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Want an LG G3 that’s (sort of) made out of Gold? JB HiFi has one for you.

Want an LG G3 that’s (sort of) made out of Gold? JB HiFi has one for you.

From today we’re starting to see the arrival of LG G3 stock available in stores, both from carriers directly, and also in dealers such as JB HiFi. One intrepid Ausdroid editor spotted this in today’s JB HiFi catalogue; not only is the G3 now advertised as being available, but it’s also available in gold colour (which we had heard might not actually have been coming to Australia). It seems it’s here, and it’s available from JB HiFi on Telstra plans. $77 per month gets you the LG G3 in Gold on a Telstra $70 plan, which includes $700 worth of[Read More...]

by 8:45 PM on August 4, 2014 3 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom M7 Speaker — Review

Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom M7 Speaker — Review

Samsung’s making a big push this year with their Multiroom Audio products under the Samsung Sound name. We had a brief introduction to the products at their Smart TV launch in April, followed by a full launch event in May and an exclusive concert series over the next couple of months. It’s taken a bit of time for the review units to arrive on the Ausdroid test bench, but arrive they have! We’ve been checking out Samsung’s M7 speaker and a Multiroom Hub (which seems to be named “M2″ this week, and it’s time to share some thoughts. Revisit our[Read More...]

by 9:04 AM on August 4, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Reviews
Moto 360 renders remind us that with Android Wear the best is yet to come

Moto 360 renders remind us that with Android Wear the best is yet to come

Our recent poll showed that overwhelmingly, that while the G Watch and Gear Live are good enough for some, the vast majority of you, 67% to be exact are waiting for the Motorola Moto 360 to become available before jumping into Android Wear. Expert leaker Evan Blass, from @evleaks, who we had on the podcast this week, has put some multi-angle renders of the Moto 360 up on his site which remind us all just how good the Moto 360 looks and quite frankly, why if you’re after a great looking watch as well as the functionality of Android Wear,[Read More...]

by 3:21 AM on August 3, 2014 7 comments Android Wear
Software update for LG G Watch rolling out to address corrosion issue

Software update for LG G Watch rolling out to address corrosion issue

The exposed copper contacts on the rear of the LG G Watch have been causing some issues for some owners of the watch, with some owners reporting corrosion of the POGO pins. But a software update rolling out to the G Watch, is apparently addressing this. The corrosion of the pins is due to a galvanic process – a chemical reaction between two materials (Metals in this case) when voltage is run through an electrolyte (sweat). The update is said to address this issue by disabling the current while not charging. A commentor on Android Police provided the text of[Read More...]

by 2:35 AM on August 3, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Rumour: Google looking to offer customisable accessories for the Nexus 5

Rumour: Google looking to offer customisable accessories for the Nexus 5

Google has upped their game in the last year or so with accessories for Nexus devices. We’re a lot better off than we were, but it seems, it could get better. Android Police have published a rumour which shows Google could be about to launch a customisable accessory store offering cases and live wallpapers for the Nexus 5. Under the name ‘Workshop’, the accessory store rumour comes with pictures of the interface, which will apparently allow you to customise a case based on two types: Map with Me or Moments. Map with Me will be a location based option which[Read More...]

by 10:30 PM on August 2, 2014 3 comments Google Play, Rumours
Google updates Google Now Launcher – available to majority of Android phones now

Google updates Google Now Launcher – available to majority of Android phones now

Google has today opened up availability of their Google Now Launcher to the majority of Android handsets now operating in the market place. Previously available to Nexus and Google Play Experience devices only, the launcher is now available for any device running Android 4.1 or above. The Google Now launcher of course puts Google Now a mere swipe away from the main screen, which of course means with more people hopefully using Google Now, there will be more data for Google. This change in availability means that the Google Now launcher is available to almost 3/4 of the Android devices[Read More...]

by 9:25 PM on August 2, 2014 4 comments Apps, Google Services
Google Photos and Google+ Breaking Up

Google Photos and Google+ Breaking Up

Remember when Google dropped the AOSP Gallery app from their stock Android opting instead for the Photos app that is incorporated within Google+? Personally I thought it was annoying. Sometimes you want to go straight into the Photos app just for the purpose of viewing a photo and the Photos shortcut instead took you to Google+ where you then had to go into the menu and then scroll down to the bottom to find the shortcut to finally get into Photos. We all thought that Google wanted everyone to use Google+ to access any and all Google services, thereby increasing[Read More...]

by 7:45 PM on August 2, 2014 4 comments Google Services, News
Ausdroid Podcast 119 – Special guest, @evleaks

Ausdroid Podcast 119 – Special guest, @evleaks

Welcome to episode 119 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week’s podcast was graced with the presence of an extra voice, coming to us from the USA – Evan Blass, perhaps better known as @evleaks to the Internet at large. We managed to get past the language barrier and found we could all understand each other pretty well, then spent a while talking with Evan about his work and some rumoured upcoming devices. It seems that Samsung and Sony have new phones coming, and Motorola might have a NEXS device coming (hopefully you’ll all see what I did there). Evan suffers[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on August 2, 2014 1 comment Podcast
Samsung Tab S tablets now available via Optus

Samsung Tab S tablets now available via Optus

When Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab S range a little while ago, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they’d be available on a range of carrier repayment plans, and it seems that Optus has done just that today. Jason went hands on with a pre-release version of the 10.5″ variant of the Galaxy Tab S earlier in July 2014, and seemed to be pretty impressed with it. What makes the Tab S range so cool? This range is slim and light, reminiscent of the iPad Air. Power in a thin case. Multi-window functionality allows you to use more than[Read More...]

by 4:44 PM on August 1, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News, Tablets
Oppo N1 — Review

Oppo N1 — Review

Oppo is one of the ever increasing batch of “nearly there” brands who have some nice hardware, pretty acceptable software. The Oppo N1 is a solid phone which looks great and feels nice in your hand, but can a phone that’s 6 months old with no LTE connectivity at $689 (16GB, Colour OS version of the device) stand up in the current generation of flagship devices? Does Size Matter? The market as a whole is very accepting of phones in the 4.7 to 5.2 inch form factor, and sizes above that are met with scepticism and awarded “niche” status. This[Read More...]

by 2:51 PM on August 1, 2014 1 comment Design, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Alpha announcement pushed back and specs show up in Antutu

Samsung Galaxy Alpha announcement pushed back and specs show up in Antutu

After an August 4th announcement date was put forward yesterday, All About Samsung have apparently received some new information about the both the phone and the upcoming announcement of the new Ḿetal Samsung Galaxy Alpha. All About Samsung has received word that the announcement date for the Galaxy Alpha, has been pushed back till the 13th of August. This puts the announcement closer to the rumoured announcement date of the Note 4, which if previous years are any guide, will be announced at IFA in Germany in early September, something SamMobile posited yesterday was something Samsung was hoping to avoid.[Read More...]

by 11:04 AM on August 1, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

Entertainment Book has gone electronic – get your bargains in one place

If you like a bargain, then you’re probably intimately familiar with the yearly release of the ‘Entertainment Book’. If not, the Entertainment book is a book filled with coupons and vouchers for your area to get you discounts and freebies at restaurants and attractions in your area, and it’s now gone digital. The book costs around $55-$70 per year, depending on the area you live in. Generally the book contains a lot more value, so if you prudently use the vouchers, you’ll cover your costs back. While you can still just get the book, you will, if my experience is[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 1, 2014 2 comments Apps
ADB Console without the headaches of installation

ADB Console without the headaches of installation

I found this little gem hidden away in the Android Central Forums. A way to access ADB without the need to install the Android Developers SDK and without the headaches associated with getting that all running, installing the JDK, burning precious time and getting aggrevated simply to run the odd ADB command for the sake of speed or convenience. ADB Console, designed by one of the AC Forums regulars; works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 (although I’ve only tested on 8.1 personally) and is super easy to install as long as you have your phone drivers[Read More...]

by 9:50 AM on August 1, 2014 4 comments Apps, News