Droid Life Show Episode 63 Celebrates ‘Murica With You This Weekend

Last night, the DL crew returned after a couple of week vacation for episode 63 of the Droid Life Show. With travel and Google I/O interrupting our regularly scheduled programming, you can imagine that we had plenty to talk about.

Topics included the entire Google I/O schedule, which was filled with more announcements than a single DL Show could possibly contain. We trimmed it down to the big stuff, like Android L and Wear, before briefly touching on Auto, TV, new Chromecast goodies, and confirmation that Nexus is here to stay for the time being. We also dove into Moto X+1 spec rumors, my thoughts on the OnePlus One, a couple of games, and more.

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Android L Features: New Quick Settings Panel is Mostly Improved

Our coverage of Android L features continues this afternoon with a look at the newly restyled Quick Settings Panel (QSP). For those not familiar, the Quick Settings Panel was previously accessed as a secondary pulldown from the notification shade that gave you quick shortcuts for toggling off things like WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, or your data connection. It also gave you battery status, let you view your contact card, and jump into the full list of Android settings. In Android L, it still functions much of the same way, but you now access and interact with it somewhat differently. (more…)

Android L Features: Interacting With the New Lock Screen

Up next in our tour of new features in Android L is a detailed, on-video look at the revamped lock screen experience.

If you have used Android at all over the years, a lot of the new concepts will make sense once you see them in action. There are quick swipes to launch into the camera or dialer, ways to expand out notifications, and access to your settings toggles should you need to adjust brightness or get on a WiFi network.  (more…)

Motorola Gives 2-minute Official “Sneak Peek” of Moto 360

Want to see the Moto 360 in action through an “official” demo video? Motorola was on hand with their Android Wear watch this week at Google I/O and gave us just that.

In the clip below, Motorola’s Cathay Bi takes us on a tour of the most anticipated of all the Android Wear products. From its beautiful aluminum and leather design to interacting with the card-like UI and using your voice to perform searches, this is what you have been waiting for. Even though the watch looks quite large, I am 100% ready to make this a part of my life.

We still don’t know when Motorola will sell the Moto 360, but we get the feeling that it is going to be soon, very soon. (more…)

Rewatch the Entire 3-hour Google I/O 2014 Keynote

The entire 3-hour Google I/O 2014 keynote is up and ready for your consumption. In case you missed our ridiculous live blog that featured talk of Android L and all of its redesigned goodness through Material Design, Android Auto, Google Fit, Android TV, and of course, Android Wear, then I would suggest at least taking a look at the first two hours. Oh, Tim and I also make a couple of appearances, so you have that to look forward to.  (more…)

Video: This is Google’s New Material Design

Google announced a massive change to their design philosophy in something they are calling Material Design, which uses “tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences.” For the “L” version of Android, we will see this new design idea in action, but Material Design wasn’t built just for specific use cases, it is a new set of guidelines that Google wants to use to make beautiful design on all screen sizes

To learn all there is to learn about Material Design, head over to Google’s new design site(more…)