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…)

Latest Leak Provides Best Look Yet at Reported Sony Xperia Z4

According to the latest leaked press renders, we may have our best look yet at the upcoming Xperia Z4 from Sony. From what we can tell in the images, the Xperia Z4 will not be the device Sony uses to branch out artistically from past Xperia devices, and instead, will feature an almost identical look to every other phone that they have made for the past few years.  (more…)

Sony Starts Rollout of Lollipop to Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony announced this morning that the official rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to its Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact has started. The update will begin in the “Nordics and Baltics” before continuing on to the rest of the world in a couple of weeks.

The update is “blending” Lollipop with Sony’s own skin, which means “goodies” are involved. I just hope that really means Sony is ditching their incredibly dated and painful-to-use Android skin. If the first bullet point below that talks of “fresh, streamlined looks” is any indicator of things to come, I may just get my wish. (more…)

Do You Give a Sh*t About VR?

I don’t. But who am I? Every tech company on Earth thinks that you and I should care about VR. It’s the next tablet frontier, and you know, that went so well for Android OEMs.

VR is everywhere. Samsung is in on it – they have two Gear VR headsets now, each of which only works with a single phone. HTC partnered with Valve on one. Occulus is still doing its thing, we think. Sony is too. Don’t be surprised if LG takes a whack at it. Google is ready to bring Android to VR, reportedly. Companies are putting together “mind blowing” demos of it to sell the press on. Somehow, it’s working in that sense. Regular tech press (the smartphone-reviewing kind, not those at actual gaming conferences), who know so much about gaming and VR (that would be sarcasm), love VR. They all take front-facing selfies of VR headsets on their heads to be like, “I am VR. Blown mind is me. Great demo, guys!”  (more…)

Sony Announces Xperia Z4 Tablet, Availability Set for June

Sony unveiled its newest high-end tablet at MWC this week, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Running Lollipop out of the box, the Z4 Tablet features a large list of impressive specs, as well as a gorgeous 10.1-inch ‘2K’ display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

Other specs include a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of flash storage, microSD card support for up to 128GB of storage, 8.1MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.1, 5.1MP front-facing camera, LTE connectivity models, strong water and dust proofing, and a 6000mAh battery.  (more…)

Android Wear 5.0.2 Rolling Out to Most Watches (Updated)

Update:  Most Android Wear devices, like the G Watch, G Watch R, Gear Live, and ZenWatch all appear to be receiving this update. Not much is standing out in terms of new stuff. If anything, your watch should be more stable.


An Android 5.0.2 update is rolling out now to Moto 360 units as build LWX49L. At least one of our readers has already received the update, which Motorola says updates Google Play Services and adds a “variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance stability.” This appears to be a bug fixers rather than a feature-introducer.

To check for the update on your device, head into Settings>About>System updates.  (more…)

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Wednesday Poll: Which OEM Would You Want to Make the Next Nexus Smartphone?

Last year, right around this time, we asked our community which OEM they would like to see create the next Nexus device in partnership with Google. With 42% of the vote, Motorola was the landslide victor. Now here we are in 2015, with likely quite a few of you sitting at a desk with a Motorola-made Nexus 6 by your side. Funny how things work out, yes?

So, to keep up with the opinions and views of our readers, we would like to ask you the exact same question, one year later. Now that most major OEMs have had their shot at creating a Nexus device, all but Sony, which OEM would you like to make the next Nexus device?

Did Motorola do such a good job on the Nexus 6 that you would like them to do another? Is it Samsung’s turn to give it another shot? And what about HTC and its Nexus 9 tablet? Did HTC do such a good job with that tablet hardware that they have earned your trust for another Nexus smartphone? Or, just maybe, is it Sony’s turn in 2015?

More importantly, and something we have all probably thought about, but what about the name? We have had the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and now Nexus 6. But we can’t have a Nexus 7 smartphone in 2015, since that already exists in tablet form. What is Google going to do there? Your guess is as good as ours.

Throw your thoughts down below on who should make it and what it should be called.

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