According to a report from 9to5Google, an affiliate program for the Play Store is in the works that would allow individuals and companies to earn money by directing people to content in Google's ecosystem. This would start with music and movies, but could expand to cover just about everything that Google sells. Read More
A week ago Google released an ethernet adapter for the Chromecast, and a good number of people thought, "Yeah, I want that." Thus the product sold out in a number of hours. Well, there's good news for everyone who thought "Hmm, I might want one. Let me think about it—dagnabbit, it's gone!" The product is back in stock in the Google Store.
The Chromecast's 2.4GHz N Wi-Fi isn't always the most reliable, which can really damper the experience in a device that only has one job. So when Google released a way to guarantee a stable connection, it's easy to see why people jumped at the chance
The ethernet adapter is actually a power adapter with a 10/100 ethernet port down by the wall plug. Read More
The Chromecast is a neat little device, even two years after it was released. However, the 2.4GHz N WiFi isn't ideal for all wireless environments. There's not a new Chromecast with better wireless yet, but Google has just released an ethernet adapter for the original Chromecast. Neat! Read More
Over a month ago the Moto 360 went on sale for $150. Now it looks like the circular smartwatch may have permanently dropped in price. The Google Store, Motorola.com, and Amazon are all listing it priced at $100 less than its original MSRP (though Best Buy still shows it at $250).
The Moto 360 probably remains the most well-known Android Wear device, even if it's hardly the latest and greatest. Thanks to Motorola's craftmanship, the watch still makes for a stylish timepiece. So if you don't want to wait around for the next generation of Wear devices or part with over twice as much money for the LG Watch Urbane, now's not a bad time to pick up a Moto 360 for a lot less than it used to be. Read More
The second Android TV device to be available directly from Google is also the second Android TV device to be sold, period: the Forge TV from gaming peripheral maker Razer. The Forge TV bundle is now on sale in the Google Store. This $149.99 USD package includes the Forge TV itself and one Serval Bluetooth controller. Oddly, the stand-alone Forge TV (which sells for $100 and requires an Android phone, since it has no remote) isn't listed on the Google Store. It's shipping to the US and Canada.
The Serval controller is also available as a stand-alone purchase for a whopping $79.99. Read More
Back in April, some Project Tango invitees reported that the tablet development kit's price had dropped from $1024 down to the "special price" of $512. In an email notification to invited buyers, Google advised, "We're opening up sales more broadly, so now is the last chance to buy the device we've reserved for you."
Evidently Google wasn't joking, as today Project Tango can be bought for the same $512 price invite-free from the Google Store.
Dropping the invitation requirement just one day before the 2015 I/O keynote is certainly an interesting move, and may suggest that Google will have more to tell us about its 3D sensing and tracking efforts during the conference. Read More
Google doesn't usually change the prices of items in the Google Store (it charged $230 for the original G Watch almost until the end), but it has been a little more flexible lately. The Nexus Player debuted at $99, but now it's down to a much more reasonable $79.
Did you remember that Samsung made an Android Wear device? To be honest, I had almost completely forgotten. It seems no one ever talks about that watch, and apparently not many people were buying it either because Google just pulled the plug on the device on the Google Store. When you open the product page you are greeted with this sad sight (or site, your call).
Gone before I've ever seen one in the wild. What a pity. Alas, Darwin's law of natural selection appears to be in effect even in the world of wearables. If you were longing for the warm embrace of a Samsung wrist hug and are crushed by this news, never fear, the Gear Live can still be purchased on Amazon for $200. Read More
One of the problems with all these Android Wear watches is that there's not a standard charging mechanism. That means you (usually) have to use the cradle that comes with them. If that breaks, you better hope you've got a spare on hand. Now you can get another one for the LG Watch Urbane.