Video: This is Android 5.0 “Lollipop” on the New Moto X

In a crazy, yet somehow completely unsurprising move yesterday afternoon, Motorola began pushing Android 5.0 “Lollipop” to the “Pure Edition” of its brand new Moto X (2nd gen) in a soak test. We talked about this on the DL Show the other day, mentioning the fact that it wouldn’t surprise us if Motorola was the first to get Lollipop ready and make it available within about a week. But even I would be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised by it showing up before the weekend.  (more…)

This is Lollipop Running on the Galaxy S4

This morning, the folks over at SamMobile followed up their leak of an early Lollipop build running on the Galaxy S5, with an early build of Android 5.0 running on the much older, Galaxy S4. Stress should be put on he word “early,” since WIFi apparently doesn’t even work. So, take this for what it is – an early leak that could change drastically by the time it hits your phone.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Feature: Ambient Display is a Very Cool Take on Moto Display

If you asked me to tell you what my favorite feature is from the Moto X line, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that Moto Display is it, without a doubt. To have your phone’s display light up with useful information as you pick it up, pull it out of a bag or pocket, or as it receives a notification is game-changing. Forget the LED light, we all need Moto Display in our lives.

So what happens to Moto Display when Google and Motorola partner up to deliver the next Nexus phone, the Nexus 6? You get Ambient Display, which is Google’s take on our favorite phone feature in years.  (more…)

Nexus 9 Unboxing and Gallery

As you now know, we have a Nexus 6 in house, which has already been unboxed. But for the tablet fans in the building who aren’t interested in Google’s new whale, we thought you would be interested in seeing one of the other new Nexus devices of the year, the Nexus 9. This is the return of a partnership between HTC and Google, something we haven’t seen since the original Nexus One. Many of us have been waiting years for this to happen.

As a recap, the Nexus 9 is currently up for pre-order from a number of retailers with an expected ship date of November 3. There are 16GB, 32GB, and 32GB LTE models that run $399, $479, and $599, respectively. Google and HTC have made Black, White, and Tan models, though the Tan model has yet to become available.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Unboxing and Gallery

The Nexus 6 is in house! You know this already if you saw our post verifying that it works just fine on Verizon’s network, but for those who didn’t – we have a Nexus 6 in house! Yes, Google’s new premium flagship is in-hand, blubber and all, ready for us to get to testing.

Before we get there, obviously there are some things we like to do to kickstart the process. One of those is to unbox the device and then give you some initial reactions. So, that’s exactly what you will find below.  (more…)

Video: DROID Turbo vs. DROID MAXX and Moto X (2nd Gen)

With the unboxing and hands-on gallery out of the way, we wanted to put the brand new DROID Turbo up against last year’s DROID MAXX, to see how far we have come, but also against the still-mostly-new Moto X (2nd gen), to see the leap Motorola made in just a couple of months.

As you may recall, Motorola took some flack last year with the new DROID line and original Moto X for using what most considered to be sub-standard specs. That is not the case at all this year. The Turbo tops almost every other phone on the market in terms of specs, from its Quad HD display to its Snapdragon 805 processor to its 3GB RAM and 21MP camera. The Turbo is a beast on paper.  (more…)

DROID Turbo Unboxing and Tour

In case you were wondering, yes, we have a DROID Turbo in hand and are ready to start testing the hell out of it, so that we can get into one of the most anticipated reviews of the year. With the device launching this Thursday online and in Verizon stores, I can imagine that plenty of you will want to know all there is to know before then should the Turbo be on your short list of potential new phones. Trust me when I say that we are going to tell you as much as we can before Thursday. Our review won’t be out then, since we like to actually test phones fully, but there are all sorts of things we can do to help you make an informed decision.

To start off our coverage, we have gone ahead and unboxed this DROID beast, walked through specs, made sure to show off the Turbo Charger, talked about in-hand feel, and even jumped into the mostly-stock-Android experience to show you what to expect when you first boot.

I will have some initial impressions shortly, comparisons too, but for now, check out the device in-hand and in action.  (more…)