In less than a week, the 2013 NFL season officially kicks off with a showdown between the Broncos and Ravens. If you have been a part of the Droid Life community over the last couple of years, you also know that the start of the season means that our annual eliminator challenge is in store. And like in years past, we’re rewarding the end-of-year winner with a phone of choice, valued at up to $650. Since many of us lost out early last year with a week 2 upset, I think I can speak for the crowd when I say that I can’t wait for this year’s challenge to start.
If you aren’t familiar with NFL eliminators, we have some basic rules for you below, along with a link to more in-depth instructions. The basics are: join for free, pick a winner each week, go the entire season without getting a pick wrong, and you win. It sounds simple, but boy is it tough, especially since you can only use each team once.
According to sources in Silicon Valley, a meeting is taking place which could lead to big news for both Google and NFL fans. DirecTV’s current deal for rights to NFL’s Sunday Ticket subscription package, which costs $1 billion annually for DirecTV, is coming to an end at the end of the 2014 football season. With that said, a group of NFL executives, including commissioner Roger Goodell are holding meetings with several companies to see if a bidding war could take place for the service. (more…)
Since Google Glass hit the streets, many have spoken of the device’s potential game-changing (pun intended) features that could find their way into sports arena across the world. If you could strap Google Glass to the face of today’s top athletes, we could see exactly what they see as they hit a monster home run or make the perfect pass for a game-winning touchdown. The possibilities are practically endless. ESPN was able to get Glass onto the heads of two St. Louis Ram’s players and the team’s general manager, showing them what the future could be like with the help of the device. (more…)
A couple of popular Android apps received updates this morning that make them tablet optimized. NFL Mobile, the Verizon exclusive, now supports bigger screens with a new tablet UI, is ready for the post season, will have live video of select post season games (including the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl), and live audio of all post seasons games.
Flipboard, the popular news feed app that came over from iOS this year, received an update that only lists it as being “bug fixes,” however, it actually introduces a new tablet optimized layout. Instead of flipping up and down to jump between pages and stories, you now flip left and right. It looks a lot like the newest Google Currents, actually – very nice update. (more…)
According to Verizon’s Facebook page, NFL Mobile is free to their customers through the weekend. So if you are interested in catching tonight’s game between the Ravens and Browns on your smartphone, you can do that at no charge. If that game sounds like the snoozefest of the century, then try to relax, because all of Sunday’s action will be available as well. September 27 through October 1 is the promo period.
If you are like me and looked down at your phone a few moments ago, you might have noticed that Google Now had a notification telling you that your favorite NFL team won or lost their game in the past few days. Google rolled out NFL teams to the Sports card a few weeks back but come Sunday, no scores would show up.
An XDA thread that has been brewing over the past few days said that Google knew about the problem and was investigating it and it seems like that was true. You now can get recaps and highlights for your teams from the cards in Google Now since it seems like Google has fixed this bug.
How many of you are still in the Droid Life Eliminator challenge after this week?
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to watch NFL games live, then this new NFL Game Rewind application may be just the thing for you. Made specifically for tablets, Game Rewind allows paid subscription holders to watch full on-demand games of their favorite teams. The service is great, but comes with a huge price tag. For full season access including playoffs and Super Bowl action, you’re looking at a full $70. Ouch. (more…)
Since Friday was the start of a holiday weekend, we wanted to make sure that you all saw our newest contest, the 3rd annual Droid Life NFL Eliminator Challenge. We are giving away a free phone to the winner, in case that helps you decide whether or not you want to join. Even if you aren’t a football fan, you can participate in this by simply picking a single winner each week without much thought. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
If you outlast the competition, you get to pick out a brand new phone up to $650 in value. It doesn’t have to be something that came out recently either, because by the time this is over with, we should be past the holiday season and onto some incredible new phones. So, are you ready to join? (more…)