The HTC One might be available today here in Australia, but it’s a different story over in the Netherlands thanks to a preliminary injunction brought forward by Nokia against the device. The heart of the issue is that HTC are using a microphone in the One that is manufactured by ST Electronics, however, that microphone was invented by Nokia, and ST Electronics is meant to be manufacturing them exclusively for Nokia — as you can see above it’s used in the Lumia 720. “HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering whether it will have any impact on our[Read More...]
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Good news for developers and modders alike, with the welcome news of both HTC and Samsung releasing the Kernel Source Code for the international variants of their current flagships — the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. While this has no effect on your everyday user, modders and developers can use this source code when cooking up custom ROMs to tweak with deeper level stuff on the phones. And who doesn’t love that. If you’re interested, you can grab the source code from the links below.
During Google’s earnings call, CEO, Larry Page confirmed that Google Glass does indeed run on Android. Whether it is news to anyone or not, the confirmation is great nonetheless. Page noted that it’s great to have Android running across all different kinds of devices — we agree, though I’m waiting on my Android-powered fridge. “obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue.” The use of Android is seemingly an obvious choice, but it’ll be interesting to see if developers can do anything really crazy with it like we’ve seen[Read More...]
Some exciting stuff going on in the Android world today, folks. The team over at Android Police have discovered some interesting files amongst the new MyGlass app that the Google Glass team launched yesterday. For everyone to fully, or at least kind of understand what’s going on here, a little explanation needs to be done. When Google ship their own app, they include all the needed files for that app to work properly with their mobile services (Google Play Services – GMS). These files enable greater interaction with Google’s own services. For example, if an app has in-app billing, their[Read More...]
Today Amazon announced that developers can now submit their apps to the Amazon Appstore — Amazon’s competitor to Google’s Play Store — for distribution to almost 200 countries. Australia is lucky enough to be on that list, although there’s really no large attraction to Amazon’s service over Google’s own Play Store which offers a wider variety of apps. While us Aussie users can’t use the Appstore as of yet, Amazon have said that it’s launching in the coming months. Amazon.com, Inc. continued the global expansion of its Appstore today by announcing that developers can now submit their apps for distribution[Read More...]
Facebook have today launched Facebook Home — their replacement launcher for a variety of Android devices (those being: Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, HTC One, One X, One X+). So if you own one of those device, you can try and go to the Play Store and install it (might not work at the moment, as it’s mainly a US launch). However, if you’re wanting to install it on almost any Android phone, then follow these simple instructions as posted on XDA-Developer forums. Root is not needed, however, if Facebook is preinstalled on your phone and cannot be[Read More...]
If you’re looking to get your hands on Facebook Home a tad early, then you can now do so. Thanks to a handy leak, the 3 APKs have been uploaded onto the majestic thing we call the internet for everyone to download and install onto their devices. We’re currently unsure of which devices the APKs can be installed on, though it has been successfully tested on a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. To get Facebook Home working, just download the launcher, Facebook app, and Facebook Messenger and install them all — you may need to uninstall Messenger and the main[Read More...]
The delay of the HTC One has hit home hard for HTC, with their profits hitting their lowest levels ever at just $2.7 million (AUD) for the last quarter — a decrease of 98%. Bloomberg reports that this is the sixth straight quarter of profit declines for the company, and at this rate it could be their last quarter to run a profit at all. HTC’s revenue fell 38% to $1.54 billion (AUD) this quarter, well below their average of $1.76 billion (AUD). With the delay of the HTC One pushing it back to Q2, HTC are hoping that they[Read More...]
Samsung Australia have confirmed what we already knew, the Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Series 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and it will support 4G LTE on all networks. The Snapdragon 600 CPU has proven to have amazing processing power, as we’ve seen with the HTC One, so the Ausdroid team is pretty stoked to hear we’re getting this version over the Samsung Octa-Core Exynos CPU — a powerful and insane CPU in its own right. “Samsung Australia is today confirming that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available in Australia with the[Read More...]
If you’ve had any experience playing around with custom Android ROMs, then it’s likely you’ve heard of CyanogenMod and its founder, Steve Kondik. As you may also know, Steve went to work at Samsung in August 2011. As announced on his Google+, Steve has left Samsung and appears to be headed to greener pastures in the coming months. There’s no word on what/where that may be, but a job at Google would be nice now, wouldn’t it. In his post on Google+ he noted that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 hardware is very impressive, even if the design is still[Read More...]
Now that we’re all super excited about the brand-spankin’ new Galaxy S 4 from Samsung, how about we go right ahead and compare with two other brand new phones of 2013.. on paper at least, because we all know real-world performance varies greatly. If you’re a specs person, you’ll appreciate this nonetheless. Samsung Galaxy S 4 HTC One Sony Xperia Z CPU 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Exynos Processor 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm APQ8064+ GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP Adreno 320 Adreno 320 Display 5-inch 1920×1080 (441ppi) 4.7-inch 1920×1080 (469ppi) Super LCD 3[Read More...]
What we’re looking at above could well be the Samsung Galaxy S IV and it’s looking as though it’s put on a little weight, which is something we’re all for if it means more battery in the boot. The screen on this thing looks huge, regardless of which device is actually is (c’mon, it has to be the S4). According to The Verge, the carrier logo on boot up is for a Chinese carrier, which could lead us to believe that carrier testing has already been completed for the device, meaning the release could well be within weeks of an[Read More...]
It looks like NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 won’t be making an appearance in the next-generation Nexus 7. At least, according to ZD Net who are citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. So why the change from NVIDIA to Qualcomm? Well, although Tegra 4 is quite powerful, it doesn’t have an integrated 3G/4G modem. Instead there’s a separate modem which will ultimately bump up the cost slightly. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), however, has its 3G/4G modem built right into the chip — making it the more attractive choice for Google. The S4 Pro can also hold its own in terms of[Read More...]