If you've been shopping for a Google Wifi (or three) lately, it's hard not to notice that all of the direct sales avenues have either been sold out or priced so far above MSRP that you'd think they were scalping playoff tickets. Fortunately, this drought couldn't last forever – Best Buy currently has both single and 3-packs of the mesh wireless router available at regular prices with fast shipping or in-store pickup.
The 3-packs are gone
Holy cow, that didn't last long. About an hour after this post went live, Best Buy ran out of 3-packs. Read More
They said it would be coming on the first of August, and it looks like they're right on time. ZTE's interesting Axon, which made a splash with impressive specs and an off-contract selling price, is now on sale in the US. You can pick up the phone in white, gold, or navy blue from the manufacturer's website. If you've got an Amazon Prime or Newegg Premier customer account you can grab the phone from either retailer, and eBay is selling it as well.
The Axon sells for $449.99 at all outlets and in all colors, though Newegg is currently backordered for the blue model and doesn't have the gold version is stock, and Amazon only seems to be selling the blue version. Read More
If you've been drooling over Amazon's version of Google Now and Siri (or perhaps HAL-9000... in a good way), you can now buy it without an invitation. Starting today, the Echo is available in the United States for $179.99. That's $20 off of the original "retail" price, but $80 more than Amazon Prime customers have been paying after going through the invitation process. Those who purchase today will also have to wait a bit, since the Echo isn't shipping until July 14th.
The Echo is basically a physical implementation of Google Now that ties into Amazon's services instead. Users can speak "OK Echo" or "OK Alexa" (the device's anthropomorphized digital voice) and an omni-directional microphone will record voice commands. Read More
So you've read our exhaustive review of the NVIDIA SHIELD and decided that it's the Android TV device for you. Whelp, it's available for purchase right now in the US, from both NVIDIA's own store and Amazon.com. The standard 16GB SHIELD is $199.99, but it looks like the SHIELD Pro ($299.99) with its 500GB internal hard drive won't be available until June. According to the NVIDIA Store it's coming on the 3rd, while Amazon says it won't be in stock till the 12th.
SHIELD comes with $30 of free Google Play Store credit and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access. Read More
You may remember Google's launch of the Glass explorer program in the UK, which saw the device listed in the Play Store just before I/O. This seemed a little odd at the time, given that the Glass shopping experience in the US has always had its own dedicated checkout process and interface, separate from the Play Store, but bringing the hardware to Google's main store makes sense in the long-run, as the eyeball computer tiptoes toward an inevitable final launch.
The device still costs an even $1,500, but explorers can still get a free pair of frames or shades when ordering a Glass unit, and all the other accessories (like cases and earbuds) are present. Read More
When Barnes & Noble and Samsung announced that they were going to work together to produce a Nook tablet, it was unclear just what this would entail. Now the tablet is available for purchase, and to be upfront, it doesn't look all that different from any other Samsung product. Setting aside the predictable hardware, we're looking at a TouchWiz tablet with a few Nook apps and a dedicated reading button on the homescreen. There's a Nook shop for content, but fortunately the Play Store is there for apps. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook comes in black or white for $179.99 following an instant $20 rebate. Read More
The Chromecast has made its way to Brazil, bringing with it the ability to stream YouTube, Netflix, Play Movies, Rdio, and others. Sure, not all of the Chromecast compatible apps are able to make the leap - there's no Hulu, Pandora, or HBO Go - but that's to be expected. This is still the same device we've been following for nearly a year now, and it's gaining support from new apps by the day.
Unfortunately, at R$199 (roughly $90 USD), Google's little dongle is nowhere near as affordable as it is elsewhere in the world. Then again, that's a story Brazilians have had plenty of time to get used to when it comes to tech imports. Read More
The Galaxy S5 Active, Samsung's much-leaked ruggedized version of its latest flagship, is now official, and available from AT&T in three colors - Camo Green, Ruby Red, and Titanium Gray.
Just like the previous entry in the Active family, the S5 Active is water and dust resistant, and looks quite capable of taking some abuse. The S5 Active, as you may guess, is essentially the Galaxy S5 in a rougher, tougher chassis. They share almost all the same specs, though the Active does not sport a fingerprint scanner. The device does have a dedicated button, however, for launching your "activity-related features."
If you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for the S5 Active to be made available to the public, you can order it now from AT&T for $200 on contract, or $715 contract-free. Read More
After holding a one day sale, running out of inventory, and accidentally leaving the store open, the team behind Google Glass promised to find more ways to expand the Explorer Program to those who wanted in.
This evening, Google Glass announced - through Google+ - that Glass is now available to everyone in the US, "as long as we have it on hand."
Last week we told you we'd be trying out new ways to find Explorers. Well, we weren’t kidding. We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta.
Google Play gift cards are only available in a handful of countries around the world, but now they have made their way into Hong Kong. Here they are on Google Play in increments of 200, 500, and 1000 Hong Kong dollars. Read More