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Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin leaving Google

Andy Rubin, known widely as the founder of Android, before it was even purchased by Google and became the gargantuan king of the Mobile world, is leaving Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Rubin will be leaving Google to start ‘an incubator for startups interested in building technology-hardware products’. Andy Rubin certainly had a profound effect on Google and Android, Google CEO Larry Page acknowledged this in a statement : I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you. Andy Rubin, hasn’t[Read More...]

by 2:47 PM on October 31, 2014 0 comments News
OnePlus One Touch Issues Finally Fixed

OnePlus One Touch Issues Finally Fixed

Recently I co-authored a piece about how we thought the OnePlus One had run out of time. My main problem with it was the touch screen issue and the inability to fix it of both OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc (and Synapse ultimately). I got so sick of the touch screen issues and not being able to type properly on the OnePlus One that last night I filed a ticket with customer support to return my device under warranty for one that worked. It seems my ticket has helped in a way that washing the car helps relieve droughts. Today a[Read More...]

by 2:37 PM on October 31, 2014 6 comments News
Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola is now complete – meet Motorola, a Lenovo Company

On the same day that the Motorola built Nexus 6 went on-sale in the US, Motorola and Lenovo have jointly announced that the sale of the company from Google to Lenovo has been completed. The sale of Motorola caught many by surprise when Google announced it back in January, when they had sold Motorola for $2.91 billion. The sale was rumoured to be a bid to quash concerns by Open Handset Alliance manufacturers who saw the relationship between Google and Motorola as a little too close, despite statements that a ‘Firewall’ existed between the two companies. The sale is now[Read More...]

by 11:53 PM on October 30, 2014 21 comments Manufacturer, News
Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

Sony Smartwatch 3 SWR50 available from Expansys for $337

We’ve received a tip this afternoon that Expansys is offering the Sony Smartwatch 3 — that’s right, the Android Wear powered watch from Sony — for $337. Factor in about $18 in shipping and you’re looking at the latest Android Wear watch for a shade over $355 AU. If you’re interested, Australian residents can make the purchase here, and our Kiwi friends can do so on Expansys’ NZ website. We haven’t heard too much, just yet, about when or if Sony will be bringing the Smartwatch 3 to Australia on official terms. It seems likely, but we just don’t know. For[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch
LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

LG G Watch R – reader’s first impressions

When the LG G Watch R will launch in Australia is still unknown – it showed up on the LG Australia site a few weeks ago, but LG Australia has so far kept quiet on launch details. We don’t know when the watch will actually arrive, how much it’ll cost or whether we’ll be able to purchase it on Google Play when it does. With the watch now shipping in the UK though, some people couldn’t wait and had the opportunity to have a look at the watch and reader Raph has provided us with some thoughts on his imported[Read More...]

by and 1:47 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer, News, Smartwatch
Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Get $145 of apps and games for free in Amazon’s latest promotion

Amazon has sent out an email to subscribers to let them know that there’s another app giveaway underway. This time there’s $145 of apps and games you can pick up for free simply by having the Amazon App Store on your phone. The list includes some big name apps and games including (but not limited to): Plex Endomondo Pro Easy Voice Recorder Sonic the Hedgehog Plants Vs Zombies Fruit Ninja World of Goo There’s 40 apps in total, worth a fair chunk of change and it’s worth the time to check to see if there’s any apps you want in[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Apps, Deal, News
Google launches pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in the US – still not available in Australia

Google launches pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in the US – still not available in Australia

As anticipated, the Motorola built Nexus 6 has gone on-sale in the Google Play store in the US this morning. Unfortunately for us here in Australia there’s still no sign of the behemothly large phone on the Play Store. Links to Nexus 6 on Google Play are still showing the devastatingly familiar ‘Nexus 6 is not available in your country’. The phone, which is available in Midnight Blue & Cloud White is being sold on Google Play in the US for US$649 for the 32GB version and US$699 for the 64GB version with a shipping charge on top. From early[Read More...]

by 4:32 AM on October 30, 2014 15 comments News
Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

Google Fit – effortless tracking of all your physical activity

After its announcement at Google I/O earlier this year and a subdued presence as a step counter on our Android Wear watches for the last few months, Google has finally unleashed Google Fit, its take on keeping all of your personal fitness data in once place. Google wants Google Fit to be an effortless way to track your fitness activity – you don’t need to carry a Fitbit, Jawbone or any other fitness tracker anymore; just carry your phone or your Android Wear device. Google Fit will use the sensors in those devices to monitor when you’re active – whether[Read More...]

by and 1:00 PM on October 29, 2014 5 comments Apps, Google Play, Google Services, News
Yatango adds the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 to their range

Yatango adds the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 to their range

Online gadgets and goodies supermarket Yatango Shopping has added the yet-to-be released Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices to their ever-growing range. Before you get too excited, neither device is yet showing any availability, ETA or (possibly most importantly) cost on their pages. While we’re still waiting on information about the availability of the Nexus 6 in Australia, if you’re wanting to get your hands on the Nexus 9 it’s probably going to be quicker to pay up and order via the Play Store. If the Nexus 6 becomes available via Yatango before it’s on the Play Store, will you[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on October 29, 2014 8 comments News, Phones, Tablets
Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

We’ve all been drooling over the release of Lollipop, Material Design and all the latest Nexus devices over the last few weeks, but now it’s time to turn our attention to HTC‘s Sense Android customisations, and how it’ll look with a Material Design-based UI overhaul. Sense 6 saw a “flatter” design over competitors like Samsung and LG‘s UI layers, so the company was already closer – in a ‘sense’, at least – to the flat design that everyone loved and Google wanted. With Sense 7, HTC seems to want to continue this trend, making their UI blend with the OS’[Read More...]

by 10:28 AM on October 29, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Fitbit adds Charge and Surge to their activity tracker range

Fitbit adds Charge and Surge to their activity tracker range

Fitbit has been at the forefront of activity trackers since they were founded in 2007 and today has announced its new activity tracker range, including a watch that is a rival to the fitness-oriented Android Wear smartwatches. Last week we saw a leak of a document showing this new fitband, but Fitbit Australia did not comment – it seems we didn’t have to wait long for an official word from them, though. Fitbit today announced three variations of activity tracker, the Fitbit Charge, the Fitbit Charge HR, and the Fitbit Surge. The Fitbit Charge is a wristband that delivers “all-day[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on October 28, 2014 2 comments News
LG G3 to get Lollipop update by the end of this year (hopefully)

LG G3 to get Lollipop update by the end of this year (hopefully)

LG Germany’s facebook page has recently announced that the LG G3 will get an Android 5.0 Lollipop update at some point in the fourth quarter of the year which hopefully means we will see it before the end of this year. We would like to inform you herewith that there is a 5.0 upgrade for the LG Lollipop G3 will be released in the fourth quarter of 2014. Android. The upgrade package for the LG G2 will follow. As always these updates will roll out in stages and will usually roll out to unlocked devices first, followed by carrier-specific models[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 28, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Nexus Player is in stock on the US Play Store

Nexus Player is in stock on the US Play Store

After a couple of hurdles getting going, the Nexus Player has finally recommenced sales on the US Play Store. US$99 will get you the Nexus Player, while US$39.99 gets you additional controllers and a further US$14 for shipping will get the device to your US shipping address. Check out this post for details on shipping forwarders we’ve used at Ausdroid with good success. For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on a Nexus Player and Controller, we don’t know when or even if we’ll see the Nexus Player in Australia – it’s not shown up yet.[Read More...]

by 11:41 AM on October 27, 2014 9 comments Android TV, Manufacturer, News