The Droid Life Show: Episode 118 – So Much Note 7

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re talking more Galaxy Note 7! We have a couple of units in house as we prepare for our full review and want to share some deeper thoughts outside of the press event from a couple of weeks back. We’ll also talk Nexus phones at the FCC, Google Duo, Android Nougat release date, and laugh at T-Mobile and Sprint’s laughably bad new unlimited plans.

Join us at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM 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 and will be chatting it up over at the YouTube page for the show. You can find it here.   (more…)

DEAL: Jaybird X2 Heavily Discounted at Best Buy to $69.99 ($80 Off)

Jaybird X2, the Bluetooth sport earbuds that we have written up and shared thoughts on more times than I can count, are heavily discounted right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer is hosting some sort of mega-sale on lots of tech products, but this deal here stood out for the size of reduction. Normally $149.99, you can grab any of the six different colors of Jaybird X2 headphones for $69.99, an $80 discount.

I don’t think I need to explain again why these earbuds are well worth that $70 price tag, but the basics are that you get great sound for a Bluetooth earbud, long battery life, all sorts of flexibility in fit, and a sweatproof design. They don’t look too shabby either, especially in some of the fun colors.

We don’t know how long this deal is lasting, so you may want to jump on it.

Best Buy Link

Samsung Launched a Whole Bunch of Products Today, Outside of the Note 7

I know that everyone is hyped to get their shiny new Galaxy Note 7 today, but let’s not forget that Samsung is also launching five other products today, most of which are worth a look for the general tech nerd. The list of new goodies includes the revamped Gear VR for 2016, Gear 360 camera (sweet deal here), Gear IconX wireless earbuds, Level Active headphones, and the Samsung Connect Auto for AT&T, a product that aims to make your car smarter.  (more…)

DEAL: Amazon has the Samsung Gear 360 for $280 ($69 Off) (Updated)

Samsung’s Gear 360, the 360-degree VR camera that was first introduced months ago but just today launched in the US, already seems to have a steep discount at Amazon. Normally priced at $349.99, Amazon appears to have a load in stock with Prime shipping at just $280.30. That’s a solid $69 price reduction and easily the best price you will find on the internet.

In case you were curious, Amazon lists this as model number SM-C200NZWAXAR, which is the same version Samsung, Best Buy, and B&H Photo all are selling for $349. So, if you have been curious about Samsung’s Gear 360, you may want to jump on this price before it’s gone.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available in the US

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially here and available at carriers and retailers across the US (and the globe). We like to call this “launch day.” If you took the plunge and pre-ordered, your phone should arrive today at the very least, if it hasn’t already. If you didn’t pre-order, well, today is the day to walk into a store, buy one, and walk back out the proud owner of what should be a hell of a phone. (more…)

Galaxy Note 7’s Always-On Display Actually Shows You All Notifications, Unlike the Galaxy S7

As you know, we are just now diving fully into the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so that means we are discovering all of the new tweaks to software that Samsung has issued this time around in real-time. As we discover them we will share them, assuming they are a big enough deal, like new improvements to Always-on Display, a feature first introduced with the Galaxy S7 that didn’t quite live up to the hype.

On the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has improved Always-on Display by adding something that should have been a part of the experience from day 1 – notifications from all apps. You may recall that with the S7, we called Samsung’s Always-on Display a “decent first attempt,” but found the lack of notifications to be a major downer, leaving the idea of an always-on display…lacking.  (more…)

Google’s Instant Native Notification Warnings for New Device Logins are Live

At the beginning of August, Google introduced a new security feature to Android that should help users catch unwanted logins from other devices. While Google has always sent out email confirmations or warnings about new device logins, this new feature was supposed to pop-up native notifications on your current device the second you or someone else logs in.

The new feature, which was supposed to start rolling out gradually right away, now seems to be live, at least for me. While setting up the Galaxy Note 7 that arrived at the DL offices today, I received instant notifications on my Galaxy S7 immediately after adding my Google accounts to the Note. The notifications look exactly like Google showed when they announced the feature, but we also have the other screens that you are taken to below.  (more…)