Video: First Look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

The Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in house! I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to remain patient while waiting for this cover to arrive. While not someone who typically buys cases for personal use, the idea behind this one had me hooked the minute I saw it. A single-sheet cover that attaches magnetically, looks beautiful, and can double as a stand? Who wouldn’t get excited about this?  (more…)

Nexus 9 LTE Now Available From Google Play Too

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it was the first carrier to begin selling the Nexus 9 LTE for Google’s suggested price of $599. While they may still have the exclusivity on carrier availability, Google has gone ahead and started selling the LTE model through Google Play as well.

For $599, you can grab the LTE-ready Nexus 9 with 32GB of storage. It ships by December 19.  (more…)

Amazon Releases New Shopping App Because Its Old App Broke Google Play Policies

Back in September, Amazon updated its main application on Google Play to include the option for everyone to install not only Amazon Instant Video, but other apps from their store as well. The app was alive and well for some time, but according to Amazon, Google made a change to its Google Play policies shortly after, putting their app in violation. To comply with Google’s new policies, they have since released a new app called Amazon Shopping that no longer includes direct access to Amazon’s Appstore, and instead tells users that they need to open Amazon’s site on their browser to install their store’s apps, including Instant Video.  (more…)

Google Posts Look Back at 2014’s Most Popular Games, Apps, Movies, and More on Google Play

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…)

Google is Starting to Refund Unauthorized In-App Purchases From $19 Million Agreement

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…)

Deal: Buy a Chromecast Before December 21, Get $20 in Google Play Credit

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.

Links:  Amazon ($32.60) | Google Play ($35)

Google Play 5.1.11 Introduces Dedicated “My Account” Page, Full-Height Drawer, and More (Updated: APK)

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…)