There are 20 days left in December, so as you can imagine, many of us are starting to look back at the year that was and reflect by putting together our top lists of phones, apps, etc. Google is no different. They too like to look back and see the trends of 2014, only they have this neat little marketplace called Google Play that is filled with useful information ripe for the sharing. And so, they have used it for that purpose, to create a look back at the year in entertainment. (more…)
In September, Google settled with the FTC over their in-app purchase policies to the tune of $19 million. The basics are this – kids used to be able to complete in-app purchases without much getting in their way and parents weren’t exactly thrilled to see those charges rack up without their consent. So, Google (along with a head nod from the government) decided that it would issue refunds to those who suffered the wrath of a kid playing Candy Crush without authorization. (more…)
Need another last minute present idea? Chromecast. Yes, once again, the HDMI dongle from Google is one of the best presents you can give to your friends and family during the holidays. If you think the Chromecast is old news and want another idea, keep in mind that if you buy one before December 21, Google will give you $20 in Google Play credit. Yep, the $35 dongle comes with $20 in Play credit to spend however you please.
Oh, Amazon has the Chromecast for about $2.50 cheaper than Google with Prime shipping and includes the credit. Get after it.
Before you read this, do something for me – head into Google Play, swipe out the navigation drawer, tap on Settings, scroll to the bottom of that menu, and then tap on the Build version. If it says you have an update available and you are then updated to version 5.1. We need to talk.
If you aren’t greeted with a new version, we can still talk about Google Play version 5.1. Android engineer Kirill Grouchnikov took to his Google+ page today to talk about some upcoming features that will arrive with the new build, like a dedicated My Account page. (more…)
Been avoiding carrier-tied Nexus 6 models while Google Play gets their stock situation figured out? Good news! As I sit here writing this up, the 32GB Nexus 6 in Midnight Blue and Cloud White is available, along with the 64GB Midnight Blue model. The 64GB Cloud White unit is not in-stock at the moment.
If you still want the whale, you might want to act fast.
It is nearly that time of the year, when folks from all over the Interwebz decide to post their Best of 2014 lists. While we work on ours, including best phones, tablets, and accessories, and apps, Google Play has busted out their list a bit early, laying out the best apps of 2014 available for Android devices. (more…)
The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.
To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle. (more…)
Look! The HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is finally available for purchase on Google Play! At $129, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it does attach magnetically and wirelessly to your tablet, so that its mechanical keys can let you “type with confidence.” It also lasts for up to five months on a single charge, which is kind of neat, and it should offer some sort of screen protection.
But dat price doe.
Any takers? We ordered one, as we almost always do with Nexus accessories, so we’ll report back shortly with our thoughts. (more…)