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New Material Design version of Google Play is hitting the web now

New Material Design version of Google Play is hitting the web now

The release of Android L is imminent, which means Google is finalising updates to their apps and Android as a whole to prepare the way. The latest update to begin hitting devices is the updated Google Play for Android which has begun rolling out to devices now. We saw a look at the newer Material Design look of Google Play last month, when Android Police managed to get their hands on it early. The update has a few new touches, including a new icon which flattens the familiar shopping bag icon. There’s more changes which are bubbling up as we[Read More...]

by 12:07 PM on October 10, 2014 1 comment Google Play, News
Cars: Fast as Lightning from Gameloft burns rubber on its way into Google Play

Cars: Fast as Lightning from Gameloft burns rubber on its way into Google Play

Cars is one of Pixars biggest lines, it’s an absolute smash hit with the kids and Gameloft has partnered up to release Cars: Fast as Lightning, a new game based in the town of Radiator Springs. In this new game, you’re going to race characters from the Cars universe, which means you’ll be hearing some familar voice talent including Owen Wilson reprising his role as Lightning McQueen. You’ll race cars, build race tracks by incorporating stunts and scenery as well as upgrade your cars throughout the game. The racing isn’t exactly challenging, it’s a matter of holding down the accelerator[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 10, 2014 4 comments Apps
Ausdroid Podcast 124 – doubling down on double exposure

Ausdroid Podcast 124 – doubling down on double exposure

Welcome to episode 124 of the Ausdroid podcast! We spent some time talking about the phones we’re using this week, because we don’t do it enough. Dan told us about his Android One, Scott’s still using his OnePlus One and Jason’s been taking the Xperia Z3 Compact out for a spin. News? We covered HTC’s Double Exposure event, the latest Nexus news and rumours, Chrome OS developments and a brief chat about 9Jumpin. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: HTC RE Camera HTC Desire Eye Nexus 9 poses for the camera Nexus 6 stays in the news[Read More...]

by 10:59 AM on October 10, 2014 0 comments Podcast
Lenovo launches the Yoga Tablet 2 with Android

Lenovo launches the Yoga Tablet 2 with Android

Overnight, Lenovo has launched a follow-up to their Yoga tablet series launching the Yoga Tablet 2 with Android. They also launched some Windows tablets, one of which includes a projector,, but it’s the Android side of things we’re looking at. The Yoga Tablet 2 was launched in 8″ and 10″ form factors, however Lenovo Australia will only be bringing the 10″ variant to Australia. The tablet again offers the ‘Yoga’ form factors with Stand Mode, Hold Mode and Tilt Mode, but introduces a new ‘Hang’ mode which allows you to use the tablet in the kitchen or other places hanging[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on October 10, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HP gives new tablet and notebook customers a year of free Wi-Fi from iPass

HP gives new tablet and notebook customers a year of free Wi-Fi from iPass

HP has announced a partnership with iPass to give customers buying new tablet and notebook customers a year of free access to the company’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots. In Australia, iPass operates Wi-Fi hotspots mainly in hotels in capital cities, but in the US they operate in several fast food and coffee chains. For comparison, we have a little over 50 hotspots each in Sydney and Melbourne, while New York has around 3,000 and London has over 6,000. If you travel overseas – or like hanging out in hotel lobbies – this could be a good deal for you, and[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on October 10, 2014 0 comments Deal, Manufacturer
HTC One M8 Eye shows up in China with 13MP Rear Camera

HTC One M8 Eye shows up in China with 13MP Rear Camera

When HTC held their ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York yesterday, there were rumours circulating that an updated HTC One M8 would be launched with a 13MP ‘Duo Camera’ included in the phone. We were introduced to the HTC Desire Eye, but the One M8 Eye appears to be real, at least according to a listing on HTC China’s website. Priced at 3,999 Yuan (About AU$744), the HTC One M8 Eye is essentially the same as the HTC One M8, at least in design, but packs a 13MP camera on the rear. There’s mention of some sort of 3D imaging[Read More...]

by 7:21 AM on October 10, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google introduces Interactive Polls for Google+

Google introduces Interactive Polls for Google+

There was some excitement yesterday, as newly installed Google+ head, Dave Besbris announced on Google+ yesterday that he was ‘Looking forward to tomorrow.’ before adding ‘This should be fun. :)’. We now know what he was excited about, with Google announcing a new Poll system for Google+. The polling service is a result of their purchase of Polar announced last month, which Google said they would shut down by 2015. But never fear because taking polls on Google+ isn’t going anywhere. You can now insert polls into your Google+ stream on the web, with Android support rolling out over the[Read More...]

by 7:10 AM on October 10, 2014 0 comments Google Services
Google brings a new Hangouts app to ChromeOS and Chrome

Google brings a new Hangouts app to ChromeOS and Chrome

Hangouts on Chrome, or even ChromeOS has been a little janky to say the least, but this morning it gets a whole lot better with a new Chrome App for ChromeOS and Chrome for Windows. The new app is a compact looking arrangement of ‘chat-head’ style bubbles which you can reposition around your screen. The new app gives you all the functionality of Hangouts you love without it taking over your whole desktop. It operates over the top of your browser in ChromeOS, allowing you to drag and drop the app at any place on your screen. Messages pop-up and[Read More...]

by 6:53 AM on October 10, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, ChromeOS
Google adds PayPal to list of payment options in Google Play for Australia

Google adds PayPal to list of payment options in Google Play for Australia

Back in May, Google announced that they would be adding PayPal to the list of ways you could pay for items in Google Play. Unfortunately at the time, just 12 countries made it into the list, but Australia wasn’t one of them. Today, Google has updated their support page and added a further six countries and Australia is at the top of the list. Google Play customers in Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden will also have the option as well. The option to use PayPal should show up under ‘Payment Options’ when you go to purchase items in[Read More...]

by 9:48 PM on October 9, 2014 3 comments Google Play
Ausdroid Podcast 124 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 124 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/Xsc2ErXm0_0 Welcome to episode 124 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Nexus HTC and more!

by 8:00 PM on October 9, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Redditor claims to have had hands-on time with Nexus 6 – confirms 5.9″ screen and CPU details

Redditor claims to have had hands-on time with Nexus 6 – confirms 5.9″ screen and CPU details

The Nexus 6 is coming soon and it’s apparently in the hands of some carrier staff, with a user on reddit claiming to have had hands-on time with the device. He’s posted screenshots of the CPUID screenshots from the phone on Twitter as proof and is answering questions – vaguely, so as not to out his friend – on the reddit thread. The redditor – lk182 – has shared the CPUID shots on his Twitter feed under the user name @r0fl, and if you’re to believe the screenshots, the phone will have a 2.6GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU with Adreno 420[Read More...]

by 7:50 PM on October 9, 2014 17 comments Phones, Rumours
Nine Entertainment Co “Jumps In” to Android with the 9Jumpin catch-up TV app

Nine Entertainment Co “Jumps In” to Android with the 9Jumpin catch-up TV app

After launching on iOS last year, Nine Entertainment has finally taken its place in the Android catch-up TV space with the launch of the 9Jumpin app for Android phones and tablets. The 9Jumpin app offers streaming TV shows on demand from Channel 9, Go and GEM with homegrown shows like Big Brother, The Voice and The Block, as well as overseas properties like Arrow, Survivor, Ellen, and Mike and Molly. You’ll also find a lot of Thunderbirds episodes there, which you won’t find us complain about, along with a good selection of cartoons like Batman: The Brave and the Bold,[Read More...]

by and 6:26 PM on October 9, 2014 4 comments News
Ausdroid Podcast 124 – LIVE tonight at 9pm AEDT

Ausdroid Podcast 124 – LIVE tonight at 9pm AEDT

Join us tonight at 9pm AEDT for the Ausdroid Podcast! Jason, Dan and Scott will be talking all things Nexus, REHTC and more! We’ll have the usual live chat going on the site, and the broadcast will start at 9pm. Also: it’s daylight savings time in NSW now, so be sure you’re coming along at the right time – that’s 9pm Sydney time!

by 4:04 PM on October 9, 2014 0 comments News