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Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and updated Developer Preview images for Nexus 5 & 7 coming

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and updated Developer Preview images for Nexus 5 & 7 coming

Now that Android Lollipop is out in the open, the time has come to get your hands on the actual software. Of course owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7(2013) have had the ability to run the Android L developer Preview since it launched after Google I/O, but there will be updates coming soon according to the Android Developers Google+ account. The Android 5.0 SDK, as well as updated Nexus 5 and 7 images will be made available this Friday in the US (Saturday for us here in Australia). What build of Android Lollipop will be supplied for the[Read More...]

by 5:53 AM on October 16, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Phones, Tablets
Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 US pricing announced

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 US pricing announced

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are now official. We know the specs and we know that they will be arriving in Google Play for pre-order in the coming days and weeks -at least in the US. We’re also now aware of how much the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be, at least in the US and from the looks of it, the days of cheaply priced Nexus phones and tablets are over. Pricing Summary Device Variant US Price Est. AU price  Nexus 6 32GB  $649 $738  64GB  $699 $795  Nexus 9  16GB WiFi  $399  $454  32GB WiFi  $479  $545[Read More...]

by 5:43 AM on October 16, 2014 39 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Tablets
Android Lollipop Lawn statue is finally unveiled

Android Lollipop Lawn statue is finally unveiled

After trolling followers and Android fans for the past week with mentions of Liquorice, Giovanni Calabrese from the Themendous, the makers of the Android Lawn Statues in front of Building 44 at the Googleplex in Mountain View has finally been able to show off his Android Lollipop statue. The statue is not an Android shaped lollipop, instead it’s an Android Bugdroid holding a lollipop. The unveiling was captured in this shaky-cam video which will be replaced once the official Google unveiling video is released. As promised, here is the updated official unveiling video of the Android Lollipop lawn statue at[Read More...]

by 5:11 AM on October 16, 2014 0 comments Other
Meet Google’s new Nexus family: Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

Meet Google’s new Nexus family: Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

Google has just announced the latest members of its Nexus family, the Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola, Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC and surprised us all with the first Android TV device – the Nexus Player made by Asus. Each of the new devices runs Google’s new Android 5.0, finally officially christened “Lollipop”. Click here check out our Android Lollipop coverage. Google is embracing colour choice options from the beginning this year, with the Nexus 6 available in blue and white, and the Nexus 9 available in black, white or gold (sand). Each device has a black bezel[Read More...]

by and 4:58 AM on October 16, 2014 27 comments Android TV, Phones, Tablets
Lollipop is here – Google concludes the Android L Mascot audition process

Lollipop is here – Google concludes the Android L Mascot audition process

Google has had some fun over the last day, teasing us yesterday morning with the Android L mascot audition video. Today, with the launch and official naming of Android L as Android 5.0 – Lollipop, we get the sequel which shows the winning lollipop. Google ends with a nod to a bid by Indian Android enthusiast to have the L version of Android named after a dessert popular on the sub-continent, called Ladoo by saying ‘Ladoo, stay delicious’. There’s no sign of Lamington, so we now move on to ensuring that Android P is Pavlova. Google has also released this[Read More...]

by 4:50 AM on October 16, 2014 1 comment Other
Motorola advises which of their phones will receive Android Lollipop

Motorola advises which of their phones will receive Android Lollipop

With the announcement of Android 5.0 – Lollipop barely made, Motorola quickly announced which of their devices will receive this latest version of Android. The good news is, if you’ve purchased a Motorola device in the last year, you will be happy. As expected, Motorola will of course update their latest handsets, the second generation Moto X (2014) and Moto G (2014). The original Moto X, Moto G (including the Moto G with 4G LTE) and the Moto E will also get the Android 5.0 update. A couple of US-only Motorola phones, the Motorola Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid[Read More...]

by 4:34 AM on October 16, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google Announces Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ – new features galore

Google Announces Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ – new features galore

Google has just announced the new version of Android, confirming the next version of Android will be version 5.0 and will be named Lollipop. They’ve also announced that there will be three new pieces of hardware that run the new version of Android and announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player – an Android TV device. Click here to check out our coverage of the new Nexus family. Android 5.0 Lollipop Announced back at Google I/O as ‘Android L’ and previewed over the last couple of months on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) in a[Read More...]

by 4:19 AM on October 16, 2014 9 comments OS Update
After using the characters in their latest commercials, Google updates Androidify to V2.0

After using the characters in their latest commercials, Google updates Androidify to V2.0

We’ve all had fun creating our own custom Android characters with Androidify, we’ve even seen Google use them in their latest commercials – one of which apparently showed off the Nexus 6. Google has updated the app to version 2.0 and there’s a heap of new accessories and fashion items, as well as sharing options and animations to check out. The app is pretty different to when we last used it, so if you haven’t installed it for a while it’s time to check it out again. There’s a whole heap of new accessories, like phones, (Android Wear) watches and[Read More...]

by 2:54 AM on October 16, 2014 1 comment Apps
Opinion: Why the OnePlus has run out of time

Opinion: Why the OnePlus has run out of time

The OnePlus One was launched earlier this year amidst some very grandiose ideas from OnePlus, it would ‘Never Settle’, including only the best hardware and software. OnePlus quickly went after the Android enthusiasts as a great way to market their phone, promising that rooting would not void warranty, although running CyanogenMod 11S (CM11S) software would mostly negate the need to root. It sounded great in theory and promised to sell by the truckload but now it seems that it may be too late for them. The OnePlus One seems to have been quite a success story so far: the forums[Read More...]

by and 10:02 PM on October 15, 2014 18 comments News, Opinion
Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile has opened up their pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their website, offering the handset in the traditional Black and White colour options. The handset is available for $5 per month on their $80 plan, which includes unlimited calls and texts within Australia and $150 of included calls and text to international numbers. The $80 plan also includes 4GB of Data + a bonus 2GB, making for a whopping 6GB of mobile data per month. If the $80 plan isn’t within your current budget, Virgin Mobile offer plans starting as low as $30 per month. Until[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

PSA: Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, but passwords may be compromised

There’s been a lot of headlines on tech sites over the last couple of days about Dropbox, the popular cloud-based storage service, claiming that it’s been hacked. According to reports, up to 6.9 million Dropbox usernames and passwords have been compromised, and a handful were leaked online in a pastebin post, with the alleged hacker soliciting “donations” to encourage additional leaks. While Dropbox was little slow off the mark to respond – presumably wanting to confirm that their systems remain secure and untouched by unauthorised parties – the company yesterday released a denial: Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was[Read More...]

by and 2:11 PM on October 15, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
OK Google, here’s what I want to see in an updated Android Wear

OK Google, here’s what I want to see in an updated Android Wear

Google’s due to deliver a big update to Android Wear in the coming weeks, supposedly bringing it up to the Android L code base and adding a number of new features like GPS and Bluetooth audio support. With that in mind, I thought it was time to highlight some things I’d like to see tackled in Google’s nascent wearable operating system – hopefully before it starts to grow too big. Hopefully there’s a few Googlers listening and ready to devote some attention to addressing these issues. Messaging and Hangouts As Google’s made Hangouts its standard app for both SMS and[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on October 15, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Discussions, Opinion
Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus has opened pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in store and online, in black and white colours. Optus’ big incentive for customers signing up for a Note 4 on a new contract is $0 upfront on an $80 month plan (that also gets you an extra 2GB of data, bringing it to 5GB/month until November 2). On that plan (a 2-year contract), your Note 4 and two years of service comes to $1920. Remember, if you’re switching to Optus from another carrier you could be eligible for up to $450 credit to ease the transition and early termination[Read More...]

by 10:55 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments Carriers, Deal, Manufacturer