Google is in on the shopping fun this week with deals to be had in the Play Store. The Cyber Week deals include discounts on applications, movies, albums, and books as well as highlighting apps that will enhance shopping productivity. There are more than 80 titles listed, so be sure to read through them all because there is a good chance that some will be valuable to you.
Hit the break to see everything offered.
Pinterest is currently rolling out a pretty sizeable update for its official Android application. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.
The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.
Source: Google [Play Store Link]
Google has again increased the international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding China to the mix. This announcement comes just two weeks after the search engine giant expanded support to seven additional Eastern European countries.
Right now, customers in the United States can pick up ASUS’ ZenWatch for $199 from the Play Store. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will leave Google’s warehouses within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you by next Monday, November 17.
Any store is only as good as the content in it and the audience using it. Google Play has come very far since the days of being the Android Market. There have been fifty billion applications and games downloaded. Google has dispersed $5 billion in the last year alone to developers creating new content. There is more to just launching an app in the Play Store, though. The steps following the launch are vital to the app’s long-term success. Because of this, Google has produced a guide: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play. It is broken down into sections including engagement/retention and monetization.
Source: Android Developers Blog
The Nexus 6 has been posted as a product page on Flipkart, an India-based online retailer, but is not yet for sale, as the device is still listed as “coming soon.”
When the phone was unveiled by Google, it was announced that it would be available in 28 counties, India being one of them — the device still isn’t available in India, but this could mark its entrance into the country.
It hasn’t been listen on Google Play in India, but we would expect it to show up soon.
Head over to your calendar and make a note for October 29. While the Nexus 9 is already available in the Play Store, the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player have remained on hold. The Nexus 6, though, will be ready to go in the Play Store next week. The pricing is steep even with the base 32GB storage option at $649. Relying upon Google for excellent pricing is not an option. This year, it seems that going with a carrier to get a Nexus device is the way to go.
Here is a breakdown of the choices:
- Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) — $649
- Nexus 6 (32GB, Cloud White) — $649
- Nexus 6 (64GB, Midnight Blue) — $699
- Nexus 6 (64GB, Cloud White) — $699
[Nexus 6 Play Store Link]
A fair amount of updates are expected over the coming weeks as Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the recommended design for applications. Of course, Google leads the way by updating its stock apps first. Here we have Play Games getting an update that brings the brand new Material Design look. When Google rolls out updates to its apps, it can take a very long time for it to reach everyone; therefore, you can go ahead and grab the file and do take care of everything yourself. That way you can enjoy the new flatter, more animated look of Play Games as quickly as possible.
Source: AndroidSPIN [APK Download Link]
Google has just listed the Sony SmartWatch 3 on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the device isn’t available just yet, it’s catalogued only as “coming soon,” but we do know that it will have a $249 price tag when it eventually displays ‘add to basket’.