One of the best things about being an Android fan is having a killer little mascot that defines the brand. The Bug Droid is everywhere – on cases, shirts, posters, toys, speakers, and a lot more. If you can dream it up, it probably exists somewhere. Out of all the Android-branded accessories, however, PoweredByGen's Andru is one of the best – it's a device charger that looks like the Bug Droid.
It's Cyber Monday, and Newegg is known for selling nice tech, so let's cut to the chase here. The site has a sale going on, and while the vast majority of it has nothing to do with Android, a few niceties have managed to slip through. For starters, we have the LG G Pad 8.3, which is currently on sale for $279.99, and if you apply the coupon code CYBERMND16, that price will go down an additional $30.
The new Nexus 7 is a fancy device, but it's still a little more expensive than some folks are comfortable with. The 2012 Nexus 7 is still floating around, and Newegg has a cache of them for sale on eBay. Just $114.99 and this slab of refurbished Android is headed your way this holiday season.
The 2012 N7 is still a respectable device, especially after recent updates. It benefits from the TRIM support in Android 4.3 and better memory management in 4.4.
Samsung isn't saying exactly how many Galaxy Gears have been sold, just that it shipped 800,000. The Qualcomm Toq is going to be a much more limited in scope. Qualcomm is only going to make about 100,000 and now is your chance to get one. Yes, as promised, the Toq is on sale direct from Qualcomm starting today.
The Toq will be $50 more expensive than the Galaxy Gear at $349.99.
So far NVIDIA has been making good on its promise of regular updates for its SHIELD portable gaming console, and this month is no different. Update 65 is rolling out now, and it brings a handful of new enhancements to some of SHIELD's flagship features, like Gamepad Mapper and Gamestream. Before we get into the details, here's a look at the full changelog:
- Stream from your PC at up to 1080p @ 60 FPS in Console Mode when using Ethernet (via micro USB Ethernet adapter).
Update, 12-2 7:30 PM Pacific: Moto Maker has been slammed all day, so Motorola is planning on offering the Moto X discount again on both Wednesday and next Friday.
Update, 12-2 9 AM Pacific: The deal is live, and discounted Moto X phones for all carriers are now available. You can get contract-free 16GB models in the Moto Maker website for $349.99, or upgrade to 32GB for $399.99. Developer editions for Verizon and GSM networks are $399.99 in the Motorola Store.
Depending on where you live, there's a decent chance you're not going to get that white Christmas no matter how often you make the wish. Thankfully, it's much easier to get your hands on a white phone. Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G2 in white, and to sweeten the deal, they're giving it away for free on Cyber Monday. Well, sort of. You will still have to sign away your mobile soul for two years, but for many customers, that's just par for the course.
Google and Motorola don't seem particularly interested in MicroSD cards these days, but most of the other manufacturers have at least some phones and tablets that still offer expandable storage. If you'd like to pick up a capacious card for your Android device (or anything else), Amazon is offering SanDisk models at a significant discount. This isn't a Gold Box deal, but it is Cyber Monday, so the prices may be good for today only.
The Misfit Shine is a very versatile activity tracker, as wearers can use it strapped to their wrists, hanging from around their necks, or attached to their belts. Unfortunately, they haven't yet been able to use it with an Android device. Now that changes. Misfit Wearables has launched a companion app into the Play Store.
The company had promised to release the app in early 2014, but they decided to roll this release out just a bit early.
HP's efforts in the Android tablet space haven't been all that inspiring so far, but they're hoping to change that with the late 2013 line. If you've been waiting on the HP Slate 8 Pro or the Slate 7 Extreme, it looks like Best Buy is the first American retailer to get its hands on the new tablets. You can pick them up for $329.99 and $199.99, respectively.
The Slate 8 Pro is HP's imitation of an iPad Mini.