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LG Announce the 10in G Pad

LG Announce the 10in G Pad

Several weeks ago LG announced the arrival of the 7″ G Pad across Europe with other versions set to arrive in the coming weeks. Today it is the 10.1in versions turn. LG have today announced the global launch of the 10.1in G-Pad. Once again LG are maintaining the premise that the tablet is a multimedia device although the relatively low end specs may make it difficult to play 3D graphic-intensive games fluidly. On the other hand they may just mean it is good for watching movies and that’s it. The LG G Pad 10.1 is perfect for on-the-go media consumption[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on July 7, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Android Flavoured Nokia Lumia Rumoured To Be On The Way

Android Flavoured Nokia Lumia Rumoured To Be On The Way

Nokia may have been purchased by Microsoft but it seems that they are not content with their Android-powered phones already out there in the wild. Earlier this year Dan reviewed the Nokia X and he found it to be, well, inept. The low end offering from Nokia hardly set worlds alight in any category. Today prolific leaker Evan Blass, aka @Evleaks, has tweeted about the existence of an Android-powered Nokia Lumia. Big news: Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia by Microsoft – http://t.co/KKLstDDVVO — @evleaks (@evleaks) July 7, 2014 While it seems to be far fetched it should not be dismissed[Read More...]

by 8:29 PM on July 7, 2014 2 comments News
Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

The introduction of Chromecast to Australia primarily saw us concentrate on the obvious ‘Big’ names, like Foxtel, ABC, Quickflix and of course the other on-demand options available on Android. While that’s all well and good, there is a lot of media out there which is stored on our PC’s which you may want to ‘cast’ to your TV, and Australian company Conceiva can help you with their UPnP and DLNA streaming software Mezzmo. Mezzmo works by running a server on your Windows Server, PC or Laptop. It transcodes your videos, music and photos stored on your system on-the-fly to your[Read More...]

by 3:59 PM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Apps, Chromecast
Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

2013 was a good year for Sony. After spending several years trying to get it right, the Xperia Z finally had people talking about them in the same breath as industry leaders like Samsung and HTC. The phone’s premium design with quality internals ensured popularity with power users, and it brought features like waterproof and dustproof into the mainstream – a feature on which Sony was genuinely ahead of the curve. Not one to rest on their laurels, Sony followed up the Xperia Z almost immediately with the Xperia Z1 in the latter half of the year, throwing a 20.7MP[Read More...]

by 11:59 AM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Design, News, Reviews
Waiting for Android Wear today? So are we!

Waiting for Android Wear today? So are we!

Are you waiting for some new gadgetry to arrive today? Are you patiently refreshing the Aramex or Toll Priority tracking pages, waiting for the knock at the door? While the Moto 360 won’t be arriving today, a good many are likely to receive Samsung Gear Lives or LG G Watches today, and I think it’s fair to say we’re all pretty excited. Have you received yours yet? Are you sitting by the front door still? Let us know in the comments below where you are (suburb-wise perhaps?) and whether your new toy has arrived yet. None of ours have arrived[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on July 7, 2014 48 comments Android Wear, News
Win a OnePlus One Invite!

Win a OnePlus One Invite!

We know there’s been a lot of excitement about the OnePlus One; we’ve seen it in the comments, and the positive reception of all the coverage we’ve had thus far. Well, we’ve also had a OnePlus One to review, and we’ll be posting that review soon… but if you can’t wait, why not win a OnePlus One for yourself? Ausdroid has three — that’s right, three — invite codes to give away. Each invite will allow the redemption of one 64GB Sandstone Black Oneplus one. Pretty cool, huh? These things are almost like hen’s teeth, and if you’d like to[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on July 7, 2014 18 comments
Google’s Project Tango tablet is coming to consumers next year

Google’s Project Tango tablet is coming to consumers next year

Google’s ATAP team functions under the lead of Regina Dugan, who has referred to her Advanced Technology and Projects team as “a small band of pirates trying to do cool shit,” – took to the stage to talk and show off a few slightly more ambitious things at Google I/O and gave us some updates on Project Tango. Project Tango is the overarching name for smartphones and tablets that are equipped with incredible cameras and sensors that allow them to see and map the world around them in 3D. Google will be partnering with LG to build a consumer model[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 7, 2014 3 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, News
Want to remember things occasionally? Google Now to the rescue

Want to remember things occasionally? Google Now to the rescue

Do you want to be reminded to do something, but not every day, every week, or on a fixed schedule? Well, if you’re a fan of Google Now, you’re now able to set occasional reminders. What kind of things might you want to do occasionally? Clean the house. Wash the car. Walk the dog. Simply tell Google Now to “remind me” to do something, and you’ll have the option for an occasional reminder. There’s a bit of magic behind the scenes here; we don’t know exactly what kind of schedule Google’s using for this, but reportedly it’s around two or[Read More...]

by 7:43 AM on July 7, 2014 2 comments Google Services, News
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, your quiet patience is being rewarded with owners advising that they are beginning to receive the Android 4.4 update for their handsets over the air now. The update is to Android 4.4.2 to be precise and the Over-The-Air update is clocking in at 498.38MB. What does the update bring? Well, just as Galaxy S5 owners gained the ability to change their dock icons in their update back in June, this latest update brings the same functionality.KitKat There’s also a few fixes, including one for NFC, some updated Samsung applications, UI improvements,0 bug fixes,[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on July 6, 2014 10 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones

Control everything from your wrist? Yep, why not.

American Android fan-site Android Police has posted the above video showing how, with a few simple apps on your Android, you can control all measure of things around your home. Developer Doug Gregory can be seen operating his lamp by giving commands to his Gear Live. Equally, the lamp can be controlled by swiping on the display, with the background even indicating whether the light is working or not. Later on, we see the same gestures and methods of control being used to control … his garage door! This is probably a fairly extreme example, but we’re looking forward to[Read More...]

by 5:50 PM on July 6, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, News
Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Perhaps custom watch faces aren’t really your thing. Perhaps you’d like to regale your Twitter followers with nothing more than a voice command to your wrist? Well, wait no(t much) longer; while Twitter is yet to port their app to the Android Wear platform, a third party developer has released an app called Bunting to meet your needs. Bunting works fairly simply; install the app on your phone, and sign in to your desired Twitter account. Once you’re in, you can use a simple ‘Ok Google’ command to send your tweet. Check it out in the video below: I’m sure it[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Waiting for Android Wear tomorrow? Choose some watchfaces

Waiting for Android Wear tomorrow? Choose some watchfaces

If you’re like some of us, you might be anxiously waiting for your brand new Android Wear device to arrive as early as tomorrow. Android Wear ships with a select few number of watch faces built in, but (just like the Pebble in this regard) it’s possible to install third-party watch faces that might meet your needs better than the built in options. While it will take some time for developers to flood the Play Store with a wide range of watch faces, there’s already some starting to appear. Sadly, the first ones to arrive on the Play Store are (frankly)[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on July 6, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps, News
Griffin Survivor case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Griffin Survivor case for Samsung Galaxy S5

One of the privileges (if you can call it that) of retaining Ausdroid’s Galaxy S5 in my office is that I get to play with accessories that get sent through for one of the year’s most popular Android devices. Last week, Griffin sent me a Survivor case (you can see it above, albeit on a Galaxy S3) designed for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and I thought I’d take it out of the box and have a little play. We’ve previously looked at tough cases from OtterBox in the past, but I think it’s fair to say this case from Griffin[Read More...]

by 9:23 AM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Accessories, News