Joel lives in a small country town, four hours south of Perth, where he works at the local newspaper, as well as volunteering at a nearby community radio station. He has had a great interest in Android for some time now, and has even managed to convert his Nokia-loving wife! Joel is also a huge gaming geek, with a great interest in all types of games, especially mobile gaming.

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Joel has posted 36 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.


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HTC announce the One (M8), launching in April on all 3 major carriers

After months of speculation and leaks, HTC have officially announced their next flagship device, the HTC One (M8), at an event in New York. Last year's One proved to be quite popular, and ended up being HTC's best-selling device ever, so they have opted not to mess with the design too much. Once again they've gone with an aluminium body to house the device, which features a 5-inch Full-HD 440 ppi LCD display and Snapdragon 801 processor. The big new feature that HTC is hanging its hat on this year is the... Continue reading

Rumour: Moto 360 will feature OLED display, sapphire glass, wireless charging

Motorola caused quite a stir this week when it announced the extremely good looking Moto 360 smartwatch. However, aside from a few renders and a launch window of 'Summer 2014' (Winter for us Southern hemisphere folk), there was not much in the way of useful information. Instead, we've had to turn to unofficial channels to find out more. G For Games claims to have information from a Motorola source that says the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display, sapphire glass and magnetic induction wireless charging. While these details are still just rumour... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Sony announce the mid-range Xperia M2

While most of the focus of Sony's MWC event was on its 2 new flagships, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Tablet Z2, they also announced another phone, the Sony Xperia M2. Following on from last year's Xperia M, the M2 is a 4.8-inch phone aimed at the mid-range market, with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 960x540-pixel display, 8-megapixel camera, 2300mAh battery and LTE. Like it's predecessor, the M2 will be available in a few different colours; black, white, and purple. The M2 will be running Android 4.3 at first, but Sony promises... Continue reading

Intel to announce new mobile chips at MWC?

With the Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona next week, we're expecting plenty of Android-related announcements from a number of different manufacturers, and it looks like we can add Intel to that list. A leaked roadmap shows that Intel are planning to announce two new chips for smartphones and tablets at MWC, One geared towards Android tablets, and one which is said to be a 64-bit variant of its Bay Trail-T. Intel have never really been big players in the Android space, with ASUS and Lenovo really being the only... Continue reading

Eighty Eight Games want you to build a boat

Eighty Eight Games caused a bit of a stir last year with its game 10000000 (Ten Million). Plenty of people, including those of us here at Ausdroid, were hooked on the game - which is a mix of endless runner, match-3 puzzler and RPG, and have been hoping for more content. Well, Eighty Eight Games have announced that more is on the way, in the form of a sequel entitled 'You Must Build A Boat'. You Must Build A Boat will expand greatly on the original, while still keeping the addictive gameplay that so... Continue reading

HTC will no longer update the One X and One X+

Bad news today if you own HTC's 2012 flagship phone, the One X -- HTC have confirmed that they will not be updating this device beyond its current OS version of Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.0. The news first broke when they replied to a question via Twitter, and was then confirmed when they released the following statement: We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should... Continue reading

2013: The Year in Android – Part 4

This is the final part in our Year in Review series of posts. The previous parts can be found here, here and here. OCTOBER When Motorola announced that their newest phone, the Moto X, would not be available outside the US, a lot of customers were quite upset (Our own Scott Plowman included). So when Moto announced a new phone for their international customers, the Moto G, people started to get excited again. It was short-lived though; with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM and no... Continue reading

2013: The Year in Android – Part 3

This is the third part in our Year in Review series of posts. The previous parts can be found here and here. JULY We’d been teased about it for months with leaked renders and specs. We thought it was coming at Google I/O in May. We’d been waiting impatiently for ages. And then, on July 24, Google finally announced the New Nexus 7, and it did not disappoint. A big improvement over last year’s model, the Nexus 7 (2013) put a smile on the faces of everyone here at... Continue reading

2013: The Year in Android – Part 2

This is the second part in our Year in Review series of posts. The first part can be found here. APRIL April was the month where we finally got our hands on the phones that had been announced during February and March. First, HTC announced that the One would finally be available in Australian stores on April 23. And then, just days later, Samsung announced the official Australian launch date for the Galaxy S 4. By staggering coincidence (yeah, right), that date also happened to be April 23! HTC managed to have the last... Continue reading

2013: The Year in Android – Part 1

A year is a long time. 12 long months. 365 event-filled days. Interesting and newsworthy things are happening every day, sometimes multiple interesting things happen in the one day! How are you meant to keep track of them all? How can you possibly be expected to remember every piece of Android news from throughout the year? Don't worry, Ausdroid can help! We've sifted through the action-packed year that was, and have hand-picked the finest, most interesting pieces of news for your perusal. We've captured all the highs, the lows, and the WTFs from the past 12... Continue reading

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Among the changes in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the dialer is one area that's been given a fair bit of attention. The updated Phone app has a new look and can do handy things such as provide you with the numbers and contact information of nearby businesses, and from early next year it will be able to grab profile photos from Google+ and display them when you make or receive a call. Google announced yesterday, via their Android Google+ page, that users who have verified their phone number with Google+ and have discovery turned... Continue reading

Mad Catz announce M.O.J.O. pricing, release date

The Android-powered games console market is becoming quite crowded these days, given that it was virtually non-existent 12 months ago. With the Ouya and NVidia's Shield hardly taking the world by storm, accessory manufacturer Mad Catz are ready to jump into the market with M.O.J.O., a home console they first released back in June. The company announced yesterday that M.O.J.O. would be available "in limited quantities" from December 10th, with an RRP of US$250. This puts it somewhere in the middle between Ouya's US$99 price tag and the US$300 NVidia Shield.... Continue reading

LG announce the G2

The wait is finally over. After months of speculation and leaks, LG have officially revealed their new flagship phone, the G2. The device was launched at an event in New York City early on this morning Australian time. One of the most striking features of the G2 is the design. The power and volume buttons are located on the back of the phone, just under the camera lens. This means that the front and sides of the phone are completely devoid of physical buttons, with everything else being handled by onscreen soft keys.... Continue reading