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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.

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

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

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) ISO modes Scene modes Sony’s image/video stablisation That’s not the end of it all, either. The CM team have confirmed that HDR Video and Shutter Speed Control will be added to CyanogenMod in the future. So which devices will be[Read More...]

by 12:15 PM on June 24, 2013 6 comments News, Phones
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

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 interface. “People know Android, they like it, and we don’t want to try and change their behaviour.” He also added that the fact Acer doesn’t need to add the overhead of making their own UI means that updates are quicker[Read More...]

by 8:23 PM on June 14, 2013 5 comments News, Phones, Tablets
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

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 your SD card. Both of these were added after backlash from customers finding their 16GB devices only had 9GB of usable storage. @Ausdroid @BuzzMoody i have just received an ota update for my Australian generic #s4 Abt 369 mb — porkfatt (@porkfatt)[Read More...]

by 2:28 PM on June 14, 2013 19 comments News, OS Update, Phones
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

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 and carriers to update current devices instead of worrying about Android 4.3 — something neither seem to be too great at. VR-Zone reports that Android 5.0 will be highly optimised and targeted at devices with 512MB of RAM or more,[Read More...]

by 2:08 PM on June 14, 2013 8 comments Rumours
Huawei teases upcoming Ascend P6 with a picture and video

Huawei teases upcoming Ascend P6 with a picture and video

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 lot of Ascend P6. Huawei’s CEO, Richard Yu, recently spoke of the Ascend P6 and its use of side buttons. “You know, after using the P6 more and more, I’ve begun to notice how nice the side keys were designed[Read More...]

by 1:14 PM on June 11, 2013 0 comments News, Phones
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

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 colour ratios and can be viewed better under sunlight than its competitors thanks to the Diamond Pixel structure.

by 12:29 PM on June 11, 2013 4 comments News, Phones
Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

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 see if it’s for you. The Cover When I watched the launch of the Galaxy S4 and its accessories, I found the idea of the S View Cover — a cover with a see-through panel in it to view the[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on June 10, 2013 13 comments Accessories, Reviews
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

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 out then there’s a pretty good deal on offer.

by 11:44 AM on June 6, 2013 5 comments News, Tablets
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+

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 UI, or whatever Sony is calling their UI these days, you can go to the Play Store and install it. For those not familiar, Google Keyboard is the stock keyboard which is removed from a lot of devices. It has[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on June 6, 2013 12 comments Apps, News
Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a waterproofed, rugged Galaxy S4

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

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 Galaxy S4 Active is slightly larger than the Galaxy S4 with an increase in height by 3.1mm, width by 1.3mm, thickness by 2.1mm, and weight by 21grams. The other major physical change is the replacement of the capacitive buttons with[Read More...]

by 6:45 PM on June 5, 2013 7 comments News, Phones
ASUS Australia: ‘no local availability or pricing information on the products announced’

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

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, they stated that there are no current plans for availability in Australia. “no local availability or pricing information on the products announced” As we’ve seen in the past, this stance is likely to change in time. Let’s hope that’s not[Read More...]

by 1:40 PM on June 4, 2013 2 comments News, Phones, Tablets
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.

by 11:50 PM on June 3, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
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

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 flesh. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, USB 3.0 port and SD card slot, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Miracast support, Bluetooth 3.0, and 32GB of internal storage. Again, there’s no official press release for this product yet.[Read More...]

by 6:31 PM on June 3, 2013 10 comments News, Tablets