The DROID Turbo Launch is Getting Weird, Thanks to Gargoyles and James Franco

The DROID Turbo should be unveiled officially tomorrow. Until that happens, though, Verizon, Motorola and the @DroidLanding Twitter account are doing their best to get weird. In two teasers posted today for the phone, we didn’t learn anything new, only that James Franco is now a found-footage star who posts sponsored Tweets for the DROID brand and that the Turbo may have something to do with Gargoyles.

Yep.

Again, things are getting weird. Really weird.   (more…)

Droid Life Show Episode 71 Will Give You More Than 3 Invites This Weekend

On episode 71 of the Droid Life Show, we recapped Android 5.0 features and highlights that we talked about over the last week, launch dates and pre-orders of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, news on the DROID Turbo, the beauty that is Google’s new Inbox, react to the G Watch R that is now in house, and finish with a couple of reviews for the Galaxy Alpha and Xperia Z3 Compact. It was a full show for a daytime show, so you won’t want to miss it.

By the way, we are toying with the idea of running the show much earlier in the day going forward, instead of our previous 6PM Pacific time slot. Feel free to weigh in through the comments with your thoughts on that.

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LG G Watch R Unboxing and Tour

The other round Android Wear smartwatch is now in house at DL HQ. Or as LG would put it – the only fully round smartwatch. That’s right, the LG G Watch R is here and already on wrist after we filmed a quick unboxing and first impressions video. With its use of premium materials and upgraded specs over the original G Watch, LG is aiming at Motorola’s round effort, the Moto 360. Can it stand up to what we consider to be the best Android Wear watch on the planet? Let’s start to find out.  (more…)

A Video Tour of Google’s New Inbox by Gmail

Inbox is Google’s new take on email, but as many of you have already noticed, the app is a lot like Mailbox, a popular email app that helps make you more productive by turning your inbox into a task manager of sorts. Both are pretty awesome. Both are also very different ways of attacking email, though. To use either, you really need to look at your inbox in a different way, which for some of you, may be too much to ask.

Since we received an invite for Inbox, we decided that we should show you how it works. If you decide to take Inbox for a spin at some point (assuming invites become available in the near future), then we want you to know what you are getting yourself into. Because again, this isn’t the typical email setup where you receive all emails into your primary inbox, many of which fill up that inbox and make you feel like an unproductive slug.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Chrome Tabs Become a Part of the App Switcher

When you first boot a device running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and open Chrome Beta, a pop-up will introduce you to the idea that your Chrome Beta tabs will now be a part of the app switcher UI. That might sound cool on the surface, but unfortunately, the implementation isn’t great yet. Thankfully, you can easily turn this feature on or off until Google (hopefully) adds back some of the functionality that goes missing with this option turned on. Let’s talk about how this all works.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Power of Android Beam in the Share Menu

Back when the Android L preview was first released, we told you how excited we were that Android Beam was now included in the share menu. With Android 5.0 “Lollipop” official and up and running on our Nexus 5, we wanted to show you exactly why it is that we are so excited. In short, it makes sharing almost anything (more than just photos and links) in between devices so much easier.  (more…)

Video: Android 5.0 Feature – Screen Pinning Apps

Our series of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” feature highlights (view them all) continues this morning with a look at Screen Pinning, which is a way for you to share a specific screen or app with someone while not giving them full access to your phone. The idea is that you may have something to share on your phone and are considering handing it over to a person with you, but you likely do not want a home or back button press to allow the person you are sharing with to see what else you might be working on.  (more…)

Gmail 5.0 Will Add 3rd Party Email Support, Including Yahoo and Outlook

When Google pushes out Gmail 5.0, an update that will for sure include a full Material Design makeover, another accompanying feature may end up being the star of the show for many. How would you like to access your third party email accounts through the Gmail app? According to the Gmail 5.0 app that we just poked around inside, the app is going to support Yahoo, Outlook and “more” email services very soon.  (more…)