Contest: Win a 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus One From Droid Life!

Not only are we giving away $300 in Google Play gift cards this week to the wonderful DL community, but we also have a spare OnePlus One in Sandstone Black to hand out. This is the 64GB model that most are interested in, and the same one that I had a chance to review a month or so ago.

We decided to give one away since OnePlus is ridiculously behind on their availability estimates. In fact, you still can’t buy a OnePlus One without an invite, even though OnePlus had initially expected to make them widely available by the end of June. In case you weren’t keeping track, we are now in September. It’s a mess, to say the least.

Aside from all of the drama that this company can’t seem to avoid, the phone is still one of the best of 2014. As of today, I would put it up there with the LG G3 as the best of the year, ahead of both the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5. It’s combination of high-end specs, build quality, and incredibly low price make for one hell of a desirable smartphone.

Who wants it?  (more…)

Swarovski Unveils Crystal-Adorned Strap for the Samsung Gear S

As the Galaxy S5 before it, Samsung’s recently announced Gear S smartwatch is receiving the Swarovski treatment. For those looking for a “chic” and “fashionable” wristband to compliment the comparatively bland Gear S, there’s the newest addition to the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection: the Gear S Strap. Composed of Swarovski’s Crystal Fine Mesh and adorned with cut crystals, it’s the ultimate in luxury (or ostentation, depending on your perspective). (more…)

Contest: $300 in Google Play Gift Cards Up for Grabs, 10 Winners, 24 Hours!

If you follow us on Twitter (you are following us, right?), then you likely saw our teases over the weekend for two upcoming contests. Well, we didn’t exactly tease – we more or less told you exactly what to expect. Today, we are giving away a OnePlus One and a whole bunch of Google Play gift cards in separate contests. As you can tell by the image above and the title, this is the Google Play gift card contest, with a total prize value at $300.

That’s right, because we love you, we are handing out $300 in gift cards to 10 DL readers (two $50 cards, eight $25 cards). We are giving these away, like always, because you have given us the opportunity to. That’s how we do things around here. We just want to thank you for the support as we head into one of the busiest weeks of the year.  (more…)

Android Wear Receiving Update This Week, Several This Year – Will Soon Pair With Bluetooth Headsets, Support GPS

Two members of the Android team – engineering director David Singleton and VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer – sat down with CNET this week for a quick Q&A about the current and future status of Android Wear, the company’s wearables platform, likely because we are about to see a handful of new devices running it this week at IFA. In the chat, both Singleton and Lockheimer talk updates that are direct from Google, new use cases, and most importantly, new features that we will see very soon.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off

Best Buy slashed the price of the LG G Watch by $50 this weekend, dropping it to $179 in either black or white. That right there, is a pretty good deal for one of the original Android Wear devices, which originally retailed for $229. In fact, it still is $229 through Google Play.

We reviewed the G Watch and came away interested in the future of Android Wear as a platform, but were a little bored with the device’s design. Also, keep in mind that LG just announced their new premium round version of the G Watch, the G Watch R, which should put this device to shame. But, if you want in on the Android Wear game, this is the best deal in town.

Best Buy Links:  G Watch (black) | G Watch (white)  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 8/29/2014

This week may have seemed hectic at times, but it was nothing in comparison to what next week will bring. With IFA taking place over in Europe, and the DL crew traveling cross country to Chicago and New York City for separate press events, it is going to be a very busy week.

On the bright side, however, that means we will be offering up all of the latest news as soon as it drops, including coverage on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, Motorola’s next flagship phone, and the Moto 360.

This week was highlighted by LG and Samsung unveiling two new smartwatches, slated for arrival later this year in the US. In addition, Amazon bought Twitch for nearly $1 billion, ASUS teased the ZenWatch (unveiling coming next week), the new Moto G was reportedly pictured, and a mystery Moto device stopped off at the FCC on its way to AT&T.

If you missed any of the action, take a look below for the highlights.  (more…)