Don’t Miss These Android Stories: February 5, 2016

So, what happened this week? A lot actually. We ran through both episode 100 and 101 of the DL Show. We gave away a Nexus 6P in gold, $500 in Google Play credit, a bunch of promo codes for Chrooma keyboard, and more. We saw backside photos of the Galaxy S7, know now that the LG G5 is officially coming at MWC, and that HTC is building another iPhone clone. We are also getting Marshmallow on Android Wear, more data in Verizon prepaid, and podcasts in Google Play Music (finally).

It was another big week as we inch closer to MWC on February 21. Catch up now!  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 101

Now that episode 100 of the Droid Life Show is out of the way, it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled programming, which means catching up on the latest in Android news. We haven’t had a news-related show in a few weeks, so as you probably predicted, we have a lot to catch up on.

In recent weeks, we have seen the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rumors paint a pretty vivid picture of what we can expect on February 21, plus LG confirmed the G5, and HTC leaks are finally showing up. It’ll be a packed show that you won’t want to miss.

Join us at 2PM Pacific (5PM Eastern) for the fun.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below. We have a video embed as well, along with an IRC chat. Also, we’ll be chatting through the YouTube feed too.   (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X is Just $279 at eBay Today ($20 Off)

The price slashing in recent weeks of the Nexus 5X has become a bit comical at this point. The phone, which was released in October of last year, started out at $379 for 16GB of storage. After a temporary Black Friday discount, we have since seen a permanent discount by Google to $349, followed by another potentially temporary discount for Valentine’s Day to $299. So within a matter of months, Google and its retail partners have decided that you should be able to join the Nexus family for under $300.

Actually, if you act fast, you can buy it for even cheaper through a daily deal over at eBay. If you are cool with 16GB of storage, you can grab the Nexus 5X for just $279.99. That price also includes the free expedited shipping.

If you need to any last minute details confirmed about this phone before pulling the trigger, be sure to read our Nexus 5X review.

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If This is the HTC One M10, It’s Their Most Unapologetic iPhone Clone to Date

Now that we are a couple of months into 2016, it’s probably time for HTC to release a new flagship phone. In the past, they have targeted Mobile World Congress (MWC) as a launching point for their One M series, though rumors up to this point have suggested that HTC may wait until after that big event and do something outside of the craziness. If that’s the case, then they better have something extraordinary to show off. After last year’s disappointment, the One M9, HTC needs a real winner for the first time in years.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Update V1.6.61 Gets It Ready for Marshmallow

Samsung is pushing a new update to Samsung Pay this morning that gets the mobile payment service ready for incoming device updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The update showed up on my AT&T Galaxy Note 5, which has recently seen a beta test kick off for Android 6.0.

In this latest version, Samsung Pay is jumping up to build v1.6.61. According to the changelog, the update does two things: enhance the UI and performance, and make it “M OS compatible.”  (more…)

Question of the Day: What Do You Like About Your Android Wear Watch?

Within the next couple of weeks, Google will push a sizable update to Android Wear watches that introduces more voice messaging options, additional gesture controls, and speaker support for devices with external speakers. The update is the latest in an attempt to add on functionality to wrist-worn computers and hopefully sell you and I on why we need them. That right there, brings us to today’s question.

What do you like about your Android Wear watch?  (more…)

Snapseed Update Adds a Couple of Automatic Features, SD Card Installs

Google’s Snapseed, a quality photo editing app that was added to Google’s line-up back in 2012 via acquisition, received an update this week that tries to simplify your photo edits by automatically adjusting or placing items. It’s also much more stable and should make saving items a much more reliable process.

In terms of the automatic actions, the update allows for Lens Blur to automatically detect a face and center around it. Snapseed now also attempts to auto-straighten when there is a horizon in a photo. Google added in the ability to install the app to external SD cards as well.

The update is live on Google Play.  (more…)