Now Live: You Can Now Control Your Nest With Google (Updated)

On Friday, we broke word that you were one step away from being able to control your Nest Thermostat using your voice in the Google Search app. As of this morning, the feature is live (pictured above). That’s right, the opt-in authorization pages that were 404-ing on Friday are now letting you move through to give “Works with Nest” the approval it needs in order to work with Google.  (more…)

Verizon Messages Will Soon Let You Send Starbucks Gift Cards

Users of Verizon Messages…wait, what’s that? There isn’t such a thing? OK, then, theoretically speaking, if you were to become a Verizon Messages user (and I understand that you won’t), I wanted to point out that you will soon be able to easily send a Starbucks eGift Card to other users. According to an un-asked-for email tied to my Verizon account (that was likely opt-out), later this month, you will be able to click a “gift” icon within the Messages app in any one-on-one conversation to pass along Starbucks bucks. Apparently, this is a “cool and convenient” way to bring caffeine into a friend’s life.

Convenient indeed. Unless of course you realize that you have to use the Verizon Messages app in order to experience this convenience, which then makes it inconvenient.  (more…)

Final Day to Use Moto X Cyber Monday Promo Codes, Share Any Unused Here!

December 15 has arrived, which means this is the final day to use Moto X (2nd gen) $140 off promo codes from Motorola’s Cyber Monday deal. In fact, you have until 11:59PM CT to use it.

As a reminder, the deal was to receive a code that would land you $140 off of a brand new custom made Moto X (2nd gen). For the 16GB model with a standard back, you are looking at just $359. That’s under $400 for a phone that many tech reviewers are calling the best Android phone on the market (our review). Of course, if you choose premium upgrades like Natural or Leather backs, or a bump to 32GB of storage, the price goes up.

For those who missed out on the opportunity to sign-up to receive a code, we thought we would open up the comments as a place to potentially grab one. In other words, if you have an unused code that you would like to share, dive into the comments and post it.

Good luck!  (more…)

New Android X-Mas Ornament Collectible Now Available From Dead Zebra

This year’s holiday-themed Android mini collectible ornament in green is now available from the folks over at Dead Zebra for $10. To help round out last year’s releases (in blue and red), this year’s green version should bring even more Android class to that tree of yours.

This particular mini is a “bit more fragile” than other releases, likely because it’s just like all of the other fragile X-mas ornaments you already own. It comes with a topper and S hook, along with all sorts of glitter.

If you order from the US, Priority Mail shipping is your option in order to get it by X-mas.  (more…)

T-Mobile Uncarriers All the Things (Again) Tomorrow With Uncarrier 8.0 (Updated: Live Stream)

Tomorrow, at 7:30AM Pacific (10:30AM Eastern), T-Mobile and its CEO will sit down for a live webcast with Yahoo News to talk through their latest Uncarrier announcements, officially known as Uncarrier 8.0. As of right now, we don’t even have guesses as to what will be announced, but there will certainly be expletives, trash talking of other carriers, and plenty of magenta. Wait, isn’t that a bit early for Legere to be calling other CEOs fat? Maybe not. (more…)

Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint (Updated)

Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about.  (more…)

Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)