Tip: You Can Take Easier Screenshots in Android Wear 5.0.1

With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear, we not only got a whole bunch of useful tweaks to the experience, including official watch face support, but Google also made the process of taking screenshots insanely easy. For those not familiar with screenshots on Android Wear, just know that before the 5.0.1 update, it involved adb, way too much typing to do such a simple task, and the pushing and pulling of all the things. Now, you can snap screenies with the tap of a couple of buttons in the Android Wear companion app.  (more…)

Google App Now One Step From Being Able to Control Nest (Updated: It’s Live!)

Update:  It’s now live!

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality.  (more…)

Reminder: Fastest Way to Get Droid Life Stories is Through Our Pushbullet Channel

Just a quick reminder, but one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep up with the latest from Droid Life, is through Pushbullet’s Channels feature. Now that RSS has basically died thanks to Google killing off Reader, we know that many of you have turned to Twitter, Google+, or other social networks to keep up with the latest from Droid Life. Unfortunately, those aren’t always the most reliable unless you happen to be looking at that particular social network the minute we share a story to it or if you were to go to our dedicated pages on those and scroll through stories. (more…)

Moto X Tip: Use a Whistle Instead of a Cheesy Phrase to Launch Moto Voice

The new Moto X (2nd gen) introduced the option for its owners to initiate Moto Voice by teaching the phone a custom launch phrase. Rather than having to say “OK, Google Now,” as was the case on the original model, users can say almost anything as long as it has enough syllables for the phone to understand it each time. For example, mine has been “Talk to me, Moto X,” for months, but you could also say something silly each time like, “Silly cheeseburger fackwors.”  (more…)

How to: Change Moto 360 Watch Bands

Now that the official watch bands for the Moto 360 are available for individual purchase, we thought it was time for a tutorial on how to swap yours out. Motorola is going to recommend that you head into a jeweler to have the dirty work done, but with a single tool, you can do it yourself within a couple of minutes. It really is that easy.

As a recap, the leather and metal Moto 360 replacement watch bands are now available for $29.99 and $79.99, respectively. The metal bands come in light or dark stainless steel and can be purchased here. The leather bands, made by Horween, come in cognac, black, or stone and can be purchased here.

Ready to swap bands?  (more…)

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Feature Recap – The Best New Features

Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is without a doubt one of the biggest (if not the) Android releases to date. There are 5,000 new APIs for developers to take advantage of, a brand new design language that will re-shape the way we look at and use apps going forward, and a couple of dozen new forward-facing features that you and I can take advantage of from day one.

Because it has been such a massive release, we have spent the better part of the last couple of months diving through the biggest features that we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on. From a mini tour of 5.0 to the new power of Android Beam to screen pinning to multiple account setup on phones to the way Chrome acts within the app switcher, we have tried to cover almost all of it.  (more…)

Android 5.0 Feature: Tap & Go Restore and Restore From Specific Devices

I would hope that I am not in the minority when I say that pre-Lollipop, the Android setup and restore process was terrible. In fact, I don’t know if we can even consider the previous process to be much of a restore process. In the past, you input your Google account credentials and then told it to restore, though you had no idea where it was restoring from, which apps would be downloaded automatically, and if you were going to spend more time after the restore uninstalling stuff than you would have freshly installing only the things you need. But with Android 5.0, you have two new options that have been so greatly improved, I can’t even think of an adjective to describe them other than, awesome.

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google is introducing two new options for restoring your devices – Tap & Go, and specific device restores. The first, actually works just like it sounds; you tap your old device to your new device and go! With specific device restores, this is Google’s way of letting you decide which specific device you want to restore from, a method that is incredibly handy should you deal with or have owned multiple Android devices. Both are equally great, so we wanted to make sure you understood each.  (more…)

How to: Unlock the Nexus 6 Bootloader (Nexus 9 Too)

I get that the timing of this post seems super silly, especially after the conversations we had yesterday, including one where I said I don’t buy Nexus phones to flash all the things, but you know what? Many of you did buy a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 to do just that, flash and tinker, so we want to make sure you know how to get started. Also, the process for unlocking the Nexus 6 or Nexus 9’s bootloader that we are about to walk through is something I do with all Nexus devices I own, because there is always a chance I may want to tinker later on down the road. Why not be prepared?  (more…)