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Buzz founded Ausdroid in March 2010, and while he has stepped back from active responsibilities around here to focus on his education, Buzz brings us some of our biggest news stories, reviews and latest rumours. We hope to have him back on board more fully around the end of 2012.

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Google App Inventor makes creating Android Apps simple for everyone

Google App Inventor makes creating Android Apps simple for everyone

Google has created a program that allows people who aren’t typical programmers, to create simple (& sometimes sophisticated) Applications for the Android Platform. Pretty cool idea if you ask me. App Inventor itself is still in beta and you have to sign up to a notifications list and be chosen to use it, at the moment. But once open to the public, I think it’ll be quite useful. A video of what it can do after the break.

by 7:48 AM on July 13, 2010 3 comments News
HTC Ace to be the GSM variant of the EVO 4G — Are you interested?

HTC Ace to be the GSM variant of the EVO 4G — Are you interested?

The HTC EVO 4G is one of the greatest Android Devices to be released this year, no doubt about it. But the sad thing is that it’s a CDMA/WiMax device, so it won’t work on Australian Carriers at all. But this could soon change. Enter the rumours of the HTC Ace, well, they’re not really rumours at all. HTC’s Eric Lin — the same man who told us about Froyo coming at Christmas — has said this over the weekend: “But I definitely think that because of all of the interest that people have had in the Evo, and how[Read More...]

by 4:32 PM on July 12, 2010 24 comments News
Vodafone sold out of the HTC Legend

Vodafone sold out of the HTC Legend

Looks like someone’s a bit popular, the HTC Legend that is. As you can see above Vodafone have marked it as ‘Out of stock’. Normally there would be no reasoning behind this other than actually selling out all their stock, and this could indeed be the case, but they also might not get stock back in for a while because of the scarcity of AMOLED Displays that the HTC Legend uses. We’ll soon find out.

by 12:42 AM on July 9, 2010 15 comments News
Google lacks interest for Android App development in Australia?

Google lacks interest for Android App development in Australia?

So you may have noticed there aren’t all that many Apps made by Aussie Developers on the Android Market, and the ones that are there are all free apps. But why is that? It’s because Google does not allow Developers from Australia (and some other countries) to submit paid Applications to the Market. This does little to stir up motivation for Developers to put time & effort into great Applications for the Android Platform, and somewhat pushes them to Apple where they can create and submit paid Applications and get a small (and often large) profit back from it.

by 4:39 PM on July 8, 2010 16 comments News, Opinion
HTC says Froyo update by Christmas

HTC says Froyo update by Christmas

I don’t know what’s worse: knowing that I’m going to have to wait 6 months for Android 2.2 on my Desire. Or knowing what HTC’s getting me for Christmas. “I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas.” – Eric Lin, HTC global PR Either way, it’s a bit of a let down. After speculation that HTC was already testing Froyo on the Desire and other devices, they have come and said that they are working hard on the update, but they want everything to be working as well as they want. Well HTC, in[Read More...]

by 4:39 PM on July 7, 2010 14 comments News
HTC Wildfire for Telstra rumours confirmed?

HTC Wildfire for Telstra rumours confirmed?

UPDATE: The site has been locked down, funny timing hey? We still got our screenshot, Telstra. I received a tip off from one of our readers this morning, of a website he stumbled up on after tracking down what website they use to view the recipes on MasterChef using the T-Boxes (I kid you not). Now on this website, it also has a device testing area with different images to view and a whole heap of timers, ra ra ra. Hit the break to see the screenshot.

by 11:20 AM on July 7, 2010 9 comments News, Rumours
Telstra to add Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro to its Android range in August

Telstra to add Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro to its Android range in August

This morning Telstra announced they will be adding the X10 Mini Pro to their Android line up in early August. Hopefully they don’t take over the device with their useless bloatware. No pricing has been announced as of yet.

by 10:59 AM on July 7, 2010 10 comments News
Telstra HTC Desire stock becoming scarce

Telstra HTC Desire stock becoming scarce

After some of the discussion going on in the Ausdroid Forums, we’ve found that getting hands on the HTC Desire from Telstra is becoming harder & harder by the day. Furthermore I’ve received word that Telstra Shops have been sent an email stating that there is a World Wide Shortage on the Desire. And for those of you not sure why, production of the Desire is taking longer due to the lack of AMOLED Displays available from Samsung. To fix the problem HTC are looking to use SLCD (Super LCD) Displays from Sony. So if you’re after a Desire, don’t[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on July 6, 2010 7 comments News
Motorola Australia giving away a Milestone each week via Facebook

Motorola Australia giving away a Milestone each week via Facebook

What do you do when you want people to know about your phone? You start giving them away for free! And that is exactly what Motorola Australia plan to do. Throughout July, Motorola will be giving away a Milestone each week to a person who becomes a fan of them on Facebook & then tells them why you love the Milestone. Sounds simple enough. Hit the source link below to enter!

by 7:14 PM on July 6, 2010 5 comments News
Virgin Mobile joins the Galaxy S party

Virgin Mobile joins the Galaxy S party

What do you mean Optus has a one month exclusive on the Galaxy S?! That means nothing to Virgin Mobile, apparently. Techanist have said that Virgin is confirmed to be selling the Galaxy S via Virgin dealers, Allphones, Telechoice and Virgin stores on it’s $89 ‘Smart Cap’ which includes a whopping 3.5GB of data as well as unlimited texts to all national mobiles.

by 1:32 PM on July 5, 2010 13 comments News, Rumours
Optus lowers Galaxy S to $0 on $49 ‘yes’ Social Cap

Optus lowers Galaxy S to $0 on $49 ‘yes’ Social Cap

After thinking Optus were going to let me down, they have come through with the goods by indeed lowering the price of the Galaxy S to $0 on the $49 ‘yes’ Social plan & ‘yes’ Cap. So, who’s going to grab one?

by 12:51 PM on July 5, 2010 9 comments News
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro coming soon to Three

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro coming soon to Three

UPDATE: Psst, SE just got in contact with me. So here’s a few more cool details: Availability and Pricing – Xperia™ X10 mini pro will be available in August – Colour: Black – RRP: $629 Not only is the X10 Mini Pro headed to Virgin Mobile with it’s new plans, it also has a date with Three. In a post on the Three Blog, they have outlined their plans for the X10 Mini Pro, asking: Want an Android based mobile phone that’s a bit more compact? Maybe this cute little Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro could be the answer. I[Read More...]

by 12:34 PM on July 5, 2010 0 comments News
Samsung have no plans to bring the Galaxy S Pro to Oz

Samsung have no plans to bring the Galaxy S Pro to Oz

Ignore my bad Photoshop skills, because we have more important matters to discuss! EDIT: APCmag previously reported this, not sure how I missed it. O.o Neerav Bhatt, professional blogger & freelance journalist, has told us that after speaking with senior representatives from Samsung this week, they have no plans – at the moment – to bring the ‘Galaxy S Pro’ to Australia via Carriers or retail sale. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able import one from eXpansys, Handtec or Clove in the UK or even buy locally from our friends at MobiCity, when the device becomes available.

by 10:39 PM on July 3, 2010 3 comments News