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Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Searching Google by voice has been hit and miss for a lot of people and with voice search now the focal point on Android Wear it makes sense that there are steps in place to improve it. According to 9to5Google, if you attempt a search such as ‘find me the nearest bars’, Google could get anything wrong in that search, but you could end up with ‘find me the nearest cars’. A simple voice command of ‘No, I said bars’ will resubmit the search with the one word changed. This looks to be an extension of their conversational search that[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on July 9, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Services
Google implements workaround for paid Android Wear apps on Google Play

Google implements workaround for paid Android Wear apps on Google Play

After a bug arose over the July 4th holiday weekend with paid Android Wear apps not uploading to their customers Android Wear devices, Google has updated their Android Developers blog to advise that they have a workaround in place. Through their Google+ page, Google advised that they advised this is definitely only affecting paid apps, with free apps requiring no changes. For developers, there are some changes required. Notably, the Android Wear APK, needs be renamed to wearable_app.apk and sit in the res/raw directory as opposed to the Assets directory that free apps can reside in. Developers will need to[Read More...]

by 4:16 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Google Play
Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch stripped bare by ifixit

Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch stripped bare by ifixit

As Android Wear devices show up on people’s doorsteps around the world, it’s time to see what the good folks over at iFixit think about the innards and the repairability of these new watches. They’ve taken apart both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live but obviously still await the arrival of the Moto 360. The Samsung Gear Live is first on the repair bench. The Gear Live gets a pretty good report card from the iFixit team, who took time to note that there are many pluses from their standpoint on the Gear Live. The band is[Read More...]

by 3:57 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
First Custom ROM Released For The LG G Watch

First Custom ROM Released For The LG G Watch

When a new device is released it is always an exciting time when the development community switch into gear and set about tweaking the manufacturers offering. Add into the mix a new platform and the anticipation levels rise even more. With the first Android Wear devices arriving in the hands of consumers (as opposed to developers from Google IO) the first custom ROM has been released. Jakeday has released the first custom ROM for the LG G watch over at Rootzwiki. The ROM, Gohma 1.0, at this early stage seems to be basic kernel tweaks and is only an 8MB[Read More...]

by 6:57 AM on July 9, 2014 3 comments News
Lenovo to launch ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook in Australia this month

Lenovo to launch ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook in Australia this month

Lenovo has been making Chromebooks since they released their first device the education oriented Thinkpad branded X131e, but they’ve never brought their Chromebook offerings to Australia…until now. Lenovo is set to introduce their ruggedised Thinkpad 11e Chromebooks to Australia, starting sales of the devices, which include their multi-position Yoga model, through their online store. If you’re new to the Lenovo range, there are two models on offer, the Thinkpad 11e, which comes in a traditional Laptop clamshell formfactor. Or, for the more adventurous amongst you, there’s the Thinkpad Yoga 11e, which comes with a 360° Yoga hinge that allows the[Read More...]

by 9:57 PM on July 8, 2014 0 comments Chromebook, Manufacturer
Come fly, roll and jump with me: Parrot’s new MiniDrones are hitting Australia in August [Video]

Come fly, roll and jump with me: Parrot’s new MiniDrones are hitting Australia in August [Video]

Parrot hosted a launch event for their new MiniDrones in Sydney this afternoon, announcing Australian availability and pricing for their new Rolling Spider and Jumping SumoMiniDrones. The products will hit Australian retailers in August and are available for preorder online now. Chris Roberts, Parrot’s APAC Managing Director, gave us a brief history of the French company and their diverse product range – from remote-controlled cars through high-end headphones and in-car entertainment systems, to the famous AR Drone. The company has a rich history of innovating with technology in their products, and isn’t afraid to push it forward to make new,[Read More...]

by 8:22 PM on July 8, 2014 0 comments Events
ChromeOS media player to gain Chromecast support

ChromeOS media player to gain Chromecast support

ChromeOS is growing quite rapidly with more and more features being rolled into Google’s ‘other’ OS every day, and one of those features is Chromecast support for the Media player on the platform. Google recently split the media player into a separate app, from the File picker and according to a recent code commit, the feature will be coming to ChromeOS via a flag at some stage in the future. The commit is fairly basic with just the rudimentary entry added to Issue 374803003 Video Player: Add a flag to support chromecast This patch just adds the flag. The implementation[Read More...]

by 6:35 PM on July 8, 2014 0 comments Chromecast, ChromeOS
Sony announces the Xperia C3 ‘Selfie’ phone

Sony announces the Xperia C3 ‘Selfie’ phone

As teased on Twitter last night, Sony has today announced the Sony Xperia C3 – their ‘Selfie’ phone, with a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera and soft LED Flash. According to Sony, the ‘selfie’ has increased 17,000% since 2012, so the reasoning behind producing a Selfie focused phone is right there. To aid in taking Selfies Sony added a Flash, as well as including a ‘PROselfie cam’ and selfie apps in the software on the phone, which include a whole range of options to spruce up your selfies. The phone will be available in Black and White, and in a departure[Read More...]

by 5:30 PM on July 8, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
App encryption bug is preventing developers from selling apps on Google Play

App encryption bug is preventing developers from selling apps on Google Play

With the arrival of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live on doorsteps around the world, Android Wear is arriving. But it seems that Google Play isn’t quite ready for it, with some developers advising that their apps are not able to be sold on Google Play. A thread on reddit for Phone Finder – an app to find your phone from your Watch – first brought the bug to light, where the developer has resorted to emailing the APK to affected customers (FYI: I purchased the app and it works a treat once I received the APK). The[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 8, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Google Play
Xposed Versus ART Update

Xposed Versus ART Update

Each time Google release a new version of Android it is a lot of work for Xposed framework developer, Rovo89, to get Xposed framework working for the many users that rely on it. All those past experiences with modifying the framework to the newest version of Android may end up seeming like a walk in the park compared with what is most likely in store come November and Android version L. Rovo89 has answered some questions that every user of Xposed modules has been dying to ask, Will it ever work with ART? The Xposed framework is a mod that[Read More...]

by 9:37 AM on July 8, 2014 1 comment Modding, News
Android Distribution Numbers for June 2014

Android Distribution Numbers for June 2014

A new month, a new set of platform distribution numbers. It’s all good news as the rollout of Android 4.4 keeps increasing, with just a just over 4% increase in market share. For the rest of the platforms the numbers are still decent. Froyo continues to drop, down another 0.1%, continuing its inexorable march towards obsolesence. Gingerbread too has dropped, at seemingly a faster rate shedding 1.4% of their market share in a month. Ice Cream Sandwich use also dropped, down to 11.4% of the overall pie. Jelly Bean too saw a decrease in usage, going from an overall 58.4%[Read More...]

by 8:08 AM on July 8, 2014 4 comments News
LG G Watch – First Impressions

LG G Watch – First Impressions

We’ve waited all day — nay, actually we’ve waited all year and now Android Wear is here as an official, shipping, customer-facing product. A few members of the Ausdroid team received their brand new LG G Watches today, so we thought it high time we offered our thoughts on the first Google wearable. So what’s in the box? Unsurprisingly, you get the G Watch itself, along with a Micro USB cable, a power adapter (850 mA), the infamous charging cradle, and a quick start manual. I think I’ve already lost the manual, too. The design of the watch itself is[Read More...]

by 8:56 PM on July 7, 2014 10 comments Android Wear, Smartwatch
Sony prepares to release a ‘Selfie’ phone tomorrow

Sony prepares to release a ‘Selfie’ phone tomorrow

Sony is about to join the ‘Selfie’ phone race, tonight teasing a new phone release for tomorrow on their Twitter account. The tweet uses the hashtags #GetTheFullPicture and #Tomorrow with the 8th of July date emblazoned on a ‘Selfie’ shot (which is more a ‘Groufie’ according to Huawei). See your #selfies in a whole new light pic.twitter.com/UQJQIa44sI — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) July 7, 2014 What the phone could actually be is the Sony Xperia C3, which Android Central caught wind of via Chinese site Weibo. The phone will apparently be very well suited for ‘Selfies’ if the rumour of a[Read More...]

by 8:51 PM on July 7, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones