Developers of Android apps in 17 countries now have new minimum prices they can use for paid apps and in-app purchases sold through the Google Play Store. The company says this should give app developers in those countries some more flexibility when setting app and in-app prices.
I'll gladly pay for a good app and good services, even if they previously were free. But scare tactics aren't a way to earn my trust, or my money.
It's not easy being an app developer. Folks don't want to pay for things. Piracy of apps remains a real problem. And many apps aren't just a thing on a phone but rather are a thing on your phone that requires a good bit of support behind the scenes. And that last part is a continuing expenditure for app devs.
So it's not a huge surprise that Pushbullet Pro — a paid subscription for the popular app that helps bridge the gap between your phone and your computer — is now a thing. For $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year (you save $20 by paying up front) you'll get "features worth paying for." And that's certainly true seeing as how a few of those features previously were free and no longer will be.
But the way that Pushbullet presented the necessity of its Pro service is just shy of appalling.
LG has announced that its Smart TV's are gaining access to Google Play Movies & TV in more than 100 countries, bringing tons of new content to the television set. With this, you'll now be able to browse all of the best classics, new releases, independent films and more that Play Movies & TV has in its library right from your television.
Pool is a new app from the folks over at MediaFire that wants to help you share photos with your friends and family. The app will group all of your photos from an event, letting you send them all with just a swipe. Pick which contacts will receive the photos, then swipe right to send. Pool doesn't store your photos in the cloud, but sends them directly to your friends.
Pushbullet has introduced Pushbullet Pro, its new subscription model that moves the premium features away from free users. Previously, Pushbullet and all of its features were free to anyone who signed up for an account, but that is all about to change. Starting December 1, Pushbullet will begin charging for access to some features.
With the launch of the new Shield Tablet K1 and the swift move of the original Shield Tablet to end-of-life status, NVIDIA has stated that it commits to a Marshmallow update for both tablets. The new Shield Tablet K1 is of course launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, quite the same build that we see on the original, which really is unfortunate but feels a bit better knowing that Marshmallow is on the way.
The same winning formula, now a year older and $100 less.
In July of last year NVIDIA launched the Shield Tablet, which took over from the ho-hum Tegra Note 7 and was really one of the best mid-sized tablets available through that year and into 2015. It had a super-powerful processor, solid screen, good battery life and exceptional gaming chops — but you had to be committed to buying it with its accessories for a total of $400 to get the best experience. Still, I used it as my main tablet (the LTE model, actually) and recommended it to others.
Rather than tear it all down and start from scratch 16 months after the launch of the original Shield Tablet, NVIDIA is releasing a refreshed model simply called the Shield Tablet K1. It has the same specs, screen and performance as the original, but now with a few tweaks in the hardware and a notable reduction in price to $199.
NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet K1 isn't actually an altogether new device — it's a slightly refreshed version of 2014's Shield Tablet, and that means not much has changed. The internal specs have stuck around from last year's model, but that's okay — the processor is more than capable and the rest of the hardware keeps up just fine. If you're curious about the full specs, though, we have you covered right here.
Coming in 16 months after the release of the original Shield Tablet, NVIDIA has refreshed and re-released it with a few changes as the Shield Tablet K1. The external hardware is nearly identical, the screen and internals are unchanged, but one big area that has changed is price — you can have a Shield Tablet K1 for just $199. In Europe, the price breaks down to 149.99£ or 199,99€.
Have you ever wanted to grab a free Desire 626 when you buy a HTC smartphone? If so, now's your turn to shine as the manufacturer will do just that if you buy the HTC One M9 before the day is out. This is the latest in the run of HTC's Holiday Hot Deals promotions.
Another new form factor brings Chrome OS to even more screens.
It's been long enough since the concept of a Chromebit was unveiled in March 2015 that it may have faded from many people's memory. But Google and ASUS are very much still interested in this fourth form factor to run Chrome OS — following in the footsteps of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases.
As the "bit" name leads you to think, this is the smallest fully functional Chrome OS computer to date. It's a small stick with a built-in HDMI plug that can work with any monitor or TV you find, and packs enough power for basic computing tasks when paired up with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It doesn't have the ports or power of a full-blown Chromebox, but it's also decidedly more portable and versatile — and at $85, the price is certainly compelling.
But does the Chromebit offer a good enough value to be worth buying? Read our full review and find out.
Alphabet has announced that the third-gen Nest smart thermostat is now readily available for purchase in the UK. The latest version of the connected home accessory was launched a few months ago and has already been made available in the US. You can now buy it here in the UK for £199.99.
Though Google and ASUS took the wraps off of their new little Chrome OS computer called the Chromebit back in March, the two companies are finally ready to release it into the wild — and they're doing it at a great price, just $85. For that money you're getting a tiny stick that contains a full computer, with a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even a USB port. The whole thing can plug directly into the HDMI port of your favorite monitor or TV and instantly turn that screen into a full-on computer.
If you're a frequent American Airlines flyer, the your mobile experience just got a little more pleasant. The airline has updated its Android app with an all new look, interactive terminal maps, and more.
Last week we asked if you'd run out to pick up the new BlackBerry Priv. As BlackBerry's first phone running Android, and with a slickly designed keyboard, this phone came out of nowhere to wow us. You told us they didn't wow you enough though, and most people said they weren't interested in this shiny new phone.
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