Verizon Messages Will Soon Let You Send Starbucks Gift Cards

Users of Verizon Messages…wait, what’s that? There isn’t such a thing? OK, then, theoretically speaking, if you were to become a Verizon Messages user (and I understand that you won’t), I wanted to point out that you will soon be able to easily send a Starbucks eGift Card to other users. According to an un-asked-for email tied to my Verizon account (that was likely opt-out), later this month, you will be able to click a “gift” icon within the Messages app in any one-on-one conversation to pass along Starbucks bucks. Apparently, this is a “cool and convenient” way to bring caffeine into a friend’s life.

Convenient indeed. Unless of course you realize that you have to use the Verizon Messages app in order to experience this convenience, which then makes it inconvenient.  (more…)

New Android X-Mas Ornament Collectible Now Available From Dead Zebra

This year’s holiday-themed Android mini collectible ornament in green is now available from the folks over at Dead Zebra for $10. To help round out last year’s releases (in blue and red), this year’s green version should bring even more Android class to that tree of yours.

This particular mini is a “bit more fragile” than other releases, likely because it’s just like all of the other fragile X-mas ornaments you already own. It comes with a topper and S hook, along with all sorts of glitter.

If you order from the US, Priority Mail shipping is your option in order to get it by X-mas.  (more…)

Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint (Updated)

Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about.  (more…)

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…)

Dead Zebra Announces Green Android Christmas Ornament and Series 5 Collectibles

Dead Zebra announced two things today for collectors, first being a new Christmas ornament in the shape of a Green Android figure. Last year, they produced Red and Blue ornaments, but apparently, there was a massive outcry for a Green option, so here it is.

Details for how to purchase the Green Android ornament have been placed below. To sum it up, they will go on sale next Monday (Dec. 15) at 11am EST. These collectibles are first come, first served at $10 a pop, and sell out rather quickly. Best of luck.  (more…)

Android Wear “Lollipop” First Look and Tour!

The new Android Wear “Lollipop” update is slowly (can’t stress “slowly” enough) rolling out to Android Wear users across the world. Thankfully, we already have the update on a Moto 360, so we can show you what to expect when it finally arrives on your device.

If you missed the post on this massive update that we wrote up yesterday, then here is a recap. In Android 5.0.1 for Wear, you are getting official watch face support through the newly released Watch Face API. This makes installing watch faces and switching between them easier than ever, plus we now have a dedicated watch face page on Google Play. Outside of that, the update brought in useful settings if you pull down from the top of your watch (no longer mute only), plus it allows you to undo card dismissals and mute notifications from apps directly from a device.  (more…)