The other night, on DL Show episode 51, I joked that we’d know everything about the “All New HTC One” (or HTC One 2014) long before its official arrival because there would be at least two or three unofficial reviews of the phone. In other words, HTC is terrible at keeping their devices a secret. Sure enough, we aren’t but four days removed from that statement and a 12-minute video review or overview of the AT&T model from some kid in Schaumburg, IL has appeared on YouTube (if you can call this a review). That’s right, we have an entire 12-minute session with HTC’s new flagship a full three and a half weeks ahead of their planned unveiling event in NYC. (more…)
The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town. Insert catchy guitar riff here. This Wednesday night, the DL crew sat down for episode 51 (aka the Galaxy S5 Show) of The Droid Life Show, to discuss all of the GS5 madness that took place on Monday in Barcelona and New York City. After months of hypebeasting, all of the rumors have been put to rest, and we finally got our hands Samsung’s 2014 flagship.
Besides going over all of the Galaxy S5 news, we discussed the new press renders we have seen of the All New One from HTC, touched on the Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices, drooled over the possibility of a new Moto X from Motorola, and we discovered that I have “loved HTC long time.” (more…)
The day has been filled with Project Ara talk, we hope you don’t mind, but this stuff is getting more fascinating by the day.
So earlier in the week, Jason Calacanis was hosting his LAUNCH conference, which just so happened to have a major Project Ara demo moments after Google gave the modular phone concept an MDK developer conference and official website. I watched the demo live (and told you to via Twitter), but was waiting for it to become available for sharing in case anyone else missed it. The video is now available for all to see; you should watch this. (more…)
Project Ara may be getting a lot of buzz, but what is it, exactly? To help answer that question, Phonebloks, the Kickstarter project that teamed up with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) to develop Ara (was formerly with Motorola), released a YouTube video that covers a brief history of project’s development, interviews some of its key players, and dives into what we can expect in the near future. (more…)
Fitness bands and trackers are everywhere these days. Some have AMOLED screens, others still use layers of LED lights to give you basic info, and a handful lack interfaces altogether, instead relying on companion apps to do the dirty work. For the most part, none of that really differentiates one from the other because all pretty much do the same thing – they log hours of fitness info and expect you do figure the rest out on your own.
What if a smart band or fitness tracker could not only log your workouts, but also instruct you on how to get better at them? What if you could improve your running form or swimming stroke or golf swing by wearing a tracker on your leg, arm, or body? A new product called Moov aims to do exactly that. (more…)
The newly-unveiled Galaxy S5 smartphone from Samsung is the world’s first to feature a full blown heart rate monitor, but definitely not the first with a fingerprint scanner. We were live at Samsung’s NYC Unpacked satellite event today, and were able to score hands-on time with the device. Since the heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner are two big focal points for the device, we figured we would give them a quick whirl for all of you to see. (more…)
Outside of the Galaxy S5, our Samsung event was filled with people buzzing about the Gear Fit, Samsung’s new fitness tracker that has a curved AMOLED display. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around its design, but if anything, it has my attention.
The Gear Fit can check your heart rate, allow you to answer or ignore calls, shows notifications as they come in, tracks steps taken and other fitness goals, is IP67 dust and water resistant, can control media, and even has changeable wallpapers. For a fitness band, it really is feature packed. The battery life seems questionable at 3-4 days, but that’s at least better than the original Galaxy Gear could say.
Below, you’ll see Samsung take us on a quick tour of the device. (more…)