Remember ADW Launcher? It Just Got Its First Major Update in Years to V2.0

The last time I wrote about ADW Launcher was in October of 2012, where I said it had returned from the dead. Since I already took that metaphor, I’m not exactly sure what to say now that it has returned some four years later. That’s right, ADW Launcher or ADWLauncher or ADW.Launcher, is back and with a huge update to version 2.0.

What is ADW Launcher? I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the history, but ADW was once a big part of CyanogenMod before standing on its own as one of the most customizable launchers in the game. It was a really, really good launcher for a long time and did a bunch of stuff before anyone else, but the gap in updates always made it a tough sell. You just never knew if it was going to be abandoned or supported.

Yet here we are, four years after its last update, talking about it. Weird how this works out some times.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X is Just $229 Today at B&H Photo ($120 Off)

At $229 ($120 off!), the Nexus 5X is without a doubt today’s deal of the day. As far as I can tell, this is the lowest price we have seen to date on Google’s affordable 2015 phone.

The deal is currently running through B&H Photo’s DealZone, but keep in mind that this is a 1-day-only event. In fact, as of the time of this post, there are only 13 hours left to secure your Nexus 5X before the price drop disappears.

This Nexus 5X comes in either mint (a really light green) or white and with 16GB of storage.  (more…)

Chrome OS 53 Starts Rolling Out, Brings Google Play and Android Apps With It

Back at Google I/O, as Google was announcing to press that Android apps and Google Play were soon coming to Chromebooks, they told us to expect the first dev builds of Chrome OS with support for the new feature during the month of June. Here we are in June and 53 has arrived with Android app support. Well, so far, only on one of the three devices scheduled to receive early support.

Last night, just as Team USA was dispatching Ecuador and LeBron was pummeling the Dubs, our Chromebook Pixel (2015) and ASUS Chromebook Flip both saw the update to Chrome OS 53. Unfortunately for me, the Pixel (2015) does not yet get Google Play. However, the Flip has it!  (more…)

Google is Rolling Out a “Beta” Section and Beta Controls in Google Play (Updated)

In later afternoon breaking news, it appears as if Google has started rolling out a “Beta” column or section in Google Play under the “My apps & games” area. This section, as you can imagine, lists out all of the apps you are currently signed-up to beta test through Google Play. That’s awesome news and should help us all manage the apps we are helping test, something Google mentioned was in the works at Google I/O(more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 112 – Moto Z and OnePlus 3, Wee!

On today’s Thursday-edition episode of the DL Show, we’ll sit down to recap the hectic yet fun past week in Android. As you all know, the last week included the unveiling of three phones, the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and OnePlus 3, but also gave us the Android N Developer Preview 4. We’ve had our hands on it all and have plenty of thoughts to share.

Assuming we have time, we’ll also talk a bit about Apple’s latest WWDC, the Galaxy S7 Active, and our new favorite Twitter app.

Join us at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern) for the fun. (more…)

DEAL: UE Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker is Just $160 at eBay ($140 Off)

When it comes to the best reviewed and often most popular Bluetooth speakers on the planet, Ultimate Ears (UE) and its line of Boom and Megaboom speakers typically tops most lists. The combination of great sound, design, and value makes these speakers tough to beat. So when we see deals on them, well, we point them out immediately.

Right now, if you don’t mind a “manufacturer refurbished” product or two, the UE Megaboom can be yours over at eBay for just $159.99(more…)

Domino’s Quits T-Mobile Tuesdays Because You All Eat Too Much Damn Free Pizza

T-Mobile Tuesdays is off to a pretty poor start after only two weeks. Last week, we saw the apps that support the deal movement struggle mightily while customers flocked to claim their freebies and now this week, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that they are already ditching their Domino’s deal that was to land all customers a free 2-topping medium pizza every week. So much for that whole, “dinner and movie every week” idea.  (more…)