YouTube Music Now Available for Android, Try it Free for 14 Days

YouTube Music is now available on Android and iOS (US only), bringing together a one-stop shop for all things music videos. Upon opening the app, you are shown suggestions, and after a single click on whatever you like, a station is created to cater music that you will hopefully enjoy. YouTube Music brings together the entire catalog of tunes found on the service, which is millions.

The app features an Audio-only mode, plus an Offline Mixtape mode that pre-downloads songs you will like for playback even when you are not connected to data. On the Home tab, you will find recommended tracks, plus added suggestions based on your already existing viewing habits. Other tabs include Popular or “Fire,” and a “Like” tab for tracks you have previously liked for easy rediscovery.  (more…)

Google Announces Cellular Support for Android Wear

Back in September, LG announced a new variant of its Watch Urbane line that featured an LTE radio for connecting to cellular networks. As you are probably imagining, the point of having LTE in a watch is to let you leave your phone at home and still be able to keep full connectivity. We can debate for days over whether or not the world needs this kind of connectivity in a wrist watch, but that’s not what this post is about. You see, LG went ahead and announced an LTE-ready watch without Google having yet announced support for such a feature for its wearable platform, Android Wear. Last night, they did just that as the watch begins to make its way to retailers.  (more…)

TAG Heuer Connected Unboxing and Tour!

Well, we went ahead and grabbed the TAG Heuer Connected. Yep, the $1,500 Android Wear watch from the Swiss luxury watch maker is in house and almost on wrist (once it charges). We figured, hey, this is the first true “luxury” Android Wear device and we should probably see what the experience is all about. While I’m sure there aren’t a whole bunch of you lining up to spend that kind of money on a watch that will more than likely be outdated in a year or so, it’s still an important moment in the history of smartwatches and should be tackled by someone. That someone might as well be us.  (more…)

Report: Google is Considering Building Its Own Smartphone From Scratch

What if Google were to go the Apple route for its next smartphone? That would be controlling the entire process, from designing the chipset used to the entire manufacturing process and design of the body, alongside development of the software it runs. According to The Information, the search company is currently having internal discussions about this topic, though there isn’t exactly any word on Google signing off and moving forward.  (more…)

Google Maps on Android Gets Offline Navigation Today

Back at Google I/O, Google told us to expect full offline navigation in Google Maps before the year was up. Today, they delivered on the promise, at least on Android. Noting that 60% of the world is without Internet, you are more than likely going to be in a situation during your life where access to Google Maps may come in handy, even though you don’t have any sort of data connection.

With Google Maps offline navigation, you can download a map ahead of time, so that when you need it, you’ll have use of turn-by-turn navigation and the option to search for places, where you can then see information about them, including hours of operation and their rating. It’s basically a Google Maps experience, only without the need to be connected to WiFi or a cell tower.  (more…)

Nexus 6P and 5X Owners, Thoughts on Your New Phone?

Many of you recently bought the Nexus 6P or 5X, according to this poll of ours. I can’t say that I can find any fault in those purchase decisions either, since Tim and I each left mostly glowing reviews of each, the Nexus 6P review in particular. In fact, the 6P may be the phone of the year. But because this here Droid Life community benefits when its readers get to share their opinions as well, we want to do that today.

In the comments, we are opening up for conversation about your early thoughts with either phone. We want to know if you love, like, or hate your new phone. We want to know specifics on favorite features, reports on battery life, and what you think of these new 12.3MP cameras that Google is using. We want to know which color, storage size, etc., you chose because I’m sure there are others contemplating all of these things. We want to know if you had 5X performance issues like I did, or if your 6P bends or has seen its rear-window crack. We want to know it all.

Ready? Go!

In 2 Years, TAG Heuer Will Let You Trade in the Connected for a Mechanical Carrera Watch

TAG Heuer’s first smartwatch, the Connected, is official and available for purchase at $1,500 both online and in select boutiques. For days to come, I’m sure people will debate whether or not that price is either ridiculous (in many ways it is) or makes some sense (it is a product coming from a luxury Swiss watchmaker), but as those conversations happen, you should know about the somewhat-intriguing trade in program that TAG Heuer is doing with this watch.  (more…)