DashClock developer releases Muzei Live Wallpaper, a museum for your Android

Roman Nurik, the developer behind popular Android lock-screen widget DashClock, has released a new application for Android, called Muzei. Muzei is a live wallpaper which refreshes your home-screen each day with famous works of art. It also recedes into the background, blurring and dimming artwork to keep your icons and widgets in the spotlight. Simply double touch the wallpaper or open the Muzei app to enjoy and explore the artwork in its full glory. Alternatively, you can choose your favorite photos from your own gallery or other apps to use on your home screen. To keep your wallpaper fresh, Muzei will... Continue reading

SwiftKey emoji beta updated again, grab the new version today

SwiftKey have updated their popular eponymous keyboard replacement beta yet again, and for those using the previous version of the beta, it's time to upgrade as the previous version will shortly expire. The headline feature of the new beta is a recently used emoji tab, to enable users to quickly re-use frequently used icons. Of course, there are other changes as well, including: Smart emoji layout adapts to different screen sizes Twitter personalisation with Twitter's new API Missing emoji from the first tab now reinstated Fixes of some force-close issues Bug fixes include: Dark theme reinstated Always have emoji at least as secondary on IMEGoKey (eg allows... Continue reading

Secure your Device With TimePIN

Android has several lockscreen security options, each with a varying level of security and success. We have the standard slide to unlock, pattern, PIN and password unlock as well as face unlock and of course no lock at all. The problem with the pattern, PIN and password unlock are that if someone sees you unlock your phone they'll know your password, and sometimes an unlock pattern can be inferred from marks or trails left behind on your screen. Let's face it, these are the only options at present - Face Unlock is a gimmick at best. There is... Continue reading

Gameloft launches their ‘Forever Alone’ Sale leading up to Valentines Day

It's only a few days until Valentines Day and not everyone will be spending it with a significant other, so Gameloft is running a sale to at least give you something to do. The sale actually began on Saturday morning when the price drop first came through in Google Play, but now we know the reason behind the sale. The titles on offer generally sell for AUD$7.49 and are actually pretty decent titles, the graphics and stories are pretty good and the movie tie-in games are quite well done - perhaps the reason why Marvel have again chosen Gameloft... Continue reading

Chromecast: State of Play

The road to general availability of Google's Chromecast has been long and bumpy, but we've seen a promising sign this week with the release of the SDK and now rumours pointing towards an international release. A History Lesson Google's first attempt at TV, the 2010 Google TV, was based around Android and paired with wildly complicated remote control units to better deal with translating the touchscreen OS to a non-touch "big screen" (your TV). It hit roadblocks almost immediately, with a number of content providers blocking users of the devices from accessing their content. The platform didn't... Continue reading

Enable the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games card in Google Now

The Winter Olympics have begun, there's a lot of controversy over double toilets, spy cameras in the showers, incomplete buildings and even Wild dog(e) murder squads but in the end it's all about the events and if you want to keep up with the events then Google has your back, with their recent Google Search update bringing a specific Winter Olympics Card for Google Now. To enable the cards, you need to show an interest in the games, I simply did a Google search yesterday for '2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Medal Tally' and this morning was pleased to see this... Continue reading

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics marks the return of Roy and HG to the Samsung Stadium

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games begin tonight and with that it's time to look at what Samsung, one of the global sponsors is doing with sponsorship as well as coverage of the games. As an official sponsor of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Samsung has thrown a few things together to show their support of the Olympics and in particular the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams. For a start, Samsung are sponsoring Australian Olympians Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin and Scotty James as well as Paralympian Jessica Gallagher. They're also running a promotion in selected Telstra stores called 'Design Your Moment'... Continue reading

EverythingMe has grand visions of “Smartphone 2.0″ with its Android Launcher

EverythingMe, an Android launcher quite similar to the Google Now launcher, has officially come out of beta (to a certain extent) for UK, USA, Spain and Germany. EverythingMe aims to be what its founder and designer is calling visions of "Smartphone 2.0". The aim of EverythingMe is a homescreen and app launcher for Android which provides yet another take on using contextual data to make your smartphone even better. Its co-founder and designer, Ami Ben David, is calling it "Smartphone 2.0", which he is promising will make your device smarter and more efficient to use. EverythingMe looks more like a traditional... Continue reading

Mozilla gives a preview of Firefox Launcher for Android

Mozilla has previewed to the public its upcoming new release for the Android marketplace, Firefox Launcher for Android. Mozilla has partnered with EverythingMe to brings its own app launcher for Android devices, a front end launcher that solely that revolves around its mobile browser, Firefox for Android. The upcoming software partners Firefox with EverythingMe's context-sensitive app search, which in turn will personalise both your web surfing and your software in one hit. It does somewhat look similar to EverythingMe's own app launcher, which is only available in selected countries at this stage, but it does look quite clean and sophisticated. The only... Continue reading

Talon for Twitter update brings Twitlonger, Tweetmarker and more

Klinker apps has brought forward a bug update for its Twitter client Talon, including quite a substantial number of new features, changes and fixes for users. The main features of the update are that Talon will now support Twitlonger and Tweetmarker, pull to refresh on searched trends, uploading with TwitPic, and the ability to remove retweets, but thats just the start. Here is the full list of features brought to Talon for Twitter for the developer: TweetMarker support TwitLonger support Upload with TwitPic Much better handling of user searches Added share and quote button to the in-line expansions on tweets Add color to the retweet and favorite... Continue reading

New update to Google Hangouts brings fixes for SMS and MMS

Since the inclusion of SMS into Google Hangouts, there's been a little bit of angst suffered by users with the SMS and MMS side of things, but this may change from today, with Google rolling out an update to Hangouts, which is said to bring fixes to both services. While the update from version 2.0 to 2.0.3 is short, it does seem to look as if it will help alleviate the issues some users have been experiencing when either trying to SMS or receive or send MMS : What's New More fixes for sending/receiving MMS Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending... Continue reading

Allcast App finally updated, brings back local Chromecast Streaming – Chrome Extension coming too?

A few days ago we reported that well known developer Koush, was adding Chromecast support back into AllCast after Google released the GoogleCast SDK to all developers. From the update to AllCast that's currently rolling out in Google Play, it seems that the support is now live, with a catch - you still need Google Play Services 4.2. There's still some issues with the streaming component, with users reporting some quirks with playback such as video files playing back upside-down. There's also some lag while streaming video, mainly attributable of course to the quality, or lack therof, of your... Continue reading

Eighty Eight Games want you to build a boat

Eighty Eight Games caused a bit of a stir last year with its game 10000000 (Ten Million). Plenty of people, including those of us here at Ausdroid, were hooked on the game - which is a mix of endless runner, match-3 puzzler and RPG, and have been hoping for more content. Well, Eighty Eight Games have announced that more is on the way, in the form of a sequel entitled 'You Must Build A Boat'. You Must Build A Boat will expand greatly on the original, while still keeping the addictive gameplay that so... Continue reading