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Redesigned Google+ now rolling out

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 02:59 PM PST

Google+ is now getting a full redesign across the web, Android, and iOS. The redesign looks pretty much the same across all platforms and is meant to put the two main features of the service at the front: Communities and Collections.

It seems that Google realizes that people don't use Google+ as a regular social network, rather as a place for like-minded people to share information and talk about certain topics. Communities and Collections both contribute to that, giving people the chance to find others with their interests.

If you're interested in checking out the new Google+, you'll have to opt in to the new design. Check out the source link for more info. It's not entirely finished, so you will be able to toggle between the old and new designs to use all the features.

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18 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (11/3/15 - 11/17/15)

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 02:02 PM PST

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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18 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (11/3/15 - 11/17/15) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Fit v1.55 Adds New Digital Watch Face And Fit Challenge Trainer For Android Wear [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 02:02 PM PST


It's been a while since we've seen a true update to Google Fit – about 6 months if you don't count a version that turned up in the final M Developer Preview. You might even say the app got a bit flabby over the summer. (Sorry.) The latest version began rolling out yesterday and it's featuring a couple of big changes for Android Wear, including a brand new watch face and a trainer mode to help you get in shape.

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Google Fit v1.55 Adds New Digital Watch Face And Fit Challenge Trainer For Android Wear [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pushbullet introduces new Pro paid accounts, takes features away from free accounts

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 02:00 PM PST

If you're into Android at all, there's no doubt you've heard of Pushbullet. It's a program that connects your phone to your computer to your tablet, whatever you like. You can use it to send texts from your computer via your phone, check notifications, and a lot more.

Pushbullet has now announced a Pro version, which will cost either $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year. A company has to make money somehow, right? The blog post details how the company doesn't want to show ads or sell user data, so this was the best way to make some money. And if you love a service, paying as little as $3.33 a month isn't absurd.

However, there's a downside to current users. Pushbullet is making some previously free features Pro only, which means current users may have to start paying to continue using the service. This may leave a bitter taste in some people's mouths.

Pushbullet Pro comparison

This is the breakdown of the free and Pro account features. I think the biggest problem for free users is the 100 message per month limit. A lot of people used Pushbullet for sending messages from their computers, which they will no longer be able to do for more than a few days (or hours). And with Motorola Connect killed off, we have fewer and fewer free options to text from our computers.

Do you use Pushbullet? What do you think of this move? Let us know in the comments!

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Long distance wireless charging is now a reality

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 01:29 PM PST

Wireless charging is a great technology (that I miss so much ever since I switched to the Moto X Pure Edition), allowing you to charge without dealing with cables or worn out USB ports. Just place your phone on a wireless charging surface and you're good to go. Unfortunately, using your phone means stopping wireless charging.

Si-Ware Systems and Ossia have introduced a system called Cota that can charge compatible devices within a 30 foot radius. It can transmit 10 watts of power, while devices can pull a maximum of 6 watts. It isn't nearly as fast as Quick Charge 2.0, but it's still pretty decent all things considered. The radio frequency technology also means that direct line of sight isn't necessary, so devices will still charge through minor obstructions.

This technology isn't limited to smartphones and wearables, though. Even things like wireless keyboards could be charged this way, without ever having to plug anything in. As long as you're near the charger, your devices are getting charged.

While there are some things to consider, like the effect of constant charging on a device that's at home for 12 hours a day, but it's an awesome step forward.

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Google Lowers The Minimum Purchase Price For Play Store Apps And In-App Purchases In 17 Countries

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 12:55 PM PST

ap_resizeLast month Google raised the maximum price of apps and in-app purchases on the Play Store in many markets, sometimes doubling the highest available price tier. Now they're going the other way, lowing the minimum price for a handful of countries that currently have access to paid apps on the Store. Oh, and this time they wrote a blog post, so your friendly neighborhood tech blogger doesn't have to track down each individual change and write them out.

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Google Lowers The Minimum Purchase Price For Play Store Apps And In-App Purchases In 17 Countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The Z5 Premium Is Coming To Bell!

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 12:00 PM PST

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We've got some exciting news to pass your way!  The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will be coming to Bell in the coming weeks.  We don't have a release date or price yet but it is expected to land before the end of the month.  Just in case you forget, here's what the Z5 Premium packs:

  • 5.5″ 4K Display
  • Snapdragon 810 Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 23MP Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 3430 mAh Battery
  • IP68 Water/Dust Resistant
  • Fingerprint Reader

We haven't heard if any other carriers will be getting this device but given Sony and Bell's relationship, I wouldn't be surprised if this was another exclusive.  Hopefully we'll know more soon!


The Z5 Premium Is Coming To Bell! is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Google Photos will now let you easily free up space on your device when you need it

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:59 AM PST

One of the strengths of Google Photos is the ability to access unlimited cloud storage for "high quality" photos, and videos as well. Unfortunately, devices don't have unlimited storage, so Google is hoping to make it easier to free up some space on devices that might be running low.

With the new "Free Up Space" feature, which is available in Settings within the app, users can simply tap the option to have Google Photos excise some images and videos from the built-in storage on their device. These photos and videos will have already been backed up to Google Photos, of course, and the cloud service says that you'll be able to access them, both on device and on the web, whenever you're connected.

The update to Google Photos, which should be available now, also includes the ability to have Photos tell you when your device is running low on storage and then automatically delete photos and videos that are 30 days or older and have already been backed up to the cloud.

The update rolled out to Android users beginning earlier today, and it will be available to iOS user at some point in the near future as well.

Do you think you'll use this feature a lot?

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How to enable Night Clock on your Galaxy S6 edge, S6 edge+

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:46 AM PST

Night Clock on the Galaxy S6 edge+. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung hasn't quite used the curves of the Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+ displays as much as some users would like, but they do come with a few nice features most other smartphones don't have. One of those is Night Clock, which displays a clock on the curved edge that's easy to see in the

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Google Photos 1.9 Offers To Free Up Space Regardless Of Your Remaining Device Storage And Lets You Delete Photos From SD Cards [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:41 AM PST


Google Photos is a way of spreading your photos from your device to the cloud. But the latest update isn't about getting your images on Google's servers. It's about deleting them.

Early this summer, Google provided the option to free up space when Photos detected that your device was running low. The app would then delete local copies of photos that were already backed up online. Now this option should appear regardless of how much storage space you have left.

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Google Photos 1.9 Offers To Free Up Space Regardless Of Your Remaining Device Storage And Lets You Delete Photos From SD Cards [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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NVIDIA Re-releases The Shield Tablet As The Shield Tablet K1

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:30 AM PST

Shield Tablet K1


NVIDIA has turned back the clock today and re-released their Shield Tablet as the Shield Tablet K1.  The device is more or less the same as the original but the package no longer includes the Stylus and the 32GB LTE model is no longer available.  On the plus side, the price has dropped a good deal as the Shield Table K1 costs just $199.99 USD which translates to about $260 CAD (that dollar is really killing some of these new devices).  Pretty decent price considering what's inside

  • 8″ 1920×1200 IPS Display
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Tegra K1 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Interal Storage / 32GB Internalge Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 5MP Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 19.75 Watt Hour Battery
  • Front Facing Speakers

I've been searching through some Canadian retailers and I haven't' stumbled across it yet but I'm sure some retailers will pick this up, hopefully in time for the holidays season.


NVIDIA Re-releases The Shield Tablet As The Shield Tablet K1 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Lumoid Listen is the new way to test audio products

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:29 AM PST

A few weeks back, we reviewed Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for wearables, drones and photography equipment. We came out of it impressed with the excellent experience and the opportunity that Lumoid provided. Today, Lumoid is launching a new branch of service, Lumoid Listen. Lumoid Listen is a new way to test out audio products before you pull the trigger and purchase.

Lumoid Listen divvies up the products into three categories of home audio, portable audio and personal audio. We'll take a look at all three and what they entail.

Home audio consists of in-home speaker systems. The types of things you'll find in this section are Sonos systems, Marshall speakers and more. These products each have a per-product trial fee that varies from $20-$50 depending on the product. That amount gets you the product for two weeks to test it out and see how you like it. If you decide that you want to keep it, you can let Lumoid know that you want to purchase the product and they'll send you a brand new unit and have you send back your trial unit. As an added bonus, 100% of your trial fee goes towards your purchase, so you get a bit of a discount from the usual price.


Portable audio is made up of portable Bluetooth and wireless speakers. This selection includes products like the UE Roll, Bose SoundLink Mini II and Harmon Kardon Esquire Mini. For portable audio units, customers can pick out any three devices and test them out for two weeks at a low cost of just $30. If you decide to purchase one, they'll send you that unit, you'll send back the trial units and $25 of your trial fee will go towards the cost of the device you purchased.

Personal audio is made up of in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones. The rental structure of this is a bit different, as the headphones are divided into categories. Check out the bulleted list below for the categories and their respective trial pricing:

  • Audiophile: Three for $55. $35 goes towards purchase.
  • Fitness Junkie: Three for $30. 100% goes towards purchase.
  • Under $300 Wunderkinds: Three for $30. 100% goes towards purchase.
  • Fashion forward: Three for $45. $35 goes towards purchase.
  • Noise canceling: Three for $50. $40 goes towards purchase.
  • In Ear: Three for $30. 100% goes towards purchase.

Lumoid Listen is a fantastic way to get a feel for which product you like, before you drop a lot of money on it. It's convenient, easy to use and offers a seamless way to try and then purchase the product. Best of all is the very affordable pricing, which is much lower than the cost of the devices you're trying, particularly when you can try headphones that cost nearly $2000.

Follow the source link below to take a look at Lumoid Listen and definitely think about trying out some products. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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LG G3 will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow next month

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:15 AM PST

LG is working hard to get Marshmallow out quickly. Photo: LGAfter making its G4 the first third-party smartphone to get a Marshmallow update, LG will rollout Android 6.0 to last year's G3 next month. Users can expect to see it around mid-December, but like all big Android updates, it will take a while to reach all users. Just like Marshmallow for the G4, the G3

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Last chance: Save 92% on the Interactive Coding Bundle

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:15 AM PST

e7565de0be3b417eac3dc2dbda6692f9f5ef1355_main_hero_imageBecome a job-ready developer by building a portfolio of real-world apps and interacting 1-on-1 with the best mentors in the field. This training is as robust as it gets, including live instruction and job-hunting assistance, on top of 33+ hours of top-notch video courses (some from Stanford, Harvard, etc.). Jump into this 12-week curriculum for

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Here’s A List Of Model Numbers And Corresponding Processors For The S7 And S7 Edge

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 11:01 AM PST

Exynos vs Snapdragon


Rumour has it that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will début early next year (possibly Q1) and will feature two different processors depending on the region.  The two processors we expect to see are the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 and thanks to a new leak we now have an idea of which countries are getting which.

According to the leak, the Exynos 8890 will power the international unlocked models (SM-G930F, SM-G935F), the Korean variants (SM-G930 S/K/L, SM-G935 S/K/L), the Canadian variants (SM-G930W8, SM-G935W8), the T-Mobile variants (SM-G930T, SM-G935T), and the AT&T variants (SM-G930A, SM-G935A).

Those that will get the Snapdragon 820 include the China variants (SM-G9300, SM-G9350), the Verizon variants (SM-G930V, SM-G935V), the Sprint variants (SM-G930P, SM-G935P) and the US Cellular variants (SM-G930R4, SM-G935R4).

It appears that Samsung has split the chips based on the network type as the devices destined for CDMA carriers are sporting the Snapdragon 820 while devices destined for GSM carriers are utilizing the Exynos.  I for one have always been a fan of Samsung's Exynos chips and am glad that that is what we're getting here in Canada.

It should be noted that this information is unconfirmed at this point and SamMobile isn't familiar with the source so don't carve it in stone quite yet.


Here's A List Of Model Numbers And Corresponding Processors For The S7 And S7 Edge is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Sprint is planning something the other carriers ‘are not going to like’

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 10:46 AM PST

Sprint is working on something right now, and it's so big the Now Network has decided that it warrants a landing page with a big countdown clock on it.

Sprint has officially launched a brand new countdown timer that will end on Wednesday, November 18, at 11:00 AM ET. As for what Sprint is planning on announcing, it's anyone's guess at this point. Whatever it is, Marcelo Claure, Sprint's CEO, says that the carriers "are not going to like" it.

There is a "Give me a hint" button on the right, but it doesn't really give anything away, other than whatever the announcement is, it'll be focused in one way or another on savings. One hint, for example, reads, "We're here to do two things: Save you money and chew bubble gum. And we're all out of bubble gum."

The other hints are just as helpful.

What do you think Sprint will announce?

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An updated app guide and new video tips to help you find success on Google Play

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 10:19 AM PST

Posted by Dom Elliott, The Google Play Apps & Games team

Last year, we introduced our first playbook for developers, "The Secrets to App Success on Google Play", to help you grow your app or game business, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times.. Many new features have since been announced on the platform – from Store Listing Experiments and beta testing improvements to App Invites and Smart Lock for Passwords.

Get the second edition of "The Secrets to App Success on Google Play"

Hot off the press, you can now download the second edition to learn about all the new tools and best practices for improving the quality of your app, growing a valuable audience, increasing engagement and retention, and earning more revenue.

Get the book on Google Play in English now or you can sign-up to be notified when the booklet is released in the following languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, español (Latinoamérica), le français, português do Brasil, tiếng Việt, русский язы́к, ไทย, 한국어, 中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), 日本語. Based on your feedback, the guide was updated to work seamlessly in the Google Play Books app. If you prefer, you can also download a PDF version from the Android Developers website.

New videos with tips to find success on Google Play

To accompany the guide, watch the first two episodes in a new ten-part video series of actionable tips you can start using today to achieve your business objectives. Subscribe to the Android Developers channel on YouTube and follow +Android Developers to watch the new videos as they're released weekly.

Two new videos will be released each week in the ten-part series
on the Android Developer YouTube channel.

Let us know your feedback

Once you've checked out the guide and the videos, we'd again love to hear your feedback so we can continue to improve our developer support, please let us know what you think.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 now comes with a warning on inserting the S Pen correctly

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 10:12 AM PST

Soon after the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launched, several different people found that inserting the included S Pen could actually break the internal S Pen sensor and essentially prevent the S Pen from being removed without causing further damage. While Samsung was quick to respond, the damage, so to speak, was already done.

Now, almost three months later, Samsung has taken the initiative and created a brand new warning label for the Galaxy Note 5 and the S Pen. The new warning label was first discovered via a YouTube video published by "J. Williams" showcasing a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Gold Platinum, and surfaced by way of SamMobile.

In the video, it's clearly showcased now on a new warning label that says inserting the S Pen the wrong way "can damage the pen and your phone," and it also has a pair of images depicting the right (and wrong) way to insert the stylus.

Is it a good idea that's a little too late?

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Google Photos wants to help you free up storage on your Android

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 09:58 AM PST

Google Photos becomes even more useful! Photo: Google  Google is rolling out a new Google Photos update for Android that includes a number of new features that can help you free up storage space on your smartphone or tablet. Users will find a new "Free Up Space" button in the Settings menu that lets you bulk-delete photos that you've already backed up.

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Brings Its Uniquely Weird 3D Platforming To Android For $5

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 09:53 AM PST

imageOddworld is a series of games in a variety of genres, all united by the core element of... well, oddness. If you played Stranger's Wrath, the last Oddworld port to reach Android about a year ago, you know what I mean: that game was a third-person action title in which you shot tiny adorably creatures out of a double-barrel crossbow. Munch's Oddysee is an even older game, originally released on the Xbox (the one that isn't the One) back in 2001.

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Brings Its Uniquely Weird 3D Platforming To Android For $5 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Minimum purchase price for apps and in-app products reduced on Google Play

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 09:19 AM PST

Posted by Alistair Pott, Product Manager, Google Play

Available in more than 190 countries, Google Play is a global platform for developers to build high quality apps and successful businesses. But every market has its own unique challenges and opportunities. Purchasing behavior, in particular, varies significantly between markets. So to provide developers with more flexibility, we've worked to adapt Google Play pricing options to better suit local consumers and make content more accessible.

Following a successful pilot in India earlier this year, today, developers have the option to reduce the price of their premium titles and in-app products in 17 more countries to these new minimum thresholds:

Countries affected:

  • Brazil: R$ 0.99 (was R$2.50)
  • Chile: CLP $200.00 (was CLP $500.00)
  • Colombia: COP$ 800.00 (was COP$ 2000.00)
  • Hungary: Ft 125.00 (was Ft 225.00)
  • Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 (was Rp 12,000.00)
  • Malaysia: RM 1.00 (was RM 3.50)
  • Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 (was MXN$ 9.90)
  • Philippines: ₱15.00 (was ₱43.00)
  • Poland: zł1.79 (was zł2.99)
  • Peru: S/. 0.99 (was S/. 3.00)
  • Russia: руб 15.00 (was руб 2.00)
  • Saudi Arabia:﷼ 0.99 (was 2.00﷼)
  • South Africa: R3.99 (was R10.00)
  • Thailand: ฿10.00 (was ฿32.00)
  • Turkey: ₺0.59 (was ₺2.00)
  • Ukraine: ₴5.00 (was ₴8.00)
  • Vietnam: ₫6,000 (was ₫21,000.00)

You can lower the price of your apps and games right away by visiting the Google Play Developer Console and clicking on "Pricing & Distribution" or "In-app Products" for your apps.

We hope this change allows you to reach more people around the world so that you can continue to grow your business on Google Play.

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LG G3 Marshmallow update scheduled for mid-December release

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 09:12 AM PST

According to Tablety.pl, LG is finishing up its final round of testing for the LG G3′s Android 6.0 build and is planning to release the new software update starting in Poland between December 16 and 18. LG customers in Poland have been the first to receive major Android updates in the past, but there's no reason why LG shouldn't also release the update to other unlocked versions of the G3 around the same time.

It will be a different story for the US market and carrier-branded versions of the LG G3 in Europe and Asia. LG has done an incredible job of updating its unlocked phones, but they have had a few issues getting service providers to test and release updates for its phones in a timely manner. Based on LG's track record, we don't expect to see Android Marshmallow released for carrier-branded versions of the LG G3 until late January or even early February of 2016 — after LG gets the update rolling for the LG G4.

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Samsung slaps S Pen warning sticker on Galaxy Note 5

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 08:43 AM PST

The Note 5's new S Pen warning. Photo: J. WilliamsSamsung has begun shipping its Galaxy Note 5 with new stickers that warn users not to insert their S Pen into the device upside down. The company hopes to ensure that new owners don't make the same mistake many others have, which can lead to a broken smartphone. Unlike previous designs, the new S Pen that comes

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[No Deal Alert] Humble Bundle Will No Longer Offer Dedicated Biweekly Mobile Bundles For Android

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 08:23 AM PST

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For over a year, Humble Bundle has offered a biweekly selection of Android games that you could get by paying a price mostly of your choice. This provided one of the cheapest and reliable ways to build a mobile gaming library without spending much money. But now all of that is coming to an end.

Humble Bundle has announced that it will no longer offer a dedicated mobile bundle. Instead of following up the previous bundle with a new one, the Mobile Bundle tab has already disappeared from the top of the site.

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[No Deal Alert] Humble Bundle Will No Longer Offer Dedicated Biweekly Mobile Bundles For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is back for the holidays, now just $199

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 08:11 AM PST

While the SHIELD line became even more powerful this year in its Android TV form, last year's SHIELD tablet remains a high point for Android tablets in terms of performance and, thanks to NVIDIA's added touches, is unsurpassed in the gaming realm.

Since the recall of some SHIELD tablets at the end of the summer, the device has been out of stock in most locations. But NVIDIA is finally refreshing the SHIELD Tablet, now the SHIELD tablet K1, and bringing it back for the holidays.

This is technically a new SHIELD tablet, but the changes from the original are minimal. Gone are the stylus, charger and USB cable in the box, but in exchange for these the price of the SHIELD tablet K1 has dropped from $299 to just $199. Truly this is the best deal in Android tablets as long as you don't have your heart set on a big screen.

While the tablet is shipping with Android 5.1.1, Marshmallow is on the way before the holidays for the new SHIELD Tablet K1. NVIDIA has promised owners of the original SHIELD Tablet will be treated to Marshmallow as well, but no timeline is available yet.

If you haven't tried out the new GeForce NOW service, it is definitely one of the high points of any SHIELD device, and it is free for your first 3 months and $7.99 after. There are over 60 PC games playable for free as part of your subscription and the ability to purchase newly released games through the online store.

NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 is available for purchase starting today through shield.nvidia.com, Amazon, Newegg and coming soon to Best Buy.

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