If you live in the United States and you’re in the market for a new smartphone, tablet or wearable, the newly-announced Google Store may have a deal for you. From now until March 31st, if you purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or any Android Wear device, you’ll receive $50 in credit to be used on anything in the Google Play Store. Once you purchase your new device, you’ll get a confirmation email from Google with your promotion code, which can then be added to your Play Store balance.
There are a few rules and regulations to go over before you make your purchase, though. Just to clarify, the $50 credit can be used in the Google Play Store, not the new Google [...]
Last month Google unofficially revealed a new Chromebook Pixel was on its way sometime soon, though at the time no specific details were given. As it turns out, today is the day, as the Chromebook Pixel (2015) has landed.
For those that were intrigued by the idea of a high-end Chrome OS experience but not so keen on Google’s $1300 asking price for the Pixel, you’ll be happy to know that the latest model is a fair amount cheaper at $999 for the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage. Although this is still much more expensive than typical Chromebooks, a $300 price reduction is a welcome change. If you want even more power under the hood, a $1300 variant [...]
Google this week released a pretty significant update for iPhone and iPad, which not only brought about iOS 7 support but also some handy tools for responding to emails themselves.
The iPhone app has had some minor tweaks such a new side navigation bar, but it is the iPad where things look considerably different.
You should note the new slimmed down navigation bar to the left which lets people easily switch between accounts and inboxes at the bottom left of the page, and the excellent full-screen mode for composing emails and viewing messages.
An added bonus is the ability to search for emails even quicker with predictions as [...]
A product page for the device was temporarily listed on the Google Play store earlier this week and the page indicated that the tablet would go on sale on November 21. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Google has since deleted the page from its website.
The story was first spotted by Ubergizmo, although the tech website has since removed its article on the issue.
Little is known about the second-gen Nexus 10 at this time — although a recent leak claimed that the device comes with the same 2560 x 1600 resolution display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 3GB of RAM. It is also expected to launch with Android 4.4 Kit Kat, the latest iteration of Android which is now [...]
Providing iPad and iPod users are running at least iOS 6, the new unified iOS app (free, iTunes) will allow these folk to send both personal and group messages to their BBM contacts.
The new and improved app also fixes a previous bug where users were missing contact names and makes it easier for users to find friends and to invite contacts to group conversations.
That last change has also been applied to the firm’s Android app, which has received a few notable changes too. The application (free, Google Play) is now apparently easier on device battery life and makes it simpler for users to sort and filter through BBM group lists.
BlackBerry Messenger has [...]
Announcing the news on its Android Developers blog, the firm confirmed that the app storefront will allow school administrators to bulk order and instantly distribute apps, videos and other educational content to classes and school districts.
Developers will, in turn, able to push their applications to teachers and students by marking their apps for inclusion in Google Play for Education when using the Google Play Developer Console. That said, these developers will have to ensure that their applications are suitable for the US K-12 educational market and will have to wait patiently for educators to approve the app’s inclusion on the app storefront.
The latest iteration of Android has to date only been available on the new Nexus 5 but, as of November 13, can now be downloaded on the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi versions and Nexus 10 tablet.
The bad news is that Nexus 4 owners and those with a cellular Nexus 7 tablet will have to wait a little longer, with the update not currently available for both devices.
Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat on the new Nexus 5 smartphone at the end of last month, and recent reports claim that the operating system update – which takes its name from the popular candy bar maker – could soon feature on the second-generation Nexus 10.
A recent patent application shows the search giant may be ready to take the wearable technology concept a big step further. Google is developing an electronic skin tattoo for the throat that can act as a microphone for a smartphone, tablet or other device.
The patent by Google's Motorola Mobility unit shows the idea of putting a microphone on a person's throat via an electronic skin tattoo. The tattoo would communicate over Near-Field Communications, Bluetooth, Infrared or other short-range technology to a nearby smartphone, tablet, wearable computer, gaming device or other mobile computer.