#TBT: Remember the DROID Bionic?

Of course you do, it was the DROID Bionic, aka the original hypebeast phone. OK, maybe not the original, but it was certainly one of those phones that had so much coverage after delays and design changes, that by the time it landed, it was doomed. And that’s why we’re #TBT-ing it today.

The DROID Bionic was originally introduced at a splashy press event during CES 2011. This was back when CES actually mattered to those of us in the mobile industry. The phone shown at the time, was going to be the first dual-core powered device with 4G LTE, but you have to remember that it was a part of Motorola’s Lapdock push as well. You see, Motorola wanted to create the ultimate power device that allowed users to have both connectivity in a phone and on a laptop like experience. Parts of the idea were brilliant, but as we now know, the implementation was probably ahead of its time and never fully materialized as we had hoped.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7 Owners, Don’t Forget Your Galaxy Game Pack on Google Play

Before the Galaxy Note 7 was launched, Samsung hyped up the Galaxy Game Pack that would be provided to buyers. Basically, the Game Pack is a number of special in-game rewards for select titles on Google Play, exclusive to owners of the Galaxy Note 7.

According to Samsung, there is about $400 worth of free goodies inside of this Galaxy Game Pack, so if you find yourself playing some of these games, you might as well take full advantage. A few of the rewards include specialty starting packs, better cars to start racing games, and even a free 3-card pack for Hearthstone.  (more…)

Android Wear 2.0 Launch Pushed to 2017, Third Developer Preview Released

Android Wear 2.0, the major update for Google’s wearable OS that was unveiled at Google I/O this past May, officially got pushed back to “early 2017” this morning. When first announced, Google claimed that Android Wear 2.0 would launch this fall, but since Google I/O, we really haven’t heard much for when we should expect to see it rollout. While the news of it being pushed back is certainly a downer, there is a silver lining.  (more…)

Huawei Mate 9 Details, Renders Leak Ahead of Probable November 3 Announcement

Details on the Huawei-made Mate 9 smartphone are hitting the web, a whole month before the device’s probable November 3 unveiling. This morning, Huawei has been sending out “save-the-dates” for a press event to be held in Munich, but while this has been taking place, specs and renders of the device have been posted onto Weibo. The internet sure does know how to spoil the fun.  (more…)

Question of the Day: What’s Your Most Underrated App?

Here’s a fun topic for the day. Let’s talk about the apps you absolutely love and probably can’t live without, but that also happen to be quite underrated. What I mean by that is the apps that you don’t necessarily see written up on Android sites all of the time, that don’t get splashy press releases every time they are updated, are a third party solution to something that Google offers, or perhaps, they are an OEM app (like something from Samsung) that is actually pretty good and is an acceptable piece of bloatware.

We’re looking for your most underrated Android apps.  (more…)

Google Shares a Bunch of New Voice Commands for Your Next Google Maps Adventure

Through a new blog post, Google is doing its best to make sure you are always getting the most out of one of its greatest apps, Google Maps. The post talks about using voice commands to get you to that next destination, tweak settings, avoid tolls, and even get out of navigation if you just want to look at a map.

All of this voice magic can happen within both navigation and driving modes because each contains a UI with a little white microphone. So in reality, anywhere you see that microphone within Google Maps will open up voice capabilities. Not familiar with driving mode? Open up Maps, swipe out the side menu, and tap on “Start driving.” I think you’ll like it.  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: What are You Most Excited for From Google’s Oct. 4 Event?

October 4, which is next week, is a big major day for Android fans. Not only will Google be unveiling its new lineup of Pixel smartphones (Pixel and Pixel XL), but we suspect Google will also make available the following products: Google Home (powered by Google Assistant), Google WiFi, its Daydream headset for VR fans, as well as a 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra dongle.

While you may think that the Pixel devices are easily the most significant announcements coming, I would argue that Google Home and a 4K-ready Chromecast device might give them a run. The Pixel phones will be exciting for a bit, but the idea of Google bringing Google Assistant into everyone’s home via Google Home is a bit more tantalizing, especially when we’ve heard rumors about its $129 price.

Also, we know for a fact that Chromecast has been one of Google’s most successful products, and with the dongle getting a boost up to 4K capability, that could be very exciting for anyone using a 4K panel in their living room.

Let’s hear what has you the most excited for next week.

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