Moto X now $339 off-contract for students (Reg. $399) w/ new school colors & logos

Motorola announced today on its blog that its releasing a new “College Collection” of customization options through Moto Maker that will allow those purchasing a Moto X to apply custom school colors and logos for a long list of schools in the US. The news also comes with a nice discount for students that brings the current $399 off-contract price down to $339.

Students can get it for $339 by registering at Motorola.com/college using a valid .edu emails address.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Google Play! Help celebrate with discounted Apps, Movies, Music, and More!

Happy-2nd-Birthday-Google-Play!Happy Birthday, Google Play! It was two years ago that Google rebranded the Android Market to Google Play, and little did we know that it would take off to become what it is now. Not only are great apps and games made available from this vast repository of digital goodness, but you can also buy the latest Nexus devices, Google Play Experience devices, Chromecasts and accessories, books, movies, TV shows, music and so much more.

To celebrate you can grab the following movies and music to exclusive offers on apps, games and e-books: Read more

Motorola Moto G Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile $90 shipped (Reg. $210)

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eBay is offering the Motorola Moto G Android Smartphone for Boost Mobile for only $90 shipped. That’s a 70% savings off the list price and the lowest we could find. The Moto G has a 4.5 inch HD display and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 450MHz graphics processor. It also features a 5MP rear camera and a front facing camera with 8GB Internal Memory. More product details below: Read more

Moga Pro Power Android Gaming Controller $50 shipped (Reg. $80)

Moga-pro-power-android-controllerAmazon is offering the Moga Pro Power Android Gaming Controller for $49.99 with free shipping. Most retailers charge full retail ($80), which makes today’s deal a savings of roughly 38%.

It transforms your Android smartphone or tablet into a gaming powerhouse. The precision controls and full-sized console-style grips create a console-style experience. Easily connects to any Android 2,3+ device via Bluetooth. Stay powered up for long gaming sessions thanks to the built-in 2200mAh battery. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Verizon Moto X for 1 cent on-contract + $100 bill credit this week only, $329 unlocked

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If you happened to miss out on that recent Valentine’s Day sale from Motorola, the company announced on Twitter that it’s offering the Moto X for 1 cent on contract through Verizon or $70 off unlocked. That means you can pick up the 16GB Moto X customized through Moto Maker starting at $329 off contract. The penny deal will require you to sign up to a two-year contract through Verizon, and an additional $50 on either of the deals will bump you up from the 16GB to the 32GB model.

An even better deal is available through Amazon, however, with an additional $100 bill credit for those activating a new Verizon line on-contract. You might also be able to take advantage of that bill credit through Moto Maker for devices activated on Verizon, but there’s no mention of the offer on the site.  Read more

Google Chromecast streaming media player $30 w/ free shipping (Reg. $35)

chromecast-Google-amazonAmazon is offering the Google Chromecast for $30 with free standard shipping (3-5 days) for all orders or 2-day for Prime members (free trial). That’s a savings of 14% off list and about the best you’ll do on one of these gadgets except for the student-only promo we featured last month. Also available from Staples with the possibility of an extra 5% back in rewards. Rated 4 out of 5 stars from nearly 12,000 Amazon reviewers.

The Chromcast will wirelessly beam movies, music, web content and more from Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices to any HDTV via a WiFi connection. It supports Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and just recently added compatibility for Plex, Vevo and several other apps. Here’s our Chromecast ‘how-to’ guide to help you get set-up and streaming within minutes.
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Motorola Moto G no-contract $80 shipped (Reg. $190)

Motorola Moto G™Today U.S. Cellular has the Motorola Moto G with no contract for only $79.99. That’s a $100 discount off the regular price and the best offer we could find. The Moto G has a sharp 4.5″ HD display, an all-day battery, quad-core speed, Android 4.4 (KitKat) with guaranteed upgrade, and colorful backs to customize your phone. Its edge-to-edge display stretches to all four corners of the phone and  the Moto G can multitask as easily as you do.

note:$50 for the first month is mandatory, but that’s still less than getting the phone by itself.

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App/Entertainment Deals: 10 FREE Android apps w/ Amazon coins, FREE music, iTunes cards, more

wheres-my-perry-amazon-free-kindleToday only, Amazon is offering 10 select Android apps for free with 20 free Amazon coins each. That means on top of receiving free apps, you’ll also lock in $1.80 credit for future app purchases from the Amazon Android App Store. Titles include: Where’s My Perry?, The Lost City, Voxel Invaders, and many more. Don’t forget you can still get $5 to spend on future App purchases.

iOS fans can save 15% on future app/music/movie purchases by grabbing discounted iTunes gift cards from Best Buy. Deal ends today.

gran-turismo-ps3-dealGran Turismo 6 is at its best price ever, $39.99 with free shipping. It retails for $60 and is well received.

Skylanders SWAP Force-Limited Edition-Nintendo Wii U-bundle-sale-01In other game deals, you can pick up a Skylanders SWAP Force Limited Edition Nintendo Wii U bundle on Ebay for just $220 shipped right now. That’s $80 off the original listing and $60 better than Amazon’s current prices. This bundle comes with all of the following:  White Wii U Basic Console and Wii U GamePad, Skylanders Swap Force game, Nintendo Land game, 3 Skylander Figures, character poster, PORTAL OF POWER, 3 trading cards, three sticker sheets, a high speed hdmi cable and all the power cables you’ll need to get going right out of the box.

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While Apple’s App Store is locked down and will see no new price updates until December 28, we have a few notable albums that can be had for free including the 4 track live iTunes Festival: London 2013 album with Justin Timberlake through the 12 Days of Gifts app. We have also spotted Kanye West’s latest offering, Yeezus, available free on the Google Play Store right now.

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Prism II No-Contract Android 4.1 smartphone for T-Mobile: $30 shipped (Reg. $100)

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Best Buy has the T-Mobile Prepaid Prism II (U8686) for only $29.99. That’s $80 off it’s list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen on a no-contract smartphone. The Prism II features built-in Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera, a TFT touch screen and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

With your savings on this phone, you can add significant storage like this Best Buy Deal of the Day PNY 32GB High Speed microSDHC Memory Card that’s only $19.99Read more

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player $30 (Reg. $35), $25 for Amazon Students, $20 for Paypal promo

google-chromecast-deal-9to5toys-best-buyUpdate: Also available from Amazon for $29.99 with free shipping for Prime members or anyone who spends $35 or more. Amazon Students (sign up) can save an additional $5 by entering promo code 7CGHXJ2C at checkout, bringing the total down to $24.99.

Best Buy has the current best offer on the Google Chromecast (only $29.99 with free shipping) or on its Ebay site which could mean a $20 for those who can use the Paypal $10 off $25 promo.

The Chromecast can wirelessly beam movies, music, web content and more from Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices to any HDTV via a WiFi connection. As of right now the Chromecast supports Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and just recently added compatibility with Pandora and Hulu Plus.

With that $5 savings you might be interested in buying a 4GB SDHC memory card for only $2.99  also at Best Buy

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Motorola offers two additional days of Moto X sale as company apologizes for website downtime

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As retailers across the country faced an onslaught of online shoppers, Motorola found themselves battling a website being crippled by customers attempting to order their discounted Moto X. As the company missed its own self-imposed deadline to come back online, they promised to offer two additional sales of the Moto X and are making good on that promise.

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Black Friday roundup of all the latest Android tablet, smartphone, app deals

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Thanksgiving is now in our rear-view mirrors and the holiday shopping season has officially begun. The Android world is no stranger to deals on smartphones, tablets and that’s the very reason we’ve curated a list of all the best specials. Want a deal on the HTC One? Done. How about a special Black Friday price on the Galaxy S 4? We’ve got you covered. How about a deal on a Kindle Fire tablet? Keep reading and we’ve got a deal on that as well. In fact, just keep reading altogether and find the latest specials at the nations four largest wireless carriers, national retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. Wait…there’s even Google’s own Play Store with a huge selection of deals on apps, games, movies, books, music and TV!

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Best Buy offering Samsung Galaxy S4 in various colors for FREE on contract (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon)

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Ahead of some big Black Friday deals coming this week from Best Buy and just about every other retailer, the best deal to get your hands on a new Galaxy S4 on contract is already available. Starting today, Best Buy is offering the device on most major carriers for $0 on the usual two-year contract. If you already planned on signing up with the devil for two years to avoid the $600+ retail cost of the S4, you definitely won’t be able to find a better deal than this. Currently available for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, BestBuy has the S4 in Blue Arctic, Black, Purple, Red and White, and is also offering the rugged Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T in both blue and gray. The deal is available to new customers, but also for those adding a new device to an existing account or upgrading with a two-year contract extension. These devices usually run $199 – $249 on contract, so you’ll want to take advantage of this deal today while it lasts. Read more

Asus Google Nexus 7 2nd gen 16GB 1080p $179 shipped, 32GB: $219 shipped ($50 off!)

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Staples is offering the new Asus Google Nexus 7 2nd gen. 16GB tablet for $179 with free shipping after coupon code 18702 cuts it $50. Using the sam coupon, the 32GB version is just $$219. These deals go fast, grab one while you can.

The new Nexus 7 features a 7″ 1080p HD screen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and built-in wireless charging. 9to5Google reviewed it and found it to be a worthy upgrade over the original Nexus tablet.
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Samsung Google Nexus 10 32GB Tablet Refurb. $285 shipped

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Woot has the Samsung Google Nexus 10 32GB Tablet Refurb. for only $279.99 + $5 shipping. As a price comparison, Amazon sells it new for $398 and their customers rated it well with 4/5 stars and positive reviews.

The Nexus 10 features a Dual-core A15 processor. It has 2GB of system memory and 32GB on-board storage memory, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, a 10.55″ touchscreen with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Read more