YouTube readying a music subscription service of its own to launch alongside a new YouTube mobile app

According to a report from Billboard, YouTube is readying its own music subscription service with a video component that will be launching later this year alongside a new YouTube mobile app. Just take a moment to let that news sink in. YouTube, a Google owned entity, is launching its own music subscription service that is likely to compete against Google's own Google Play Music All Access service. 'Compete' is probably the wrong word, instead Google is likely to capitalise on the people that see YouTube as an easy way to access their favourite tunes and music videos. "We're always... Continue reading

Moto G rumoured to be the Motorola DVX, a lower-end 4.5-inch Moto X

In September we say a device go through the FCC in America that was rumoured to be a 4.5-inch lower-end variant of the Moto X -- a device which still hasn't found its way to Australia -- dubbed the Motorola DVX. Any further news on the device disappeared until recently when Motorola applied for a trademark on the term 'Moto G'. Now appears that this is all the same device, the Moto G will be the low-end Moto X with its 4.5-inch LCD display (no AMOLED here), quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, and it's likely to have dual-sim capabilities.... Continue reading

Samsung looking to make only genuine accessories usable on future Smartphones

Over the last couple of years, there have been a number of incidents with third party accessories - specifically batteries - causing issues(exploding) with smartphones, Samsung as one of the largest manufacturers has certainly born the brunt of the PR blowback as their products have been involved on a number of occasions, but Samsung is possibly looking to implement a new policy to fight this by ensuring that only 'official' Samsung accessories are used on their future Smartphones. According to a report from Korean news site ETNews Samsung could be looking to embed a 'chip' of some description into their... Continue reading

Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Android 4.4(Kit Kat) could have a surprise entrant in the Google Play store with AndroidPolice reporting that Google is indeed looking at placing newspaper subscriptions within the Play Store, at least according to code found in a tear-down of the latest Google Play APK that's rolling out to Android users now. While this isn't exactly brand new - The rumour of a News section within Google Play first surfaced back in March this year - but the more up to date code found in this most recent update makes the section's debut look more likely. Whilst their is no... Continue reading

Nexus 5 retail packaging pops up – White variant could be available at launch

The Nexus 5 has pretty much been seen from every angle now, we pretty definitely know what's inside it, and how much it will be, but what will it be delivered in? Well, that question looks to have been answered in these pictures originally from UnderKG but re-shared on Google+. The packaging shows blue themed packaging that is similar to that of the box that the Nexus 7(2013) came delivered in. Last years Nexus devices came in grey coloured boxes, but this year it appears that blue is in. The box shows a white variant of the Nexus 5 in... Continue reading

HTC’s rumoured Amazon phone won’t be public release

Recently rumours have come to light that HTC are in negotiation with Amazon to manufacture a smartphone for the distribution giant, perhaps as part of their hail Mary strategy to get out of their seemingly perpetual slide into obscurity they're clutching at any available opportunity to inject some cash flow into the company. While the official decision is yet to be made and Amazon are yet to confirm that they have made a deal and are in fact working on a smartphone with HTC, the rumours are now changing shape slightly to suggest the... Continue reading

Kit Kat teases with “This Is It”

On their Google+ page yesterday, Nestle posted their Android KitKat mascot with its arms in the air and the heading, "Everybody dance now!": Today they posted, This Is It, with the line - "Sometimes you have to look for the signs": After putting two and two together and adding that up to 5, sleuths on the Kit Kat page have come up with a very plausible argument that these teasers are referring to an October 28 announcement of Android 4.4. Firstly, yesterdays "Everybody dance now" doesn't mean much by itself, but when combined with today's "Sometimes you... Continue reading

Rumour: Nexus 5 price to begin at US$399 and an LTE enabled Nexus 4 could be on its way

The Nexus 5 has been essentially photographed from all angles, been torn down, taken out for drinks at a bar and had a how to guide on servicing leaked and so the only real questions remain are 'how much' and 'when'? According to AndroidGeeks, the Nexus 5 will take the same path as the updated Nexus 7 in launching at a slightly higher price point. With the leaked Service Manual confirming 16GB and 32GB options, the rumour is that pricing will start at US$399 for the 16GB model and go up to US$449 for a 32GB model. The other... Continue reading

More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

In the previous leak of Android 4.4, the surprise Easter Egg was a slice of lime over a large K, representing the Google code name for 4.4 - Key Lime Pie. Things have changed since then, as KitKat has been revealed as the new name for the next version of Android. The latest leak, displayed here on a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, shows an "androidified" KitKat logo - though Key Lime Pie is still evident. Google will be changing this to KitKat before the release of 4.4. To get to the Android Easter Eggs, in the "About... Continue reading

With KitKat, changes to Android’s core features like SMS are coming

The team behind the Android Developers Blog have announced that big changes are coming in the way SMS and MMS are handled in Android 4.4 KitKat. The executive summary is that third party messaging applications, like Textra or Handcent, can now be made the default app for sending and receiving SMS and MMS, as opposed to the way they currently do it by exploiting private / hidden API calls. This style of programming works -- and works quite well -- but it isn't without its flaws. Prime amongst these is that apps using these calls can be broken... Continue reading

Rumour: Google Experience – Android 4.4 Launcher?

On Google Play you can download almost everything to make most Android devices look and feel just like a Nexus. From Chrome Browser, the Google Keyboard, Play Music/Movies/Books to Google Drive and Keep, plus many more apps that bring the latest Android functionality to the majority of phones. Except there is one glaring omission, and that's the launcher - or user interface. If the latest rumour is to be believed, then that's about to change with the imminent release of Google Experience, Google's own launcher. This will tie together all of the apps that Google has been unbundling from... Continue reading

More Nexus 5 pictures surface along with further Android 4.4 leaks

It appears that Italian site Tutto Android has gotten themselves quite the source on the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat, with more information being published which reveals more about the look and feel of Android 4.4 as well as some accounts on the look and feel of the hardware on the Nexus 5. To start with a picture of the front of the device reveals the rounded speaker at the top of the phone, with the design being similar to those pictures that have already been leaked although a little more squared. The device is said to be 'much lighter... Continue reading