The Droid Life Show: Episode 112 – Moto Z and OnePlus 3, Wee!

On today’s Thursday-edition episode of the DL Show, we’ll sit down to recap the hectic yet fun past week in Android. As you all know, the last week included the unveiling of three phones, the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and OnePlus 3, but also gave us the Android N Developer Preview 4. We’ve had our hands on it all and have plenty of thoughts to share.

Assuming we have time, we’ll also talk a bit about Apple’s latest WWDC, the Galaxy S7 Active, and our new favorite Twitter app.

Join us at 1:00PM Pacific (4:00PM Eastern) for the fun. (more…)

WWDC 2016 Live Blog: Incredibly Beautiful Innovation of Fantastic Amazement

Another year has gone by and still no media invite from Apple to attend WWDC. What gives, Apple? Don’t you appreciate our input? Maybe not, but that’s cool, we are still going to provide it.

As for what you should expect from Apple this morning, the rumors include an updated iOS (duh), updated OSX (double duh), plus new versions of watchOS and tvOS. Oh boy! More importantly, at least for Android folk, it is rumored that Apple will launch iMessage for Android, which would actually be huge. It was also rumored we could see new hardware, such as an updated MacBook Pro, but that may not be happening after all.  (more…)

Can We Get a Better Digital Assistant Without Violating Our Privacy? [Opinion]

AI, or artificial intelligence, is an old idea, but it’s still probably the most important technological leap that we’ve yet to make. We’ve been inching closer with things like Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, but we are still so far away. As we inch closer, though, there’s an implementation battle happening. The question we have been asking for the past few years is whether Google will get better at design faster than Apple will get better at web services. I think the new question we need to wrestle with is, can Apple make better apps and services without violating our privacy faster than Google can do so by hoarding all of our information and possibly violating our privacy?
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WWDC 2015 Live Blog! Incredible. Beautiful. Fantastic. Great. Amazing.

Apple’S WWDC 2015 is happening this morning, in case you didn’t already know. WWDC doesn’t stand for “What Would (Jesus) Do (in) Charades” or “Willy Wonka Dots Candy” or “Where’s Waldo, Dammit, Come’on!” It stands for “Worldwide Developer Conference.” Forget the fact that Apple is using two Ws out of Worldwide, which is one word, and focus on the fact that we shall once again live blog the hell out of the happenings. Yes! Another DL Apple live blog is upon us.

I don’t need to explain why we cover these events, do I? Good.

So what is Apple going to call amazing, great, beautiful (x100), extraordinary, phenomenal, wonderful, gorgeous (x5), magnificent, exciting, amazingly remarkable, incredible (x26), advanced, and magical, this time around?  (more…)

New iOS 8 Features That Android Actually Needs to Adopt

Apple is done with its WWDC keynote, where they introduced a bunch of new features for iOS 8, plus a new version of OS X called Yosemite. We poked fun at a handful of them already, but believe it or not, we are also capable of giving props when we see something cool or that we would like to see on Android at some point. I know, I know, you are probably wondering what I have been drinking over the last couple of hours, but hang with me for a second. You have to admit that Apple is really doing a great job at making all of the experiences seamless from iPhone to iPad to computer. They are also doing a pretty impressive job when it comes to making it easy to get in touch with or share things with the people you chat with the most.

So here we go – these are the iOS 8 features that were introduced today that we actually found to be pretty cool. Feel free to agree or disagree, of course. (more…)

3rd Party Widgets, Keyboards, and Sharing All Finally Coming to iOS

After reinventing the keyboard with predictive text in iOS 8, and trying its hand at Google Now-like integration and Google Voice, Apple moved on to a new SDK feature that they are calling “Extensions,” today at WWDC. What are extensions? Well, they do a number of things, like enable 3rd party widgets, sharing, and keyboards. Impressive, right?

So those keyboards, like Swype, Swiftkey, or any of the other four-dozen keyboards on Android that you all have had available for years, could potentially make their way to Apple, so that you could avoid using that impossible-to-type-on Apple ‘board. Apple enthusiasts should be throwing the biggest party in history, just for that announcement alone. (more…)

Apple Copies Every Android Keyboard on Earth, Introduces QuickType Predictive Text

Hey, WWDC is happening (our live blog is here) and we are beginning our list of things that Apple has invented in the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. If you didn’t catch the sarcasm in that line, what I really mean is, a list of features that have been on Android for years that Apple is just now getting to.

First up, QuickType, a feature added to Apple’s keyboard. What does QuickType do? It predicts what you want to type by showing you suggestions. Think Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, Swype, and every other keyboard introduced on Android since, I don’t know, 2011?

More reinventions on the way.  (more…)

Live Blog: Apple’s WWDC 2014 – Incredible. Beautiful. Fantastic. Great. Amazing.

Today, is WWDC day. In other words, all of tech stops to watch and see what Apple has reinvented to make the world a better place. This is the kick-off to Apple’s developer conference, which typically means we will see big updates to iOS and OSX. There may be new hardware involved, but this week is often reserved for the software side of things.

As Apple announces new features and versions of their operating systems, Android fans will sit back with a smirk and say things like, “We have been doing that on Android forever – how is that new?” or “Welcome to 2010, Apple fans.” Apple fans will respond back with, “But Apple did it better!” It’s a silly time, really, but one that we love to participate in. After all, the competition between Apple and Android hasn’t really slowed over the years. Tech fans are an opinionated bunch who like to take sides. (more…)