Tip: You Can Take Easier Screenshots in Android Wear 5.0.1

With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear, we not only got a whole bunch of useful tweaks to the experience, including official watch face support, but Google also made the process of taking screenshots insanely easy. For those not familiar with screenshots on Android Wear, just know that before the 5.0.1 update, it involved adb, way too much typing to do such a simple task, and the pushing and pulling of all the things. Now, you can snap screenies with the tap of a couple of buttons in the Android Wear companion app.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

  • Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
  • Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
  • Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
  • DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
  • G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
  • OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
  • One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
  • Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
  • Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 268 Votes)

Total Voters: 15,077

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Coffee is a Voice-Free SMS App for Android Wear With Hundreds of Pre-Loaded Messages

Like the idea of being able to send messages through an Android Wear device without having to pull out your phone? OK, that’s good because that’s one of the platform’s best features. But what about those times where you don’t want to use your voice to dictate those messages or attempt to type on one of those horrifyingly bad smartwatch keyboards? Well, you could use Coffee, an SMS app for Android Wear that has hundreds of pre-loaded messages for you to send to contacts.   (more…)

Google App Update Wednesday: Maps, Camera, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, and So Damn Many More

You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.

Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.

Go get ‘em!  (more…)

OnePlus Celebrates 1-Year Birthday With $15 Power Bank, Announcement of New ROM, Open One Sales

Can you believe it? OnePlus actually survived an entire year of existence. I say that because well, they made so many mistakes throughout that pissed so many people off, that it surprises me a little. While the phone they made is still one of our top of 2014 (our review), the road leading up to, during, and after the One’s launch was beyond rocky.

But hey, congrats to a year, OnePlus. Hopefully you learned a lot in 2014. 2015 is going to be a big year, and even though the last year was tough to swallow, we are still interested in what you are up to.  (more…)

Deal: 3 Different VPN Deals to Choose From, Some at 70% Off

We currently have a set of three VPN deals for you to consider right now in the DL Deals shop. A couple of them are at least 70% off, all are for multiple years, and of course, they all also include access through Android devices. I can’t necessarily say that buying VPN services has ever topped my X-Mas wishlist, but hey, it’s never too late to start taking internet security seriously.

With a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you get to access the internet with an encrypted, secure connection which means your information is hidden as you browse. VPN’s also let you dance around blocked or restricted content, can protect your WiFi connection when on public networks, and can even bypass some ISP restrictions.

The three deals we have running start at $19 and go all the way up to $110. Below, you will find each along with a list of its top features. (more…)