Every year toward December, Google releases a list of the best apps it recommends from the Play Store. It's a great way for Android newcomers to discover interesting apps they might want to install on their devices and for platform veterans to find apps that might have flown under their radar. This year's list is out, divided in 8 categories of 5 apps each, with a few added at the top, but the choices are if anything, a little weird.
You'll likely see different lists according to where you live. Some apps seem to be globally recommended like Skype, Google Photos, Twitch, and djay, while others will differ based on where you're consulting the list from. Read More
Want a 2013 Nexus 7? If you're still getting your 7-inch Nexus devices confused, think of this as the good one. Grabbing one now may be a much faster way to get Marshmallow than waiting on an update. Read More
There's a surprisingly wide variety of content available for Google's dirt-cheap Cardboard VR system, but not many ways for end users to make use of it for their personal media. Enter Cardboard Camera, a new Google app that allows you to take a series of photos and automatically format them for the stereoscopic, 360-degree headset. (You don't need the headset to take the photos, but you'll need one to view the results in VR.) The app even records a little of the ambient sound in the area while you're taking all the necessary photos, so you can create a complete scene. Read More
It really stinks when you've been saving up your Google Opinion Rewards money, but you're just a few cents short of buying something. Google has not thus far allowed you to apply that credit and pay the difference, but it looks like that's changing. We've gotten multiple tips from readers who have been offered just that option in the Play Store. Read More
The point of ads is to get you interested in whatever is occupying that—ugh where is that X okay there it is—now, where was I? Ads, right. They're just after our attention. Thing is, they generally fail to do their job. So Google wants them to be better. Read More
Google acquired the streaming music service Songza more than a year ago, and it has operated in parallel with Google Play Music all this time. But no more. Songza is being shuttered on January 31st, so existing users have about two months to migrate over to Play Music. The good news, most of Songza's features are already in Play Music. Read More
Before YouTube Red launched at the end of October, a number of folks signed up to take part in the YouTube Music Key beta. Starting last week, a number of them have been getting hit by a particularly frustrating bug. They've been switched to YouTube Red, but they've lost access to their Google Play Music subscriptions. To make matters worse, YouTube Red charged them $7.99 as though everything were in working order. Read More
The Nexus 6P has been in and out of stock in the US, but in most of the rest of the world, it's never been in stock at all — until now, that is.
We've received a few tips from our readers that the Nexus 6P is now being sold in the Google Store in several countries across Europe, and possibly even beyond that. So far, we're aware of availability in Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal, but the same should be true for all the countries with the Euro as the official currency. Read More
Google started the process of making routers easier to use and more cylindrical with the $200 TP-Link OnHub. The company then partnered with Asus to produce a second model costing $220. The design is slightly narrower, and you can wave a hand over the top to instantly prioritize a device.
Since that extra $20 bucks might be just enough to dissuade some of you from picking up the latter option, a couple of retailers have evened out the prices. Read More
The Force awakens on December 18th, but the Force of Disney's marketing has awakened long before that. We're already being bombarded with Star Wars figurines and collectibles and toys and miscellaneous items in every online or retail store we visit. And here's one more thing you want to add to your list of coveted Star Wars items: a themed Google Cardboard unit.
Verizon has the exclusive rights to these 4 different cardboard designs. Read More