Report: Samsung’s Note 7 Battery Probe Says Bad Batteries Were Main Problem

Samsung has not yet shared with us the results of its probe into the Galaxy Note 7 and why its batteries were catching fire, forcing the company to recall millions of devices, but a report out of Reuters claims that the batteries used ended up being the “main” culprit. That thought matches reports of faulty batteries following the initial Note 7 recall. However, additional rumors since the full recall and cancellation of the Note 7 have led people to believe that design may have also been a part of the problem as well.  (more…)

LG G6 Incorporates Heat Pipes to Disperse Heat, Undergoing Rigorous Testing

Thanks to recent events surrounding the Galaxy Note 7, many companies are taking every precaution they can to ensure that the phones they ship won’t end up as hand grenades. This, of course, is a good thing. According to the latest out of Korea, LG is going the extra mile in testing the upcoming G6, even going beyond the international standards of the US and Europe.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Now Available for Purchase!

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) is now available for purchase at your favorite local and online retailers. That includes shopping directly from NVIDIA, or hitting up Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, B&H Photo, etc.

At $199.99, NVIDIA is giving you a more compact unit with the same goodies internally (Tegra X1 processor powering it, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable), and more), remote, and game controller. They also upgraded each remote to include an IR blaster and revamped the controller for better ergonomics.  (more…)

Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More (Updated)

UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.

UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.


On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 13, 2017

Our first recap of 2017. Much pressure. This week, while we gathered ourselves after the craziness of CES, we got through Episode 130 of The Droid Life Show, went over the latest news around the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, and got introduced to HTC’s new flagship device, the U Ultra.

2017 is already gearing up to be quite the year. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s a recap of this week’s news that you shouldn’t miss.  (more…)

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