As you probably know, last year’s Nexus 6 launch was a major PR mishap for Google. Chances are Google was again too modest when forecasting demand for the Nexus 6, which led to a massive shortage when pre-orders were opened and the device selling out in a matter of minutes. Whatever the case was, the chaotic Nexus 6 launch and release left a lot of customers frustrated and taking to the Internet to register their disgust. But Nexus 6 availability has since stabilized, and with the device no longer considered “new” in the truest sense, it’s now part of a new Google Play Store deal.
The deal also covers the Nexus 9 tablet and all devices powered by the Android Wear OS/user experience. And it isn’t the first Nexus 6 deal we’ve seen this year; in January, Expansys sold the Nexus 6 for approximately $50 off, and that was just one of the few Nexus 6 specials that kicked off 2015.
Now, it appears that the Google Play Store has a deal for the Nexus 6, and if you’re interested, you have about a week and a half to take advantage of it, as it runs through March 31.
There is, however, a twist to this deal, which means you won’t be getting a straight-up discount off the price of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or the Android Wear device of your choice. Instead of a cash discount, Google is offering buyers a $50 Google Play credit or gift card that can be used on apps, games, and other forms of media available on the Play Store. No, we probably won’t be seeing a plethora of cash discounts off the Nexus 6’s price for the next couple months, but for a device that’s about four months old, it isn’t that bad a deal at all.
The Nexus 6 has been hailed as the most fundamentally-sound Nexus smartphone ever released by Google. The Motorola-made device comes with a 5.96-inch QHD display, a quad-core processor mated to 3 GB RAM, a rather underrated 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 3,220 mAh battery, and the choice of 32 GB or 64 GB storage without microSD. However, you may want to buy the Nexus 6 mainly for its excellent speakers, as well as that traditional Nexus selling point – vanilla Android (Android 5.0 Lollipop, in this case) out of the box.