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

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

10:25 pm on July 5, 2013 in News
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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.[Read More…]

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

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

3:48 pm on July 5, 2013 in Accessories, Phones, Reviews
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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[Read More…]

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

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

10:50 am on July 3, 2013 in News, Phones, Rumours
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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[Read More…]

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

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

11:10 pm on June 28, 2013 in News, Phones
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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[Read More…]

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

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

6:47 pm on June 25, 2013 in News, Phones
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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 —[Read More…]

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

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

11:44 am on June 25, 2013 in News, Phones, Rumours
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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,[Read More…]

Sony’s official camera firmware merged into CyanogenMod thanks to collaboration

Sony’s official camera firmware merged into CyanogenMod thanks to collaboration

12:15 pm on June 24, 2013 in News, Phones
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Thanks to an awesome collaboration between Sony Mobile and the CyanogenMod team, the official camera firmware for a range of Sony devices have been merged with CM 10.1. It’s truly excellent to see Sony working with the developer community in any capacity, and these features will surely be welcomed by users. Current this firmware change allows for: HDR (only picture)[Read More…]

Acer say they won’t “rewrite Android” like other manufacturers are doing with their UIs

Acer say they won’t “rewrite Android” like other manufacturers are doing with their UIs

8:23 pm on June 14, 2013 in News, Phones, Tablets
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While manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, and Huawei are pushing skins for Android, Acer is determined to head in the other direction and leave Android’s UI alone. Speaking to TechRadar, president of Acer’s global smartphone divison, S T Liew, said that Acer didn’t need to “rewrite Android” because Android does a great job of serving up the right user[Read More…]

Australian generic Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving OTA update, adds apps-to-SD support

Australian generic Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving OTA update, adds apps-to-SD support

2:28 pm on June 14, 2013 in News, OS Updates, Phones
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If you’re the owner of a generic Samsung Galaxy S4 bought in Australia (ie. not from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone) you should find yourself receiving an OTA — over the air — update sometime today. The major changes in this update include freeing up some internal storage space — about 90MB — and adding the ability to move apps to[Read More…]

Rumour: Android 5.0 to launch in October, come optimised for phones with 512MB+ RAM

Rumour: Android 5.0 to launch in October, come optimised for phones with 512MB+ RAM

2:08 pm on June 14, 2013 in Rumours
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According to the site VR-Zone Google are looking to launch their next major version of Android, the elusive Key Lime Pie/Android 5.0, in October. It was thought that Android 4.3 would be the next release, however, it seems that Google are instead going to work on optimising the hell out of Android 5.0. This gives more ‘breathing room’ for manufacturers[Read More…]

Huawei teases upcoming Ascend P6 with a picture and video

Huawei teases upcoming Ascend P6 with a picture and video

1:14 pm on June 11, 2013 in News, Phones
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Huawei have taken to the internet to hype up their upcoming Ascend P6 release in London. From the obscure photo we can see that the device is going to be quite thin, quite white, and have quite a disgusting looking UI — dubbed ‘Emotion UI’. As for the video, it features a lot of parkour and dubstep and not a[Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Super AMOLED display certified as having one of the best colour reproductions on a mobile device

Samsung Galaxy S4 Super AMOLED display certified as having one of the best colour reproductions on a mobile device

12:29 pm on June 11, 2013 in News, Phones
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Samsung’s Super AMOLED display in the Galaxy S4 has received certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories — a product compliance tester) for having some of the best colour reproductions on a mobile device. UL said that the display covers 97% of the Adobe RGB colour space which is 30% broader than the sRGB standard. The display has one of the best[Read More…]

Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

1:31 pm on June 10, 2013 in Accessories, Reviews
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If you read my piece on why you should get a case from your smartphone, then you’ll have known I purchased an S View Cover for my Samsung Galaxy S4. And now that I have had a few weeks to use it, I thought I might share my thoughts and experiences with the rest of you Galaxy S4 owners to[Read More…]

Google Nexus 7 32GB 3G on sale at Kogan today for $289, $60 less than Play Store price

Google Nexus 7 32GB 3G on sale at Kogan today for $289, $60 less than Play Store price

11:44 am on June 6, 2013 in News, Tablets
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Kogan have put the Nexus 7 32GB 3G on sale for today only at a price of $289 (+ postage) which puts it $60 cheaper than buying it from the Play Store — postage from both is ~$19. Kogan have placed a limit of 3 per person and they will ship in 2-3 weeks. So if you can wait it[Read More…]

Google Keyboard now available on the Play Store, brings stock keyboard to all devices running 4.0+

Google Keyboard now available on the Play Store, brings stock keyboard to all devices running 4.0+

11:35 am on June 6, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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In a move that brings more of core Android to the Play Store for everyone to enjoy, Google have added the stock keyboard to the Play Store. If you already own a Nexus device, or are running a stock Android ROM, you’ll find the update in the Play Store. For people who are running a skin such as TouchWiz, Sense[Read More…]