Wednesday Poll: Are You Pre-Ordering the Nexus 6 Today?

At some point today, the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship smartphone, will go up for pre-order through Google Play. That could happen in a couple of minutes or it could be another couple of hours. Google doesn’t ever tell us when these things will go live, we instead have to sit here for hours tapping the refresh button. The fun of a Nexus launch!

Because this is a major launch, we want to know if you are planning to pre-order one. You will have a couple of color (white or blue) and storage size (32GB or 64GB) options to choose from, along with starting prices of $649 and $699. There are no carrier deals to be had today. If you want to pre-order the Nexus 6, you have to fork out the full retail price.

So, who is pre-ordering?

Are You Pre-Ordering the Nexus 6 Today?

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Google is Halloweenifying Your Photos Through Google+

To get into the Halloween spirit, the Photos app from Google+ is now Halloweenifying your photos, allowing you to create your very own spooky scenes or scary portraits.

Creating your own Auto Awesome photos with Halloween effects is very easy. To start, open up the Photos app on your device, then hit the three star button in the top right corner. From there, select either Spooky or Fun Effect. Then, choose your photo. Once you hit “okay,” Google+ does its magic.  (more…)

Pay Your All Access Subscription Using Google Play Balance

Since the beginning of the service, users who wished to subscribe to magazine feeds, TV shows, or have access to Play Music All Access, needed a credit card on file to be charged when it came time to pay Google.

Starting recently, it appears Google has made it possible to use your Google Play balance to pay for subscriptions, such as your Google Wallet balance or Google Play balance (gift cards, survey rewards, etc.). While we are not entirely sure if the ability to pay with your Google Wallet balance is new, since we have not subscribed to any services on Google Play since the launch of All Access, the ability to subscribe to services with a gift card is entirely new.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Cruises Through the FCC

With an October 29 pre-order date on the horizon, we were starting to wonder if and when the new Nexus 6 was going to stop by the FCC seeking approval. Thankfully, that happened yesterday, so we should be good to go on Wednesday. The device showed up under two listings with Motorola’s FCC ID attached (which makes sense since Motorola submitted them):  IHDT56QD1 and IHDT56QD2.

The differences in the two listings are likely because there are two models of the Nexus 6:  XT1103 (US variant) and XT1100 (international variant). In the second listing, a declaration of product equivalence notes that this is the same phone as the IHDT56QD1.  Also, you will see below that the second listing (IHDT56QD2) does not have CDMA2000 support, which is true of the international model.

Now, we should point out that the word “Nexus” isn’t mentioned anywhere that we can find, nor are there photos, but we are seeing enough information here to confidently say that this is indeed the Nexus 6.  (more…)

Larry Page Reassigns Sundar Pichai, Now Manages Most of Google’s Products

According to a report out of re/code, Larry Page, CEO of Google, has placed Sundar Pichai in control of essentially the entire core Google business. Sundar, who has grown from head of Chrome to managing the Android business in Mountain View, will immediately take on additional roles, but an official title change at Google is yet to come.

Ready to hear what Sundar has on his plate? Let’s get started.  (more…)