Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Price Slashed $200

Google just dropped the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition by $200, for those interested in the behemoth-of-a-phone. Normally priced at $649, the Z Ultra and its 6.4-inch display haven’t exactly been the most popular of GPE phones, at least if you consider the lack of buzz amongst our community. But hey, at $449, phablet lovers be on alert – you may have a deal in front of you.

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Quick Contest: Win a $50 Google Play Gift Card From Droid Life!

I stumbled upon an unused $50 Google Play gift card this afternoon while tidying up the office and though, “Why not give this away?” So yeah, let’s do just that.

This will go down as one of the quickest contests in DL history, as you only have three hours to get in. Thankfully, the rules are simple. All you have to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below, which essentially just asks that you leave a comment. We choose our winner through Rafflecopter though, so make sure to tell it that you left a comment.

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Nest is Now Available on Google Play for $249

Not that you should be shocked by this, since we broke news on it yesterday, but Google is now selling Nest Thermostats through Google Play for $249.

For those new to the Nest, you are looking at a thermostat that couples beautiful design with the ability to learn from your life to help save you money and make temperature control something less painful than it ever has been before. It can be controlled via mobile and web apps remotely, learns from your daily schedule, will set itself to auto-away if it doesn’t sense your presence, sends you monthly energy consumption reports, and can be easily installed by you. It’s an awesome product, even at its $249 price.  (more…)

Google Preparing to Sell the Nest on Google Play? (Updated)

Once Google had acknowledged that it was acquiring Nest, the smart-home accessory manufacturer, we sort of wondered if they would ever use Google Play to help sell devices. While no announcement or movement has happened thus far, we noticed today that on Google Play’s support pages for available devices, they list Nest as being available on Google Play in the US, UK, and Canada. That is interesting for the simple fact that the device isn’t actually available on Google Play in any of those countries.

So we are now curious – is Google about to make the Nest available for purchase directly through Google Play? Tough to tell, but why else would they list the device as available in those select countries on a Google Play devices support page.  (more…)

Google Opinion Rewards Launches Today in Canada, Australia and the UK

Were you intrigued by the launch of Google’s Opinion Rewards app, but unable to get in on the action due to your location? The small, yet awesome survey app that Google launched a few months ago has gone through more testing, and is now ready to branch out farther into the world.

When it was first introduced, Google was apparently only interested in the survey answers from the U.S. Today, however, the app expands to 3 more countries; Canada, Australia, and the UK. Once signing up and giving Google a few bits of information about yourself (age, sex, and occupation), you can start taking surveys that will get you credit to use on Google Play.  (more…)