Samsung and the International Olympic Committee have joined forces to make the Galaxy Note 3 the ‘official Olympics Games phone‘ for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The decision was a part of the initiative to make the Olympics the most wireless, seamless and paperless olympic games ever, and the Galaxy Note 3 is a device that is more than capable of making that happen. As a part of the initiative every athlete will be given a free Galaxy Note 3 to help capture and share their experience at the Olympics — so be sure to follow your[Read More...]
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In September we say a device go through the FCC in America that was rumoured to be a 4.5-inch lower-end variant of the Moto X — a device which still hasn’t found its way to Australia — dubbed the Motorola DVX. Any further news on the device disappeared until recently when Motorola applied for a trademark on the term ‘Moto G’. Now appears that this is all the same device, the Moto G will be the low-end Moto X with its 4.5-inch LCD display (no AMOLED here), quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, and it’s likely to have dual-sim capabilities. So[Read More...]
Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, has reportedly told Korean media outlets that his company has sold more than 40 million Galaxy S4 units around the world since its launch around 6 months ago. This number does not include variants of the device such as the Zoom, Active, and Mini — it does, however, include the 3G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S4. Sales have slowed for Samsung with only 5 million units reportedly shipped in August alone. The overall sales are still impressive nonetheless. The Galaxy S4 is yet to surpass the 50 million+ Galaxy S3 units which have sold[Read More...]
Google is continuing to push updates to its core services, this time a welcome update to Google Now across both Android and iOS. The new update will allow notifications to be synced across both platforms, so if you were to ask Google Now on your iPhone to remind you to buy milk on the way home, that same reminder would also appear on your Android devices as well. A small overall change, but one that makes the experience more fluid for users. Mobile results from Google will now be much cleaner and simpler with results now put onto cards so[Read More...]
Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses
Facebook has updated their Android app today adding only a few new bits and pieces likely to be appreciate by frequent users. You can now edit your posts and comments and review previous changes you made to them in case you need to edit your top-quality jokes when you stuff up the punchline. Also added is the functionality to post icons in status updates, such as how you’re feeling, what you’re watching/reading/listening to, etc. You can also now see upcoming events for your favourite pages. For users of the Facebook for Android Beta, there’s very little in this update that[Read More...]
Ookla, the company behind the popular Speedtest.net website and application, has updated their Speedtest app for Android bringing with it a new neon-inspired UI which is likely to divide users. Speedtest.net is widely used for testing the speed and quality of your internet connection whether it be over the mobile network or Wi-Fi connection. We’ve noticed a few quirks with the app in its current version; sharing a speedtest to Twitter will attempt to create a 600+ character tweet. Hopefully in a future update it will let you share an image of your speedtest like you can do on the[Read More...]
The Android Developer distribution dashboard has been updated with the platform statistics for August. Signs are good for Jelly Bean (4.1,4.2) with it’s numbers up to 45.1% from 40.5% last month. The previously dominant version, Gingerbread (2.3), has fallen 3% to 30.7%. Donut (1.6) has finally fallen from the graph now that it is installed on
Although it’s not Sony’s newest device, the relatively new Xperia Z Ultra — a larger Xperia Z — will be launching here in Australia very, very soon. Sony Mobile confirmed that Optus would be the only carrier to have the device at launch. Retailers such as Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, and Sony’s own stores will also stock the device, with Harvey Norman confirming to Ausdroid that it will available for pre-order online later this afternoon for $733 — Dick Smith will also open pre-orders this afternoon. For the first 250 people to pre-order the Xperia Z Ultra, they will receive[Read More...]
Sony’s upcoming flagship device — the Xperia Z1 — has had its renders and specs leaked onto the internet for all to see. So let’s get a rundown of these specs that we’ll hopefully see confirmed at Sony’s event tomorrow morning. 5-inch 1920×1080 (441 ppi) TFT, Triluminous, X-Reality Display 2.2GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 / Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM / 16GB Internal MicroSD Slot 3000mAh Battery Water / Dust Resistant (IP55/IP58) 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS Camera 144 x 74 x 8.5mm / 170 grams Running Android 4.2.2 — in true Sony fashion. So there we have it, the[Read More...]
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch is sounding less and less astounding the more we seem to hear about it, but then again, it’s all just rumour until we see the final product. The latest rumour coming from the internet is that the Galaxy Gear will come in 2 variants: one with 6GB of storage and one with 8GB of storage. This seems pretty far-fetched given how close those two are; 4GB and 8GB seems a likely contender. The other rumour is that the device will have 10 hours of battery, which definitely isn’t good enough for smartwatch that should be[Read More...]
Although it’s a seemingly new name for us, WIMM Labs is a former company that was acquired by Google a year ago. Why is it coming to light just now? Well no one really knew who purchased the company — most rumours suggested they’d been snapped up by Apple to lead their drive into the wearables market. But thanks to GigaOM yesterday, it has finally been confirmed that it was in fact Google who purchased the company. WIMM Labs built an Android-powered ecosystem for smartwatches which included a range of apps that would work on the small device. They also[Read More...]
Google’s Android division has lost another key member today, with Android Vice President of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, said to be leaving the company to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi. The reasoning behind Barra’s sudden move is unclear, however, All Things D is speculating that a ‘personal situation related to the end of a relationship’ with another Googler, who is now seeing Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, might have something to do with it, although his resignation was tendered before this happened. Barra joined Google in 2008 after the company he formerly worked at, Nuance, was purchased by the[Read More...]
Users who backed Paul O’Brien’s IndieGoGo campaign to bring MoDaCo.SWITCH to the Galaxy S4 will receive the first beta build in the next couple of days. For those of you who are unaware of MoDaCo.SWITCH, it’s a project by Paul which allows the HTC One, and now the Galaxy S4, to boot between their manufacturer ROMs — Sense UI and TouchWiz respectively — and the Google Play Edition ROMs of the devices, all whilst keeping the app data intact. MoDaCo.SWITCH for the Galaxy S4 i9505 supporters… Beta 1 will be online TOMORROW! — Paul O'Brien (@PaulOBrien) August 21, 2013 If[Read More...]