Updated March 12: Nexus 6 factory images added.
Updated March 17: Google just added a new Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 6 as build LMY47E.
Updated March 20: Google added the Android 5.1 (LMY47D) image for the Nexus Player.
The first batch of Android 5.1 factory images are now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012).
You will find links to all below. We will update this post as we have more. (more…)
HTC’s RE camera, a GoPro-like action cam that is the first of many of HTC’s new product lines, is on-sale at Best Buy in a daily deal for just $99. The RE normally carries a $199 price, so we are talking about a 50% discount for today only.
As a recap, the RE is HTC’s action camera that shoots 1080p video, uses a 146-degree wide-angle lens, 16MP Sony sensor for stills with digital image stabilization, and is waterproof. It might be shaped like a periscope, but the design allows you to hold it comfortably while snapping photos at will. It doesn’t have many buttons or a viewfinder, so you have to use an Android companion app to see the photos and videos you are capturing. That’s OK, though, because it allows for quick sharing.
I don’t think anyone would consider the RE to be an award-winning product, but I can tell you that in my time with it, it has become a great party, child-chasing, and travel camera for all of those spur of the moment shots. It’s probably worth about $100.
The deal includes white, blue, and orange models.
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Thanks to the crew over at Huawei, we have a pretty unique opportunity for a handful of Droid Life readers. Through their Friendly User Testing (FUT) program, five of you will have the chance to test an unannounced smartphone from Huawei before it ever goes public. This program is typically reserved for company representatives and partners, so think of this as a VIP-like opportunity, where you could not only get early access to an unreleased phone, but you will also be able to check out new software features from Huawei.
Keep in mind that this is the company who is rumored (along with LG) to be making the next Nexus phone. It might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with them now.
Sounds fun, right? (more…)
The Nexus 6 is officially available in Verizon stores as of this morning. If you were interested in picking up Google’s new Nexus through Big Red, but were waiting to be able to get one in hands, now is the time. Once you do that at a Verizon store, you may want to walk back out and across the street to Best Buy to actually purchase one, though. Best Buy is currently selling the Verizon variant of the Nexus 6 for just $99 with a 2-year contract. Verizon, on the other hand, wants $250 for it. (more…)
This is your final, last minute reminder to join the 2015 DL Bracket Challenge. You have about an hour left. That’s it. The first NCAA tournament games begin at 9:15AM Pacific (12:15PM Eastern). Once that happens, you are locked out. So get in now and win yourself a Nexus 9 plus $100 in Google Play gift cards.
All of the details about how to enter can be found here. Or you could just go directly to the group page on ESPN, type in password “droidlife” to join, and then submit your bracket.
Do it now.
In an interview yesterday that was published through Bloomberg, Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of luxury smartwatch maker TAG Heuer, said that his company was getting ready to make a smartwatch by partnering with folks in Silicon Valley. This morning, those folks in Silicon Valley have been confirmed as Google and Intel. TAG Heuer, in partnership with Google and Intel, will make a Swiss smartwatch in 2015 that will be distributed worldwide. (more…)
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just outed the brand new Moto 360. It’s tough to tell if he did so on accident or if he was trying to show the smartwatch world what he thinks a real smartwatch should look like. Either way, in a post to his Weibo account that was quickly deleted, Yuanqing gave us an image of a smartwatch in a variety of sizes and colors – a watch he specifically referred to as the “Moto 360″ – along with a bunch of different watch bands. (more…)
Whoa, talk about a semi-insane steal. An ebay daily deal just popped up for the Verizon Moto X (2nd gen) 16GB in bamboo at just $259. That would be the without-a-contract price. Oh, it ships for free too.
The device is “manufacturer refurbished,” so it’s not brand new. However, many would argue that when you give a manufacturer a chance to refurbish their own product, that they often times then have a chance to work out any kinks that you may find in a brand new one. Either way, $259 for the phone that took the crown for 2014 Android phone of the year? That’s almost impulse buy territory, right there.
You should read our Moto X (2nd gen) review if you haven’t already.
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