A new version of Google Play began to rollout this afternoon as build 4.9.13. The update doesn’t initially look like that big of a deal upon first launch, but once you jump into an individual app, book, album, or movie listing, you will immediately know that this is pretty major. The individual listings all appear to be designed with Material Design in mind. There are beautiful sliding animations, big imagery, and an overall cleaner layout.
We will have an overview video of the changes coming in a minute, but for now, get to downloading. (more…)
To our friends across the globe, we have news on a Google Music and All Access front to share. If you live in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru or the Ukraine, you now have access to both of Google’s music services. Yep, you do. (more…)
During Google I/O 2014, we saw the beginning of a new set of design guidelines take shape in the form of Material Design. Google wants all of its products across all platforms to look a certain way, with layers, depth, motion, and even a sense of texture or the feel of touch as you swipe around something like Gmail. But even though Material Design was unveiled, the only instances of it in the wild at this point are some of the stock apps built-in to the Android L preview. We have yet to see Google give us fully redesigned Maps or Hangouts or Calendar apps. Sure, Google+ saw a massive redesign a couple of months back that took on parts of Material Design, but it even has some work in front of it to look like what was shown at I/O.
Thankfully, they gave us all sorts of glimpses of the current work being done to Gmail and even Google Play. The Gmail mini-preview was shown during the keynote, but if you looked at the specific developer sessions for Google Play and Material Design, you got an entire preview of what the new Play store is going to look like. From the massive content being displayed in backgrounds or at the top of listings, to the simpler layout that feels less cluttered, to sharing and purchasing buttons being easily identified, this is going to be a major change. (more…)
Just before Google I/O, we pointed out the fact that the majority of Google Play Edition devices on Google Play had become depleted of inventory, with only the One (M8) and Moto G showing as available for purchase. We weren’t sure what to make of it at the time, but as of today, Google has begun to wipe out devices that no longer have or haven’t had inventory for some time. (more…)
To kick off the 4th of July weekend, how does a decent deal on the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE sound? eBay is running a daily deal on the 32GB version today, which typically runs $349 through Google Play. Should you jump on this deal – with limited quantities available – you are looking at paying $294.99, but that includes free expedited shipping.
You should be aware that the device is “manufacturer refurbished.”
While cruising the official Android website, one of our readers happened upon what looks to be an early slip up, or complete mistake, from Google itself.
When describing the options available when purchasing the Nexus 5 on Google Play, Google states that the device comes in four colors; Black, White, Red, and Yellow. However, as you may all know, the Nexus 5 is not available in a Yellow variant.
Did Google simply slip up, or should we expect a Yellow Nexus 5 to hit Google Play at anytime? (more…)
Not only did announce the new version of Android that is currently dubbed “Android L” (list of features) but they also gave us a massive Google Play Services update to 5.0.
The Play Services update allows apps to “more easily communicate” with wearables, which makes sense since Android Wear was a big part of today’s festivities. It lets developers build in game saving, Quests, and new game profiles to Play Games. There are new Wallet, Drive, Google Cast, Analytics, and Mobile Ads features as well.
The full list can be seen below. (more…)
We are only an hour into the keynote for Google I/O 2014 and have already seen a number of massive announcements. We’ll have more on all of that soon, but wanted to quickly point out the first hardware announcement of the day – Android Wear watches will be available later today on Google Play.
Google didn’t announce pricing just yet, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live can be purchased this afternoon. (more…)