You may have noticed that Google's shiny new Chromecast streaming gadget has suddenly become a bit popular. The combination of easy streaming and a cheap $35 price sticker has made the dongle a hot ticket, already backed up by three or four weeks on the Play Store, periodically sold out at Amazon and Best Buy, and selling for insane markups on eBay. Google has noticed too: according to a report by the LA Times, they've decided to end the Netflix promotional giveaway, which bundled three months of streaming video service (a $24 value) with the device.
Google's Wallet-powered peer-to-peer payment service launched to rival Paypal was announced on May 15th and came with an interesting promotion: waived fees for transfers funded by credit cards. This promotion was recently (possibly today) adjusted quite drastically, and now only payments less than $250 aren't charged fees. Additionally, we now know that the promotional period ends on June 29th.
Left: terms before; Right: current terms
Typically, credit card-funded transfers are charged a fee of 2.9% with a minimum of $0.30, but for a previously undefined "limited time," Google decided to foot the bill in hopes of attracting initial users.
A lot of people are excited for Google Glass right now. The first Explorer units began rolling into the happy embrace of those selected for the exclusive pilot program just last week, and we've already seen a ton of feedback. Combined with decent pre-release coverage, it's clear that Glass has the potential to shake things up once more people have it in their hands. Of course press coverage and user excitement only form part of the story.
So here we are - Google's 25 Billion App Downloads promotion is coming to a close. Today's deals just went live in the Play Store, and holy crap - this is by far the best day yet. There are some really great apps (and games) in the mix today, like Horn, The Dark Knight Rises, and a few others. Here's the list:
- Smart Tools
- Scramble With Friends
- Air Control HD
- Air Control
- Sketchbook Pro
- Gravity Guy
- Guns'n'Glory WW2 Premium
- Great Big War Game
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Nova Launcher Prime
- Haunted House HD Live Wallpaper
- Kids Numbers and Math
- Spy Mouse (NA and ROW)
The main promotion page hasn't updated for most of us just yet,
so there should be two one more apps to add to the list (if today is consistent with previous days, that is).
Remember ASUS' PadFone from MWC? The Taiwanese manufacturer today released an official teaser for the device-within-a-device, boasting its display, processor, economical benefits, and impressive battery life.
For those who may have missed the specs sprinkled throughout the promo, here's what we know so far:
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display (the tablet features a 10.1" display, no word on resolution)
8MP rear shooter (featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens)
Over 14,000mAh battery power between the pad, phone, and dock
Overall, the PadFone is still looking like a pretty intriguing device.
Haven't filed your taxes yet? Maybe it's a good thing you waited, because this weekend only TurboTax is offering Android users a free Basic or Deluxe return through their Android app, including the Kindle Fire version on the Amazon Appstore. This includes a federal and state return (savings of $87 for Deluxe, $107 for Premier, $127 for Home and Business).
The catch? You have to start your return (from scratch, if you've already begun in the online or desktop versions) between now and April 1st, and use the Android app to do the whole thing (you can't start in the Android app then finish online).
To celebrate the launch of Google Play (and the death of the Market brand) and thank developers and Android users across the world, Google has launched a brand-new sale promotion for a number of features apps and games called "Play Our Favorites."
Here's a link (limited to certain countries only, sorry guys). So far, the included apps are:
- World of Goo
- Jamie's 20 Minute Meals
- Osmos HD
- TuneIn Radio Pro
- I Just Forgot - Little Critter
- Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
- Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
- Dead Space
- Business Calendar
- mSecure - Password Manager
- NFL Flick Quarterback
- NOVA 2
- Quell Reflect
- Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro
- Flick Golf Extreme
- They need To Be Fed
- Paper Camera
- ZOOKEEPER DX
- SwiftKey X
- Camera ZOOM FX
- It's Tyrannosaurus Rex!
A few months ago, Liam spent some time with 17 mobile security apps, one of which was an app called Cerberus. He came away quite impressed - so impressed, in fact, that he crowned it the winner (and, as a license is just $4, it was also crowned the best for the budget-minded).
The app is always free to download and comes with a 1 week free trial, but a lifetime license is normally $4.
Similar to its earlier double data promotion, new or existing customers will get double the data (4GB in total) when they buy a 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon and sign up for a new $30 data plan, together with voice and texting.