The Droid Life Show: Episode 115 – Moto Mod Me

On today’s episode of the Droid Life Show, we’ll dive into our impressions of the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID now that we have them both in house for review. That means we’ll also talk Moto Mods and whether or not we think they are a winning idea and which of the current Mods we’re enjoying. Finally, the Galaxy Note 7 is official and the Pokemon GO is showing no signs of slowing, so they will be discussed as well.

Join us at 1:30PM Pacific (4:30PM 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…)

Google Keyboard Update Brings Themes to All

When Android N Developer Preview 3 showed up at Google I/O, we noticed that the included Google Keyboard was filled with awesome new features, most notably – themes. Instead of giving you limited choices for either a dark or light theme, Google was fully embracing the idea that we like to customize everything, including the interface we type on. Today, Google is pushing out that same Keyboard to Google Play for all to start using.

The update, which is stable v5.1, has a plethora of themes , along with the option to create your own custom keyboard with an image of your choosing. You can choose from the pre-made options or walk through a simple tutorial that allows you to not only choose an image, but frame it up and adjust the brightness as well.  (more…)

Moto Z and Moto Z Force: What do You Want to Know?

As you know from our two most recent videos, we have the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID in hand in preparation for our reviews. It’ll be a bit before we get those reviews all put together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit here and answer some questions you may have.

Are you wondering about the missing headphone jack? Curious if the chin is as big as it looks on video? Is the regular Moto Z too thin or pretty great in hand? Are the Moto Mods actually cool and worth their previously reported high price tags? Is the camera any good on either phone? I may have some answers to stuff like that.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Software Tour!

With the unboxing now out of the way (watch it here), we can start getting into the important stuff – whether or not the Moto Z DROID (and Moto Z Force DROID) are worth considering as your next phone. One place we love to look to see if a phone is any good, especially with Motorola phones, is in the software. As you all know, Motorola has stuck with a “pure” Android experience for years that has a suite of Moto features added to improve the experience without getting in the way.

With the Moto Z DROID, that’s again the situation. Motorola has given each phone Android 6.0.1 with behind-the-scenes Moto Mod magic, the Moto suite (actions, voice, and display), and a couple of Verizon apps and widgets. Overall, it’s very much what we have come to expect from a Moto phone.

In the short video below, you’ll see a tour of the experience, along with a couple of the new Moto options. Enjoy!  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Unboxing!

You may have heard, but there was indeed a media gathering in New York today, hosted by Motorola and Verizon, that allowed the press to get a second look at the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (those are the official names now, by the way). Maybe even more importantly, it was a chance for us to all get review units as we approach launch day. And get review units did we ever.

We have them both – in hand! So, we unboxed! Of course we did.

I know that you have all watched Tim’s initial hands-on videos from the Lenovo Tech World unveiling, but this is a chance to see final units, in boxes, and to see what comes in those boxes.

We’ll have a lot more over the next few days, so stick with us!

UPDATE: Software tour now posted as well(more…)

Nest Introduces Its First Outdoor Security Cam, Up for Pre-Order Now

We’re barely a month removed from Tony Fadell’s exit at Nest and the company is pushing out its first product, the Nest Cam Outdoor. As the name suggested, this is the outdoor Nest Cam that customers have been begging the smart home product maker to release.

At $199, the Nest Cam Outdoor is very much a Nest product, but yet also your typical outdoor camera. It shoots 1080p video, can see in the dark, is weatherproof at IP65, connects via WiFi, sends you notifications when it notices movement or hears noise, and needs to be plugged into an outlet 24-7.  (more…)