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Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google announced support for GPS and on-device music playback paired with Bluetooth headset compatibility and downloadable watchfaces last month. Google today started pushing out an update to their companion app this morning which looks to be paving the way for the update. With the big Android Wear update rumoured to begin hitting Android Wear devices in the middle of this month, so rolling out the update now allows for some time to iron out any bugs. Android Police have done an initial look into the new app, which from an initial look appears to support the idea that the update[Read More...]

by 12:05 PM on October 8, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Woolworths offering deals for purchasing Google Play Gift Cards

Woolworths offering deals for purchasing Google Play Gift Cards

Since Google released Gift Cards in Australia, we’ve seen them slowly expand availablity to more stores, and we’ve seen some deals starting to show up. This week Woolworths is running a deal if you want to purchase some Google Play Gift Cards. In this weeks Woolworths catalogue, you’ll find an offer for $10 off your shopping when you purchase $50 worth of Google Play Gift Cards. The offer runs from the 8th of October till the 14th of October and you’ll need to scan your Everyday Rewards card to get the $10 off. The $10 off offer will then be[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on October 8, 2014 9 comments Deal, Google Play
HTC confirms wearable plans, coming at some stage next year

HTC confirms wearable plans, coming at some stage next year

Will they, won’t they? HTC was named as a hardware partner when Google first launched the platform all the way back in March, alongside Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung but while the others have at least announced their smartwatch, HTC has so far remained quiet on their plans. That has now changed with Jason Mackenzie and Drew Bamford from HTC America talking to Re/Code about their plans. HTC is definitely working on a wearable, that much is now clear, despite rumours to the contrary.Mr Mackenzie, the head of HTC America, said We had originally planned to have a wearable launch[Read More...]

by 11:03 AM on October 8, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
Oneplus One update: Claims to fix touchscreen issues

Oneplus One update: Claims to fix touchscreen issues

The Oneplus One by Cyanogen has been something of a success story; Labelling themselves as the 2014 “Flagship Killer” with people waiting months to get their hands on an invite, but there’s a dark side to jumping onboard a startup train. Bugs… quite a few of them if I’m brutally honest, both Scott and I have one and we’re both of the honest opinion that this is not a daily driver for the average punter. It’s a late Beta at best currently, but there’s good news in the latest update that was posted on the Oneplus Forums yesterday. The OTA[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 8, 2014 7 comments News
LG G Watch R arriving in South Korea this week

LG G Watch R arriving in South Korea this week

When LG announced the G Watch R in August at IFA it was said to be arriving in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Wall Street Journal then came across information that suggested that October would be the month of release. Now LG Korea have officially announced via their Korean website that the G Watch R will be officially released there on the 14th of October. Not only have LG announced the date but they have also mentioned the price, 352,000 KRW. This, if directly translated into Australian dollars is around the $370 mark, but expect a little Australia tax[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on October 7, 2014 3 comments News
Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is no longer the flagship phone for Samsung, but the phone still sold in massive numbers and we’ve been expecting Android 4.4 for the handset for a while, now Samsung has begun pushing the Android 4.4 update out for the Galaxy S4. We’ve been advised by a reader that their Optus GT-i9507 model is now receiving the 440MB update which takes the phone from Android 4.3 up to the current version of Android (4.4) – at least current for the next couple of weeks until Google releases Android L. The Firmware update: I9507XXUFNG2 – includes a[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Rumoured monster phablet from Sony hits the AnTuTu treadmill, struts its stuff

Rumoured monster phablet from Sony hits the AnTuTu treadmill, struts its stuff

It looks like Sony has been busy in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. New benchmarks have surfaced via AnTuTu of a device dubbed the Xperia Z3X, and the specs are rather beastly. According to the AnTuTu benchmark, Sony have managed to shoehorn a 6.2″ screen with QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution and a gargantuan 4GB of RAM into this rumoured successor to the Xperia Z Ultra, paired with Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset and Adreno 430 GPU. Android 4.4.2 rounds off the list, though we’d hope to see Android 4.4.4 if this device makes it to market. But wait, there’s more! Sony seems to[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge available NOW from Yatango – below Australian RRP

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge available NOW from Yatango – below Australian RRP

Yatango Shopping has announced that both of Samsung‘s new Note products – the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are now available for sale. If you’re waiting for the Australian release of these products, you might want to pay attention. Yatango’s products are compatible with Australian 3G and 4G networks (although as pointed out in the comments they are not the same models that will go on sale here), and currently priced below the announced Australian RRPs. The Note Edge in particular is selling at $999, some $250 below RRP while the Note 4 is selling at $899, $50[Read More...]

by 3:45 PM on October 7, 2014 12 comments Deal, News
HP 10 Plus 10″ Tablet launches for under $300

HP 10 Plus 10″ Tablet launches for under $300

HP has made a bit of a reputation for themselves here, and around the world for releasing products with little, to no fanfare. Earlier this year their latest Chromebook update began selling in JB Hifi with no announcement, and now the HP 10 Plus, a 10″ Android Tablet has cropped up at JB Hifi as well. The tablet is selling for $298 in JB Hifi stores or online, just $20 more than the asking price in the US, where it sells on Amazon for $279.99. The tablet contains fairly decent, though not outstanding specifications with a FullHD resolution 10.1″ display[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 7, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
ZTE Blade Vec 3G now available from JB HiFi for $249

ZTE Blade Vec 3G now available from JB HiFi for $249

It seems ZTE is beginning to add more of their own smartphones to the market, with the latest being the Blade Vec 3G popping up on JB HiFi’s website for $249. The ZTE Blade Vec 3G offers some decent specs for a mid range phablet, although at only 5″ what defines a phablet these days? The price is pretty decent, at $249 but it comes with a bit of a mystery. With the name ‘ZTE Blade Vec 4G’ you’d expect an LTE radio, instead the JB Hifi website simply lists ‘3G’, we are trying to chase this up with ZTE[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Nexus 9 continues its world tour – drops by the NCC in Taiwan

Nexus 9 continues its world tour – drops by the NCC in Taiwan

The Nexus 9 is beginning to break out everywhere, first off this week dropping by the FCC, before appearing in the flesh as it were last night when @upleaks showed the above picture of the tablet. The Nexus 9 has been confirmed by name by the National Communications Commission in Taiwan as it vied for certification from the governing body. The tablet, which again shows HTC as the manufacturer, also shows the 0P82100 which was seen on Sunday in the FCC filings and has been associated with the device since earlier this year. As you can see the rest of[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 7, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Motorola Nexus X “Shamu” shows up on Geekbench offering decent Multi-Core benchmarks

Motorola Nexus X “Shamu” shows up on Geekbench offering decent Multi-Core benchmarks

Nexus 6. Nexus X. Shamu. They’re the key words we’re looking for at the moment regarding Google’s next phone launch and you take what information you see regarding them generally with a grain of salt. This time a device claiming to be the Nexus X “Shamu” has been benchmarked on Geekbench and if it is the next Nexus phone, it doesn’t look too bad. Let’s just start by saying how easy it is to fake these results, it’s a piece of cake. If the results are real however, then the signs are good that the phone could be quite the[Read More...]

by 6:11 AM on October 7, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Ausdroid Podcast 123 – the Moto 360 and Sony’s new toys

Ausdroid Podcast 123 – the Moto 360 and Sony’s new toys

Welcome to episode 123 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we had a special appearance by Matt Booth to tell us all about his shiny new Moto 360 and get us jealous. Jason was having none of that though, having decided that Sony‘s new Smartwatch 3 would soon be his next Android Wear device, but a battle royale with Dan might loom in the future for the right to review it. Scott meanwhile seemed more interested in the rumours of the Nexus 6, and with good reason as recent leaks have started to reveal more about the new phone. With[Read More...]

by 9:33 PM on October 6, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast