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Rumour: HTC Nexus 9 to launch October 15th for US$399

Rumour: HTC Nexus 9 to launch October 15th for US$399

October is definitely Nexus season and the rumours are flying thick and fast. Specs, launch and release dates and now prices are being thrown around, with Bright Side of News reporting all four pieces of information have been confirmed by their source. According to BSN, the HTC built Nexus 9 will be announced on the 15th of October, before becoming available on the 3rd of November in Google Play (no mention of international availability). BSN do mention the tablet will go on-sale in Bricks & Mortar stores, which would presumably be in the US, although Australia saw quite a run[Read More...]

by 8:57 AM on October 11, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets
Oppo N3 set for launch on October 29th in three colours

Oppo N3 set for launch on October 29th in three colours

The Oppo N3 has been teased by Oppo over the last couple of months in the lead up to the October 29th unveiling in Singapore, now the colour choices for the phone have been leaked, and there’s some vibrant options. As well as the Cyan option shown above, there will also be a Pink and ‘White’ option as well, although the white is very silver in reality if the colour matches the Oppo N1. The last render of the Oppo N3 we saw also carried a dual white/silver colour scheme as well. As you can see the renders quite closely[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 11, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Bose Quiet Comfort 25 — Review

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 — Review

Bose is known as a leading sound brand, usually near the top of the list near companies like Sennheiser, Sony, AKG and Audio Technica. Their approach to products is clear; the best user experience they can give is their goal, the best audio quality is what they expect and (from their own website) “good enough is merely a starting point”. Having been fortunate enough to own some seriously good headphone hardware for a number of years now, I’m not particularly easy to impress with headphones but these headphones impressed me. Hardware There’s only so far any headphone manufacturer can take[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on October 10, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
Dell Venue 8 now available to order in Australia

Dell Venue 8 now available to order in Australia

Dell is a pretty big deal in the IT space, they sell massive amounts of hardware to Enterprise and consumer level customers. But, by and large, it’s been Windows based hardware, from laptops and desktops to servers and even tablets, but a new kid has arrived on the Dell website, with the Dell Venue 8, running Android 4.4. It’s not the simply gorgeous Dell Venue 8 7000 which cropped up back at the Intel Developer Forum, but it’s a pretty nice looking tablet. There’s a nice fingerprint resistant backing on the rear and they’ve boosted the sound quality by using[Read More...]

by 1:15 PM on October 10, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Report: Google will launch the Nexus 6 this month

Report: Google will launch the Nexus 6 this month

The Nexus bandwagon is well and truly underway, the specs are just about ‘confirmed’, we’ve apparently seen the device in the wild, now all that’s left is a release date, pricing and reviewing it. The Wall Street Journal has apparently got some inside information on the launch which they say will happen this month. There’s actually not much to the report, except really to say that the phone will launch this month. It’s not really new information as we’ve been hearing rumblings of this for some time. The current rumour is that the phone will be announced this month (October[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on October 10, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is an Android tablet with an integrated projector

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is an Android tablet with an integrated projector

Ok Lenovo, you’ve piqued the interest of the internet. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Beam with a built in pico-projector didn’t quite float everyone’s boat, offering a dull, battery sapping projector on a fairly non-descript phone, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro could be something special. The Yoga Tablet 2 offers a built-in projector which will offer you two ways to watch a film, either on a 13.3″ QHD (2560×1440) resolution display or switch on the integrated projector to view the 50″ projected image. To complement the 50″ projector the tablet also includes 8W JBL Speakers and an integrated sub-woofer. The tablet[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on October 10, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HTC One E8 — Review

HTC One E8 — Review

As HTC’s flagship efforts have intensified on their hardware design, the premium attached to that design has seen the purchase price of the phones go up. The One (M8) left consumers with little change out of $1000, owing to its head-turning aluminium body and fancy UltraPixel follow-up, the Duo Camera. If you’re a fan of HTC, you didn’t really have much of a choice other than to get on board. What if HTC had another option up its sleeve, though? A One that come in with much the same hardware – all the important bits, anyway – but sacrificed the[Read More...]

by 12:34 PM on October 10, 2014 7 comments Design, Reviews
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