We enter 2015 after a year in which Google decided to takeover the wearable market with Android Wear. Companies had tried before Android Wear to make smartwatches, but if we are being honest, have to admit that most were quite terrible. That’s not to say that Android Wear is a perfect option, but it’s safe to say that it is currently the best option, as well as an option that should only get better over time. Companies like Motorola, LG, and ASUS have all bought into Google’s wearable platform, even giving us more choices than I think most expected.
With a year full of 2nd generation wearables surely on the horizon, we are wondering how many of you have already jumped into the game early and picked up a smartwatch? (Who would do such a thing with the Apple Watch on the way!) Do you own a Moto 360? One of the G Watches, perhaps? Or maybe you own one of the other options, like say a Gear Live, Gear 2, Zenwatch, Pebble, etc.? If so, be sure to jump into the comments to talk about your specific watch.
If you don’t own a smartwatch yet, be sure to let us know why.
Considering how good Monument Valley is as a game, and then seeing how poorly it has done on Google Play when compared to iOS, we have a question for you. What was the last app you bought?
For me, I purchase a lot of apps, some for reviewing on DL and a lot for my own personal usage; these range from games and utility apps, to personalization apps like icon packs and live wallpapers.
With so many fantastic applications available on Google Play, many upon many of them costing money, we need to know what it is you guys are buying. As for the DL staff, the last applications I bought were watch faces for the Moto 360. For Kellen, he bought Fenix and the Minmo Watch Face.
While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.
For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.
From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?
Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.
For the most part, CES 2015 is over. Technically, the show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center is still open until Friday, but the big announcements and product unveilings stopped once Tuesday finished. Wait, were there big product announcements and unveilings? I guess that’s what we want to find out now.
The DL crew is headed out of Vegas today, as our time covering one of the year’s largest electronics events is officially over. If we stay any longer, things will only get weirder than we need them to.
As we leave, we wanted to hear from DL readers – is there anything you will remember from this year’s CES? Will it be the G Flex 2 or Sony’s insanely priced Walkman? The Moto X Pro? Maybe it won’t even be Android related? What about Quantum dot TVs or all of the car tech or the flood of wearables? How about the “Internet of Things?”
To finish off 2014, we thought we should do something that hasn’t been done around these parts in at least a couple of years. It’s map time!
For those new to the “Where you at?” posts, just know that way back in the early days, we thought it was a cool idea to have the community drop pins on a map to show where they were reading the site from. As the site grew, obviously the number of pins increased, so we got some really fun maps out of it. Plus, it’s always interesting to see the different countries from around the world that are represented here. (more…)
We gave you our best apps, best games, best phones, and takeaways from 2014, but there is still at least one more category that needs to be touched on. Assuming you read the title, you know what it is. It’s time to talk about the biggest busts or flops or mistakes of the last 12 months in Android.
This time, though, we are going to let you decide who wins out. We don’t have a poll, because that would mean we were attempting to narrow the list down. We don’t want to do that. This thing is wide open. Instead, we just want you to take to the comments and sound off on what you consider to be the biggest bust of the year.
Was it the OnePlus invite system? How about Amazon’s Fire Phone? Maybe you think Samsung failed horribly by missing expectations with the Galaxy S5? Was it Verizon’s failure to launch the Nexus 6 or even the still-very-limited availability of the phone? Can a whale be a failure? What about the time it took for Motorola to launch the Moto 360? Or maybe it’s the flat tire on the 360? Could it be HTC’s black bar on the One (M8)? My vote would be for YouTubers bending things, but that may not be fully Android-related.
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?
We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”
As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!