Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S6 on Sunday, we know that for a fact. They may even announce a Galaxy S6 Edge as well to add some depth or adventure to the “S” line. I don’t care what you say or think about Samsung and their TouchWiz and use of unapologetic plastics, they are still the phone manufacturer to set your sights on, and that includes these two new phones. Their new phones will be what everyone else measures up to. Apple will care. So will HTC and Motorola and LG and the little guys in China who are selling their phones for little margin. Samsung is still a really, really big deal. So with that and their horrific 2014 in mind, let’s talk about what we would like to see from that next-gen phone in order for it to be a massive winner to us.
The Galaxy S5 was, without sugar-coating it, a disaster. It wasn’t innovative. It wasn’t fresh. It wasn’t pretty. Samsung paid the price for that last year. With the Galaxy S6 and its slanted-edge brother, Samsung needs to do something very different. Sure, they can keep a similar silhouette or that obnoxious home button, but the rest needs to change.
Here are the things we would love to see in the next Galaxy, some of which is based off of teasers, leaks and rumors. (more…)
Earlier this month, Google announced that it was adding pretty new health-related cards to the Knowledge Graph to give you quick answers to common questions about the flu, measles, chicken pox, erectile dysfunction, etc. We just wanted to point out that those cards and that info are now live. If you do a quick search for common illnesses on your mobile device, you will find all sorts of useful information, some of which includes detailed pictures of snarky or sad children in the bathtub with red spots all over their bodies. (more…)
Pebble kept to its word this morning with the announcement of a new product, the Pebble Time. As expected, the Pebble Time comes with a full color e-paper display, along with a new interface called Timeline, which is a bit like Google Now in that it puts relevant info at your fingertips. In a somewhat surprising move, Pebble is launching Pebble Time through Kickstarter, just like they did with the original Pebble. Well, almost like the original. This time, Pebble Time is nearly complete as a product, they just need funding, which is their way of seeing just how many to make, I would imagine. (more…)
Update: Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.
An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.
To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates. (more…)
The update to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is certainly taking its sweet time at arriving on a number of deserving handsets. Thanks to a number of bugs that Google has been addressing over recent months, to carriers being slow at testing new builds, to manufacturers dealing with both of those factors at the same time, phones like Verizon’s LG G3 are stuck waiting. We still don’t know when Big Red’s variant of the G3 will receive the update, but we do know that it is either in testing or beginning to rollout very slowly at this time. (more…)
Over the weekend, owners of the DROID Turbo who were participating in a soak test of new software told us that the update was nothing more than a VoLTE fixer, instead of being Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This morning, Verizon confirmed as much with a changelog posted to the Turbo’s support page.
The update is indeed software version 21.44.12 and it fixes three bugs. Those three bugs involve call volumes, the email application, and the DROID Command Center Widget. Verizon’s list of changes doesn’t even mention VoLTE or Advanced Calling 1.0.
You can see the list below. (more…)
AT&T wasn’t about to let T-Mobile stand alone in the Samsung Galaxy S6 hypebeast game and went ahead and teased their own “Six Appeal” image of Samsung’s next-gen phone. In doing so, they may have also outed the fact that Samsung really is going to release both a regular Galaxy S6 and an edge version known as the Galaxy S6 Edge. (more…)
This morning, Google announced that Inbox, it’s non-traditional email service that focuses on helping you get things done, is coming to Google Apps users! Since we (the DL staff) are obsessive Google Apps users, the level of excitement at our remote offices couldn’t be greater. Like its more consumer-focused launch, access to Inbox through Google Apps will also require an invite from Google. (more…)