Sweet deals: Nexus 7 (2012) $119 on Groupon; Nexus 7 (2013) $179 on Staples

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Would be tablet buyers, tis the season to keep your eyes wide open, because retailers are eager to win your business, and that means one thing: deals.

Today, we have a 40 percent off deal for the first generation of the Nexus 7, available from Groupon Goods for three days or while supplies last. The still capable tablet goes on the daily deal site for just $119 for the 16GB model or $149 for the 32GB model.

For that money, you get a 7-inch HD screen, a Tegra 3 processor, and of course the guarantee that you will receive timely updates for at least a few releases. Speaking of which, you should receive a prompt to update your Nexus 7 to Android 4.4 KitKat as soon as you receive it.

If you’re interested in a cheap Nexus 7 (2012) head over to Groupon to place your order, but do it quickly because over 900 units have been ordered already.

If you rather have the 2013 version of the Nexus 7, Staple has a $50 off coupon for any tablet that costs $149 or more. That brings the cost of the 16GB version of the Nexus 7 (2013) down to $179, while the 32GB model goes for $219. Check out our full review if you need more info on Google’s latest Nexus tablet, but trust us, this is great deal.

Staples’ offer expires today, so you better hurry.

For more Android tablet deals available this week and on Black Friday, check out our tablet deals roundup.

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Google Search, Nest, Groupon, PushBullet

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, not focus on which apps have the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

Adobe Reader – Version 11.1

Acrobat Reader

What is the app? This is a great app to open .pdf documents.

What’s new in this version:

  • Buy Adobe PDF Pack and Adobe ExportPDF services from within Adobe Reader.
  • Convert documents and images to PDF using Adobe PDF Pack.
  • Export PDF files to Word or Excel using Adobe ExportPDF.
  • New and improved Text Search using snippet views.
  • Online help to learn more about Adobe Reader.
  • New, modern File Browser UI experience.

PushBullet – Version 12.1


What is the app? PushBullet lets you send push notifications to yourself and friends.

What’s new in this version:

  • Can now select or unselect all apps from the notification mirroring settings.
  • Pushbullet can now show you all of your phone’s notifications right on your computer, the second they show up!
  • This means you’ll know instantly why your phone just buzzed without having to go grab it or take it out of your pocket.

Google Search – Version

Google Search

What is the app? The name gives it away.

What’s new in this version:

  • New hotword: “Ok Google” (US only).
  • More beautiful search results (rolling out gradually).
  • Tell Google to keep you updated about notable people when you search for them.

 MapQuest: Maps, GPS & Traffic – Version 2


What is the app? Mapquest is another navigation app for your device.

What’s new in this version:

  • Beautifully re-designed for Android.
  • Traffic conditions on route – Your route turns red (heavy) or yellow (some brake lights) to keep you informed of live traffic conditions.
  • Exquisite, eye-catching map styling.
  • Custom home/work bookmarking.
  • Road alerts.
  • Location sharing.

Viber – Version


What is the app? Viber is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging VOIP  app.

What’s new in this version:

  • TABLET support!
  • Over 1000 new stickers from the Sticker Market.
  • Hold & Talk – instant voice messages. Your friend will hear you as you speak!
  • Select conversation backgrounds from the background gallery.
  • Up to 100 participants in group conversations.

Facebook Messenger – Version 3.1.1

Facebook Messenger

What is the app? This app allows you to chat with your friends on Facebook.

What’s new in this version:

  • A completely new design and custom sounds. Not just for Facebook friends: Now you can message people in your phone book. And it’s easy to add new contacts—just enter a phone number.

Nest – Version


What is the app? The companion app for the Next Learning Thermostat

What’s new in this version:

  • Redesigned from the ground up including full landscape-portrait modes and beautiful, animated weather.
  • Nest Protect support and setup.
  • Results of Nest Protect manual and self tests.
  • Messages and push notifications for important events, like Emergency Alarm, and low battery levels.
  • Directly contact emergency services in the case of a smoke and carbon monoxide event.
  • “What to Do” instructions during a smoke and carbon monoxide event.

Chrome Browser – Google - Version 31.0


What is the app? Only the best browser out there!

What’s new in this version:

  • Print from Chrome on Android KitKat devices.
  • Stability and security updates.

UE Boom – Version 2.0.40

UE boom

What is the app?  The companion app for the 360 degrees wireless speaker.

What’s new in this version:

  • Alarm feature.
  • Expanded EQ settings.
  • Updated design.

Groupon – Daily Deals, Coupons - Version 2.9.3106


What is the app? Groupon provides daily deals for discounted goods and services with many local and national companies

What’s new in this version:

  • Support for Gift Shop and Gift Finder International so you can find and buy your favorite Groupons for your loved ones.
  • Automatically refresh deals based on your current location.
  • Notifications for Japanese users.
  • Various performance improvements and enhancements.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 (Refurbished) on sale at Groupon, get it for as low as $349


Groupon is at it again with another great deal on a great Android tablet. The one we’re talking about is the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity folks. With an awesome 1920×1200 HD display and the quad-core Tegra 4 chipset, it can be yours for as low as $350 with free shipping. Depending on what your budget is, you can get either the 32GB, 64GB versions with or without the dock. The best deal in my opinion is the the 32GB tablet with the dock for $429.99.

You should however know that these units are ‘factory refurbished’ meaning that you’ll get a 90-day warranty from Asus. We’re not sure how long this deal will last for–hit the link below if you’re interested.


Groupon Merchants update brings mobile credit card transactions to Android

With entities like Square and Paypal taking over the mobile payments scene it’s hard for new competitors to break in, but Groupon is looking to improve its chances by bringing Groupon Payments to its Groupon Merchants app for Android. The service allows merchants to accept credit card payments in an easy and secure fashion through the use of a 3.5mm-based card swiper.

The service can be activated within a matter of minutes via your Android device, and aside from the big feature discussed above users can also look forward to improved analytic data, namely the ability to view live transaction history, check daily sales reports, track deposits to external bank accounts and analyze revenue trends.

Groupon Merchants users are subject to a charge of 15 cents plus 1.8% (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or 3% (American Express) of the bill for each transaction made, standard rates for a service like this. You’ll be paying for the convenience of being able to accept payments with a mobile device, something that’s oft-desired for many different types of businesses (food truck owners, rejoice!).

Of course, as we mentioned before, Square and PayPal offer competitive rates and advantages of their own so if you haven’t already settled on a service then these three are worth putting head to head in order to carefully scrutinize the advantages and disadvantages of each. Head here for more information on Groupon Merchants and see if it’s right for you and your needs. Read on for full press details.

Groupon Releases Updated Groupon Merchants App for Android, v2.2, with Groupon Payments

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) announced the release of the newest version of the Groupon Merchants app for Android (v2.2), which incorporates Groupon Payments into the platform, offering merchants a better way to accept credit cards at the guaranteed lowest overall rates. Groupon merchants with Android devices who sign up for Groupon Payments will enjoy a fast, intuitive experience capable of fulfilling their everyday credit card processing needs.

Groupon merchants with Android devices may now enjoy the following benefits:
•Hassle-Free Enrollment – Activate the service within minutes
•Comprehensive Features – Use the Groupon Merchants app to enter bill totals, add tips, apply taxes, process refunds and email customer receipts
•Dependable Service – Backed 7-days-a-week by a dedicated Groupon Payments support team reachable by phone and email
•Security – Encrypted credit card information keeps customer data safe
•Analytics – Payments information is seamlessly available through the online Payments Center where merchants can view live transaction history, check daily sales reports, track deposits to their bank account and analyze revenue trends
•ROI Tracking – Groupon Merchants can scan and redeem customer Groupons and monitor tips and additional spending to track the success of their deal

“We’re thrilled to bring the powerful features of the Groupon Merchants app and the cost savings and convenience of Groupon Payments to more merchants with smart phones,” said Gene Alston, General Manager of Groupon Payments. “This app is an effective tool for merchants looking to process payments and track customer growth.”

Merchants interested in learning more about Groupon Payments can visit https://www.grouponworks.com/merchant-solutions/payments or call (888) 961-1511 to speak with a representative. The Groupon Merchants app is available for download in the Google Play Shop. Merchants with iPhones can download the Groupon Merchants app in the iPhone App Store.

The guarantee of lowest possible rates is only available to Groupon merchants located in the United States. Merchants must provide proof of current third-party rates for identical services. Participation is subject to the terms of the Groupon Payments Merchant User Agreement, which may modify or discontinue the guarantee and the underlying services at any time. The guarantee is void where prohibited by law.

Deal: Asus Transformer Pad TF300 up for grabs from Groupon for $269

If you have been eyeing on the Asus Transformer Pad TF300, you don’t have to wait until Black Friday kicks off to get the tablet at a discounted price. For a limited time and quantity only, coupon site Groupon is selling the TF300 for $269.

The deal on Groupon has been up for a while, and so far over 1,000 units have been sold. Unless they sold out all the available units early, you have about less than two days to take advantage of the offer.

For the offered price, you won’t get the Transformer tablet’s keyboard docking station. Still, the tablet-only unit retails for $349 outside. So we’re looking at an $80 saving. Combined with the free shipping and free returns policy, we think it’s a pretty sweet deal.

As for its specs, here’s a refresher. The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 boasts a 10.1-inch HD IPS display, 1.2GHz Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 16GB internal storage, microSD support, 1GB RAM, 8MP main camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Yes, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is already out.

Any takers? Or are you going to wait for more Black Friday deals to surface?


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Deal: 32GB Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom Android 4.0 tablet for $339 from Groupon

If you’ve been thinking about getting the original Motorola Xoom, you might want to get it from Groupon. For a limited time, Groupon is offering the Wi-Fi version of the original Xoom for only $339. For that price, you will get a tablet rocking Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core processor, 32GB of RAM, and much more.

Yes, the title on Groupon’s site says Android 3.2, but the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom has been officially upgraded to Android 4.0 as of last month.

Yes, it’s true that there are better tablets currently available, but I don’t think you’ll find any 10-inch tablets with 32GB of storage, pure Android, with an unlocked bootloader for that price.

If you’ve been thinking about getting the Wi-Fi Xoom, head over to Groupon and grab it for only $339. Hurry before this deal runs out!

Buy: 32GB Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom for $339 from Groupon

Top 10 Android app updates: TuneWiki, AirDroid, Equalizer


Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most upgraded apps for the week. I’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to look at what people are actually updating, and not focus on which apps have the most installs.

To find the most updated apps, I turn to AppAware. It’s a great tool that shows me which apps have active support from their developers and sometimes reminds me of an old app that I might have removed long ago. Make sure to install it so your activity can help determine our weekly top 10 list.

This week I’m going to do things a little different. I normally filter out apps that have over 10 million installs, but I’m going to make an exception for popular apps that had significant updates. I hope you enjoy this weekly feature and discover some apps that you might find useful.

TuneWiki – Version 4.0.0

What’s new in this version:

  1. New ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ inspired design!
  2. Major performance improvements
  3. NOTE: There is an issue on some Android tablets. We’re working on a fix ASAP.
  4. As always, send feedback and ideas to ideas@tunewiki.com

TuneWiki is the music player that lets you get lyrics instantly translated into 40+ languages. This week they rolled out a major update that includes a new Android 4.0 inspired design. I tried out the new version and it appears the performance has been greatly improved. I was able to ID songs pretty quick and it pulled up the lyrics right away. If you have never tried TuneWiki, they also have a social network that lets you comment on and discuss the meaning of lyrics. It’s definitely a unique experience for music fans and it’s free, so check it out.

AirDroid – Version 1.0.5

What’s new in this version:

  1. Bug fixes
  2. Added web link login via web.airdroid.com
  3. Added QR code scanning for easier login
  4. Enhanced secure connection option with https
  5. Added multiple desktops
  6. Added various widgets
  7. Added “Speed upload” and “Speed install” on desktop
  8. Added Drag&Drop support for files/folder upload (Chrome)
  9. Added device picture matching for certain devices
  10. Added Videos management
  11. Added realtime device screenshot
  12. Optimized display and management of files, photos, music

Just yesterday we previewed AirDroid and then the developer pushed out the latest update hours later. This is the first upgrade since last year and it’s a pretty big one. If you want to manager you phone from your desktop browser, this is the ultimate app.

Waze – Version

What’s new in this version:

  1. Pioneer AppRadio support
  2. Fixes for Motorola Defy and Milestone
  3. Fix for application launch via API

Waze has been around since the early days of Android, but we haven’t really talked about it as much since Google Navigation was released. It still has a pretty strong following with it’s social features that connect you to other drivers. The latest update is rather minor, but we wanted to give Waze a shout out for pushing community-based traffic and navigation.

iris. – Version 4.5.1

What’s new in this version:

  1. Removed Notification(Airpush) ads. (fixed small bugs related to it)
  2. Upload images to facebook
  3. Set alarm and calender events.
  4. Open other apps.
  5. Google search revamped.
  6. Upgraded twitter and facebook feature for easy access.
  7. Bug fixes for smoother user experience
  8. Press back key cancel action

Iris is one of the original Siri clones, and it’s also one of the best looking. The latest update killed some annoying ads, improved integration with social networks, and enhanced the overall user experience.

AfterFocus – Version 1.1.0

What’s new in this version:

  1. Supports finer brush in manual mode
  2. (After zooming, brush size remains as it is)
  3. Fixes the distorted image In editing/saving on some phones
  4. Fixes the bug that image taken by front camera is not centered when editing

As long as AfterFocus remains one of the most popular apps in our community, we will keep reporting on the latest news. This week the developer released a new update that improves the brush control in manual mode. This makes it easier to zoom in on images and make selections for background and foreground. We still expect a Pro version to be released this month.

GO Weather Widget – Version 1.24

What’s new in this version:

  1. (New)You can set the start time and ending time of auto refresh
  2. (New)You can set the date style in the setting display
  3. (New)You switch the cities circularly in GO Widgets.Open it in the setting display
  4. (Fix)When changing the theme, it shows that the incomplete.

Weather widgets are always all the rage and the GO dev team has one of the nicer looking sets. The latest update lets you control when the weather forecast is refreshed and includes enhanced support for multiple cities. There are a ton of themes available, so hopefully you won’t get bored with this one.

Groupon – Version 1.14.2140

What’s new in this version:

  1. Push notifications enhancements
  2. Added Merchants’ reviews
  3. Added support for Samsung Galaxy Note and other tablets
  4. Added support for Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Argentina, Mexico, Romania
  5. Performance improvements and bug fixes

Like many of you, I have caught the Groupon bug. It used to annoy me with notifications, but the latest update provides users with more control over that. I still think half the daily deals are crap, but there are some real gems in there sometimes.

Apex Launcher – Version 1.1.1

What’s new in this version:

  1. Added option to keep Apex in memory
  2. Added dock options for tablets
  3. Long press menu key to start search
  4. Improved tablet transition effect
  5. Fixed margin settings on tablets
  6. Fixed wallpaper issue under single screen mode
  7. Fixed a bug with desktop data backup/restore
  8. Other bug fixes and improvements
  9. Updated translations
  10. New permissions are used for unread count notifications in the pro version.

Last week we featured Nova Launcher, so it’s only fair we share Apex Launcher this week. This home screen replacement tool is also targeted at Android 4.0 devices and focuses on performance and an insane amount of customizations. I’ve grown tired of most of these home screen launchers, but they are great if you love to tweak out your home screen.

TripIt – Version 2.4.1

What’s new in this version:

  1. Finally! View your Past Trips while you’re on the go
  2. Note: All of these updates are for the Android phone only.
  3. Various bug fixes and usability enhancements

I travel a lot for work, and I never leave home without making sure my TripIt account is synced. It automatically imports all your travel itinerary and helps you keep up with your flight and hotel information. I rely on it so much, that I can’t travel without it now. The latest update lets you view previous trips and fixes various bugs.

Equalizer – Version 3.1.9

What’s new since version 3.1.7:

  1. New Guided Tour and Tips page, aiming at making users more familiar with the app and how to use it properly.
  2. Available now to selected GoogleTV devices.
  3. Downloaded skins can now be applied from the Download skin page, simply click on the “Apply Skin” button after download finishes.
  4. New Equalizer icon! Special thanks to Keval Kankotiya

We know music apps are always popular, so we thought we should share the latest update to Equalizer. This app provides a ton of presets, multiple skins, support for Google TV, and some nice looking widgets. If you are an audiophile, this is a must download.

411 Daily App: Google Offers

Google Offers Portland Oregon 411 Daily App: Google OffersIf you’ve never used Google Offers before, it’s a service from Google which is very similar to Groupon, giving you local daily deals and deep discounts in whatever city you reside. For some time now Google Offers has been available through the web, and a couple of days ago Google launched the official Google Offers Android application. While it’s currently only available in  about 42 cities listed below, if you live outside of these areas the app won’t do you much good.

Currently available to:

Google Offers 411 Daily App: Google Offers

The app will notify you about new offers which are determined by your personal interests.  One cool thing about Offers is the fact that you don’t have to print out coupons, and you can view purchased and redeemed offers and also redeem coupons with your Android device. If you want to grab Google Offers, hit the link here to head on over to the Android Market and download it for free.

If you’ve used Google Offers and would like to share with us your thoughts on it, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Google officially launches Google Offer App for Android

If you are a person who loves saving money and doesn't like to miss good deals, then there's an app for that, and a good one. I'm sure you people are familiar with Google Offers, which is Google's very own service similar to Groupon, which is one of the leaders in online saving deals and coupons. Google officially launched their Google Offers application for Android, which will help people to find local deals. There will be a new featured deal everyday which you can easily access while on the go, and all your previous purchases are saved. Google is working on adding more cities in the 'Google Offer' list, so if your city isn't available don't worry, it should be added soon.

If you're already a Groupon users, it won't hurt to try Google Offer as having more than one app to find the best deals is a win-win situation. Google actually tried buying Groupon a long time ago for $6 billion, but they rejected the offer. So it's kind of Google's policy, if they try buying something from someone, and they refuse, then Google makes its very own to challenge it. You might remember when Google tried buying Facebook, but Facebook declined, and now we have Google+, which is considered the toughest challenger to Facebook. Anyway folks, download the application and share your thoughts about the new app in the comment box below.

Source: Google Blog

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[Deal] Groupon is offering the Toshiba Thrive 16GB for $310

Groupon has the Toshiba Thrive 16GB on sale for $299 plus $9.95 for shipping for the next 48 hours. That is a total of almost $200 worth of savings. The Thrive has a 1GB Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. It also features a removable battery, a full size USB, mini-USB, HDMI ports, and full-sized SD card slot. The price tag of $310 makes this tablet an attractive buy for all of you bargain hunters out there.

Buy the Toshiba Thrive 16GB for $310