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

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 1280x800 7-inch HD IPS panel that's found in the Nexus 7. Another inclusion is stereo speakers. There is a confirmed US launch of the device with pricing sitting at $149 for 16GB and $129 for 8GB. Both are Wi-Fi only. So while details are sparse at the moment, an official press release should give us more information... Continue reading

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

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 (1920x1080) Super IPS+ display, and is undoubtedly a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor. The FonePad Note is powered by Intel's ATOM Z2560 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz running Android 4.X (no specific version confirmed). While ASUS did say it was a tablet, the inclusion of 3G voice makes this a completely oversized phone, but hey, you can't say there's not a market... Continue reading

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

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 results are far from stunning, in fact, their profits have nose-dived over the past year and they're hoping the HTC One can be their saviour device. Last quarter they reported a 98% drop in profit and a 38% drop in... Continue reading

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

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 energy efficient CPU and GPU combination that can be put into cheap devices that can be sold into emerging markets. The SoC consists of a quad-core (well, 5, it's BIG.little) Cortex-A12 CPU, a Mali-T622 GPU as well as the... Continue reading

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

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 all major phones and tablets. It's very rare that we hear anything from the AOSP team -- they're behind the curtains doing the hard work of putting the pieces of Android together, ready for new version launches. So it was... Continue reading

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

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 the 16GB black version available through the Play Store ($399 + $20 postage). So Australian's really aren't at a disadvantage, we're perhaps at an advantage that we can purchase the phone and pick it up straight away for the... Continue reading

App Review: Super Stickman Golf 2

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 the direction you want the ball to go, then you hit the ball once the force-meter is at the point you think will get the ball closest to the hole. Yep. That simple. But what makes SSG2 really great... Continue reading

Google to continue making their own Nexus hardware

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 on hardware as well, so that will continue." All this means is that Google will continue to work with hardware partners to create their own Nexus devices like the current Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Could this mean we'll... Continue reading

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

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 a slightly increased price, no doubt. The price for it in the US is $599 and comes with 32GB of internal storage. If you do plan to import one, note that it won't work on any Australian LTE networks but... Continue reading

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

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 light up in different colours for notifications. It can also pulse along with music that the device is playing. I'm not sure how that makes the device personal, but sure, it's a cool little gimmick. The specs are nothing to... Continue reading

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

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 device which foreshadowed the idea of a Nexus experience HTC One. Well HTC have just nipped that in the bud. “HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of... Continue reading

Coming this winter: redesigned Google Maps for Android

Come this winter, it's not just iOS that's going to have the nicest looking Google Maps application, Android will finally get a slice of the key-lime pie. At Google I/O it has been announced that Google Maps is getting a redesign and a feature overhaul which will launch this winter. The new Google Maps make it easier to find things happening around you with a new 'explore' function as well as built-in Google+ integration to find out what places your friend recommend you check out. Google Maps will now dynamically reroute your navigation whenever an incident or traffic build-up... Continue reading

Google Music All Access: music subscription service with personalised ‘radio stations’

Just as it was previously rumoured today, Google have indeed announced a subscription service for Google Play Music and they're calling it "All Access". Sadly, it's US only for the time being -- just like that Galaxy S4 -- however, other countries are on the roadmap for launch. It costs $9.99/mo and gives you access to all of the tracks available on Google Music. Google are also pushing their computing power to generate personalised playlist for users so that they can start a 'radio station' based off a single... Continue reading