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…)
This morning, we announced the brand new Deals section of DL, a spot where you can find discounts on bundles of apps, accessories, and other tech-related products. If you haven’t already, be sure to cruise over there and browse around to see if anything fits your current needs. Might I suggest the Android section, where you will find a name-your-price bundle of games and a discounted shower speaker (who doesn’t need a shower speaker?).
If none of that stands out, then I wanted to at least point out that you will find a Google Play gift card giveaway with $1,000 in prizes. The grand prize will receive $150 in gift cards, the runner-up gets $100, and 15 others will see $50 cards.
Details of the contest can be found below. (more…)
If you follow us on Twitter (you are following us, right?), then you likely saw our teases over the weekend for two upcoming contests. Well, we didn’t exactly tease – we more or less told you exactly what to expect. Today, we are giving away a OnePlus One and a whole bunch of Google Play gift cards in separate contests. As you can tell by the image above and the title, this is the Google Play gift card contest, with a total prize value at $300.
That’s right, because we love you, we are handing out $300 in gift cards to 10 DL readers (two $50 cards, eight $25 cards). We are giving these away, like always, because you have given us the opportunity to. That’s how we do things around here. We just want to thank you for the support as we head into one of the busiest weeks of the year. (more…)
International readers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, you can now purchase Google Play gift cards. These five new supported countries bring Google’s total to 22.
Google hasn’t yet released their store locator portals for any of these new countries, but have flagged them as “coming soon.” Feel free to check the walls of gift cards at your favorite local retailers, assuming you have those overseas. Wait, do you have the massive gift card walls like we do in the US? You should, they are brilliant for last minute gift ideas. (more…)
Within the last week, Amazon snuck their new Amazon Wallet application onto Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The app, which will be featured on the Fire Phone, stores gift, reward, and loyalty cards, so that you can access them at any time without actually holding the card. Once scanned into the app, you can bring cards up as barcodes or QR codes for using at merchants. With “supported” merchants, you can even check gift cards balances, similar to what the latest Google Wallet update offers.
This is not a mobile payment app. (more…)
Google Wallet received a solid update this afternoon that brings in features which could make the app immediately more useful. For one, Google Wallet now lets you manage gift cards (check balances) and redeem in stores using the app, rather than having to worry about carrying around the actual cards. You can also request money from friends, instead of only being able to send in the past. Finally, sending money using your debit card is now free. In the past, Google used to tack on a decent sized fee when sending money unless you were sending with cash that was already loaded in the app.
Participating merchants for the new gift card management include AMC, Best Buy, Nike, Sephora, Toys R Us, TGI Friday’s, and Whole Foods.
You can grab the update on Google Play now or sideload using the apk below. (more…)
We teased this last night on Twitter, because well, teasing is fun from time to time. And since a tease only means something if you follow through with it, it is now time to do just that. We are giving away $200 in Google Play gift cards for the hell of it! It feels like it has been a minute since we gave something away – oh wait, it has only been a minute. What I mean is, it has been a while since we gave away a whole bunch of gift cards for you to do with as you please. Maybe one of you will be able to spend it on games for that shiny, new NVIDIA SHIELD.
The contest is easy as usual – jump into the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many of the tasks as you like. None are mandatory, so pick and choose the options you are most comfortable with (or easiest). The more you complete, the better your chances are, though.
I stumbled upon an unused $50 Google Play gift card this afternoon while tidying up the office and though, “Why not give this away?” So yeah, let’s do just that.
This will go down as one of the quickest contests in DL history, as you only have three hours to get in. Thankfully, the rules are simple. All you have to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below, which essentially just asks that you leave a comment. We choose our winner through Rafflecopter though, so make sure to tell it that you left a comment.