And This is How Verizon Will Brand the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Shortly after yesterday’s big MWC announcements wrapped, we poked fun at Verizon’s mid-back branding of their variant of the HTC One M9. To keep it fair, we couldn’t help but do the same for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge now that we have official photos. As you all know, Verizon is notorious for blasting their “Verizon 4G LTE” logo in increasing size all over the backs (and sometimes fronts) of phones. They appear to be doing so in full force this year on all flagships.  (more…)

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform, Could Hit Consumer Devices Early 2016

Exciting mobile news from MWC is over pouring, and today, Qualcomm took the lid off of its Zeroth Platform, enabled by the Snapdragon 820. While just the announcement of the name is pretty good, Qualcomm does not dive too deep into the SoC, instead optioning for a few general pieces of information, along with details for the Zeroth platform.

From what Qualcomm did say, the Snapdragon 820 is built on a FinFET process, which could be either TSMC’s 16nm or Samsung’s 14nm process. Continuing, the company also introduced its new custom ARMv8 CPU core, named Kryo.  (more…)

As Samsung Ditches the SD Slot, SanDisk Introduces 200GB MicroSD Card

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones have few weaknesses on paper, but one is arguably the lack of a microSD card slot. For years, while the rest of the smartphone industry backed away from expandable storage, Samsung stuck to it, claiming that its customers would rather have the option. Whatever the reason was for cutting the feature from their new phones, it’s unfortunate, because storage companies like SanDisk are only going bigger and bolder with removable flash cards. This morning, SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD card that arrives in Q2.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch R for $269 at Groupon ($30 Off)

Groupon is currently hosting a $30-off deal on what many believe is the best Android Wear watch you can buy, the LG G Watch R. There is no denying its premium build, outstanding performance, and solid battery life, that’s for sure. With an all-metal body, leather strap, and full-circle display, this is one of the few Android Wear watches we would recommend outside of the Moto 360, although, that may change shortly when LG’s Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch arrive.

Still, at $269 ($30 off), this is a deal worth considering. The G Watch R normally retails for $299.

Deal Link ($269)  (more…)

Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 27

We are back again for Volume 27 of the Droid Life Q&A Sessions. Now that MWC is here, and Samsung and HTC unveiled their plans for 2015, we may have a few thoughts on what we have seen so far. Feel free to ask any other MWC-related questions you have as well.

The Q&A Sessions are a time when anyone from our lovely, opinionated community can ask the DL staff whatever may be on their mind. This can range from Android-related topics, sports, food, or whatever else you may want to know. We are pretty open in terms of what we will share, so don’t be too shy. We don’t bite.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Colors

I honestly can’t remember the last time two Android smartphones grabbed as much attention as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have. Maybe the Galaxy S4? Maybe. Either way, the two new phones from Samsung are going to be tough for anyone to beat in 2015. Samsung took every single new technology built for smartphones and threw it inside their new Galaxy flagships. But not only did they throw in new tech, they are introducing each in a handful of colors that all look gorgeous in person and in renders.

Because Samsung gave us a massive image dump of each color at a variety of angles, we wanted to present them to you to potentially help decide which you might opt for when the phone drops in early April.

The Galaxy S6 will come in four colors:  White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Blue Topaz. The Galaxy S6 Edge will come in four colors as well:  White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Green Emerald.  (more…)

Paid Apps and Games Going Live on Samsung’s Gear VR Store

While tinkering with the office’s Gear VR, one thing becomes painfully apparent, and that is the lack of awesome content to consume on Samsung’s virtual reality headset. However, alongside the announcement of a new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the Oculus-powered app store now features paid apps and games, allowing developers to get serious about bringing awesome paid experiences to VR.  (more…)