Update: Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.
An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.
To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates. (more…)
Last year, right around this time, we asked our community which OEM they would like to see create the next Nexus device in partnership with Google. With 42% of the vote, Motorola was the landslide victor. Now here we are in 2015, with likely quite a few of you sitting at a desk with a Motorola-made Nexus 6 by your side. Funny how things work out, yes?
So, to keep up with the opinions and views of our readers, we would like to ask you the exact same question, one year later. Now that most major OEMs have had their shot at creating a Nexus device, all but Sony, which OEM would you like to make the next Nexus device?
Did Motorola do such a good job on the Nexus 6 that you would like them to do another? Is it Samsung’s turn to give it another shot? And what about HTC and its Nexus 9 tablet? Did HTC do such a good job with that tablet hardware that they have earned your trust for another Nexus smartphone? Or, just maybe, is it Sony’s turn in 2015?
More importantly, and something we have all probably thought about, but what about the name? We have had the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now Nexus 6. But we can’t have a Nexus 7 smartphone in 2015, since that already exists in tablet form. What is Google going to do there? Your guess is as good as ours.
Throw your thoughts down below on who should make it and what it should be called.
Sony’s SmartWatch 3 featuring Stainless Steel is set to release across the globe this week, following its unveiling at CES in January. The company stated, “We designed SmartWatch 3 stainless steel with a sleek look and feel, paying homage to contemporary timepiece styling,” in a blog post to announce the upcoming availability. (more…)
If you aren’t one of the 720,000 people who already own an Android Wear device, but feel like it’s time to join the growing crowd for days like today, check out the current deal running on the Sony Smartwatch 3 through Verizon. At 20% off, you can pickup one of the most feature-packed Android Wear devices for $199, down from its $249 price tag on Google Play.
As a recap, the Smartwatch 3 runs Android Wear just like the Moto 360 and G Watch R do, but it also includes a GPS, so you can take it offline (away from your phone) and still track activity. This is one of the few (maybe only) that has a GPS, making the Smartwatch 3 an awesome fitness tracker for runners or those who take activities outdoors.
The Smartwatch 3 also has a 1.6-inch LCD display, 420mAh battery, quad-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, and is IP68 water and dust resistant.
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With reports from around the web claiming we may end up not seeing the Xperia Z4 at MWC, Sony has gone ahead and announced a different phone instead this morning, the Xperia E4.
By no means a high-end flagship, the Xperia E4 features a 5″ qHD display (960×540), 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HSPA+ connectivity, 2300mAh battery capable of providing 2 days of juice, and runs Lollipop out of the box. (more…)
On Tuesday, we started a new feature called “You Decide,” which is a reader-driven, vote-style competition between a handful of products decided upon by you, hence the name. “You Decide” could be a competition between phones or tablets or Bluetooth speakers or apps, but the idea is that the DL community uses their voices and opinions to pick a winner. It’s not necessarily the most serious of competitions. However, when someone is going to buy their next phone and starts comparing a handful of options, we would love to be able to present them not only our opinions on the matter, but yours too.
For our first “You Decide,” we picked three flagship phones that came out in 2014 that are all still very much relevant, the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, and OnePlus One. You could even argue that these three are very underrated, almost underdog type phones, especially when compared to the amount of coverage given to the Galaxys, Ones, and Nexus 6s of the world. (more…)
Part of the beauty in doing what we do on a daily basis is that we get to offer up a lot of our own opinions on Android, tech, and world happenings. Droid Life is this great platform for expression and we take advantage of that more often than not. You may not always agree with what we say. In fact, we hope that you don’t, because that’s what makes our world great – people should have their own opinions on everything, especially when it comes to consumer tech.
So with that in mind, we wanted to start up a new type of post for 2015 and see where it goes. Rather than a top 5 list from us (that you likely won’t agree with), we figured we would instead turn to you for expert analysis, opinion, and bold statements. This is your opportunity to tell the world which is the best, which isn’t, and why. (more…)
What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside. (more…)