The Droid Life Show: Episode 44 kicks off tonight at its usual time of 6PM PST, 9PM EST. This is our second to last show of the 2013 year, and you know what, we are quite saddened by this. But don’t worry, we think 2014 has major things in store for the Android world, and we have our arms wide open for whatever it is. Tonight, the full DL crew will be in attendance, covering Google’s blitzkrieg of device releases yesterday (we should have ours in hand soon), and a vast variety of other subjects. You won’t want to miss it.
Tonight’s show kicks off around 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern). A live video broadcast will be embedded below closer to the start of the show. Until then, feel free to hang out in the Droid Life IRC room.
AT&T might soon be reducing the subsidies for the devices sold on its network. The wireless operator CEO Randall Stephenson feels that the carrier can no longer afford to fund the maintenance and upgrade cycles of the smartphones it sells.
At an investor’s conference in NY the AT&T said that the smartphone penetration is at over 75% currently and as it approaches 90%, the carrier would better focus on helping consumers make use of the network and not just attract them to it.
As a first measure, the carrier launched a new campaign where they offered an incentive of $ 15 per month to all its consumers who decide to get on with their old smartphones, instead of getting a new one with the new contract.
The Nexus 5 launched with KitKat, which brought many improvements to Android. One of the improvements was an upgraded, powerful photo editor in the Gallery app. But strangely, the Nexus 5 launched with two Gallery apps: the stock Gallery and the Google+ Photos app. The Photos app offers editing as well, but it’s nowhere near as powerful or useful.
Imagine our surprise in finding that the newly launched Google Play edition devices, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe and the Sony Z Ultra GPe, no longer have the Gallery app installed. The only way to access photos on those devices is through the Photos app.
So why would Google put all that work into a more powerful Gallery app, only to get rid of it in the new devices? The best bet is that Google is planning a huge update for the Photos app through the Play Store, adding everything it learned from the Gallery to make it equally as powerful, but with a social twist.
The holiday season is upon us, and the mad rush to find to best gifts for your loved ones is on. Well, if you’re looking for some of the best gifts for Android users, we’ve got you covered! Don’t forget to check out our roundup of some of the best gifts for under $ 50, and today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best gift choices for Android users, within a budget of between $ 50 and $ 100. Let’s get started!
A misplaced or stolen smartphone can quickly turn from inconvenience to seriously bad news, so we were grateful this past summer to see Google introduce the Android Device Manager. The tool let you view where your phone was located, activate a lock screen, and if push came to shove, remotely wipe all data. Later improvements saw the arrival of features like the ability to remotely change lock screen passwords, but one key component of ADM remained missing: while you could easily track your phone through ADM’s web-based portal, Google said at the time of its launch that an Android ADM app was in the works – an app we had yet to see released. Well, it took over four months, but it’s finally here, coming to the Play Store today.
If you’ve got multiple Android devices – even just a phone and a tablet – having access to an ADM Android app has the potential to be a real lifesaver. You’ll be able to perform all those actions you could through the ADM web interface, but with the convenience and friendly UI you’ve come to expect from Android apps. In fact, the feature set here is so laser-focused, we almost wonder what took Google so very long to deliver what’s honestly a pretty basic app.
Android Device Manager 1.0.2 is available in the Play Store now.
Google announced and released a brand new Gmail for Android today with tons of new features that users have been requesting for some time, and one in particular could come in handy this holiday season.
The new Gmail version 4.7 is available now and rolling out in stages to all Android users, and Google’s added tons of features that should have been available years ago. The biggest feature is Vacation Responder, as a quick way to set an instant reply and “out of office” type of response for all incoming emails. No this isn’t anything new, but now you can do it right from your mobile Android device, rather than on the web only.
Having spent the best part of two years cleaning the Motorola pipeline of products conceived before the takeover, Google finally has a shop with its name on it. And it’s not afraid to use it to challenge some of the old habits and experienced players in the smartphone game.
Motorola Moto G official photos
The Moto X was the first to set on a crusade to prove that high-end smartphones go beyond the number of cores and pixels. Now we have the Moto G on a mission to let everyone know that affordability doesn’t necessarily imply crippled functionality. The Moto X was unusual enough to be reasonably successful despite its hefty price tag. The Moto G, on the other hand, is priced to move quickly and will be keeping the competition on their toes.