Alex has been an avid Android fan since 2011 when he got his first ever device, the Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 mini. Alex has been working within the Industrial Relations industry for the last 6 years, before that 6 months was spent under the NSW Fair Trading dept as a rental bonds officer and prior to that 2 and a half years within the tourism industry. Alex’s does spend a fair bit of his time on Twitter, Facebook and various other social media sites search for all things Android.


Current Phone: Galaxy Note II
Current Tablet: Galaxy Tab 2 7

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Catch of the Day Technothon offering Sony, Samsung and HTC deals

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another “Technothon” sale. The sale began today and ends tomorrow morning (Saturday 19th April) at 11am AEST which includes a number of Android devices. Sony Catch of the Day is offering two phones for sale as well as a tablet, first up is Sony’s 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z, which is available in purple and white for $419.95 + shipping – a decent discount given the age of the device (it’s a little over a year old and it’s due for an update to KitKat). » Xperia Z review » Buy: Continue reading

Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

Yahoo has been busy updating the Android app for its Flickr service. The new app is now offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+ (something which has been seriously lagging with Instagram) but in addition to this, the update now brings Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. There is also a new feature which enables users to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more. However there is a small downside to the new update. Where previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, this update eliminates those... Continue reading

Android originally didn’t support touchscreen input until the iPhone came along

In the early days of Android, Google was only considering a traditional keyboard interface (like that shown above), and the advent of a touch-screen interface came much later with the release of the first iPhone. As part of the continued hearing in the US Supreme Court between Apple and Samsung, Google's Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer was placed on the stand and gave evidence about the early days of Android. He explained that as of 2006, the Android open platform only considered the use of a physical keyboard as part of the OS operation and hardware requirements. Lockheimer's documents were destined... Continue reading

Amazon smartphone details uncovered and prototype leaked

Only a couple of days ago, we heard reports coming out of the US, that Amazon was definitely working on its own Android smartphone. Amazon plans to release the device later on this year through its own website. Overnight, reports on the devices specs and a picture of the actual prototype have leaked thanks to a scoop by BGR. The prototype, shown above, has been given the codename "Duke" and will run Amazon's Android-based FireOS according to another report from TechCrunch. Based on the reports, Amazon's Duke will include the following specs: 4.7-inch screen with reports suggesting it will be... Continue reading

Gear Fit from Samsung made to work on non-Samsung phones

Samsung's recently launched Gear Fit was designed to only work with compatible Samsung handsets. However, it has been massaged into working with some other handsets as well, including the flagship competitor HTC One (M8) and last year's Nexus 5. The Gear Fit is an interesting device for the sports oriented consumer, and is causing some head turning, however the price tag and limited compatibility might be making people cautious. There are also some fairly well discussed issues, such as questionable battery life, and (until a recent firmware fix) the odd orientation when trying to read the time. However the folks over at... Continue reading

Moto X available on Post-Paid plans with Dodo Mobile – Outright $525

The Moto X has only arrived on Australian shores in the last couple of weeks, at launch it's mainly been available for purchase outright with no carriers announcing plans for the phone. But Dodo Mobile are bucking the trend and offering the device on two of their Post Paid Plans. Backed by the Optus 4G network Dodo is offering the Moto X on two of their top tier plans - the Mobile Smart Mega and Smart Plus plans : Inclusions Mobile Smart Plus Mobile Smart Mega ... Continue reading

Google looks to add “topics” to your Chromecast home screen; could include personal background images

Google may be planning to make the Chromecast's home screen a little more useful. Reddit user asjmcguire overnight uncovered mentions of weather forecast capabilities in the HTML source of the Chromecast's home screen, suggesting that it could soon show your current local weather forecast and more. It seems that Google's looking to add "topics" to the Chromecast's home screen, one of which is your local weather forecast. The source code below clearly shows reference to a topic named "isRaining": The icons below are directly referenced by the source code above, and are assumed to display according to various... Continue reading

YouTube Live Streaming now available to Chromecast

Google is adding more features to YouTube streaming through the Chromecast, with the added ability to stream private videos and also live streams appearing in a newly released update. However it would seem that the users wishing to watch live streaming videos on their Chromecast are only able to initiate the live streaming videos through Chromecast via Chrome for desktop browser, as the YouTube for Android app is still reporting at this stage an incompatibility with live streams. Google have yet to update its support page, which will remove this limitation like it did for private videos and there is... Continue reading

PayPal Here brings new Chip & PIN card reader to Australia

PayPal Australia has launched the next generation of PayPal Here, an app and bluetooth device combination that enables Australian business signed up to PayPal Here to take transactions from Chip & PIN enabled credit and debit cards, wherever their business might take them. The new PayPal Here Chip & PIN card reader wireless connects to any Android or iOS devices through the Bluetooth technology in (basically) all mobile and tablet devices. The reader has been specifically designed for Australia, where chip and PIN has been widely adopted and will soon be mandated across ATMs, cards, and payments terminals. Andrew Rechtman, senior... Continue reading

Facebook updates its Messenger service for Android – lets users pin chats right to their home screen

Facebook has unleashed an update to its Messenger service for Android users which allow users to 'pin' their chats right to their home screen. The update, bringing the app to version 4.0, brings it into line with the recent iOS update pushed out to those users last week. The new Messenger app brings one of biggest new features, enabling users to create groups of their friends and then pin these gatherings to a dedicated Groups tab, making it easier to chat altogether without having multiple chat screens open. However, unlike our iOS counterparts, Android users can now also add a shortcut... Continue reading

Vine now allows users to chat and message friends

Vine — the service for sharing short videos — has announced overnight that it has added a new feature to the service, enabling users to message and chat with friends and followers. The Twitter-owned service has begun the rollout for the new feature, that lets users contact friends through either videos or text messages. The new feature is something that has been a long time coming, however it is very limited given there is no group chat availability. On the flip side, users can send videos to anyone in the users smartphone's contacts, whether or not they are a current... Continue reading

Google updates Play Newsstand, Movies & TV along with Google Keep apps for Android with new features

Google has begun to push out a updates for Google Play NewsStand, Movies & TV following the update to Google Keep. The updates bring a few new features and minor changes within the each of the apps -- let's take a look. Google Play Newsstand update brings New tabs on the "Read now" menu which provide instant access to sections like business, entertainment and sports, while the My News and My Magazines pages have been combined to form a 2-in-1 destination called My Library. The update has in particular, has... Continue reading

Blackberry updates its BBM app – Brings new features to users

Blackberry has announced that an upgrade to its BBM messaging service app which brings a whole new raft of features users have been wanting the Canadian company to bring. BlackBerry has launched stickers for its messaging app, similar to what is currently available through some other messaging apps for a while now. The Canadian company is also opening a new BBM Shop where users can pick up a variety of sticker packs (most containing 20-25 icons each) now for $1.99 or less, with more expected to come on a regular basis. The update also brings the ability to share photos... Continue reading