Nexus 9 Magic Cover in Black Leather Shows Up at Best Buy

The Nexus 9 Magic Cover has been available on Google Play for the better part of a week now. After spending some time with it, we decided that while it looks pretty and is a bold idea for a minimal tablet cover, in practice it’s probably not worth its $39 price tag. We also noted that during our time with it, that Google Play mentioned leather versions (both black and natural colors) were coming at some point in the future, though they had yet to surface in an official listing. Until today.

Best Buy is listing the black leather version of the Nexus 9’s Magic Cover for a whopping $49. It isn’t in-stock yet, so you can’t buy it even if you wanted to. But hey, another option on what will likely be another overpriced Nexus accessory.

Any takers?  (more…)

Android TV Launcher App Hits Google Play for Updates and Bug Fixes

As we have seen with almost all other Google applications, Mountain View is breaking the Android TV system down, placing important apps right on Google Play, allowing for quicker updating and bug squashing. From the reviews on Google Play for Android TV Launcher, the newest Google app to hit Play, it appears a few users were experiencing nasty bugs with Android TV, now hoping that a new version of the launcher will fix the issues.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.0.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated: Nexus 5)

Update 12/15:  Added Nexus 5 link! (Cheers Dustin!)

Update 12/10:  Added Nexus 4 link. Also added Nexus 6 link.

Android 5.0.1 OTA updates are starting to pop-up this afternoon for a handful of Nexus devices, which isn’t all that surprising after seeing the new Android version hit AOSP yesterday with factory images shortly behind it. The first three devices to receive build LRX22C are the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, and Nexus 10. But don’t be surprised if the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi, and Nexus 6 updates aren’t far behind them.

As is the case each time new OTA updates rollout for Nexus devices, we have started a running list of the updates that can be sideloaded, along with instructions for flashing them. We will continue to update this list as more device updates pop up. Also, as a reminder, we only provide the direct-from-Google download links, so these are as safe as can be.  (more…)

Video: First Look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

The Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in house! I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to remain patient while waiting for this cover to arrive. While not someone who typically buys cases for personal use, the idea behind this one had me hooked the minute I saw it. A single-sheet cover that attaches magnetically, looks beautiful, and can double as a stand? Who wouldn’t get excited about this?  (more…)

Nexus 9 Magic Cover Now Available on Google Play in All Colors

Earlier, we told you that HTC was finally selling one of the Nexus 9’s Magic Covers, but only in Coral Amethyst. Well, hopefully you didn’t give in and place an order because Google Play now has all four colors (black, lime stone, mint indigo, and coral amethyst) in stock, all of which are shipping in 1-2 days.

Yep, all four. Go get ‘em.  (more…)

Nexus 9 LTE Now Available From Google Play Too

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it was the first carrier to begin selling the Nexus 9 LTE for Google’s suggested price of $599. While they may still have the exclusivity on carrier availability, Google has gone ahead and started selling the LTE model through Google Play as well.

For $599, you can grab the LTE-ready Nexus 9 with 32GB of storage. It ships by December 19.  (more…)

Nexus 9 Magic Cover in Coral Available From HTC (Updated: Google Play Too)

The Nexus 9 “Magic Cover” or “Cover” or “2-in-1 Stand,” an accessory that I have been impatiently waiting for because I want that magnetically multi-fold magic-ness, is finally available, though only in one color and only directly from HTC. If you cruise over to HTC’s Nexus 9 page (link below), you can buy the Nexus 9’s Cover in Coral Amethyst (“Amtheyst”) for $39.99.  (more…)