Recap: Motorola’s Software Hangout With Executive Punit Soni

A lot of us have been skeptical about what is to become of Motorola Mobility when Lenovo finishes up acquiring them from Google. Motorola’s Punit Soni sat down to clear some things up and field software-related questions from a live audience recently, and a couple noteworthy details emerged. In case you were not able to join in the festivities live, we have compiled the main points down below. (more…)

Contest: Two Nest Thermostats Up for Grabs From Droid Life!

Since Google is now selling its Nest Thermostat on Google Play, and we know that the $249 price for something like a home thermostat is turning more than a few of you off, we wanted to give a couple away. We have been Nest users for over a year now (our review) and still think it’s one of the best Android accessories you will ever purchase. To say that we wish everyone could experience a Nest, is an understatement.

But again, the $249 price tag is no joke, so to help ease the wallet strain on a couple of you, we have two to give away to the DL community.

The contest, like others, uses Rafflecopter to give you multiple chances for entry, while also making it easy to manage on our end. You don’t have to do all of the steps below, but the more you do, the more entries you will receive.

Ready to turn your home into a smart home?  (more…)

Nest is Now Available on Google Play for $249

Not that you should be shocked by this, since we broke news on it yesterday, but Google is now selling Nest Thermostats through Google Play for $249.

For those new to the Nest, you are looking at a thermostat that couples beautiful design with the ability to learn from your life to help save you money and make temperature control something less painful than it ever has been before. It can be controlled via mobile and web apps remotely, learns from your daily schedule, will set itself to auto-away if it doesn’t sense your presence, sends you monthly energy consumption reports, and can be easily installed by you. It’s an awesome product, even at its $249 price.  (more…)

LG G Watch to Come in Champagne Gold Too, With Always-on Display

It seems gold has become a mandatory color option for manufacturers in the consumer electronics field, as we now know that the upcoming LG G Watch will boast a “champagne” gold color option alongside the previously seen black model. And it’s hot.

LG also went ahead and posted a new website for the new G Watch, with interactive galleries, feature highlights, and more. (more…)

Did the @GoogleNexus Account Just Show Us the New Blue Dialer?

Did the official @GoogleNexus account Tweet an image of an unreleased Dialer while responding to a question on Twitter? Perhaps. In response to a Nexus user who was looking for help finding call duration time, the official account included an image of the call details page that doesn’t look like the current call details page on my Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.2. It won’t look like yours either. No sir, this appears to be new.  (more…)

Google Preparing to Sell the Nest on Google Play? (Updated)

Once Google had acknowledged that it was acquiring Nest, the smart-home accessory manufacturer, we sort of wondered if they would ever use Google Play to help sell devices. While no announcement or movement has happened thus far, we noticed today that on Google Play’s support pages for available devices, they list Nest as being available on Google Play in the US, UK, and Canada. That is interesting for the simple fact that the device isn’t actually available on Google Play in any of those countries.

So we are now curious – is Google about to make the Nest available for purchase directly through Google Play? Tough to tell, but why else would they list the device as available in those select countries on a Google Play devices support page.  (more…)

Google Hangouts Updated to v2.1.075 – Simplified Contact List, Merged SMS Conversations, Widget

Google Hangouts on Android received a major update today to version 2.1.075. The update introduces a merged conversation list that combines SMS and Hangouts from the same recipient. Through that conversation, you can tell Hangouts how you’d like to send new messages to that person via switch. You can also tell the difference between messages that are sent via SMS or as a standard Hangouts message.

The update also includes a simplified contact list with two main sections for phone contacts and people you Hangout with. Google even included a Hangouts widget for your home screen and improved performance throughout things like video calls.

The full changelog is below, along with an .apk download link.  (more…)

AT&T Wants to Expand Its “Ultra-Fast” Fiber Network to 100 Markets

Back in February, Google announced that it would entertain the idea of bringing its ultra-high speed Fiber internet to nine new markets. This morning, AT&T tried to crush that number by announcing that it would look at up to 100 new markets for its “ultra-fast” Fiber network, 21 of which are major metropolitan areas.

Like Google, AT&T isn’t saying that all of these cities and municipalities are guaranteed to get Fiber, but that they will work with local leaders to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities. In other words, there really is no sure thing here, it’s completely up to the local markets to get the ball rolling. (more…)