Official RoboCop game now available on Google Play

RoboCop, the movie franchise set in a not-too-distant dystopian future where an injured police officer becomes a robot, is set for a reboot with a new movie launch in February, but before this, you can get in on the action with the officially licensed video game, launching today. The gameplay isn't exactly complex. It's a 3D shooter, not quite first person, where the player takes Alex Murphy (aka RoboCop) through a series of training missions as he and his team attempt to gain funding for the budding RoboCop project. In terms of canon, the game sort of fits as a... Continue reading

Chrome for Android gains new data management and shortcut features

Google is rolling out two new features to its Chrome for Android web browser today. These features won't be new to you if you've been using the Chrome Beta app, but graduating today to the stable release are two great additions. Firstly, with the new update users will be prompted to enable bandwidth management, which passes your web browsing traffic through Google's services to compress the data before it comes down to your mobile device. While this likely won't mean much to you if you're using a WiFi connection, for those with limited data inclusions in their mobile plans (i.e.... Continue reading

SwiftKey Beta updated with new emoji layout

Popular keyboard replacement SwiftKey has released a new beta version of their app, which brings the usual swathe of behind-the-scenes fixes, as well as some welcome changes / improvements to the user interface. New features include gestures to switch emoji tabs, moving the backspace key to prevent accidental deletion of text, and other changes to the layout. The full changelog is reproduced here: Secondary characters on the top letter row modified when number row is enabled Redesigned emoji UI including new space and backspace bar, swipe gestures to switch emoji tab and changes to how the layout works under the hood Fixed performance... Continue reading

Samsung launches its Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games app

Samsung has announced the Sochi 2014 edition of its Olympic application, called Samsung WOW (Wireless Olympic Works). Android users will be able to use the app to turn their devices into "mobile sports stations" that can be used to really get involved in the Winter Olympic experience. Samsung WOW provides those wanting more from the Olympics with real-time access to event schedules, latest reports on results and Olympic records reliably and quickly. The app, which is the public version of an app designed especially for the Olympic establishment, builds on a wireless communications system developed for the games to ensure... Continue reading

Shifty Jelly updates Pocket Weather Australia to version 4.0

Shifty Jelly has released version 4 of Pocket Weather Australia to the Google Play store this morning. The update should roll out over the next few hours. Readers familiar with the app will see that it features an entirely new user interface that looks at home on modern Android systems, using the now-standard Navigation Drawer and a customisable card-based user interface. You can now change the order in which cards appear in the main display, as well as customising the "Observations" card to display the information most important to you. The rainfall radar display has also been completely overhauled, and now... Continue reading

Want to change your Android boot-up animation? Boot Box makes that easy.

Android offers you many ways to customise your phone or tablet. Wallpaper and ringtones? Of course you can change those. You can change your home-screen, app-launcher, and replace most of the built in applications with something else if you like. Most Android phones also display an animation when turning on. Carrier-sold devices will usually have a carrier logo animation, and un-branded devices will usually feature something else, e.g. a Samsung logo or in the case of Nexus devices, some coloured dots doing weird and wonderful things. However, if you want to change these, it has previously been a bit difficult. Doable,... Continue reading

Samsung offering up to $550 worth of bonuses with combined purchase of a Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Samsung has just begun a promotion to try and entice more customers into purchasing a Galaxy Gear with their Galaxy Note 3, offering up to $550 worth of bonuses when you purchase both from either the Samsung Experience store in Sydney or Melbourne. The offer which includes $550 worth of offers from Quickflix, The New York Times, Navigon, EasilyDo, Dropbox as well as Samsung services like Samsung Music Hub and Samsung Learning began yesterday and runs through till the 12th of June. To qualify for the bonuses, you'll need to either purchase the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear... Continue reading

Carbon becomes another victim of Twitter’s token limit

Popular Twitter client Carbon has become another victim of the token limits imposed by Twitter on third party apps for their popular social media platform. The same thing happened with Falcon Pro back in July last year, and while another client Tweetlanes didn't hit the token limit, its developer Chris Lacy saw the writing on the wall and decided early last year to cease active development of Tweetlanes, and put it over to the open source community to maintain instead. Joaquim Vergès, developer of Falcon Pro, went to quite some length to get Twitter to issue further tokens to... Continue reading

Gmail App with automatic image preview now rolling out

The image above with the 'Show Pictures' tag is about to disappear, with Google beginning the rollout of their Gmail for Android App which will automatically host the pictures in emails on their own servers to remove the possibility of people compromising the security of devices. The update to the desktop version of GMail rolled out last month, but at the same time, Google promised that the Android app would be updated with the same functionality and it's now rolling out with version 4.7.2 arriving on devices. The option to automatically show images in the App can be toggled... Continue reading

CES 2014 — Yahoo announces acquisition of Aviate launcher for Android

During today's Yahoo event at CES 2014, they announced that they had acquired popular up-and-coming Android launcher Aviate. Aviate has set a blazing trail, due primarily to its smart, context aware layouts, and of course, a clean design aesthetic. Just as Google Now provides context and location aware information, so does Aviate, right on your homescreen. Aviate achieves this witchcraft by tracking usage patterns, and automatically categorises applications on your Android device based on context (including WiFi, GPS, time of day and accelerometer). By doing so, Aviate is able to give you a home-screen that fits a layout required... Continue reading

CES 2014 — Pebble announces Pebble Steel, appstore and new partners

Smartwatch darling Pebble announced a new, high-end metallic version of their smartwatch, the Pebble Steel, at CES 2014. Pebble Steel answers a major criticism of the original Pebble -- that its plastic shell and rounded edges made it look like a toy -- and comes in two colour variations, Brushed Stainless and Black Matte. It's got Corning Gorilla Glass on the front with an oleophobic coating, there's an RGB LED hidden away indicate charge status. Impressively, even with the new metallic body the Steel retains the original Pebble's "5 ATM" waterproof rating (explained here), so it... Continue reading

Google buys Bitspin – Timely the beautiful clock App goes free

The big news this morning is that Google has acquired Bitspin, the company behind probably the best looking and indeed functional clock App Timely and in a very generous move, made all in-app purchases free. Bitspin announced the acquisition on their blog, advising that they were joining Google, where they will 'continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use'. According to AndroidPolice who broke the news, Bitspin was also the team behind the beautifully designed and functional Tasks App albeit under a different developer name. After using Timely since its release... Continue reading

Mobiscope calls for Cloud Beta Testers

Mobiscope have approached us at Ausdroid to call for beta testers of their new cloud based security monitoring service Mobiscope Cloud. The service allows you to connect to a DVR type service via any Android device, pause, rewind or replay recorded video direct to your Android device or via the web interface for up to 2 cameras while the service is still in beta. Automatic configuration of hundreds of popular network cameras in Android app. Any camera that supports RTSP protocol and H.264 video codec as well as older FTP upload-based cameras are supported in Mobiscope Live video... Continue reading