Google’s wireless charging pad for the Nexus 4, 5, and 7 are finally available on the Google Play Store, 3 weeks after its initial announcement. Its official name is the Nexus Wireless Charger and costs $49.99 (plus tax and shipping). Shipping time is currently listed as 1-2 days and is only available in the U.S. and Canada. Remember, although the device is listed as compatible with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2013), it will work with any Qi supported device.
If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for an official Nexus branded charging pad, go ahead and buy.
Source: Google Play
Amazon has updated their Fire OS to 3.1, and it’s now available via over-the-air for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. This update brings deeper integration with Goodreads such as capturing and sharing favorite quotes with your Goodreads friends, seeing what your friends are reading, sharing your ratings and reviews, and the ability to import all of the book you have purchased from Amazon.
There is also a second screen option which lets you fling TV shows and movies from your Kindle to your TV. You will need a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or a Samsung TV in order to use this feature.
Next up is support for the enterprise and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). You can now connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks and access corporate apps, documents, a VPN client, and a native SCEP client.
Hit the break for the rest of the added features along with the press release.
Google’s good in the marketing department. Really good.
officially the holiday season, and Google wants to remind you that now’s the time to buy, buy, buy.
The company is opening up a series of tent-like pop-up shops for the upcoming season to display some of its latest products, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Chromecast, and the newest Chromebooks.
They will be called “Winter Wonderlabs,” and will be located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and Paramus, NJ.
According to The Verge, sources say Best Buy is not selling the HP Chromebook 11 for the time being due to urgent internal instructions. Best Buy managers are being told “stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately” and should “partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse.” Even online, listings for the device has disappeared. And Best Buy isn’t alone. Amazon, who Google also partnered with for the sale of the HP Chromebook 11, has taken it down as well. All retailers of the device — Amazon, Best Buy, Google Play, HP — no longer have it available at this time. Why this is happening so rapidly, we’re not sure. Perhaps a defect has been found? Stay tuned for an update.
Source: The Verge
News surfaced of Sony’s mini version of the Z1 handset as more is revealed regarding specs and whether or not the device is slated for international stardom. Well, it appears as though the answer is leaning towards a resounding yes on the latter due to the fact we’re seeing leaked images of the device branded with non NTT DoCoMo nomenclature indicating this is in fact the international version. Expected to be called the Xperia Z1s, leaked images of the device have surfaced and model number D5503, Android 4.3, software version 14.2.A.0.205 and model number “SO-02F” can be seen from the device’s About screen.
In addition to the fact that these screen shots reveal that this is the mini version of the device due to its small dimensions (thanks to the ruler), we can also see there will be 2 GB of RAM on board and 16 GB of internal storage included. Hit the break to check out the screen shots of the handset and stay tuned as we expect an official announcement regarding this device very soon.
The Moto G will be unveiled this Wednesday, and it looks like it might be available the very next day with KitKat on board. It already showed up on Amazon’s UK website with a price of £159.99 or about $257, which is inline with what we have been hearing. Amazon refers to it with the original DVX codename, but also clearly gives us the XT1032 model number along with a November 14 release date.
Speaking of the model number, it showed up in GFXBench, which generally isn’t a big deal, but the fact that it shows Android 4.4 KitKat is amazing. We expected the Moto G to come with Android 4.3, but this is really encouraging. This doesn’t indicate that the initial product will have KitKat on board, but it is an indication that it will get it real soon, which is great news since most budget phones rarely get upgrades. Kudos Motorola!!!
Canada saw a Nexus 5 release earlier today, but they aren’t the only lucky ones. As Sprint announced in their press release, it will be offering the Nexus 5 starting today for only $49.99 on contract (16GB) if you’re switching carriers and porting a number acorss. Amazon and Best Buy also are starting to sell the device today, but for the standard $149.99 price on a new contract.
Off-contract, you’ll be able to get it from Amazon for $499.99 or Best Buy for less at $449.99. It appears that Sprint is not offering the device off-contract, but that may change.
Sources: Amazon / Best Buy / Sprint
If you’re thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the near future, you have another color option to consider. Samsung’s flagship phone will now come in Blue Arctic, available exclusively from Best Buy. The glossy blue version, which you can see above, will be available beginning next Thursday, November 14, but pre-orders will be available beginning tomorrow for Elite and Elite Plus members, and November 10 for everyone else.
Check out the press release after the break for more information.
You generally don’t need a reason to slash prices, but the recent FAA ruling allowing the use of personal electronics during takeoff and landing has inspired Amazon to drop the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX by 15% for today only.
The Kindle Fire HD is normally $139, but it’s $118 after the discount. If you would rather grab the HDX, it’s priced at $195, a $34 savings. You can even grab the basic Kindle for $59. I still say the Nexus 7 is the best all around tablet in regards to price, but these Kindles are perfect for Grandma and Grandpa. Again, this is only good for today, and be sure to enter promo code ThnksFAA at checkout.
Order: Kindle / Kindle Fire HD / Kindle Fire HDX
It looks like Sprint is going to be offering the Nexus 5 come November 8th, according to the press release below. The device will go for $149.99 with the Sprint Unlimited Data Guarantee for Life.
Separately, T-Mobile’s website says that the device will be available on its own service in the coming weeks. The company has a sign-up page which promises to notify you once information comes out regarding release date and price.