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Google Hangouts 3.0 update brings small UI changes and new contact cards

Google Hangouts 3.0 update brings small UI changes and new contact cards

After Google’s recent Material Design update for Contacts, Hangouts has received an update to Version 3.0.87531466 — but for the sake of argument, lets call it 3.0. If you’re expecting major changes with a full version number bump (the last release was 2.5), you’re going to be disappointed. This big change is the addition of contact cards which look great,[Read More…]

by 9:51 am on March 6, 2015 0 comments Apps, Google Services, News
Shifty Jelly announces Pocket Casts 5 for Android is coming ‘Very Soon’.

Shifty Jelly announces Pocket Casts 5 for Android is coming ‘Very Soon’.

It’s no secret that we here at Ausdroid love Shifty Jelly’s podcasting app Pocket Casts. The app is great, runs smooth and we eagerly await those witty changelog updates. Shifty Jelly also loves Android, releasing version 4.0 of the app on Android before the iOS version. Well, Pocket Casts for iOS updated to version 5 last year, and it’s soon[Read More…]

by 7:10 am on March 5, 2015 5 comments News
Android Distribution numbers for February– Lollipop doubles its market share

Android Distribution numbers for February– Lollipop doubles its market share

Google has released the latest Android Distribution figures for the month of February, the list of statistics that help developers know which versions of Android they need to target. The list is only taking into account Android devices using Google Play, so there are still a large number of non-Google devices not taken into account. The good news is that[Read More…]

by 3:41 pm on March 4, 2015 1 comment News
More of Google goes Material, this time its Contacts

More of Google goes Material, this time its Contacts

Google continue to push updates to all of their services, this time Google Contacts is getting a Material Design makeover. In their blog post, Google paint the picture that contacts is central to keeping you in contact with friends, family and your colleagues. Contacts is making it easier to find the contact you want, and keep their information up to[Read More…]

by 3:28 pm on March 4, 2015 1 comment Google Services, News
NVIDIA announced a 4K UHD Shield Console running Android TV

NVIDIA announced a 4K UHD Shield Console running Android TV

While the news is still developing on this one (the press conference is on now – Tune in now – the news is too big not to share. NVIDIA have just announced a new Nvidia SHIELD set top box, powered by Android TV with 4K UHD resolution. Boasting graphic capability of 512GFLOPS (compared to XBox One at .5GB RAM and[Read More…]

by 3:19 pm on March 4, 2015 7 comments Accessories, Android TV, Manufacturer, News
Sony releases a custom theme building tool for Xperia devices … and maybe soon, everyone else too

Sony releases a custom theme building tool for Xperia devices … and maybe soon, everyone else too

Sony has announced the release of a tool designed to create custom themes for their Xperia smartphones, Theme Creator Beta. The tool relies on code contributed to AOSP last year by Sony Mobile engineer Zoran Jovanovic. Jovanovic’s work was a new framework called Runtime Resource Overlay that allows replacement of application resources while the application is running – this brings[Read More…]

by 2:41 pm on March 4, 2015 2 comments Manufacturer, News
Intel hits it out of the park with a new Mobile SoC / LTE solution

Intel hits it out of the park with a new Mobile SoC / LTE solution

Intel has made an announcement at MWC 2015 of a collaboration with Ericsson, Samsung and others as part of a broad effort to get its new System-on-Chips (SoCs) into more phones out there. Intel has a new range of SoCs, including the Intel Atom x3 for low-cost smartphones and tablets, and the Atom x5 and x7 series for premium devices.[Read More…]

by 9:22 am on March 4, 2015 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Optus extends Cash by Optus to include wearable technology

Optus extends Cash by Optus to include wearable technology

When Optus launched Cash by Optus late last year, we were fairly impressed — rather than offering a tie-in with a particular bank, the service allows Optus customers to pre-load up to $500 on a virtual pre-paid card, the funds on which can be spent through the use of an NFC-compatible handset and a special Optus SIM. Optus has announced[Read More…]

by 8:22 pm on March 3, 2015 1 comment Carriers, News, NFC
Google Play Services version 7.0 provides some useful new services for developers

Google Play Services version 7.0 provides some useful new services for developers

Google has unleashed a swathe of changes with the update to Google Play Services 7.0. There are improvements to location services, a new API to access place information for developers, new fitness data, and integration of AdMob, Analytics and Play Games. If this means nothing much to you, feel free to skip ahead, but those with an interest in development[Read More…]

by 8:15 pm on March 3, 2015 0 comments Google Play, Google Services, News
PayPal announces a new NFC enabled Here mobile payments card reader

PayPal announces a new NFC enabled Here mobile payments card reader

PayPal has announced at MWC 2015 overnight a new NFC enabled Here mobile payments card reader that will be able to take payments from NFC enabled credit/debit cards and NFC enabled mobiles. The new device, which can handle payments from those Chip and PIN credit/debit cards will now be able to take mobile payments from NFC enabled credit/debit cards along[Read More…]

by 12:53 pm on March 3, 2015 0 comments News