Google Will Make More Nexus 6 Devices Available Each Wednesday

Google posted a new message to their Nexus 6 listings on Google Play this afternoon, a message that might help you land their new Nexus phone, or at least be prepared to try and land one. According to all of the Play listings for the Nexus 6, Google is trying to get more devices in stock as soon as possible, but for now, will make more of the device available each Wednesday.

While not the best news, this is at least something, since most of us struck out in seconds when they went up for pre-order last week and have been wondering if and when more would arrive. Feel free to stop refreshing! (more…)

HTC Nexus 9 In-Stock and Shipping in 1-2 Days, Because Tomorrow is Launch Day

This morning, Google flipped the shipping estimate on the Nexus 9 to “leaves warehouse in 1-2 days.” Since tomorrow is November 3 and launch day, that move certainly makes a whole lot of sense. Another way to look at that shipping estimate, is that the device is in-stock and ready for you to order this minute. Depending on which shipping method you choose, you could have a brand new Nexus 9 running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” within a couple of days.

At this time, Google is still only selling either the black or white WiFi models with 16GB or 32GB of storage. The tan and LTE models are marked as “coming soon.”  (more…)

Wednesday Poll: Are You Pre-Ordering the Nexus 6 Today?

At some point today, the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship smartphone, will go up for pre-order through Google Play. That could happen in a couple of minutes or it could be another couple of hours. Google doesn’t ever tell us when these things will go live, we instead have to sit here for hours tapping the refresh button. The fun of a Nexus launch!

Because this is a major launch, we want to know if you are planning to pre-order one. You will have a couple of color (white or blue) and storage size (32GB or 64GB) options to choose from, along with starting prices of $649 and $699. There are no carrier deals to be had today. If you want to pre-order the Nexus 6, you have to fork out the full retail price.

So, who is pre-ordering?

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Pay Your All Access Subscription Using Google Play Balance

Since the beginning of the service, users who wished to subscribe to magazine feeds, TV shows, or have access to Play Music All Access, needed a credit card on file to be charged when it came time to pay Google.

Starting recently, it appears Google has made it possible to use your Google Play balance to pay for subscriptions, such as your Google Wallet balance or Google Play balance (gift cards, survey rewards, etc.). While we are not entirely sure if the ability to pay with your Google Wallet balance is new, since we have not subscribed to any services on Google Play since the launch of All Access, the ability to subscribe to services with a gift card is entirely new.  (more…)

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…)