BBM Gets PayPal Integration for Device-to-Device Payments

If you are still hanging on to your BBM PIN and are a fan of that Priv thing, we have good news for you! Blackberry’s BBM got a big update today on a variety of platforms, but on Android we care about the fact that it now has PayPal integration. So, as the feature rolls out to all, you will be able to easily share funds from your PayPal account to friends. It’ll look like the image above.

Also in the update, you can subscribe to the BBM Sticker Club for use of hundreds of sticker packs and customize the font used within your BBM conversations. That’s neat.

The full list of newness across platforms is below.  (more…)

ASUS Zenwatch 2 Lands on Google Store for $149

While everyone else in the smartwatch industry is trying to make the most high-end option available, with golds and fine leathers and fancy boxes and circular displays, ASUS is quietly still making affordable options. The ASUS Zenwatch 2 is just that and it’s available now through the Google Store for $149. Well, to be accurate, it went up for sale on September 29, shortly after Google’s event, but it’s now front and center on the Google Store, letting us know that it’s there for the taking.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: October 2, 2015

Holy sh*t, what a week. Not only did we get two new Nexus phones, but Google introduced two new Chromecast devices, a new tablet, told us when Marshmallow is coming, and announced a Google Music family plan. But even if you look outside that stuff, we reviewed the OnePlus 2 and Moto 360 (2nd gen), watched LG unveil a new flagship phone that isn’t a Nexus, and shook our fist at Experian for exposing our personal information.

Talk about action packed. Talk about awesome. Be sure to catch up because there was a lot you may have missed.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Hitman GO, LIMBO, True Skate, and More

With this latest list of apps and games available at a discounted price on Google Play, there’s no way you will be bored over the weekend. There a few hugely popular titles up at a discounted price, such as LIMBO, Hitman GO, and True Skate, plus even a few lesser known titles that I can vouch for such as God of Blades, Back to Bed, and Machinarium.

Other titles include a couple from the Final Fantasy franchise, ProShot (a camera app), Grim Legends, Epic War TD 2, and Age of Pirates RPG Elite.

Check out the full list below and find something you like.  (more…)

Samsung Gear S2 Unboxing!

The Samsung Gear S2 is now available at select retailers here in the US with a starting price of $299. To say that this is the first Samsung smartwatch to be taken seriously and worth at least considering, is probably an understatement. It features a beautiful round AMOLED display, solid specs, a clean minimal design, and works with all Android phones. It could also be a much needed alternate to Android Wear.

With that in mind, we went ahead and put together a quick unboxing of a Gear S2 to kick off the review process. Smartwatches are supposedly the next big thing, so we understand that a number of you are probably interested in what this particular watch has to offer.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 95

This afternoon, Episode 95 of the Droid Life Show shall take place, and boy, do we have a lot to talk about. It was Nexus week, meaning we will go over our thoughts on all of Google’s new offerings, and Kellen will provide his opinion on each device (since he spent some good time with them).

We’ll also cover the announcement of LG’s new V10 smartphone, Kellen will go over his final take on the Moto 360 (2nd Gen), we will share our thoughts on the Gear S2 that we have in-house, and we will announce the start of a GoFundMe campaign in an attempt to afford TAG’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch.

We will kick the show off live at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern). We have a live video embedded below, along with an IRC chat, so you can kick it with us during the show.  (more…)

Motorola to Shut Down Moto Migrate and Moto Assist for Marshmallow Users

To cut down on redundancy, Motorola announced today that with the future update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, owners will no longer see Moto Assist, Moto Migrate, and Chrome extension support through Motorola Connect.

The reason stated for these removals is quite simple. With the launch of Marshmallow, features that Motorola offered with these applications are now built in natively to Android, meaning that their existence is no longer required. Instead of working against Android, Motorola will opt to work with it, removing their software from devices following the update.  (more…)

Verizon and AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) Apparently Won’t Get Android 6.0 Updates

Motorola just posted a list of its phones that will receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The list includes no real surprises, but a number of you noticed that in the mention of the Moto X (2nd gen), Motorola only listed the Pure Edition and no carrier variants. We originally just assumed that they left the carrier models off the list because they are working with carriers to decide what to do there, but according to Motorola’s forums manager, the decision has already been made. The decision isn’t a good one either.  (more…)