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Access stock wallpapers from 30 different ROMs, Manufacturers and OS’s with Droidpack Wallpapers

Access stock wallpapers from 30 different ROMs, Manufacturers and OS’s with Droidpack Wallpapers

One of the hard things to find with a Smartphone is a nice wallpaper. Happily, device manufacturers, Google and ROM makers make a variety of wallpapers which are pretty much available to find on the Internet. What developer Donnatus has done, with a new app called Droidpack Wallpapers, is give you a central point to find, download and set them as the wallpaper on your Android device. Droidpack Wallpapers contains over 500 wallpapers for you to choose from, and there’s a selection from Google, including wallpapers from stock Android 4.4, 4.3 and Android 3.x. You will also find wallpapers from[Read More...]

by 7:14 PM on June 20, 2014 0 comments Apps
Nokia launches a new launcher for Android phones – meet Z Launcher

Nokia launches a new launcher for Android phones – meet Z Launcher

Launchers are one of the quickest, easiest, cheapest and sometimes most effective ways to change the behavior of your Android device and make it feel like a new phone. The part of Nokia, which Microsoft didn’t acquire in their recent sale, has released their version of a contextual launcher called Z Launcher in a limited access Beta. The launcher is a predictive setup which puts your most recently used and most heavily used apps on your home screen for quick access, and surprisingly, it works pretty well. The beta is available for Phones only at the moment, further, the list[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on June 20, 2014 3 comments Apps, News
Action Launcher updated to version 2.1 with ‘Ok Google’ voice shortcut and now on-sale at 25% off

Action Launcher updated to version 2.1 with ‘Ok Google’ voice shortcut and now on-sale at 25% off

Before Link Bubble, Chris Lacy’s next big hit was his launcher replacement ‘Action Launcher’, a large portion of the Ausdroid team have adopted Action Launcher as their go to launcher, with its quick access to apps and smooth interface. Chris has just announced that the launcher has been updated to version 2.1 and brings a host of new features, including the often requested ‘Ok Google’ command now built-in. The full changelog for version 2.1 of Action Launcher includes quite a few new features. My personal favourite of the new features is the option to disable drawing of Cover/Shutter indicators. Chris[Read More...]

by 12:01 PM on June 20, 2014 0 comments Apps
Researchers identify possible security flaw in Android apps on Google Play; working on fix

Researchers identify possible security flaw in Android apps on Google Play; working on fix

It seems a couple of academics from Columbia Engineering in the US have found a fairly major flaw in apps on the Google Play Store, and it’s perhaps not what you might have guessed. Professor Jason Nieh and PhD candidate Nicolas Viennot might have been looking elsewhere, but they found something that has the potential to be fairly serious: Nieh and Viennot discovered all kinds of new information about the content in Google Play, including a critical security problem: developers often store their secret keys in their apps software, similar to usernames/passwords info, and these can be then used by anyone[Read More...]

by 7:57 AM on June 20, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Google releases standalone Email app to Google Play

Google releases standalone Email app to Google Play

Google has today continued their path of releasing apps from their Google Experience phones to Google Play, this time liberating the Email app. While GMail is my be all and end all, it’s not everyones and the ability to connect to POP3 or IMAP email servers is one that a number of people encounter on a daily basis. The app has largely been derided as fairly clunky, but this may be a good sign that we could see some updates coming for it soon, as we saw with the camera and keyboard apps once liberated. Availability is fairly scarce at[Read More...]

by 12:56 PM on June 19, 2014 4 comments Apps
Twitter enables animated GIF support in the official Twitter client for Android and iOS

Twitter enables animated GIF support in the official Twitter client for Android and iOS

Animated GIFs are an amazing way to answer a question or comment with a reaction or just share some cute kittens (puppies if that’s your fancy) and overnight Twitter has switched on the feature on Twitter.com, as well as in their Android and iOS apps. The GIFs show up as similar to a Vine, with no auto-play switched on, simply clicking the animated GIF below the tweet, allows the gif to run through in all its glory. Starting today, you can share and view animated GIFs on http://t.co/wJD8Fp317i, Android and iPhone. http://t.co/XBrAbOm4Ya — Twitter Support (@Support) June 18, 2014 There’s[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Apps
Google turns on Chromecast support for YouTube Live streams

Google turns on Chromecast support for YouTube Live streams

With the rollout of Chromecast to more markets, Google is turning on more functionality for the $49 dongle, announcing that live casting from YouTube is now available for mobile users. Google initially enabled casting of YouTube live events from the desktop back in April, however this new announcement allows casting from mobile. Announced on the Google Chrome Google+ page, the announcement also included a link to some upcoming YouTube Live events to try out. So, if you haven’t already, here’s another reason to head over to Google Play, or out into the real world to JB Hifi or Dick Smith[Read More...]

by 11:29 AM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Apps, Chromecast
Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

I absolutely fell in love with VVVVVV when I grabbed my first Humble Bundle for PC and despite never completing it, it became my number one favourite indie game of all time.  So when I saw the game had been ported to Android I was over the moon, I just had to buy it.  At first I was a little scared that the game would be a bad, laggy port with terrible controls, but in the hands of Terry Cavanagh who has ported several games like Super Hexagon and being at the price point of $3.59 I felt quite safe.[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Apps, Reviews
In a football inspired mood from the World Cup? Try Tap That!

In a football inspired mood from the World Cup? Try Tap That!

We like to see show off apps from Australian developers, and today, seeing as we’re all – well most of us – in the grip of World Cup fever, we thought we’d show off Tap That! from Australian Developer MurrayGrange. Ok, it’s a bit of stretch, the game has just had an update to make the target into a soccer ball, but we’ll give MurrayGrange points for trying ;). Tap That! is a game which is dependent on fast reaction times. It’s pretty easy, simply tap the target on-screen as many times as you can in the allotted time. A[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on June 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Facebook launches Slingshot – a video and picture messaging service to take on Snapchat

Facebook launches Slingshot – a video and picture messaging service to take on Snapchat

Facebook overnight launched Slingshot, a picture a video messaging service for Android and iOS users in the US designed to compete with Snapchat‘s sense of immediacy and fun. You won’t find it on Google Play because it’s officially US-only right now, but you can un-officially install the Slingshot APK yourself and the service will indeed work here. Setup is simple, although it’ll require a phone number to complete. You can find friends either by phone number or Facebook connections. A “Sling” is either a short video or a picture, which you can add text and send to a friend or[Read More...]

by 2:00 PM on June 18, 2014 5 comments Apps
Kickstarter project Pressy is finally shipping – Android app now in Google Play

Kickstarter project Pressy is finally shipping – Android app now in Google Play

That header image is the one all you long-suffering Pressy Kickstarter backers have been waiting for. The picture was sent out late last night as update 20 from ‘The Pressy Bunch’ announcing that manufacturing of the removeable physical button for Android devices was complete and will now be shipping out to customers. The team announced that there approximately 15000 orders have so far been processed and shipped, and they expect to have the rest of the orders processed by Wednesday. Estimates range from 5-21 days for orders to begin arriving, of course living in Australia, you should expect the 21[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on June 18, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Apps
Keepal – in car app adds music integration and new vision-impaired display modes

Keepal – in car app adds music integration and new vision-impaired display modes

We first saw Keepal, the personal assistant for your car, back last year when it launched. The app has since dropped the $0.99 price tag and is now available free of charge, but it’s also seen some updates in response to user feedback, as well as feedback from Vision Australia. There’s a few new updates, including more news feeds, but one fixes a large source of consternation from users of Keepal when it launched – music integration. Music integration has now been included, the app will now pause when a message is received and resumes once Keepal has read the[Read More...]

by 3:38 PM on June 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
Parallels Access comes to Android; $24.99/year for up to 5 computers

Parallels Access comes to Android; $24.99/year for up to 5 computers

Parallels, best known for its Mac virtualisation software Parallels Desktop, has announced that it’s bringing its remote access solution Parallels Access to Android as it revamps the service. Parallels Access today gets a version bump to version 2.0 and a revision in its pricing structure. As mobile devices move from consumption to productivity, Parallels wants to be able to help businesses and individuals deal with the challenges of access-anywhere computing. Users should be able to access any computer from any device as they’re out and about – everyone “goes mobile” sooner or later – unanticipated things can happen, and they[Read More...]

by 2:04 PM on June 17, 2014 1 comment Apps, News