Video: Nexus 7 (2013) Official Sleeve Review, an Accessory Google Got Right

As much as I like the look and feel of most Google Play accessories for Nexus devices, many have been disappointments, especially at their price points. The Nexus 5 Bumper was close to being perfect, but the sticky button situation killed any hope it once had. The Nexus 7 Folio was similarly good in theory, yet couldn’t deliver on fit and finish. So with the current 25% off Nexus accessory sale through Google Play running for a limited time, we were trying to decide if any of the cases should really be considered by you. I think we found the one. Maybe.  (more…)

Google Play Hosting 25% Off Deal on Select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Accessories

For a limited time only, Google Play is hosting a 25% off deal on select Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 accessories. It’s not the longest list, but if you were looking to score a Nexus 5 bumper case or a Nexus 7 folio case, now is the time to do it. The deal looks to be limited to cases and sleeves, so don’t get your hopes up for 25% off on a wireless charger or anything like that.  (more…)

Moto G “Google Play Edition” Arrives on Google Play Starting at $179

The Moto G just popped up on Google Play as a “Google Play Edition” with a starting price of $179 for the 8GB model. This is the unlocked GSM model (should work on both AT&T and T-Mobile), so no, you can’t buy it and try to take it to Verizon or Sprint. From reading the description, it appears to be exactly the same as the regular unlocked GSM Moto G, except that it should be running even closer to a 100% stock build of Android than the phone already was.

Again, we aren’t exactly sure what differences you’ll see from this over the regular version, but the listing does say it’ll run the most recent version of Android. Then again, Motorola has been on top of its update game lately, so that’s not even necessarily something different. But hey, if you want a phone that says “Google Play Edition” on the box, here you go. If anything, this is only helping Motorola spread the word about its ultra-affordable smartphone with a “premium” experience. (more…)

Koush’s ROM Manager Pulled From Google Play, Google Cites Developer Agreement Violations

ROM Manager has been a huge part of the Android ecosystem, helping rooted users flash new ROMs and restore backups for years. Unfortunately, it appears that its developer Koush, has run into troubles. Google, without warning, removed ROM Manager from Google Play, citing that the app violates a few agreements that developers sign in to, specifically ones that deal with third party payment options inside of apps downloaded from Google Play.  (more…)

Contest: Two $25 Google Play Gift Cards Up for Grabs From DL!

Apologies are in store from us. We feel like our giveaway game hasn’t been stepped up enough this holiday season, so starting today, that changes. We’ve got a whole bundle of $25 Google Play gift cards in house that we plan to toss out to readers over the next few days as we approach next week’s holiday madness. And you never know, we may toss in another device or two along the way as well.  (more…)

Nexus 7 (2013) Official Folio Case: Another Poorly Made, Overpriced Google Play Accessory

On the day that Google introduced two new Google Play Edition devices, we also were treated to the arrival of an official Folio case for the 2013 Nexus 7. At $49.99, it’s not exactly cheap, though we wouldn’t expect official Nexus accessories to be cheap these days. After seeing the official (and poorly designed) Nexus 5 Bumper drop in at $34.99, the price of this Folio is right about where one would envision it to be. But as always, we like to pick-up all official Nexus accessories to give them some run and see if Google has created the perfectly designed compliment for their device lineup.  (more…)

Android Device Manager Application Lands On Google Play

When Google first announced Android Device Manager to help Android users find our lost phones, we were pretty excited. The one downside to the service was that part of it was a hard-to-find setting baked into Android itself, while the actual interface piece required you to open a web browser. Today, Google announced that Device Manager is being moved to its own application in your app drawer for ease of use.  (more…)

Buy a Chromecast and Nexus 7 Together, Get $35 in Google Play Credit

Over the holiday weekend, Google was dishing out $25 in Google Play credit to anyone who purchased a Nexus 7 (2013) through Google Play. This week, they are changing up the promo by upping the credit to $35 as long as you buy a Chromecast with it. Oh, they’ll toss in free shipping too.

The Nexus 7 (2013) starts at $229 (16GB model) and the Chromecast is $35, but with the Play credit of $35 being tossed in, you could consider it somewhat of a deal. Also, keep in mind that Chromecast just received support for an additional 10 apps, making it much more useful than it ever has been before. Local media streaming, anyone?

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