Since we introduced a new Roboto-inspired logo with our latest site redesign, we personally wanted a way to show off the new style in our out-of-office lives. For us, that usually includes t-shirts or hoodies in our color scheme on incredibly soft cotton. So today, we’re happy to introduce you to the new Droid Life shirt (hoodie too). Once again, the shirts have been put together by our friends who created Andy Inside and various other popular Android shirts, so you know you are getting the goods. (more…)
A new version of Google Play has started to rollout to select users as version 4.5.10. As one would expect these days with stage rollouts of everything, a download has already been made available so that you don’t have to wait. While sideloading isn’t exactly always the cleanest or safest way to update, that’s the situation that staged rollouts have put us in. No one wants to wait weeks to see the update the guy sitting next to them received this morning.
So what’s new? Well, not a lot in a jump for x.4.x to x.5.x. (more…)
Remember back in September when we found the massive changelog to an update for the DROID DNA that detailed out its receiving of Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5? We still aren’t sure why it needed a four month delay to finally arrive if it was seemingly ready back then, but it actually is officially ready now. Verizon posted up the support documents for the update this morning as build 3.06.605.4. As you can imagine in a jump to 4.2.2 and HTC’s Sense 5, which is an overhaul of their Android skin, the changelog is significant (5 pages to be exact). (more…)
What, did you think only the Nexus 5 was getting the Android 4.4.1 love today? Not so fast. The 4.4.1 update file for the Nexus 4 is now available as well. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E.
Download Link (51.9MB)
With the Android 4.4.1 update now available for the Nexus 5, we took its updated camera for a spin, but also compared it to the 4.4 camera on a non-updated Nexus 5. It’s pretty obvious through a few simple tests that the 4.4.1 camera is indeed improved. Google told us that we should expect to see “faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors,” and “less shutter lag.” I’d say all of that is true.
We’ll try to put together some camera comparison shots here in a few, but for now, take a look at this quick video to see the differences. (more…)
Well, here you go, the Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E) update is now available for the Nexus 5. We are flashing now, and will update this post in a minute.
Download Link (56.6MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16M. Sideload instructions can be found here.
Update: We put together a comparison video of the Nexus 5 with the 4.4.1 camera vs. the 4.4 camera.
This morning, a report surfaced suggesting that Android 4.4.1 would be rolling out to the Nexus 5 over the coming days to address its pitiful camera experience. According to the official Nexus Google+ page, the update is actually starting today.
Once we have the file, direct URL from Google, or confirmation of someone receiving the update, we’ll be sure to pass it along. We know how many of you now own the Nexus 5 and will surely be ready for an improved camera. I know we are. In our review, the camera is really the only negative we had for the phone and cannot wait to see how Google has addressed all of its issues. (more…)
Even though we probably have a Moto X or three lying around the house and could probably outfit a small army with them, there were two models we still had yet to get our hands on as of the beginning of this week – the Developer Editions. So the minute we heard that Motorola would be slashing $150 off of their prices on Cyber Monday, we knew that our credit cards would be salivating. Yes, we bought both the GSM and Verizon Developer Editions of the Moto X. But you know what? We really like to give sh*t away here at Droid Life. Rather than keep these hacker-friendly devices all to ourselves, we want you to put them to use. Tinker. Unlock. Root. Flash. Everything.
Today, we’ll run our first of two contests that will give you the opportunity to win one of these Moto X Developer Editions. Since we know how much you love Verizon, we are putting the CDMA variant up for grabs first in today’s contest. Either tomorrow or Monday, the GSM model will be up for grabs.
Who is ready? (more…)