I dig my TYLT VU, and it's how I charge my Nexus 5 basically every night. Like most users who get used to never having to plug in their phone, I get slightly annoyed when I have to search for the cable and stab the microUSB port for a dose of juice. Typically, this only happens in the car, because I've been using a standard car charger for what seems like an eternity.
Google is serious about revamping Android to look more modern, but most of the apps we spend our days in are still stuck in the past. With a little friendly encouragement, maybe developers can make the transition more quickly. Google has posted a checklist of material design elements on the Android developers blog, and it's quite extensive.
The checklist covers everything from tangible surfaces to how apps should implement tabs. There are a number of nifty little animated GIF examples, along with plenty of links to the developer documentation and sample code.
Sprint's HTC One M8 has received an over-the-air update that gives that 4 "Ultrapixel" camera a boost. No, it doesn't magically cram in more pixels into those photos, but it does greatly expand just what you can do with the shooter on both the front and the back of the device. This comes courtesy of the new HTC Eye Experience.
These software enhancements, which HTC showed off at a selfie-themed event where it unveiled the Desire EYE, introduce a number of innovations that actually catch our interest.
Fast food, by definition, should be fast. But on a busy day, the wait to order can completely ruin this, making hungry folks wait just as long to get their food at Taco Bell as they would at a sit-down joint. Fortunately the company is doing something to address the situation. Android users can now download the Taco Bell app and place orders from anywhere, allowing them to skip the line when they step into the restaurant.
If you live in a real-life version of the latest James Bond or Spider-man flicks, where absolutely every piece of electronics everywhere is made by Sony, then we've got good news: the PS4 Remote Play app is now available for download. This lets the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact use a PlayStation 4 controller and super-fast streaming video to play PlayStation 4 games over a home Wi-Fi network.
We've known Google Fit was coming for a while now, and there have even been some tantalizing leaks, but now the official app has arrived. Google Fit is a hub for all the fitness data being fed into Google's platform. It's compatible with just about any device under the sun, and looks pretty nice. It'll look best on Lollipop, though.
Verizon's yearly update of the DROID line is today, and once again Motorola has borrowed heavily from its Moto X flagship to make the carrier's customized phone. For 2014 there's only one new Motorola DROID, as opposed to three models last year and the year before. Say hello to the DROID Turbo, if you haven't already checked out nearly every detail that's been leaked. It will be available from Verizon's retailers and online store on Thursday, October 30th starting at $199.99 on-contract.
Dedicated PlayStation 4 gamers have had Sony's official Android app to play around with for a while now, but apparently it hasn't been optimized for use on tablets before today. You might think that's strange, seeing as Sony, well, makes tablets, but the various hardware, software, and digital content arms of Sony are somewhat disjointed. That tends to happen in gigantic international corporations. In any case, the 2.0 update to Sony's PlayStation is now available in the Play Store.
The market seems to have settled on $10 per month as a reasonable price for unlimited streaming music, which is a pretty good deal when you think about it. If you miss the supposed high fidelity of a real CD, you're pretty much out of luck—unless you use Tidal. This service costs $20 per month for lossless tunes, but there's now an Android app, so at least you have the option.