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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
Foxtel Go app finally available for the Galaxy S5 in Google Play

Foxtel Go app finally available for the Galaxy S5 in Google Play

Some good news for Foxtel customers who recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy S5, with Foxtel updating the Google Play store to now allow installation on Samsung’s latest flagship. As well as the Galaxy S5, Foxtel has updated compatability to include the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9506) and the Galaxy Tab 3 7″ (SM-N9007). While the Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 (KitKat), and some Galaxy S4 (GT-i9506)’s have received KitKat officially, the Play Store entry still advises that compatability is limited to devices running Android 4.3. This is great for Samsung owners, but there’s still no mention of any updates going out[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on May 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
Nokia App store found to be uploading Android Apps without knowledge of their developers

Nokia App store found to be uploading Android Apps without knowledge of their developers

When the Nokia X was announced, Nokia stated that as they had no Play Store access, they would be operating their own App store for the Nokia X. The app store is actually run by Opera, the company behind the browser and tends to be fairly bare-bones with gaping holes in their app choices, but it seems Nokia or Opera has a plan for this -the company is uploading apps without the knowledge of their developers. Via Google+, Ander Webbs, the developer behind ADW.Launcher shared a screenshot of an email he received from Nokia which states that the team behind[Read More...]

by 3:27 PM on May 17, 2014 3 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News
Chromecast support coming to Firefox very soon

Chromecast support coming to Firefox very soon

Chromecasting a tab from Chrome is pretty cool – at least for those people who’ve got a Chromecast – and it looks like Firefox could be adding that trick to their repertoire very soon. According to notes from a weekly meeting at Mozilla, Chromecast and Netcast support could be coming to a test build of Firefox as early as the end of this week (yep, about now). The feature will probably require much testing in the nightly/test builds but will, if all works out well make it to a stable public release quite soon. Netcast appears to be a similar[Read More...]

by 11:04 AM on May 17, 2014 0 comments Apps, Chromecast
Google acquires Word Lens makers Quest Visual to help make Google Translate better

Google acquires Word Lens makers Quest Visual to help make Google Translate better

Google pretty much wins when it comes to translation software, but there’s been one company making a name for themselves when it comes to visual translations – Word Lens, but Google Translate is about to improve that aspect of their game, with Quest Visual – makers of the Word Lens app – today announcing that they’ve been acquired by Google. The Blog post on the Word Lens site outlines that they will be joining the Google team to help mobile devices specifically, to better translate the visual world. As a bonus though, both the App and all the language packs[Read More...]

by 10:46 AM on May 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
Many Epson printers can  now be used with Android KitKat printing support

Many Epson printers can now be used with Android KitKat printing support

Android 4.4 KitKat introduced a fairly cool new feature for people who simply must have some things on paper, allowing direct printing from your Android device to a supported printer. Unfortunately, most printers weren’t supported to begin with, with primarily HP printers on the list. Epson have now released an enabler app to the Play Store which will allow users to print through KitKat’s native print function. Epson says more than 60 new and legacy Epson Connect-enabled printers are compatible with the plugin, including some that were released as far back as 2008. That’s quite a number! Of course, to[Read More...]

by 6:34 AM on May 17, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google Now will now remind you to pay (some of) your bills

Google Now will now remind you to pay (some of) your bills

  A little while back, when an update to the Google Search for Android app showed some hidden strings, it looked as if Google Now was going to remind you to pay your bills. Now, it seems, it will be doing precisely that. Shown above, the Bill Reminder card will appear when a bill notification of some kind is scraped from your Gmail account. Notification cards will display a bill’s payee, amount owed, due date and an option to display the email that the information came from. It seems to be fairly tightly integrated, and there’s not really any indication of how many[Read More...]

by 6:25 AM on May 17, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
Google Maps now gives you “quick facts” about the biggest tourist attractions worldwide

Google Maps now gives you “quick facts” about the biggest tourist attractions worldwide

Google Maps has been given a small update to include a new info card containing quick facts when you look up popular tourist attractions. Shown above, the new expandable window “quick facts” gives you bite sized factoids about some of most famous locations around the globe, including places here in Australia such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, just to name a few. Sadly though, it seems that this little addition of info is only for the Google Maps desktop version, and it doesn’t work for every[Read More...]

by 9:59 PM on May 16, 2014 1 comment Apps