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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
Nexus 8 spotted on shipping manifest entering India

Nexus 8 spotted on shipping manifest entering India

Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) is fast approaching the one year anniversary of its announcement, it’s currently out of stock on Google Play and we’re told that the tablet is marked as End-Of-Life in the inventory systems of some Australian retailers. So, what will replace the tablet? Talk at this stage has been around the Nexus 9, or Volantis as it’s been apparently code-named. But what if there’s another tablet in the works? A Nexus 8? That’s exactly what’s apparently just passed through Indian Import/Export tracking site Zauba. GSMArena spotted the listing for the ‘Nexus8 Prototype tablet’, which originated in the[Read More...]

by 9:16 PM on July 5, 2014 3 comments Rumours, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy F purportedly shows up in the wild

Samsung Galaxy F purportedly shows up in the wild

The Samsung Galaxy F, the premium version of the Galaxy S5 has been rumoured for months, even showing up in renders in Gold and Clear, now, as you can see apparently shown up for real. The phone in the picture shows a clearly metal edged phone, with Samsung stylings. The phone shows not a lot of bezel, but just enough to make holding and using it, seem an enjoyable prospect. While there will be an aluminium frame, the rear will apparently still be made of plastic. With a QHD 2560×1600 display, metal chasis and rumoured Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on July 5, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Exclusive: Qualcomm retracts DMCA takedown request and apologises to those involved

Exclusive: Qualcomm retracts DMCA takedown request and apologises to those involved

Updated 08/07. On Thursday night, we reported on a DMCA takedown request issued by Qualcomm via Cyveilance to over 100 GitHub repositories over alleged copyright infringement. This morning, Qualcomm has responded to our requests for further information by responding with a retraction, as well as an apology to project maintainers affected by the takedown notice. A Qualcomm representative spoke to Ausdroid about the takedown and said : Recently Qualcomm issued a number of DMCA take-down requests for files posted to GitHub containing Qualcomm Confidential markings. Those requests were identified on the GitHub website at https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2014-07-02-Qualcomm.md. Since issuing these requests, we[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on July 5, 2014 5 comments Exclusive, Legal, News
Samsung Gear Live shipping to Australian customers now from Google Play

Samsung Gear Live shipping to Australian customers now from Google Play

After LG G Watch customers began receiving shipping notifications from Google that their Android Wear was rolling out from Google Play in Hong Kong, it appears that customers who purchased the Samsung Gear Live are also receiving their shipping notifications as well. The Samsung Gear Live is apparently shipping out of Hong Kong via courier Aramax just as the G Watch did, which means customers should begin receiving their smartwatches on Monday. This certainly meets the estimated Ship By date that Google advertised – the 7th of July – making good on the old adage, under promise but over-deliver We[Read More...]

by 8:55 PM on July 4, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
LG G Watch begins shipping to Australian customers

LG G Watch begins shipping to Australian customers

The LG G Watch is on its way. We’re seeing the shipping notifications for orders placed for the LG G Watch through Google Play in Australia, arrive in customers mailboxes. Orders are shipping out of Hong Kong, through carrier Aramex – a change from FedEx, who handled the rollout of the Nexus 5 last year. While many are lamenting the fact that orders are shipping on a Friday, the positive is that most customers – at least those in Eastern states of Australia – should receive their G Watch on Monday. Our poll from this morning shows that there are[Read More...]

by 2:21 PM on July 4, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Other
Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Launch Report; Australian hands-on with the 10.5-inch model

Samsung Galaxy Tab S – Launch Report; Australian hands-on with the 10.5-inch model

Samsung hosted a number of journalists – including yours truly – for an overnight stay at Sydney’s QT Hotel last night for the local launch of the Galaxy Tab S series. We got a bit of hands-on time with the 8.4- and 10.5-inch models in the demo area before dinner. The 8.4 inch is a portrait device with a weight that’s more or less the equivalent of Google’s current Nexus 7 device, while the 10.5-inch model tips the scales at 460 grams. Both tablets are just 6.6mm thin. Talking about the tablets in terms of numbers doesn’t actually do them[Read More...]

by 2:03 PM on July 4, 2014 7 comments Tablets
Screen protector for LG G3 Mini shows up from Australian accessory manufacturer Aerios

Screen protector for LG G3 Mini shows up from Australian accessory manufacturer Aerios

The LG G3 has not yet launched in Australia, but that hasn’t stopped rumours of a G3 Mini being products, and today we’ve seen a screen protector from Australian screen protector company Aerios adding fuel to the rumour fire. There’s little to be gleaned from the image, which shows that even with the ‘Mini’ name attached, the screen is still fairly large. While it’s not in the G3′s 5.5-inch range, previous rumours we’ve seen point to a 4.5-inch screen. Hardware for the G3 Mini – or G3 Beat as we’re hearing it may be called – is rumoured to be[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on July 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories
University of Melbourne and Monash University students present – UNIHACK Melbourne

University of Melbourne and Monash University students present – UNIHACK Melbourne

It’s a little off-topic (ok, a lot), but bear with us. One of our friends whom you all may know from regular appearances on the Podcast – Terrence Huynh from TechGeek.com.au – is involved in a great initiative involving students from the University of Melbourne and Monash University, who have teamed up for a hackathon they’ve dubbed UNIHACK Melbourne. UNIHACK will see the IT Clubs from the two universities come togehter to compete in a hackathon designed for Uni and TAFE students. The hackathon will run on Friday August 8 – Saturday August 9, with a presentation from teams competing[Read More...]

by 12:58 PM on July 4, 2014 2 comments Other
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Although Wi-Fi versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be launching in retailers on the 14th of July, the LTE versions of the tablet won’t arrive here until later this year. When they do, you’ll be able to pick-up one of them from Telstra, which will be nicely enabled to work on their upcoming 700MHz LTE network. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5, will have the ‘honour’ of being the first APT700MHz capable 4G tablet to launch on the Telstra Mobile Network – one of the largest in Australia. Telstra is building out the 700MHz network into regional areas as[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on July 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Android Wear is about to start shipping – Have you received a shipping notice and which did you order?

Android Wear is about to start shipping – Have you received a shipping notice and which did you order?

Today is the day – Android Wear will begin shipping for those of you who ordered a watch. The LG G Watch is due to begin shipping today, with the Samsung Gear Live due to begin shipping out to customers on Monday. So, with orders coming, we have some questions, so we thought we’d do a bit of a poll and see what you’re thinking when it comes to Android Wear. We’re also keen to find out if you’ve recevied a shipping notification. Now, vote below: So, remember to let us know in the comments when you receive your shipping[Read More...]

by 9:37 AM on July 4, 2014 32 comments Android Wear
HTC finally turns the tide – reports an $80 Million profit for Quarter 2

HTC finally turns the tide – reports an $80 Million profit for Quarter 2

The financial road for HTC has not been smooth for the last few quarters, it’s been a fairly depressing view from the outside for long-time fans of the company who launched the first round of Android smart phones. But the view is looking rosier this morning with the Taiwanese based company reporting a profit on their 2nd Quarter earnings report. HTC reported that they had earned a net profit of 2.26 billion New Taiwan dollars or around $80 million Australian dollars, no small drop in the ocean. This profit is up 80% on their Q2 2013 earnings and is by[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on July 4, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, News