These Phones Work With Google Daydream

Google’s Daydream VR experience is still so new that there aren’t many phones that currently work with it. It first launched in November only on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but in recent weeks it has expanded to others, including the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Of course, in the near future, the list will grow even quicker. By the end of 2017, most flagships phones that launch will likely have all of the necessary components to work with Daydream.  (more…)

DEAL: Daydream View Drops to $49 ($30 Off) (Updated: Verizon Too!)

Own one of the few Daydream-ready phones, but have yet to pick-up Google’s Daydream View? Now is the time! From today through February 25, you can buy a Daydream View from the Google Store for just $49. That’s a $30 discount on the best mobile VR experience you can get.

We reviewed the Daydream View back in November and really did call it “pretty sweet!” The experience tops other mobile VR units because it includes a little motion controller that allows you to interact with games in a way that others don’t. It’s also really comfortable and is getting better each week with new apps and games.  (more…)

Report: Samsung’s Note 7 Battery Probe Says Bad Batteries Were Main Problem

Samsung has not yet shared with us the results of its probe into the Galaxy Note 7 and why its batteries were catching fire, forcing the company to recall millions of devices, but a report out of Reuters claims that the batteries used ended up being the “main” culprit. That thought matches reports of faulty batteries following the initial Note 7 recall. However, additional rumors since the full recall and cancellation of the Note 7 have led people to believe that design may have also been a part of the problem as well.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Now Available for Purchase!

The new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) is now available for purchase at your favorite local and online retailers. That includes shopping directly from NVIDIA, or hitting up Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, B&H Photo, etc.

At $199.99, NVIDIA is giving you a more compact unit with the same goodies internally (Tegra X1 processor powering it, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable), and more), remote, and game controller. They also upgraded each remote to include an IR blaster and revamped the controller for better ergonomics.  (more…)

Original NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gets Huge 5.0 Update to Android Nougat With Amazon Video, More (Updated)

UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.

UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.


On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.

With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations.  (more…)

Report: Andy Rubin is Back With a New Company to Compete With Google and Apple in Smartphones

Just over a year ago, a report surfaced suggesting former Android king Andy Rubin was considering re-entering the phone business. The report talked about Rubin assembling a team to potentially build out a new company, yet there has been almost zero follow-up since. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that things are very serious on the Andy Rubin smartphone front and we may see a phone (as well as other products) as early as this year.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 130 – Hey, CES Happened

On this episode of the Droid Life Show, we’re taking some time to recap CES 2017. I know, CES wrapped last week, but we haven’t had a chance to share our experience that is almost always worth sharing. We’ll talk about our favorites of the show (SHIELD, Spot, AirTV, Chromebooks, etc.), some random stuff (an Android bike), and any other stories from the week in Vegas.

Join us live 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…)