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Nexus 6 lists Optus as a supported carrier – but it’s probably not going to be offered by them

Nexus 6 lists Optus as a supported carrier – but it’s probably not going to be offered by them

When the Nexus 6 will show up and where is the big question at the moment. As one of the top carriers – in terms of coverage and subscriber base – many would like to see Optus carry the phone, and from the support page which Google has posted for the Nexus 6, it confirms it’s possible. The support page for the Nexus 6, lists the Networks and compatible carriers which offer compatible 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE bands for the phone and Optus is certainly listed – along with Vodafone. But there’s also a rider added at the top which[Read More...]

by 8:08 AM on November 1, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 6 priced at Yatango – it’s going to be expensive.

Nexus 6 priced at Yatango – it’s going to be expensive.

After adding the Nexus 6 placeholder page to their site shortly after the announcement of the phone, Yatango has finally added pricing information for the phone. There’s no expected eta for the phone either but we’re waiting further developments. For the 32GB Nexus 6 from Yatango, you can expect to pay $899.95 if you’re a member which includes free shipping in Australia or $1,034.95 + shipping for non-members. For the 64GB version you will be paying $949.95 for members or $1,094.95 + Shipping for non-members. Just a reminder that joining up as a member to Yatango is free and easy,[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on November 1, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Moto 360 delayed on the way to Australian retailers

Moto 360 delayed on the way to Australian retailers

So close, and yet so far. Today was supposed to be the official Australian launch date for what’s seen as the current king of the Android Wear range, the Motorola Moto 360. Unfortunately, there’s been a snag, as many of you have reported to us, there has been nary a Moto 360 to be seen at Australian retailers. We’ve been in contact with Motorola and found out a little bit more information. The bad news: there is definitely a delay on the Moto 360, but the good news is that it will be a brief one, according to Motorola. The[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on October 31, 2014 8 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Samsung announces the Galaxy A series – makes the A3 and A5 official

Samsung announces the Galaxy A series – makes the A3 and A5 official

Samsung has today announced a new line of devices, following on from the Samsung Galaxy Alpha with its metal unibody design, announcing the Galaxy A line of phones. The first phones in the series will be the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5. The Galaxy A series are definitely right up there when it comes to design, and it’s this part that Samsung is playing up, describing them as refined and trendy. The phones will be offered in a range of colours from Pearl White and Midnight Black through to more subdued colour options such as Light Blue, Champagne Gold,[Read More...]

by 3:27 PM on October 31, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin, known widely as the founder of Android, before it was even purchased by Google and became the gargantuan king of the Mobile world, is leaving Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Rubin will be leaving Google to start ‘an incubator for startups interested in building technology-hardware products’. Andy Rubin certainly had a profound effect on Google and Android, Google CEO Larry Page acknowledged this in a statement : I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you. Andy Rubin, hasn’t[Read More...]

by 2:47 PM on October 31, 2014 0 comments News
OnePlus One Touch Issues Finally Fixed

OnePlus One Touch Issues Finally Fixed

Recently I co-authored a piece about how we thought the OnePlus One had run out of time. My main problem with it was the touch screen issue and the inability to fix it of both OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc (and Synapse ultimately). I got so sick of the touch screen issues and not being able to type properly on the OnePlus One that last night I filed a ticket with customer support to return my device under warranty for one that worked. It seems my ticket has helped in a way that washing the car helps relieve droughts. Today a[Read More...]

by 2:37 PM on October 31, 2014 8 comments News
Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Angry Birds Transformers rolls out…to Google Play

Since Rovio soft launched their Angry Birds: Transformers title in New Zealand a couple of weeks back, we’ve been waiting for this and now it’s here. The AutoBirds and Deceptihogs are doing battle in this latest game in the Angry Birds franchise, which takes a departure from the usual catapult driven game we’re used to. As shown in the Gameplay trailer, things are a little different with Angry Birds Transformers. You take control of your favourite transformer and run through a side-scrolling adventure destroying the Piggies or Birds as you go. The game includes a heap of features, listed in[Read More...]

by 3:45 AM on October 31, 2014 5 comments Apps
New Moto 360 colour variants show up briefly on Amazon

New Moto 360 colour variants show up briefly on Amazon

With the Moto 360 due to hit Australian stores today, it appears that Motorola in the US is about to launch some new options for the watch, including new colours, size and bands. Amazon is the culprit for the latest leak which apparently leaked a number of new options that haven’t been seen previously. The listings have been pulled, but Android Police managed to grab the images from the listings for a champagne (Gold) coloured variant of the Moto 360, as well as a new version with a slightly thinner 18mm watch band. The champagne coloured version also comes with[Read More...]

by 3:30 AM on October 31, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

Google adds new ‘Skim’ feature to Play Books app as well as Quick Bookmarks

After updating a host of apps yesterday, Google has moved onto another of their core Android apps: Google Play Books. The app is receiving an update which adds a host of new functionality, based around skimming and bookmarking. The first feature ‘Skim Mode’ allows you to quickly skim through a book quickly with a swipe. The feature is being targeted at students, with Google saying that this will allow them to quickly traverse their textbook to find material. Also to help students, or indeed anyone who studies, Quick Bookmarks which can be added throughout the book. It makes for an[Read More...]

by 2:30 AM on October 31, 2014 0 comments Apps
Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

On the same day that the Motorola built Nexus 6 went on-sale in the US, Motorola and Lenovo have jointly announced that the sale of the company from Google to Lenovo has been completed. The sale of Motorola caught many by surprise when Google announced it back in January, when they had sold Motorola for $2.91 billion. The sale was rumoured to be a bid to quash concerns by Open Handset Alliance manufacturers who saw the relationship between Google and Motorola as a little too close, despite statements that a ‘Firewall’ existed between the two companies. The sale is now[Read More...]

by 11:53 PM on October 30, 2014 21 comments Manufacturer, News
Google’s ‘Stars’ Bookmark manager appears to be live in the Chrome Web Store

Google’s ‘Stars’ Bookmark manager appears to be live in the Chrome Web Store

We’ve seen Google’s new Bookmark manager leak under the code-name ‘Stars’ for a fair few months now, but it seems Google has released it without fanfare into the wild. Released onto the Chrome Web Store as an Extension for Chrome called ‘Bookmark Manager’, it seems to offer all the funtionality of Stars, though now polished and officially released. Depending on your Chrome version, installing the extension replaces your default Chrome Bookmarks manager. It’s not limited to ChromeOS devices, it’s literally an extension, but there are some restrictions. Talk around the web appears to put minimum version at 38, so make[Read More...]

by 8:45 PM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Chrome Extension
Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

We’ve received a tip this afternoon that Expansys is offering the Sony Smartwatch 3 — that’s right, the Android Wear powered watch from Sony — for $337. Factor in about $18 in shipping and you’re looking at the latest Android Wear watch for a shade over $355 AU. If you’re interested, Australian residents can make the purchase here, and our Kiwi friends can do so on Expansys’ NZ website. We haven’t heard too much, just yet, about when or if Sony will be bringing the Smartwatch 3 to Australia on official terms. It seems likely, but we just don’t know. For[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch
LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

When the LG G Watch R will launch in Australia is still unknown – it showed up on the LG Australia site a few weeks ago, but LG Australia has so far kept quiet on launch details. We don’t know when the watch will actually arrive, how much it’ll cost or whether we’ll be able to purchase it on Google Play when it does. With the watch now shipping in the UK though, some people couldn’t wait and had the opportunity to have a look at the watch and reader Raph has provided us with some thoughts on his imported[Read More...]

by and 1:47 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer, News, Smartwatch