Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Tour!

I still almost can’t believe it, but Verizon is the first US carrier to push the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” update to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The update started rolling out to all this morning, so naturally, we grabbed it and took it for a spin to see what Samsung has done with TouchWiz, Material Design, and Lollipop in a single package. We have seen previews of Lollipop running on international variants, but this is the first we are seeing it here in the States and in our own hands.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 77

On Episode 77 of The Droid Life Show, Kellen and I will walk through the latest in HTC One (M9), Galaxy S6, and LG G4 rumors, plus Google’s new Fiber cities, the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor, Google Now 3rd party app integration, and much more!

Not only do we have rumors to speculate over, but we will also discuss a report which pegs Microsoft to invest into Cyanogen Inc, in hopes to weaken Google’s grip on the Android OS. It should be a rant-filled show, for sure.

At 2:30PM Pacific (5:30PM Eastern), join Kellen and I live!  (more…)

Dell Venue 8 7840 Unboxing and Hands-on

After months of anticipation, we now have the Venue 8 7840 from Dell in our possession. Teased back in late 2014, the tablet is purchasable by anyone on Dell’s website (or Best Buy), priced at $399 for 16GB. While the storage may seem a tad low, Dell spared no expense when it came to the design and feel of the device, giving it a 8.4″ OLED QHD display, featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

Powering the 6mm thin slate is an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a 2MP front-facing camera, three cameras on its backside for a combined resolution of 8MP, 802.11 ac WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card support (up to 512GB of capacity), and runs Android 4.4.4 out of the box.  (more…)

Kim Kardashian Stars in T-Mobile’s Super Bowl Ad, Which You Can Watch Here

Yeah so, Super Bowl XLIX commercials are already starting to pop up well before Sunday’s game. One of the first stars Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson for T-Mobile and their new data rollover plan, called Data Stash. It’s…well…filled with selfies and body suits and selfies and expensive things and talk about saving data and…selfies. I hate selfies so much.

Make it all stop.

Motorola Returns to China Today With the Moto X – Moto X Pro and Others Coming Soon

Motorola officially made its return to China this morning in a keynote that was filled with dancing, fist pumping, and excitement. The event kicked off the launch of their whole product line-up in an area of the world that Motorola hasn’t been for some time. If it means anything to you, the Chicago-based smartphone maker pointed out that they managed to jump into China just three months after Lenovo closed their acquisition of them. Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company, so it’s not that surprising that it all came through this quickly.

Anyways, today kicks off the launch of Motorola’s line-up that includes the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto G (2nd gen) with LTE, Moto X Pro, and Moto Hint. The Moto 360 will come some time later, but for now, Moto wants us to focus on those first four products.  (more…)

Video: DODOcase Moto 360 Watch Bands First Look!

Immediately after we broke news of DODOcase leather watch bands being available for the Moto 360 last week, we purchased a handful. With their premium price tag ($60), we wanted to get them in house as fast as possible to share thoughts on in case some of you were thinking about picking them up, but were hesitant to spend that kind of cash. Thanks to semi-quick shipping, ours have arrived!  (more…)

Video: This is How Verizon Tests Devices

Ever wonder what goes into Verizon’s extensive (read: incredibly slow compared to others in the industry) testing process for phones? Through a series of videos called “The Device Lab,” Big Red is trying to take us through their procedures, from testing durability (something I thought manufacturers already did) to making sure your phone has the best connection to their network.

In the videos below, Verizon walks through the Antenna Chamber and drop test areas of their testing lab. In each area, they try to simulate things like windpant pocket drops during your Aunt Gertrude’s annual summer picnic at the waterslides or figure out why you have the worst cell signal out of the three brosephs you are chillaxing with on your way to the club.  (more…)