Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen) Soak Test Incoming – Lollipop? VoLTE? Both?

Last year, Motorola pushed out a freshly announced Kit Kat update to the Verizon Moto X (1st gen) in under three weeks. As you can imagine, we are still impressed by this feat, considering they not only had to test and prep the software for the phone, but it also needed approval by Big Red in order to go live for all on their network. It’s one thing to push an update to a Nexus or the new Moto X “Pure Edition,” both of which do not have carrier ties and can be given new software as manufacturers see fit; it’s a completely different struggle when a carrier is involved.

Which brings us to this year’s Moto X (2nd gen) and its impending Lollipop updates. We have already seen Motorola push Android 5.0 to the “Pure Edition,” but what about all of the carrier variants? Our team has been discussing this subject a lot over the last few days, all the while wondering if Motorola and Verizon would try and repeat last year’s success. Tim was even ready to put money on the updates starting yesterday or this upcoming Monday. While no new software has begun pushing as I type this, he might be right.  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 11/21/2014

Another week down here at DL, as we get closer to 2015. It’s already past mid-November, with Thanksgiving coming up next week. Hard to imagine how fast time flies. This week, a lot of focus was put on the Nexus 6, as many people around the country began receiving their orders from Google and Motorola.

We went over how to do your usual bootloader unlock for the device, as we do with every Nexus, but we also took time to explain our opinion that Nexus devices are not just for the development and tinkering crowd anymore – they are a true consumer product now. From a look at the comments, that post was well received.

On top of the Nexus 6 craze, we went hands-on with the ASUS ZenWatch, a very nice looking Android Wear device, with a full review for that due in the not-so-distant future. Finally, we posted a few videos of Lollipop running on various Samsung devices. At first, it did not look too great, but the latest video of Android 5.0 on the Galaxy S5 has us pretty excited for its release.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything.  (more…)

Pebble App Update Brings Complete Notification Support for Android Devices

An updated version of the Pebble smartwatch application has hit Google Play, which brings a major feature update for all users. That feature, of course, is full notification support. Much like we saw on previous renditions of Samsung’s watches, only select application notifications were able to be pushed to the device on your wrist. Now, finally, any app can have their notification be pushed, all decided by the wearer and not the manufacturer.  (more…)

Deal: Up to 70% Off SanDisk Extreme and Ultra Micro SD Cards From Amazon

We tend to operate under the idea that you can never have enough flash storage lying around. You just never know when you might need to toss a micro SD card into a new phone, tablet, camera, or game system. Especially now, since we have seen phone manufacturers (outside of Google and Motorola) fully buy back into the idea that customers want a slot for expandable storage, many of which support up to 128GB. So when we see solid deals on storage, like today’s over at Amazon, we try and share.  (more…)

One More Line From SMG Studio Now on Google Play

One More Line, a new game from SMG Studio, is definitely my new favorite game. SMG rightly describes it as “a highly addictive, one button, space disco, skill timing game.”

The game starts by explaining when to tap to grapple onto oncoming objects. Tapping and holding will allow you to connect to the object and then spin around it until you release and quick taps let you quickly connect and then release to weave between objects. Once you connect with an object to grapple, you can fly through the wall, but releasing before you’re back in the corridor will cause you to lose.
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Deal: 6 Days Left to Grab the Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for Just $24

Either for yourself or for a stocking stuffer, you have 6 days left to grab the Active Wrap headphones on the DL Deals store for just $24, plus free shipping. The headphones feature Bluetooth connectivity, perfect for your workouts at the gym or running on the streets.

As described, the headphones are “comfortable and lightweight,” while also featuring a built-in microphone for taking calls while wearing the unit. The Active Wrap also feature noise-canceling technology, allowing those calls to sound good. Finally, battery life is listed at 10 hours of talk time and 8 hours of music playback.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared?  (more…)