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…)

OnePlus Unveils Bamboo StyleSwap Cover for $49, Opens Up 5,000 New Invites

OnePlus, creators of what has become one of the most controversial phones of all time, unveiled its first StyleSwap cover for its flagship One, last night. For those new to StyleSwap covers, these are the removable/replaceable back plates that you can hot-swap onto your device to give it new life. OnePlus originally announced that materials like denim, kevlar, and exotic woods would arrive at some point down the road. Bamboo is the first and will be available in August for $49.  (more…)

Samsung Reminds iPhone Users That They Have Been Waiting Years for a Bigger Screen

Samsung, in its latest ad targeted directly at iPhone owners getting excited about the larger display that has been rumored to finally arrive in the next phone from Apple, took the chance to remind those users that it has been at least two years now without that display, and yet a bigger, better display was right in front of them this whole time. Of course, Samsung is talking about the display in the Galaxy S5 or a number of other Galaxy products.

I think we will all laugh when Apple revolutionizes the big display. As Samsung points out, it will likely be “awesome” and “blow your mind.”

What Hummers?  (more…)

Google Talks Android L Preview Features, Can’t Promise Updates Though

On Friday, the Android team’s Rich Hyndman took to the Google Developer YouTube channel to run through some of the new features introduced in the Android L developer preview. Most of this stuff we covered in a series of Android L feature posts, but for developers, the clip was a good refresher for the new goodies that can be taken advantage of. Rich talks everything from notifications to the new camera API to Material Design to the devices that the L preview is available on(more…)

The Droid Life Show Episode 64 is Leaving South Beach, Headed Back to Cleveland

We gathered this past Wednesday night for Episode 64 of The Droid Life Show, discussing topics which included the LG G3, our Android Wear device reviews, and broke LG’s announcement of the G3 Beat live on air. LG has a tendency to announce products while we are doing our shows, so that helps to spice up the action a little bit.

In addition, we talked about the upcoming Xperia Z3 headed through the FCC, Google+ allowing you to use whatever name you would like, and had leftover time for a full Q&A. As the cherry on top, we discussed the week’s top apps and games for anyone who relies on us to always inform them of the best titles for their devices.

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Does This First Amazon Fire Phone Commercial Change Your Mind?

On the day that Amazon announced the Fire Phone, we opened up a thread for you all to weigh in with your immediate thoughts. Some of the shorter reactions included “Junk!” and “Hot garbage,” “Overpriced,” “Poop,” and “D.O.A.” Another said “It’s basically an Android phone with everything we love about Android removed and replaced with gimmicky garbage.” Others dropped lists of issues they had with the phone like, “overpriced, over customized, and shouldn’t be restricted to one carrier.”

We, of course, pointed out what we consider to be the biggest flaw pulled straight from the Fire Phone’s Amazon listing, which showed that zero Google apps are included or available to it. I think it is safe to say that the DL community is not exactly excited about Amazon’s first phone.  (more…)