Video: A First Look at the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.

To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle.  (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…)

Video: Asus ZenWatch vs. G Watch R and Moto 360

After running through a quick unboxing of the Asus ZenWatch, it only made sense to follow up with a comparison video of Asus’ premium Android Wear device to the other two smartwatch champions of the moment, the LG G Watch R and Moto 360. Each is outfitted in premium materials, like metals and leathers, but each is certainly different in its own right, whether that be through the quality of those materials used or its price tag.  (more…)

Asus ZenWatch Unboxing and Tour!

The Asus ZenWatch, an Android Wear device that is arguably the prettiest of them all, is in house and ready for us to dive into. But before we get to a full review, we first need to introduce you to it through an unboxing and tour.

At $199, the ZenWatch is one of the better deals in smartwatches, though it does lack some features that others boast, like a heart rate monitor. But if you are simply looking for a well-made, premium watch to wear on a daily basis, this may be one to keep on your short list.  (more…)

Let the Droid Life Show Episode 73 Survive an Ice Storm With You This Weekend

On this week’s episode of the Droid Life Show, the crew gathered to share final thoughts on the Nexus 6 after posting our review, along with a number of other topics. We talked through Android 5.0 “Lollipop” updates for a handful of devices (Nexus phones/tablets and the Moto X), Galaxy Note 4 and Xperia Z3v reviews, and YouTube’s new Music Key services to name a few.

Ron and Dave joined Tim and I, which means we had a full team on hand, something that hasn’t happened in a while. Be sure to watch or listen to catch up on the week that was.

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The Droid Life Show: Episode 73

On today’s episode 73 of the Droid Life Show, the crew gathers to talk through all things Nexus and Lollipop, since this week was packed full of nothing but Google devices and software. We have our Nexus 6 review to cover, availability of the new phone from Google, and Lollipop on a number of devices including the Moto X.

Along with Nexus and Lolli-talk, our Note 4 and Xperia Z3v reviews need some lovin’, as do some apps of the week, and YouTube’s new Music Key service. As always, it will be a packed show.

Oh, and did I mention that Ron returns (along with Dave)? Yep.

We are live this afternoon at 3:00PM Pacific (6:00PM Eastern). (more…)

Google Releases 4 New Android Commercials – Scary Movie, Garage Band, Break Room, and a Longer Road Trip

Google posted four new Android commercials today that showcase their new slogan of “Be together. Not the same.” The commercials are similar to the set we saw on Android 5.0 launch day, featuring Androidified characters, all of which are using a variety of Android devices.

One commercial stars Android Wear and watches, another the Nexus 9 and tablets, and another focuses on cameras. We are even treated to a part 2 of the road trip commercial that was previously released.

I know we are an Android fan site and are supposed to love all things Android, but these commercials are brilliant.  (more…)

Obama Urges FCC to Re-Classify Internet Under Title II to Keep It “Open and Free,” Include Mobile Broadband

Thanks in part to 4 million comments by the American people, President Barack Obama and the White House released a statement this morning in favor of net neutrality and keeping the internet “open and free.” His stance is that the internet is “essential” to our economy, is one of the greatest “gifts” to our society, and that the FCC should reclassify it under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, essentially turning it into a utility.  (more…)