Google Updates Santa Tracker App, Chrome Extension, and Homepage

It is December, which marks among other things the beginning of Google’s annual Santa Tracker. A fun-filled countdown to Christmas, the homepage features a number of games and projects, with the promise of new activities each day.

Among the web-based interactives are parachute practice, “reindeer games,” and phone calls to Santa. The Santa Tracker app for Android, meanwhile, has been updated to support tablet, smartphone, TV, and wearable form factors. For PCs, a Chrome extension is available for download.  (more…)

Deal: Save $50 on 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue at T-Mobile

It is Cyber Monday, and the discounts keep on coming. Not to be outdone by the Google Play Store, T-Mobile is knocking $50 off the 32GB and 64GB Midnight Blue Nexus 6 models for a limited time. If you do the math, that works out to about $600 and $650, respectively.

Google’s running promotion will grant you a $50 rebate in the form of Play Store credits, but T-Mobile’s sticker price is the lowest we have seen. And remember that the Nexus 6 ships unlocked, meaning you are not tethered to T-Mobile if you choose to order from them – you can use the handset on another carrier, provided you have the SIM.  (more…)

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…)