Chris has been an Android enthusiast since the early days, just missing out on a G1, and owning one of the first released HTC Magic devices in Australia. Ah, those were the days … Chris is the director of Ausdroid Media Pty Ltd which owns and manages this site. Chris manages our advertising programs, our finances and our media engagements. Besides these duties, Chris does not play an active role in the front-of-house at the moment, owing to other commitments.


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Google leaks Android 4.4.3 in update to Google Edu Setup app

Android 4.4.3 is far from officially announced, but it seems that it might as well be. Google has leaked the upcoming release (and suggested it's coming very very soon) in its update to Google Edu Device Setup, an app directly from Google that administrators can use to set up tablets for Google Apps for Education. We already know it's coming; even at Ausdroid we've seen Android 4.4.3 devices hitting our server logs, and not just the kind from kids fiddling with their build.prop either; these appear to be the real deal. Going from previous timeframes -- the time from we've first seen... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung's Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We've had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that's the last time we'll use that overworked cliché). It's safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice to... Continue reading

Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung's Gear 2 is the anticipated successor to the original Galaxy Gear concept launched by Samsung last year. Where the original Galaxy Gear had a few issues -- which you can discover in detail in our review -- the Gear 2 makes some leaps and bounds forward to become quite an acceptable smartwatch. Having recently savaged the Pebble Steel as being a fairly mediocre and problematic upgrade to the original Pebble, I was keen to see what else was happening in the realm of the smartwatch. I'm very much looking forward to the... Continue reading

Android’s iconography to be revamped with a shiny new look

Android Police are reporting on a somewhat questionable rumour that Google's core Android applications might be about to receive a graphic makeover. As you can see in the header graphic above, we've snapped three logos each for Gmail and Calendar: The current 'web' icon (from the web service), the current Android icon in the middle, and a proposed new icon for Android on the right. The reason for these changes? To flatten out the icons a bit and have them more closely resemble the design language used elsewhere; in other words, make Google products a bit more recognisable as such,... Continue reading

Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

For the last week I've been playing with Jawbone's latest Bluetooth headset, the ERAtm. Marketed as the smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset that Jawbone has created, it makes some bold claims. I'm perhaps not the best person to review a Bluetooth headset, as I come at them from the angle of never having found one that I enjoyed using, much less on an ongoing basis. So I could have a play, Jawbone supplied me with an Era in black, paired with the portable charging unit. I couldn't take a photo of the unit supplied as good as the press shots... Continue reading

Pebble Steel — Smartwatch Review

The Pebble Steel is the second generation Pebble smart watch, following on the success of the original Pebble, after its own success as a Kickstarter graduate. The Pebble presents a simple premise: a watch that doubles as a 'second screen' for your smartphone, allowing you to see emails, notifications, reminders and the like on your wrist without having to pull your phone from your pocket. Both the Pebble Steel and the original Pebble did this, but there's really one major difference between the two. The original Pebble made for a pretty ugly watch. As shipped, it had a... Continue reading

Tropical Cyclone Ita is bearing down on Far North Queensland; mobile carriers are sharing essential info

We've been watching today the developments in Far North Queensland in relation to Tropical Cyclone Ita. Yes, you might think "this isn't Android news", and no, it isn't, but it is news affecting a good number of Australians, and we care about things like this. Without going into all the background of what's expected (head over to the ABC for that), FNQ is looking at a category five cyclone making landfall sometime tonight (11 April) with winds as high as 285 kph, causing flash flooding, wind damage, and goodness knows what else. One of the most valuable things you can... Continue reading

Heartbleed may affect older devices running Android 4.1.1

If you've been on the internet in the last week, you've probably read about the vulnerability found in OpenSSL which affects a good percentage of the Internet. Heartbleed is the name given to a vulnerability in Open SSL, the secure sockets layer software for secure internet transactions (e.g. web servers running on https, like your bank, or our donation portal). It allows a would-be hacker to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Spec Shootout

With the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 now available in stores as of this morning, it's time to look at what's between them, and in which areas one pulls ahead of the other. Our review of the One (M8) is round the corner, and Joel will be reviewing the Galaxy S5 for us from today. We've put together this comparison based on what we know from spec sheets, our hands-on experience with a couple of One (M8)'s, and having a play with a Galaxy S5 briefly, though we don't (at the time of publishing) have a review... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) Accessories — Buy them online, but not just yet

Those of you who've jumped on the HTC One (M8) bandwagon at this early stage (a few of us at Ausdroid might be amongst you) might be wondering where the announced launch accessories are up to. In particular, you might be curious about the Dot View cover or Double Dip Case — and so are we! HTC's Australian accessories store lists both the Dot View Case and Double Dip Case in their catalog, however at the time of writing, they're not available. They are, however, available for pre-order, meaning if you want to lay down some cash,... Continue reading

Optus announces availability of Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2

Optus has announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is now available on Optus' nationwide 4G network, and can be purchase from today via telephone sales, online and in selected retail stores. The Galaxy NotePro, announced earlier this year at CES,is a 12.2" giant of a tablet, with 4 million pixels to display things on, multi-window multitasking for those who want to do more, and handwriting recognition courtesy of Samsung's now-ubiquitous S-Pen. Those wanting to get their hands on such a tablet can find them on the Optus $20 Mobile Broadband plan, albeit with a whopping $43-a-month tablet repayment.... Continue reading

Dan’s going to get inked to raise money for Ausdroid Community Foundation

It's been a little while since we've talked about the Ausdroid Community Foundation, and it's high time we did again. For those who aren't familiar, you might be wondering what is the ACF, and why does Ausdroid have a charitable fund. We love what we do, and reporting on the latest in technology, particularly the Android space, keeps us pretty busy. However, we like to do a bit for the community as well, and the ACF is our vessel for doing so. A general purpose community fund, we're presently partnering with the Eli Hayes Healey Foundation to work with... Continue reading

Vodafone has the Samsung Galaxy S5 in selected stores

Would you like to get your hands on the Galaxy S5 today, to decide whether it's the next superphone for you? Well, if so, you're in luck. Vodafone have Samsung's new flagship in store (well, in selected stores) for you to have a play with and explore. https://twitter.com/VodafoneAU/status/449403515060748288 You can find the Galaxy S5 in the following stores: Store Address State Vodafone Parramatta Shop 5074-5075 Westfield Parramatta, Parramatta, NSW NSW Vodafone Bondi Junction Shop 1015 Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction, NSW NSW Vodafone Sydney: George Street 399 George St, Sydney, NSW NSW Vodafone Chatswood Shop 433 Westfield Chatswood, Chatswood, NSW NSW Vodafone Brisbane: Queen Street Mall Shop G01/G02 141 Queen St Mall, Brisbane, QLD QLD Vodafone Sunnybank Shop 8 Sunnybank Plaza,... Continue reading