The Droid Life Show: Episode 86

Today is a holiday for many, but we still wanted to get together for a quick DL Show before you all head into the long weekend. This is episode 86, an episode that will run through the recent drama between T-Mobile and Sprint, their lease programs, all of the Lollipop updates from Motorola that finally began rolling out, what may be the new Google Glass, the latest on the OnePlus 2, the newest apps, and more.

We will kick the show off live at 9AM Pacific (12PM Eastern). We have a live video embed below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below.     (more…)

HTC Pulls Out the Old “Blind Test” in Latest Ads, and HTC Wins Every Time!

I know that most of you are all off observing freedom, but we have marketing news to report. Yes, marketing news! HTC is back doing commercials to promote phones, though this time, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t involved and on the set of something where he clearly would rather be doing something other than promoting HTC products. This time, it’s all about the blind tests. Oh boy, because blind testing is always a go-to when every single other marketing attempt you imagined failed miserably.

So how’d it all go? If you guessed that HTC wins every time, you guessed right!  (more…)

T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand Leasing Program: How It Actually Works

Smartphone leases seem to be the hot topic of the moment, thanks to a public battle between the CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint. They also seem to be confusing to many, including those in this industry. What’s the difference between T-Mobile and Sprint leases? Do you own your phone or not on a lease? What happens at the end of your lease? Can you buy the phone or do you have to return it? How do upgrades work? Is a lease a good or bad thing? There is a lot to talk about here.

To try and make this all as simple as is possible, we are going to take some time to go through T-Mobile and Sprint’s lease plans, hopefully to give you some sort of comparison of the pros and cons of each. Since T-Mobile’s appears to be a decent deal for those who like to upgrade often, we’ll start there.  (more…)

Download: Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi Android 5.1.1 LMY48G Update

The brand new Android 5.1.1 (build LMY48G) update for the Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi that first serviced via factory image earlier in the week is now available for download as an over-the-air .zip from Google. Yep, you can sideload this little guy as long as you are coming from LMY47V.

For instructions to sideload using adb, check here. You can download the file through the Google link below.  (more…)