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

Download: Android 5.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Now that Android 5.1 has begun rolling out, we are starting to capture over-the-air (OTA) .zip files for you to sideload should you not feel like waiting for the update to hit your device. The first to arrive is for the Nexus 5, but we wouldn’t be surprised if either Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 6 weren’t far behind.

As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post.  (more…)