Friday App Sales: LIMBO, This War of Mine, Leo’s Fortune, and More

In need of some new apps or games to keep you busy this weekend? Don’t fret, I have your back. Currently on Google Play, folks can grab a ton of awesome games at discounted prices. This week, you can find Lara Croft GO for just $1, GTA: Vice City for $2, or even GTA: Liberty City Stories for $2.

Other games listed as on sale include Metal Slug 3, This Ware of Mine, LIMBO, Leo’s Fortune, and a couple Goat Simulator titles. All of the aforementioned titles are very popular, so if you have never given them a go, now would be a good time to do so.

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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 42 Answers

Whoa, we received a ton of questions for Volume 42 of the Droid Life Q&A Sessions, so much so that I will likely take some of your questions and throw them into Volume 43. Seriously, thank you all for the great questions.

As for which questions we field below, we discuss which company has us the most disappointed in 2016, our thoughts on today’s Android vs. iPhone rivalry, if we ever get mobbed by fanboys in public, and how the Galaxy Note 7 recall will affect the launch of the Galaxy S8.

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#TBT: When Motorola Asked for XOOM Tablets Back so They Could Install LTE

On the DL Show last Friday, we were briefly discussing past recalls that have happened in the smartphone industry. In the YouTube chat, someone brought up Motorola having a possible recall of a tablet back in the day, and that’s when we were reminded of this tasty gem.

You see, this was not a recall, but was Motorola politely asking for XOOM tablets to be returned so the company could install 4G LTE connectivity. Why would they need to do this? When this was taking place, the tablets were being sold without LTE support, a feature that Motorola said would come at a later date. In order to get LTE support, you had ship back your XOOM tablet, wait about a week, then Motorola would send your tablet back with the LTE connectivity. Sounds like a pain in the butt, right? Well, it sorta was.  (more…)

Motorola Tricks iPhone Loyalists Into Thinking Apple Still Innovates

Motorola has launched a new campaign, asking consumers to “Skip the Sevens.” Basically, Motorola has taken a page out of Jimmy Kimmel’s playbook, luring what appear to be clueless Apple loyalists into a room, asking them what they think of the newly-announced iPhone 7 devices. Once they explain that they are not all that impressed by what Apple has announced, Moto shows off what upcoming prototype iPhone devices are capable of.

The thing is, these prototype iPhones are not iPhones at all, and instead, is the Moto Z smartphone. Do you see where this is going? Now, with these poor souls thinking they are looking at prototype iPhones, Motorola demoes the magic of Moto Mods. They show off the projector, SoundBoost speaker, as well as the battery pack. Naturally, these folks think Apple is soon to bring big time innovation to the market, genuinely looking impressed with what they have been shown.

This is when the sad part kicks in.  (more…)

Pavilion, a ‘Fourth Person’ Puzzle Adventure Game, Available Now for NVIDIA SHIELD

A new game for SHIELD owners (both SHIELD TV and Tablet), is now available on Google Play. Called Pavilion, it is described as a fourth person puzzle adventure game. Interestingly, once the game boots, there are no tutorials or instructions. You, as the player, must explore and figure everything out for yourself.

The overall layout is a dreamy fantasy world, complete with loads of challenging puzzles for you to solve. As you continue on your journey, the developers hope that you will begin to understand the world in which you have been placed.  (more…)

Google Publishes Duo Commercials Instead of Releasing Allo

Google has posted five 30-second spots for Duo up on YouTube, time and money that could have gone towards getting Allo into the hands of users. Wow, am I that bitter? Anyway, the commercials feature classic partnerships, such as coffee and cream, peanut butter and jelly, toothbrush and toothpaste, plus salt and pepper. These are apparently all items you could picture having a video chat with each other.  (more…)

SwiftKey Neural Network-Powered Keyboard Now Available on Android

Last year in October, SwiftKey unveiled an alpha build for the world’s first keyboard powered by a neural network. Since then, big things have been happening at SwiftKey, namely the company being acquired by Microsoft. Possibly topping that news, SwiftKey has publicly launched the world’s first mobile keyboard powered by a neural network. No more alpha or beta builds, this is the real deal.  (more…)

Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 Carved Wood Cases for the Galaxy Note 7

Late last week, we checked out the latest offerings from Carved for the Galaxy Note 7. Considering I don’t typically rock a case for my phone, it’s about time we get these things off of my desk and onto your device.

For this giveaway, we have three cases for you to choose from. We have the Grand Teton Inlay, Pack Print (the wolves), and Random Puzzle. Each features real wood backing with black rubber wrapping. As far as cases go, these options fit very well on the Galaxy Note 7. Typically, the cases cost about $40, but this week, you can win one for absolutely free.

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