You Can Finally “Send a Hangouts Message” With Your Voice in Google Now

That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.

You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.

You can finally send a Hangouts message with your voice in Google Now.  (more…)

Verizon Nexus 6 Orders are Already Shipping and Arriving

Verizon’s Nexus 6 became available for purchase last Thursday with an estimated ship or arrival date of March 18. If you took the plunge and ordered last week, you may receive your phone well-before the 18th. A number of our readers pinged us within the last day because they had received shipping notices for their orders. Most were showing an expected arrival time of March 17, but at least one reader says he received his phone today.

Some times it does pay to pre-order.

Other Verizon Nexus 6 orderees, have you received your orders? What’s your current shipping time frame looking like?  (more…)

Reminder: Google I/O 2015 Registration Opens Tomorrow at 9am PDT (Updated)

UPDATE:  GOOGLE I/O REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. REGISTER HERE.


If you had plans on attending this year’s Google I/O, getting registered is easily the hardest part of the process. In previous years, you would have to be quick on the draw, hoping to snag one of the tickets before they sold out. However, Google took a different route last year, and it seems to have worked very well. Now, anyone can register during a predetermined amount of time, but a lottery is held to see who will actually attend. It may sound different, but it helps the overall fairness of the limited space situation.  (more…)

DAT DEAL: Brand New Nexus 7 (2013) for $149 From Groupon

I still don’t get how Groupon has this many brand new Nexus 7 (2013) tablets lying around their warehouses, but they do, even after all these months. We are talking about a tablet of Google’s that is almost two years old and hasn’t been sold by Google in I don’t even know how long. We wrote up a similar deal from Groupon two months ago, yet here we are in mid-March, telling you about the same discounted tablet of Google’s. But hey, the tablet is still solid for an Android tablet! Why not buy one?

The deal is this – a brand new 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for just $149. This tablet originally sold for $229, so that’s a decent $80 discount. It’s already running Lollipop, has a solid high-res display, and is compact enough that you may even be able to toss one in your JNCOs at Marilyn Manson shows.

Still need an Android tablet, but don’t want to dent the bank account? Here you go.

Deal Link

Google VPN Shortcut Discovered in Android 5.1, Not Yet Available for Use

While digging through settings and apps after installing Android 5.1, the folks at Pocketables discovered an interesting app called Google Connectivity Services. When linked to from any shortcut maker app (we used Nova Launcher), it reveals a setup dialogue for Google VPN.

While the service does not appear to be live or available for use, it appears that Google may soon allow Android users to connect to a VPN while on open public WiFi networks.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Now Available From Verizon for $249

There she is, the Google whale on Verizon. Go get your Nexus 6 if for some reason you decided to skip on the unlocked version through Google Play, which we showed you months ago works fine on Verizon’s network.

For $249 on-contract, $27.08 per month on Verizon Edge, or $649 off contract, this phone can be yours, “Verizon” logo included. According to Verizon’s website, the Nexus 6 is essentially just up for pre-order, with an expected ship date of March 18.

On a random note, Verizon claims that the Nexus 6 comes in black, yet we know that Google only made it in white or blue. Mistake or did Big Red get some sort of exclusive on the black color? (Edit:  Verizon clarified to us that it does indeed come in blue and they are updating the page today.)

Be sure to read our Nexus 6 review if you haven’t already.

Verizon Link