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Nexus 5 No Longer In Production, Bring On The Nexus 6

Nexus 5 No Longer In Production, Bring On The Nexus 6

In mid August the Nexus 5 black version showed as out of stock on the Google Play Store, showing a dwindling of Google’s supply of their Android reference device for phones. A couple of weeks later it returned to the Play Store and all was well. We are all waiting for it to either be discounted or disappear entirley to signal the imminent release of the sixth Nexus device. Today Canadian carrier Wind let slip in a tweet that the Nexus 5 is no longer in production. Not long later they deleted the tweet but the Internet being the Internet,[Read More...]

by 8:46 PM on September 23, 2014 4 comments News
Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

There’s a lot happening with Samsung tonight, with the manufacturer launching their Note products as well as the Gear VR headset in Australia. So far we’ve received outright pricing for the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, which will be selling in Samsung Experience stores and retailers for $949 and $1249 respectively. But what are the carriers saying? Telstra Telstra will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and also offering the Gear VR. The Galaxy Note 4 is launching as the first phone on the Telstra network to support LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation. The aggregation will work accross[Read More...]

by 8:21 PM on September 23, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung Australia announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Samsung Australia announces pricing and availability for Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Samsung is busy running the launch event for their range of products announced at IFA in Germany earlier this month. As we thought, the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR are all coming to Australia in the next couple of months, but if you’re looking for pricing from carriers you’ll have to wait just a little longer. Galaxy Note 4 Starting off with the phone that finally caused Apple to copy them, Samsung has launched the 4th generation Galaxy Note, advising the phone will be made available from Samsung Experience Stores and other retailers from the 29th of[Read More...]

by 6:56 PM on September 23, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Phones
Register your interest with Sony Australia to find out more about the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Register your interest with Sony Australia to find out more about the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are coming to Australia. The Xperia Z3 will launch on all four national carriers – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia and Virgin Mobile and the Xperia Z3 Compact will launch on Telstra and Optus at this stage, but if you’re holding out for an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact you’re obviously wanting more information and Sony want to give it to you, as soon as they can. Sony Australia has launched a micro-site for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact on their Australian website, encouraging potential new owners to sign-up to their mailing list[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on September 23, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Motorola’s Moto X and Moto 360 to hit Australian retailers in October / November

Motorola’s Moto X and Moto 360 to hit Australian retailers in October / November

Motorola is hosting media briefings today in Sydney to show off its latest products – the Moto X and Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. The products need no introduction, but the interesting items to come from today’s event is the launch window. Motorola told us earlier this year that they learned their lesson from the US-only launch of the Moto X in 2013, and that seems to be the case. The company wouldn’t put an exact time frame on the launch — nor, disappointingly, a price — but it’s good to see the company turn its eye to the Australian[Read More...]

by 10:57 AM on September 23, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, Phones
tinyCam Monitor Pro for IP Cam updates with Android Wear support

tinyCam Monitor Pro for IP Cam updates with Android Wear support

Owners of IP Cameras using tinyCam Monitor Pro have begun receiving a decent update to their app. Developer Tiny Solutions LLC have begun rolling out version 5.6 of the app, which adds support for streaming their IP camera feed to their Android Wear watches. To launch the app from your wrist, you can say ‘OK Google. Start tinyCam Monitor’ or simply select it from your list of apps installed. Once loaded you can all the IP Cams you have setup in your app, it allows you to tap to zoom from your wrist, as well as swipe to the right[Read More...]

by 10:05 AM on September 23, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google will require a developers physical address and a list of prices for apps with IAP

Google will require a developers physical address and a list of prices for apps with IAP

Google has been cracking down on in-app purchases (IAP). Recent sanctions in the European Union, as well as by the FTC in the US has seen Google (and others) taken to task over the ease with which children can access IAP and how hard it is to then refund those purchases. Google is about to get a little more serious about IAP in a big way at the end of this month. The Android Developer Console has some announcements for developers, which will go into effect as of the 30th of September. The first announcement is that going forward, any[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on September 23, 2014 4 comments Android Development
Unsurprisingly, Google developers are working on Android “M”

Unsurprisingly, Google developers are working on Android “M”

Android L is coming, we haven’t seen the final features, or look of the next version, but it’s coming and unsurprisingly it’s a little too late to add new features. With that in mind it’s logical that Google developers have begun talking about the next version of Android and website MyCE has seen a couple of references. There’s a couple of features which make reference to Android M, notably change 107689 ‘Update protobuf library from 2.3 to 2.6′ a change which looks at the proto-buffers, a way that Google interchanges data between Android and their servers, and change 107482 ‘liblog:[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on September 23, 2014 10 comments Android Development, News
6-inch behemoth, Galaxy Mega 2 now showing on Samsung’s Thai website

6-inch behemoth, Galaxy Mega 2 now showing on Samsung’s Thai website

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has begun showing on Samsung’s Thai website. The presence on the website could possibly indicate a launch in Australia before the end of the year. The original Samsung Galaxy Mega came in two sizes, 5.8 and 6.3-inch, and were originally available as import only, before JB Hi-Fi started selling the 6.3″ variety in August last year for around $600. Jason reviewed the 6.3 version and had mixed feelings about the device due to the 720p screen, size and performance. The Galaxy Mega 2 on the other hand is slightly smaller with a 6-inch 720p display[Read More...]

by 8:43 AM on September 23, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
HTC is confirmed as the maker of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet

HTC is confirmed as the maker of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet

HTC have been out of the Nexus game for a while, last offering us the Nexus One a few years ago, as shown above. However, we’ve had rumours for a while now suggesting HTC is about to re-enter the Nexus race with the rights to produce the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. The Wall Street Journal has today confirmed that HTC is definitely working on the next tablet, and it’s coming. Soon. WSJ is reporting that HTC’s engineers have been flying back and forth between California and Taiwan to collaborate on the development of the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. WSJ really[Read More...]

by 5:19 PM on September 22, 2014 20 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi receving KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 owners rejoice, your KitKat update is on its way. According to a tip from reader, SN Harden the update hit his Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 this weekend past, updating his Jelly Bean build to KitKat in one fell swoop. The P5210XXUBNH1 firmware update brings many of the KitKat features we’ve loved on other Android devices who’ve seen the update, including the transparent status bar and of course the Launcher chooser in settings. Samsung updates include the ability to add the camera shortcut to the lockscreen, as well as some performance improvements. The update should be available[Read More...]

by 1:55 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus launches LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation around Australia

Optus is moving forward with their 4G Plus network, today announcing that they’ve enabled LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation on their 2300MHz TDD LTE-A network around Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide users connected to the network the first to see the bump, and Canberra users to follow in the coming weeks. Carrier Aggregation allows Optus to combine the two 20MHz channels they operate in the 2300Mhz spectrum to offer speeds of up to 220Mbps. While the top speed is nice, you probably won’t quite get that with other users on the network, but Optus has seen speeds of up to[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on September 22, 2014 4 comments Carriers
Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

Pocket Casts takes to the web – no app required, register now

If you’re a Podcast fan and you’re using Pocket Casts (and why wouldn’t you?) then you’ll be just as excited as we are about the potential for this latest announcement. Shifty Jelly has begun taking sign-ups for something that looks absolutely awesome. In a tweet this morning Shifty Jelly has launched a sign-up site for something which looks to us to be suspiciously like Pocket Casts on the web. : Yes. It's happening. Really. https://t.co/TcGbp2LhKJ We hope you're as excited as we are. OMG OMG OMG — Pocket Casts (@pocketcasts) September 22, 2014 Whether this is for a Chrome Extension, web app or[Read More...]

by 1:18 PM on September 22, 2014 1 comment Apps