DEAL: Nexus 5X Drops to $299 on Amazon and Google Store

Black Friday is well underway across country, but even if you got a late start, there are still deals to be had. The first that you should check out is the deal on the Nexus 5X at Amazon and Google Store. While not the best of the two new Nexus phones, it has been dropped to $299 for the shopping holiday and is probably well worth it at that price point.

To clarify, the Nexus 5X with 16GB of storage is $299, while the 32GB model is down to $349.

Be sure to read our Nexus 5X review to catch up.

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Android and Nexus Twitter Accounts Tease Black Friday Deals

Over on Twitter, the official Android and Nexus accounts are teasing upcoming deals for Black Friday, but unlike all other companies, Google is opting to keep it a secret. We love a good mystery.

While we have no clue as to what Google intends to do, we can have a bit of fun speculating. For Android, it’s possible that there will be significant savings to be had on Google Play for apps, music, movies, and books. This seems like a given. For Nexus, is it possible Google will cut the price of its current device lineup for a limited time? Or maybe, if you buy a Nexus device at the regular price, Google will throw in a free Chromecast or $100 of Google Play credit. That seems a bit more likely.  (more…)

Fossil Q Founder Now Available for Purchase at $295

The Q Founder from Fossil, the brand’s first dive into Android Wear, is now available for purchase at $295 directly through its website. The Q Founder is one of the first smartwatches available from a brand that has been in the watch game for years, bringing their design and manufacturing expertise to a relatively new sector of wrist computing. When Android Wear was first announced oh so long ago, Fossil was one of the initial partners with Google.  (more…)

Use Android Pay and Google Will Donate to Special Needs Education Projects

Android Pay and are teaming up with to support the 6.4 million children in the US education system with special needs. Starting today and running through December 31, every time you use Android Pay, Google is donating a dollar to special needs education projects, up to $1 million. Not only that, but on Black Friday, when you use Android Pay to purchase goods, Google will double their contribution to $2.  (more…)

Google Really Loves Star Wars, as Evidenced by This Easter Egg

We wrote up Google’s spectacular Star Wars themes for apps yesterday, but today, another disturbance in the Force has been felt, originating from the folks down in Mountain View. An easter egg has been discovered in Google Search, one which turns your entire list of search results into a text crawl, just as we see in the opening of every Star Wars film. It’s not exactly practical in terms of getting all of your information, but it’s fun to watch. (more…)

Google Awakens the Force With Star Wars Themes for Apps, Includes Gmail and Maps

Because there was not already an over saturation of Star Wars crap for you to buy in stores, Google has launched Star Wars themes for your apps, just in case you needed more Force in your life. If you have a Google account, and use it for Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, and other Google services, you can experience what the Light or Dark side have to offer their users.

To start, you will need to choose a side – Light or Dark. Once a side is chosen, you will begin to see Star Wars themes throughout many of Google’s applications, whether it is on an Android device or desktop computer. For example, I chose the Dark side, opened my Gmail, and I was greeted with a darkly colored Empire theme. In addition, if you open Google Maps, find your home, you should see a Death Star.  (more…)

Android Studio 2.0 Previewed, Includes “Instant Run” and GPU Profiler

The Android Developers team at Google is beginning to preview the launch of Android Studio 2.0, detailing what features app developers can look forward to upon release. All features detailed are available via the canary release channel, but given this is merely a preview of what is to come, Google recommends you download and run an additional copy of Android Studio in parallel with your current version.  (more…)

The Best Android Smartwatch You Can Buy Today

We already went over the best Android phones you can buy today, so why not share that same love with the smartwatches, too? This year has seen a ton of new devices for the wrist, even from companies that had not previously launched a smartwatch. Why would they want to get into the smartwatch market? Well, because it’s growing like crazy. According to Allied Market Research, the global smartwatch market is expected to reach nearly $33 billion by 2020, so we can all rest assured new smartwatches won’t go away any time soon.

This year saw the sequel to last year’s highly-popular Moto 360, Huawei’s first Android Wear-powered device the Huawei Watch, the luxurious Watch Urbane from LG, a watch from luxury watchmaker  TAG Heuer, and Samsung decided to go back to their roots with Tizen in the Gear S2.

With all that said, let’s get into the best Android smartwatch you can buy today.  (more…)