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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Foxtel Go now available on the Samsung Apps store for Galaxy S3, Note II, Note 10.1

After a few delays, Foxtel Go's Android app is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S3, Note II and Note 10.1 running Android 4.1 (Jellybean) or above. Officially no other Samsung devices -- and non-Samsung devices -- are supported, but once the APK is ripped, that could soon change.. Foxtel Go is a 48MB download so be sure to connect to Wi-Fi if your data limit isn't very generous. The app, once installed, gives Foxtel home subscribers access to 60 live channels wherever they have an internet connection on their mobile device -- again, keep an eye out for... Continue reading

Google slowly rolling out new version of Google Maps with refreshed UI, download it here

Google has today started a slow roll out of a new version of Google Maps which includes a refreshed UI similar to that of the Google Maps Desktop Preview and the latest version on iOS. It's very clean and, so far, simple to navigate around. There's nothing really groundbreaking to tell you about, so we recommend you just download it for yourself now (Android 4.1 and 4.2 only for now) or wait for the official roll out for your specific device via Google Play. Download Android 4.2: Download .APK Android 4.1+: Download .APK In our quick play around with the... Continue reading

LG Optimus G2 gets shown off early in semi-clear photos and video

LG's upcoming flagship device, the Optimus G2, has found its way onto the internet in some new kind-of-clear photos and a video. They show a very large display, rumored to be 5.2-inch thanks to its small bezel. LG have opted for on-screen buttons which is all well and good, but they appear to have a menu key instead of a multitasking button which seems weird. Specs for the Optimus G2 include that 5.2-inch display with a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, and what we're hoping is a very large battery to keep this thing alive... Continue reading

Google has provided OEMs with a fix for the 99% vulnerability

You may recall all the kerfuffle about the possible vulnerability found by security group Blue Security that allowed malicious apps to circumvent the app verification process. So it can change the contents of an app while leaving a pre-existing app signature intact. The harm being that a well known app could be changed by hackers and side-loaded onto peoples Android devices allowing them to run any malicious code they've added into it. Thankfully this hasn't turned into a widespread issue, with Samsung already patching the problem on their devices. Google on their part have announced that they provided OEMs... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note III UAPROF pops up on Samsung’s website, confirms 1080p display

What you're looking at above is the official UAPROF (User Agent Profile) for the Samsung Galaxy Note III. A UAPROF is used by content providers on the web to create content suitable to that device. So in the UAPROF for the Galaxy Note III we find that it will indeed have a 1920 x 1080p display. As for the size of the display, it's rumoured to be around 5.7-inches. Other rumoured specs include Android 4.2.2, a 13MP camera, 3GB of RAM, thickness below that of the Galaxy S4 (7.4mm), a sizeable battery, and a quad or octa core CPU... Continue reading

Moto X won’t be unveiled at July 11 event

While it was rumoured that on July 11th Motorola would unveil the new Moto X, Google has stepped in to squash those rumours, telling Android Police that a select 50 or so 'friends' of Motorola employee Guy Kawasaki are attending a private function. So it turns out we're going to have to wait a little longer to see exactly what Motorola is working on, though it's very likely that these 50 or so 'friends' are going to get a glimpse of what's to come. Perhaps we'll see Android 4.3 launch alongside the Moto X as well as being pushed... Continue reading

HTC’s financial results for second quarter 2013 aren’t pretty, profit down 83% from last year

HTC have released their second quarter results from 2013, and things aren't looking great, but it could have been much, much worse. HTC have reported a profit of AUD $44 million after tax from revenue of AUD $2.57 billion. This news is much better than last quarter in which HTC reported profit of $2.7 million from revenue of $1.58 billion. The better results from the second quarter are due to the release of the HTC One to more markets and more availability of the device after delays in manufacturing in the first quarter. But while the results are better than... Continue reading

Accessory Review: Aranez Flip Leather Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Over the past week I've had the joy of trying out the Aranez Flip Leather Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4. After the infamous smashing of my Galaxy S4 display a couple of months back, I've been keen on trying out accessories for you Galaxy S4 owners that are worth getting for your own device. So what did I think of the Aranez leather case? Well, in short, I genuinely loved it. While it does add noticeable thickness, the bumpers around the four corners of the device ensure that if you drop your device -- like me -- the... Continue reading

Motorola’s upcoming Moto X will supposedly allow you to design it yourself

Motorola's upcoming Moto X just got a little more interesting, According to this ad leaked to The Verge, Motorola's new device will be as unique as you are when it launches as it will allow for you design it yourself. It's unclear how far that concept will go in terms of what you can alter when ordering the device. The more reasonable options would be colours and patterns, as well as changing some of the hardware depending on what you're after as an enthusiast. According to some rumours on the internet, the Moto X could be announced... Continue reading

Stock Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition leaks, can be installed on any Snapdragon Galaxy S4

As reported earlier today, there was a test build of Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition in the US floating around, and now it has finally surfaced. Thanks to the team at SamMobile, you can now download the stock Android 4.3 ROM and install it onto your Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505). If you are going to install it, remember that your warranty is void, and you need to know how to flash a ROM through a custom recovery. Android 4.3 is still in development, so don't expect a fully polished product. New additions to the OS are... Continue reading

Sony announces Xperia Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch Xperia Z on steroids

Did you ever want the Sony Xperia Z except a little larger? Or perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Note II except with Sony's charm and elegance? Well your time has come. Sony have unveiled the Xperia Z Ultra, and no, it's not just an overclocked Xperia Z. It's a 6.4-inch super phone -- yes, it's a phone, not a tablet -- with a 1080p Reality Display, along with a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It's amazingly only 6.5mm in thickness and weighs 212 grams. Inside you'll find a 3000mAh battery, microSD slot, and... Continue reading

New Samsung joint venture could see plastic phones replaced with carbon-fiber

A subsidiary company of Samsung, Samsung Petrochemical, has signed a joint venture deal with SGL Group in order to "develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market". Samsung Petrochemical makes a whole host of consumer products from a range of chemicals, with an emphasis on plastics and solvents. With this new venture, however, we could see carbon-fiber make its way to mobile devices. There's no word from Samsung of this actually happening, but a smartphone with some well designed carbon-fiber -- think Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 kinda style on a smartphone --... Continue reading