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[Deal Alert] Google Store Black Friday Sale Live - $200 Off Nexus 9, $80 Off Nexus 5X, Two Chromecasts For $50, And Much More

Google is getting into the annual celebration of the American consumer, known as Black Friday, with a plethora of deep discounts. I'd love to apply my normal flair and lame jokes to this article, but this is Black Friday and I ain't got no time for that!

So here's the breakdown.

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[Updated] Killer Black Friday Deal: Nexus 5X $80 Off On Amazon, B&H, And Google Store ($299/$349)

Every Black Friday weekend there seems to be one deal that draws my attention by shining brighter than all the other flickering lights of lesser bargains floating around the dark confines of the internet. This year, this is the deal that burns brightest in my eyes.

A deal involving one of the hottest Android phones of the year, a killer price, a bonus gift card, no sales tax for most buyers, and free shipping make for the magic pentacta (it's like a trifecta but with five things.

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[Lightning Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 6 $199.99, 64GB $259.99 On Amazon Lightning Deal, Live NOW! GOGOGO!!!

OK guys, let's cut to the chase.

An Amazon Lightning Deal starting midnight PST will drop the the 32GB Nexus 6 to $199.99 on Amazon, and the 64GB will be $259.99.That's an insanely good price and this is going to go OOS super fast, so jump on it quick if you want one. The link is below. This is Black Friday, folks, no time to think, only time to buy!

Update: The lightning deal is over.

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[Update: Now $279.99] Deal Alert: Grab A Brand New, Unlocked 32GB Nexus 6 For Just $299 On eBay Before They're All Gone

This deal popped up a couple of days ago but sold out before we could even post it, so time is absolutely of the essence here. You can get a brand new, midnight blue, 32GB, carrier unlocked Nexus 6 for only $299 on eBay while supplies last.

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Google's Project Fi Sending Out Awesome Lego Kits To Some Subscribers

I'm already a fan (and subscriber) of Project Fi, Google's experiment in being a wireless carrier, but photos popping up across Google+ suggest that the service just got a little more awesome.

Evidently, some Fi subscribers are receiving a holiday gift from Fi - a Lego kit that, when assembled, forms a charging stand for your phone.

A number of Google+ users have posted images of the Lego kit, showing the kit and its packaging - Fi's signature white box with bright Fi-colored materials inside. A green label on the outside wishes recipients "Happy Holidays," while an instructional booklet thanks subscribers for their support so far.

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[Deal Alert] The Mattel View-Master VR, Which Also Works As A Google Cardboard Headset, Is On Sale For $20 At Amazon And Wal-Mart

I don't think anyone realized just how widespread Google's Cardboard "virtual reality" standard would become when it was first announced. And as neat as some of the games and apps that use Cardboard are, it's hard to escape the fact that the headsets are, well, made of cardboard. If you'd like something more sturdy (without having to buy a new LG phone), you can grab one of Mattel's revitalized View-Master VR toys. The original price was a bit steep at thirty bucks, but today Amazon and Wal-Mart are selling them for $19.97, a little closer to impulse buy range and pretty decent stocking-stuffers to boot.

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Google Hires A Dedicated Team To Implement Support For The Vulkan Graphics API In Upcoming Versions Of Android

Unless you regularly develop video games or other visually-intensive programs, you probably don't know what Vulkan is. That's OK. But if you are in the habit of developing visually complex apps for Android, the news that Google plans to support the Vulkan API is a big deal indeed. And it looks like the company intends to jump into the Vulkan pool with both feet: Google has just hired an entire team of dedicated Vulkan developers and folded them into the Android team.

Here's the gist: Vulkan is a cross-platform, low-overhead graphics API created by a consortium called Khronos (get it?). The advantage of Vulkan over other standards is that it gives developers direct access to GPU hardware, allowing a game to manually manage things like GPU cores and memory.

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[Deal Alert] Get The Nexus 5X On eBay For $369.99 ($10 Off) With Free Shipping

Google is handling the sale of Nexus phones in the US this time around rather than distribute them to carriers, but that doesn't mean you won't find these devices floating around elsewhere. For instance, the Nexus 5X just popped up on eBay for $10 less than the Google price. Whatever, right? Hey, with free shipping and no tax, you might save a bundle.

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You Can Now Send Google Play Credit Gifts Via Email In The US

Google updated its support pages with an interesting item recently. Down at the bottom of the gift card page, is a US-only option called "Google Play credit gifts." And sure enough, a new option to send a gift has popped up in the web Play Store. So, just in time for the holidays, you can give the gift of Google Play via email.

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Nexus 5X And Nexus 6P Receive CyanogenMod Support

Yesterday, CyanogenMod announced the first wave of devices supporting CyanogenMod 13 (CM13) — the latest version of CyanogenMod based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The range of devices was reasonably small, containing just seven entries, but CyanogenMod promised they were working hard to get that list to expand rapidly.

It turns out they weren't kidding. Barely 24 hours later, the first CM13 nightly builds for the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P (codenamed 'bullhead' and 'angler,' respectively) have popped up on CyanogenMod's download page.

As always, nightly builds (and the first batch of them in particular) are not designed to be very stable, and there's no guarantee that everything will work properly.

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