Video: A First Look at the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.

To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle.  (more…)

Nexus 9’s Keyboard Folio Now In-Stock and Shipping From Google Play for $129

Look! The HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is finally available for purchase on Google Play! At $129, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it does attach magnetically and wirelessly to your tablet, so that its mechanical keys can let you “type with confidence.” It also lasts for up to five months on a single charge, which is kind of neat, and it should offer some sort of screen protection.

But dat price doe.

Any takers? We ordered one, as we almost always do with Nexus accessories, so we’ll report back shortly with our thoughts. (more…)

Chinese Developers Now Able to Publish Paid Apps Onto Google Play

Google announced support for Chinese Android developers this morning, as they can now publish paid applications right onto Google Play for users to purchase.

If you happen to be a developer, all you need to do is set up a Google Wallet merchant account, then get to publishing. Once folks are purchasing your app(s), Google will send out a wire transfer to your bank account.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Naked Tough Case Now Available on Google Play for $35

The Nexus 6 Naked Tough Case, which we are essentially accepting as an official accessory since it is being sold through Google Play, is now available for purchase. The transparent case can be had for $35 and is at least one way to keep your whale protected, assuming you have had the opportunity to buy one.

The case is “dual-layered” to offer a smooth, transparent finish, but also has chrome buttons to “complete the polished look.” It should provide some form of protection with its “impact resistant hard shell,” yet will keep your Nexus design shining through. The Naked Tough Case also has a kickstand, so that you can consume movies or other media without tiring your hand (trust me, it will tire).  (more…)

Contest: We are Giving Away $200 in Google Play Gift Cards!

Too much time has passed since you all had a chance to walk away with something free from Droid Life, so we are fixing that today. For no reason other than to continue to thank you for all of your support over the years (we are almost at our 5-year anniversary, by the way), we have $200 in Google Play gift cards to give away. If we are doing a little math, that equates to eight $25 gift cards for eight winners.

To enter, we have a Rafflecopter widget below that includes instructions. The instructions are super simple and only ask that you complete tasks like following us on social networks. You can do 1 or all of the tasks on the list. Just know that the more you do, the more chances you have to win.

Ready? Let’s do it!  (more…)

Google’s Project Tango Showed Up on Google Play Last Night

Google’s Project Tango, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 powered tablet that is used to track and map 3D environments to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” showed up on Google Play last night. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), you can’t buy it just yet. However, there are listings for both black and white models, so we get the feeling that someone will be able to buy it soon.  (more…)