Timely Little Google Play Pop-Up Tells Users That “The Force Awakens” is Available for Rent

Anyone else seeing these cute little pop-ups inside Google Play with a notice that “The Force Awakens” is available for rent? Of course, the timing makes sense since today is May the 4th, aka Star Wars Day, but Google could do this for other movies, TV shows, or apps, presumably.

At least one of our readers is seeing them, but neither of our Google Play stores are showing the fun. We are all running v6.4.12.C.

Anyone else?

Poll: Which Smartphone Feature Can You Not Live Without?

Many awesome features are being built into smartphones these days, and when you find a smartphone with all of them, you have hit the jackpot. At this time, no phone features exactly every feature under the sun, but we are getting close. For example, Samsung has been able to create IP68 rated phones that don’t sacrifice design, but lack USB Type-C and decent speakers. The HTC 10 features great external speakers and USB Type-C, but lacks any real water protection.

The point is, of all of the special features that are being incorporated into smartphones, which one can you not live without? For me, I might have to go with either the fingerprint reader or water resistance. Both are pretty great, but I suppose if I was splitting hairs, I would go with the fingerprint reader. There is just too much convenience there.

Vote, then share your opinion in the comments section.

Which smartphone feature can you not live without?

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DEAL: Moto X Pure Edition Starting at $299

Those in need of a new phone can pick up a Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola, starting at just $299. That’s a good drop from its original launch price of $399. For the $299 price, you can customize your very own smartphone on Moto Maker, with plenty of back color options to choose from, as well as accent colors.

If colored soft-touch plastic is not your style, you can opt to spend an extra $25 for a real-wood or leather back. According to Moto Maker, Motorola still has plenty of options to choose from, including tan, black, and red leather. For wood, Moto has bamboo, walnut, ebony, and charcoal ash. All of the original options.  (more…)

5 Reasons the LG G5 is Worth Buying

The LG G5, even as a flagship device that might not make our top 3 smartphones of moment, is still a very good phone for 2016. It’s not the best, no, but it does have some things going for it that make it a compelling option.

In our G5 review, we talked about it all. We talked about the camera setup, fingerprint reader, battery life, swappable battery situation, modules (or lack thereof), design, and performance. We talked about why the G5, overall, is a solid phone and pointed out areas that need improving. But if you want the straight-to-the-point reasons why this may still be a phone to consider, we have that for you below.

These are 5 reasons the LG G5 is still worth buying.  (more…)

Open Source PieMessage Brings iMessage to Android, Thanks to Mac Middleman

An open source project called PieMessage has hit GitHub, with the creator (Eric, a long-time DL reader) looking for help from other developers to get this app finished and published. PieMessage looks to bridge the gap between Android and Apple’s iMessage, which is actually quite a large gap.

As it stands today, many Android folk attempting to send texts to iMessage users encounter many issues, and the same goes for those who leave iOS and switch over to Android. The transition from one OS to the other is quite funky, and if you look around, there are countless forum posts and support tickets opened up with people trying to “fix” iMessage. This is where PieMessage comes in.  (more…)