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Google is adding links to install apps from Google Play directly into your mobile search results

Google is adding links to install apps from Google Play directly into your mobile search results

4:00 pm on January 19, 2016 in Google Play and Services

Google is playing with their search results again, this time introducing a way to install apps for Android directly from Google Play just by doing a Google Search for them. First pointed out by Android Police based on a tip, the results are fairly clear for everyone to see, search for an app which is in Google Play – paid[Read More…]

Rumour: HTC might be getting back into the Nexus phone game in 2016

Rumour: HTC might be getting back into the Nexus phone game in 2016

3:32 pm on January 19, 2016 in Phones, Rumours
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It’s early days in 2016, but already there’s 2016 Nexus phone rumours, this time pointing at the maker of the original Nexus: HTC. According to a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, from someone apparently with a history of ‘good’ leaks, the struggling Taiwanese phone and electronics manufacturer will work with Google to release two Nexus phones this year.[Read More…]

New diagram all but confirms new LG G5 to debut at MWC 2016

New diagram all but confirms new LG G5 to debut at MWC 2016

12:54 pm on January 19, 2016 in Phones, Rumours
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There’s been a steady stream of rumours about LG, Samsung and others leading up to MWC 2016, but nothing especially concrete — that is, until now. We’ve heard that LG is planning on going head to head with Samsung this year, releasing their 2016 flagship in February rather than later in the year, and for us this is definitely a[Read More…]

Rumour: Huawei possibly to expand into the hybrid tablet market?

Rumour: Huawei possibly to expand into the hybrid tablet market?

11:03 am on January 19, 2016 in Rumours, Tablets
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Based on reports coming from Chinese blogging platform Weibo the internet is abuzz with rumours today that not only is Huawei looking at entering the every more crowded convertible PC market but that they will be doing so with a dual boot Windows 10/ Android machine. The details are a little thin on the ground, however, this is not the[Read More…]

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Inbox adds easy photo sharing to the web interface

Inbox adds easy photo sharing to the web interface

10:58 am on January 19, 2016 in Google Play and Services, News
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Inbox has changed the way that many of us deal with email; the ability to “one touch” snooze emails and have them reappear when you want or need to deal with them is a truly outstanding feature. Deleting or dismissing groups of emails is another fine feature, but file sharing has been a bit different since Google Photos came in[Read More…]

Oppo’s R7s is now available in Australia at $529

Oppo’s R7s is now available in Australia at $529

9:46 am on January 19, 2016 in Other News, Phones
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Oppo’s newest phone, the R7s, launches in Australia today. It’ll be available online from Oppo’s website soon and is already available at Dick Smith Electronics stores (and online) for $529. For that price you’re getting a competitive set of specs as the phone enters the mid-range battleground. The R7s continues Oppo’s well-regarded R-series design pedigree, first seen in the super-slim[Read More…]

Sony will have a press event at Mobile World Congress

Sony will have a press event at Mobile World Congress

8:15 am on January 19, 2016 in Other News

With CES now behind us, the next big show on the tech and indeed mainly the mobile calendar is Mobile World Congress which kicks off next month in Barcelona, Spain. Though they won’t be joining the expected announcements from the likes of Samsung, HTC and Huawei – who are still yet to announce their MWC press events, prior to the[Read More…]

WhatsApp will drop the subscription model and won’t introduce ads.

WhatsApp will drop the subscription model and won’t introduce ads.

7:48 am on January 19, 2016 in Apps and Games

Popular messaging service, WhatsApp, has announced this morning that they will be dropping their 99c subscription fee. With almost a billion users, the now Facebook owned messaging service has the numbers to be profitable on the 99c subscription fee alone, but from today, the service will forever more be free – and free of ads according to their announcement. The[Read More…]

Ausdroid Podcast 152 – High-Grade Astro Turf

Ausdroid Podcast 152 – High-Grade Astro Turf

7:46 am on January 18, 2016 in Podcast

Welcome to episode 152 of the Ausdroid podcast! It’s the first episode of 2016, and what a doozy to kick it off! This year was Ausdroid’s first time attending CES, and Jason’s returned to tell us all about it, complete with a slight hint of nerd flu in the form of a croaky voice, which only really gets worse as[Read More…]

Google Drive update makes it easier to organise your files

Google Drive update makes it easier to organise your files

7:28 pm on January 17, 2016 in Google Play and Services, News
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Google have some outstanding products available to consumers and Google Drive; their collaborative workspace is certainly one of them. Despite being a very strong product in the market the progress and development of the product is not static, heavy users will often note a tweak here or an unexplained performance increase there… One of the most recent additions to their[Read More…]

Give your Nexus 5X a new lease on life with a new ROM

Give your Nexus 5X a new lease on life with a new ROM

2:29 pm on January 16, 2016 in Modding, Phones
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So you’ve purchased a Nexus 5X and you’ve found (like many of us) that the performance is significantly lacking and steadily gets worse as time goes on. Never fear, there is a way to get that new phone feeling again and gain some performance by replacing the stock ROM with a custom ROM and there’s a few options to choose[Read More…]

How to unlock your Nexus 5X bootloader

How to unlock your Nexus 5X bootloader

12:35 pm on January 16, 2016

So you (like me) bought a Nexus 5X and over time have become disheartened with the software performance of the device; it’s quite likely that lag and/or the deplorable camera performance are featuring in your issues with the device. Take heart, there is a path to that new phone feeling again and the first steps are going to be to[Read More…]

LG to take on Samsung directly with G5 launch at MWC 2016

LG to take on Samsung directly with G5 launch at MWC 2016

7:23 am on January 16, 2016 in News, Phones, Rumours
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Last year we couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed that LG didn’t launch their 2015 flagship at MWC, and though it was a brilliant contender, it felt like it lost a bit of steam as compared with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 range which launched in March, ahead of LG’s April/May launch. This year, we know that LG is holding an event[Read More…]

Opinion: The Nexus 5X, and why it is considered by some to be a huge disappointment

Opinion: The Nexus 5X, and why it is considered by some to be a huge disappointment

9:08 pm on January 15, 2016 in Opinion and Editorial, Phones
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When Nexus time comes around in the latter half of each year, it’s a special place for real lovers of Android; we get to see the vision that Google (and its partner manufacturers) have for Android in the coming months. In fact, it’s an exciting time of year for us, and 2015 was no different. The rumours proved correct, and[Read More…]

Pocket Weather 5 brings Material Design

Pocket Weather 5 brings Material Design

4:15 pm on January 15, 2016 in Apps and Games, News
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We’re quite lucky at Ausdroid, often being privy to information before public release and treated to an early look at apps and for the last couple of months we’ve been doing just that on Shifty Jelly’s updated version of Pocket Weather. The update brings a massive visual change and the app comes into line with the Material Design update (which[Read More…]