Future of Android Auto Discussed, Could be Based Heavily Around Android “M” Release

According to the latest report from Reuters, Google is taking car infotainment systems very seriously. Reported to be introduced alongside Android M sometime in “a year or so,” Google hopes to take whatever infotainment system you currently use in your car, and replace it with Android.

This would mean, from what Reuters claims, is that the Android Auto system would not work alongside a car’s built in system, but bypass it completely, taking over all key features, such as navigation.  (more…)

Deal: 6′ MFi-Certified Android and iOS Convertible Charging Cable for $23

For a limited time through the DL Deals Store, you can grab a sweet little charging cable, capable of charging both Android and iOS devices via a USB port. Both connectors sit on top of each other when not in use, but when you decide you need either the Android microUSB part, or the iOS lightning connector part, simply detach the two from each other. To put it simply, it’s a fancy cable.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

  • Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
  • Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
  • Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
  • DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
  • G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
  • OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
  • One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
  • Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
  • Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 268 Votes)

Total Voters: 15,077

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover in Black Leather Shows Up at Best Buy

The Nexus 9 Magic Cover has been available on Google Play for the better part of a week now. After spending some time with it, we decided that while it looks pretty and is a bold idea for a minimal tablet cover, in practice it’s probably not worth its $39 price tag. We also noted that during our time with it, that Google Play mentioned leather versions (both black and natural colors) were coming at some point in the future, though they had yet to surface in an official listing. Until today.

Best Buy is listing the black leather version of the Nexus 9’s Magic Cover for a whopping $49. It isn’t in-stock yet, so you can’t buy it even if you wanted to. But hey, another option on what will likely be another overpriced Nexus accessory.

Any takers?  (more…)

T-Mobile LG G2 Receives Update, Brings Free Inflight Texting Support

An update is rolling out to the G2 from LG on T-Mobile, bringing T-Mobile’s free inflight texting feature, as well as Bluetooth connectivity improvements.

T-Mobile’s inflight texting feature allows customers to connect to a flight’s WiFi network, then send and receive text messages for free, which is a great feature if paying the ridiculous price for inflight WiFi does not suit you.  (more…)