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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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Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a waterproofed, rugged Galaxy S4

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a waterproofed, rugged Galaxy S4

6:45 pm on June 5, 2013 in News, Phones
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After a good month or so of rumour and speculation, Samsung have today announced the Galaxy S4 Active. It’s essentially the Galaxy S4 we’re coming to know and love with a few modifications to make it ‘tougher’. The Galaxy S4 Active is waterproof for 30 minutes in a depth of a metre as well as being protected from dust. The[Read More…]

ASUS Australia: ‘no local availability or pricing information on the products announced’

ASUS Australia: ‘no local availability or pricing information on the products announced’

1:40 pm on June 4, 2013 in News, Phones, Tablets
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Yesterday we saw ASUS announce a range of new Android products such as the FonePad Note, MemoPad HD 7, MemoPad FHD 10, Transformer Pad Infinity, and Transformer Book Trio. All devices are impressive in their own right, which makes the news of no Australian availability harder to take. In a press release from ASUS Australia, which outlined the products above,[Read More…]

Vine for Android now available for download on Google Play

Vine for Android now available for download on Google Play

Twitter’s six-second video creation app, Vine, is now available for download on Google Play. The once iOS-only app allows you to create six second videos that loop infinitely. You can either record short snippets within the six seconds instead of shooting one entire six second video, although you can do that if you wish.

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ASUS at Computex 2013: Transformer Pad Infinity, NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2560×1600 IPS display

ASUS at Computex 2013: Transformer Pad Infinity, NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2560×1600 IPS display

6:31 pm on June 3, 2013 in News, Tablets
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Perhaps the most impressive product to have come from ASUS’s event at Computex 2013 is this; the Transformer Pad Infinity. This device is an absolute stunner. Powered by a 1.9GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU — which has a 72 core GPU — and features a stunning 10.1-inch WQXGA 2560×1600 IPS display which will undoubtedly look amazing in the[Read More…]

ASUS at Computex 2013: MemoPad HD 7 — A Nexus 7 with a rear camera, vibrant colours

ASUS at Computex 2013: MemoPad HD 7 — A Nexus 7 with a rear camera, vibrant colours

6:24 pm on June 3, 2013 in News, Tablets
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Next up from ASUS at Computex 2013 is the MemoPad HD 7. This is basically a Nexus 7-ish device that adds a 5MP rear facing camera and replaces the NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with an unnamed Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU. The display is a similar 1280×800 7-inch HD IPS panel that’s found in the Nexus 7. Another inclusion is stereo speakers.[Read More…]

ASUS at Computex 2013: 6-inch 1080p FonePad Note — Galaxy Note competitor

ASUS at Computex 2013: 6-inch 1080p FonePad Note — Galaxy Note competitor

6:16 pm on June 3, 2013 in News, Phones

ASUS is currently unveiling their new products at Computex 2013 and we’re going to give you the good on what exactly we’re seeing from the Taiwanese manufacturer. First up is the 6-inch FonePad Note which features a Full HD (1920×1080) Super IPS+ display, and is undoubtedly a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor. The FonePad Note is powered by Intel’s ATOM[Read More…]

Editorial: What I’d do if I were CEO of HTC

Editorial: What I’d do if I were CEO of HTC

5:03 pm on June 3, 2013 in Opinion and Editorial, Phones, Tablets
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Note: This post is purely a bit of fun and a dream of a perfect world. No one could realistically expect a 19-year-old to single-handedly reinstate a company to its former glory. Though, if they’d like to pay me to try, I’m open to it. First let’s look at what’s possibly happening to HTC at the moment. Their previous quarterly[Read More…]

ARM announces new mid-range Cortex-A12 CPU, Mali-T622 GPU coming in 2014

ARM announces new mid-range Cortex-A12 CPU, Mali-T622 GPU coming in 2014

4:43 pm on June 3, 2013 in News
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ARM have today announced a new SoC based on Cortex-A12 architecture that will launch around the middle of next year. Cortex-A12, while quite powerful by any standards, isn’t up there with high-end Cortex-A15 found in the likes of Samsung’s Exynos 5 and NVIDIA’s Tegra 4. What this new SoC does bring to the table is a very low-cost, powerful and[Read More…]

AOSP Tech Lead, Jean-Baptiste Quéru, gives a brief history of the Android Open Source Project

AOSP Tech Lead, Jean-Baptiste Quéru, gives a brief history of the Android Open Source Project

1:59 pm on June 2, 2013 in News
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At the heart of Android is the Android Open Source Project. It’s the fundamental, barebones Android that, as we’ve seen in the past, can power almost any electronic product under the sun. But it’s also the base of stock Android that we see on Nexus devices, and the base of the skinned versions of Android that we see on almost[Read More…]

White Nexus 4 will be sold exclusively in Australia through Harvey Norman from June 6

White Nexus 4 will be sold exclusively in Australia through Harvey Norman from June 6

6:43 pm on May 31, 2013 in News, Phones
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If you were hoping to scoop up the panda white version of the Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, then you’re flat out of luck. Harvey Norman will be selling the 16GB white Nexus 4 exclusively here in Australia for $419 with free pick-up through their online and bricks and mortar stores — bringing the total to parity with[Read More…]

App Review: Super Stickman Golf 2

App Review: Super Stickman Golf 2

5:55 pm on May 31, 2013 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services, Reviews

Super Stickman Golf 2 is not a particularly new app in the grand scheme of things, but what has brought it into the limelight is its use of the new Google Play games services that were announced at Google I/O a couple of weeks ago. There’s no major learning curve involved in SSG2, you just point the guiding arrows in[Read More…]

Google to continue making their own Nexus hardware

Google to continue making their own Nexus hardware

2:26 am on May 31, 2013 in News, Phones, Tablets
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Don’t think for a second that Google are giving up on their own Nexus hardware now that HTC and Samsung have stepped up and announced Nexus-like versions of their flagships devices. At least that’s what Android’s senior vice president Sundar Pichai told every at D11 that’s currently taking place over in the US. “The idea with Nexus is to push[Read More…]

HTC announces ‘HTC One with Nexus User Experience’, US only for $599

HTC announces ‘HTC One with Nexus User Experience’, US only for $599

2:15 am on May 31, 2013 in News, Phones
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After being somewhat challenged by Samsung and Android fans worldwide, HTC caved to the pressure and finally announced a version of the HTC One running stock Android 4.2.2 — more up-to-date than their Sense UI version. The device will go on sale through the Play Store from June 26th for US customers only, though importers will sell it here at[Read More…]

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

6:31 pm on May 28, 2013 in Carriers, News, Phones
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In a post on Vodafone Australia’s blog, the carrier outlined their plans to bring the Sony Xperia SP to market. The Xperia SP is a well specced mid-ranged device that is sure to impress if it’s priced accordingly. Sony are attempting to make the phone more ‘personal’ by adding an LED-lit bar to the bottom of the device which can[Read More…]

HTC: No ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One will launch

HTC: No ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One will launch

12:00 pm on May 16, 2013 in News, Phones
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Earlier this morning, Google’s Hugo Barra announced a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android and covered by the Nexus experience. It’s a pretty big deal, and it’s even more awesome to see Samsung doing it with their flagship device. In the same breath before unveiling the device, he noted the HTC One as being a great Android[Read More…]