Forget Home Button Fingerprint Scanners, It’s All About Power Button and Rear Placements

I’m fully on board with fingerprint scanners in phones. They make sense. Security is as important as ever, so if implemented correctly, they not only add a layer of protection, but they do so in a way that doesn’t really change much of the user experience. That’s how good tech works. It shouldn’t just be there for the sake of being there, it should be there to enhance an experience without getting in the way. Think the opposite approach of smartwatches.

Companies like Samsung and Apple certainly did it right out of the gate through home buttons that double as fingerprint readers. Since users of their phones often turn to home buttons to wake them, it makes perfect sense to included fingerprint scanners in those buttons, so that with one click of a button, you are waking your phone and also securely unlocking it. But what about some of the new placements we are seeing, like in power buttons (new Sony phones) or on the backs of phones (new Nexus, LG V10, etc.)? I think both have great potential and are actually better implementations than the home button solutions that have dominated early.  (more…)

Deal: Grab the Supreme Android Coding and Design Bundle for $40

Currently on the DL Deals Store, you can pick up the Supreme Android Coding and Design bundle for just $39.99, down from its listed price of $377. The bundle contains three parts – Learn Android Lollipop Development, Build Android Apps With Lollipop, and Java Programming for Beginners. With all three, you should go from zero experience and knowledge to being able to build your very own Android applications.  (more…)

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Verizon’s DROID Turbo 2 is the “Kinzie,” Plus Some Other Details

Remember that mysterious Motorola device that showed up in a benchmark, rumors, and at the FCC back in May/June/July on its way to Verizon under the codename “Kinzie” and model number XT1585? It’s the DROID Turbo 2, in case you were wondering. Why it hasn’t arrived yet is beyond us, but we have learned some additional details about the device today.  (more…)

Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 33

Google’s Nexus event has come and gone, we have reviewed the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) and Huawei Watch, and Marshmallow should soon be rolling out to many device owners across the country. It’s a good time to rock Android. But, with all of this excitement, we are sure you may have a few questions lingering in that beautiful mind of yours, so let’s take this time to answer them.

The Q&A Sessions are your chance to ask us anything that might be on your, whether it be Android-related, non Android-related, and everything in between.

Shoot those questions below in the comment section, and then on Friday, our team will choose the best ones to tackle. (more…)