Verizon Now Offers LG G Pad 7.0 and 10.1, Discounts Available With Two-Year Contracts

Low-priced Android tablets are a dime a dozen. Case in point? The LG G Pad 7.0 and G Pad 10.1. As is typical for devices of their class, the hardware is middling, but the price is right. This happens to be a category wireless carriers seem to pounce on. Verizon announced today that it will be carrying LTE variants of the G Pad 7.0 and G Pad 10.1 “in time for the holidays.” (more…)

YouTube Music Key Beta Now Live, Includes Offline and Background Playback

Google promised offline and background playback as a part of of its new YouTube Music Key subscription service, but didn’t provide a timeline of availability or specify whether all users would be able to take advantage at first. Apparently, today is the day and it’s going live indiscriminately; we’ve corroborated reports on reddit of options appearing in the YouTube app to play audio in the background and download videos. Most people who signed up for the Music Key beta (or who have All Access subscriptions) are seeing the new features. (more…)

Ingress Turns 2 Years Old, Google Celebrates With an Infographic and Monthly Series

Do you embark on transatlantic journeys to capture portals, identify with The Enlightened or Resistance, and destroy links for keys? If so, then you are probably an Ingress player.

The augmented reality game, a product of Google’s Niantic Labs, has not seen a major update since February, but the developers have not forgotten about its many devotees. In celebration of Ingress’s 2-year anniversary, they have detailed a few fascinating statistics in an infographic and are starting a new monthly event series for beginning players. (more…)

Samsung Brings Milk Video Streaming Service to the US

Remember how Samsung’s Milk Music took the streaming market by storm and got everyone and their mother to sign up for an account? No? That is because it never happened. Launched in a field already crowded with competitors, Milk Music never really had a chance at success. But that is not stopping Samsung from applying the same strategy (and unfortunate moniker) to video. Milk Video, the company’s “video discovery service,” is launching stateside today.  (more…)

Google Announces Fit Developer Challenge in Partnership with adidas, Polar, and Withings

Give them incentive, and developers will build awesome things. That is the premise of the Google Fit Developer Challenge, which the eponymous search giant announced yesterday. In partnership with lifestyle companies adidas, Polar, and Withings, Google’s contest for fitness apps will see winners receive front-and-center placement in the Play store and smart devices from the aforementioned sponsors. (more…)