This Week in the Life of DROID: 10/31/2014

With the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and DROID Turbo in our possession, you better believe we have a lot of work laid out ahead of us. Reviews! It was a crazy week here at DL, with pre-orders for the Nexus 6 taking place, but as many people may have found out, the device was not available for long, seemingly selling out in record time.

Besides that fiasco, Amazon tipped us that a Champagne Gold Moto 360 is on the way, as well as more bands for the Android Wear device from Motorola. Other news included Andy Rubin officially leaving Google to start a hardware incubator, a ton of apps receiving Material Design makeovers, retailers shutting down support for Google Wallet, topped off by Lenovo closing its deal with Google to purchase Motorola for nearly $3 billion.

Here are the highlights in case you missed any of the action.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Botanicula, Fleksy Keyboard, Death Worm, and More

It’s Halloween! Combine that with the fact that it is also Friday, and you are set to experience a few awesome app and game sales taking place. On top of the great giveaway Amazon is hosting on its Appstore, Google Play is currently hosting deals on the new smash hit Botanicula, as well as Fleksy Keyboard, Minuum Keyboard, and The Walking Dead Pinball.

If something a bit more spooky is needed, you can always check out Slender Man Origins HD, House of Hell, Blood of the Zombies, or Devilry Huntress which are also on sale.

Here is the full list for you.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Nexus and DROID Turbo Special

A special rendition of The Droid Life Show is set to take place today at 1:15pm Pacific, focusing entirely on Google’s new lineup of Nexus devices. We are fortunate to have the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player in-house, so we will be going over our initial impressions and answering any of your potential questions regarding the devices.

If the Nexus lineup isn’t on your shopping list, we also have the DROID Turbo in-hand, which we will talk about as well.

Won’t you join us? (more…)

Nexus 9 Unboxing and Gallery

As you now know, we have a Nexus 6 in house, which has already been unboxed. But for the tablet fans in the building who aren’t interested in Google’s new whale, we thought you would be interested in seeing one of the other new Nexus devices of the year, the Nexus 9. This is the return of a partnership between HTC and Google, something we haven’t seen since the original Nexus One. Many of us have been waiting years for this to happen.

As a recap, the Nexus 9 is currently up for pre-order from a number of retailers with an expected ship date of November 3. There are 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models that run $399, $479, and $599, respectively. Google and HTC have made Black, White, and Tan models, though the Tan model has yet to become available.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Unboxing and Gallery

The Nexus 6 is in house! You know this already if you saw our post verifying that it works just fine on Verizon’s network, but for those who didn’t – we have a Nexus 6 in house! Yes, Google’s new premium flagship is in-hand, blubber and all, ready for us to get to testing.

Before we get there, obviously there are some things we like to do to kickstart the process. One of those is to unbox the device and then give you some initial reactions. So, that’s exactly what you will find below.  (more…)

New Video Shows TouchWiz Running on Top of Lollipop, Samsung Trying Its Best

For many users, TouchWiz, Samsung’s custom skin, leaves much to be desired in the performance and aesthetics department. And sadly, every time Android receives a major update, which brings new design guidelines, we hope TouchWiz receives the same type of makeover, making it more attractive and less processor intensive.

With the Android 5.0 update, the OS is receiving a major makeover from Google, but as we saw previously in a leaked build of the Android L developer preview running on a Galaxy S5, it appeared that Samsung was sticking with TouchWiz’s current state. However, a new video, running what appears to be a full build of Lollipop, shows that Samsung is trying their best to conform to Google’s “standards,” while not compromising the TouchWiz we have known over the past few years.  (more…)