NVIDIA Hosting Black Friday Deal on Two SHIELD Bundles, Save Up to $88

NVIDIA looks to be setting up for a few Black Friday deals of their own, two gaming packages to be specific, which could save you quite a bit of cash up front if you take mobile gaming very seriously.

For a limited time, beginning November 28 at 12:01am and ending the same day at 11:59pm, customers can pick up a SHIELD Tablet “Green Box” bundle (includes SHIELD Controller) for just $399, or a SHIELD Portable with carrying case and replacement Armor for just $199.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Teardown Reveals a Device That You can Mostly Repair

When iFixit performs a teardown, they give us a score in a 0-10 range, with 10 being easily repairable by their standards. While few of us will ever try and repair broken parts on a phone, there is some comfort in knowing that if your $600+ device breaks, you might be able to fix it yourself without having to fork out for a warranty or insurance claim. The latest to receive the treatment is Google/Motorola’s Nexus 6, the whale among us. In somewhat surprising fashion for a late-2014 phone, they gave it a 7 out of 10, which means it is mostly repairable.  (more…)

Verizon Moto X (2nd Gen) Soak Test Incoming – Lollipop? VoLTE? Both?

Last year, Motorola pushed out a freshly announced Kit Kat update to the Verizon Moto X (1st gen) in under three weeks. As you can imagine, we are still impressed by this feat, considering they not only had to test and prep the software for the phone, but it also needed approval by Big Red in order to go live for all on their network. It’s one thing to push an update to a Nexus or the new Moto X “Pure Edition,” both of which do not have carrier ties and can be given new software as manufacturers see fit; it’s a completely different struggle when a carrier is involved.

Which brings us to this year’s Moto X (2nd gen) and its impending Lollipop updates. We have already seen Motorola push Android 5.0 to the “Pure Edition,” but what about all of the carrier variants? Our team has been discussing this subject a lot over the last few days, all the while wondering if Motorola and Verizon would try and repeat last year’s success. Tim was even ready to put money on the updates starting yesterday or this upcoming Monday. While no new software has begun pushing as I type this, he might be right.  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 11/21/2014

Another week down here at DL, as we get closer to 2015. It’s already past mid-November, with Thanksgiving coming up next week. Hard to imagine how fast time flies. This week, a lot of focus was put on the Nexus 6, as many people around the country began receiving their orders from Google and Motorola.

We went over how to do your usual bootloader unlock for the device, as we do with every Nexus, but we also took time to explain our opinion that Nexus devices are not just for the development and tinkering crowd anymore – they are a true consumer product now. From a look at the comments, that post was well received.

On top of the Nexus 6 craze, we went hands-on with the ASUS ZenWatch, a very nice looking Android Wear device, with a full review for that due in the not-so-distant future. Finally, we posted a few videos of Lollipop running on various Samsung devices. At first, it did not look too great, but the latest video of Android 5.0 on the Galaxy S5 has us pretty excited for its release.

Here are the highlights in case you missed anything.  (more…)

Pebble App Update Brings Complete Notification Support for Android Devices

An updated version of the Pebble smartwatch application has hit Google Play, which brings a major feature update for all users. That feature, of course, is full notification support. Much like we saw on previous renditions of Samsung’s watches, only select application notifications were able to be pushed to the device on your wrist. Now, finally, any app can have their notification be pushed, all decided by the wearer and not the manufacturer.  (more…)

Deal: Up to 70% Off SanDisk Extreme and Ultra Micro SD Cards From Amazon

We tend to operate under the idea that you can never have enough flash storage lying around. You just never know when you might need to toss a micro SD card into a new phone, tablet, camera, or game system. Especially now, since we have seen phone manufacturers (outside of Google and Motorola) fully buy back into the idea that customers want a slot for expandable storage, many of which support up to 128GB. So when we see solid deals on storage, like today’s over at Amazon, we try and share.  (more…)