Contest: Win a $25 Google Play Gift Card From Droid Life, Because Free.

As I began the day – morning coffee brewed, Nature’s Path chewy granola bar beside it – I sat down at my computer ready to check all the happenings that occurred in the Android world since I last looked around 11PM last night, only to be greeted with an unfamiliar message on my computer – “The batteries in your Magic Trackpad are low.” Oh, really? The batteries, in the Magic Trackpad that I haven’t touched in months, are low. OK, then. I initially brushed it off and figured I would just let the thing die, but after a second look I noticed something poking out from under its metal body. Wait a minute, I thought, that black rectangular cardboard with rounded corners and white text looks familiar. Really familiar. Oh! Those are Google Play gift cards hidden under there! Flipping them over I then realized that they were unused. Unused! And what do we do around these parts with unused Google Play gift cards? Well, we give them away, of course.

So yeah, today, we have two $25 Google Play gift cards to give away to a couple of DL readers, with winners being chosen before the day is up.

If you do one thing today, thank my unused Magic Trackpad for sending me a sign, suggesting that we give away free things. Thank you, unused Magic Trackpad. (more…)

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover Available on Pre-Order From Amazon With Prime

Amazon added two official Nexus 9 accessories to its line-up last night, the Keyboard Folio and “Magic” Cover. They are priced at $129 and $39, respectively, just like they are on Google Play. If you were looking to fit your pre-ordered Nexus 9 with some protection or productivity add-ons, now would be the time to get your order in. Amazon expects to “release” both by November 3.

There is always a chance that Google will ship pre-orders of the HTC Nexus 9 placed through Google Play a day early and those who purchased the new Nexus tablet will celebrate. However, at this point if you are an Amazon Prime member, Amazon is still looking like the best place to order the Nexus 9, assuming Amazon can ship out orders right on time. With free 2-day or super cheap 1-day shipping, I’m not sure you will get the device faster from any other retailer. Both of these accessories fall under Prime as well.

Amazon Links:  Keyboard Folio ($129.99) | Magic Cover ($39.99) | Nexus 9 ($399)

Cheers Vala!

Botanicula, From Makers of Machinarium, Hits Google Play for $4.99

Fantastic, another game from the makers of Machinariumanam that I have no idea how to pronounce. The newest game, called Botanicula, has been published to Google Play for the price of $4.99.

In this title, you take control of a little group of forest-type flower creatures, navigating a world that looks quite treacherous. Using each character’s ability, you will lead this group of misfits through a gorgeous world, avoiding baddies who would love nothing more than to destroy you.  (more…)

Google has a Guide to Help You Move From Your iPhone to Android

Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company opened an official set of instructions through their support site that was focused on helping Android users migrate over to iOS. Apple news outlets (and heavily Apple-influenced general tech sites) thought this was huge news, for whatever reason. It was embarrassing. Forget the fact that Apple probably should have created this years ago as Android began stomping all over its market share, the Apple media shills (some random Android sites as well) decided that Apple had finally created this how-to guide because they were now expecting Android users to flock to the new bigger iPhones. Silly, I know. Anything for a good headline!   (more…)

Material Wallpapers App Brings Even More MD Hotness to Your Phone

A new wallpaper application called Material Wallpapers, available on Google Play for the price of free, brings even more Material Design loveliness to your smartphone.

We noticed that when we posted up the official MD wallpapers from the Nexus 5 last week, not many of you were impressed with the nature pictures and wanted more CG images. With that noted, this pack should be more to your liking.  (more…)

Android 5.0 Feature: Printing UI Completely Re-Done, Print Preview Added

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google included a brand new printing UI that now shows you a print preview before you either print a document to your local printer, save as a PDF to your device, or save to the cloud. You can manually select and de-select individual pages as well. These may seem like a small changes, especially to those who rarely print anything and hold an actual piece of paper these days, but the UI is incredibly well done and is yet another example of how far smartphone operating systems have come.  (more…)