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Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Tis the season and we’re apparently on the eve of the announcement of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L (Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie?). Forbes has this morning chimed in with their own take on the release, citing a source close to Google, who has let them in on a few details of the launch. According to Forbes, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be announced with Android L tomorrow, via a blog post, as has been the case for the past couple of years. According to their source, an event was planned, but was cancelled because Google[Read More...]

by 4:27 AM on October 15, 2014 15 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

As recently as this week we’ve seen suggestions, well mostly trolling, that the next version of Android could be Liquorice. But a new screenshot surfaced today has pointed at Android Lollipop being the current favourite, at least with internal developers who create debug icons for test builds of Android. Though previously we’ve heard that Googlers were using Lemon Meringue Pie as the Debug icon, as well as referencing LMP in their commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it appears the trend may have changed. MyCE noticed a new screenshot attached to an issue logged in the Chromium Issue[Read More...]

by 3:39 AM on October 15, 2014 3 comments Android Development, OS Update
Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Samsung is getting better with their update schedule, at least for the higher end devices. A leaked build of Android L running on a Galaxy S5 was recently seen, showing that Samsung is at least working on the next build of Android for their premier phone. But that’s in the future, for now a list of dates apparently showing when 13 Galaxy phones will receive Android 4.4 has shown up on XDA-Developers. According to the list Samsung’s top tier devices, including the Galaxy S5 (SM-G9000I and SM-G9000F variants) and the Galaxy Note 3(SM-N900 and N900S variants) are due to see[Read More...]

by 12:36 AM on October 15, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Nexus 6 render appears online courtesy of @evleaks

Nexus 6 render appears online courtesy of @evleaks

The Nexus 6 is imminent and despite quite a depressing week, Evan Blass, best known by his online twitter handle @evleaks, has blasted out a leak worthy of Nexus season – the Nexus 6. The leak shows off the Android L design with new icons we first saw in a post from Android Police which confirmed the Nexus 6. There are three folders present on the front screen, labelled ‘Google’, ‘Create’ and ‘Play’, seemingly reminiscent of the updated Mobile Distribution Agreement which was leaked a few weeks ago. The folders are filled with complimentary Google apps – ‘Create’ with Drive,[Read More...]

by 12:31 AM on October 15, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Nexus 6 Outed By Google in Video

Nexus 6 Outed By Google in Video

Remember last year when Google “accidentally” outed the Nexus 5 in a video showing the KitKat statue being placed on the lawn at Google HQ? It seems they have done it again this year. This time though it isn’t an accidental reveal by a Googler. The phone appears in an Android advertisement produced by Google. Originally it was apparently spotted on TV by a user and then found online. If you watch the video below you will see the guy fourth in line pull what appears to be a massive Moto X with Android L onscreen buttons on it. This[Read More...]

by 8:19 PM on October 14, 2014 9 comments News
Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

There’s little doubt in my mind that smart watches have really exploded this year; we’ve gone from an environment where there were a couple of watches that paired via Bluetooth and didn’t do a great deal beyond vibrating occasionally, to the era of the Pebble about this time (or a bit earlier) last year, through to this year’s Android Wear devices. Of course, Android Wear isn’t the only platform out there — Sony’s had its own smartwatch platform for a couple of years now, and Samsung tried it their way with their Galaxy Gear line of watches. For me though,[Read More...]

by 7:15 PM on October 14, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Reviews, Smartwatch
HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

4G devices are certainly making their mark and becoming cheaper every day, with Telstra and HTC launching the Desire 510, a budget 4G/LTE mobile phone to the Australian carriers pre-paid line of devices for $179. Spec wise, the Desire 510 does offer some decent specs for a budget minded device. Looking at the Desire 510, it certainly does also seem to follow the current line of HTC devices design wise which is good to see. The full list of specs include: 4.7″ FWVGA Display (480 x 854) 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 64 bit Quad-core processor 1 GB RAM[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone is putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edgeup for presale tomorrow, and there’s some bonuses on offer for those who pre-order. On the Galaxy Note 4, pricing starts at $10 a month on the $70 plan (over 24 months), up to $4 per month on the $100 plan. The Galaxy Note Edge starts at $18 a month on the $70 plan, dropping to $12 a month on the $100 plan. Customers who purchase the Note 4 between 15 and 29 October 2014, or a Note Edge between 15 October and 5 November, will receive a Samsung[Read More...]

by 7:03 PM on October 14, 2014 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Samsung advise Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge launches delayed

Samsung advise Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge launches delayed

Last month at their Australian launch event, Samsung Australia announced that the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge would launch in Australian stores and with carriers on the 29th of October for the Galaxy Note 4 and the 5th of November for the Note Edge. Samsung Australia has today advised that they have had to revise those dates, with the Note 4 set to launch on the 5th of November and the Note Edge now launching on the 12th of November. Samsung Australia has advised that the handsets will still go up for pre-order on Wednesday the 15th of October.[Read More...]

by 5:36 PM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Bose expands its wireless multiroom audio lineup with SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems

Bose expands its wireless multiroom audio lineup with SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems

Bose continues to increase its impressive range of audio equipment, today announcing new SoundTouch Series II WiFi Music Systems. Regardless of what model you look at, the system is simple and easy to use – even for the most technophobic user. A simple touch of a button on your phone or tablet allows you to control literally thousands of internet radio stations or streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora or Deezer to create a seamless and unparalleled music experience throughout your home. Free SoundTouch™ app The SoundTouch™ app gives you all the control you need to access music on[Read More...]

by 4:27 PM on October 14, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Samsung opens its Melbourne Central store up to the press, grand opening tomorrow

Samsung opens its Melbourne Central store up to the press, grand opening tomorrow

Samsung‘s newest Experience Store in Melbourne opened its doors to members of the press this morning for an exclusive preview of both the store and Samsung’s newest products – the Note 4, Note Edge, Gear VR and Gear S. We sent Scott in to check it out and get a look at the store first-hand. Located on Level 2 of Melbourne Central, the new store is a 350m2 space with smart tutors, group or one-on-one lessons and an onsite repair centre. It’s decked out in Samsung’s blue livery with a mix of what appears to be wood and slate flooring[Read More...]

by and 11:43 AM on October 14, 2014 21 comments Manufacturer
Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify are set to enter into an exclusive partnership, the companies announced overnight. Specific details of the arrangement weren’t announced, with ink still drying on contracts last night but both companies are excited at the possibilities and plan to announce offers for both prepaid and postpaid customers in the next few weeks, promising “game changing”, unrivalled offers. A Spotify Premium subscription currently costs $12 per month. If the price of this subscription was to be absorbed into a Vodafone Red plan(for example) it could tip the balance in favour of the carrier for Spotify customers. The companies were[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on October 14, 2014 11 comments Carriers
Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo N3 appears officially to show off rotating camera module in faux leather

Oppo is gearing up to launch the latest in their N-Series phones, with the N3 set to make its first public appearance in Singapore on the 29th of October. But the phone doesn’t want to stay hidden for that long, with Oppo themselves showing the rear of the phone off on their social media channels. The Oppo Google+, Twitter and Facebook accounts have all shown off the same image, showing the rear of the upcoming phone. Just like its predecessor, the N3 will have a rotating camera allowing the use of a high-resolution camera module to take front and rear[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 14, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones