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Rumour: Google working on expanding voice commands system wide on Android

Rumour: Google working on expanding voice commands system wide on Android

The ‘Ok Google’ voice activation in the Google Now launcher is an impressively responsive feature, and according to a rumour from Android Police, Google is looking to bring the feature to more Google Apps in the future. The feature would mainly be found in Nexus and Google Play Edition (GPe) devices, which is in line with the current ‘official’ availability of the Google Now Launcher. Voice commands could feature in all sorts of circumstances such as the ‘Photos’ app where you could for example issue the command ‘Ok Google, share this photo’, which could bring up a dialogue that offers[Read More...]

by 12:33 PM on April 26, 2014 7 comments Rumours
Motorola Moto X successor – XT912A shows up on GFXBench

Motorola Moto X successor – XT912A shows up on GFXBench

The successor to the Motorola Moto X has apparently shown up on benchmarking site GFXBench, giving us an insight into what could be announced later this ‘Summer’. Motorola announced during a Q&A session held at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that they would be releasing an update to the Moto X in Summer (Our winter here in Australia). The use of the XT912 code is a little odd, given it was the original code for the Droid RAZR in the US, but this is the XT912A. Anyway, the specs listed in GFXBench show that the updated Moto X, called the Moto[Read More...]

by 9:09 AM on April 26, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Nexus 8 rumours persist with latest speculation pointing to a HTC built tablet

Nexus 8 rumours persist with latest speculation pointing to a HTC built tablet

Rumours surrounding a HTC built Nexus 8 being released this year in place of a third generation Nexus 7 are continuing to mount, with Digitimes reporting that Google has approached the Taiwanese manufacturer to build an 8″ tablet to be released in the coming months. The report suggests that HTC, rather than Asus will be making the tablet, as Google looks to revamp the design of the tablet. Google was apparently looking to involve HTC in the development of the original Nexus 7 tablet, but HTC was too mired in their own efforts to promote their flagging smartphone business to[Read More...]

by 5:12 AM on April 22, 2014 16 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets
Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It’s that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget[Read More...]

by 11:15 AM on April 19, 2014 14 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Android’s iconography to be revamped with a shiny new look

Android’s iconography to be revamped with a shiny new look

Android Police are reporting on a somewhat questionable rumour that Google’s core Android applications might be about to receive a graphic makeover. As you can see in the header graphic above, we’ve snapped three logos each for Gmail and Calendar: The current ‘web’ icon (from the web service), the current Android icon in the middle, and a proposed new icon for Android on the right. The reason for these changes? To flatten out the icons a bit and have them more closely resemble the design language used elsewhere; in other words, make Google products a bit more recognisable as such,[Read More...]

by 10:27 AM on April 15, 2014 5 comments Rumours
Google testing Android 4.4.3

Google testing Android 4.4.3

We have already seen rumours about Android 4.4.3 and some of the possible changes that are coming with that version of Android and now it appears that Google have started the internal testing process. Android Police have mentioned that this particular build has started rolling out to a small number of Google employees outside of the core Android team and unsurprisingly it appears to be limited to the current generation Nexus devices. As previously mentioned this release is likely to be a bug fix release with no new features introduced and the timeframes for a public release are still unknown,[Read More...]

by 8:52 AM on April 11, 2014 0 comments Rumours
Improved Calendar App for Android in testing

Improved Calendar App for Android in testing

The recently leaked GMail udpate for Android will apparently have a corresponding update for the Calendar, according to leaked screenshots shown on Geek.com. Russell Holly reports that he was able to test out the new Calendar App which is going under the code-name ‘Timely’ at Google, at which time he was able to take some screenshots and get a pretty good look at the direction that Google is going with their new App designs. Visually, it appears flatter and more minimal with new features including a split-screened day planner with a month view at the top. Russell cites some new[Read More...]

by 10:44 AM on April 10, 2014 1 comment Apps, Rumours
Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception of longer[Read More...]

by 8:27 AM on April 10, 2014 0 comments News, Rumours, Smartwatch
Rumour: HTC M8 Ace

Rumour: HTC M8 Ace

Blurrycam strikes again! The team over at evleaks have their hands on another image of a potential new device coming from HTC, the M8 Ace. Pretty much nothing is known about this device other than the blurry render you see in the tweet below. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/453482897299603457/ What do you think the Ace will be, share your theory with us

by 6:20 AM on April 9, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Android TV is coming, and it looks delightfully simple

Rumour: Android TV is coming, and it looks delightfully simple

According to documents and screenshots obtained from an un-named source by the Verge, Google is readying a fourth attempt at becoming a major force in the entertainment industry. This time, though the focus is on Android, with the product to be called Android TV. The interface appears to be quite interesting and easy to navigate. It does borrow heavily from the card interface that has been a mainstay of recent Google product user interfaces, but seems to offer a simplified interaction model which is required when interacting with a TV. Google has previously attacked the living room by essentially scaling[Read More...]

by 10:09 AM on April 6, 2014 3 comments Rumours
Galaxy S5 Mini specs purportedly leaked

Galaxy S5 Mini specs purportedly leaked

After a UserAgent Profile(UAProf) for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was supposedly spotted last month. There wasn’t much included except for CPU Speed and the resolution of screen, now SAMMobile are reporting they have some more specs for the SM-G800. For a start the phone will come with a 4.5″ 720×1280 resolution Super AMOLED display, very much an improvement over the disappointing qHD resolution of last years Galaxy S4 Mini. The type of processor still hasn’t been named but is rumoured to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core, and if the UAProf for the SM-G800 is to be believed this[Read More...]

by 10:05 AM on April 3, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Rumours
Google testing new Gmail app

Google testing new Gmail app

It looks like Google are testing a new Gmail app for Android and from what I can tell there are some nice changes heading our way. As with most Google updates these days this one is bringing with it a new user interface which includes a coloured Action Bar as seen on several of Google’s other apps including the recently updated Google Keep. It’s not just about the interface though with a few useful features added into the mix as well. There are a few new tabs including Travel, Purchases and Finance. Depending on how you work, these new tabs[Read More...]

by 8:48 AM on April 3, 2014 2 comments Apps, News, Rumours
Google set to improve camera app

Google set to improve camera app

Google have been talking about cameras on smartphones for a while now and back in February 2013 Vic Gundotra had this to say about the Nexus range We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras I think most of us will agree that the Nexus 5 doesn’t have the best smartphone camera out there, but it was an improvement over their previous offerings. The next step for Google looks to be an improved camera app and they may even release it into the Play Store. This all make a lot of sense to me and would continue with[Read More...]

by 10:32 AM on April 2, 2014 7 comments Camera, News, Rumours