Google releases Chromecast Android App to help setup your Chromecast devices

It's not even available outside the US yet, and is sold out just about everywhere in bricks and mortar retailers and online, even the Google Play store is advising 3-4 weeks for shipping now, but the Chromecast HDMI key is probably the most popular and intriguing of devices we've seen for some time. To help all the possibly thousands of new users setup their new Chromecast, Google has released the Chromecast App for Android. The app is at this stage pretty limited, although most of your Chromecasting will be done from the individual apps, but this app appears to be... Continue reading

Google Play Games and Google Play Textbooks announced

There were a couple of new announcements made with regards to Google Play this morning, Ellie Powers, Product Manager, Google Play spoke about the new features announcing two major new additions in Google Play - Google Play Games and Google Play Text Books. Google Play Games - is a gaming hub, that is run from an app that can be downloaded from Google Play. The app allows you to discover new games and track all your high scores as well as the social aspect of being able to compare your progress both with friends in your Google+ circles as... Continue reading

T9 dialler finally added to AOSP with Android 4.3

Normally, one small feature of a new version of Android wouldn't deserve a post of its own, but this has been a huge issue that many people have had with AOSP for a long time. In fact, while there are other benefits to custom ROMs, the lack of a T9 dialler in AOSP builds is the single factor, for me, that necessitates the use of CyanogenMod (or equivalent). The only Android phones that don't ship with a T9 predictive dialler are Google's Nexus devices. As custom and OEM ROMs have had this ability since the dawn of time, I... Continue reading

Gameloft announces Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game is coming

With two Marvel movie tie-in games - Spiderman and Ironman - under their belt already, Gameloft has announced that they will be releasing the official movie tie-in game for the next Marvel movie to be released Thor: The Dark World. The overarching story for the game has been written by Marvel Writer Christopher Yost - who also is credited as a screenwriter for the Thor: The Dark World film - is an original tale that will see Thor restoring order to the Nine Worlds. As Thor you will lead Asgards forces through 100 missions against Marauders and Dark Elves. The... Continue reading

Swiftkey offering online backup and more with Swiftkey Cloud

Swiftkey has announced a brand new beta version of their popular keyboard alternative called Swiftkey Cloud, that offers some fantastic new features which some users will recognise as coming straight from top of their want lists. Swiftkey Cloud is offering both Tablet and Phone versions of the new beta, both of which are available to download from their website, all you need to do is download the APKs for the new Swiftkey 4.2 and you're able to take advantage of the new features as well as existing once such as Swiftkey Flow. Swiftkey Cloud offers three main new features... Continue reading

Emergency ID app saves your ICE information to your lockscreen

Emergency ID Australia, the current leader in Medical Jewellery and Emergency ID products has designed and released a new App which displays your In Case of Emergency(ICE) information as a background wallpaper on your phones lockscreen. The new app which costs $2.99 is available in Google Play and allows users who could possibly require medical assistance due to a allergies or pre-existing medical conditions, to input data that could potentially be helpful to people or emergency services staff trying to assist them. Nicole Graham, Director of Emergency ID Australia started designing the app after a career in Emergency Services: When I... Continue reading

Samsung ditches media and music hubs, combines them all into one App

If you have ever owned a Samsung device, you would have been familiar (or not) with Samsung's own marketplace app, affectionately called Samsung Apps and it's own music hub (aka Samsung Music Hub) which were separate from each other, but Android police are reporting that Samsung has combined these apps into one huge app called Samsung Hub. Whilst the combined Samsung Hub was first brought out under the Galaxy S4, it now also brings video to the store, which seems quite odd given that Samsung are trying to take on Google Play Store directly through its own major app. Whats... Continue reading

Optus Now app will now collect anonymous data to help improve the network

If you have an Android phone from Optus, then you´re most likely one of the 300,000+ users who have installed the Optus Now App from Google Play. The app has up till now been delivering news, weather, games and sport, but since an update to the app on the 10th of July, it has also been capturing network information such as signal strength and sending it back to Optus for evaluation. The information collected is described by Optus as 'high-level network data' and the data sent remains anonymous. At this stage there is no way to provide users with... Continue reading

Weapon of Choice: Headset Button Controller

You've started using Google Music. You've queued up a playlist ready to blast away on your commute. You throw your headphones on, hit the play button and walk out the door. Google Music magically whisks you away to your happy place and you're immersed in your lovely bubble of sound. You decide that you want to hear a particular track again, and reach up to the button controller on your headset, only to realise that your phone only allows you to use one button to do one thing. You can't replay that song. The bubble is burst, your immersion... Continue reading

Chromoting app for Android coming soon.

The Chrome remote desktop function is a very handy tool especially for those using Chromebooks as well as just the every day Chrome browser, but it appears that isn't enough for the Chromium team who are apparently working on a native Chromoting App for Android which will mimic the functions of the Chrome Remote Desktop app. With Android devices getting progressively larger, with better quality screens, and the Android and Chrome teams now working under the same manager, it's inevitable that we'll see cross platform complimentary functionality. If you can remote one way, why not the other? How about remoting to... Continue reading

Aussie Apps: VinePaper sets Vine videos as live wallpapers

Melbourne-based developers Dylan McGannon and Ry Van Veluwen pinged us this morning to let us know about their new app, VinePaper. Guys, you have our attention. VinePaper is a simple Live Wallpaper that downloads and plays a Vine video in the background of your homescreen (and lockscreen, depending on your phone). Repeatedly. Constantly. This could be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you follow on Vine. As a 99-cent app, it's a bit of harmless throwaway fun. My homescreen has now a looping animation of Spongebob Squarepants going a little bit crazy - for which, I salute Ry... Continue reading

Bandwidth-saving ‘server-side compression’ feature rolling out to select Chrome for Android users

Users of Chrome for Android -- not Chrome Beta, where this feature is already available -- are slowly beginning to see a limited roll out of Google's new server-side data compression proxy which can theoretically reduce bandwidth by 50%. We were just given an invite to the feature and have found that depending on the site and its size and image-count the compression lead to a reduction of around 35-15%. Google says that the proxy kicks in when you view a normal HTTP site, but when you go to a secured site (HTTPS) you bypass the proxy. Chrome connects... Continue reading

Magna Carta Holy Server Issues

Are you the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note II? Did you try to take up Samsung's offer to download the new Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail album, unsuccessfully? You're not alone. Samsung's promotion - allowing up to 1 million fans to download Jay-Z's latest beats - seemed to fall flat soon after launch, with many users reporting server issues and instability from the app, either force-closing or outright crashing. For those who ran the risk of missing out though, and waited until the next day to attempt downloading... Continue reading