Google Search Makes It Easy to Follow Primary Results, Find Candidate Stances on Political Issues

If you plan to keep tabs on the current primary election situation or want to quickly find out where candidates stand on certain issues, Google Search has your back.

Thanks to Search on mobile, you can easily find statements and quotes on hot topics or policies (search for things like: “hillary clinton economic policies”) or get general information about a single candidate and their stances (just search for: “ted cruz” or “bernie sanders”) without diving into the hundreds of political websites out there vying for your attention at the moment.  (more…)

Gmail Also has Over 1 Billion Active Users Per Month

Oh, what’s up, WhatsApp? You thought a billion users was something? How about over a billion active users? That’s what Gmail has each month, according to Google’s Sundar Pichai.

Pichai broke the news during the company’s Q4 2015 earnings call, which took place a little over an hour ago. The call also acted as a moment for Google to talk shop about the big quarter it just had before overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable public company (probably temporarily) in after hours trading. Yeah, it’s a good day to be a part of Google.

And here is a cute video to celebrate the occasion with.  (more…)

GIVEAWAY: We Have 50 Promo Codes for Chrooma Keyboard to Hand Out! (Updated)

Last week, we told you about this newish keyboard called Chrooma Keyboard. The keyboard stood out to us because it mimics the Google Keyboard, yet adds to the brilliance of Google’s keyboard by deploying an adaptive coloring scheme feature that automatically adjusts the color of the keyboard to the app you are currently using. It’s a fun trick that makes your typing experience that much more entertaining.

Outside of the color changing, Chrooma Keyboard also excels because you can add a permanent number row, adjust the keyboard’s size, and even allow it to adjust the color to a night mode when lighting is dim. It’s a really cool, yet simple keyboard. Today, we are doing just that.

After sharing our thoughts on Chrooma, the team behind it asked if we wanted to giveaway 50 promo codes for it to the Droid Life community. We, of course, said of course(more…)

This Icon Pack is Hot: Material Cards

In our last episode of “This icon pack is hot,” I made an off-handed comment about the world not needing anymore Material Design inspired icon packs. For the most part, I still stand by that comment, because seriously, there are so many icon packs that are some variation of Google’s icons, only they differ by offering a tweaked color scheme or palette or vibe. Where we need to see Material Design put to use is in packs like the one we are featuring day.

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GIVEAWAY: We Have 50 Promo Codes for Backdrops Pro Up for Grabs! (Updated)

Waaaaay back in October, we featured an app called Backdrops, a wallpaper app with a Material Design focus that was pushing out daily ‘papers, collections, the ability to share your own with the app’s community, and an incredibly clean appearance. It’s a really nice wallpaper app.

This week, the team behind it released a big update that introduces Google sign-in, so you can now sync your favorites across all of your devices. This is one of those features that multi-device owners will surely appreciate. While unrelated in content form, this was my reason for switching to ParcelTrack for package tracking. Device sync is a big deal, especially as many of us migrate from device to device, whether that’s between personal devices only or work and personal.  (more…)

Chrooma Keyboard is Like a Colorful, Feature-Filled Version of the Google Keyboard

Earlier today, a keyboard was dropped off in our inbox that has us pretty excited about a potential change away from the stock Google Keyboard. The keyboard is called Chrooma and it’s basically a form of the Google Keyboard we always wanted or at least kept hoping Google would build. In other words, it has a couple of features we wish Google would implement, along with a couple of really cool ideas that give your typing experience a boost of color.  (more…)