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
If you are on the verge of picking up something from the Google Play Store, do it fast. Standard shipping can score you certain items you would like by Christmas. But, you have deadline. Monday, December 16, at noon. Items listed are the Nexus 7 (white too), Nexus 10, Chromecast, and some cases and a wireless charger. It is likely limited to just these items; therefore, if you’re picking up a Nexus 5, you likely won’t be able to take advantage of this. And, of course, you can still choose rush shipping to ensure a timely delivery. Hit the source link to see all of the items listed.
Source: Play Store
Office Depot has the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi 16GB model for $179, which is a savings of $50 and a smoking hot deal. Back on Cyber Monday, refurbished models were selling for $169, so this is only $10 more for a brand new unit. They also have the 32GB version for $229, which is a $40 savings.
The best part of this deal is that it’s available online and in stores and NO coupons or coupon codes to deal with. The deal ends on December 21, but we can’t guarantee their inventory will last that long.
Unfortunately, if you desire the white 32GB version, you will have to pay full price from the Play Store, but don’t forget, Google has that Chromecast combo deal as well.
source: Office Depot - 16GB or 32GB
You say you decided to spring for the new white Nexus 7 or took advantage of Google’s bundle offer for a Nexus 7 and Chromecast device? Don’t forget to get some extra protection for your new tablet with a new Nexus 7 Folio. The case now listed in Google Play comes in black or red with a price tag of $49.99 in the U.S. The case is made from polycarbonate with elastomer. The bumper-style case has a trifold cover that gives users a couple different options for how the devices sits depending on how it is being used. Your Nexus 7 will also be able to tell when the case is opened or closed and will wake-up or sleep as appropriate. The case will work with wireless chargers as well.
To grab one, just hit the source link to head over to the Google Play store.
source: Google Play
Google is busy with new deals in the Google Play Store today, releasing some new devices and new versions of existing devices. However, if you have just been waiting to get your hands on a couple devices that have been around for a while, this new deal may just be for you. Google is offering a $35 credit for buyers of a Nexus 7 and a Chromecast device. Just for good measure, they are also throwing in free shipping.
The Nexus 7 and Chromecast must be submitted on the same order. Once the order ships, Google will send the information for buyers to claim their credit via email. The credit can be added to a Google Wallet account and must be added no later than March 31, 2014. If you are ready to place an order this combo of devices, just hit the source link. Act fast though, as Google does not indicate how long this particular promotion will last.
source: Google Play
The Nexus 5 comes in white so why not the Nexus 7? Well Google just unveiled a white version and it’s already available in the Play Store for $269 (for the U.S., UK, or Japan). It’s only available in the 32GB Wi-Fi variety for whatever reason, but in terms of specs, it’s the same tablet as the all black version. Just like the Nexus 5, it has a black front and white back.
For a limited time, if you purchase any Nexus tablet along with a Chromecast, you get $35 in Play Store credit. A fantastic deal.
source: Google Play
Looks like people in India are getting shorthanded during the KitKat/Nexus 7 promo. Winners everywhere else in the world received a brand new 2013 Nexus 7 as their price while in India, it’s the 2012 model that’s being given out to the users. As expected, winners from India aren’t quite pleased and have been trying to voice out their opinions toward KitKat India but to no avail. Nestle’s response is that the new Nexus didn’t launch in India until November, two months after the promotion.
Nexus 5, 4, 7, or 10 owners should be receiving Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) starting today. The update brings small changes that are all behind the scenes. Security enhancements and software fixes are included.
If you prefer to do things yourself, then you can manually install the update yourself. Just like the Android 4.4.1 update, instructions here, have the ZIP file for your specific Nexus device downloaded. But remember, you must have the previous update downloaded first.
Hit the break for download links.
Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.
“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.”
However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi-only version started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.