Google Apps Update: Hangout Link automatically added to Calendar Appointments

Google has made an update to Google Apps that will automatically add a Hangouts link to any calendar appointment that is shared among users. This is something that could be extremely useful for businesses where staff are in geographically diverse locations, telecommute or simply are having an online meeting out of normal working hours. There's a few provisos added to the update which included: Hangout video calls are only added if the event creator has an active Google+ profile. Admins can disable this feature through the calendar settings page in the Admin console. Users will still be able to add or remove... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 107 – Gotta fool em all

Welcome to episode 107 of the Ausdroid podcast! With local launches for the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 past, we could finally discuss some Australian specifics like carrier pricing. As both Dan and Jason have the One M8 in hand, we also gave some early thoughts on the device. There's also a quick roundup of some other notable devices hitting local stores and carriers, and a software update for an old friend. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson and Phil Tann. Topics: April Fools pranks Galaxy S5: Launch, Carrier pricing and SK Telecom... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 available online

So much for April the 11th as a simultaneous worldwide release! Following the Galaxy S5 breaking street date in South Korea, there's a number of third parties (not telcos or retail shops) selling the Galaxy S5 on Amazon. These parties are offering shipping in 1 - 2 days, and with the usual "US Shipping Only" rules that can be circumvented, getting a Galaxy S5 early, and in Australia, might just be doable. For around AUD$980.00 you could get your hands on the latest toy from Samsung, and I can confirm that I was able to get... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging — Gadgets 4 Geeks

Now the latest flagships have arrived, it's likely that there will be a huge number of Samsung Galaxy S4 phones going cheap on eBay, Gumtree and private sales so it seems an opportunistic time to speak about the phones capabilities, or lack of. There should be little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the giant of its generation in Android but it was missing one very useful and (for some users at least) very important feature; Wireless Charging. There's a number of solutions out there to resolve this for you, Qi replacement covers (Samsung Branded... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) demand outstripping supply in Taiwan

HTC have had their latest and greatest toy — the HTC One (M8) — on sale for less than a week, but reports are coming out of Taiwan that the demand for the flagship phone is currently outstripping supply quite considerably. The General Manager of the local distributor stated that the sales were doubling every day since the device went on sale and are now outstripping the availability of the device coming from HTC. The new HTC One (M8) has some great party tricks but the real seller of the device in comparison to last years model is the... Continue reading

Optus adds the Sony Xperia E1 to their pre-paid lineup with World Cup Ball exclusive in tow

Optus has today announced that they've added the Sony Xperia E1 to their pre-paid range. The 3G only handset will be sold online and in-store for $149. It's a pretty decent deal for a low end phone, but Optus is going the extra mile. As a bonus for early adopters, the phone is being paired with a Soccer World Cup promotion which means that customers will receive an official Match Ball Replica valued at $30. Sony Xperia E1 Specs : 4” 800x480 WVGA resolution display 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor 512MB RAM 4GB internal storage (2GB available to the user) with microSD Card slot (up... Continue reading

LG wants to hear from you about the next great mobile innovation

LG has been innovating their little hearts out in the mobile space and it's working. They've introduced new concepts - rear mounted keys, curved screens, flexible phones - and they're grabbing attention everywhere, up to and including winning the 'Most Innovative Device Manufacturer of the Year’ at Mobile World Congress this year. Now, they want to hear from you about what should be the next big thing in Mobiles. If you have an idea about what you want to see introduced on Mobiles then LG could have a prize for you. If you head to their Facebook page,... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) found to be manipulating benchmark results

HTC have been caught with their virtual pants down yet again, after being caught red handed boosting their device performance specifically to top the charts on benchmarking last year, HTC's latest flagship the One (M8) has been found to have the same performance enhancing software in the operating system. The Antutu 4 benchmarks show the HTC One (M8) not just beating but thoroughly creaming the opposition with a score of 38,815 where the Antutu X (showing a true representation of the device capabilities rather than boosted performance) shows that the new HTC One doesn't even surpass a generation old... Continue reading

Motorola Moto X now available on JB Hifi website for $499

The Moto X, the phone that we've heard about non-stop for the last eight months from tech sites in the US is finally here. Announced for the Australian market two weeks ago starting at $549, the phone has finally reached a retailer - JB Hifi and it's dropped $50 in price since the announcement being advertised at $499. The phone is available on the JB Hifi website in Black or White. As we originally said at the time, there's no Moto Maker option to customise the phone at this time unfortunately. JB Hifi is pushing... Continue reading

LG G Flex now available from Optus

The G Flex is one of the most intriguing products available from LG at the moment, with a 6", flexible, curved display it's got that 'certain something' that people around you will instantly want to check out when you pull your phone out. Previously only available outright through Harvey Norman, it's now available exclusively from Optus. The plans for the LG G Flex start at $35, with a $24.75 handset repayment (minimum Total Cost is $1,434.00 over 24 months), which includes 500MB of data and 200 minutes of talk time, as well as unlimited SMS and MMS in Australia. Or... Continue reading

Get a first look at Cyanognen Mod on the upcoming OnePlus ‘One’

The OnePlus debut phone, the 'One' is coming together slowly, with the company slowly releasing information and specs in dribs and drabs over the last few months. The latest piece of the ongoing puzzle that's come out in the leadup to the April 23rd launch is in the form of an unofficial leak to Engadget which shows off the CyanogenMod software. Firstly, the OnePlus CyanogenMod software variant will be called - 'CyanogenMod 11S'. This variant of CyanogenMod will be based on Android 4.4.2, although a rumoured Android 4.4.3 update apparently coming soon, will be great test of how... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

Chromebook 2 listed on Samsung’s Canadian website

Earlier this month, we saw Samsung announce the Chromebook 2, a rather nice-looking Exynos-based system available in 11.6 and 13.3-inch variants. The catch? The launch was for the US market, and it's still not actually available there yet. Today we've seen a detailed product page for the Chromebook 2 added to Samsung's Canadian website, so we're expecting it'll make its way there soon, although the dealer locator seems to indicate that there aren't any stores currently stocking the device. A closer look Now that there's a full product listing, we've been able to glean some additional information from the... Continue reading