Daniel has been an avid Android fan since the arrival of the HTC Dream. He has been working in IT for the last 7 years and selling IT equipment for 10 years previous to that. He has been interested in Mobile Technology since his first Palm Pilot. A complete Twitter addict he spends most of his time watching his Tweet timeline for news of Android to filter down.

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Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It's that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) — Review

Is the HTC One (M8) your new Mate? HTC has a long and proud history in the mobile industry. From their early years as an ODM (original design manufacturer) making phones and mobile devices to be branded as HP and Palm, HTC have grown through leaps and bounds to their current standing as one of the leaders in design and mobile innovation. There’s been some trying financial times of late, and last years HTC One was described as their last ditch effort to save the company. But that wasn’t the case. The One wasn't as successful as... Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Gameloft swings into Google Play

With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting cinemas in Australia yesterday, the movie tie-in game from Gameloft has also made an appearance. Swinging into Google Play at $5.49, Gameloft has also included a few In-App Purchases as well - Spidey needs new outfits. When not fighting henchmen or major villains such as Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro, and more in the game, you'll be swinging through a digitally rendered New York City, interacting with other Marvel characters like Black Cat and Screwball. While not all the villains and characters listed make an appearance in the movie, Gameloft are quick to... Continue reading

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use points to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is now here in stores, and even subsidised on a plan it costs a pretty penny. But Qantas has now added the Galaxy S5 to their Qantas store to let you swap those accrued Qantas Frequent Flyer(QFF) Points for Samsung's latest flagship. The phone can be exchanged for 173,500 QFF points with no money changing hands, or on a sliding scale in a mix of cash and QFF points down to a minimum of 104,100 QFF points + $534.38 in cash. There's a 21 day wait for orders to be despatched, so this isn't an order that... Continue reading

Olé, Olé, Olé – Vodafone adds Brazil to their list of countries eligible for $5 International roaming

Brazil will be the focus of the world in mid-June, when the 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off in São Paulo when Brazil plays Croatia. If you're lucky enough to be there in person to see it, you'll want to phone, text, tweet or tell someone who isn't there about it. Luckily, Vodafone has today announced they've added Brazil to their list of countries covered under the Roam for $5 plan. The addition of Brazil, brings the total list of countries supported to 47. The premise of the Roam for $5 is simple, pay $5 per day and use... Continue reading

LG G3 coming in Gold with high res screen

Handsets from LG in their high end G line of phones specifically have become highly desirable over the last two years, and the LG G3 is looking set to follow this trend, not only from a design standpoint but from rumours surrounding the hardware that LG will be including, namely a high resolution 2560 x 1440 screen. The rumours of the high resolution screen have been around for a while, and were seemingly confirmed earlier this week in a UserAgent Profile for a Sprint handset with the model# LS990. With LG currently manufacturing a 5.5" 2560 x 1440... Continue reading

Google by the numbers – Q1 2014 earnings report

Google has just released their Q1 2014 earnings report, the good news is that they made money. They've also addressed the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, there's no effective dates as yet but they have listed financial results from Motorola Mobile as "Net loss from discontinued operations". Larry Page, as CEO noted in the opening of the report 'We completed another great quarter. Google's revenue was $15.4 billion, up 19% year on year. We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses. The full statement is available to read online,... Continue reading

Google releases ‘Google Camera’ to Play Store for devices running Android 4.4

After much speculation, Google has this morning released their stock camera to Google Play as a standalone App. It's available to all devices running Android 4.4+ and it brings with it a brand new interface. The Google Camera App offers the PhotoSphere experience which Nexus owners have enjoyed for years, but on any branded phone running a version of Android 4.4 and upwards. There's a host of new features as well including the Lens Blur mode : Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views. Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field. Panorama mode with high resolution. 100%... Continue reading

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android released

Chrome Remote Desktop has been one of the most handy utilities for accessing your desktop remotely for a number of years now. From your desktop at work or your Chromebook on the go, accessing your desktop easily from a remote location has saved many a skin who has left a file behind and now it's come to Android. You'll need to do some basic setup on your home PC by installing the Chrome Extension - available for both Windows and Mac - which is available from the Chrome Web Store and then run through the setup. You'll need a... Continue reading

SBS On Demand now available for all in Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Samsung Apps

Australian broadcaster SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) has finally released a native Android app for its SBS On Demand catch-up TV service to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The new version (v1.2 for those of you counting) has also been submitted to Samsung Apps. The app features the usual catch-up TV elements (series notifications, recommendations, sharing and playlist controls) and includes phone and tablet UIs in the same install. Users who log in with an SBS On Demand account can also share their playlists across desktop and mobile devices. The service offers SBS' locally produced news... Continue reading

St George puts banking on your wrist with the Sony Smartwatch 2; Glassware and Android Wear still to come

St George bank has today announced that they're addressing the growing wearables market, announcing that they've updated their St.George Banking App, to work with the Sony Smartwatch 2. The App will now supply account balances and directions to the watch. The new features require three apps installed on your phone for it to work, the Sony Smart Connect app, SmartWatch 2 extension and of course the St.George Mobile Banking App. This will then allow customers to access their account balance at a glance, St George also says that the app will also direct customers to ATMs... Continue reading

You can now add photos from Auto-Backup to your GMail messages

Google has announced this morning that there's a new way to share your photos from your that you've been backing up through Google+ all this time. A new 'Insert Picture' option will now appear on GMail on the web and allow you to select individual pictures, or even entire albums to quickly insert into emails. If you're not happy with the size of the picture you're embedding in the email, you can simply re-size it by selecting any corner of the photo and dragging till you're happy. This is just more integration of Google Products, it's a feature that many have... Continue reading

Yatango changes pricing plans; 4G rumoured to arrive in May

Yatango Mobile has built their brand as an innovative MVNO using the Optus network which allows you to tailor your mobile plan to your needs. Those needs are about to cost a little more though with Yatagno Mobile announcing new pricing that will become effective as of the 5th of May. Voice, SMS and Data will become more expensive across the board with Voice and SMS Packs getting a smallish increase to the current arrangement, but Data Packs are the main victims here, with a massive hike in price at the gigabyte end of the scale. Voice Minutes:... Continue reading