Don’t Miss These Android Stories: September 30, 2016

Next week is the week of weeks around these parts, so that meant this week was full of lead-up stuff. For example, we started to see more official renders of devices like the Pixel, Pixel XL, and Chromecast Ultra. We also heard new rumors about “Andromeda,” the supposed Android and Chrome OS merge, and asked you what you were most excited for.

Outside of October 4 event stuff, we also watched Motorola lose over half of its staff, dealt with Android Wear 2.0 seeing a massive delay, gave a thumbs up to Google launching a new blog, and took you back to the days of the DROID Bionic.

Be sure to catch up! Next week is going to be nuts.  (more…)

Video: 20+ Galaxy Note 7 Tips and Tricks

Our review may be long since done, but it’s entirely possible that you have yet to master Samsung’s TouchWiz. Especially on the Galaxy Note 7, this device packed full of features, often times hidden, so we’re hitting you with a 20+ Tips and Tricks video.

During the video, I’ll show you how to enable RAW shooting and voice commands through the camera app, how to customize the look of the UI with Samsung Themes, as well as disable that extremely annoying Flipboard Briefing window on the stock Home application.

Buckle in, it’s a long one.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 122 – Google Event Expectations

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re straight prepping for next Tuesday. What’s happening next Tuesday, you ask? Oh, just Google unveiling the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google Home, Google WiFi, Chromecast Ultra, and Daydream. Yep.

If that’s not enough for a full show, we’ll be sure to talk rumors of “Andromeda,” Android Wear 2.0 delays, Motorola’s latest layoff, and more.

Join us at 1:30PM Pacific (4:30PM 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…)

DEAL: Unlocked LG G5 for $479 ($150 Off), Includes Another $170 in Freebies

The LG G5 may not be the best phone of 2016, yet I would argue that it’s still a good enough phone to own at the right price. Is $479 the right price? Perhaps. B&H Photo is currently selling the flagship from LG at that price, which is a cool $150 discount. Not only that, but they are tossing in $170 or so worth of freebies.

Should you buy the US unlocked LG G5 (which B&H says works on both CDMA and GSM carriers), you’ll not only get the phone at $150 off, you will also get a second battery, battery charging cradle, and your choice of a Gamin vivofit 3 activity tracker ($100 value) in either black or white.

To recap the LG G5, you may want to run through our review.

B&H Photo Link

DEAL: Jaybird Freedom Earbuds for $149 With Code ($50 Off)

Jaybird’s newest set of wireless earbuds, the Freedom, can be had through the Jaybird store today for $149.95, a $50 discount. All you need to do is plugin in coupon code “FREE149” at checkout and the price will drop from $199.95. That’s a good deal for wireless buds that were just released a couple of months ago.

For those not familiar, the Jaybird Freedom are sport earbuds that connect to your phone over Bluetooth. They pack in higher-end audio that you don’t typically get with wireless buds, are sweat-proof, offer up to 8 hours of play time, and offer customized sound profiles through the Jaybird app.   (more…)

These are the Top Allo Feature Suggestions You Made to Google

Since launching Allo a few weeks back, the Allo team at Google has been compiling the suggestions you have submitted that you think could help improve the smart messaging app. Googler and Allo co-lead, Justin Uberti, took to Twitter last night to share the top suggestions, though he was quick to make it clear that this is just a list of suggestions, not a list of future features they plan to include.  (more…)