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…)

Nexus 9 Magic Cover Now Available on Google Play in All Colors

Earlier, we told you that HTC was finally selling one of the Nexus 9’s Magic Covers, but only in Coral Amethyst. Well, hopefully you didn’t give in and place an order because Google Play now has all four colors (black, lime stone, mint indigo, and coral amethyst) in stock, all of which are shipping in 1-2 days.

Yep, all four. Go get ‘em.  (more…)

Google App Now One Step From Being Able to Control Nest (Updated: It’s Live!)

Update:  It’s now live!

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality.  (more…)

Nexus 9 LTE Now Available From Google Play Too

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it was the first carrier to begin selling the Nexus 9 LTE for Google’s suggested price of $599. While they may still have the exclusivity on carrier availability, Google has gone ahead and started selling the LTE model through Google Play as well.

For $599, you can grab the LTE-ready Nexus 9 with 32GB of storage. It ships by December 19.  (more…)

Reminder: Fastest Way to Get Droid Life Stories is Through Our Pushbullet Channel

Just a quick reminder, but one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep up with the latest from Droid Life, is through Pushbullet’s Channels feature. Now that RSS has basically died thanks to Google killing off Reader, we know that many of you have turned to Twitter, Google+, or other social networks to keep up with the latest from Droid Life. Unfortunately, those aren’t always the most reliable unless you happen to be looking at that particular social network the minute we share a story to it or if you were to go to our dedicated pages on those and scroll through stories. (more…)

Nexus 9 Magic Cover in Coral Available From HTC (Updated: Google Play Too)

The Nexus 9 “Magic Cover” or “Cover” or “2-in-1 Stand,” an accessory that I have been impatiently waiting for because I want that magnetically multi-fold magic-ness, is finally available, though only in one color and only directly from HTC. If you cruise over to HTC’s Nexus 9 page (link below), you can buy the Nexus 9’s Cover in Coral Amethyst (“Amtheyst”) for $39.99.  (more…)

Nexus 9 With LTE Now Available From T-Mobile (Updated)

The carrier-ready version of this year’s Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 LTE, is now available at T-Mobile. Priced at $599.76 if you buy it outright ($24.99 for 24 months with a payment plan), you are getting everything in the WiFi model that we reviewed a few weeks back, only now you have the opportunity to attach it to a carrier to gobble up data when on the go.  (more…)

Amazon Releases New Shopping App Because Its Old App Broke Google Play Policies

Back in September, Amazon updated its main application on Google Play to include the option for everyone to install not only Amazon Instant Video, but other apps from their store as well. The app was alive and well for some time, but according to Amazon, Google made a change to its Google Play policies shortly after, putting their app in violation. To comply with Google’s new policies, they have since released a new app called Amazon Shopping that no longer includes direct access to Amazon’s Appstore, and instead tells users that they need to open Amazon’s site on their browser to install their store’s apps, including Instant Video.  (more…)