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Google Play Music For iPhone Arrives

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Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.

iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.

I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features.  Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more

T-Mobile Offering White Nexus 4

white-nexus-4-tmobileT-Mobile officially started offering the white Nexus 4 along with its availability on the Google Play Store. T-Mobile is offering it for $19.99 down and $17 a month for 24 months ($427.99)

Google is offering the same device direct for a one time payment of $349 plus tax. Google is defiantly the cheaper route if you don’t mind paying for the device upfront.

The Nexus 4 in white has no change in specs from the original Nexus 4.

You can view the device at T-Mobile via this link and at the Google Play Store via this link.

Google I/O Keynote Wrap-up

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Vic Gundotra who runs Engineering at Google started the event off with welcoming 6,000 attendees to the 6th annual Google I/O event in San Francisco, California. He also took the time to thank developers for building great applications.

Sundar Pichair who heads both Android and Chrome followed Vic Gundotra and shared a video with talking about the number of activations Android is experiencing. In 2012 they activated over 400 million Android devices, bring the total number today to 900 million.

Continuing with numbers, Hugo Barra took the stage to talk Android application development and downloads. Google Play has had over 48 billion apps installed with 2.5 billion being installed in the last month alone.

Google also announced they will have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Edition. The smartphone will be going on sale in the Google Play store on June 26th. The handset will be running Android 4.2.2. This will be a true Android experience without all the overlays and bloatware many manufactures install.

Google’s version of the Galaxy S4 will be an unlocked GSM model that works on AT&T and T-Mobile and will cost consumers $649.

Google also unveiled their music subscription service for $10 a month. There is a 30-day trail to give it a test drive. If Google Play Music All Access sounds like your cup of tea and you subscribe to this service before June 30th it will only cost $7.99 a month. Consider it a gift for being an early adopter.

Towards the end of the event keynote, Google showed off their next major version of Maps for Android. The new look will have a bigger search bar and has a much smoother look to it. There will also be Google Offers built into the redesigned app. This will allow for offers to be saved right from the Maps app and redeemed at the destination. The new Google Maps is set to arrive this summer.

Also announced was Goggle Hangouts for iOS, look for an individual write-up on that.

 

Google Now Available On iPhone And iPad

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Today Google released Google Now on iOS. “The right information at just the right time”, states the demo video. From our experience with the Android version this is going to be a welcome addition to iOS.

Google Now gives you information at your fingertips, before you even ask for it. Google Now also gives you weather, traffic alerts, as well as live updates on sport scores, news, and updates on stories that you have been following. The more you use Google Now, the more relevant information it provides to you.

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Google Now is built into the Google Search app update and is available via this link from the app store.

Below is a video of Google Now and you can follow this link to download the app.

Andy Rubin Starting A New Chapter With Google, Says Good-Bye To Android Team

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Andy Rubin, founder of Android has decided that he is going to leave the Android team and start a “new chapter at Google”.

Android has a global partnership of over 60 manufactures, over 750 million devices activated (globally) and about 25 billion applications have been downloaded from the Google Play Store, under Rubin’s leadership.

Taking his place will be Sundar Pichai, who currently works with Chrome and Apps.

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Larry Page, CEO stated in their Official Blog:

“So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward”.

Google Play Store Celebrates First Birthday

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Happy First Birthday Google Play! A year ago today Google rebranded their Android Market to the Google Play Store, which offers more than just apps. Celebrating their birthday, Google is going to be offering discounts on their music, books, magazines, TV shows and exclusive gaming offers.

This celebration will carry on throughout the week. Check out the goodie bags and discount offers they are running via this link.

Nexus Devices To Have Insanely Great Cameras

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Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering posted on his Google+ that he was packing for a trip to the mountains and was unsure which type of camera equipment to bring. “Obviously taking my Android phone and Google Glass,” he stated.

As comments started following one users wrote, “I hope that someday we will just carry our future Nexus and we won’t worry about any heavy camera (smiley face) is that possible +Vic Gundotra any way thank you for all the efforts you have already done”.

Gundotra replied, “We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just wait and see.”

As phones become more and more apart of our lives, the camera quality on a smartphone has become more of a focus. Lets see if the next Nexus lives up to the Gundotra’s comment.

Google I/O Event To Take Place In May 2013

Google has tweeted “Save the date! Google I/O ’13 will be 5/15-17. Reg info coming in early ’13. Meanwhile, revisit the magic”.

Following up on the tweet was Vic Gundotra from Google, who blogged letting fans know that the event will take place at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Announcement for registrations will happen in February, so mark your calendar for what will once again be a sellout in record time.

 

T-Mobile’s Holiday Lineup

The holiday season has finally arrived. The time when we to enjoy family, friends, and holiday deals!

Starting today T-Mobile has released their full holiday lineup of smartphones, tablets, and exciting new services. Costumers can now get their hands on the newest devices, including the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumina 810, Windows Phone 8X by HTC. In addition EA Games and PowerA have partnered with T-Mobile to bring premium gaming experiences to their holiday line up.

To help their customers beat the Black Friday madness T-Mobile is holding their T-Mobile’s free Samsung 4G smartphone sale on November 16 & 17.

Pricing and Availability for all of T-Mobiles holiday line up are listed below.

Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 810:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.

-Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

- Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Android

Google Nexus 4:

- Currently available via Google Play and will be available in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting today

- Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

- Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Google Nexus 7:

-Coming soon – available with T-Mobile service via Google Play

Samsung Galaxy Note II:

- Currently available online and in retail stores

- Value Plan: $249.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

LG Optimus L9:

- Currently available online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $49.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement

-Classic Mobile Broadband Plan: $399.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two year service agreement

Samsung Galaxy S III:

-Currently available online and in retail stores. For more information, visit: http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3

Windows 8

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

- Currently available online and in select retail stores

- Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $389.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with  a two year service agreement

Accessories

-The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.

-The MOGA  Mobile Gaming System is available at www.T-Mobile.com for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores starting today.

Google Play Store Reaches 700,000 Apps

Google has been trailing behind Apple in their application market, but now Google has closed the rather significant gap between the two. The Google Play Store has reached 700,000 applications available across all Android devices.

Last week at Apple’s iPad Mini event they announced that they have 700,000 applications available for download in the App Store, and less than a week later Google announced that they have reached the same amount of applications in the Google Play Store.

While the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store may have the same amount of applications avaliable for download, Apple still leads the pack with over 35 billion downloads and Apple has a much tougher approval process.