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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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Coming this winter: redesigned Google Maps for Android

Coming this winter: redesigned Google Maps for Android

4:51 am on May 16, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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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[Read More…]

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

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[Read More…]

Google announces Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android

Google announces Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android

3:10 am on May 16, 2013 in News, Phones
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While Google didn’t unveil anything new for the Nexus 4, they did partner up with Samsung to announce the Galaxy S4 running stock Android 4.2 with a pure Nexus experience. As with every other Nexus device, updates will come directly from Google in a timely fashion in comparison to the staggered release from Samsung with their own TouchWiz interface. The[Read More…]

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Google Play Store hits 48 billion app installs, huge revenue increases

Google Play Store hits 48 billion app installs, huge revenue increases

2:34 am on May 16, 2013 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services, News

Google’s Hugo Barra took the stage at Google I/O to announce some pretty amazing stats for the Google Play Store. Those can be broken down into the following: 48 billion app installs 2.5 billion installs in the last month More money paid out to developers since the start of 2013 compared to the whole of 2012 Revenue per user is[Read More…]

Android hits 900 million activations worldwide

Android hits 900 million activations worldwide

2:17 am on May 16, 2013 in News

At Google I/O, Android lead Sundar Pichai announced that Google has surpassed 900 million activations worldwide. Although that number is astounding, he insisted that Google would push into markets where penetration of Android was below 10% — these markets mainly lie in developing nations.

Developers already integrating Google Play Games into their apps (updated: more!)

Developers already integrating Google Play Games into their apps (updated: more!)

1:20 am on May 16, 2013 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services, News

Google I/O isn’t even underway yet, and Google Play Games still hasn’t been given it’s official titled or been unveiled at all, but developers are stating that they’ve integrated the service into the games already. One game is Euphloria HD which states in its changelog that “Google Play Games achievements have been added!“. What exactly this means is yet to[Read More…]

Download the new Google Play Store now, subtle changes all around

Download the new Google Play Store now, subtle changes all around

Google has done a little bit of a refresh of the Google Play Store, adding not much in terms of functionality, but there are a few UI tweaks that are welcomed. The content section buttons on the main screen have a new design that’s a little more fresh and less flat-design. The open/install/update/uninstall buttons are always tweaked which is a[Read More…]

Mention of Android 4.3 quickly pops up and disappears from official Android website

Mention of Android 4.3 quickly pops up and disappears from official Android website

12:37 am on May 16, 2013 in OS Updates, Rumours

Just hours before Google I/O even begins, The Verge has come across a mention of Android 4.3 on Android’s official developer website. The mention of the next version of Android has since been removed. We don’t know much about what will be in Android 4.3, but that screenshot tells us that security is one area that will be updated. Stay[Read More…]

Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O

Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O

10:38 pm on May 10, 2013 in Rumours, Tablets
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Everybody loves a good analyst, especially when they have solid predictions of technology we love. Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has released a research note that sets out potential (yes, it’s only a prediction) specs of the refreshed Nexus 7 that’s sure to be announced at Google I/O later this month. The most exciting parts of the potential specs are[Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom might have been confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom might have been confirmed by the Bluetooth SIG

9:08 pm on May 10, 2013 in Camera, Phones, Rumours
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Samsung are rumoured to be releasing a few new devices under the ‘S4’ moniker, and one of those is the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The device is rumoured to have a 16MP camera with a 10x optical zoom in a smaller form-factor to that of the Galaxy S4. The proof of this device actually existing grew today with a device being[Read More…]

PSA: Get a case for your brand new Samsung Galaxy S 4

PSA: Get a case for your brand new Samsung Galaxy S 4

7:30 pm on May 10, 2013 in Opinion and Editorial, Phones
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Just over 48 hours ago I received my brand new Samsung Galaxy S 4. I was super excited to get it out of the box, put the battery in, fire it up, and be on my way to dealing with Touch Wiz. Along with the Galaxy S 4, I had a case coming with it, but it was delayed. In[Read More…]

Facebook Home now available for Android’s latest flagships: HTC One and Galaxy S 4

Facebook Home now available for Android’s latest flagships: HTC One and Galaxy S 4

5:30 pm on May 10, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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If you love Facebook and you love your latest flagship device, you can now make those two seemingly become one thanks to Facebook updating Facebook Home today to make it work on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. As we posted earlier today, Facebook is working on bringing more features to Facebook Home in hopes of raising its[Read More…]

Official QANTAS app for Android coming later this year

Official QANTAS app for Android coming later this year

5:13 pm on May 2, 2013 in Apps and Games, News
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Today QANTAS released a new travel app for iPhone users — seen above — which is all well and good for them, but it seems Android users will have to wait around a bit longer to get it. The hard-working team over at Australian Business Traveller (check them out if you travel frequently!) are reporting that “an Android version will[Read More…]

Official Twitter app updated, adds menu button for quicker access to settings

Official Twitter app updated, adds menu button for quicker access to settings

11:31 am on May 2, 2013 in Apps and Games, News

Twitter have today updated their official Android app, and although the update isn’t bringing any major new features to the table, it does fix a complaint many users have had: the deeply buried settings button. With the new update, Twitter have added a menu button to the top right of the action bar which gives you quick access to your[Read More…]

HTC M4 render leaks, shows us a slightly smaller HTC One

HTC M4 render leaks, shows us a slightly smaller HTC One

8:29 pm on May 1, 2013 in News, Phones
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The HTC M4 has been floating around the rumour mill for quite a while now, but today we’re finally seeing what this device actually looks like thanks to @evleaks and Phonearena. As you can see from the render above, the M4 is ultimately a smaller version of the HTC One. How much smaller, you ask? Well the M4 has a[Read More…]