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Android Wear, and those who don’t seem to get it

Android Wear, and those who don’t seem to get it

One thing we in the tech media often find amusing is when main stream journalists tackle new technology. Being on the fringe of the mainstream, sites like Ausdroid survive on our specialisation. We focus on one subject area, and (we like to think that) we focus on it well — for us, our focus is obviously Android, and more generally, mobile and wearable technology. Smaller, niche news sites, like ours, don’t often get invites to the big shows; we haven’t in the past received sponsorship to attend CES, or media passes to cover Google I/O. We’re not upset about this[Read More...]

by 6:22 PM on June 29, 2014 13 comments Android Wear, News, Opinion
Good Deal on a Moto G 4G LTE at The Good Guys – online only

Good Deal on a Moto G 4G LTE at The Good Guys – online only

OzBargain has a deal on a Moto G 4G for $243.40 including delivery. Click on the this link to take you to The Good Guys eBay page and use the Redemption Code “CBIGTREAT” when reviewing your order before continuing. This will then give you a discount of $60.64 which ends up being a total cost of $243.54 including free shipping. The normal price in store at The Good Guys is $298 so get in quick before the deal ends if you’re in the market for a cheap 4G smartphone. You can check out more details about the Moto G 4G[Read More...]

by 4:17 PM on June 29, 2014 4 comments Deal, Phones
Mobicity begins taking pre-orders for the OnePlus One 64GB

Mobicity begins taking pre-orders for the OnePlus One 64GB

The OnePlus One has generated hype like nothing we’ve seen before, people have madly been searching and requesting invites to purchase the phone since OnePlus began rolling them out a couple of weeks ago. But, if you don’t want to wait, then pre-ordering the OnePlus One from Mobicity may be the best way to go. While they don’t have an ETA for the arrival of stock, they are accepting pre-orders. You can secure your place in the queue to get your OnePlus One 64GB in Black for $529.95 + Shipping. There is a free shopping option at the moment though[Read More...]

by 12:11 PM on June 28, 2014 13 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Download apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and more to your device from the Android L Preview

Download apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and more to your device from the Android L Preview

The Android L Preview is a pretty exciting development, for the first time, we’re getting a look behind the curtain at what Google is cooking up for the L release of Android before it’s officially ready. With a massive developer community, it was only a matter of time before that release was rooted, and the apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and boot animation from the Android L Preview were pulled and released for anyone running KitKat/JellyBean to flash to their device. There’s all the apps you want (Chrome and Google Earth are not quite ready, with both force closing), including the[Read More...]

by 9:41 AM on June 28, 2014 1 comment Apps, Modding, News
Rumour: Android One to be powered by MediaTek

Rumour: Android One to be powered by MediaTek

DIGITIMES has reported that Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform. This will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting almost one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware and software guidelines, as well as reference design platforms, for device makers to build affordable smartphones more easily and faster. According to the sources, Google has been in talks with MediaTek in relation to Android One for the past six[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on June 28, 2014 3 comments Phones, Rumours
Android Studio enters Beta with support for L Preview, Android Wear and Android TV

Android Studio enters Beta with support for L Preview, Android Wear and Android TV

Google’s Android Developers blog has this morning announced that their Alpha Android development environment – Android Studio – has entered the Beta phase. The release has come just after Google I/O, which allows Google to move some of the projects announced at the conference into the open, projects such as Android Wear and Android TV, and of course the newest Android build – the L Preview. The newest release of Android Studio (v0.8.0 for those counting) includes the latest APIs(level 20), for KitKat as well as the L Preview. But Google warns developers that the APIs are not complete and[Read More...]

by 9:07 AM on June 28, 2014 2 comments Android Development, Android TV, Android Wear
Root the Android ‘L’ Preview on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

Root the Android ‘L’ Preview on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

With any update to a Nexus device, Root access is generally only a short time away and that has rung true with Googles latest update for Android – the L Preview. You’ll need the latest version of your devices custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) installed first, but with that done you can then flash the modified SuperSU and Boot Image file for your device (Hammerhead and Flo are both provided) courtesy of XDA-Developers member Savoca. You can grab the files from this thread on XDA-Developers. For Nexus 5 owners, there’s also the option of a pre-rooted Android L Preview image,[Read More...]

by 8:50 AM on June 28, 2014 4 comments Modding
Google asks users – what Android apps should be available on Chromebook

Google asks users – what Android apps should be available on Chromebook

One of the major announcements at Google I/O was Chrome OS devices being able to run Android apps. During the video demonstration Sundar Pichai showed Evernote, Flipboard, and Vine running on a Chromebook. It’s not yet known how Google is doing this and whether the app is actually installed on the device, if it’s being mirrored, or if there is something else going on. One thing for sure, it’s exiting news for all you Chromebook owners out there. Many of you who saw the demo probably started thinking about using your favourite Android apps on your Chromebook. Unfortunately, Google has said they won’t be[Read More...]

by 8:26 AM on June 28, 2014 2 comments Apps, Chromebook, Google Play, News
Google Maps updated with support for Android Wear devices

Google Maps updated with support for Android Wear devices

Google has released an update to the Google Maps app with Android Wear compatibility specifically called-out in the changelog. Demonstrated during Google’s I/O Keynote on Thursday morning, Android Wear devices can integrate with Google Maps to perform searches and navigation. The updated version is of the app is v8.1.1. Google I/O attendees will have already picked up their Android Wear devices, so this release is really aimed at them while the rest of us will be waiting until early July for our watches to be delivered.

by 1:29 AM on June 28, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
Good Deal: Get $165 worth of apps for free on Amazon’s App Store

Good Deal: Get $165 worth of apps for free on Amazon’s App Store

If you haven’t explored Amazon‘s App Store, you might like to try it out this weekend, with a number of paid apps going free for a two-day sale on Friday – whoops – and Saturday. Here’s the full list of apps — with some personal recommendations highlighted: Card Wars – Adventure Time Plex Ravensword: Shadowlands Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Notepad+ The Room Two (Kindle Tablet Edition) Travel Interpreter Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver AccuWeather Platinum Root Explorer Jump Desktop (RDP & VNC) Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek League of Heroes Premium Pho.to Lab PRO PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) 2Do: Todo[Read More...]

by 1:09 AM on June 28, 2014 2 comments Apps, Sale
Motorola shows off the Moto 360 at Google I/O

Motorola shows off the Moto 360 at Google I/O

Whenever we’ve posted anything regarding Android Wear, we’re overwhelmed by comments saying they’re waiting for the Moto 360. Despite not really having been showed off completely, the Moto 360 design seems to be the one that has sparked a large amount of peoples imaginations and desire for a ‘good’ looking Smartwatch. So, with Android Wear out in the open at Google I/O, Motorola has taken the wraps of their watch and shown it off in this hands-on video from Google I/O. The video shows a lot of the watch, describes the materials used in its constructions (Stainless steel for the[Read More...]

by 10:48 PM on June 27, 2014 3 comments Android Wear
Sony adds Kernel source to GitHub, will add more for Flagship devices over time

Sony adds Kernel source to GitHub, will add more for Flagship devices over time

Sony has been moving towards openness with regards to working with the open-source community for the last few years. They started moving towards a more open approach back in 2012 when they added AOSP support for their flagship at the time the Sony Xperia S. Today they’ve announced that they will be adding their kernel source to the Sony Dev GitHub and will be adding more sources for other devices over time. Sony has already added source for a large range of Sony Xperia devices such as the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2 and more. To get access[Read More...]

by 10:00 PM on June 27, 2014 0 comments Modding
Sony Australia will be incorporating Android TV into their HD and 4K Bravia TVs

Sony Australia will be incorporating Android TV into their HD and 4K Bravia TVs

With the launch of Android TV at Google I/O yesterday morning, it’s now down to actually finding out when products will be launching. With Android TV launching worldwide in the ‘Fall’ (Spring here), we’re left to confirm if we will in fact see the partners named at the launch will be bringing Android TV to Australia. At yesterdays launch, Google named three hardware partners, along with a number of chip manufacturers, as partners to launch Android TV products. Philips, Sharp and Sony were the three big names listed on the slides at Google I/O. With Philips no longer ranging TV’s[Read More...]

by 1:33 PM on June 27, 2014 15 comments Android TV