Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 40

Google I/O is now past us, but the excitement of what’s to come still lingers. As you will have noticed, Google didn’t actually release anything last week, but announced a ton of potentially sweet products that will hit the market in the summer and fall seasons. There is an upgraded Google app experience (Google Assistant), Google Home, plenty of Android N stuff to be excited about, plus the Allo and Duo apps.

With I/O done, we now have other things to look forward to, such as Moto’s (Lenovo) upcoming flagship for 2016, the Galaxy Note 6 from Samsung, as well as the OnePlus 3. There’s a whole lot to discuss!  (more…)

Pebble is Teasing Something, Announcement Set for Tomorrow at 7AM Pacific

Pebble has a fancy countdown happening on its website, stating that we are all “in for a treat.” The countdown will end tomorrow morning (5/24) at 7am Pacific (10am Eastern). Below the countdown, folks can register to be notified of what’s happening once it takes place. Given this is Pebble, we expect the company to be announcing some sort of new smartwatch device or maybe a fitness wearable, but this is really the first we are hearing about it.  (more…)

AT&T to Offer Only Two Next Payment Plans, Instead of Four, Starting June 9

Beginning June 9, consumers and businesses with AT&T can lower their monthly payments, thanks to changes the carrier is making on its Next program. Once June 9 rolls around, AT&T will only offer two different Next plans, down from the current offering of four plans. These two plans are the straightforward AT&T Next plan and the AT&T Next Every Year plan.  (more…)

WATCH: Google I/O ATAP Session Covering Project Ara, Soli, and Jacquard

At last, Google has posted the ATAP session from Google I/O in its entirety to YouTube, and seriously, you all need to watch it. It’s the future. During this hour-long session, the ATAP team goes over many of the projects they are working to bring to consumers, such as Project Jacquard (smart fabrics), Project Soli (mini radars that make smartwatches the shiznit), and of course, all of the details regarding Project Ara. It’s all there, delivered in a way only Google could do.

Watch it and then embrace it, for it is the not-too-distant future most likely.

Google Demos Project Soli on Smartwatch, Crowd Goes Wild

Project Soli was demonstrated inside of a prototype smartwatch this morning on the last day of Google I/O, which had the developer crowd cheering quite loudly. Project Soli is Google’s attempt to remove the physical interaction we have with tech devices, and I do mean that literally.

By minimizing the size of radar chips, which is no easy task by any means, Project Soli reacts to air gestures made by a user, then interprets that data into commands for a smartwatch or other various devices, such as a Bluetooth speaker. For example, if a user holds their hand up to a smartwatch, then does a pinch and twist motion, you could view and scroll through text on the smartwatch. (more…)

Report: LG Pay’s White Card to Feature IC Chip

Over the past few months, more details have surfaced regarding LG Pay, the company’s mobile payments platform that should launch at some point, although, there is no concrete info on when we should expect it. It was even rumored it would launch this past January, but that didn’t happen. Anyway, a new report out of Korea states that the White Card, which is the consumer-facing end to LG Pay, will feature an IC (Integrated Circuit) chip.

Anyone reading this who has a new credit card probably knows what an IC chip is, as the chips are becoming more widely adopted by financial institutions all across the world. To sum it up, IC chips help protect your credit card data from fraud and cloning, utilizing on-the-spot encryption methods.  (more…)

Samsung Announces 10nm LPDDR4 6GB DRAM, Likely to be Used in Galaxy Note 6

At the Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum this week in China, Samsung unveiled its 10-nanometer LPDDR4 6GB mobile DRAM (dynamic random-access memory), which is likely to be used in the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 flagship device. Without diving into technical specifics, the upping of RAM  should allow for better battery life and improved smartphone performance overall. (more…)

#TBT: Unboxing Our First Google I/O Gift, the Galaxy Tab Running Honeycomb

We are here at Google I/O 2016 in Mountain View, reminiscing about the fun times we have had celebrating all that is Android. We were thinking hard, remembering all of the goodies Google has given out over the years to attendees, only because it seems Google has no gifts to share with folks this year. There has been phones, tablets, Nexus Q door stops, and plenty of smartwatches. One Google I/O gift stands alone, though, and that’s the first gift we received for attending Google I/O in 2011. That is the limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab, running Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb.  (more…)