Deal: Become the Ultimate Game Developer for $49 With This Bundle

How would you like to make the next Flappy Bird or Granny Smith? What’s that, you have absolutely zero developing games? You need not worry, my friend. Through the DL Deals store, you can pick-up the Ultimate Game Developer Bundle for just $49, a 95% discount off the suggested price of $989. Seriously, that says 95% off. 95%.

So what do you get and how will this bundle make you a game developing beast? There are 7 courses, 30+ hours of training, and over 100 lectures that should teach you all there is to know. The courses include topics like an intro to game design with Unity3D, creating your first game with Stency, HTML5 game development for beginners, creating puzzle games, learning Android app development from scratch, and of course, how to make the next simple flappy game.

The deal and set of courses are only available for just over a week, so be sure to get in on it.

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Nexus 9 Pre-Orders Open at Amazon

Pre-orders for the HTC Nexus 9 may not open at Google Play until tomorrow, but Amazon has it available already. For $399, you can have the 16GB version, or for $80 more you can double that to 32GB. The device is available with Prime shipping and says it will be released by November 3.

I hate to say this, but you may get your Nexus 9 faster through Amazon than Google Play, with free or super cheap Prime shipping.

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History of Nexus Phone Pricing – Why the High Price for the Nexus 6?

You are standing in a carrier store, staring at a mystery phone on a shelf that sits next to the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3. Like those phones, it has top tier specs, including a 6-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, premium metal build, and is made by Motorola. It looks gorgeous and feels amazing in hand, even for a big device. Those other phones cost anywhere from $599 to $825 without a contract (depending on the carrier), or between $199 and $299 with one. After toying with all three phones for a few minutes, you decide that the mystery Motorola device might be the phone for you. So how much are you willing to pay for it? What if I told you that it was $649 without a contract? Would you be offended by that?  (more…)

Apple iPad Event Live Blog!

I know that you all have a hangover from yesterday’s wave of Nexus and Lollipop announcements, but our work is not done. There will be more Nexus and Lollipop news today, guaranteed. However, before we get back on that train, we first have a live blog of another Apple event to get through! That’s right, one of our favorite collaborations in the world is happening once again – live commentary between the DL staff and readers during an Apple product unveiling. Few things are as entertaining as this.  (more…)

Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Yesterday, during the madness that was Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Lollipop day, we put together a quick comparison of the new Google phone to its predecessors. The point was to show how far we have come over the years, both in terms of specs, price, and size. But what about the rest of the smartphone world? How does the Nexus 6 stack up to the new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8)? Well, we have that info for you below in one of our classic charts.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Special Nexus 6, 9, and Lollipop Edition

Today, well, was a massive day for Android fans. We got not only Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” but three new Nexus devices as well (Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player). So because there is much to talk to about and scheduling conflicts are stopping us from running the Droid Life Show at our regular time tonight, we are doing an early special episode! Yes, the DL Show will go on, only it’s happening in a few minutes with little notice to you all. Thankfully, you can subscribe to us in a number of ways below, so that you shouldn’t miss a thing.

So yeah, at around 3:45PM Pacific (6:45PM Eastern), we will be talking all things Android 5.0 and Nexus.

If you miss us live, feel free to subscribe to us by following one of the links below.   (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Are You Buying a Nexus 9?

Google revealed three new Nexus devices today, one of which we have already asked if you plan to buy. That would be the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship phone. But what about today’s newly unveiled tablet, the HTC-made Nexus 9? Are you planning to buy one when they go up for pre-order on October 17?

As a recap, the Nexus 9 runs a 2.3GHz dual-core 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and sports an 8.9-inch (2048×1536) display, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and 6,700mAh battery. It also comes in three colors (black, tan, and white), is wrapped in a soft grip coating and has brushed metal sides. This a premium tablet.

But a “premium” tablet typically carries a premium price tag, a fact that the Nexus 9 sticks to. For a 16GB model, you are looking at a price of $399. If you want 32GB of storage, you are looking at $479 for the WiFi-only model or $599 for the LTE-ready version.

So, are you buying a Nexus 9? If you are, which color?

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Nexus 6 vs. Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4 vs. Galaxy Nexus

The Nexus 6 is by all means a beast in terms of next-gen specs. It has everything a next-gen flagship device would have – Snapdragon 805, Quad HD display, 13MP camera with OIS, 3GB RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, a massive battery, and connectivity almost anywhere in the world. This might be the first time that we have seen a Nexus device arrive as the king of the hill, at least on paper. In the past, Nexus devices either seemed a processor behind or were missing a crucial spec or lacked something that other phones all seemed to have. That certainly isn’t the case this time around.  (more…)