PayPal Finally Becomes a Payment Option in Google Play

I know this might be tough to believe, but yes, PayPal support has finally been added to your Google Play purchase payment options. Starting today, with rollout happening over the next few, PayPal will show up as an option to purchase goods when shopping on your Android device.

In order to add PayPal as your payment option, you will need to touch the drop down arrow from the purchase pop-up of an item, then click “Add PayPal.” Once you tap that, you will be asked for login credentials.

Initially, 12 countries will see support, including the Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, and the United Kingdom.

According to Google Support, PayPal can’t be used to purchase devices or accessories. (more…)

Official Nexus 5 Snap Cases Now Available on Google Play for $29.99

A new official accessory for the Nexus 5 just showed up on Google Play, the Snap Case. Branded with only a “Google” logo on the lower backside, the Snap Case is being sold as a “lightweight” yet durable option for your Nexus. As with all official accessories, this case has been “designed specifically for the Nexus 5.”

It looks a lot like the minimal cases we often feature from companies like Spigen or Ringke. Keep in mind that those cases usually cost around $10, not $30. But hey, if you want the official business, you have to pay for it.

The Snap Case comes in 5 colors – black, aqua, white, silver, and clear. This new case will cost you $29.99.  (more…)

Google Play Services 4.4 Rolling Out With Running/Walking Recognition, Other Goodies

Google announced that Google Play services 4.4 have begun rolling out worldwide, today. The jump from 4.3 to 4.4 introduces a handful of useful tools for developers, like the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps,  detect activities like running or walking, and display in-app promo ads. There are indoor map API add-ons, minor changes in Games Services (dealing with Game Gifts), and a reduction in the work involved to place a “Buy With Google” button in an app.

You can find the full list of detailed changes below and at the source link.

The rollout has already started, but it will likely take some time to complete. And by the way, Google noted in today’s release that Google I/O will be here next month. Things should get even more exciting then.  (more…)

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition Appears to be Arriving Any Minute Now

It appears as if a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 will be arriving at any moment now. Google changed out the picture on the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition with an image of the Galaxy S5, today, so we can only imagine the full listing will be updated shortly. If not, then Google has lost its mind – why else would they toss in a picture of the Galaxy S5?

We will keep an eye on it and let you know.  (more…)

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.

Ready?  (more…)

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…)