Apps

ABC iview to be relaunched with an Android App in December

ABC iview to be relaunched with an Android App in December

The ABC is finally releasing an Android iview app in December. To coincide with this – or perhaps it’s the other way around – they shall also be relaunching the catch-up service with a new interface. Richard Finlayson, ABC Director of Television said: “We’re relaunching iview in December with a great new interface, and a long-awaited Android application as well. Early next year we will be releasing one of our major commissioning programmes for bingeing on iview and I think that’s exactly where a public broadcaster should be. We will continue to experiment in that space.” Finlayson also announced that they[Read More...]

by 6:01 PM on November 19, 2013 23 comments Apps, News
Kickstarter AU Focus: Me in a Storybook – 3 Little Pigs

Kickstarter AU Focus: Me in a Storybook – 3 Little Pigs

We’ve mentioned Aussie developer Andrew Dittmer before – anyone who listens to the Ausdroid Podcast will know that Dan is quite fond of his retro LCD game Plunder Bros. Last month, Andrew released his new kids storybook app Me in a Storybook: Farm. Me in a Storybook allows you to take a photo of your kids on your device’s camera as they make various faces and poses. Your kids can then see themselves in the book and they can become the hero of the story. Dan tells us his son enjoyed the experience rather a lot. With the concept proven[Read More...]

by 8:54 AM on November 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Fireballs in the Sky — Track meteorites with your Android

Fireballs in the Sky — Track meteorites with your Android

Curtin University’s Department of Applied Geology has been working on something exciting in outback Australia, and it has to do with meteorites, fireballs, and trying to understand our origins. Heavy stuff. Firstly, let’s take a look at what they’re trying to achieve, and then, how they’re going to achieve it. The project Meteorites are the oldest rocks in existence: the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system. They sample hundreds of different heavenly bodies. Potentially, meteorites offer a direct route to understanding our origins. But to decode that record we need to know where[Read More...]

by 7:24 AM on November 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, Exclusive, News
[Update] Google’s Info Cards within Play Movies now in Australia

[Update] Google’s Info Cards within Play Movies now in Australia

Google introduced Info Cards to the Android Play Movies app a few months ago now, but as the service feature was limited to people living within the US, it was something that we (and others worldwide) were waiting with baited breath to come to every Android user. Well it seems that Google has updated the service so Android users here in Australia can now use Info Cards within the Play Movies app as well. What this means for Australian Play Movies users it that they will be able to pause any video they are watching and simply learn the filmography[Read More...]

by 5:00 PM on November 18, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Beautiful Android # 6

Beautiful Android # 6

Welcome to the November edition of our Beautiful Android series, in which we highlight some of the most beautiful and useful applications available for the Android platform. As you’ll see below, Android has truly come a long way since Google began its focus on design with Ice Cream Sandwich, and these days, it seems like more applications are making use of the Android Design Guidelines than not. Below are five applications that we feel exemplify the three overarching goals of Android design – enchant me, simplify my life and make me amazing. As always, you can see all the applications[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on November 18, 2013 3 comments Apps, Mini Reviews
Twitter scraps redesigned Android App for beta testers – instead makes a hybrid version

Twitter scraps redesigned Android App for beta testers – instead makes a hybrid version

If you’re a Twitter beta tester, you may have been disappointed this morning when you went to load up the app, as the company has decided to scrap the newly announced app redesign. In its place, Twitter have decided to construct a hybrid version, mixing the best of the newly announced app and what is currently available to users. While it might be a surprise to beta users, it isn’t really a surprise to others, having recently scrapped the new design it previewed and launched to intrepid early adopters in September and brought its older look back. Beta users are[Read More...]

by 3:12 PM on November 17, 2013 1 comment Apps, News, Other
Kickstarter AU Focus: Tapshot

Kickstarter AU Focus: Tapshot

With the launch of Australian Kickstarter projects yesterday, we’ve been looking at what is on offer and there’s already a number of projects which either have an Android App or are an Android App and the first one that caught our eye was Tapshot. Tapshot from Game Synesthesia first came to our attention when we met the developers at the EBGames Expo last month. They were showing off Tapshot at the time but it was still a work in progress. The App is ready to leap over to a launch on Google Play(and the App Store) shortly with Game Synesthesia[Read More...]

by 2:05 PM on November 14, 2013 1 comment Apps
Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

The automated Nexus toolkits from XDA-Developer user Mskip have been enormously popular and spawned many copy cats along the way, with the release of the Nexus 5 he’s just launched the Unified Android Toolkit to support the most commonly used Nexus devices. The full list of supported devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 [2012], Nexus 7 [2013] and the Nexus 10 and these are all supported in version 1 of the Unified Android Toolkit but MSkip also has toolkits for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note[Read More...]

by 1:49 PM on November 14, 2013 5 comments Apps, Modding
Google+ Android App updated – Location and Photo Sharing improved

Google+ Android App updated – Location and Photo Sharing improved

The reasons for using Google+ just keep growing, Google themselves are throwing a monstrous amount of effort into a feature list for the platform that just keeps on growing and today they’ve announced that there’s more coming. Social Networking Android Developer at Google, Virgil Dobjanschi has announced the update on his Google+ page which lists all the goodies that will be rolling out in version 4.2.3 of the App : Opening “Locations” will automatically refresh your friends’ locations on the map. Photos now supports Android Beam, so you can share photos via NFC. Photos also supports Daydream, so you can[Read More...]

by 12:41 PM on November 14, 2013 4 comments Apps
Updated: Google Now update sees three new cards added as well as Waze data and Rugby scores

Updated: Google Now update sees three new cards added as well as Waze data and Rugby scores

The Android Google+ account has just advised that some updates are being added to Google Now, which should begin rolling out immediately – although there are no notifications for an update in Google Play as yet. The update consists of three new cards that have been added – Website update card can bring you things like the latest post so you’ll never miss a story. News topic card brings you fresh articles from the web on topics you care about. What to watch card gives you Movie and TV recommendations when you’re staying in. There are a couple of minor[Read More...]

by 12:28 PM on November 14, 2013 20 comments Apps
Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Back in September, Vodafone announced the 2013 edition of App Aid had begun, with five charities teaming up with five developers to bring apps that would help charities to achieve great things in the community. The apps are now being developed, and have now entered the ‘crowd-funding’ stage, where the public are given the opportunity to back any of or even all of the projects to help them ‘win’ the App Aid challenge. All of the projects will ‘Win’ in some respect with each dollar raised through Pozible being matched by the Vodafone Foundation up to a maximum of $10,000,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 14, 2013 0 comments Apps, Carriers, Charity
Virgin Australia announces Game Of Phones – a location based competition to win a heap of prizes

Virgin Australia announces Game Of Phones – a location based competition to win a heap of prizes

Virgin Australia has announced a new competition coming this summer that will use a location based Augmented Reality type game that will pit players against player in the streets of Australia to compete for virtual prizes in physical locations across Australia. The competition will be run through the Game of Phones App is available to download now from Google Play(and the App Store). The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 – there’s an alcohol prize – and has a certain Ingress type quality to it but with physical prizes on offer. There are 531 Prizes available[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on November 14, 2013 5 comments Apps, Competition
New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

Popular hospitality hosting company Airbnb has released a new app today that lets you manage your hosting duties from your phone or tablet – without needing a computer at all. Airbnb helps you with short-term renting of a spare room that you may have to holidaying guests, and has over 350 000 hosts in 34 000 cities, with 1000 new hosts signing up every day. Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb said: “Hosts define the Airbnb experience, but they are busy people who are always on the go… our goal is to make hosting as easy as possible through[Read More...]

by 5:33 PM on November 13, 2013 0 comments Apps, News