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Gmail App with automatic image preview now rolling out

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 or[Read More...]

by 3:23 PM on January 9, 2014 4 comments Apps
CES 2014 — Yahoo announces acquisition of Aviate launcher for Android

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 for[Read More...]

by 3:01 PM on January 8, 2014 8 comments Apps, News
CES 2014 — Pebble announces Pebble Steel, appstore and new partners

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 should hold up to[Read More...]

by 7:02 AM on January 7, 2014 4 comments Apps, News, Smartwatch
Google buys Bitspin – Timely the beautiful clock App goes free

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 it’s hard to[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on January 5, 2014 12 comments Apps, News
Mobiscope calls for Cloud Beta Testers

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 viewing in[Read More...]

by 9:38 PM on January 3, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Bump & Flock file sharing apps to close at the end of January

Bump & Flock file sharing apps to close at the end of January

Bump – a NFC file sharing app and Flock, bump’s photo sharing services (almost like instagram in a way), which was acquired by Google back in September, has announced through its blog that it will shut down both its services at the end of January 31st 2014. CEO and cofounder David Lieb announced the closure of both products via the Bump services blog, in which he stated that “his team deeply focused on our new projects within Google.” Of course the closure is bad news for Bump and Flock users who may still use the device (I know my mother[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on January 3, 2014 2 comments Apps, News
Google updates ‘Beautiful Design’ Play Store collection for winter 2013

Google updates ‘Beautiful Design’ Play Store collection for winter 2013

There are a (finally) a lot of very pretty Android applications available in the Play Store now, and Google are doing their part to promote good design by creating a collection to showcase a few apps that they feel exemplify good design. The ‘Beautiful Design’ collection on the Play Store was published earlier this year, and Google have gone ahead and released an updated version for Christmas. The Android Developers Blog states that the goal of the collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography,[Read More...]

by 7:46 AM on December 27, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play
Google says Merry Christmas with free movies, music and great deals on Apps

Google says Merry Christmas with free movies, music and great deals on Apps

Want to open some Christmas presents early? The team at Google Play has just launched some early gifts for everyone on Google Play, offering some free content for Google Play Movies and Music as well as deals on some movie rentals and cheap Apps and in-app purchases. Movie wise you can pick up Despicable Me: Minion Madness – 3 mini movies featuring the Minions from the Despicable Me series, How The Toys Saved Christmas – a Christmas movie, 6 Movies from behind the Scenes of the hit movie Argo and The Faculty – a movie starring a young Josh Hartnett[Read More...]

by 10:28 PM on December 24, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play
Telstra is working on Glassware of their own

Telstra is working on Glassware of their own

Telstra has already shown an interest in Glassware, confirming earlier this year that they are releasing an AFL compatible app for Glass next season, and are actively working on the development of an NRL app as well, now it seems that they are also working on a Glass app for their own service. Announced earlier this morning on their Telstra 24×7 Facebook page, the post simply asks what people would like to see in a Telstra developed app for Google Glass. The responses to the query if Telstra would be stocking Glass when finally made available prompted Telstra to advise[Read More...]

by 12:54 PM on December 24, 2013 2 comments Apps, Carriers, Glass
ABC iview App receiving update to add more device compatability

ABC iview App receiving update to add more device compatability

If the initial launch of the ABC iview App for Android left you feeling left out in the cold because your device was not listed as compatible, the latest update, which is rolling out version 1.0.1 to devices now, may just fix that. The changes in the update that are listed in the ‘What’s New’ section of the ABC iview App in Google Play are : Removal of permissions related to phone access and reading logs, these were inadvertently left in during testing but are not used or required in the production version. This update also provides official support for[Read More...]

by 12:24 PM on December 24, 2013 6 comments Apps
Meet Keepal – a personal assistant for your car

Meet Keepal – a personal assistant for your car

It’s a busy time of year, with many families travelling on the roads and a large portion of accidents attributed to driver distraction, Australian developers Mike Shaw and Mike Wilkinson wanted to introduce a new App which will read your notifications to you while you drive, reducing the need for drivers to handle their phone – it’s called Keepal. Keepal is a paid app, costing $0.99 and is designed as a personal assistant for your car, it will read out all your SMS, Emails, Social Media(not yet but coming soon) and Calendar events as well as offering the ability to[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on December 24, 2013 4 comments Apps
ClockworkMod’s AllCast hits the Play Store

ClockworkMod’s AllCast hits the Play Store

Back in August, ClockworkMod developer Koush released an early preview of something he was working on to make the Chromecast more useful — an app to mirror your device’s screen to a Chromecast dongle, called AirCast. However, it wasn’t long until Google put the kibosh on that, removing the features from Chromecast which Koush had built into AirCast to stream video. After this change, and after a few ponderings on what the app should be called to differentiate it from other trademarks, the name AllCast was settled on, and today marks the release of AllCast onto the Play Store. You[Read More...]

by 7:31 AM on December 24, 2013 3 comments Apps, Google Play, News
ROM Manager back on the Play Store already

ROM Manager back on the Play Store already

Well, that didn’t take long. Koush’s ROM Manager app, which was pulled from the Play Store a couple of days ago for breaches of Google’s Play Developer Program Policies, has now been reinstated. We can’t immediately confirm if the offending part of the app — the in-app purchase facilitated by PayPal — has been removed, because the Play Store is showing our currently installed version is up to date, but it seems likely that if this hasn’t been fixed yet, it will be soon. As we reported on Friday, Koush still has two weeks left (or just under that now) to[Read More...]

by 9:54 AM on December 22, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News