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Samsung Galaxy S5 commercial released – sticks to the facts

Samsung Galaxy S5 commercial released – sticks to the facts

Samsung has released their first commercial for the Galaxy S5 in the US, and it’s actually pretty good. As you can see you get a nice, close pan of the back of the phone, which shows of the dimpled rear of the phone. The ad uses the tagline ‘Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you’ which is probably inspired by the features they point out in the video, which they feel are important to customers. such as the Heart Rate Sensor -although the improved camera would perhaps have been more meaningful -, IP67 Water/Dust resistant certification and[Read More...]

by 9:57 AM on April 10, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Other, Phones
Qualcomm Announces Next- Generation 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and 808 Processors

Qualcomm Announces Next- Generation 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and 808 Processors

If you’re a spec junkie, then you’re probably pretty excited by the propect of 64-bit computing on mobile devices. Intel has already announced their offerings, but the 400-pound gorilla in the mobile processing market has overnight announced their upcoming 64-bit top of the line processors – the Snapdragon 810 and 808. The CPUs will offer class leading low power consumption, which is due to the latest 20nm manuacturing process, which will help to lower power consumption. Both CPUs will offer Cat6 LTE on-board with support for 3x20MHz carrier aggregation, offering a total of 300mbps downloads. They won’t actually have an[Read More...]

by 2:06 PM on April 8, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Other
Offtopic: A sincere thank you from Phil

Offtopic: A sincere thank you from Phil

Aside from my love of the OS this post is completely unrelated to Android. I wanted to take a few minutes to post a huge thank you to all of the readers, media relations, PR staff, Ausdroid Team members and suppliers who have taken the time over the last 15 months to make contact and send their best wishes during what has been a harrowing journey for my family and I. For those of you who have been following our journey it’s been up and down since my son Alex was diagnosed with a Cancerous Brain Tumour on the 3rd[Read More...]

by 10:25 AM on April 1, 2014 13 comments News, Other
Google April Fools Pranks – 2014

Google April Fools Pranks – 2014

Google are the kings of April Fools Day, they often deliver a multitude of pranks starting in our time-zone and continuing on into their own. As there’s usually a few, we’ll be adding them into this article as we find them – and encourage you to update the comments with any good ones you find (with screenshots) so we can add them as well. First Up: Google Maps now lets you find and catch wild Pokémon. Google has kicked off April Fools day in Japan, with Pokemon – Gotta catch ‘em all!! The feature is live now in Google Maps[Read More...]

by 9:31 AM on April 1, 2014 7 comments Other
Virgin Mobile Australia kicks off the April Fools Day madness with a new product

Virgin Mobile Australia kicks off the April Fools Day madness with a new product

Hold onto your hat folks, the next two days will be rough. Tomorrow marks the beginning of April Fools day, which is traditionally a pretty busy time for a number of companies who like to join the madness by announcing some weird products – but never forget GMail was announced on April 1st. Virgin Mobile Australia has kicked off early announcing that their latest product will be available from tomorrow Virgin Rice®. Rice has definitely almost attained the status of a mobile phone accessory. Rice’s ability to act as a dessicant to soak up moisture in a phone/tablet/electronic device that[Read More...]

by 7:10 PM on March 31, 2014 2 comments Other
Samsung to bring LED Smart Bulbs to market this year

Samsung to bring LED Smart Bulbs to market this year

Not content to let LG hog the app-controlled-lightbulb spotlight, it’s been revealed that Korean rival Samsung is also bringing a product to market in the space. Due to be announced at the Berlin Light + Building 2014 trade fair event in the next few days, and posted on its own blog, Samsung will bring two Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) bulbs – one with a swiveling head – and an entry in its existing L-tube series (the type you might see deployed as overhead lighting in offices) to market … soon. The new PAR bulbs have a Color Rendering Index (CRI)[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on March 30, 2014 3 comments Other
Google Text-to-Speech for Android receives huge update to version 3.0

Google Text-to-Speech for Android receives huge update to version 3.0

If you’ve heard that voice giving you updates or reading out information in your Apps before, then Google has just released an update to their Text to Speech service for Android, adding some cool new features which users have been requesting. It’s a service that most users don’t think about that often, so what is the big fuss? Well first off, the app adds support for high quality voices, this means the voices provided will be updated from a relatively small 5-6MB worth of files to 200+MB. The update gives you the option in the default UK English setting to[Read More...]

by 11:11 AM on March 7, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Other
Google Play Games app updated to V1.5 with new features

Google Play Games app updated to V1.5 with new features

Google has updated their Google Play Games app adding a few new features to enhance the gaming experience on Android as well as engage with more gamers. The update, which was pushed through yesterday morning, brings the app to version 1.5.08. Feature wise Google Play Games will now allow you to see who is playing in other games as well as see invitations for multiplayer games and quickly search for ‘something fun’ to play in the Find Games section. This seems to be a fairly small update in terms of number of features, but the functions it brings is quite[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on March 7, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Other
Samsung launches the Exynos 5422 and 5260 mobile processors and 16/13MP sensors

Samsung launches the Exynos 5422 and 5260 mobile processors and 16/13MP sensors

Samsung apparently had more products to launch after their Unpacked 5 event yesterday, today launching two new mobile processors the Exynos 5422 and the Exynos 5260. Both the Exynos 5422 and 5260 are capable of rendering 4K video, an option that will come in useful as display resolutions in mobile devices ramp up in the coming months. Both the processors ustilise the big.LITTLE HMP(Heterogeneous Multi Processing) architecture from ARM, with the Exynos 5422 using an Octa-Core configuration with four 2.1GHz Cortex A15 cores and four 1.5GHz Cortex A7 cores. While the Exynos 5260, is a Hexa-core processor which offers two[Read More...]

by 5:09 PM on February 26, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Other
Mozilla gives a preview of Firefox Launcher for Android

Mozilla gives a preview of Firefox Launcher for Android

Mozilla has previewed to the public its upcoming new release for the Android marketplace, Firefox Launcher for Android. Mozilla has partnered with EverythingMe to brings its own app launcher for Android devices, a front end launcher that solely that revolves around its mobile browser, Firefox for Android. The upcoming software partners Firefox with EverythingMe’s context-sensitive app search, which in turn will personalise both your web surfing and your software in one hit. It does somewhat look similar to EverythingMe’s own app launcher, which is only available in selected countries at this stage, but it does look quite clean and sophisticated.[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on February 7, 2014 3 comments Apps, News, Other
Google moving into corporate Video Conferencing market launching Chromebox for Meetings – with Asus, HP and Dell

Google moving into corporate Video Conferencing market launching Chromebox for Meetings – with Asus, HP and Dell

Google and ASUS overnight have launched a new “Chromebox for meetings” which is bundled with with a camera, microphone, and speaker as an all-in-one meeting room solution for using Google+ Hangouts and accessing Google Apps. The Chromebox for meetings brings together Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage Chromebox. The Chromebox for Meetings is now on sale in the US for US$999, the pricetag includes an Asus Chromebox with a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, HDMI and DisplayPort++ output with 4xUSB 3.0 ports as well as Ethernet and Wifi. To connect to your new Chromebox you’ll also get[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on February 7, 2014 0 comments ChromeBox, ChromeOS, Manufacturer, News, Other
Google Search update hints at future availability of the “Google Now Launcher”, here’s how you can try it now

Google Search update hints at future availability of the “Google Now Launcher”, here’s how you can try it now

Google is pushing out an update for their Google Search app that brings a new name for the Nexus 5‘s exclusive launcher, hinting that the search giant may be preparing the release the new launcher to a wider audience. Previously dubbed the “Google Experience” launcher, after installing the update the name is changed to the “Google Now” launcher. The new name is somewhat fitting, because the launcher has Google Now built-in as its leftmost screen rather than requiring a long-press and upward swipe from the home button. To get the Google Now Launcher up and going on your own device,[Read More...]

by 9:17 AM on February 7, 2014 2 comments News, Other, Phones
Print your own Android Valentines Day card for your SO thanks to Android Foundry

Print your own Android Valentines Day card for your SO thanks to Android Foundry

Valentines Day is fast approaching, and what better way to tell your significant other you appreciate them than by printing out an Android themed Valentines Day card. Andrew Bell, the artist behind the Android Mini figurines has created the series of four cards, that can be downloaded in PDF or JPG format to print on your home printer. It’s a bit geeky and I’m not sure my wife would appreciate it, but if your partner is an Android fan you can jump on over to the Android Foundry website, choose your design and print.

by 10:28 AM on February 4, 2014 1 comment Other