The DROID TURBO will officially be unveiled on October 28 by Motorola and Verizon. We know that because that’s what Verizon has told us through their DroidDoes.com site. We know what the phone looks like, thanks to an image (accidentally?) posted through @DroidLanding that was quickly deleted. We were pretty sure we also knew most of the specs after seeing the user manual for the device surface at the end of last week, along with a tip about the battery size. We know a lot about the DROID TURBO already. Well, we are hear to tell you the rest.
You already downloaded Google Play 5.0, right? No? Go do it right now, then return to this post.
So yeah, Google Play 5.0 is here, it’s filled with Material Design, the colors for each category have all been re-done, and there are beautiful new animations that will mesmerize you. We saw a lot of this Material Design update when we got 4.9.13, but this polishes everything up and gets us ready for Android L. Even some simple things have changed for the better, like the “What’s new” sections after app updates that are now highlighted through a background color and new notifications icons after updating apps. (more…)
Previewed not too long ago, version 5.0 of Google Play that features Material Design is sneaking onto the web, ahead of an official launch from Google.
If waiting for the update to hit your phone does not sound like fun, you can download and sideload the apk file from the links below. (more…)
Today at a NYC press event, Sony revealed their next partnership with Verizon Wireless with the announcement of the Xperia Z3v. This new device comes with a bevy of impressive features including a 3200mAh battery with wireless charging and Remote Play capability. The press event to unveil the device was filled with motivational videos and talk about empowering the next generation of users to be able to connect, create and share moments. There were live demos on stage and they even gave us a release date (which Android manufacturers usually have trouble with). But is the device worth all the fanfare? (more…)
Sorry this took so long to make, but our Moto X (2nd gen) 25+ tips and tricks video is ready!
For those new to the 25+ Tips and Tricks series, just know that this is our way of showing you how to get the most from your brand new flagship smartphone. We rattle off at least 25 tips and tricks that involve anything from the quickest way to launch the camera of your phone to fully controlling it with your voice. In the case of the Moto X (2nd gen), there is a lot of voice involved.
Beyond the voice actions, we give you a full set of tricks for Moto Display, how to set up a Trusted Device, a way to let your display stay awake as you look at it, and more.
Anything else you would like to see from this year’s Moto X? (more…)
The Moto Hint, Motorola’s discreet little Bluetooth nub, has finally arrived for us to take for a full spin. After getting to check out the Bluetooth earbud during the press festivities for the Moto X (2nd gen) launch, we have been dying to get a real unit in house for real testing on our own. That time has come. (more…)
In short, the iPhone 6 is not the phone for me. Shocker, right?
I spent the last two weeks with the iPhone 6 by my side out of both curiosity and to become even more familiar with Android’s biggest competitor. I have seen all that iOS 8 has to offer (at least at this point). I have experienced Apple’s finest. I have experienced Apple’s vision for Android. Yes, I just said that.
If there are two conclusions that I can take from this experience, it’s that I now understand why millions upon millions of people want this phone each year, but also that I am still confused at the obsessive, often times obnoxious, need for all-things-Apple, especially involving the iPhone. This is a nice phone, don’t get me wrong. However, this is not something to obsess over or to use as a prop to help you look down upon people who don’t own one. The iPhone is not a status symbol. You should not stand in lines for days to own one. It’s a really good smartphone – it just isn’t the best smartphone. It certainly isn’t running the best mobile OS.
Here are some final thoughts to put this experiment to bed. (more…)
We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays. (more…)