The Droid Life Show: Episode 67

IFA kicks off in Berlin next week, so if it hasn’t already been made obvious by the countless teasers popping up from major companies, it’s going to be a busy time. Samsung, LG, Asus, and Motorola all have something planned for next week, whether that be to announce new phones or wearables – some are even doing both. We will be on hand at Samsung and Motorola’s events, but there will be plenty of other goodies to talk about.

So on tonight’s episode, we will do our best to catch you up on the past two weeks of teasers, talk about expectations for next week, and more.

We are live tonight at 6:00PM Pacific (9:00PM Eastern). 

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“Dude, I Want a Note 4.”

If there was any confusion surrounding the potential name of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note device, a new series of videos uploaded to YouTube today by the Korean manufacturer all but settles it.

At the end of three of four new clips that feature individuals sharing their stories of daily Note usage, the participants mention that a the new “Note 4″ is coming out. While that isn’t Samsung saying specifically that the phone will be called the Galaxy Note 4, they probably wouldn’t allow this many people to call it the “Note 4″ in their advertisements unless that was going to be the name.

We included one of the four clips. If you don’t feel like hearing about Mark’s Love Note, jump to the 1:00 mark to hear the Note 4 references.

We will be on hand next week for the Galaxy Note 4 unveiling in NYC.

LG Will Unveil a Round Smartwatch at IFA, Takes Dig at Moto 360 in Teaser

Rumors of a new LG smartwatch making its debut at IFA in Berlin over the first week of September popped up a week ago. Those are no longer rumors, as LG unveiled an official teaser this morning for its latest smartwatch that will indeed be shown off at IFA. And guess what? It will be a round smartwatch. Call it the G Watch R or G Watch Round or whatever you feel like, one thing is certain – the Moto 360 now has a competitor in the round smartwatch space.  (more…)

Get Your Weekend Kicks With Episode 66 of The Droid Life Show

In case you missed it, the crew gathered this past Wednesday evening for Episode 66 of The Droid Life Show. Now that we are doing shows every other week, our plates were seriously full with topics to cover, so this was easily one of our more news-packed shows of all time.

Topics ranged from all of the rumors currently circulating, including those for the Galaxy Note 4, Moto 360, and an upcoming release of a Motorola device on Verizon, but we also discussed Verizon’s “network optimization,” Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus benchmarks, the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha, and to top it off, Ron and I argued about the Moto 360′s design for a solid 10 minutes.

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Google Rolls Out New YouTube App for TVs, Makes It All More Easy to Find

Google announced this morning that they have begun rolling out a new YouTube app for TV that has been designed for the big screen. They started initially with the XBOX One, but will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks.

The new app makes everything easy to find and navigate, thanks to slideout guide on the left side, just like the one you will find on phones and tablets. Once signed in, you can access your subscriptions or recommendations, open playlists and as Google suggests in their blog post, essentially turn your TV into whatever you need it to be.

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Google Posts Four New Android Wear Commercials, Focuses on Voice Commands

We have not seen too much advertising of Android Wear from Google yet, but with Motorola’s official unveiling date for the Moto 360 set for September 4, it looks like Google is now ready to get started.

While the commercials are nothing too special, they do show off Android Wear’s ability to listen to voice commands, display traffic, as well as send/receive messages. If your hands are full and you happen to be sprayed with water, you can now easily inform your friends. Playing with an elephant? Don’t worry, you can ask Google how much they weigh with no hands.  (more…)

Skully AR-1 Android Motorcycle Helmet Blows Past Funding Goal, Could be the Future

Motorcycle enthusiasts, have you been looking for the future in helmet technology? Skully thinks they have it with their freshly unveiled AR-1 Android-powered helmet that just went live on Indiegogo this morning. The helmet, which has already been given praise by outlets such as Popular Mechanics, Road & Track, Popular Science, and celebrity chef Tyler Florence (wait, what?) blew past its funding goal of $250,000 moments after it went live.

The helmet is powered by Android behind-the-scenes, includes a heads-up display that can show you information as you ride (like turn-by-turn navigation), an ultra-wide angle rear camera, and connects wirelessly to your phone. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can listen to music through your phone and even place hands-free calls.  (more…)