone if it didn’t have an SD card slot? Is it just an added bonus? Or does it even matter?
You have to love an app that gives up all responsibility of content creation to a community of its own users. That is exactly what Lock Screen Beta Club has done, allowing folks the opportunity to create and share their own works of lock screen art. (more…)
We know how much all of you love talking about Material Design, so here is a heads up for another app which has received an update with Google’s latest app design guidelines. Equalizer, Google Play’s most popular audio equalizer app for Android, received an update to version 4.0 this week, which includes a slick UI upgrade to Material Design.
Equalizer allows users to place an EQ preset on any audio coming out of your headphone jack or speaker. Think of it as a system-wide EQ, instead of one just used for when music is playing. (more…)
Looking for the next great live wallpaper? We may have it with the recently released SpinIt Live Wallpaper. SpinIt brings you a handful of gorgeous 3D animated themes, features like parallax effect and time of day adjustments, and is powered by Unity, the game engine that is behind titles like Monument Valley. (more…)
For the financial savvy among us, Yahoo has updated its official Yahoo Finance application for Android users. Included in the update, which is now live on Google Play, a revamped user interface awaits you, full of interactive graphs and intuitive navigation menus. (more…)
A reader of ours pointed out this morning that Motorola recently filed for a trademark of the name “Moto Maxx,” a name that could be used in a new smartphone. For those new to the name “Maxx” and Motorola, just know that the tag when attached to a phone usually means massive battery life. Does this mean the Moto line, which currently includes the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will also get a battery-beast brother? (more…)