Google Announces “Inbox,” A New Email Experience to Help You Get Things Done

Google just announced a brand new email experience called Inbox. Inbox, created by the Gmail team, is an email app that bundles similar emails together so that you can quickly swipe them away. Inbox will highlight important info from messages, like flight itineraries, event info, photos or documents, so that you may not even need to fully open them at this particular moment. Inbox also lets you set reminders, snooze items, and may even assist you along the way by providing useful information for tasks it sees that need to get done.

It sounds a lot like Mailbox, which is awesome, because I have given my life over to the task-oriented approach of Mailbox. Return to Google, I may. (more…)

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 Will Run $129, Cover Case in Multiple Covers for $39

Two official accessories for the HTC Nexus 9 showed up on Google Play today, along with pre-orders for the device.

First, we have the Keyboard Folio, an attachable case that protects your Nexus 9 when traveling, but opens up as a full-blown keyboard. It runs $129.

Second, we have the official Cover case for the newest Nexus tablet, a case that folds in multiple ways to provide you with different viewing angles. The Cover will be available in four different colors schemes for $39.99.  (more…)

Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being

The Nexus 6 from Google and SmartWatch 3 from Sony are now live on Google Play, but for the time being, they are unavailable for purchase or pre-order.

As of this morning, it is not exactly clear when these devices will be available to the masses, but with the pages going live on Google Play, and the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player pre-orders going live, it should be soon. Google stated when the Nexus 6 was announced that pre-orders would be available sometime in “late October.” (more…)

Nexus 9 Pre-Order Now Live on Google Play!

Pre-orders for the new HTC Nexus 9 went up at Amazon last night and Best Buy this morning, but if you were holding out for the official Google Play pre-orders to open, that time is now.

You can buy it with 16GB and WiFi-only connectivity in white or black ($399), or with 32GB and WiFi-only in black or white ($479). The tan 32GB WiFi-only model is showing as “coming soon,” as is the black 32GB LTE model.  (more…)

Nexus Player Available for Pre-order on Google Play, Priced at $99

The Nexus Player, Google’s first commercially available Android TV-powered set-top box, is live on Google Play for pre-order. As of right now, it states that shipments are not expected to leave the warehouse for another 3-4 weeks, but that could chance at any time.

Buyers may also want to grab the compatible Gamepad controller, priced at an additional $39.99.

Go grab it.

Play Links: Nexus Player | Gamepad Controller

Video: Google Play 5.0 Tour!

You already downloaded Google Play 5.0, right? No? Go do it right now, then return to this post.

So yeah, Google Play 5.0 is here, it’s filled with Material Design, the colors for each category have all been re-done, and there are beautiful new animations that will mesmerize you. We saw a lot of this Material Design update when we got 4.9.13, but this polishes everything up and gets us ready for Android L. Even some simple things have changed for the better, like the “What’s new” sections after app updates that are now highlighted through a background color and new notifications icons after updating apps.  (more…)