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Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

As we reported last night, Google and LG at least are apparently rolling out Android Wear v4.4W.2 to the LG G Watch, but it’s on its way to other smartwatches, and Motorola has advised that the update will hit the Moto 360. Not only has Motorola confirmed the update, they’ve even gone into further detail on what’s included in the release, at least for the Moto 360. On their blog, Motorola has announced the list of changes, which generally matches what other Android Wear watches will receive – of course with no GPS, that part of the update isn’t mentioned,[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Qantas updates their Android app with travel notifications and in-app check-in and boarding passes

Qantas updates their Android app with travel notifications and in-app check-in and boarding passes

Major Australian airline Qantas updated their Android app, bringing feature parity with the iOS app, starting to offer a range of new features that will help travelers as they navigate airports to get to their Qantas flight. The update, which went live last week adds many new functions to let customers view their whole trip within the app. Travelers will be able to get directions to the airport, as well as gaining the ability to check-in and access their boarding pass from within the app. Qantas travelers will also receive updates on essential information such as gate number, boarding time,[Read More...]

by 6:55 PM on October 22, 2014 2 comments Apps
A second generation Chromecast is coming according to Google Executive

A second generation Chromecast is coming according to Google Executive

After spying updated Chromecast hardware skating through the FCC just last week, the race has been on to find out more information about the new dongle and any updated features it may offer. Google has so far been mum on the device, with the Chromecast team in their recent AMA on reddit reluctant to talk about it. Not so Google VP of product management Mario Queiroz who has mentioned it to GigaOm during their Structure Connect conference this week. According to Queiroz, the device is coming, but he wasn’t willing to be drawn on further details except to say that[Read More...]

by 6:43 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Chromecast
AnimeLab launches Android app with Chromecast support

AnimeLab launches Android app with Chromecast support

Anime streaming service AnimeLab, run by Australian based Madman Entertainment as a successor to their Madman Screening room has launched their Android app and miracle of miracles it comes with Chromecast support. The AnimeLab streaming service currently offers over 60 shows, with more than 1000 episodes available, for free. You can of course stream shows through the AnimeLab which offers a HTML5 player, but there’s now an Android app to let you take the show on the road, and of course it has Chromecast support as well. The Android app offers a heap of features, many of which are outstanding[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Apps, Chromecast
Lollipop:  The state of root

Lollipop: The state of root

Back in Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean, SELinux was introduced into Android, albeit in permissive mode which is basically turned off. This was switched to enforcing in KitKat, 4.4. SELinux policy is in effect and things that it doesn’t want to allow won’t be allowed. SELinux was ported to Android by a team who submitted a patch earlier this year that stated “/system is always mounted read-only, and no process should ever need to write there”. This was a bit of a worry for those of us who prefer root access on their Android devices to be able to control[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on October 22, 2014 7 comments News
Save all the things to your cloud storage with Ballloon – Chrome Extension

Save all the things to your cloud storage with Ballloon – Chrome Extension

Do you live on your Chromebook? Perhaps you use a number of machines (laptop, desktop, work pc, tablet and/or mobile phone) regularly and struggle to maintain your workflow across your disparate systems. Many people live in the cloud these days, but use a variety of different cloud storage providers for various purposes, but accessing them can be a pain. We’ve found a solution to this, a common sense Chrome extension called Ballloon (that’s not a typo, three “l”s in there). What Ballloon does is allows you to log into any or all of your cloud storage providers and Save webfiles[Read More...]

by 2:25 PM on October 22, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension
Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Third Party keyboards have been a mainstay of the Android app eco-system since Android was in its infancy. With the release of the Google Keyboard, and the subsequent updates which brought gesture typing, emoji and introducing personalised spelling suggestions, the Google Keyboard somehow has become good enough to use up against the big guns in the keyboard world. So, what’s new in the Google Keyboard in Android Lollipop? There’s no massive changes in the Android Lollipop keyboard, you still get the various keyboard types QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Dvorak and Colemak layouts are still available, although they’ve now been joined by[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on October 22, 2014 5 comments News
Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

For those of you out there wanting a bit of Lollipop before it actually rolls out to eligible devices, you can now download a new update for Nova Launcher Beta through the Play Store. There are new animations for opening folders which adds to the existing slide up animation from the bottom and the Lollipop scroll indicator is included along with updated icon themes for the calculator, contacts, downloads and email apps and lots more. Here is the full list of changes: Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation) Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover go up for pre-order on Amazon – shipping to Australia

HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover go up for pre-order on Amazon – shipping to Australia

Google has never been great at getting accessories for Nexus devices to Australia, their usual turn around varies from between a couple of months and never. It’s been a particular bug bear of ours for about as long as they’ve been selling Nexus devices in Australia. It’s not changed this time around with no sign of the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio cover which has gone up for pre-order on Google Play in the US, nor any sign of a date when we can order the Nexus 9 Magic Cover which has appeared on Google Play in Australia. But if you’re[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on October 22, 2014 7 comments Accessories
Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Soon after the launch of Android 4.4 and the last Nexus phone, Google Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt published a guide on his Google+ page offering relatively easy advise on how iOS users could switch to Android. Now, in the wake of another Android update, Google themselves have seemingly polished up the guide, and posted it on the Android website, in a bid to get some switching going on. The guide is quite well put together and offers step by step instructions – as well as tools – to help iOS converts to transfer their Photos, Music and Music, as well[Read More...]

by 8:29 PM on October 21, 2014 3 comments News
New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

Google announced back in September that they would be rolling out a new update to the Android Wear platform that would bring some brand new features. According to reddit users, an update has begun hitting the LG G Watch, which brings at least a couple of the features promised. The new update, 4.4W.2 (Build KNX01Q) updates the G Watch from 4.4W.1 (Build KGW42Q). The update brings a new set of Music cards, as well as a new control interface and ability to Play Music from the menu, which you can see in the pictures below. Users who’ve received the update[Read More...]

by 8:14 PM on October 21, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

We’ve been having a look through Android Lollipop, or at least the latest Developer preview since Google released images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) on Saturday morning. It’s a complete new visual style and part of that is the new wallpapers that have been included in the new images. We’ve extracted them and you can find them below, as well as a link to a zip to grab all of the wallpapers. As a bonus, you can also download a zip with the new sounds from Android Lollipop – if that’s your thing. There’s some lovely looking[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 21, 2014 5 comments News
Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Motorola surprised everyone when they announced the Moto G towards the end of 2013. Rather than aiming for a premium price point and falling short on specs, the Moto G was an unapologetic shot at the midrange market that delivered the essentials for a basic smartphone experience and nothing more at a $230 price point. We loved it, and so did a lot of others. The Moto G became Motorola’s best selling phone, and arguably even saved the company’s balance sheet after lacklustre market performance from its high-end sibling, the Moto X. The Moto G could get away with a[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 21, 2014 15 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews