Google Play Now Offers A One-Time Free Replacement if You Damage Your Nexus 5 (Updated)

If you like to live dangerously (i.e., without a smartphone cover or insurance), breaking your handset’s screen can sometimes be a terrible disaster. Getting a low-cost replacement can prove challenging depending on the company and carrier, but Google’s apparently sympathetic to the travails of careless owners. According to reports, Nexus 5 owners who ordered their devices from the Play Store are now eligible to receive one replacement free of charge, should their device accrue damage of any kind. (more…)

Contest: $300 in Google Play Gift Cards Up for Grabs, 10 Winners, 24 Hours!

If you follow us on Twitter (you are following us, right?), then you likely saw our teases over the weekend for two upcoming contests. Well, we didn’t exactly tease – we more or less told you exactly what to expect. Today, we are giving away a OnePlus One and a whole bunch of Google Play gift cards in separate contests. As you can tell by the image above and the title, this is the Google Play gift card contest, with a total prize value at $300.

That’s right, because we love you, we are handing out $300 in gift cards to 10 DL readers (two $50 cards, eight $25 cards). We are giving these away, like always, because you have given us the opportunity to. That’s how we do things around here. We just want to thank you for the support as we head into one of the busiest weeks of the year.  (more…)

Report: Verizon to Create Wireless Coalition Who Aims to Take on Google Play, Apple App Store (Updated)

In the wireless industry, apps are still a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the app ecosystem is young, but you get the feeling that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to potential, not only for the types of tasks they accomplish, but also the amount of money they can make everyone involved. According to a report out of The Information, Verizon wants in (again) because it isn’t exactly thrilled that Google and Apple control the app industry by themselves. In other words, Big Red wants another revenue stream.  (more…)

Most Nexus Devices are Out of Stock on Google Play These Days

Taking a quick tour through any of the Nexus device pages on Google Play these days doesn’t return much. Sure, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 are all still listed, but few models are actually available for purchase. Over the last couple of months, we have watched as inventory levels of each has come and gone. However, those “out of inventory” notes seem to be sticking as of late. To be fair, the Nexus 10 went out of stock well over a year ago, but only recently have the Nexus 5 (in many colors and storage sizes) and Nexus 7 (2013) remained unavailable.  (more…)

Google Planning Workshop Through Play Store, Create Custom Cases for Your Nexus 5

It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme.  (more…)

Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden

International readers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, you can now purchase Google Play gift cards. These five new supported countries bring Google’s total to 22.

Google hasn’t yet released their store locator portals for any of these new countries, but have flagged them as “coming soon.” Feel free to check the walls of gift cards at your favorite local retailers, assuming you have those overseas. Wait, do you have the massive gift card walls like we do in the US? You should, they are brilliant for last minute gift ideas. (more…)

Google Gives “Offline Games” Their Own Section in Google Play

There are games aplenty that require a steady data connection for playing, but that is sometimes because game makers are either concerned over piracy or the game features an online multiplayer, which would naturally require a data connection.

Regardless of why an app needs to be connected constantly, Google now has a new section in Google Play for Offline Games. That’s right, a full group of games that do not require a data connection.  (more…)