It’s crunch time for HTC. After a disastrous 2011 in which they released a boatload of devices that were pretty much the same phone but a bit less dodgy, they decided to focus on one ‘hero device’ that would carry their brand. That device was the HTC One X, and to HTC’s credit it was actually a very good phone – better, some would say, than the Galaxy S3. Unfortunately for HTC though, a combination of a tarnished brand image from the previous year, an underwhelming marketing campaign and HTC’s baffling decision to then muddy their own waters with the[Read More...]
Articles by: Graham Bae
Graham’s love for all things tech began with him taking apart anything with screws from the age of two, and to this day he lives by the motto ‘if it ain’t broke, you haven’t tweaked it enough’. He started off in IT and web development, but got sick of that and started an online soccer shop, and now finds himself training to be a pastor.
When he’s not fiddling with gadgets, Graham can be found training in Muay Thai and waking up at 4am to watch his soccer team Juventus.
Current Phone: Nexus 4
Current Tablet: Nexus 7
Graham has posted 27 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.
Samsung has wasted no time in preparing accessories for their new pride and joy. The Galaxy S 4 microsite reveals a wide range of companions for their new flagship device, from a variety of covers to a gamepad and health-related accessories. The canned response that PC World received upon contacting Samsung for more information was as follows: Following the massive success of the Samsung GALAXY S III in Australia, we are excited to confirm the Samsung GALAXY S4 will be available from Q2. Pricing and availability will be available closer to the launch date. Here are the accessories listed on[Read More...]
Android’s lack of USB audio support (#5) and high audio latency (#11) have been a couple of the platform’s most griped-about and longest-standing issues, starred by 4482 and 2329 users respectively at the time of writing. USB Audio Recorder Pro is an app that represents a significant step toward addressing these issues, as the developers have written a USB audio driver from scratch in order to bypass Android’s audio system and allow devices to run in USB host mode. In simple language, that means you can use a USB microphone to record audio straight to your phone or tablet (running[Read More...]
We previously reported that Google may be planning to open its own retail stores, but just as we were starting to get excited about testing out Chromebooks and Project Glass in the flesh, Andy Rubin (Senior VP of mobile and digital content at Google) effectively put those rumours to bed during a roundtable with journalists at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. When asked about the possibility of opening retail stores, Rubin said “Google has no plans and we have nothing to announce”, going on to say “For Nexus, I don’t think the program is far enough along to[Read More...]
Among those in the know, you’ll hear stories about how HTC puts on some of the best launch parties around. Tonight they put on a bit of a party on Level 6 of the Museum of Contemporary Art to launch their new flagship One device – not just for Sydney, but the whole of Australia and South-East Asia. Note: I’m not going to cover the phone’s features or specs here because we’ll be doing a full review in the future The first impression upon entering the room is interesting. There’s no rows of seats and no lecturn from which company[Read More...]
In what seems like a case of someone at Google getting too trigger-happy with the ‘publish’ button, a new ad for the Nexus 7 was uploaded to the Google Nexus Youtube channel, with the cryptic title “130220 WomensTower TypeFix”. The video was immediately pulled, but not before eager fans were able to download and re-host it. Interestingly enough, the video wasn’t completely removed from the channel, but simply set to ‘unlisted’, meaning that it’s still available to people who have the link. The ad demonstrates the Nexus 7′s versatility in being suitable for use as a chopping board (which is a[Read More...]
Google has just uploaded a new video showing off the capabilities of Google Glass, from taking pictures and videos with voice commands to finding out how to say things in Thai. The video also shows that it’s completely indestructible and will never fall off. Ever. We’re all looking forward to seeing what Google can achieve with this project, and if it works half as well as it does in the videos, it could really change a lot. Google Glass should really come with a disclaimer though, saying ‘interesting life sold separately’, because we all know that it’s really just going to[Read More...]
A countdown displayed earlier today on the Ubuntu website happened to coincide with an identical countdown from HTC, leading some to speculate that the companies would announce an Ubuntu-based HTC tablet. As it turned out though, the end of HTC’s countdown marked the announcement of the HTC One, and ubuntu.com had their own big announcement. Just days after Canonical revealed that Ubuntu for phones would be available for testing on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 later this week, they have given us the first look at the tablet version of their OS. Canonical’s vision is to have Ubuntu seamlessly[Read More...]
The HTC M7/One events in New York and London are about to kick off, and I’ll be doing my best to stay up to date with all of the details as they emerge. If you happen to be awake, please follow along with me and leave a comment so I know I’m not all alone! 02:50 – Aaaand we’re done. BUT WHAT ABOUT UBUNTU? And surely “New Sense” is a joke name. Say it quickly and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, thanks for sticking around. It’s been emotional. 02:48 – HTC trade in program. Register at HTC.com and trade[Read More...]
With just under 4 hours to go till the HTC event in New York kicks off which will supposedly launch the HTC M7 (or HTC One as the many leaks surrounding the device would suggest its name is), full press shots have been leaked by French site Nowhereelse. The shots confirm the authenticity of earlier leaks of the handset shown off on the @Evleaks Twitter account. The images show the Beats audio logo on the back, as well as a decidedly Windows Phone-esque tile arrangement on the Sense 5 main screen. We can also see that HTC has continued with[Read More...]
Canonical have announced that a developer preview for the mobile version of Ubuntu will be available to download and test next week, as well as the source code and development tools required to flash the images to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Ubuntu for mobiles is set to be officially released in October with Ubuntu 13.10, and the company is working hard to ensure that the platform will hit the ground running by giving developers enough time to become familiar with it and start writing apps. Canonical’s vision for Ubuntu extends beyond smartphones, as they’ve announced that they’re planning[Read More...]
The biggest news in the past couple of days has been the release of Android 4.2.2, which brings Quick Settings toggles, app download countdown timers, some new sounds and a number of bug fixes. The update has been rolling out to various Nexus devices, and Google have now posted the 4.2.2 factory images. If you want to restore your device to stock or you’ve somehow managed to brick your Nexus device, head on over to the Factory Images for Nexus Devices page and grab the relevant image.
The latest update to the official Android documentation leads us to think that we could soon be seeing an OTA update to Android 4.2.2 for the Nexus 4. Aside from a typo in the build number which reads ‘JDP39′ should read ‘JDQ39′, the interesting part is that the build number is followed by android-4.2.2_r1 for the Nexus 4. If you’re a lucky Nexus 4 owner keep your eyes peeled for an update, or if you’re especially keen starting mashing that “Check for System Update” button!