Thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5 from an iPhone User [Opinion]

Late last year I was sitting in my car playing with my tiny iPhone 5c. I had just finished reviewing the Sony Z3v and it dawned on me. I missed Android. I started messaging with everyone at Droid Life and within a few minutes I decided I was going to switch to Android. I have an upgrade coming up in October so I figured I would upgrade to the Note 5 since it would be the latest phone out then. Then I got to spend some time with the Galaxy S6. It was a great phone with some shortcomings, but surely the Note 5 would be the phone for me.

More time passed and I continued to evaluate. Would the Note 5 meet my needs? Can I live with a more advanced OS that doesn’t get apps or updates first? Can I give up iMessage for SMS? I had lots of questions and few answers. Read on to get my impressions of the Galaxy Note 5 and what I decided.  (more…)

Video: Using Android Wear on iOS!

What’s it like to use an Android Device on iOS, through an iPhone 6? We paired up a Moto 360 (yes, it works) and took it for a spin this morning to find out.

As you can imagine, the experience isn’t as fully featured as it is on Android. You don’t have access to all of your favorite 3rd party Android Wear apps from Google Play, because well, this is iOS and the Apple Appstore, not Google Play. It’s probably unlikely that Apple is going to let Android Wear apps show up or be available for install to an Android Wear watch any time soon either, so yeah, that’s just a part of the deal that Google likely understood going in.  (more…)

Moto 360 Can Pair With Android Wear on iOS After All

Google just announced that Android Wear had come to iOS, while also introducing the Apple users of the world to this concept called choice. But along with that announcement, they mentioned that only the LG Watch Urbane, plus a bunch of soon-to-be-released watches were capable of working with iOS at this time, not any older Android Wear devices like the Moto 360. That (unsurprisingly) bummed a number of you out.

To make sure that Google wasn’t fibbing on us a bit, we decided to see if we could pair a Moto 360 with an iPhone on the new Android Wear iOS app. Turns out, it worked! Look!  (more…)

Android Wear Comes to iOS (Updated)

The day has finally come, and the potential Android Wear customer base has now grown exponentially. Starting this week, Android Wear works on iOS, with all many of the same features that Android users get. It has the Google Now cards, a few native applications, fitness tracking, and more.

Supported iPhones (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) will be able to access all of the same helpful information Android users see, with the exception to the vast array of custom watch faces found on Google Play. Google states there will be a curated set of 3rd-party faces that are usable, but for now, your choices seem somewhat limited.  (more…)

Chrome for iOS Gets Another Cool Gesture Not in the Android Version

A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted this really cool swiping gesture in the iOS version of Chrome that allowed you to swipe down to refresh (like in Android), but also close or open a new tab. It’s super neat and we weren’t able to hide our jealousy at the time.

While we still wish Google would find a way to add that functionality into the Android version, an update to Chrome on iOS that was released today adds yet another gesture we wouldn’t mind having on this side of the mobile world.  (more…)

It’s #WorldEmojiDay! What’s Your Go-To Emoji?

🔥🔥🔥 It’s World Emoji Day! Trust me, I’m with you in wondering why that’s a thing 👀, but hey, it is. Embrace it or it’s going to be a long day on Twitter, my friends.

So, to show our support, let’s all share that go-to 👍 emoji that you seem to use over and over again. You know you have one. It’s the emoji that’s so convenient as it sits in your recently used list that you can’t help but tap it, even though deep in that emoji mind, you really wish you had the ❤ to branch out and be more creative like that friend of yours who always seems to have the perfect emoji for every situation. “Dammit, 🌊🌊🌊 wave emoji in our beach conversation! Why didn’t I think of that!” you constantly find yourself saying. It’s OK, the 😛 tongue face was cute…for the fifth time today. “Wait, I just typed out ‘peace’ but he went ✌!” It’s 👌, one day you’ll figure out that emoji are great word replacements. That is the point after all. Come 💪, today. This is the day.

What you got. 😎

YouTube App for Android and iOS Now Supports Playback at 60fps

The official YouTube application for both Android and iOS flipped a switch this morning, allowing mobile viewers to watch select videos in 60fps. I say select videos, since not all videos on YouTube are uploaded at 60fps. However, there is a healthy selection of content creators who upload in high resolution and frame rate, so finding high quality content to consume on your mobile device should not be an issue.  (more…)