DEAL: Moto 360 Sport in White for Only $140

Over on Amazon, folks can find the Moto 360 Sport smartwatch in White, listed at a price of only $139.99. Originally launched with a price of $299, this dip seems like a solid discount for anyone looking to get into Android Wear.

The Sport model of the Moto 360 is suited towards those who are quite active, featuring a single silicone band that wraps around the watch. This band allows you to sweat all over it, perfect for you heavy perspirers. The watch comes with GPS tracking, an AnyLight display, and should see the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update.  (more…)

RootMetrics Publishes H1 2016 Report, Verizon Crowned Again

To no one’s surprise, Verizon has been crowned champion of the US carriers yet again by RootMetrics. For tests conducted throughout the first half of 2016, Verizon came out on top for all categories, including Reliability, Speed, and Calls.

Even though Verizon came out on top again, the tests performed show a bright side for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. According to RootMetrics, Sprint’s network has seen big improvements with regard to reliability, while T-Mobile continues to excel in metro areas.  (more…)

OnePlus Publishes Teaser for ‘Something Special,’ Scheduled for August 25

OnePlus has another announcement to make for 2016, this time scheduled for August 25. To get the hypetrain choo choo’ing along, OnePlus published a 30-second teaser video to YouTube, featuring a soundtrack that is eerily similar to what you might hear in a 1970’s porno flick. Seriously, listen to that guitar going through the wah-wah pedal, that’s a classic porno riff.

Moving right along, we must determine what OnePlus is going to unveil, so there can be no excitement when the announcement is made. That’s just how we tech bloggers roll. The teaser clip shows a vinyl being spun around, with a V2 symbol in the middle. Also in the middle, a metallic-looking circular object with what appears to be a black cord coming from it. (more…)

Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images Now Available! (Updated)

If you own a Nexus phone that is scheduled to receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, the time is now. Google has posted factory images and the OTA .zip files for those unwilling to wait for an over-the-air update to pop-up.

As of right now, we have Android 7.0 Nougat files for the Pixel C (NRD90M), Nexus 9 WiFi (NRD90M), and Nexus Player (NRD90M).

In case you hadn’t noticed something in common with the missing devices (Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6), look at the processor – Qualcomm. We’ll update this post when those go live.

You can grab each image or OTA file at the links below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here you go(more…)

US Unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Finally Get First Updates

Just last week, I spent a good minute complaining about Android software updates and how we can’t even expect unlocked phones from the biggest manufacturer in the world (that would be Samsung) to receive them in a timely manner most of the time. I talked about the fact that carrier-tied phones seem to be getting updates more regularly than unlocked phones, even if unlocked phones don’t have that extra party (the anal carrier) meddling in update affairs. And then this morning, almost as if Samsung reads Droid Life (not likely that they do), updates popped up on both US unlocked variants of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge!  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 7 Another Example of Carriers Interfering for No Good Reason

Before I signed-off for the weekend, I took part in a bit of a tweetstorm about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Verizon, as it just-so-happened to arrive on my doorstep during the DL Show. The tweetstorm’s focus, in case you missed it, was about all of the unnecessary changes that Verizon had made to the phone that immediately pissed me off as I went about setting the phone up. I’m not talking about bloatware (though that is a part of it) as much as I’m talking about UI changes and feature removals for no good reason. Well, unless that reason is for Verizon to push an agenda or package of services I want absolutely no part of, then I get it.

Now, I don’t mean to throw a fit just for the sake of throwing a fit on a Monday where we were killing time in hopes that we may see the launch of Android Nougat to the stable channel (which happened), it’s just that in 2016, I don’t see why what I had to deal with on Friday is still happening. Samsung, the biggest smartphone seller in the world is essentially still being told how to setup and tweak a phone by Verizon. How is that still a thing? How is Samsung not just selling the phone they made, setup the way they want it setup, everywhere across the globe? (more…)

Reminder: Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) Won’t Receive Nougat Update

For those holding onto a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013), asking if now would be a good time to upgrade, that’s affirmative. With the launch of Android 7.0, it is now official that the Nexus 7 (2013), as well as the Nexus 5, will not receive the latest update to the Android OS.

Should this move shock or dismay anyone? Absolutely not. Google listed the death date for the Nexus 5 as October, 2015 earlier this year. However, even with that date long gone, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are still receiving monthly security updates. According to Google, those updates will last three years from time of release.  (more…)