Report: Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla to Google for $6 Billion

The big headline today covers something that happened a couple of years ago, that being a possible acquisition of Tesla Motors by Google for just $6 billion. In a time when Tesla was near financial ruin due to its inability to turn pre-orders of its vehicles into finalized sales, Elon Musk turned to Google, looking for serious support.

The deal was that Google would buy Tesla, but continue to keep the company running to produce vehicles. Of the $6 billion that was reportedly discussed, $5 billion of it would go straight to the Tesla factories, which involved continued development on its batteries and vehicles.  (more…)

DL Favorites: Lock Screen Replacements

[DLF], or Droid Life’s Favorites, is a series of articles reviewing our favorite apps in a given category. The goal of these articles isn’t to extensively review every single option out there and determine which is “the best,” but rather to give you a few of our favorite apps in a category. This week we look at Droid Life’s favorite lock screen replacement apps.

Your lock screen is one of the most personal and important parts of your phone. It’s the gateway to your device, often adorned with an image of loved ones or fan art for the new Star Wars movie. But sometimes, the lock screens that come on our phones are annoying to use, limited in features, or just get boring after a while. I tried a ton of different lock screen replacements from Google Play, looking to shake things up, and these three are my favorites. (more…)

LG G Flex 2 Available on AT&T Starting April 24, $299 With 2-Year Agreement

The G Flex 2 from LG, which was the highlight of CES this past January, is now coming to AT&T after being only available on Sprint. We have already reviewed the G Flex 2, concluding that while the design and display are nice, the overall performance of the device and LG’s skin is enough to make you second guess your purchase.

The phone features a 5.5″ Full HD P-OLED display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, 13MP rear-facing shooter, and runs Android 5.0+ out of the box.  (more…)

So, Sony Announced the Xperia Z4 Last Night

Did Sony just throw in the towel? I ask because they announced their new flagship, the Xperia Z4, this morning at a press event in Japan. While there is nothing wrong with announcing a product in Japan, they didn’t bother to tell anyone outside of Japan and also don’t have anything to announce yet in terms of availability outside of Japan. That’s odd, right? This is supposed to be their next hit. Or is it? Or is this a, “Hey, we have a new phone, but are about to pull the plug on our smartphone business and don’t want to spend much promoting it,” type of thing? Whatever the reason for the quiet unveiling, let’s talk about the new Xperia.  (more…)

Android Wear Update Rolling Out – Always-On Screen for Apps, WiFi Support, and Emoji Drawing Included

A big Android Wear update was announced this morning by Google. The update will slowly rollout to devices over the coming weeks, but it includes all sorts of new features and tweaks, like WiFi support and the ability to draw emoji in response to messages.

According to Google, the update first introduces an always-on mode for apps, because some times you just need the watch face to stay on until you tell it to turn off. Think of needing directions or if you are checking a list, but don’t feel like flicking your wrist or tapping the screen each time you need your Android Wear device to turn back on. If you are worried about battery drains, Google has tried to alleviate that problem by allowing apps to go black-white when you aren’t looking at your watch, but back to full color as you do point it back at your face.  (more…)

OnePlus 2 Confirmed for Invite System, OnePlus One Drops It Forever Today

The April 20 event that OnePlus teased on Friday with a virtual invite isn’t an event at all. That teaser was simply a symbol in reference to the company ditching the invite-only system that has accompanied their OnePlus One for the last year. That’s right, it has been a year since the OnePlus One went on sale in that really weird invite system that frustrated many of you for months. Frustrations be gone – the invite-system really has come to a close. Well, sort of.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: April 17, 2015

For anyone waiting to see what the G4 from LG will bring, this was a good week for you. There was a ton of images leaked of the G4, proving that in fact, it will feature leather on a few models. Unfortunately, this means I owe Kellen $5, as I lost a bet that the phone would not feature leather.

On top of the G4, Huawei announced the P8, the OnePlus Two should launch in Q3, Samsung is hoping to fix a few battery woes for Galaxy S6 owners, we got our first look at the Monolink band for the Moto 360, and Android 5.1.1 should be available very soon for download.

To catch up on the best Android news of the past week, we have a collection of stories for you below. (more…)