Darren has a background in Computer & Information Science with a focus on database design and SQL scripting. He was first introduced to Android running various Android ROMS on his trust HTC HD2. He has since made the leap to full time Android and is a bit of an app junkie, always looking for that shiny new app.

Current Phone: Nexus 5
Current Tablet: Nexus 7 (2013)

Darren has posted 73 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.

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Twitter: @darrenaustae


Humble Mobile Bundle 5 now available

http://youtu.be/P7LYoP9WAOQ The next round of Humble Bundle games is upon us with six games currently available for Android. Bag It! R-TYPE II Aralon: Sword and Shadow The Cave The Room Two Carcassonne You can get the first three games for as little or as much as you like, but pay above the average (US$4.66 at time of writing) and you will also receive the last three items on the list above. As with all Humble Bundles you can pay what you want, you choose how that money is distributed amount the developers, the charities and the Humble Bundle team - you can even choose which developers... Continue reading

Google testing Android 4.4.3

We have already seen rumours about Android 4.4.3 and some of the possible changes that are coming with that version of Android and now it appears that Google have started the internal testing process. Android Police have mentioned that this particular build has started rolling out to a small number of Google employees outside of the core Android team and unsurprisingly it appears to be limited to the current generation Nexus devices. As previously mentioned this release is likely to be a bug fix release with no new features introduced and the timeframes for a public release are still... Continue reading

Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception... Continue reading

Google testing new Gmail app

It looks like Google are testing a new Gmail app for Android and from what I can tell there are some nice changes heading our way. As with most Google updates these days this one is bringing with it a new user interface which includes a coloured Action Bar as seen on several of Google’s other apps including the recently updated Google Keep. It’s not just about the interface though with a few useful features added into the mix as well. There are a few new tabs including Travel, Purchases... Continue reading

Google Keep updated with new interface and searchable images

Today is Google’s regular day for updates and there are a few headed our way. One of those is for Google Keep which has a few nice little changes, nothing ground breaking, but nice all the same. The change you will probably notice straight away is the new user interface. Although this is mostly just a few minor tweaks, with the exception of a new yellow Action Bar, I really like the direction Google is heading with the UI. The other changes being made is the ability to search text within images, new list settings that control where new and... Continue reading

Good deal: Pick up a Galaxy S5 for $798 shipped

If you think the outright cost of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a little steep at $929, but you still really want to purchase the device outright, you might like to have a look at Melbourne-based Millennius. Millennius is currently advertising the device in Black or White for $779 plus shipping - $19, via Express Courier. There are a couple of caveats, but nothing that should stop you in your tracks. Firstly, the big one: It's not Australian stock. Millennius is importing the units from overseas, and offers a 1-year warranty. Secondly, because they're being imported, your... Continue reading

Google set to improve camera app

Google have been talking about cameras on smartphones for a while now and back in February 2013 Vic Gundotra had this to say about the Nexus range We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras I think most of us will agree that the Nexus 5 doesn't have the best smartphone camera out there, but it was an improvement over their previous offerings. The next step for Google looks to be an improved camera app and they may even release it into the Play Store. This all make a lot of sense to me and would continue with... Continue reading

Project Ara is hiring

Most of you would by now have heard about Google’s Project Ara, the modular smartphone project that Google acquired as part of the Motorola purchase. Well the project is continuing to move forward with a series of developer conferences in 2014 as previously reported and now they have advertised a couple of positions, a Developer Liaison and a Summer Intern. The Developer Liaison position will involve working with prospective developers to create new modules for Project Ara while the Summer Intern position will assist with Alpha and Beta testing on both Hardware and Software. The skill set listed... Continue reading

Nexus 5 Bumper Case: First Impressions

Geoff and myself have both recently purchased the official Nexus 5 Bumper Case so we have decided to collaborate on this one and provide our first impressions. The Nexus 5 Bumper Case is a top quality case that provides plenty of protection for your brand new Nexus 5. Right from the start you can tell that this is an official product. The device fits snugly with no unwanted movement. The case is made of a type of hard rubberised plastic, it has a bit of flex in it which aids in being able to put your phone in and remove it... Continue reading

Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

I have been doing my best to stay fit and healthy and to help with that task I recently purchased a Fitbit Flex. There are several devices in the Fitbit lineup and all of them perform roughly the same tasks in different form factors which is to count your steps as you go about your daily routine. Most of those devices include a display that can show you your step count at any time during the day except for the Fitbit Flex which just shows a row of five dots that give you an indication of how you are progressing... Continue reading

Ausdroid now on Google Currents

At Ausdroid, we are always listening to what you want in terms of content for the site as well as the ways you would like to consume news on your devices. So, due to popular demand we now have our own Ausdroid Edition in Google Currents. We have decided to include three sections in our edition Articles Podcast Videos Articles will include all of the articles that we see on our site, Podcast is where you can head if you want to know all of the details about upcoming and past podcasts and the Videos section is a direct link... Continue reading

HTC One Mini — Review

Can the HTC One Mini stand up to it's bigger cousin? I was actually rather excited to be given the opportunity to review the HTC One Mini as I have very much liked what I have seen from the HTC One and was curious to see if HTC could deliver a similar experience with its smaller cousin. If you need a catch up on Ausdroid's thoughts on the HTC One, check out our review from earlier this year. Being a Nexus fan, the one thing that I wasn't too sure about was using a... Continue reading

Sorry Nexus fans: LG D820 is just a CDMA G2 variant.

You all know that mystery LG phone that made an appearance at the FCC a few days ago, well according to @evleaks this device is nothing more than a CDMA variant of the LG G2. @evliaks also went on to post some information about a couple of other G2 variants as well. I don't tend to pay too much attention to leaks as we still don't know anything about the device in question but the one thing that is bothering me about it all is the camera placement. This may well be a CDMA variant but it... Continue reading