Tip: Manually Adjust the Display Color and Contrast on the LG G3

In our LG G3 review and on the DL Show, I talked a bit about how I thought the QHD display presented colors a bit muted and somewhat washed out, especially when compared to the LCD or AMOLED used in the One (M8) or Galaxy S5. While I wouldn’t call that a deal breaker or even an issue you should worry about, it would be nice if there were some settings to adjust the color to your liking, similarly to how Samsung allows on the GS5. Thankfully, there sort of is.

As reader thedanks pointed out in the comments of our review, under accessibility settings, LG has built-in a color contrast adjustment tool. By enabling the setting and then dragging around the on-screen circle, you can manually tweak the way colors are presented on your device.  (more…)

Google Now Seems to be Learning Contact Addresses When Traveling, Gives Time to Navigate to Them

A couple of weeks ago, I took a 5-day trip back to my home state of Montana to visit family and friends. I stayed with my dad, of course, but during the stay, I noticed an interesting Google Now card that kept coming up after a day or two after having been there. The card kept popping up with “Time to Dad’s,” as a reminder of how long it would take me to get back to his house. It was like the “Time to Home” card that you see if you have your home location added to your Now location settings. The card shows up if you leave home, so that you always know how long it will take to get back there no matter where you are.

I thought this card was interesting because my dad’s address wasn’t on my calendar, it isn’t in my location settings, and not once did I perform navigation on how to get to his house while I was there, because it’s in my home town of Whitefish and I know exactly how to get there. But over the last couple of days on the trip, each time I left his house, it kept telling me how to get back there, just like that “Time to Home” card. It was as if Google knew I was in Whitefish, MT, and that I was staying with my dad because his address is included in his contact card and I kept hanging out there for hours on end. It also could have been that it was simply looking through contacts to find nearby friends or family and was giving me the time it would take to get to their houses.  (more…)

This Week in the Life of DROID: 7/18/2014

Another week down here at DL, as we are now a solid halfway through the 2014 calendar year. Time flies when you’re having fun. This week, we posted up our full review of the LG G3 which many of you have been clamoring for. Needless to say, we had pretty much nothing but good things to say about LG’s 2014 flagship device.

Now it will be time to see what Motorola (Moto X+1) and Samsung (Galaxy Note 4) have in store for US consumers.

Other news surrounded hefty leaks from NVIDIA, with slides detailing the company’s upcoming SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. To top it off, LG announced the G3 Beat, the Sony Xperia Z3 ran through the FCC, Google lifted name restrictions off of Google+, and a possible render of HTC’s Android Wear smartwatch was leaked. It was a busy week indeed.

If you missed any of the action, we have the highlights below.  (more…)

LG G3 Review

Quad HDs. Lasers. Floating Arcs. Q all the things. LG has filled its new G3 flagship with so many keywords and flashy marketing terms that you can’t help but give it a look. And you know what, you would be a fool not to give it more than a look.

LG has slowly been rebuilding its reputation over the last couple of years, partly with the help of Google and the Nexus brand, but also thanks to last year’s G2 and some of its recently released tablets. The Korean company has even tried to become the alternative to Samsung and those looking for something different. LG wants to be taken seriously, so they are playing with design ideas (rear buttons), testing out new materials (self-healing backs), and of course, pushing out new display types often (think of the curved panel in the G Flex).

The LG G3 feels like the culmination of all that LG has worked for. It introduces new technologies, its accompanying marketing plan is taking direct shots at Samsung, and they finally have people truly excited about one of their products. It’s time to take a long look at whether or not LG has ultimately succeeded.

This is our LG G3 review.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show Episode 64 is Leaving South Beach, Headed Back to Cleveland

We gathered this past Wednesday night for Episode 64 of The Droid Life Show, discussing topics which included the LG G3, our Android Wear device reviews, and broke LG’s announcement of the G3 Beat live on air. LG has a tendency to announce products while we are doing our shows, so that helps to spice up the action a little bit.

In addition, we talked about the upcoming Xperia Z3 headed through the FCC, Google+ allowing you to use whatever name you would like, and had leftover time for a full Q&A. As the cherry on top, we discussed the week’s top apps and games for anyone who relies on us to always inform them of the best titles for their devices.

If you miss our live shows, be sure to subscribe to us through various ways by following the links below. (more…)

Destiny Companion App Available Through Google Play for All Beta Players

Destiny is a new game for next-gen consoles, with the public beta of the game now available for PlayStation 4 owners. Xbox One owners will be able to get in on the fun very soon, but until then, everyone playing should go ahead and download the official Destiny companion application, which will allow you access to additional features inside and outside of the game.  (more…)

Moto X on Sale Again Through Moto Maker, 16GB for $299 and 64GB for $375

Motorola is hosting another deal for the Moto X, just in case any of you are still looking to pick one up. Moto is currently offering the 16GB for $299, 32GB for $325, 32GB Developer Edition for $325, and the massive 64GB model for $375.

If you are asking yourself if the Moto X is still a device you should pick up, we would still recommend it if you need a phone to pass time for a few months until Motorola announces their next flagship. While other options are probably better, this deal is a good value for the price, offering great software, decent specifications, and having the ability to make a phone look the way you want is really special to some people.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller Details Leaked, Available July 29 for $299+

More information is beginning to leak from NVIDIA, as it appears the company has two upcoming product launches, the SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Controller. Part of a new “SHIELD Family,” these two devices will fit alongside the original SHIELD gaming system, in a lineup of mobile devices built specifically for the hardcore gamers out there.

Slides have leaked with pretty much any information you could ask for regarding the new SHIELD Tablet and Controller. For starters, let’s go over what it looks like we should expect from the SHIELD Tablet.  (more…)