DL Favorites: Podcast Apps

[DLF], or Droid Life’s Favorite, is a series of articles reviewing our favorite apps in a given category. The goal of these articles isn’t to extensively review every single option out there and determine which is “the best,” but rather to give you a few of our favorite apps in a category. This week we look at Droid Life’s favorite podcast app.

I listen to a lot of podcasts; twenty-two to be exact. I drive for at least an hour total commuting to and from work and I usually take an hour lunch break, so I always have at least two hours a day to fill with podcasts and music. Because I spend so much time listening to podcasts, it’s really important to me that I have a good looking, well designed podcast app.

I started listening to podcasts way before Serial made them “mainstream.” When I started listening to podcasts on Android my app of choice was Google Listen, an app that Google rarely updated and eventually abandoned. Today there are tons of podcast apps, but only one of them is really worth your time and money. (more…)

Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9

The latest flagship devices from Samsung, LG, and HTC have been unveiled. With that, it’s time for consumers to begin researching which one will be best for them, as each device offers something quite different.

Without question, the G4, One M9, and Galaxy S6 Edge differ greatly not only on paper, but in design as well. The G4 is similar to previous high-end devices from LG and other OEMs, featuring a primarily plastic body, with exception to the leather-backed models. The One M9 continues HTC’s tradition of using metal throughout its design, while Samsung took a completely different route, utilizing a ton of glass and metal siding as its materials of choice.

Each device runs a different processor clocked at varying speeds, and each also features very different cameras. For your average consumer, the use of a QHD display may not be on the list of deal breaker attributes, but more importantly, buyers will want a good camera, good battery life, and a phone that is not confusing to use.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.1.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices

Update May 20:  Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE Android 5.1.1 OTA .zips added. (Edit:  Nexus 5 too)


Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one.  (more…)

Video: Android Wear 5.1.1 Tour on the Watch Urbane

We are still waiting for the big Android 5.1.1 update to rollout to your favorite Android Wear watches (like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R), but before that happens we can still show you what to prepare your brains for thanks to the LG Watch Urbane, which is already running it. Yes, for whatever reason, LG and its Watch Urbane got first dibs on one of the biggest Android Wear updates to date(more…)

LG Watch Urbane: Unboxing and First Look

The LG Watch Urbane is in the house! The premium Android Wear device from LG, which was first unveiled at MWC in February, is now available on the Google Store for a whopping $349, in case you were interested.

We picked one up to take it for a first spin and share some thoughts on the latest in smartwatches running Google’s wearables platform. With its premium stainless steel body and polished finish (in either silver or gold), along with a P-OLED display, water resistance, heart rate monitor, and genuine leather strap, this is arguably the best yet. Well, that all depends on your taste in watches, of course. The Moto 360, even after all these months, is still the best looking of the bunch, in my opinion.  (more…)

LG G4: Hands-on Video and Impressions

Before I got my hands on the G4 from LG, I did not know quite what to expect. Sure, any company can tease that they have made a great successor to last year’s flagship, but with LG diving headfirst into leather backsides, while also upgrading their display and camera technology, I slightly assumed they could easily miss a few points of interest for users, such as in-hand feel and battery life.

After the device was unveiled in its entirety, all of the media in the venue filed over to the demo area. I finally got my hands on with the G4, and right when I picked it up I said, “Oh, this feels nice.”  (more…)

LG G4: Hands-on Photo Gallery

Here is a hands-on photo gallery for the LG G4 to keep you busy, while we patiently wait for our hands-on video to upload and go live on YouTube.

From the time I have spent with the device, I am pretty darned impressed with the 5.5″ QHD display, 16MP rear-facing camera with OIS and Laser Auto Focus, as well as the snappiness overall in the device from the Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM.  (more…)

Everything You Need to Know About Google’s Project Fi Wireless Service

Google just became a wireless carrier through Project Fi. Insane, right? The rumors that have spread throughout the last couple of months were basically all correct, so we kind of know what we are getting here. Still, there is a lot to process. We figured, now would be a great time to help you figure out what Project Fi is, how you can get signed up, which devices work, etc.

Ready? Here we go.  (more…)