Recently in Japan, Google introduced three new machines that will help Android device users get the latest and greatest mobile games onto their phones without opening Google Play. The units are “app vending machines,” powered by NFC. Simply place your device under the display that is built into the vending machine, then watch it do all of the work. (more…)
It’s Friday, which means you might need a few new apps or games to keep you busy over the weekend. But don’t worry, there are a ton of app sales taking place right on Google Play, so let’s see what we have. For starters, the epic FPS Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is on sale for just $0.99, down from $7. That’s a steal. GO Launcher Prime, a very popular third party launcher is also on sale for $4, as well as DocumentsToGo for $10, which is usually $15. Not too bad at all.
To see the full list of sales, check below. (more…)
Shortly after CyanogenMod turned into Cyanogen Inc. last week, the camera app that had recently been incorporated into its code – called Focal – was removed with almost zero chance that it would ever return. (Oh, drama.) Thankfully (I think), the project will continue to live on through Google Play, currently in beta form for free.
For those not familiar with Focal, you’ll find an app that is fully-featured (assuming all of the features work on your phone) using a UI that requires gestures to bring up menus and other options. Things like burst mode, PhotoSphere, Panorama, and a number of manual settings can all be found. It’s certainly a choice, if you aren’t satisfied with your phone’s current camera app, just expect there to be issues for now. Again, it’s a beta.
Thanks to a recently uploaded screenshot to the official Korean Google Keyboard listing on Google Play, we may have our first look at Android 4.4, which has officially been dubbed Kit Kat. The screenshot, as you can see above, shows a grey notification color scheme along with a Key Lime Pie debug icon. As you all know, Key Lime Pie has been Google’s internal codename for Kit Kat as they get Android 4.4 ready for release. Depending on how recently this screenshot was taken, they still may be running with KLP up until the last possible minute. (more…)
Google added two new Nexus 7 LTE purchasing options to the Play store this morning, one of which includes an AT&T SIM and a deal that will land you a $100 bill credit for signing a 2-year service agreement. It certainly isn’t the 2GB of free data for a month that T-Mobile is offering without a service agreement, but it’s a deal none-the-less.
If carrier SIMs aren’t your cup of tea and you’d rather your new LTE-equipped tablet arrives by itself, they also are now listing the LTE model at the same $349 price without any sort of carrier add-ons or features.
As a reminder, the LTE model works on Verizon’s network perfectly well.
If you live internationally, you’ll be pleased to learn that the LTE model is also now available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, and Korea.
Space has officially been cleared for the arrival of the next Nexus. Both 16GB and 8GB variants of the Nexus 4 are now sold out through Google Play, neither of which is likely to return. After a price drop of $100 for each phone, it took less than a week for the 8GB model to sell out. Here we are two weeks later and the 16GB version has joined the party.
Hopefully you had a chance to pick up an N4 before they sold out this afternoon. Even after being on the market for a year, it was still one of the best smartphone deals on the planet.
We’re not sure if Google has run out of stock, simply removed it from inventory for unspecified reasons, or is tweaking Google Play store pages, but the new 2013 Nexus 7 with LTE is now showing as “not for sale at this time.” In the past when devices have gone out of stock, Google Play will reference the reasons, which typically involves inventory levels. This statement of “not for sale” at this time, just 7 days after the device went on sale for $349, is a bit odd.
We’ll keep an eye on its status and update this post if we learn more.
Update: It’s now showing as “out of inventory” for some. Maybe Google sold through ‘em.
Update 2: It’s now back in stock.
Via: Google Play
After a couple of months of stock issues, Google’s Chromecast is now back in stock and shipping within 1-2 days through Google Play. Since being introduced in July, Google and a variety of other retailers have had trouble keeping the HDMI dongle in stock. Within the last week, though, we have seen Best Buy hold a steady inventory, so it makes sense that Google would catch up as well. It is their product after all.
At $35, the Chromecast is still a no-brainer if you are a tech enthusiast. While you may not use it by the hour, it certainly comes in handy as an additional to your home media setup. Plus, with additional support arriving in the future from additional media companies, it could become your go-to video streaming device.
Chromecast owners, still using your dongle?