Google introduced Fiber Phone, today, a home phone service that seemingly exists because there are real humans in the world that still need a home phone. I don’t personally know any, but today’s poll should fix that. Actually, we are curious how many of you still have home phone service and what your reasons for doing so are.
So that’s it, we just want to know if you have home phone service. Easy enough?
Talking about LauncherPro earlier today got us thinking about apps in general. More specifically, that #TBT moment got us thinking about the apps we use the most these days, because there is a good chance they have changed in recent months or years or since the last time we asked a similar question.
So for today’s question, let’s just keep it simple and share some of our favorite apps. If you were to look at your phone and think about the 3 apps you use the most that aren’t Google apps, which would they be?
For me, it’s the 3 you are seeing above: Instagram, theScore Sports, and Fleksy. Why? Well, Instagram is about the only social network I can stand, theScore is a solid sports app that isn’t ESPN, and Fleksy somehow, some way, drew me back in after dedicating so many years to Google’s keyboard.
What about you? What are your 3 most used, non-Google apps?
Through the past couple of days of announcements, it is starting to feel like Android Wear is on the verge of becoming a mainstream technology and fashion item. I say that because it’s not just tech companies making watches; the fashion brands are now fully embracing smart wearables for your wrist. Michael Kors, Fossil, Casio, and Nixon all have watches arriving in 2016. Fossil even said to expect over 100+ this year out of its family of fashion brands. Outside of those non-luxury brands, companies like TAG Heuer also plan to launch a full “collection” of smartwatches, which may be joined in another year by Hublot and Zenith.
See, the world is getting on board with smartwatches whether you are ready or not. This isn’t just a techie nerd niche any longer. We have legitimate fashion brands fully committed to making smartwatches that will be sold in jewelry stores, at Macy’s or Nordstrom, and in skate shops.
For today’s poll, we want to know how much you would be willing to spend on any of these new smartwatches (or just smartwatches in general). We are seeing some priced at $395, others at $500, and expect many to be well above those price points depending on the brand. Of course, we also will continue to see those in the $200 range.
What’s the most you would spend?
In today’s Galaxy S7 tips and tricks video, the 2nd to last tip I suggest is for you to swap out the Samsung TouchWiz launcher and app drawer for something on Google Play, a 3rd party launcher. I suggest this in almost every single tips and tricks video because 3rd party launchers really can turn your phone into a powerhouse of efficiency (and Samsung’s launcher is terrible).
With a 3rd party launcher, you can easily change the look of your phone with an icon pack, take more control over the layout of widgets and icons and other home screen add-ons, introduce gestures for accessing settings or apps or shortcuts, and even do really cool things like access an app’s widget with a swipe on its icon. 3rd party launchers are awesome. In fact, changing to Nova Launcher – the DL favorite – is the first thing I do after completing a review of a phone.
For today’s question, it seemed like the perfect time to catch-up on the launchers you are all using these days. Are you still using a 3rd party launcher? If so, which one and why?
Our Galaxy S7 review is now out, if you haven’t read it yet. I point that out because during the review, we talk about a lot of the good things that Samsung has done this time around to create an incredible phone. Yet, I think it’s clear that many of you still have issues with the S7 or S7 Edge (and rightfully so, no phone is perfect).
Whether it’s the software skin on top of Android, worry over a lack of updates, the choice to not include a USB Type-C port just yet, the stance against removable batteries, or just the fact that it’s made by Samsung, all seem to be issues we keep seeing in the comments. For today’s question, let’s see if we can’t fix the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge.
And not that everyone needs to like these phones. After all, we love the fact that Android gives us choice and that we all aren’t siloed into a single device family. But we also like talking about a vision for the perfect phone and Samsung seems to be getting quite close with their newest Galaxy devices
If you could turn these phones into the perfect phone, how would you do it? What would you fix about the S7 or S7 Edge?
In October of 2014, we asked our community what their typical Screen on Time (SoT) was in a day. Most folks had anywhere between 2-4 hours in a day, with the majority of those people seeing 2-3 hours. That’s about what we at DL see on an average day, but your times will vary greatly depending on how often you use your device. Given we are on our phones all day long playing with apps and shooting pictures, we never expect to see crazy-good battery life. However, there’s always someone out there who seems to get 7 hours of SoT with two days usage, and to you, fine sir, we say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”
To check this stat, head into the Settings menu on your device. Find the Battery option, click it, then proceed to click on Screen. Underneath the graph which shows your battery drainage over the course of the day, you will see that option. For those running Marshmallow, you will not only see a metric for Time On, but also one for Computed Power Use. This details how much of your phone’s battery the display has consumed in a period of time. For those on earlier versions of Android, you will only see Time On.
So, check that, then shoot your numbers down below. We are very curious to see if a year and a half, on top of new versions of Android, has made any difference when it comes to daily battery life.
According to last month’s Android distribution numbers from Google, only about 1.2% of you are running Android 6.0+ on your phones. With Marshmallow having been out since October, that seems like a pretty low percentage. But then you consider the fact that previews of Android M were available as early as last May and you really have to wonder what the hell all these manufacturers are doing and why they are taking this long to update phones.
Today, we would, in the simplest of ways (a yes or no poll) like to know if your phone is currently running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can tell us which phone you own as well, in the comments, if you’d like.
This morning, shortly after Amazon announced two new Alexa-powered devices to help them extend their smart home assistant presence to more places and in new forms, the folks at Nest finally came around to announcing that their products were now working with Amazon’s. It was a big day for the smart home, because we are starting to see where Amazon could become a central hub leader for controlling everything in your home, from thermostats and lights to music, appliances, and beyond.
As someone who can’t help but buy smart this or that when I probably don’t need it, I’m excited to see a company emerge as a potential leader. For so long, I feel like my smart home setup is a patched together oddball line-up that all requires stand-alone apps for each piece, but with Amazon potentially becoming the centerpiece, now that it has Nest on board, I’m excited. That’s not because I’m some Amazon fanboy, but because I’d rather have one control than five or six.
And that leads us into today’s question – do you have any smart home products? If so, which ones? Are you satisfied? Is one of them an Amazon Echo? (more…)