Nest Protect Now Available on Google Play

Nest, makers of smart home products like the Nest Thermostat, announced late last night that their previously recalled smoke detector, the Nest Protect, had returned with a removed feature and a new $99 price tag. It was previously available at shops like Best Buy and Amazon, but had for some reason never found its way onto Google Play, even though Google owns the company and has been selling Nest’s Thermostat for months.

That changes today, as the Nest Protect is now available for $99 in either “wired” or “battery” models on Google Play (US, UK, and Canada).

Go get it.  (more…)

Pressy is Actually Shipping, App Hits Google Play

Everyone remember Pressy? That would be the Kickstarter funded button that plugs in to your phone via headphone jack, so that it can then be used to trigger actions on your phone. It is yet another Kickstarter project that sounded amazing at inception, but its creators have struggled with the manufacturing portion.

There have been delays if you think about the original ship date which was slated for March. Companies like Xiaomi thought the idea was awesome, so they copied Pressy to a T and have already released their version which costs a fraction of Pressy’s $17-20 price tag. There are other knock-offs of the project filling eBay by the day, leaving Pressy fans a little more than frustrated. It’s a mess.  (more…)

Contest: $200 in Google Play Gift Cards Up for Grabs From Droid Life!

We teased this last night on Twitter, because well, teasing is fun from time to time. And since a tease only means something if you follow through with it, it is now time to do just that. We are giving away $200 in Google Play gift cards for the hell of it! It feels like it has been a minute since we gave something away – oh wait, it has only been a minute. What I mean is, it has been a while since we gave away a whole bunch of gift cards for you to do with as you please. Maybe one of you will be able to spend it on games for that shiny, new NVIDIA SHIELD.

The contest is easy as usual – jump into the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many of the tasks as you like. None are mandatory, so pick and choose the options you are most comfortable with (or easiest). The more you complete, the better your chances are, though.

Ready?  (more…)

Google Play Paid Newsstand Content Now Available in France and Germany

Just a quick note to our friends in other countries – paid Newsstand content is now available in France and Germany through Google Play. Paid content refers to premium news subscriptions (New York Times, WSJ, etc.) and magazine subscriptions.

France and Germany join the short list of countries that includes Australia, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States.  (more…)

Google Services Experiencing Issues – How are Yours Holding Up? (Updated)

We are hearing a number of reports from readers who are experiencing issues with Google services. From Google Play to Gmail to Hangouts to Maps, many are not able to access information, receive messages, login, or install apps.

We are experiencing some issues in Gmail, but not in our Google Apps Droid Life account. The Google Apps Status Dashboard is showing green lights across the board.

Let us know in the comments if you are experiencing issues as well. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.8.19 With PayPal Support, Other Tweaks

Earlier today, Google announced that it was finally bringing PayPal payments to Google Play purchases of apps and other media in a new update to Google Play. That update is slowly, but surely rolling out, which means you can sideload the apk this very minute if you would like to.

We should point out that the update isn’t only bringing PayPal support. Google has fine-tuned the appearance of the app in general, by including bigger buttons on app pages, changing up hero pages with bigger imagery and subtle animations, making the permissions pop-up much easier to read, and changing things like the review pop-up for the better.

The update is v4.8.19. It should install right over the top of your current Google Play build. Enjoy!  (more…)