DEAL: Nexus 6P is $80 Off at Best Buy, 32GB Just $419.99 (UPDATED)

To kick off the weekend, Best Buy is currently running the best deal on the Nexus 6P we have seen in a while. All models have been slashed by $80, so that means you can get into Google’s best Nexus ever (our review) for as little as $419 with 32GB of storage.

If you need more than 32GB of storage, you’ll find the 64GB model at just $469 and the 128GB model at just $569.

Best Buy currently has the gold, aluminium, and graphite colors in stock in all storage sizes, plus they are tossing in free shipping.

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YouTube Red Subscribers Get a Free Chromecast From Google

Earlier in the week, a handful of YouTube Red subscribers began receiving emails from Google that spoke of a free gift as a thank you for being a part of the movement. That “thank you” gift was a free Chromecast (the new one). We just now received our email and figured we’d be sure to point out to the rest of the YouTube Red subs around these parts to keep an eye out for a similar email. Or at the very least, to assure you that these emails really are showing up.  (more…)

Question of the Day: Why Don’t You Buy Nexus Phones?

Earlier today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made an appearance at Recode’s Code Conference to talk about all that is on his company’s plate. During the chat, the conversation moved over to Google’s Nexus line of devices and where it’s headed. In short, Pichai said that Google is investing more in Nexus and sees areas that they can really improve upon stock Android through Nexus devices, as weird as that sounds.

Conversations like these often spark my curiosity, especially when they involve the Nexus line, a long-standing favorite of ours. As many of you know, we love the Nexus line of products (phones more specifically) because they offer a lot of what we look for in an Android phone. We get Google’s vision for the operating system without the bloat, the newest versions the quickest (which means new features first), and direct and swift updates from Google.  (more…)

Google Keep Now Previews Links, Autocompletes Lists and Dodges Duplicates

A newly available update for Google Keep, the relatively simplistic and bare-boned note and list taking app, is bringing three new features. Now, when inserting links into notes, a preview of the link will be displayed inside of the note, making for a more fancy and info-centric appearance.

When making grocery lists, Keep can help you by autocompleting whatever it was you were going to write. For example, if you type “App,” Keep will fill in Apples, Apple Juice, or whichever word matches what you were trying to type from a list of possible options.  (more…)

Sundar Pichai: We are “Investing More Effort” Into Nexus, More Opinionated on Design and Features Too

With the launch of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, I think it’s safe to say that Google was trying to tell us that it is now taking its Nexus products seriously. They created two phones for the first time in a single year at two price points to give consumers choice. They then put them up for sale all over the place, making them much more accessible than in the past, and are constantly running regular discounts on them through promotions to tempt you into buying one. It’s pretty obvious that Google wants you to buy their phones, to see their vision for Android, and hell, get updates when you are supposed to get updates.

To further hammer that point home, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sat down at Recode’s Code Conference today to discuss some of the recent Google I/O happenings, but also to talk about Nexus.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets a Tap-To-Select Text Option and It’s Awesome (Updated)

A new change to Google Now on Tap began rolling out this week, one that should instantly turn it into a much more useful tool in almost any situation, because it gives you some control over what is being analyzed on the screen. Take a look at the screenshots above. Are you seeing the new addition? Yep, it’s the tap-to-select icon sandwiched in between the share and menu buttons.

So how does this work? It’s pretty simple, yet enormously powerful. As you initiate a Google Now on Tap action, you get the initial screen analysis as you always do with Now on Tap. But should the results not come back with anything or show items you weren’t exactly looking for more information on, you can punch that tap-to-select icon before then selecting specific items of text.  (more…)