2014 is over, in a day or so. That means we are reflecting on the year that was, the phones that took up a major portion of our lives, which apps were the best out of the hundreds of new ones, and which storylines dominated these airwaves. But in the end, this site’s coverage really revolves around two things – what comes out of Google (Android, services, Google Play, etc.) and which phones are the best in the world. The Google stuff will be discussed in varying ways over the next day, so for now, it’s time to focus on the best phones of the year. (more…)
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?
What is the Android Phone of the Year?
- Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
- Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
- Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
- DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
- G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
- OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
- One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
- Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
- Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
- Other (2%, 268 Votes)
Total Voters: 15,077
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With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.
As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)
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Add the LG G3 to Verizon’s list of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) ready devices. An update is rolling out today that includes Advanced Calling 1.0, which is Verizon’s on-device service that enables VoLTE, with HD Voice and video calling. The update also brings updates for massive amounts of bloatware, along with new versions of many of LG’s own apps, like Contacts, Email, and the Camera. (more…)
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