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

VSCO Cam update brings UI tweaks and enables ability to import larger images and more

VSCO Cam has pushed out an update for their app today, which has brought not only minor UI tweaks, but other added features as well. Once the update goes through to your device, you can finally import larger images for editing. Also as part of the update, VSCO's privacy and location settings received updates, allowing for photos to be tagged at places (just like with Instagram) the photo was taken at. The development team at VSCO said that the app also received a few performance enhancements which should help boost the app’s processing speeds. Here is the full rundown of changes... Continue reading

Google Drive update brings new 1×1 Quick Scan widget

Google has released an update to the Google Drive app for Android which brings some small improvements, but a cool new shortcut to its document scanning function. Google Drive 1.2.536.27 has been pushed out to the Play Store overnight and should be hitting your device soon, and while it includes the obligatory bug-fixes, it also includes an update for animated GIF support, and a shortcut which you can place on your home-screen which directly launches Google Drive's Document Scanner. With the scanner, you can scan a receipt, invoice, or whatever you like and instantly upload it to Google Drive to deal... Continue reading

Path update finally brings video sharing

Path, the journal app which is intended to be a more personal social network has finally brought video sharing capabilities to Android users. While iOS users have been able to use this part of the service for around three years, Path has brought the feature in the latest update to the Path app (version 3.4) in the Google Play Store. Users can record up to 30 second movies, apply a range of filters and share to their private timeline alongside text, photo, location and other updates. While we may look upon the update with some scorn because of the 3... Continue reading

Koush adding Chromecast support back into AllCast after release of SDK

Well known developer Koush, who made one of the first media streamers for local content for the Chromecast, famously had to remove the functionality after Google changed their Beta SDK back in the early days of the software release. At the time it appeared that Koush was done with Chromecast, but with the release of the SDK this morning it appears that it could be back into his media streaming App - Allcast. In a Google+ post earlier, Koush advised he was approached by John Affaki, Engineering Manager - Chromecast at Google who advised that he should be able... Continue reading

Pebble announces App store for Android Beta

If you're jealously looking on at the iOS users all accessing the new Pebble App Store today, Pebble has just announced that if you're willing to update to the Developer track on your Android then you too can partake in the App store goodness. https://twitter.com/PebbleDev/status/430509568305532928 The steps to updating are pretty simple : Head over to the Pebble Devloper site. Sign in and go to the latest blog post announcement and download the new App and install it to your Android. (This does require side-loading so make sure you have ticked that setting in Security). Download the latest firmware for your Pebble :... Continue reading