Legit Deal: Best Buy Slashing $100 Off Nexus 9 for 4 Hours Only, Accessories Too

Best Buy is hosting a really solid 4-hour sale today that slashes $100 off Google’s new Nexus 9 tablet. Both the 16GB and 32GB black models are included, so if you are interested, you can get into a Nexus 9 for $299 or $379, respectively. Most of us always thought the Nexus 9 should have been priced at $299 and $379 out of the gate. In other words, this deal is completely worth it.

Best Buy isn’t just stopping with the tablet itself, though. They are also offering up the Magic or Smart Cover for the Nexus 9 at $29.99 (normally $39) and the Keyboard Folio for $97.49 (normally $129).

Finally, the Chromecast has been dropped to just $29, which is a $5 discount.

The deals are live now and end at 3PM CT.

Best Buy Link  (more…)

Deals: $50 Google Play Credit When You Buy Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear Device – $50 Off Sony Smartwatch Too

From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.

According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015.  (more…)

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…)

You Can No Longer Buy Devices on Google Play, Also Can’t Use Google Play Credit on the Google Store

With the arrival of the new Google Store, you may be wondering what will happen to all of the devices that were listed on Google Play. The short answer – they are gone. If you click on the “Devices” link on Google Play, you will now be re-directed to the new Google Store. Even if you have direct listing links to devices that were previously on Google Play, you will be re-directed to their individual listings on the Google Store.

The end of buying devices on Google Play has come. You also can’t use Google Play credit in the new Google Store (which makes sense since you can’t use Play credit for devices).

If that news only prompted more questions, maybe we have the answers already, thanks to a FAQ provided by Google.  (more…)

Android 5.1 Factory Images Available for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Updated March 12:  Nexus 6 factory images added.

Updated March 17: Google just added a new Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 6 as build LMY47E.

Updated March 20:  Google added the Android 5.1 (LMY47D) image for the Nexus Player.

Updated March 25:  Google added Android 5.1 (LMY47I) images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.


The first batch of Android 5.1 factory images are now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012).

You will find links to all below. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

Google Confirms That They Dropped Default Encryption on Lollipop Because of “Performance Issues”

As it turns out, Google did indeed drop the requirement for full-disk encryption on new devices running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” because of “performance issues.” In a statement issued to Engadget, Google confirmed that a change was made to their final Lollipop hardware requirements document, going with “recommended” instead of “must” for new devices.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 9 16GB in White Just $319 at Office Depot ($80 Off)

For a limited time, Google’s Nexus 9 in white and with 16GB of storage has been slashed to just $319 at Office Depot. That’s an $80 discount. Oh, they are also tossing in free next day delivery.

The deal says that the price is good through 3/2/2015, so you may want to hurry.

Be sure to read our Nexus 9 review if you haven’t. Spoiler – Tim loves it.

Deal Link