Verizon is currently hosting a deal for 50% off of their best Android phones. Of course, the 50% is only off of the on-contract price, but still, the deal includes all phones over $199 on-contract. The devices to consider are the Galaxy Note 4 ($149), Xperia Z3v ($99), and DROID Turbo ($99). Actually, those might be their only Android phones that qualify, all of which we are big fans.
Verizon is also doing free overnight shipping, so if you get orders in by 4PM on December 23, they should arrive by X-mas.
With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear, we not only got a whole bunch of useful tweaks to the experience, including official watch face support, but Google also made the process of taking screenshots insanely easy. For those not familiar with screenshots on Android Wear, just know that before the 5.0.1 update, it involved adb, way too much typing to do such a simple task, and the pushing and pulling of all the things. Now, you can snap screenies with the tap of a couple of buttons in the Android Wear companion app. (more…)
These ads really are pretty fun. Good job, Google.
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…)
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…)
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
Maybe somewhat surprisingly, Action Launcher 3, which was published last week, did not come with custom 3rd party icon pack support. Thanks to an update, which is now available through Google Play, users can now attach their very own icon packs to the launcher, as well as customize individual icons at their own discretion. (more…)