Amazon is a force to be reckoned with in the tablet industry, with some of the best-valued devices on the market coming from the online shopping company, but this past holiday season has shown some weakness in its hold on the budget tablet niche.
T-Mobile’s John Legere takes center stage in a new holiday video from the Un-Carrier. Inspired by A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, Legere recounts the happy times T-Mobile has experienced during 2014 and some of the benefits they have made available to customers since they launched their Un-Carrier strategy. Legere also takes some digs at T-Mobile’s main competitors, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
If you want to check it out, hit the break to view the video. Just note there are a couple, depending on where you work, NSFW words included in the message.
Amazon typically runs sales on their wide assortment of Chromebooks, and the week before Christmas is as good of a time as any. Right now, they’re offering multiple models of Chromebooks from different manufacturers for as much as 30% off, which is a great discount. Right now it doesn’t look like any Samsung models are on sale, but if you’re okay with an Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo or Toshiba Chromebook, you might want to glance over some of the sales.
source: Techno Buffalo
T-Mobile is reportedly launching a new set of deals for the rest of the holiday season, and if the rumors end up being true, some of the offers are pretty exciting. There are device discounts, plus some limited time plans for new and current customers.
To kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.
These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.
Just in time for Black Friday, Google Shopping results have gotten several new features to make your Black Friday shopping that much easier. According to Google, nearly 50% of holiday shoppers between the ages of 25 – 34 use their phone to buy other things while standing in line, and Google wants to take advantage of that to help you find the best deals as quickly as possible.
Google’s Calendar app is pretty fantastic. It integrates cleanly with Gmail, it’s well-designed and organized, and the mobile apps are top-notch. To make it even better, the Gmail team is adding holidays from 30 new countries to their Calendar app, ranging from Australia to Brazil.
Like all Google improvements, this update is going to roll out in phases over the next few days. If you’re itching to put another country’s holidays in your calendar, just hang tight for a few days until you see the update.
source: Gmail Blog
Amazon wants to wish everyone a merry Christmas today as the company is offering over $40 in paid apps for free. The full list includes 11 apps with titles such as Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Angry Birds Star Wars II.
Check out the full list after the break.
Samsung just released a nice video called “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections,” which surprisingly doesn’t call out competitors, tell jokes, showcase major features of the device, or any other conventional marketing tactics Samsung normally uses.
Instead, the video shows Galaxy Note 3′s in a “winter wonderland” of sorts, reflecting familiar holiday images on their screens. The video can also be watched in full HD 3D inside YouTube if you have any 3D devices.
Hit the break to check out the video in action.
accidentally put off your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you’ll be happy to know Google is trying to lend a hand to the late shoppers. Thanks to Google’s Shopping Express service, you’ll be able to get a handful of Google Play products delivered before Christmas. In fact, anything ordered up until 5 PM on Christmas Eve is guaranteed to make it to your home in time for Santa to stop by.
There are a few catches here, obviously. First off, Google only offers the service in a select few areas, namely in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Anywhere else in the US, and you can’t take advantage of the service. Secondly, Google isn’t offering everything in the Play Store. You’ll be able to pick up a few things like a Chromecast or a Nexus 7 tablet, but selection is pretty limited based on stock availability. Right now, the Chromecast, 16 GB Nexus 7, 32 GB Nexus 10, and white Nexus 7 folio case are available, but that will likely fluctuate a bit until Christmas.
source: Google Commerce Blog