Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 39

We are back again for another round of the DL Q&A Sessions, this time for Volume 39. The Q&A Sessions is your chance to ask the DL staff whatever you would like, whether it is Android-related or any other topic. To get your brain juices flowing, we could discuss our latest round of device reviews, what has us excited for Google I/O next month, or even talk about sports. We love sports. It’s entirely up to you.

These posts are also a very good time to chat with us in the comments, as we read every single comment that comes in. If you have post suggestions or maybe want to rage at us for how much we are paid by every company to post positive things (sarcasm), now would be the time.  (more…)

Chase Mobile App Updated With Fingerprint Support

The Chase Mobile banking application received an update this week, bringing support for many to use their smartphone’s built-in fingerprint reader to log into the app, instead of using a name and password. While this news will be glorious for quite a few, Chase details on the app listing that not all fingerprint readers are support, and users will need to be on Android 6.0+ to take advantage of the feature.  (more…)

JXD S192, a Portable Gaming Console Powered by NVIDIA, Available for Pre-Order in the UK

“What the heck is this thing?” That’s what I said when I first laid eyes on the JXD S192. Now up for pre-order in the UK, priced at a little over $300, the JXD looks to offer a complete console gaming experience, while also being entirely portable. Much like NVIDIA’s SHIELD Portable, the JXD S192 features a built in controller and display, complete with joysticks, D-pad, triggers, and bumpers.  (more…)

AT&T’s LG V10 Receiving Marshmallow Update

Owners of the LG V10 on AT&T are beginning to receive the update to Marshmallow, allowing these good people to access Doze, Now on Tap, added control over notifications, and a more comprehensive app permissions experience.

At this time, AT&T has not yet updated their support site with all of the details, such as file size or version number, but we will update this post once that information is live. Verizon’s V10 received this update in March, and the T-Mobile variant got it earlier this month(more…)

#TBT: Verizon Teases DROID With “iDon’t” TV Commercial, Piques Much Curiosity

When I first saw the above “iDon’t” commercial on TV, if memory serves me right, I was rocking a LG Voyager. At that time, I knew I didn’t care for iPhones, not necessarily because I didn’t like the phones or couldn’t afford one, but there was something about the iPhone culture I did not personally align with. It seemed fake, shallow, and plastic. So, when I kept hearing “DROOOID” in my head, curious as ever as to what it even meant, I ended up doing a bit of research.

The commercial I saw was for the Motorola DROID that was to launch on Verizon. It ran Android, had a full keyboard, and wasn’t an iPhone. Needless to say, I fell in love without ever laying an eye on the thing. Once I finally bought the phone, I wanted to learn as much as I could about Android, Motorola, and smartphone apps, so I did more research. That additional research led me to the early days of Droid Life, which at the time was just Kellen writing up posts about his DROID as often as he could, while still working a 9-5 day job.

Some of you know how my story played out from there, but I’m curious to hear if any of you share a similar Android beginning. Before this commercial ever aired, I was completely oblivious to the existence of Android. Were you, too?

DROOOID!

And the Nominees Are: Google Announces First-Ever Google Play Awards

Google I/O will feature a new celebration of developers this year, with Google’s announcement of the Google Play Awards. These awards will be given out to developers in several different categories, such as Standout Startup, Best Families App, and Best Use of Google Play Game Services. Interestingly enough, Google already has its nominees, selected by a “panel of experts on the Google Play team,” and the public’s voice appears to have no say in who will win. It’s all up to Google.  (more…)