Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 31 Answers

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Volume 31 of the DL Q&A Sessions. Early last week, we asked our lovely community to send in their questions, and you didn’t disappoint. We had a ton of fun questions to go through, many of them focusing heavily on what is in store for the near future.

Below, we go over what we want to see from the upcoming Nexus device(s), what needs fixing in Android Wear, what Apple products we are guilty of using, and what we would be doing if Droid Life never existed.

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More Reported Galaxy Note 5 Photos Released, No USB Type-C

Thanks to the latest images released to the web, we may have an even better look at the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 from Samsung than the ones posted just last week. While we got a good look at its frontside and display in the previous images, the latest pictures show the device from all angles, giving us a real good idea at how Samsung is working its new hardware design language into the device.  (more…)

New Moto 360 Wireless Charger Stops Off at FCC

A new Moto 360 smartwatch has yet to surface in any capacity, but I think it’s safe to say that we all expect Motorola to release one at some point within the next few months. If an FCC filing for a wireless charger that charges a “Motorola smart watch” of theirs is any indicator, maybe we’ll see the new watch at tomorrow’s event, or at the very least, within the next few weeks.  (more…)

Rumor: Moto X (3rd Gen) to Feature 3600mAh Battery, 21MP Camera, MicroSD Slot

While the new Moto G has leaked more times over the last few weeks than we can count, the Moto X (3rd gen) has done a pretty good job of remaining mostly out of sight. Tough to tell if that’s because Motorola is only going to give us a new Moto G and save the Moto X for later this summer or if there are fewer in the wild to be leaked. Either way, you know we are excited to see this year’s flagship from Motorola, since the last two from the Lenovo-owned company have topped our charts the last two years.

If today’s rumor out of HelloMotoHK – the group who stays as close as anyone to the Motorola beat – is true, you should be excited too.  (more…)

Victory: Google Decoupling Google+ and YouTube

In a blog post published this morning, Google states that with Google+, a few things could have gone better. “While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,” Google admits. If you happen to use YouTube and Google+, then you will know that statement could not be more true.

Before the changes that are set to take place, setting up a YouTube account attached to a Google+ profile, especially if you are a Google Apps user, was beyond ridiculous. And please, let’s not get started on the YouTube comments section regarding the involvement of Google+ and your need for a profile attached to your existing Google account.
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LG Intros ‘Gentle’ Flip Phone Featuring Lollipop, Likely Not Headed to US

I knew that one day, the large phone craze would die, and everyone would be rushing out to find the smallest phones they could. With the introduction of LG’s latest, the Gentle, it might be safe to say those days are actually upon us. Not. Jokes aside, announced for Korea, LG has a new flip phone, powered by Lollipop, complete with a quad-core processor and 3.2″ LCD display.  (more…)

Here are High-Res Photos of the OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 will arrive tonight, but most of the details were just spoiled thanks to a “beta tester” over at XDA. This tester says that he has had the phone for a week, thinks the design is ugly but well crafted, has a “not quite” sensitive fingerprint sensor, and prefers the OnePlus One. Well, then. In better news, he provided all sorts of high-res photos of the device, so that you can at least all form your own opinions on its looks. As for the other issues he mentions, most sound like problems that can be fixed with some fine-tuning before the phone is available to regular consumers.

Ready to see the goods?  (more…)

Pretty Serious Stagefright Security Flaw Found on Android, Probably Affects Your Phone

This morning, Forbes relayed a potential serious security flaw in Android, first discovered by Zimperium zLabs, that could affect your phone. The flaw is found in Android’s Stagefright, a multimedia tool at a deep system level. According to this research, a simple MMS (multimedia text) sent to your phone could open up your phone to audio/video recording, but also give a hacker access to your photos or Bluetooth. In order to gain that kind of access, they may only need to know your phone number. Zimperium zLabs suggests that some 950 million Android devices are in danger of this bug. Yep, this security bug is actually a pretty big deal.  (more…)