Did you buy the new-and-improved 2015 Chromecast? If so, you may have forgotten that your purchase includes a free movie rental on Google Play Movies, even if you'd already purchased a Chromecast previously (offers are per device, not account - so you get one for each CC you purchased up to a maximum of five). The movie rental offer doesn't apply to Chromecast Audio purchases, in case you were wondering.
The current offer runs until the end of the year (12/31/15), so there's no rush to redeem it. As always, in order to redeem the offer, you'll need to open the Chromecast app on your device or head to cast.google.com/chromecast/offers while on the same network as or nearby your Chromecast device.
Right now, I wish you were here with me. You and I could share a cigar (or maybe a Sprite instead, I think smoking is blech) and then I could welcome you to the machine sitting in my living room that I am typing on right now.
Together, we could reminisce about old bands and old times when music was pure and innovative while songs played on my computer's speakers. When sufficiently inspired, we might play and sing some of our favorite hits together with the Sprite coursing through our veins lending courage to our voices. If you were here I could watch you shine on, you crazy diamond, you.
Jason Derulo is an artist who makes music and today his latest album, 'Everything Is 4', is free on Google Play. Here's the playlist.
As you can see it's the full album, however, it has been edited for the radio. So, if you enjoy your music without odd pauses and missing words you will have to shell out $8 for the explicit version of the album. On the plus side, you can listen to the free version of the album with your mom and grandma without being embarrassed. Yup, you can sit around the table for dinner with the matriarchs of your family and listen to tracks like, 'Get Ugly', 'Love Me Down', and 'Want To Want Me' with no fear of a naughty word making things awkward.
If you haven't been able to grab a free Google Cardboard VR headset from various trade shows, under-supplied OnePlus promotions, Conan O'Brien, or anyone else, there's one more option. FreeVRGoggles.com does what it says on the box, so to speak: if you're a United States resident over the age of 18, just enter an address and an email and they'll send you a free Google Cardboard unit. (You can probably use a fake email address... and you might want to.) Slip your phone inside and you get access to all the compatible apps on the Play Store. Why? That's an interesting question.
If you were to look back through all the articles that I have written since Artem begged me to start writing for Android Police (actually, it may have been the other way around) you would notice that almost half of them are deal alerts. The reason why, is that I genuinely love a good bargain. Getting new gadgets is great, but getting new gadgets at a discount is awesome! The deal I'm sharing with you today is the best kind of discount. 100% free. Now that's a good deal!
Conan O'Brien, the red headed late night comedian, along with sponsor AT&T, have generously offered to give away an unspecified number of free Google Cardboard VR headsets to celebrate the return of the Conan 360 segment this July.
Google has decided to bless us with some free stuff, as they are apt to do. This time, you can own each of 12 episodes of shows on Comedy Central by just heading over there and grabbing them, free of charge. Each episode comes from a different program, which is probably just the network trying to give people a reason to get familiar with their offerings. Google, on the other hand, wants to remind you that the Play Store is a good option to buy this sort of thing.
Here's what's on offer:
Key & Peele, Season 4 - Episode 1: "Alien Imposters"
Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Season 1 - Episode 1: "Severance"
Nathan For You, Season 1 - Episode 1: "Yogurt Shop/Pizzeria"
Kroll Show, Season 3 - Episode 1: "Gigolo H-O-R-S-E"
Drunk History, Season 1 - Episode 1: "Washington D.C."
Workaholics, Season 1 - Episode 1: "Piss & S**t"
This Is Not Happening, Season 1 - Episode 1: "Brain on Drugs"
Have you guys heard about Listen? It's a pretty rad service for T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers that lets users set custom ringback tones, be it music or a custom message for callers to listen to instead of a ring. It's got some other neat features as well, like Drive Mode, which automatically detects when the phone is in a moving vehicle and plays a message letting callers know that you're currently traveling. It can also auto-reply to SMS messages if you'd like.
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Samsung has teamed up with Marvel to offer a free limited edition set of 4 Avenger themed Galaxy Note 4 phone cases to anyone purchasing the latest generation Korean phablet. Samsung generously applies a $200 value to the cases, but I think that estimate is about 4-5 times too high. They look like pretty typical snap on plastic cases, but the artwork on the back featuring symbols of Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America does look pretty snazzy and is sure to draw nerd lust from all your friends.
The offer is available to anyone over 18 in the US or Puerto Rico who purchases a Note 4 between May 4th and June 1st.
You can get a very popular book for a really, really low price on Google Play today. And by low price, I mean it's totally free. The book, which inspired the movie, is number two of the three-part series by Suzanne Collins that follows Katniss Everdeen's adventure in the dystopic future.
Normally, the book is $12.99. The first and third books are also marked down to $8.57 and $6.50, respectively. Giving away the second book is kind of clever, since it is not all that useful without also getting the first book. And, if you get the first and the second, you're not just going to ignore the third book.
Open up the Google Wallet app on your Android device, because there might be a $5 surprise waiting for you. Many Android users are reporting on various social media that they have found $5 gifts to various vendors for no apparent reason waiting for them in their Wallet app.