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Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/SWUldSFYlM4 Welcome to episode 122 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.15pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. LG G3 Moto 360 Nexus 6

by 9:12 PM on September 16, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast Live
Purported Nexus 6 accessories begin flooding AliExpress – renders in tow

Purported Nexus 6 accessories begin flooding AliExpress – renders in tow

Whether it’s a Nexus 6, or a Nexus X, there’s definitely going to be a new Nexus. What it looks like and when it will be released is not yet known but apparently Chinese manufacturers are starting to flood online marketplace AliExpress with cases for the ‘Nexus 6′ with ‘renders’ of the phone included. The phone in the renders is slightly different to the Nexus 5, but with similar design stylings. The camera has moved to the middle and now has a dual-tone flash. It’s got a smaller bezel beneath the screen, but really it’s all just conjecture. The screenshot[Read More...]

by 4:10 PM on September 16, 2014 10 comments Accessories, News
Shazam Android app now offer Google Play Music purchase & streaming options

Shazam Android app now offer Google Play Music purchase & streaming options

Music identification service Shazam is a fantastic example on how smartphones can improve your life, being able to immediately identify a song on the radio can help dispel an ear-worm before it takes hold. The down-side to Shazam has been some limited purchasing options, with Google Play Music notably missing – until today. Shazam prompted for an update this morning, and the new update now allows you to purchase music from Google Play, or if you’re a Google Play Music All Access customer – to stream it. Now you can choose from Rdio, Spotify or Beats (well if you have[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on September 16, 2014 0 comments News
The Asus Nexus Player: An Android TV?

The Asus Nexus Player: An Android TV?

Leaks regarding Nexus devices always have us here at Ausdroid salivating at the lips. This time it is not a Nexus 8 tablet made by HTC, nor is it a Nexus phone made by Motorola, it is an Asus Nexus Player. What the hell is an Asus Nexus Player I hear you asking? Speculation is that it is an Android TV, possibly the first to run Google’s new Android TV. Benchmark site GFXBench has uncovered “evidence” of a device call an Asus Nexus Player. The devices seems to come in two sizes, 23.7 and 31.9 inches each of 1920 x[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on September 13, 2014 8 comments News
Dell unveils the Venue 8 7000 series tablet – the worlds thinnest tablet

Dell unveils the Venue 8 7000 series tablet – the worlds thinnest tablet

The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is always good for a couple of tidbits, the most sexy is the new upcoming tablet from Dell, the Dell Venue 8 7000 – or as Dell like to refer to it, the worlds thinnest tablet. As it’s an Intel event, the tablet obviously runs an Intel processor, in this case it’s an Intel Atom Z3850 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, it will come with 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot. It’s a smallish tablet, with a speaker sitting down the bottom beneath the 8.4″ 2560×1600 resolution OLED touch display, mounted atop a[Read More...]

by 9:21 PM on September 12, 2014 5 comments News
EA announces SimCity BuildIt, coming soon

EA announces SimCity BuildIt, coming soon

EA Games has announced that it will soon be bringing SimCity BuildIt, a new game in the SimCity franchise, to Android and iOS. We’ve only got a very brief description about the game so far: The choices you make evolve your city in a variety of ways. Meet your citizens’ needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens’ wrath. Pinch, zoom, and rotate 360 degrees as you manage your city in the palm of your hand. With countless buildings and vivid, 3D-quality graphics, it’s the most advanced mobile building simulation game. There’s no official release[Read More...]

by 3:57 PM on September 12, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Android Apps begin arriving in Chrome Web Store

Android Apps begin arriving in Chrome Web Store

During the Google I/O keynote this year, one of the larger announcements for ChromeOS was the upcoming ability to install Android apps on Google’s desktop OS. Exactly when Android apps for ChromeOS would arrive wasn’t announced, but according to the Verge, that day has come. Four apps are scheduled to arrive in the Chrome Web Store today. One of the first apps will of course be Vine, which Google showed off during the demo at the keynote. Other apps that will arrive will be Evernote, as well as language training app Duolingo, as well as a children’s sight card app[Read More...]

by 3:31 AM on September 12, 2014 0 comments News
OnePlus unofficially feeling the heat On Touchscreen Issues

OnePlus unofficially feeling the heat On Touchscreen Issues

With the touchscreen bug originally reported by Ausdroid out of control over at the Cyanogenmod Jira bug reporting site it seems that OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc are starting to feel the pressure. The bug report has over 340 comments and 370 votes showing that this is affecting a lot of people. A couple of days a member of the Cyanogen Inc-OnePlus team replied to a Reddit thread showing that the team is very concerned about the issue. There have been very little heard from OnePlus officially regarding the touchscreen ghost touch issues since the kernel patch arrived to hopefully fix[Read More...]

by 10:23 PM on September 11, 2014 5 comments News
HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

HP announces Australian pricing for their upcoming Chromebook 11 and 14 refresh

We know they’re coming, HP advised we should be seeing the updated HP Chromebook 11 and Chromebook 14 in the early days of October. Today, HP advised the pricing for the Chromebooks as well as the colour options we’ll be seeing. The Chromebook 11 will becoming in Snow White (unfortunately no Ocean Turquoise for us), while the Chromebook 14 will be available in Smoke Silver or Sorbet Orange. Both devices will come with 100GB of Google Drive storage valid for two years and carry a $399 price tag, but curiously HP has advised that the price will be from $399[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on September 11, 2014 7 comments News
Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

September has brought about a new update to the Android distribution numbers, and after reaching the heady heights of being on one-fifth of all Android devices last month, KitKat is now sitting on the edge of hitting the 25% mark. After racking up 54.5% market share in the Android world, Jelly Bean has shown only a slight dip in its share, retaining top spot on 54.4% of all Android devices. Former king-pin Gingerbread is now on only 11.6% of devices and looks set to continue its downward trend. So too is Ice-Cream Sandwich heading south, dropping 1% of market share[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments News
Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

About a month ago, it was reported that Google had unofficially extended the refund window for Play Store purchases out to two hours, instead of the somewhat miserly fifteen minutes that had existed for quite some time beforehand. Well, that’s now become official. Originally, the Play Store allowed users a full 24 hours to evaluate purchases with the option to refund, before the purchase became final, but in 2010, that was slashed to just fifteen minutes. There was a bit of an outcry at the time, but to be fair to Google, that’s still fifteen minutes more than Apple gives[Read More...]

by 6:13 AM on September 11, 2014 2 comments Google Play, News
Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google has finally decided to start integrating Google Hangouts with its older sibling Google Voice. We started hearing murmurs about this yesterday but it seems we’ve woken up this morning to the news that it’s done. A new app, called Hangouts Dialer, has landed on the play store and it enables some cool new features inside Google Hangouts. Primarily, it gives users the ability to make phone calls from within Hangouts. So what, you might think. Well, here’s what. Users can place a call to any phone number in the world, with calls to the US and Canada being free of charge.[Read More...]

by 6:06 AM on September 11, 2014 11 comments Apps, News
Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

A photo showing a Nexus 5 running a newer build of Android L was posted to the Chrome bug tracker a few days ago … and was subsequently set to private. A build number of LMP LRW66E points to an approximate September 4th build date, making it much newer than builds that are currently available to the public under the Android L “Preview” release, and of course the mention of “LMP” adds further fuel to the delicious “Lemon Meringue Pie” fire. The photo shows the Bluetooth device management screen (the bug was filed against the feature allowing you to use[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on September 10, 2014 0 comments News