Nexus 7 Charging Dock Arrives On Google Play

Today, Google’s long awaited Nexus 7 Charging Dock has finally appeared for sale on the Google Play store. The Nexus 7 Charging Dock allows Nexus 7 owners to dock their tablets for easy charging and angled video viewing. The device itself weighs 280 grams and features a black exterior with a grippy rubber base. This rubber base ensures that your Nexus 7 won’t go flying off your desk if accidentally bumped or jolted. The dock features a MicroUSB connection for charging and a 3.5mm audio jack for audio output to a stereo. The dock connects to the Nexus 7 tablet using the pogo-pin connector found on the side of the tablet.

If you’d like to purchase a Nexus 7 Charging Dock for your Nexus 7, expect to pay $29.99 for the accessory via the Google Play Store in the United States. If you order your dock now, expect to wait 1-2 weeks for your accessory to arrive. If you live in the UK or another EU country, the dock will cost you 24.99 Pounds or 29,99 Euros respectively.

Update: The dock now appears to be sold out on the Google Play store in the United States.

Source: TalkAndroid

Press For Android Update Brings Performance Improvements And Background Syncing

Press is hands down among the best Google Reader clients available on Android. It has been dubbed as the ‘Reeder’ for Android devices, which is no small feat.

Even then, Press is far from perfect. Until today, the app lacked background syncing notifications and had performance issues even on dual-core Android devices.

The developers of Press – TwentyFive Squares – pushed a new update to the app today which fixes most of the issues with the app and brings other new features. Below is the full change-log of the app -:

– Quick article navigation to go to next/previous articles
– Background/automatic syncing
– Sync on app launch
– Background syncing notifications
– New text-alignment options
– Show image title and URL in the image viewer. (xkcd fans rejoice!)
– Date and time formats now match device settings
– Article title is now included when sharing to social networks
– Lots of performance enhancements and bug fixes

If you are an avid Google Reader user and have not tried Press, you are missing out on probably the best way to access Google Reader on your Android device.

Google Play Offers “Free For Print Subscribers” Option

Google has just added a new feature to Google Play which allows users who subscribe to print magazines to get a free digital copy. As of now, this functionality is limited to only a fraction of the magazines on the Play store, though we should see more publishers implement the service in the near future.

If you subscribe to a compatible magazine and would like a free digital copy, you don’t have to do too much. First, find the magazine in which you subscribe to on the Google Play store and hit the “subscribe” button. If a ” Free for print subscribers” button appears, you can digitally subscribe to the publication free of charge. Upon clicking this button, you’ll be asked to log into your magazine subscription online. After you do so, you’ll be able to start reading your print magazine digitally for free.

Keep in mind that if you do get a free digital subscription to a magazine, you’ll only be able to view it on your Android phone or tablet. Google has not yet allowed free magazines to be viewed online.

Source: Google via Talk Android

Google Confirms That Verizon Customers Will Be Able To Charge Play Purchases To Their Bill

According to the official Google Play Twitter feed, Verizon customers will soon be able to charge Google Play purchases directly to their bill, completely avoiding the use of a credit or debit card. Google Play tweeted the following:

Hey @Verizon Customers! Pay for Google Play apps, music and more on your phone bill. We’re rolling this out over the coming weeks. Enjoy!

While it’s great that Verizon is finally allowing their customers to add Play purchases to their bill, they’re pretty late to the party. In fact, Sprint and T-Mobile have been allowing their customers to add  purchases to their bill for months. One reason that Verizon may have been lagging behind other carriers in terms of payments is the fact that they’re still trying to push V-Cast, Verizon’s proprietary app and ringtone marketplace. Unfortunately for Verizon, not many developers have put their apps up for purchase on V-Cast yet, so most Verizon customers still purchase their content via Google Play.

If you plan on charging Google Play purchases to your Verizon account, let us know by dropping a comment below.

Source: Phandroid

Last Day Of Google Play 25 Cent Sales Begin; Includes Nova Launcher Prime And Horn

Today is the last day of Google’s 25 cent sale in lieu of the company celebrating 25 billion app downloads on the Play Store. The apps and games on sales in the last four days ranged from pretty awesome to some pretty lesser known games and live wallpapers. Some notable apps that were worth buying and went on sale in the last four days included Camera Zoom FX, Where’s My Perry, Cut The Rope, Endomondo Pro and Cogs.

Today is the last day of the sale, and thankfully, it contains some really popular apps that very rarely go through a price reduction or on sale.

Below is the full list of apps on sale today -:

Some must buy apps in the list include Nova Launcher Prime, Horn, Great Big War Game and the Dark Knight Rises. Make sure you have a decently powerful Android device with tons of storage space before you buy The Dark Knight Rises and Horn though. The latter is especially optimized for Tegra phones, and was only recently released on the Play Store with ravishing reviews.

As an Android device owner, I must say these yearly sales from Google are a great way to get people to buy apps. At such a tempting price, it just becomes hard to resist some quality apps in the Play Store.

Via – Reddit

List Of Apps On Sale At Google Play 25 Cent Sale Today

As expected, the Google Play 25 cent sale to celebrate 25 billion app downloads has finally started. While it is unknown how many apps will go on sale every day for the next five days, more than a handful of apps have already had their price reduced to 25 cents.

Below are the list of apps and games that have gone on sale, along with my suggestion if you should buy them or not -:

  • Granny Smith – The game was recently released on the Play Store, and if you have not purchased it yet, now is the time. Highly recommended!
  • Draw Something – Ever since Zynga acquired Draw Something, the game’s popularity has gone down substantially. Since Draw Something is a multiplayer game, check with your friends before buying this game. I will recommend readers to skip the game even at this tempting price.
  • Asphalt 7: Heat – Gameloft: Check. Huge download size (1.37GB): Check. Drool worthy graphics: Check. Tempting price: Check. What are you waiting for then? Go ahead and buy Asphalt 7!
  • Tasks: One of the best Task management apps available in the Play Store, with Holo theme and expandable notifications for Jelly Bean users. Must buy!
  • OfficeSuite HD: For me, OfficeSuite HD ranks second only to QuickOffice in the best mobile office on-the-go app. There is only a single version of the app that is optimized for phones as well as for tablets. Buy!
  • Angry Birds Space: Premium – I am not really a huge Angry Birds fan, but if you are, then this is a no-brainer!
  • Ocean HD – If you are into live wallpapers, then go ahead and buy this live wallpaper. I usually don’t use live wallpapers since they tend to slow down the phone, so if you are a new user, I will recommend you to stay away.
  • Cloud and Sheep Premium – If you have a little one around who loves to play games on your phone, then buy this game. Else don’t!
  • runtastic Pro – I am personally an Endomondo user, but runtastic is an excellent alternative to Endomondo, especially at this price.
  • Symphony Of Eternity – Buy it only if you are an RPG fan.
  • Let’s Create! Pottery – Create virtual pottery items in this game that features some excellent graphics.
At the moment, these are the only apps and games that I can find whose prices have been reduced to 25 cents. I will add more apps and games, if I find any.
Do drop in a comment and let us know if you found an app that is on sale, and is not on the list.

Google Celebrates 25 Billion App Downloads On Play Store With A 25 Cent Sale

Last year, Google celebrated 10 billion app download in the Play Store by kicking of a 10-cent sale in the Play Store for 5 days. Today, Google announced that it is celebrating the 25 billion app downloads from the Play Store by offering some of the very popular games and apps from EA, Rovio and other popular developers for only 25 cents. The sale will kick-off later today, and will continue until the next five days.

This time, Google will also be offering some special collections like 25 must have movies, 25 albums that changed the world, or 25 banned books, all at discounted rates.

The blog post from Google also states that the Play Store now has more than 675,000 apps and games, which is nothing short of amazing. More than 15 billion app downloads in less than a year (9 months) is nothing short of amazing, and shows how far the Android ecosystem has evolved.

Last year, some Android developers raked in more than 10k$ in the 10-cent app sale, and this year promises to be no different.


Google Play Music Celebrating the Phonograph with $2.99 Albums

Google Play is running an interesting promotion right now. Pictured below, you can see a few famous album covers pictured with the heading “50 Classic Albums From $2.99”. They say they are celebrating “Edison’s Invention”.


When you click on their link, it will take you to a page with some pretty famous albums that you’ll recognize right away. Curiously however, if you look at the picture below, they have the top of their page labeled with “The Phonograph’s Birthday”. I am not sure where they are getting their information. Wikipedia refers to Edison’s phonograph being invented between May and July 1877. makes mention of August 12, 1877 as being the potential invention date but also says there is some skepticism about it. Whatever the case, Edison came up with a really cool idea and one worth celebrating.

Phonograph's Birthday

It seems to be a pretty eclectic selection of albums and most of them are going for $2.99. However, be aware there are a few that are a little more expensive. Janis Joplin’s “Pearl” is going for $4.99 as well as, Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the Google Play team went about selecting what they refer to as the “50 Vinyl-Era Classics”. Pink Floyd’s the “Dark Side of the Moon” album is a no brainer in my opinion, but Jethro Tull??? Hmmm… not so sure about this one.

So what do you think? For me, I can’t help but wonder where is AC/DC, or Black Sabbath? Go take a look at the albums and tell me what you think would be worthy of your all time vinyl-era classics.

Jelly Bean Music Player Up And Running On Android 2.2+ Devices

Google revamped the stock Android music player in Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which was meant for tablets. When Google unveiled Google Play Music along with the ability to upload all your music to cloud, and stream it right from the cloud, it also updated Play Music for Android handsets. In Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, the Play Music app got further UI enhancements and tweaks.

The Play Music app is even available for download from the Google Play Store, but it is for some strange reason restricted only to certain regions of the world where Google Play Music is available. Besides this region restriction, the latest version of Play Music, found in Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is only available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. This leaves more than 88% of Android users out there in the dust.

Thankfully, an XDA member has managed to get the Google Play Music app to work on Android 2.2 (FroYo)+ devices without any issues. All he did was to recompile the APK with the target SDK version fet to 8 instead of the original 14.

Interested readers should head over to this thread on XDA for the download link.

Google Play Store – 20 Billion App Downloads, 600k Apps and 400 Million Android Devices Out There!

Google just kicked of I/O 2012 with some staggering facts about Android ecosystem. Last year at Google I/O, there were 100 million Android devices out there. This year, there are more than 400 million Android devices out there in people’s hand.

The number of daily activations of Android devices is also up to a whopping 1 million devices a day. The number of apps in the Google Play store has also reached whopping 600,000 apps, with more than 20 billion apps being downloaded by users until now.

Google also announced that it is releasing a new subscription based system for app developers based on the success of the in-app purchasing service. Hopefully, this will allow developers to generate more revenue from their app. Along with this, Android users will also get access to magazines, TV shows and movie purchase from the Google Play store in the United States.