Google Play’s Material Design Makeover, That was Shown at Google I/O, is Underway

During Google I/O 2014, we saw the beginning of a new set of design guidelines take shape in the form of Material Design. Google wants all of its products across all platforms to look a certain way, with layers, depth, motion, and even a sense of texture or the feel of touch as you swipe around something like Gmail. But even though Material Design was unveiled, the only instances of it in the wild at this point are some of the stock apps built-in to the Android L preview. We have yet to see Google give us fully redesigned Maps or Hangouts or Calendar apps. Sure, Google+ saw a massive redesign a couple of months back that took on parts of Material Design, but it even has some work in front of it to look like what was shown at I/O.

Thankfully, they gave us all sorts of glimpses of the current work being done to Gmail and even Google Play. The Gmail mini-preview was shown during the keynote, but if you looked at the specific developer sessions for Google Play and Material Design, you got an entire preview of what the new Play store is going to look like. From the massive content being displayed in backgrounds or at the top of listings, to the simpler layout that feels less cluttered, to sharing and purchasing buttons being easily identified, this is going to be a major change.  (more…)

Google is Cleaning Up Its Google Play Edition Section – Only One (M8), Moto G, and Galaxy S4 Remain

Just before Google I/O, we pointed out the fact that the majority of Google Play Edition devices on Google Play had become depleted of inventory, with only the One (M8) and Moto G showing as available for purchase. We weren’t sure what to make of it at the time, but as of today, Google has begun to wipe out devices that no longer have or haven’t had inventory for some time.  (more…)

Deal: 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) LTE on eBay for $294

To kick off the 4th of July weekend, how does a decent deal on the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE sound? eBay is running a daily deal on the 32GB version today, which typically runs $349 through Google Play. Should you jump on this deal – with limited quantities available – you are looking at paying $294.99, but that includes free expedited shipping.

You should be aware that the device is “manufacturer refurbished.”

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Google Seems to Think the Nexus 5 Comes in Yellow

While cruising the official Android website, one of our readers happened upon what looks to be an early slip up, or complete mistake, from Google itself.

When describing the options available when purchasing the Nexus 5 on Google Play, Google states that the device comes in four colors; Black, White, Red, and Yellow. However, as you may all know, the Nexus 5 is not available in a Yellow variant.

Did Google simply slip up, or should we expect a Yellow Nexus 5 to hit Google Play at anytime?  (more…)

What’s New in Google Play Services 5.0?

Not only did announce the new version of Android that is currently dubbed “Android L” (list of features) but they also gave us a massive Google Play Services update to 5.0.

The Play Services update allows apps to “more easily communicate” with wearables, which makes sense since Android Wear was a big part of today’s festivities. It lets developers build in game saving, Quests, and new game profiles to Play Games. There are new Wallet, Drive, Google Cast, Analytics, and Mobile Ads features as well.

The full list can be seen below.  (more…)

LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Available Today on Google Play

We are only an hour into the keynote for Google I/O 2014 and have already seen a number of massive announcements. We’ll have more on all of that soon, but wanted to quickly point out the first hardware announcement of the day – Android Wear watches will be available later today on Google Play.

Google didn’t announce pricing just yet, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live can be purchased this afternoon.  (more…)

It Seems Odd That Most of the Google Play Edition Devices are Out of Inventory

Within the last month, four of the six Google Play Edition devices have been flipped to “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.” The only two that remain available for purchase are the Moto G and HTC One (M8), though it has gone in and out of inventory since it was first released back in March. Does that seem odd to anyone else?

I should point out that Google is constantly tweaking or refreshing or trolling people with the inventory status of its Google Play devices. Some times these things change for minutes at a time before being flipped back to being fully available with a “Add to cart” button. In fact, we have been following these listings all month expecting that to happen, yet it hasn’t. So what’s up? (more…)