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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. Buzz gives our tech savvy readers all the latest news from within the Android world.

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Google Now will now sync notifications across Android and iOS

Google Now will now sync notifications across Android and iOS

10:54 am on September 27, 2013 in Apps and Games, News

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[Read More…]

Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

10:40 am on September 27, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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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[Read More…]

Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

10:31 am on September 27, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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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[Read More…]

Android distribution figures for August released, Jelly Bean now on 45% of devices

Android distribution figures for August released, Jelly Bean now on 45% of devices

5:49 pm on September 5, 2013 in News

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

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra coming to Optus, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Sony Stores

Sony Xperia Z Ultra coming to Optus, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Sony Stores

3:19 pm on September 5, 2013 in Carriers, News, Phones
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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[Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z1 specs released via leaked press release

Sony Xperia Z1 specs released via leaked press release

11:02 am on September 4, 2013 in News, Phones
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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[Read More…]

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may come in 6 and 8GB variants, 10 hours battery life

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may come in 6 and 8GB variants, 10 hours battery life

2:10 pm on August 31, 2013 in Android Wear and Smartwatches, Rumours
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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.[Read More…]

Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year, Google’s own smartwatch coming soon?

Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year, Google’s own smartwatch coming soon?

1:58 pm on August 31, 2013 in Android Wear and Smartwatches, News
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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[Read More…]

Android VP, Hugo Barra, is leaving Google to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi

Android VP, Hugo Barra, is leaving Google to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi

11:04 am on August 29, 2013 in News
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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,[Read More…]

MoDaCo.SWITCH for the Samsung Galaxy S4  launches for IndieGoGo backers tomorrow

MoDaCo.SWITCH for the Samsung Galaxy S4 launches for IndieGoGo backers tomorrow

10:55 am on August 22, 2013 in News, OS Updates, Phones
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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[Read More…]

Field Trip comes to Google Glass, gives more information on the places around you

Field Trip comes to Google Glass, gives more information on the places around you

10:46 am on August 22, 2013 in Apps and Games, Google Cardboard and Glass, News

Some of you may already be familiar with the app Field Trip. It gives you information on the places and activities which you can do in the places around you. For instance, if you’re near or at a significant landmark it will give you information about that specific landmark. Before today you could only get Field Trip on Android and[Read More…]

Samsung announces Galaxy Golden, Android flip phone

Samsung announces Galaxy Golden, Android flip phone

10:33 am on August 22, 2013 in News, Phones
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Samsung have announced another Android powered flip phone for the Korean market. The phone features two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, runs Android 4.2.1, powered by a 1.7GHz Dual-Core CPU, and has an 8MP rear camera. The Galaxy Golden is targeted at the older generation of users with its larger buttons. It also has a pedometer built in to make the[Read More…]

Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

We think it’s finally happening. Samsung, Sony, and possibly Apple, are all looking into launching smartwatches. They’re nothing new, but the market for them is sure to grow if these major companies all push them to their respective audiences. That got me thinking: what do I actually want from a smartwatch? Who do I want to make it? So here’s[Read More…]

Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

8:39 pm on August 21, 2013 in News
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It’s no secret that HTC is struggling to stay relevant and competitive in the current mobile market. The company recently spent millions getting Robert Downey Jr on board to help spread their name in North America — the largest mobile market in the world. Whether that move pays off remains to be seen, but it seems the main problem for[Read More…]

Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

7:16 pm on August 21, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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Google is pushing the boundaries of what their Hangouts service can bring to its users. Today they’ve unveiled ‘Helpouts’ (punny) which allows users to lend assistance to other users using Hangouts as the communication medium. These help sessions will cost the user a certain amount with a 20% fee which goes to Google. There are set categories from which you[Read More…]