Lollipop is the Most Secure Android Release Ever, Thanks to Data Encryption by Default

While Android has become much more secure over the years, thanks to two-step authentication options and plenty of different lock screens for users to choose from, Google continues to push the boundaries of security for our mobile devices. Starting with Android 5.0, upon a device’s first boot, a unique key is created which never leaves your device, with full device data encryption taking place.  (more…)

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series Tablet Reported to Ship Near End of November

Back in September, Dell unveiled the Venue 8 7000 Series, a tablet featuring a design we found quite appealing. The question has been, when will folks be able to buy this device if they too enjoyed the looks of it?

Well, according to a webpage dedicated to folks who are able to claim a free Dell Venue 7000 Series tablet with a coupon code, their tablets will begin to ship at the end of November, which could mean that for those who want to buy it from a retailer, they too could also be looking around the same time frame for availability.  (more…)

Motorola Sets up Lollipop Update Tracking Page

Following directly after the announcement of Lollipop by Google, Motorola was quick to announce upcoming updates for most of its devices. Included in the list of supported devices are of course the first and second gen. Moto X phones, as well as all of last year’s DROID units.

For those among us who need a more visual representation of what is coming to Motorola device owners, Moto has set up a special tracking page for the Android 5.0 update.  (more…)

Retailers in US Block Apple Pay, Which Also Blocks Google Wallet

Over the weekend, news broke that many retailers across the US were not supporting Apple Pay, shutting down their wireless payment terminals to anyone looking to use them. Unfortunately, and apparently unknown by many, this move by retailers does not just hurt Apple Pay users, but also effects Google Wallet users as well.

While the number of Google Wallet users may not compete with the amount of people who plan to jump on the Apple Pay train, Wallet users have not been met with many issues surrounding the service until Apple announced and released their own NFC-based payment system. Now with Apple Pay released, it appears that huge retail chains, such as 7-Eleven, Walmart, and Best Buy will soon launch their very own mobile payment app, meaning that they now have motivation to simply shut out all competitors from their stores.
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This Week in the Life of DROID: 10/24/2014

Another week comes to a close at DL, but don’t worry, we will be back soon enough. There was a ton of exciting news this week, mostly involving Google’s announcement of Inbox, as well as us digging through the latest build of Lollipop made available to developers. Lots of goodies to be seen in there.

We also posted up reviews for the Galaxy Alpha and Xperia Z3 Compact, so be sure to check those out.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything!  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Grand Theft Auto Series, World of Goo, Hitman GO, and More

A ton of great games are available through Google Play for a discounted price this week, such as true classics like GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas. If you think you might have a few hours to kill over the weekend, there are no better time wasters than that.

However, if shooting up cities is not your modus operandi, Hitman GO may be more to your liking. In terms of puzzlers, it is one of our favoties. To top it off, World of Goo is available, RBI Baseball 14 (go Giants!), the Great Little War Game franchise, and many more.

Take a look at the full list below.  (more…)