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…)

BLU Studio 5.0 C HD and Studio C Mini Unboxing and Hands-on

BLU introduced two new devices this morning, the Studio 5.0 C HD and the Studio C Mini, set to go up against Motorola’s budget devices, the Moto E and Moto G.

These two low-end phones are aimed directly at off-contract buyers, hoping to get a great Android experience at a crazy-low price. Both devices feature specifications which you would expect in a $100+ smartphone, but when comparing to the Moto G and Moto E, they are not that bad.  (more…)

Roman Nurik Shares Google’s Material Design Approach to the Google I/O App

Last week, Google released the source code for their Google I/O app. Since the app is used as a reference for new design guidelines with Android apps, this is a pretty big deal for app developers, especially those looking to adopt Google’s newest set of guidelines, Material Design, and implement them into their own apps.

In a follow-up to last week’s release, Roman Nurik (the lead designer of the I/O app and master of DashClock and Muzei) took to the Android Developers Blog to share his team’s design thinking of this year’s app. Not only does he walk you through the thought process and changes between releases of the I/O app, he also talks about Material Design shadows, colors, layouts, grids, and more.

Material Design introduces massive changes to app design that I can only imagine will take time for designers to get the hang of. If you want to see and learn about Material Design, this is a must read and watch.

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LG Outs the G3 Stylus a Bit Early, is This a Galaxy Note Competitor?

Thanks to a promo video created to cover the LG G3 Beat, the mid-range version of LG’s current G3 flagship, we now know that the Korean phone manufacturer also has another phone on the way. The phone is called the LG G3 Stylus, a phone that appears to be slightly bigger in size that the G3, but has a stylus in its back pocket as an added bonus.  (more…)

This is How Good the Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera can Be

The camera in the Galaxy S5 is pretty awesome. In our review, we noted that Samsung is once again leading the charge for mobile optics with the release of this year’s flagship phone. The GS5′s camera can take pictures with incredible detail, thanks to its 16MP sensor, but also does a fantastic job of capturing brilliant colors when it needs to without overdoing it.

To continue to show how impressive their cameras can be, Samsung released the video above, which takes us on a tour of Trieste, Italy during a day from sunrise to sunset. The video was shot entirely with a Galaxy S5. While it’s obvious that some sort of professional crew was behind it all, you can’t help but be impressed by the results.

Verizon LG G3 Hands-on

We have already posted up our full review of the LG G3 on AT&T, but since we have now received the same device on Verizon, we wanted to go over the differences between the two devices. While they both feature the same exact hardware, slight changes have been made in the amount of bloatware, plus minor UI tweaks have also been baked in on Big Red’s model.

Apps such as Hotels.com, Slacker Radio, and Clash of Clans have been added in, but the most notable software change is the addition of sliders for volume and brightness in the notification shade. AT&T’s model left these sliders out, which was actually one of our pain points while using the device. Sliders are not a complete deal breaker, but it is nice to have them for the sake of convenience.  (more…)