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Instagram’s new photo sharing app, Bolt, is now available from Google Play

Instagram’s new photo sharing app, Bolt, is now available from Google Play

A couple of weeks ago, Instagram began rolling out their new snapchat clone – Bolt, the initial rollout hit only three countries, but the app has now gone live in Google Play for Australians. In case you’ve forgotten, Bolt is, a photo sharing app similar to what Snapchat currently offers but with a few differences. Bolt is actually a mix of Snapchat and Facebook’s Slingshot messaging app. Bolt asks you to join using your phone number, then allows you to add 20 friends to your favorites list, who you can then message. Bolt lets you send both photo and video[Read More...]

by 2:35 PM on August 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Midrange HTC Desire 510 to launch in Australia soon

Midrange HTC Desire 510 to launch in Australia soon

HTC has been slowly introducing their Desire line back to Australia, and it seems to be going quite well, with all three major carriers currently offering a phone carrying the HTC Desire branding, it looks like we could see one more very soon, with the Desire 510 about to hit our shores. The same leak we received regarding the Motorola Moto G2 launching soon also contained another nugget, this time regarding the HTC Desire 510. While there doesn’t seem to be any information about a HTC Desire 510 out there, but from the specs listed here it appears to be[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on August 9, 2014 0 comments Exclusive, Manufacturer, Phones
Motorola Moto G2 to arrive in Australia this month

Motorola Moto G2 to arrive in Australia this month

As Motorola’s most successful handset of all time, the Motorola Moto G is one phone that Motorola should be following up, and they seem to be with leaks for the Moto G2 seeping out over the last couple of months. Now the Moto G2 has shown up in the inventory system of an Australian retailer and is expected to launch this month. Though listed as ‘Coming Soon’ we’ve been advised that the phone is set to launch ‘mid-August’ in Black, but with no events scheduled by Motorola for this month as yet, it’s uncertain whether this is a solid date.[Read More...]

by 10:36 AM on August 9, 2014 6 comments Exclusive, Manufacturer, Phones
YouTube’s Android app now supports 1440p video streaming – LG G3 first device to enable this feature

YouTube’s Android app now supports 1440p video streaming – LG G3 first device to enable this feature

YouTube has recently begun offering new options for streaming choices, and with LG launching the first phone widely available available with a 1440P resolution, Google has now begun offering the option to stream videos with that resolution in YouTube as well. The LG G3, really stands out not only for its design, but for its QuadHD (2,560×1,440) display, which allows owners to view high definition video. With only a limited amount of phones using a QHD resolution display, this option will be limited. More devices with a QuadHD resolution are set to either launch or expand availability over the next[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on August 9, 2014 3 comments Apps, Phones
Facebook updates its Messenger app with Android Wear notifications & voice replies

Facebook updates its Messenger app with Android Wear notifications & voice replies

Facebook has pushed out an update to Facebook Messenger app adding updated Android Wear notifications as well as voice replies. The updated Android Wear notifications allow users to swipe to the left and either like or reply to messages right from their wrist, or even offer a voice reply to the message, similar to what has been added to services such as WhatsApp, or Google’s own messaging client Hangouts. The update is now live and free to download through Google Play. If you haven’t jumped into Facebook Messenger, then you can download the app via the link below.

by 9:47 AM on August 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Moto X+1 drops past Geekbench with Snapdragon 801 processor

Moto X+1 drops past Geekbench with Snapdragon 801 processor

If a yearly cycle for models is the way that Motorola is playing it, then the Moto X+1 is due for an announcement later this month. If Motorola is to keep to that schedule then a near final version of Motorola’s new flagship phone is definitely ready for launch, and it seems someone may have just benchmarked it on Geekbench. The entry showed up with the model # XT1097 and garnered a Geekbench score of 998 (Single Core) and 2860 (Multi-Core). The hardware shown off in the result shows a device with a 2.46 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 processor[Read More...]

by 9:35 AM on August 9, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
HTC Built Nexus 9 ‘Volantis/Flounder’ apparently certified in Korea

HTC Built Nexus 9 ‘Volantis/Flounder’ apparently certified in Korea

Since Google appears to have foregone releasing an update to the Nexus 7 line-up and rumours began to emerge of a HTC built Nexus 9 – codenamed Volantis/Flounder, the Android world has been waiting for more information. Since the rumoured release date for the tablet was around October/November, the expectations for more information has been low, but maybe, just maybe the Nexus 9 may have just surfaced briefly in Korea. The Korean equivalant to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Radio Research Agency (RRA), has just certified a tablet made by HTC, which also carries a model # associated[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on August 9, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets
VSCO Cam gets an update – taps into its Grid for endless inspiration

VSCO Cam gets an update – taps into its Grid for endless inspiration

Since arriving on Android back in December last year, VSCO Cam has grown quite popular pushing out quite a few updates in its history, they’re all well and good, but the latest update takes the photo editing app to the next level, almost competing with the likes of Instagram. The update, which bumps the version to 3.0, includes a few new features, one being ‘Find & Follow’ which allows users can now search, find & follow fellow photographers posting images to the apps community social network – Grid. Grid is a free minimalist publishing platform which has now been embedded[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Apps
Want to know what’s new in the new Android L Preview image? – Not much says a Googler

Want to know what’s new in the new Android L Preview image? – Not much says a Googler

This morning, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners currently playing around with the Android L preview launched at Google I/O, were greeted by the happy news that there were newly updated images available to download from the Android Developers preview page. With a raft of issues and feature requests from the Android Developer Preview issues tracker marked as closed with an entry of ‘Will appear in the next build’ or similar, you’d be forgiven for thinking some new goodies await, not so. Jamal Eason, Product Manager at Google has advised via Google+ that the only updates appearing in the update[Read More...]

by 5:55 PM on August 8, 2014 2 comments Android Development, OS Update
Motorola 360 to arrive in Australia before Christmas

Motorola 360 to arrive in Australia before Christmas

Anyone trying to find out information about the upcoming — and much anticipated — Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch is usually met with a pretty stony response from Motorola; in fact, they’ve remained so tight-lipped about it, we could be forgiven for thinking they’ve taken up a healthy diet of lemons. Everyone wants to know when they’re coming .. even our emeritus editor Buzz Moody wants one yesterday .. and while it seems our friends across the pond will probably get them sooner than us, there’s been no real announcement of when we might be able to get our hands on[Read More...]

by 5:00 PM on August 8, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, News, Smartwatch
Dendy Direct is now live to purchase your Movies and TV Shows

Dendy Direct is now live to purchase your Movies and TV Shows

The latest entrant to the online video streaming game in Australia — Dendy Direct — has now opened their virtual doors and is inviting customers to sign-up and begin purchasing, renting and playing back videos. Dendy Direct is a pay-per-video service, rather than a subscription service, competing with the likes of Google Play and iTunes for your video dollar. You can choose to rent, or buy a movie or TV Show or Series, with options for purchase or rental in SD or HD quality. Content The initial store is not very crowded to start with, offering a mere thirteen TV[Read More...]

by 3:07 PM on August 8, 2014 2 comments Exclusive, News
Play Music update angers the mob

Play Music update angers the mob

Play Music and the associated app have received an update, some good news in the changelog for users and one piece of news that has angered the mob. Let’s get on with the good news first; New ‘Manage downloads’ place that lets you see everything that you’ve downloaded, view the total space taken up by each item, and remove the downloads from device Redesigned widget that’s resizable from 4×1 to 4×4 New 1×1 ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ widget You can now undo tracks removed from playlists and the queue via swipe Add a few minor bug fixes to this and you’ve[Read More...]

by 3:02 PM on August 8, 2014 16 comments Google Play, Google Services
Android Device Manager updated with new callback button on lock-screen

Android Device Manager updated with new callback button on lock-screen

Android Device Manager is seeing an update rolling out today, which adds a little bit of functionality to help re-unite you with your lost phone or tablet. The update, which has been applied to the Android Device Manager web console as well as the latest version (1.3.8 for those playing at home) of the Android Device Manager application, now gives you the option to add a ‘Call me back’ option to your phones lock-screen once you remotely lock your device. In the Android Device Manager App, from the ‘Lock’ option, you’re now presented with an option to enter a phone[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Apps