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New features for Google Apps Mobile Management focuses on productivity and security

New features for Google Apps Mobile Management focuses on productivity and security

Google hasn’t done exceptionally well in the corporate world when it comes to Bring Your Own Device. There tends to be a very iOS centric line taken by executives in companies which allow this, part of this is the Department of Defense Signals Directorate having certified iOS, but part of it is also due to some lacking functions in Android, but Google is trying to address this. Today, Google has announced a set of new features for their Google Apps Mobile Management, these updates allow administrators to first off wipe inactive accounts from devices, configure networks which require EAP certificates,[Read More...]

by 2:28 PM on May 22, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Services
Secret launches on Android – share your deepest darkest secrets online…or not.

Secret launches on Android – share your deepest darkest secrets online…or not.

What does the fox say? I dunno, he said it on Secret. Secret is an app which lets you apparently share your deepest darkest secrets to your friends anonymously, it puts secrets out there which can be seen by people in your address book but with none of your contact details associated with it and today it’s launched on Android. Secret became popular in the US when it launched on iOS late last year, mainly in the Silicon Valley area of the US. The employees of some of the hottest tech companies in the world seemed to flock to the[Read More...]

by 2:14 PM on May 22, 2014 2 comments Apps
Exclusive: Foxtel Go now available on the Nexus 5!

Exclusive: Foxtel Go now available on the Nexus 5!

We’ve been following Foxtel Go for awhile now, and secretly hoping that they’d expand the offering on Android to more than a select few Samsung devices. As it happens, the team behind Foxtel Go are working furiously on it, and just last week released an update that would see compatibility with the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Well, today we’ve just now received a phone call from Foxtel advising that another device has been certified for use with Foxtel Go, and surprise of all surprises, it isn’t a Samsung device. No, this time it’s Google’s 2013 hero, the Nexus 5 that will[Read More...]

by 11:52 AM on May 22, 2014 42 comments Apps, Exclusive, News
FotMob World Cup 2014 — Yes, another football app suggestion!

FotMob World Cup 2014 — Yes, another football app suggestion!

It seems that it’s not just us at Ausdroid HQ who are keen on the upcoming world cup; you guys keep suggesting apps to us that other football fanatics might be interested in, and so we’ll keep posting about them! This one is called FotMob World Cup 2014, submitted by reader Adrian. In particular, he liked the way that FotMob presented the tables and fixtures, and if you have a look at the screenshots below, it’s easy to see why: Of course, FotMob does seem to include a fair bit of content about other national leagues, including the EPL, Northern[Read More...]

by 11:23 AM on May 22, 2014 3 comments Apps, News
OneFootball releases a 2014 Football World Cup app

OneFootball releases a 2014 Football World Cup app

Just the other day we covered off a couple of football apps head of the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil, and it looks as if we’re starting to see the creation of content-specific apps for the cup. OneFootball got in touch with us overnight and told us about their OneFootball Brazil app, which only has content for the world cup, perfect for those who might get their fix for local football elsewhere, but want an expert view on everything happening in Brazil next month. OneFootball Brazil is available for phones and tablets, and it certainly looks every bit as[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on May 22, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
QKSMS is a beautiful SMS app in beta

QKSMS is a beautiful SMS app in beta

QKSMS is an excellent and promising SMS app alternative that is in development.  Moez (the developer), has created a close to perfect blend of beauty and features for his app, which is in closed beta. Before the 4.4 announcement, new Android developer Moez realised that there weren’t good enough quickreply apps (apps that allowed you to send an SMS back without going into your SMS app by simply popping up as an overlay), they weren’t attractive enough and didn’t work well enough, so he decided that he must create his own; one that would suit the rest of the SMS experience. [Read More...]

by 10:08 PM on May 21, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
Google+ app for Android updated to v4.4 with a raft of new looks and features

Google+ app for Android updated to v4.4 with a raft of new looks and features

Google+ for Android has received a massive update, and it’s taken it to the next level. Gone are a number of frustrating UI quirks and inconsistent design elements, replaced with a nice, clean, and dare I say it beautiful design that works really, really well. It isn’t just design though; there are a raft of new features that you should try out if you’re a Google + user. First, here’s the official changelog for the update: Auto Awesome Stories now combine your photos, videos and the places you visit into beautiful travelogues. You can read more at googleblog.blogspot.com. Auto Awesome Movies are[Read More...]

by 8:37 AM on May 21, 2014 3 comments Apps, News
Google acquires mobile security company Divide

Google acquires mobile security company Divide

Google have been on something of a spending spree over the last couple of years, purchasing a number of startups and established companies that can strengthen their stand in the mobile market. The acquisitions include: Nest Labs purchased for US$3.2 Billion Waze acquired for $US1.3 Billion WiMM Labs acquired leading into Android Wear announcement Timely, possibly the most gorgeous app of its time Motorola (subsequently sold to Lenovo) Reports of Twitch being in Google’s sights These are just some of the higher profile acquisitions that Google have made, each with some relatively transparent drivers behind them. Now, Google has purchased Divide; the[Read More...]

by 7:12 AM on May 21, 2014 1 comment Apps, Manufacturer
Google confirms Hangouts v2.1 drains battery, and is working on a fix

Google confirms Hangouts v2.1 drains battery, and is working on a fix

Google’s Hangouts application, used to provide instant messaging, video conferencing and SMS/MMS integration on Android devices, has been found guilty. Guilty of draining excessive battery power, that is. Raised on Google’s Hangouts Group (a support forum), a number of users were finding higher than normal battery usage attributed to the app — as high as 30% in some instances — caused by excessive wakelocks (i.e. the app requesting that the device stay awake). Fortunately, a Google employee has publicly acknowledged the existence of the problem, and has advised that engineers responsible for Hangouts are working on a fix which should[Read More...]

by 7:05 AM on May 21, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Gmail version 4.8 adds “Save to Drive” feature and UI tweaks

Gmail version 4.8 adds “Save to Drive” feature and UI tweaks

The Gmail app has had a bit of an update today. Besides a number of UI tweaks, bug fixes and feature changes, one of the most-requested features – Save to Drive – has been implemented. You can grab the APK here and take a look to check out the changes. Gmail’s pull-to-refresh animation now matches the version seen in the Google+ app, and you’ll now find that Settings, Help and Feedback are now in the navigation drawer (a welcome change Google’s been implementing slowly across all their apps recently) instead of hidden away in the overflow menu. Once you’re more[Read More...]

by 6:01 PM on May 20, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
Need to keep your photos safe? Of course you do. Here’s an easy way using Google Photos.

Need to keep your photos safe? Of course you do. Here’s an easy way using Google Photos.

We’ve probably all done it at some point in our lives; taking photos on digital devices is all well and good, until you lose the device you took the photo on, and your photos with it! I last did this a couple of years back after holidaying in Queensland for two weeks, and left my iPad (which had all the photos on it) on the plane… needless to say, it wasn’t ever found (no, I didn’t use iCloud sync). For those who haven’t really looked into this, Android has an easy solution to keep your photos safe and sound in[Read More...]

by 11:15 AM on May 20, 2014 19 comments Apps, Google Play
OneFootball is another app to keep on top of your football lust

OneFootball is another app to keep on top of your football lust

Further to our post of the official FIFA app last night ahead of this year’s World Cup, we’ve had suggestions flowing in from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, and even comments here, about what other apps might be worth keeping an eye on. OneFootball is one of those suggested apps, and it caught our attention for a great tablet layout, and of course, a wealth of information in an accessible format. Very quickly we were able to access information about our favourite domestic club (Sydney FC) and also the national team (the Socceroos), as well as a handful of information about[Read More...]

by 11:03 AM on May 20, 2014 6 comments Apps, News
FIFA World Cup 2014, the Android way

FIFA World Cup 2014, the Android way

In a little over 24 days, Australia will send its national football team, the Socceroos, to Brazil to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Some of us at Ausdroid HQ are a little bit football mad, and so we took a quick look at the options to keep on top of the happenings before and during the World Cup using your smartphone or tablet. At the moment, the best option is the official FIFA app, and while it isn’t a dedicated app just for the World Cup, there is a lot of cup coverage available therein. As you can[Read More...]

by 9:05 PM on May 19, 2014 2 comments Apps, News