Google is celebrating the Google Store’s first birthday, and to do so, it is offering $50 off both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. For the Nexus 5X, which starts at $349 for the 16GB model, you can purchase this device for $299. Need something a little larger? The Nexus 6P, typically priced starting at $499 for the 32GB model, can be bought for $449. (more…)
In 2012, Google acquired Nik, the company behind Snapseed. After bringing Snapseed to Android, the collection of Nik plug-ins for desktop photo editing clients, such as Photoshop, were still available for purchase at $150. However, as of this week, the entire Nik Collection is free to download for anyone and everyone to use. (more…)
Fancy yourself a developer? Miss out on your chance to attend Google I/O this year? Well, Google is offering folks with Android development skills the opportunity to submit an Android Experiment, and one lucky winner will showcase their experiment live at Google I/O to attendees. If you don’t win the grand prize, don’t worry, runner-ups will receive a Nexus 6P. (more…)
No matter how much we love a particular phone, at some point, it’s going to get old and not function as well as the newer phones. This is why we upgrade every year or so. Apple announced the iPhone SE this week, basically an iPhone 5 body with updated internals, which put this thought in our head. If you had your choice of one phone to be “remade” with the latest specs, do you have a phone in mind you would like to see this happen for? (more…)
As the Android ecosystem has grown, it’s become apparent that many Android users, some of our readers included, are splitting up into what I see as cliche cliques. Years ago, when I first started visiting Droid Life as just a reader, we all united behind a common goal. That goal was to essentially show iOS users that our seedling mobile OS was going to be awesome, one day running on the majority of smartphones throughout the world. After all, iPhone users were the apparent pompous elitists who poo-pooed anything other than iOS.
It’s 2016 now, and wouldn’t you know, Android is massive. In late 2015, Google revealed that there were 1.4 billion Android activations to date across the globe, and undoubtedly, that number continues to grow each day. The issue is, not all of these activations are the same phone, or even close for that matter, while iOS activations are united by similarities with each phone released by Apple. Each year, the iPhone sees a slight hardware and software upgrade, and each year, the same people upgrade to it. It’s basically an ever-growing family of people with the same smartphone experience. On Android, the experience on each phone differs greatly, and because of this, Android users of one particular phone will see users of a different phone as an enemy. They will argue about specifications, hardware design, software updates, OEM skins, and the list goes on. (more…)
When you come back from a trip, many times, you will upload a few photos to social media, but the rest get lost on your device, never to see the light of day. Thanks to an incoming update for Google Photos, Google’s photo service will intelligently suggest a new album for you, and will automatically place your best photos from your trip into an album. (more…)
This morning, Google and VIZIO announced new P-Series TVs with Google Cast support built directly into the display. What does that mean? Well, that means that you don’t need a Chromecast in order to Cast all of your favorite content to your new VIZIO TV. They also announced new soundbars and speakers that all support Google Cast. (more…)
Apple took the stage this morning and announced the iPhone SE, a premium iPhone device that does not compromise on specs. More interestingly, Apple claimed that people were begging for a small display, so the iPhone SE only features a 4.0″ display. Compare that to many Android flagships and we can safely label that as a minuscule screen.
For comparison, the Galaxy S7 features a 5.1″ display, the Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.5″ display, and the Nexus 6P features a 5.7″ display. Picture a Nexus 6P (same specs), but with a 4.0″ display. Is that something you would buy? Or maybe a 4.0″ Galaxy S7 Mini?
If an Android OEM produced a high-end device that only featured a 4.0″ display, would you be interested?