Articles by: Adam Ricket

Adam has been a massive fan of android since he got his hands on his first Android phone, the trusty HTC Desire. Adam has worked in IT Retail for the past 4 years, as well as studying multiple IT courses through TAFE and University. His passion of Android has led him into becoming an Android Developer, where he hopes to create a range of intuitive and unique applications.


Current Phone: Sony Xperia Z1
Current Tablet: Galaxy Note 10.1

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Rumour: HTC to be working on a bigger brother to the One M8

Rumour: HTC to be working on a bigger brother to the One M8

That’s right, HTC may be working on a 5.5″ Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) brother to the One M8, which is currently going by the name “One M8 Prime”. This rumour that was leaked to HTCSoku, includes a number of unconfirmed specifications that may be featured in the final device. This rumour also suggests that the One M8 Prime will be announced sometime in September. The specifications in the rumour include: 5.5″ Quad HD display – 1440×2560 pixels 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor 3 GB of RAM 18 MP / 5 UP Duo Camera (Featured in the HTC One M8)[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on May 7, 2014 0 comments News, Rumours
Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Last month we saw Sony starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update to the unbranded Xperia Z1, and now it looks as though the carriers are finishing their testing and are starting to roll out the updated version to their customers. According to their respective update blogs, Optus and Telstra customers should start to see the update now if you haven’t got it already. Keeping with the standard Android KitKat, Sony have also added a few little tweaks to the UI to be more intuitive and easily customisable. Sony have also updated their native applications to improve the[Read More...]

by 4:13 PM on April 10, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Sony QX100 Lens-Style camera — Review

Sony QX100 Lens-Style camera — Review

The QX100 Lens-style camera that can be attached to your Smartphone, but is it worth a shot? Manufacturers have been including cameras in mobile phones for over a decade and as phones get more powerful and portable, so have the built-in cameras. With these advances in camera technologies, consumers want to be able to take high quality photos from a device that comes in a fairly small package. The challenge that most manufacturers face is where to draw the line, in terms of the quality and functionality of the cameras that they include. With a device like the QX100 which[Read More...]

by 9:11 AM on April 2, 2014 11 comments Design, News, Reviews
Google to unveil a Nexus Smartwatch and Smartwatch OS next month

Google to unveil a Nexus Smartwatch and Smartwatch OS next month

According to a new report by cnet, it looks as though Google will be unveiling plans for a Nexus smartwatch next month – prior to its official launch at Google I/O in June. Like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, it seems that LG might also be manufacturing the Nexus smartwatch. Fortunately, it’s probable that Google will continue with their existing Nexus model, therefore maintaining full control over the software that the watch will run and leave the hardware specifications for the watch to LG. So far, there isn’t a lot of detail in regards to the specifications of the[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on February 27, 2014 2 comments News
[MWC 2014] Sony unveil their new Xperia Z2 flagship

[MWC 2014] Sony unveil their new Xperia Z2 flagship

The Sony Xperia Z2 has just been unveiled by Kunimasa Suzuki, the CEO and President of Sony Mobile Communications. The new bigger brother to the Xperia Z1 doesn’t have a large hardware improvement over its predecessor, although there are a few noticeable differences to refresh our thoughts on what a flagship phone should be able to do. So let’s get into the specs of the Xperia Z2: Omnibalanced design with more rounded edges compared to the Xperia Z1 5.2- inch 1920 x 1080 (424ppi) TRILUMINOUS Display with the X-Reality mobile picture engine 2.3GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) / Adreno™ 330[Read More...]

by 10:00 PM on February 24, 2014 22 comments News
Sony QX100 Lens-style Camera — First Impressions

Sony QX100 Lens-style Camera — First Impressions

Camera phones have been around for more than a decade, and not a lot has changed with their overall function in this time. Modern smartphones may have more advanced specifications compared to the early camera phones, but they still function like a simple point and shoot camera. Now Sony is trying to change our views on how smartphones interface with cameras with their range of QX lens-style cameras. These cameras look and function similarly to a compact camera lens, with the ability to control it from any Android (2.3+) or iOS device. The Sony QX100 camera includes the 3.6x optical[Read More...]

by 3:18 PM on February 13, 2014 1 comment News, Phones, Reviews
Sony QX Lens Style Cameras updated to support Full 1080P and more

Sony QX Lens Style Cameras updated to support Full 1080P and more

We’ve talked about Sony‘s QX10 and QX100 “lens-style cameras” a lot in the past, and it’s nice to see Sony committing to keeping the cameras up to date with new firmware. Sony’s January update introduced a few new features: Users now have the ability to change the ISO setting, an increased video recording resolution from (up from 1440×1080 to 1920×1080, or 1080p) and added a Priority Shutter speed function to the QX100. If you’ve been waiting to jump on board the lens-style camera bandwagon, Sony isn’t actually the only game in town. Taiwan-based Altek launched their “Cubic” camera in December,[Read More...]

by 6:37 PM on February 5, 2014 0 comments Camera, News
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specs leak

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specs leak

Late last year we mentioned that Samsung have been rumoured to be working on a lower-powered follow-up to the Galaxy Note 3. According to the leaked specifications at the time, the Note 3 Lite (now known as the Note 3 Neo), would be the lower powered brother to the Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to an anonymous tipster, GSMArena have recently acquired official Samsung documents detailing most of the final specifications and features of the Note 3 Neo. As you can see from the specifications listed, there are still a few small aspects of the Neo such as the dimension and[Read More...]

by 6:13 PM on January 10, 2014 7 comments News, Phones, Rumours
LG launch HomeChat for users to communicate with their Home Appliances

LG launch HomeChat for users to communicate with their Home Appliances

Are you a fan of LG Home Appliances and enjoy sending messages to your friends? This morning at CES 2014, LG’s President and Chief Technology Officer Skott Ahn launched a new Home Appliance control application called HomeChat. Homechat is built ontop of the popular Japanese messaging App Line, it will allow users to directly control almost all LG home appliances such as air-conditioners, washing machines, tv’s, fridges, HOM-BOT, etc. using natural language processing so that messages such as “I’ll be home at 4PM”, “what are you doing” or “I want my clothes to be dry by 6AM” can be interpreted[Read More...]

by 4:28 AM on January 7, 2014 4 comments News
Dropbox updated to include invites to shared folders and in-app purchases

Dropbox updated to include invites to shared folders and in-app purchases

The Dropbox app for a while has allowed users to share an existing folder with anyone, so long as they have the shared folder URL. Unfortunately the contact that the folder would be shared with, could not make any changes to any files within that folder. In this new version of the Dropbox app, users now have the functionality to create a shared folder from the app, as well as invite people to be a member of a shared folder. This means that they will have access to modify any file within that folder, as well as being able to[Read More...]

by 7:23 PM on December 18, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Oppo teases Find 7 on social media

Oppo teases Find 7 on social media

Back in June we posted on a rumour that the Oppo Find 7 would possibly arrive sometime in September. It’s now December and we haven’t seen definite proof detailing the final specs of the Find 7 , although recently Oppo have hinted that the device is still coming and will be a large improvement on the Find 5 . On Thursday in celebration of the Find 5’s First Birthday, Oppo posted to their twitter and G+ social media pages, a teaser of the yet to be released Find 7. The key tagline of this is Always Improve, this suggests that[Read More...]

by 5:29 PM on December 15, 2013 2 comments News, Phones, Rumours
The Chromecast has been announced as Time’s Number 1 Gadget of 2013

The Chromecast has been announced as Time’s Number 1 Gadget of 2013

For those of us who have a Chromecast, it’s a fairly powerful device for a relatively low cost. Yes, at this stage we still need to import the device from the US, although if rumours have their way we might see an international launch of the device in 2014. Time magazine have recently announced their top 10 Gadgets for 2013 and at the top of their list is the Chromecast, defeating the Pebble Smartwatch, Kindle Fire HDX and Apple’s new iPad for the top spot. Sundar Pichai posted to G+ yesterday to congratulate the Google team and to say a[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on December 8, 2013 7 comments News
Google to bring Chrome apps to Android in early 2014

Google to bring Chrome apps to Android in early 2014

If you’re not much of a web developer, you might not know a lot about Chrome apps. Chrome apps look and feel exactly like a native application running on a desktop environment, but are built in the same fashion as a website and will run perfectly without an internet connection. Unlike standard web apps, Chrome apps allow developers to link their apps directly to hardware devices or system features. You can read more about Chrome apps and how they function over at the Chrome developers website, or check out the video below from the Chrome Dev Summit. The Next Web[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on December 5, 2013 0 comments Apps, News