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James Bond can’t even get a Kitkat update for his phone Xperia T, TX and V to remain on Jelly Bean

James Bond can’t even get a Kitkat update for his phone Xperia T, TX and V to remain on Jelly Bean

Seems even the inimitable James Bond can’t sway the Android update gods for his Xperia TX. Back in November last year, soon after the launch of Kitkat, Sony announced that they were investigating the possibility of bringing this latest Android update to a number of their phones. Among those being looked at were the Xperia T, TX and V, but unfortunately it looks like they won’t be seeing the update. Sony was looking to deliver the Android 4.3 update for these phones in February and that will remain the final update. Sony has updated the support page for the Xperia[Read More...]

by 7:09 AM on August 23, 2014 3 comments News
OnePlus One Touch Issues Fixed, Sort Of

OnePlus One Touch Issues Fixed, Sort Of

Ever since I have had my OnePlus One I have had issues with the touch screen. In fact it was me who first reported it to Cyanogen Inc in the first place. At one stage it was so annoying for me that it was nearly a deal breaker. I came within the click of the buy it now button on eBay of swapping it for an LG G3. The finger hovered but just couldn’t bring myself to give up on the OnePlus One and pull the trigger. A couple of weeks ago we reported that OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc had[Read More...]

by 10:03 PM on August 21, 2014 4 comments News
Facebook rolling out its own in-app browser for links to some users

Facebook rolling out its own in-app browser for links to some users

Facebook is rolling out a new addition to its ever increasing new features and its latest feature is rolling out to some users accounts. The new feature, an in-app browser, is reported to to speed up reading and sharing of links found within the social network. Facebook’s own in-app browser will load the web page of a link you clicked within the Facebook app, rather than requiring you to open your smartphone’s browser such as Chrome or Firefox that you have installed. This in theory means less time having to load an additional app to just share back to Facebook[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 21, 2014 8 comments Apps, News
Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost has added a new budget smartphone to their pre-paid line of devices with the new Boost Icon Nero, which is available now for $59. The Boost Icon Nero is made by ZTE, who have made a couple of the previous budget devices like the “Tango” T790 or the Boost “Jump Smart” T760 and the specs are far from fantastic but hey, given the price point Boost are aiming for you still get passable — barely — specs. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT screen display (480 x 320) 1.0GHz dual core MT6572M CPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory[Read More...]

by 10:25 AM on August 21, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Get a OnePlus One 16GB 4G LTE for under $400 without an invite

Get a OnePlus One 16GB 4G LTE for under $400 without an invite

Online store Camera Paradise based in Hong Kong have the OnePlus One 16GB for $398 including shipping. According to their website this is the CyanogenMod 11S version and not the Color OS version that other online stores are selling. You can add shipping insurance for an extra $12.97 or priority handling for $19.97 which still keeps the total cost to under $420. Camera Paradise claims to have a 1-Year Door-to-Door Warranty and the phone is in stock now. You can even choose your colour as long as it is white. There is a 5 star review of the phone from[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on August 21, 2014 5 comments Deal, News, Phones
Toyota’s new infotainment system based around the Nexus 7

Toyota’s new infotainment system based around the Nexus 7

Android integration has already started to make its way into modern-day cars, the next step forward is Android Auto, which should start being introduced into 2015 model vehicles later this year and into next year. Twenty Five car brands have already signed up to Android Auto and have committed to shipping cars in the future, but Toyota has something completely different in mind — at least in Taiwan. Partnering with Asus-owned Unimax, Toyota has announced the “Toyota Intelligent System”, which essentially brings a dockable Nexus 7 to select vehicles. The idea is that ‘smart’ infotainment systems are useful, but also tend[Read More...]

by 10:11 AM on August 21, 2014 2 comments Android Auto, News, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Ausdroid Podcast 120 – the Motocast

Welcome to episode 120 of the Ausdroid podcast! We’ve all been randomly unavailable for the last few weeks, but the podcast is finally back this week – and what a week to come back! With so much news coming out of Motorola, we decided this is really the Motocast episode. There isn’t a single thing Motorola’s doing that we’re not interested in at the moment, and the Moto 360 is topping that list! There’s also a bit of local carrier news, along with the now-regular OnePlus discussion and a quick recap of Kogan’s new 4G smartphone. With Jason Murray, Dan[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on August 21, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast
Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Good Deal: Grab an LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for $245 delivered from Expansys

Expansys Australia has a free shipping promotion on the Google Play Edition of LG‘s G Pad 8.3 at the moment. You can pick one up for a total cost $244.99, providing you use DHL as the courier. The Australian G Pad 8.3 (with LG’s customised Android UI) got a lukewarm response from Jason earlier this year, but we’ve seen a few people take them up as their tablet of choice in the last few months. The Google Play Edition version of the tablet should address our software concerns, and Expansys is offering the tablet at a good price. If you’ve[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on August 20, 2014 12 comments Deal, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

iFixt tears down the Project Tango tablet – it’s like a mobile Kinect

As a development platform with a price tag of over $1000, Project Tango from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects(ATAP) group isn’t exactly your consumer level device. But even devlopers need to get their dev devices repaired, so the team at iFixit has gotten hold of one and torn it apart to see what makes it tick. The tablet includes an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and an Integrated Depth Sensor and cameras on both front and back including a 120° Front facing camera and 4MP 2.0µm Pixel Camera and Motion Tracking Camera on the[Read More...]

by 6:24 AM on August 20, 2014 0 comments News
Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

One of the options when setting up Android is Language. Currently you get a choice of English (United States), (United Kingdom) and now (India), but with options for English (Australia) buried in the options that you can choose later, who wants to select it later? Well, a feature request currently being looked at by Google for release in Android L could change that. An Android user, Nancy, has lodged feature request 1061, in the Android Developer Preview Bug Tracker to try and entice Google into doing that. The request reads: The feature request I (and many other Australians) would like[Read More...]

by 5:06 PM on August 16, 2014 8 comments News
Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel, has this morning announced that they intend to slash the price of their movie streaming price in half, bringing the price down to a relatively small $9.99 per month. The price will come into effect this Sunday, the 17th of August, and offers a no lock-in contract way to access to some of the largest movies out there. Titles such as Captain Phillips, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Pacific Rim and We’re the Millers are already available to stream on the service, and more hits such as Thor: The Dark World, Delivery Man are set to join[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on August 15, 2014 9 comments News
Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Over the last few weeks there has been a LOT of talk about the Facebook Messenger Permissions required to install on your Android device, some of the comments around the social media circles are ill informed at best; downright irresponsible at times. There’s a LOT of permissions to take onboard when you install the app and it can seem quite daunting, invasive and perhaps a little creepy when you look at the amount of access to your device that Facebook want. Aside from being business suicide for Facebook, the fact remains; the general level of conversation and interaction on the[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on August 15, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

While we all enjoy a good laugh at the opposition, Samsung’s advertising really hasn’t progressed much from the juvenile jabs they’ve taken at their competitors since The next big thing is here. The latest campain has flowed on from comments by the Blackberry CEO John Chen who referred to iPhone users as “Wall Huggers” due to their inadequate batteries in their iPhones and constant need to just top up at every opportunity. The sledgehammer subtle, yet likely low cost advertising has clearly piggybacked on this at power plugs in some airports around the USA stating Samsung Galaxy S5 with Ultra[Read More...]

by 8:59 AM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones