Google Play 5.1.11 Introduces Dedicated “My Account” Page, Full-Height Drawer, and More (Updated: APK)

Before you read this, do something for me – head into Google Play, swipe out the navigation drawer, tap on Settings, scroll to the bottom of that menu, and then tap on the Build version. If it says you have an update available and you are then updated to version 5.1. We need to talk. :)

If you aren’t greeted with a new version, we can still talk about Google Play version 5.1. Android engineer Kirill Grouchnikov took to his Google+ page today to talk about some upcoming features that will arrive with the new build, like a dedicated My Account page.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Currently In-Stock on Google Play (32GB Blue or White, 64GB Blue) (Updated)

Been avoiding carrier-tied Nexus 6 models while Google Play gets their stock situation figured out? Good news! As I sit here writing this up, the 32GB Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue and Cloud White is available, along with the 64GB Midnight Blue model. The 64GB Cloud White unit is not in-stock at the moment.

If you still want the whale, you might want to act fast.

Be sure to read our Nexus 6 review as well.  (more…)

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…)