This Week in the Life of DROID: 7/25/2014

Another week has come and gone in the Android world, leaving us with a lot of good news to think about over the weekend. The highlight from this week might be Verizon’s announcement of its “network optimization,” after we broke the story yesterday. If you are not a grandfathered Verizon customer, however, there was plenty of other things to keep you busy over these past five days.

Other news surrounded NVIDIA’s announcement of the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller, with our full review of the devices coming up very soon. In addition, we may have gotten out first look at Motorola’s upcoming Moto X+1 smartphone, Google looks to have finalized its purchase of Twitch for $1 billion, and LG announced a G3 model for overseas markets that features a Snapdragon 805 processor.

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

Obama to Sign Bill Making Phone Unlocking Legal

If have been on the edge of your seat since December, as our government decided whether or not it should be legal for you to unlock your phone and take it to a carrier of choice, you can sit back and relax. Patrick Leahy, a senator from Vermont, announced today that the House “unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers, just one week after the Senate approved the same measure.” That’s good news! In even better news, President Obama has already confirmed that he will sign this bill. So yep, this is a done deal.  (more…)

This is How Good the Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera can Be

The camera in the Galaxy S5 is pretty awesome. In our review, we noted that Samsung is once again leading the charge for mobile optics with the release of this year’s flagship phone. The GS5′s camera can take pictures with incredible detail, thanks to its 16MP sensor, but also does a fantastic job of capturing brilliant colors when it needs to without overdoing it.

To continue to show how impressive their cameras can be, Samsung released the video above, which takes us on a tour of Trieste, Italy during a day from sunrise to sunset. The video was shot entirely with a Galaxy S5. While it’s obvious that some sort of professional crew was behind it all, you can’t help but be impressed by the results.

Friday App Sales: Dead Space, NBA Jam, Sprinkle Islands, Beautiful Widgets Pro, and More

With the weekend finally upon us, you may be looking for something to eat up your time. If playing games on your phone sounds fun, Google Play currently has a massive list of apps and games on sale, with a few really good titles up for grabs.

For starters, you can grab a couple of Final Fantasy games for just $8 each, Dead Space for $2, NBA Jam for $1, Beautiful Widgets Pro just $1, and a ton more.  (more…)

Rovio Out of Original Ideas, Continues to Tease Angry Birds Transformers Game

Rovio was at Comic-Con this week, teasing its newest upcoming title, Angry Bird Transformers. The game has yet to be given a release date, having been first teased back in June, but we guess it will arrive sometime in the Fall of this year. After coming down from its Star Wars partnership, it will be interesting to see if Rovio can continue momentum for its Angry Birds titles with the Transformers franchise.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Which Google App Would You Like to See Receive a Material Design Makeover Next?

While cruising through /r/Android on reddit, we came across an interesting poll, asking folks which Google app they would like to see receive a Material Design makeover next.

Now that we have Google+, Chrome Beta, and a bit of Google Play updated with the new UI, there is a long list of other Google applications that could use it. While all of these apps are completely functional in their current state, the inner fanboy in all of us would love to see all of them updated with the Material Design look, but the only question is, which one do we want next?

While my personal request would be for Google Play Music, Hangouts, and Gmail (maybe not in that order), we know that eventually all of these apps will receive a massive facelift.

Answer the poll below, then go ahead and give us a brief explanation as to why in the comments section.

Which Google app would you like to see receive a Material Design makeover next?

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Verizon Makes It Official: Throttling Comes to Unlimited 4G LTE Customers in October

Verizon took a minute this morning to confirm our report from yesterday, announcing that they are indeed going to include unlimited data customers with 4G LTE devices in their version of throttling, which they refer to as “Network Optimization.” Starting in October, if you fall into their top 5% of data hogs bracket and have unlimited data, you could see slowed speeds when attached to a cell site that is experiencing high demand.  (more…)