The Droid Life Show: Episode 90

Episode 90! While not 100, it still feels like a big enough number that is worthy of a celebration. So, we are kicking off this week’s show on a Wednesday, and with special guest Ron. That’s right, it’s a 3-person team for today’s Droid Life Show.

As for topics, we’ll be talking Galaxy Note 5 impressions after a week or so with the phone (I think we all have one at this point), upcoming Android Wear devices like the new Moto 360, DROID MAXX 2, the HTC iPhone clone, and much more. It will be a feature-packed hour long episode, that’s for sure.

We will kick the show off live at 2:00PM Pacific (5:00PM Eastern). We have a live video embedded below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show. 

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Facebook M is a Personal Assistant That Lives in Facebook Messenger

This morning, Facebook’s David Marcus (VP of messaging products) announced that their have started to test a new service within Messenger called Facebook M. M is a “personal digital assistant inside of Messenger” that helps you complete tasks or find information.

In describing the new service, Marcus said that M is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and actual humans, and that it completes tasks “on your behalf,” can purchase items deliver gifts to friends and family, book restaurants, make travel arrangements or appointments, and “way more.”  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Now Available on the Google Store for $199

This seems like something that should have happened from day 1, but the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming system that NVIDIA doesn’t want to call a gaming system, is now available on the Google Store. It’s priced at $199, just like it is everywhere else.

As a recap, the NVIDIA SHIELD runs Android TV and can act as the media hub for your living room. It plays 4K content from places like YouTube and Netflix, is a gaming beast with its Tegra X1 chipset, 256-core GPU, and controller built for gamers, and also looks pretty damn sweet.  (more…)

Verizon Attempts to Make It Easier for You to Activate Unlocked Phones

You know how much of a pain it has been to activate a non-Verizon branded Nexus 6 on Verizon, even though the phone is completely unlocked at all times and fully works on Verizon’s airwaves? For a while, it was pretty tough. In fact, it took months before Verizon allowed the Nexus 6 from Google Play or other carriers to be activated on its network. Now, we’re talking activating, not SIM-swapping. There is a difference here.

Verizon, like with the Nexus 7 (2013), likes to use this “we are still testing the device and haven’t certified it yet” when telling people they can’t activate unlocked phones or other devices. Again, these phones all fully work and more than likely (like 99.999999999999999%) won’t do harm to their network, but they still must test. And since they are testing, they won’t just activate anything.  (more…)

RIP, Amazon Free App of the Day.

If you had made the Amazon Free App of the Day (FAOTD) a part of your daily routine, I’m sorry to break it to you, but that will have to change going forward. This morning, Amazon appears to have killed the daily promo in favor of something called “Underground.” 

Underground, as far as we can tell, is a new location in Amazon’s Appstore that lists out “actually free” games and apps for you to download. Amazon says there are over $10,000 in apps, games, and in-app items that are “actually free.” I don’t know what “actually free” is in reference too or taking a shot at, but that appears to be the slogan for this new initiative.  (more…)

Samsung Execs are Now Wear-Teasing the Gear S2 Watch

Samsung’s new round smartwatch, the Gear S2, will be here shortly – at IFA in Berlin in just over a week. We have already seen the device on the wrist and in the hands of models looking all sorts of modern, but today’s new image comes courtesy of a Samsung executive, who is contributing to the terrible trend of dressing up your watch with bracelets taking the round wearable for a “test drive.”

Oooooh, round watch that will only ever pair with Samsung devices, oooooooh. Oooooooh.  (more…)

YouTube Gaming Launches Tomorrow

YouTube Gaming, which is Google’s take on a Twitch-like live-streamed gaming experience, launches tomorrow, August 26, according to Gamespot.

With the service, users will find more than 25,000 dedicated game pages to keep up with, support videos, and of course, live streams from your favorite gamers. At launch, YouTube Gaming should have both web and mobile applications available, so that you can feed that gaming addiction from anywhere.  (more…)

Koush’s New Vysor Chrome App Gives You Device Control Via Computer (Updated)

Koush, a man of yachts, re-emerged on the dev scene this week with the release of a new Chrome app called Vysor (in beta still) that lets you control Android devices via computer. But not only does it let you mirror and control your Android devices, you can also share your Android device’s connection session with anyone else in the world through an easily shareable link.  (more…)