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’.
Following the lead of other manufacturers that use the Google Play Store to distribute core apps, OnePlus has made the Cyanogen Camera app that is part of CyanogenMod 11S, the special version of the operating system used for the OnePlus One smartphone, available in Google Play. By using the Play Store, manufacturers are able to push out updates more quickly and easily to end users. This eliminates the need for an app to go through a carrier’s review process to be included in an OTA update, which tend to be sporadic in their timing.
Sometimes it can be tough to decide if an app is worth spending any time or data on, especially if it’s a bigger app that takes awhile to download and consumes lots of space on your device. Google is apparently looking into technology that would let potential customers test drive an app without having to do any of that, which would save time and could potentially lead to more app sales and downloads.
This idea is really focused more on developing markets where data is more expensive, and that’s been one of Google’s heavy focuses as of late. The tech would very likely be used in countries like the US, but since WiFi networks with untiered data connections are more readily available, it’s not quite as useful.
Google has today announced that pre-order movies have now landed on the Play Store. Residents in the United States can now reserve their copy of a blockbuster hit movie before its digitally released.
These are the titles currently up for grabs: Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, Lucy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Dropbox is currently in the process of rolling out a small, staged update for its official Android application via the Google Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to export files directly to an SD card, together with the usual plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Everybody’s favorite football video game gets an update this week bringing League Mode to all of the Madden faithful.
Google Play Services received an update today, bringing the software version up to 6.1. Nothing too wild here, but there are some updates to the Google Analytics API, Google Drive API and Google Fit API.
The update is slowly rolling out, so be patient. Unless you’re a developer, not much is relevant here, but some solid enhancements nonetheless.
Source: Android Developers Blog
Simplicity is a beautiful thing. And with Shazam updating its Android app, it gets even simpler to listen and buy a song. Shazam now links to Google Play to sample a track and then download it. Also, the app can redirect users to Google Play Music All Access in the event that they want to forgo an individual purchase and have endless streaming. This is in addition to the app already linking to Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify.
Hit the break for download links to update your Shazam app.