Nexus 6 Cruises Through the FCC

With an October 29 pre-order date on the horizon, we were starting to wonder if and when the new Nexus 6 was going to stop by the FCC seeking approval. Thankfully, that happened yesterday, so we should be good to go on Wednesday. The device showed up under two listings with Motorola’s FCC ID attached (which makes sense since Motorola submitted them):  IHDT56QD1 and IHDT56QD2.

The differences in the two listings are likely because there are two models of the Nexus 6:  XT1103 (US variant) and XT1100 (international variant). In the second listing, a declaration of product equivalence notes that this is the same phone as the IHDT56QD1.  Also, you will see below that the second listing (IHDT56QD2) does not have CDMA2000 support, which is true of the international model.

Now, we should point out that the word “Nexus” isn’t mentioned anywhere that we can find, nor are there photos, but we are seeing enough information here to confidently say that this is indeed the Nexus 6.  (more…)

Here is the DROID TURBO in Its Retail Packaging, Turbo Charger Included

The DROID Turbo should be here next, at least according to a countdown currently running on Verizon’s DroidDoes.com site for all things DROID. To show you additional proof that the phone is days from an unveiling, we now have pictures of it in retail packaging, courtesy of MotoFirmware.com.

And yep, that looks like the DROID Turbo in classic “DROID” style packaging. Oh, and there is a Turbo Charger in the box, just like we said there would be in our “everything you need to know about the DROID Turbo” post.

As an added note, sources of ours have told us that the phone will like be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract or $599 at full retail.

Not much else to say other than, next week should be fun.  (more…)

Droid Life Show Episode 71 Will Give You More Than 3 Invites This Weekend

On episode 71 of the Droid Life Show, we recapped Android 5.0 features and highlights that we talked about over the last week, launch dates and pre-orders of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, news on the DROID Turbo, the beauty that is Google’s new Inbox, react to the G Watch R that is now in house, and finish with a couple of reviews for the Galaxy Alpha and Xperia Z3 Compact. It was a full show for a daytime show, so you won’t want to miss it.

By the way, we are toying with the idea of running the show much earlier in the day going forward, instead of our previous 6PM Pacific time slot. Feel free to weigh in through the comments with your thoughts on that.

If you miss us live, be sure to subscribe to us by following one of the links below.   (more…)

You can Now Invite Three Friends to Use Inbox

That’s right, you can now invite your friends to use Inbox, Google’s new email service.

If you are already in, open the mobile or web apps, tap the compose button, and you should see a “golden ticket” with an “Invite to Inbox” note attached. Tap the golden ticket and then send to a friend using their email address.

Google is giving current Inbox users three of them, so choose wisely.  (more…)

How to: Store Music on Android Wear for Offline Playback

With an update to Android 4.4W.2, Android Wear now supports music playback while offline, which is a fancy way of saying that it is not connected to your phone. This is a pretty useful new feature, as you can pair your watch with a Bluetooth headset, leave your phone behind, and enjoy music on the go (it’s great for workouts where you don’t want to lug your massive phone around).

Since many of you are now receiving this new 4.4W.2 update, we thought it was time to walk you through the steps on how to setup this new functionality. The entire process can be a bit tricky, and is also insanely slow, so let’s talk it out together.  (more…)

LG Announces Own NUCLUN Octa-Core Processor, New G3 Screen Phone Running It

Yesterday, pictures of an unannounced LG phone codenamed “Liger” surfaced, along with benchmarks to showcase the phone’s LG-made processor, a chipset that has been running under the codename “Odin” for some time. To get out ahead of any additional leaks, or because that leak was perfectly timed and orchestrated, LG finished off the day by announcing both the phone and processor. The phone is called the LG G3 Screen; the processor is the company’s first in-house made chipset known as NUCLUN(more…)

Sprint to Launch 17 New 4G LTE Markets on October 28, Including Denver

Sprint went ahead tonight and quietly announced 17 new 4G LTE markets that they plan to fully light up by October 28. Well, their 4G LTE market list was at least updated with 17 new markets, along with a new “October 28″ date (even though today is only October 23). We can only assume that the change means they plan to make these markets live on that day.

The new markets cover areas in all corners of the US, from Colorado to Wisconsin to California to Kentucky to New York. The biggest of the new markets is Denver, followed by Sacramento. The rest can be found below.  (more…)