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‘OK Google’ hotword detection with Australian English now works in Android 5.0

‘OK Google’ hotword detection with Australian English now works in Android 5.0

We’re still finding notable features in the Android Lollipop Developer Preview. This one was pointed out by Ausdroid reader Benjamin, who alerted us to the fact that you can finally use “OK Google” hotword detection while using English (Australia) as your language. You can also configure the Google Search app to use “OK Google” from any screen (as well as from the lock screen – but no, it won’t work when the screen is off as we saw on the Moto X). The option isn’t available on Kitkat, so it seems like it’s been enabled in the latest developer build,[Read More...]

by 2:43 PM on November 6, 2014 8 comments Apps
Google promises Inbox invites for all in happy hour – 10am to 11am AEDT

Google promises Inbox invites for all in happy hour – 10am to 11am AEDT

Wanna get in on the Inbox action, but don’t have an invite to spare? Never fear, Google’s here … to help. You know how it goes. After trickling invites out every few days, it looks like the Inbox team is getting ready to open the gates, promising invites today: Want an invite TODAY? #InboxHappyHour 3-4pm PT. Send us an email at inbox@google.com between 3 and 4pm PT and you'll get your invite by 5pm — Inbox by Gmail (@inboxbygmail) November 5, 2014 “PT” is Pacific Time, and 3pm PT is 10am AEDT, so if you email inbox@google.com between 10 and[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on November 6, 2014 24 comments Apps
Google Maps gets the Material Design treatment

Google Maps gets the Material Design treatment

Google has announced (and released!) the Material Design update for Google Maps, and it’s pretty. There’s not much to say — just look at the gorgeous layout of the new app in the picture above. You’ll see changes in the way the info sheet shows for local businesses and other places on Maps, and our friends in the US now have direct integration with OpenTable to book restaurant tables from within Maps itself. Uber Integration has also been improved, though I’ve had mixed results with this — it works sometimes, and not others. While the functional changes are minimal, the[Read More...]

by 6:35 AM on November 6, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
ABC iview Android app updated with Beta Chromecast support in Google Play

ABC iview Android app updated with Beta Chromecast support in Google Play

It’s been months since the ABC was announced as a launch partner for Google’s Chromecast dongle, but the update for the iview Android app to include Chromecast support is finally now available in Google Play. The iOS ABC iview app got updated all the way back in September, with the ABC promising the Android App would be updated ‘in the coming weeks’. The Android app has finally been updated as outlined in the ‘Whats New’ section of the Google Play app description: Beta support for Google Chromecast Curated content areas Bug fixes As above, the app also brings curated content[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on November 5, 2014 3 comments Apps, Chromecast
Disney Movies Anywhere now linking to Google Play – get Wreck It Ralph as a bonus for connecting

Disney Movies Anywhere now linking to Google Play – get Wreck It Ralph as a bonus for connecting

Google and Disney have announced a new partnership which will allow you to link your movie streaming services cross-platform and in a first is actually really, cross-platform allowing you to watch your Disney Movies on iOS, Android or on the Disney Movies Anywhere site. All you need to do is link your accounts. The new deal allows you access to the over 400 Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies available in Disney’s KeyChest based digital streaming service. The new partnership allows you to link your Google Play account to your Disney Movies Anywhere account and movies purchased from there will now[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on November 5, 2014 16 comments Apps, Google Play
Taking Clipp out for a spin – a new way to handle bar tabs

Taking Clipp out for a spin – a new way to handle bar tabs

If you haven’t heard of Clipp yet, maybe you will soon. The app wants to be the new bar tab, and it’s got some nice ideas up its sleeve that put it in a good position to do so. The company’s main pitch is that it provides a way for bars, hotels and other venues to handle customer tabs in the post chip-and-pin switch world. In years gone by, a credit card left behind the bar was generally enough security for a venue to recoup their drinks prices in case a customer left without paying their tab. With recent changes[Read More...]

by 1:28 PM on November 4, 2014 3 comments Apps, News
Gmail 5.0 made official – coming to everyone

Gmail 5.0 made official – coming to everyone

The Gmail app we saw leaked over the weekend, has now been made official by Google. The updated app contains ‘modern style, sleeker transitions, and a few other handy improvements’. As we saw in the leak, the app allows you to use email addresses that aren’t Gmail (It’s Ok, Google understands), including POP/IMAP and Exchange accounts, although for Exchange you may have to enable security measures for your device. The app also contains a new material design layout which includes the handy reply button in the bottom right corner. The new design also includes an improved tablet layout to make[Read More...]

by 9:27 AM on November 4, 2014 3 comments Apps
Asus launches three ZenWatch companion apps on Google Play

Asus launches three ZenWatch companion apps on Google Play

Google is controlling what Android Wear looks like and how it operates, pushing OEMs towards extending functionality for their watches through apps. Asus has taken this to heart and has released three apps over night which are destined to be used with the upcoming ZenWatch. The three apps released are the ASUS ZenWatch Manager, which will be used in addition to the Android Wear app and will allow you to setup the watch face, alter the ambient mode and setup your watch as a trusted bluetooth device to bypass the lock screen when paired. There’s also a ‘find my watch’[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on November 4, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Telstra 24×7 Android app gets major facelift

Telstra 24×7 Android app gets major facelift

Telstra’s 24×7 Android app has just received a major update in the Google Play Store, bringing a major visual overhaul and a few usability tweaks. The Play Store change log for the update, listed as v9.0.0, is as follows: • introduced a brand new look • made it easier to find your data and call usage for multiple services • improved data usage to be updated more frequently allowing you to control your usage more accurately than ever. While at first this might not sound exciting, a look at some of the screenshots reveals that the ‘brand new look’ doesn’t consist simply[Read More...]

by 7:41 AM on November 4, 2014 3 comments Apps, Carriers, News
Calendar app joins the list of Google apps made over with Material Design

Calendar app joins the list of Google apps made over with Material Design

Lollipop is so close you can almost taste the sugary goodness, with that the last of the major Google apps are getting their Material design makeover. This morning the Calendar app is also getting a material design makeover and there’s some interesting new features arriving as well. The first update is the Events from Gmail integration which now checks through your email and automatically imports data from emails received when you book a flight, buy concert tickets, or make a hotel reservation. The flight number, check-in time etc are all automatically added to the calendar entry. The calendar will automatically[Read More...]

by 7:32 AM on November 4, 2014 2 comments Android Development, Apps
Google talks a bit about the design behind Android Lollipop

Google talks a bit about the design behind Android Lollipop

With the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, Google has taken to the Official Android Blog to talk a little bit about the design that went in to the latest release. As we all know, Material Design has been talked about a lot since Google I/O earlier this year, but now with Google’s apps being updated to support the new design language, we’re starting to see, touch and feel the new design, and it’s kind of pretty. For those of you hungry for news, there’s not much here, but for those wanting a bit of an understanding of how and[Read More...]

by 7:29 AM on November 4, 2014 3 comments Apps, News, OS Update
BBM for Android update brings Message Retraction, Timed Messages and more

BBM for Android update brings Message Retraction, Timed Messages and more

BlackBerry’s instant messaging service BBM is rolling out an update to all OS platforms over the next few days that will see a few new features such as Timed Messages which allows users to send a ‘secret’ message to a contact for a pre-set duration of time. The update also includes the ability to retract any sent messages which may have been sent accidentally. The full list of features included in the update are: Timed Messages: Set how long contacts have access to messages and pictures shared in a chat* Message Retraction: ‘Retract’ a message to remove it from your[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on November 2, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Instagram begins roll out of video ads

Instagram begins roll out of video ads

Instagram has begun rolling out 15 second paid ads to your photo feed or within videos posted up on the photo social sharing site. This initiative has been in testing for the last 6 months, with Instagram’s parent, Facebook Inc, signing up Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW companies within the USA to play their own paid ads within your social news feed within Instagram. One ad Disney is promoting is its new film, Big Hero 6, with a video showing animated characters posing as if they were taking selfies. Anthy Price, SVP of media at Disney has stated[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on November 2, 2014 1 comment Apps, News