Hey Look, a Nexus 5 With a Fingerprint Sensor!

At last week’s Google I/O, Google made a big push in the world of fingerprint scanning for authentication purposes by introduces a fingerprint API in Android M. Going forward, manufacturers who choose to include fingerprint sensors in their phones will no longer have to work around Android and can instead use the native API to make for tighter integration.

To show off how fingerprint scanning can work in Android M, Google put out a short video on using your fingerprint to make payments. The video shows you how a payment situation would likely unfold when running Android M, something can more than likely envision without the need to see a video. After all, there have been fingerprint-powered payments on iPhones for some time. But what’s interesting about the video is the fact that the presenter randomly pulls out a Nexus 5 that has been outfitted with a fingerprint sensor to show how it all works.  (more…)

Google is Launching “Hands Free” Payment Service This Year

Watch the video above and try to tell me that all of those frustrating experiences that often are a part of the payment process in a store haven’t happened to you numerous times. From finicky card readers and pens that can’t write to broken touch screens and de-magnetized credit card strips, the payment process is actual quite painful. Google is going to try and fix that soon by allowing you pay without using your hands.  (more…)

LG G4: 25+ Tips and Tricks

We still don’t have an official launch date for the LG G4 here in the States, but that won’t stop us from continuing to talk about it, and the features it brings to buyers. Because of this, once your shiny new toy finally arrives on your porch, you should be able to open the box up, and know everything you need to know.

In case you missed our complete G4 review, be sure to check that out, but we also now have a 25+ Tips and Tricks video for you to consume. This video goes over software features on the device, what you can do to customize the phone, and so much more. LG baked a ton of little tweaks into the G4, so if you were planning to pick one up, definitely give it a watch.  (more…)

ASUS ZenFone 2 Unboxing and First Look!

 

Even though I’m still fully in love with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and hate to put its pretty glass body down on a table for more than a few minutes because I always need to be touching it, something about this newish trend of super cheap phones with decent specs has finally caught my attention. I feel like I need to invest some portion of my life into the bargain bin to see if life can continue without a hiccup. Or maybe it’s that there is too much value to be had out there for me not to experience it.

And with that random thought, enter the ASUS ZenFone 2 into my pocket. Yes, we have one in house!  (more…)

Apple Watch Unboxing, First Impressions and More

We have an Apple Watch in house. Yes, yes we do. Why? Because you should know your competition. If we are going to have an opinion on the Apple Watch, we should actually spend some time with one in order to form that opinion, not just get there by reading other reviews or listening to Apple’s pitch. So like with the iPhone 6, where Apple admitted that big phones were awesome, we are going to take the Apple Watch for a spin, potentially review it, and then move on. But the goal, as I just stated, is simply to familiarize ourselves with Apple’s take on a watch platform.  (more…)

You Can Now Root Almost All Galaxy S6 Variants With This 1-Click Method, KNOX Not Tripped

Over the weekend, the Keen team released PingPong Root, which is a 1-click root app for a number of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants. Even AT&T and Verizon models are included. But maybe more importantly, this root method doesn’t trip Samsung’s KNOX, so things like Samsung Pay (once it goes live) and other security-related features should still work afterwards.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 83

Today, we are assembling for episode 83 of the Droid Life Show. On tap for topics, we have Tim waxing poetic on all things LG G4, since he is currently the only team member with one in hand. From his first impressions to how he feels about the device now before his review goes out, he’ll be sharing it all. We will then talk Google I/O and this week’s happenings involving it, our Watch Urbane review, and more.

Oh, Ron and his iPhone 5c will also be in the house, so I can imagine that he will want to weigh in on his post about life with the Galaxy S6. Get ready.

At 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern), won’t you please join us? 

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