Don’t Miss These Android Stories: January 31, 2015

I know that the only thing on your mind right now is how many melt-your-brain-hot wings you will consume on Sunday after an 18-pack of Busch Light, but there were actually a ton of major Android stories from the past week that you should catch up on. From a potentially real first look at the new HTC flagship, to all sorts of Galaxy S6 rumors, to big changes in Google Now, to the network-switching-awesomeness that could be Google’s wireless service, we talked about it all. Oh, we also sat down for a DL Show on Friday.

To catch up, run through the quick-hitter list below!  (more…)

Google Now Cards From Your Favorite Apps are Now a Thing, Like a Really Awesome Thing

Google Now and its lovely little cards, the part of Google Search and the Google app that make your life automated, is now so much more powerful thanks to an integration with 3rd party apps for the first time. That’s right, Google just announced that 40 different apps can now present you with Now cards to “help you out with your day-today life,” giving you the info you need right when you decide you need it. This is huge news.  (more…)

Saygus V2 Pre-Registration Opens , Get a Discount on the Phone That Tries to Tick Every Box

The Saygus V2 is a phone we haven’t talked about much here at Droid Life, but it’s clear from our inbox that many of you are interested. And you know what? I get why you would be interested – this phone tries to pack it all (seriously, all of it) in at a reasonable price. So because we don’t want you to miss out on an opportunity to be one of the first to own it (and with a discount), we wanted to point out that pre-registration for the device is now open until February 2.  (more…)

Series 5 Android Collectibles Start to Arrive in Stores, Available Next Week

In a post today to reveal another member of the Series 5 Android collectibles set, Dead Zebra announced that the new box is finally arriving at “respective destinations” and should be available at specialty retailers within a week or two. Also, if you want to buy the set directly from DZ, they should have their own up in the Dead Zebra shop next week.

The official launch details will be announced soon, but next week is next week. Collectors, get your Bitcoin cash ready.  (more…)

Google: We Couldn’t Keep Up With Demand for the Nexus 6

During Google’s investor relations call that took place this afternoon to address their Q4 earnings numbers, CFO Patrick Pichette took a minute to talk about an area of interest to us that they failed to meet demand in – the Nexus 6. Pichette mentioned that while the phone was very well received as a new phone (he actually called it the “Nexus 7″), they had “real issues” and were “unable to secure sufficient inventory” of it to meet demand.  (more…)

Report: Microsoft to Invest in Cyanogen Inc, Hopes to Weaken Google’s Hold on Android

According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, the makers of Windows Phone, which currently holds about 3% of the smartphone marketshare, is set to invest in Cyanogen Inc. While the investment would be for a minority share of a $70 million round, the simple act of fueling Cyanogen’s fire comes off as rather ostentatious.  (more…)

Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Leaves Preview – Word, PowerPoint, Excel Apps All Available

Along with the fun Microsoft Outlook “preview” news from earlier, we wanted to point out Microsoft’s other news of the early hours, that Microsoft Office is out of preview on Android tablets and now available as separate downloads of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. After months of testing from preview participants, the apps are now ready for mass consumption.  (more…)

Microsoft Outlook Preview Lands on Android, Might be Worth a Serious Look

Last night, Microsoft dropped a whole bunch of new apps on our laps that help round out their Office presence on Android. Not only did they take their Office preview out of “preview” with new apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but they released an email app that you may want to give a serious look at. Yep, Microsoft Outlook is now available on Android.  (more…)