Question of the Day: Has Hardware Design Reached a Plateau?

In a recent discussion posted online between Vodafone and Warren Saunders, Sony’s UK and Ireland Sales Director, Saunders talks about the new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Early in the talks, Saunders states that when it comes down to a buyer deciding between the larger Xperia Z3 and the smaller Z3 Compact, it’s simply, “a choice thing.” With almost identical internal specs, the question is, do buyers want a big phone or a not-so-big phone?

But more importantly, and the actual reason for this post, is that Saunders alludes to one very important theory within this discussion. To him, it appears that hardware/design innovations have essentially reached a plateau, and companies like Sony, will begin to focus more on a cohesive package across multiple devices.  (more…)

5 Fresh Icon Packs: Alos, Sawyer, Etched, Balx, and Tenuix

Within days of posting our last “5 fresh icon packs” feature, another 10 or so quickly popped up on our radar to be featured in the next round-up. I feel like I say this almost every time, but icon designers just keep getting better and better even though you would figure that ideas from this scene would plateau or stall for a while. Thankfully, that hasn’t even come close to happening, which is evidenced by the five packs we have to feature today.

We have packs that carry a vintage vibe, others that put a better spin on Apple’s flat iOS theme, and even one that puts to use the floating circle button from Google’s Material Design. If you can’t find a pack in this round-up to slap on your phone, then I’m not sure you have any taste.  (more…)

Deal: Lithium Card is a Wallet-Sized Power Bank for $39

Power banks or battery packs are something that we think most people should own. You don’t need to own a big 15,000mAh pack, by any means, but you never know when you might need some extra juice to power your phone in a pinch.

A power bank like the Lithium Card, which is currently discounted on our DL Deals site and was an Indiegogo sensation, is a great option for those without a big budget or a lot of room. The Lithium Card is a wallet-sized (5 credit cards thick) battery pack that holds 1,200mAh of power and can charge up to 1% of battery per minute. That may not be enough to get you a full battery refill, but some times you only need just enough to get you through the rest of a day.

To see reviews, comments, and specs for the Lithium Card, hit up the deal link below.

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Ten iOS 8 Features Your Apple Friends Are Freaking Out About

Below are the top ten features your friends who use iOS devices are probably freaking out about at the moment. Maybe some of them simply cannot believe how revolutionary iOS 8 is, but hopefully they recognize that a lot of iOS 8 is just Apple catching up to Google and features its Android platform has had for years. On the other hand, some of these improvements would be great to have on Android.  (more…)

Deal: Fundamentals of Android Programming for $19, It’s Time to Build Your Own Apps

Interested in creating your own apps? Don’t you want to be the person responsible for the next Flappy Bird or Goat Simulator? Thanks to a deal currently running in the Droid Life Deals section, you could be well on your way. For just $19 (regularly $99), you could learn and master the fundamentals of Android programming.

The program helps you learn to use all of the tools needed to make your own apps. It features 9.5 hours of content and over 105 lectures, including a video course. Topics include app components and APIs, creating a user interface, adding animations, and more.

  • Over 105 lectures and 9.5 hours of content
  • Learn The Skills Required To Build Apps For Android
  • No Programming Knowledge Required
  • Highly Detailed – Covers Everything You Need To Know
  • Receive A Certificate Of Completion

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