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HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google may eventually allow OEMs to customise Android Wear, Auto and TV

Google may eventually allow OEMs to customise Android Wear, Auto and TV

Android has spread. As head of Android, Sundar Pichai said in his blog post announcing Android Lollipop this morning ‘it’s designed to be shared’, but so far, Google hasn’t really shared access to Android Wear, or other upcoming Android platforms: TV or Auto, but that could change according to Google’s Vice President of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer. In an interview with Re/Code, Lockheimer has said that the reason for the initial lockdown was to ensure that Google had the basics right before allowing OEMs to customise these new platforms. The first company to show signs of customisation on Android Wear will[Read More...]

Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook has overnight, announced a new feature which has begun rolling out globally that will allow Facebook users to notify their friends and family, that you’re ok in the event of a natural disaster. The feature pushes so-called ‘Safety Check’ notifications to your Friends and Family when a natural disaster hits within area’s you’ve either come from, lived in or checked in at with friends or where you recently logged in from. The notifications will allow you to let friends and family know you’re safe, as well as check on others in the affected area and mark your friends and[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone recently announced that they had entered into a partnership with music streaming service: Spotify. While no specifics were mentioned it seems that the partnership has born fruit with a new deal being offered on the Vodafone branded ‘Smart 4 Mini’ phone. The deal offers the Smart 4 Mini, a Premium Spotify subscription and 2GB of Data for just $69. The Vodafone ‘Smart’ series of devices have been a bit of a huge success in the European market. But Vodafone has brought the Smart line to Australia to see what happens. Let’s be honest, spec wise, the Vodafone Smart 4[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

The Nexus 9 is one of the ‘true’ reference builds for Android Lollipop, given that it’s the first Nexus device to contain a 64-bit processor, thanks to the Nvidia Tegra K1 ‘Denver’ SoC at its heart. The tablet is supposed to be fast and it appears that someone has run the tablet through benchmark site Geekbench. The tablet scores a fairly impressive single core score of 1,903, which stacks up amazingly against a Galaxy Tab S at just 910. Primate Labs founder John Poole offered up a more compelling comparison, stating on Twitter that it puts it on par with[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 17, 2014 11 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Google by the numbers – Q3 2014 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q3 2014 earnings report

Hot on the heels of Android Lollipop and Nexus announcements yesterday, Google has today released their financial results for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The results are pretty good with consolidated revenues of $16.52 billion. As usual Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google ran the earnings call and summed up by saying : Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion. We continue to be excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses. $16.52 billion consolidated revenue for Q3, up 20% on Q3 2013. $$4.37 billion net income, up from[Read More...]

by 7:58 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments News
Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone is beginning to offer their ‘Smart’ line of Vodafone branded devices in Australia, beginning with their 3G enabled ‘Smart Tab 4 3G’. The tablet is a fairly mid-range device, which is now available on contract for as low as $45 per month, with a $3 per month tablet hardware repayment and 8GB of included data. There’s varying levels of contracts – all over the course of 24 months – available to choose from, with varying amounts of data included. Spec wise, the tablet which includes a 3G radio has some decent specs, including : 8” 1280×800 resolution WXGA IPS[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers
Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

A new low-end phone seems to be about to head to Telstra’s pre-paid mobile service with the Telstra Rush (T792) popping up on ZTE’s website. Telstra Rush (T792) isn’t going to set any benchmarks with its specs and it certainly can be classed as a very basic entry level device, but the surprise is that the device will be running Android 4.4.2 straight out of the box. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT Display (320 x 480) 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Adreno 302 GPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory expandable to 32GB via microSD 2MP rear camera only[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
VLC for Android updated with support for ARMv8 and Android-L hardware decoding

VLC for Android updated with support for ARMv8 and Android-L hardware decoding

Popular media player VLC is currently pushing an update to their Android app to Google Play. The updated version brings about some new updates (as well as fixes), including support for hardware decoding in Android-L, which we now know to be Lollipop. There’s also support for ARMv8 processors which adds 64-bit to the list of hardware features supported now by VLC. VLC have announced that this latest release – which updates the version from 0.9.9 to 0.9.10 – is the last stop before the open-source media player goes to a full version 1.0 release. This is supported by an update[Read More...]

by 6:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Apps
Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

After Google announced Android 5.0 – Lollipop, the first questions heard were: When is my device going to be updated? In these modern times, most of the OEMs have begun answering that question fairly quickly and this morning Sony has advised which of their phones will be receiving the update. Sony has advised that their ‘entire premium Z series’ line will see the Lollipop update. Sony specifically named : Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact[Read More...]

by 5:12 AM on October 17, 2014 15 comments OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Updated Chromecast possibly with 5GHz Wifi support stops by the FCC

Updated Chromecast possibly with 5GHz Wifi support stops by the FCC

Google announced the game changing Chromcast dongle over a year ago now, and it’s seen a massive turn around in fortunes for Google in the living room. With yesterdays announcement of the Nexus Player, most people though that was the end of it, but it appears that Google could be about to release an updated version of the low-cost HDMI dongle. Android Police have spotted the dongle on its way through the FCC, where it’s spilled some of the technical specs, including an updated model #. The device will be A4RH2G2-2A – the original is H2G2-42 – and will possibly[Read More...]

by 4:32 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Chromecast
Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Manufacturers are beginning to announce plans for their handsets, tablets and other devices now that Google has officially launched Android Lollipop. HTC and Motorola were quick to announce their plans and now Nvidia has announced that the newly announced Shield Tablet will receive the update as well. It’s not terribly surprising given the tablet is less than 2 months old, and the average life span for updates on an Android device is 18 months. Still, many Nvidia Shield owners will celebrate this tweet: Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. pic.twitter.com/yOGKRuOoRk — NVIDIA (@nvidia) October 16,[Read More...]

by 12:17 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony is one of the largest OEMs pro-actively promoting AOSP development for their phones and tablets, and today they’ve added two more devices to the list, adding the Xperia Z1 and Z2, and Xperia M2 to their AOSP for Xperia project on SonyXperiaDev GitHub. As well as adding support for the two new phones, Sony has also announced a new unified kernel for devices using the Qualcomm MSM8974 processor. Adding a unified kernel will make for more easier and faster mods for community developers. The unified kernel will be easier for ROM developers to work with as all kernel source[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, Phones