DROID Turbo to be Updated Straight to Android 5.1

According to Luciano Carvalho, an engineer at Motorola, the DROID Turbo on Verizon is to receive an update straight to Android 5.1, bypassing all versions of Lollipop before it. Not to waste resources, the reasoning to skip other builds is stated to be Verizon’s urge for the device’s software to highlight VoLTE (HD Voice), which is native to Android 5.1. Beyond that, no other reason is listed.  (more…)

Deals: $50 Google Play Credit When You Buy Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear Device – $50 Off Sony Smartwatch Too

From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.

According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015.  (more…)

Google is Now Reviewing Apps Before They are Published on Google Play

Google Play may no longer be the wild west of app stores. In fact, it hasn’t been for quite some time, we just didn’t know it.

This morning, Google announced that several months ago, they began reviewing apps through a “team of experts” who are responsible for identifying violations of their developer policies “earlier in the app lifecycle.” So far, the change hasn’t seemed to impact the time-to-market for developers’ apps, something I’m sure all developers will now be somewhat concerned about. After all, Apple’s app store review process is widely known as being painfully slow, often taking days or weeks to get apps processed and available for download.  (more…)

Shocker: Saygus V2 “Superphone” is Delayed Until May 22

The Saygus V2 “superphone” is delayed. You aren’t surprised at that. I’m certainly not. A small company promising the world out of the gate to drum up buzz, who just before their original targeted shipping date arrives goes silent only to chime in at the last minute with news of a delay? Where have we heard that before? Oh, only with every single crowd-funded tech campaign that has launched within the last couple of years. And let’s not deny what the Saygus V2 is – a crowd-funded smartphone.  (more…)

You Can Finally “Send a Hangouts Message” With Your Voice in Google Now

That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.

You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.

You can finally send a Hangouts message with your voice in Google Now.  (more…)

Motorola Gallery Receives Update With Material Enhancements, Highlight Reel on More Devices

Motorola pushed an update to its Gallery app this afternoon that includes a number of Material Design enhancements, along with a new icon. The update also improves the camera roll view sorting, introduces a “simplified design of Highlight Reel,” adds quicker access for cropping a photo, and should be more stable, on all supported devices.

The update should be live on Google Play.  (more…)

Deal: Add a Waterproof Jive Jumbo Bluetooth Speaker to Your Life for Just $23

I can think of a number of situations where I may want some music to be playing but wouldn’t need (or want) the best sounding, most expensive Bluetooth speaker on the market. There are those times – like say, at the beach or a friend’s BBQ or while camping or when in the shower – where you would be better off using an incredibly durable Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof, sounds good enough, yet doesn’t break the bank. For those times, you may want to consider something like the Jive Jumbo waterproof Bluetooth speaker, which is available for a limited time in the DL deals shop for just $22.95.

This is one of those speakers that suctions to a variety of surfaces, carries an IPX7 waterproof rating, and works with pretty much any device equipped with Bluetooth. You could drop this thing in a pool, rinse it off in a sink, probably let your dog chew on it for a minute, and then toss it in the bottom of the bag for use at the next summer gathering that involves too much booze. This isn’t the best speaker on Earth, but it is an affordable option that could come  in handy in a pinch.

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DAT DEAL: Brand New Nexus 7 (2013) for $149 From Groupon

I still don’t get how Groupon has this many brand new Nexus 7 (2013) tablets lying around their warehouses, but they do, even after all these months. We are talking about a tablet of Google’s that is almost two years old and hasn’t been sold by Google in I don’t even know how long. We wrote up a similar deal from Groupon two months ago, yet here we are in mid-March, telling you about the same discounted tablet of Google’s. But hey, the tablet is still solid for an Android tablet! Why not buy one?

The deal is this – a brand new 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for just $149. This tablet originally sold for $229, so that’s a decent $80 discount. It’s already running Lollipop, has a solid high-res display, and is compact enough that you may even be able to toss one in your JNCOs at Marilyn Manson shows.

Still need an Android tablet, but don’t want to dent the bank account? Here you go.

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