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…)

Asus ZenWatch Now on Google Play, Listing as “Coming Soon”

The Asus ZenWatch made its way to Google Play this morning, except you can’t buy it yet. The device is currently listed at $199, but with a “coming soon” tag attached.

After going on sale at Best Buy November 9, we were wondering if the Asus-made wearable would join its Android Wear brothers and sisters on Google’s store. We now have an answer. Google hasn’t mentioned if or when it will be available for purchase, but I can’t imagine it won’t be in the near future. We’ll let you know if its status changes.  (more…)

Google’s New Messenger App Lands on Google Play

Google has a fancy new Messenger app available through Google Play today, switching out your antiquated text messaging hub, replacing it with something a bit more favorable.

As for features, Google allows for “faster sharing” through the new Messenger app, bringing a quick attachment button right inside the text field. In addition, users can block spammers or crazy exes by blacklisting SMS senders, meaning no more interruptions.

Here is the full feature list.  (more…)