Get Your Weekend Kicks With Episode 66 of The Droid Life Show

In case you missed it, the crew gathered this past Wednesday evening for Episode 66 of The Droid Life Show. Now that we are doing shows every other week, our plates were seriously full with topics to cover, so this was easily one of our more news-packed shows of all time.

Topics ranged from all of the rumors currently circulating, including those for the Galaxy Note 4, Moto 360, and an upcoming release of a Motorola device on Verizon, but we also discussed Verizon’s “network optimization,” Motorola’s “Shamu” Nexus benchmarks, the unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha, and to top it off, Ron and I argued about the Moto 360’s design for a solid 10 minutes.

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Google Rolls Out New YouTube App for TVs, Makes It All More Easy to Find

Google announced this morning that they have begun rolling out a new YouTube app for TV that has been designed for the big screen. They started initially with the XBOX One, but will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks.

The new app makes everything easy to find and navigate, thanks to slideout guide on the left side, just like the one you will find on phones and tablets. Once signed in, you can access your subscriptions or recommendations, open playlists and as Google suggests in their blog post, essentially turn your TV into whatever you need it to be.

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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…)