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Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

“Update all the apps!” has no doubt been the catch cry at Google in the past week or so. We have seen many updates to the new material design as well as updates that give much more functionality to apps. Google has certainly been busy and seems to have brought it all together at once. Today Google Play Music saw an update to material design and much more. Back at the start of July Google purchased Songza, a streaming music company that provides “expert-curated” playlists to the subscriber based on the context the user is in. The idea is that[Read More...]

by 12:45 AM on October 23, 2014 1 comment News
Lollipop:  The state of root

Lollipop: The state of root

Back in Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean, SELinux was introduced into Android, albeit in permissive mode which is basically turned off. This was switched to enforcing in KitKat, 4.4. SELinux policy is in effect and things that it doesn’t want to allow won’t be allowed. SELinux was ported to Android by a team who submitted a patch earlier this year that stated “/system is always mounted read-only, and no process should ever need to write there”. This was a bit of a worry for those of us who prefer root access on their Android devices to be able to control[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on October 22, 2014 15 comments News
Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Android 5.0 Tour: Keyboard – Giving Santa something to smile about

Third Party keyboards have been a mainstay of the Android app eco-system since Android was in its infancy. With the release of the Google Keyboard, and the subsequent updates which brought gesture typing, emoji and introducing personalised spelling suggestions, the Google Keyboard somehow has become good enough to use up against the big guns in the keyboard world. So, what’s new in the Google Keyboard in Android Lollipop? There’s no massive changes in the Android Lollipop keyboard, you still get the various keyboard types QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Dvorak and Colemak layouts are still available, although they’ve now been joined by[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on October 22, 2014 5 comments News
Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

For those of you out there wanting a bit of Lollipop before it actually rolls out to eligible devices, you can now download a new update for Nova Launcher Beta through the Play Store. There are new animations for opening folders which adds to the existing slide up animation from the bottom and the Lollipop scroll indicator is included along with updated icon themes for the calculator, contacts, downloads and email apps and lots more. Here is the full list of changes: Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation) Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Soon after the launch of Android 4.4 and the last Nexus phone, Google Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt published a guide on his Google+ page offering relatively easy advise on how iOS users could switch to Android. Now, in the wake of another Android update, Google themselves have seemingly polished up the guide, and posted it on the Android website, in a bid to get some switching going on. The guide is quite well put together and offers step by step instructions – as well as tools – to help iOS converts to transfer their Photos, Music and Music, as well[Read More...]

by 8:29 PM on October 21, 2014 3 comments News
Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

We’ve been having a look through Android Lollipop, or at least the latest Developer preview since Google released images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) on Saturday morning. It’s a complete new visual style and part of that is the new wallpapers that have been included in the new images. We’ve extracted them and you can find them below, as well as a link to a zip to grab all of the wallpapers. As a bonus, you can also download a zip with the new sounds from Android Lollipop – if that’s your thing. There’s some lovely looking[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 21, 2014 5 comments News
Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

While Motorola hasn’t officially made too much noise about the Moto 360 in Australia yet, it seems that the cat might have escaped the bag. Harvey Norman has the Moto 360 listed in its inventory system as ‘Moto 360 Light’ and ‘Moto 360 Dark’, both for the price of $329 AUD. This pricing fits with what we’ve heard elsewhere and it also compares reasonably with the price overseas (adding in that dreaded Australia Tax). The US Dollar price of $249 works out to about $285 AUD, and once you add on GST, that comes to about $312. Not too bad if you[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on October 21, 2014 23 comments Android Wear, News, Rumours
Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Google Search is a key component of Google’s Android strategy, it’s part of how they monetise Android and in Android 5.0, Google has given the app a makeover to include Material Design stylings as well as adding multi-account support. In Google Search, the cards now come up with most cards receiving bright colourful headers to differentiate them from the others around them. Weather and Parking reminders still seem to be quite clean, but sans colourful header. The new headers are nice, but it’s the slide-out menu that’s caught our eye. On the search bar in Google Now, you’ll see a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 21, 2014 0 comments News
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

For someone who really enjoys music and a good quality set of headphones, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store of late with the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on ear headphone being the second set of Bose headphones I’ve reviewed in a very short time. The first was the Quiet Comfort 25 – a high end set of Noise cancelling headphones – and I was a little worried that this pair wouldn’t live up to that high standard. The pairing process is as easy as you’d expect, turn the headset on; go to your phone, find the headphones and[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 21, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday. Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Modding, News, Phones, Tablets
Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Have you ever had the dream that when you win the lottery you can have that Nexus 6 in your pocket, Google Glass on your face and a Moto 360 on your arm, all working in sync? Taking pictures with your Glass while checking a text from your wife on your arm? Well Google apparently says you can’t use Glass and Wear at the same time…for now. In a Google + post by one of the Glass Explorers, Keith I Myers he outlines that after the XE22 update the Google Glass conflicts with Android Wear, “It cuts off all connectivity to[Read More...]

by 8:40 AM on October 19, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Glass, News
Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

We all know the scenario: a friend needs to make a quick call, and asks to borrow your phone. Your younger sister has asked to play Angry Birds, but you don’t want her browsing your photos. Your parents are checking into a flight, but you don’t want them to accidentally open your SMS. Few smartphone users would have avoided this fear, and for us, Android 5.0 has a solution. Now, you can lock your device to a particular app by use of the screen pinning option found under security settings. By default, you just use a shortcut key to disable[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on October 19, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android has long had the ability to manage multiple users on a single device, but it’s been hidden from phone users and only exposed on tablets. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, this changes. Google’s rationale for the restriction of this feature in the past was that phones are a personal device that you don’t really pass around to others, while tablets would often be passed from parents to children and the whole family. This argument didn’t really hold at the time – we’ve known anecdotally that parents let their kids play with their phones all the time, for example – and[Read More...]

by and 3:44 PM on October 18, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update