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HTC announces the Desire 610 for Australia

HTC announces the Desire 610 for Australia

HTC has announced a new low-end phone for the Australian market, and better yet, it’s designed to take maximum advantage of the newly emerging 700MHz 4G LTE networks, especially Telstra’s which is being touted as a launch partner. The HTC Desire 610 doesn’t appear to be a lightweight though; it incorporates features such as a bright 4.7″ screen, Blinkfeed, and HTC’s BoomSound as well. HTC’s Country Manager, Ben Hodgson, told Ausdroid: Our Desire range presents unparalleled value for customers who want a best in class 4G smartphone, with no compromise on quality, at an affordable price. We have worked closely[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on August 8, 2014 4 comments News, Phones
Alldock Kickstarter Project: Shipping now

Alldock Kickstarter Project: Shipping now

Backers of the Alldock project, like so many other projects, have been getting enthusiastic emails for the last 6 months since they smashed their Kickstarter goal explaining design issues, delays in production and offering low cost upgrades to users as compensation for the delays in delivery. The great news is that the Kickstarter project, Alldock; The charging station for all your mobile devices is now shipping. The project team have emailed backers with some photos of boxed products ready to ship and when I receive mine I’ll be sure to get a mini-review online ASAP. What’s the longest you’ve had[Read More...]

by 8:21 AM on August 8, 2014 3 comments News
A Wiki-Watch?  Now that’s cool

A Wiki-Watch? Now that’s cool

For me, this is what the Android Operating System and Android Wear is all about; community minded developers with an idea being able to deliver it to users in a way that suits the user. Attopedia is, I have to say, one of the coolest apps for Android Wear to date. It’s a Wikipedia interface for your Android Wear watch, and it’s really simple and powerful. The delivery is pretty simple, it’s an Android Wear interface into Wikipedia; the go to fountain of knowledge and trolling for internet users all over the world. Using the app is very simple, it’s an easy[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Google Fit Preview SDK now available for developers

Back at Google I/O, Google announced a lot of things and one of the more welcome additions was the Google Fit platform; an open platform for developers to more easily build fitness apps that integrate with hardware and software, as well as making the data easier to share between other apps. Google Fit provides a single API for apps and device manufacturers alike to store and access activity data from phones, sensors in devices and other devices like wearables, connected scales, and more. Instead of having fitness data stored in silos, apps will (with your permission, of course) be able[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on August 8, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Google Play, Google Services, News
Google makes updated Android L preview images available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google makes updated Android L preview images available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google has posted updated factory images for the Android L developer preview, which is available today for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners. When we first saw the developer preview posted, we found ourselves wondering whether we’d see updates before the platform’s official launch later this year, and it seems our questions have now been answered. Alongside the launch of the Google Fit SDK, the new build’s arrival — build number LPV81C — sees the integration of Google Fit functionality into the platform preview. What else is new? No one really knows just yet. We’ll be downloading the new version[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on August 8, 2014 4 comments News, OS Update
How to fix missing buttons and a broken notification shade on Android L

How to fix missing buttons and a broken notification shade on Android L

I found that the first time I flashed Android L, a curious bug appeared — my home and recents buttons disappeared, and the notification shade refused to slide down. It seems I’m not alone; this bug only appears when upgrading/flashing Android L without wiping. It’s not clear exactly why this happens, but the good thing is that it’s relatively easy to fix. If you find your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 behaving this way, a quick ADB shell command will get it working properly again. If you’ve flashed Android L, we’re assuming you’re familiar with how to use ADB, so here’s[Read More...]

by 8:10 AM on August 8, 2014 1 comment News, OS Update
Vodafone updates their My Vodafone app for Android

Vodafone updates their My Vodafone app for Android

Vodafone has released a major update to its My Vodafone app for Android, and somehow it snuck its way onto my HTC One M8 without me realising. After being pointed to the possibility of an update, I just had to take a quick look, and I must say, the update is rather fresh. Sign in simply with your mobile number and password (or you can register pretty easily too) and you get at-a-glance access to your usage, remaining data and included value, as well as the ability to check out less common things such as roaming settings, previous bills, and[Read More...]

by 6:38 PM on August 7, 2014 5 comments Apps, Carriers, News
Get your hits for $0.50 a track in Google Play Music

Get your hits for $0.50 a track in Google Play Music

Not everyone is sold on an all-you-can-eat music service, instead preferring to own their music. For those people, Google is still running sales in Google Play Music, offering albums on-sale, as well as occasionally having tracks up for sale. Normally prices for individual tracks start at around $1.00 each, but at the moment you can pick up a bargain for just $0.50 a track on a range of artists. Google highlights Dutch DJ, Tiesto when they tweeted about the sale, but we kind of prefer to focus on Australian talent like The Mclymonts, Rikki Lee Coulter and third place getter[Read More...]

by 6:10 PM on August 7, 2014 1 comment Google Play, Sale
New to Android? Here’s our must-have apps!

New to Android? Here’s our must-have apps!

Are you new to Android? Whether you’re joining us from the iPhone, Windows Phone or BlackBerry world, or if you’re new to smartphones altogether, it’s important to start somewhere as you make your new phone yours, and there’s no better way to do that than installing some apps! We thought we’d turn the spotlight on some must-have apps, and in this instalment, we’re going to look at our top five apps that we just have to have on an Android device, be it a tablet or a phone. Dan’s Top 5 Talon for Twitter – $2.20 Twitter is a huge[Read More...]

by , and 3:12 PM on August 7, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
HTC Desire 816 — Review

HTC Desire 816 — Review

There’s long been a split in the market between the “flagship” phones manufacturers launch with much pomp and circumstance like the Galaxy S5 or One (M8) and the second-tier devices like the Galaxy Ace or F Series. While expensive high-end phones allow manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest technology, many of them are keenly aware that the real money in the market is in the midrange. Devices with “good enough” specs have become the new battleground, and midrange phones have become top-selling products for a number of manufacturers. Motorola‘s Moto G is their best-ever selling devices, while phones[Read More...]

by 2:31 PM on August 7, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom — Review

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom — Review

Let’s just get this out of the way now. Touchwiz; you either love it or hate it. My first Android smartphone was the original Samsung Galaxy S I9000 “iPhone killer”. I didn’t mind TouchWiz back then as I had nothing to compare it to, plus it didn’t feel that heavy. As for the current version of TouchWiz running on this device and all new Samsung devices, it’s very heavy. They may have stripped back TouchWiz a bit since the Samsung Galaxy S4 as Chris found out when he reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it’s still a little heavy for[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Design, News, Reviews
iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

iDevices announce Android connectivity now available for iGrill and more.

It’s not quite BBQ season, but for the high-tech grillmaster amongst you, some new tools are now available for use, with iDevices advising that their Android app, which controls all their iDevices Products, is now available in Google Play. There’s quite a few devices on offer, iGrill2, iGrill mini, Kitchen Thermometer, & Kitchen Thermometer mini all now compatible, and available for use, from one simple app. The products are generally used to keep a remote eye on the temperature of your food, using a probe which connects to a base unit, but also transmits via Bluetooth to your phone or[Read More...]

by 12:57 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps
Google acquires messaging startup – Emu – perhaps looking to improve Google Now through Hangouts

Google acquires messaging startup – Emu – perhaps looking to improve Google Now through Hangouts

Messaging startup Emu has been acquired by Google, at least according to a message on the homepage of the site. Emu, is a messaging app, which gleans contextual information from your chats and allows some Google Now like functionality to be used straight from the app. The automation features are most likely what Google is after from Emu, with functions such as setting Calendar reminders, snoozing messages and location based reminders built-into the application. The most likely target for the messaging applications functions is Google’s Hangouts platform, which could feed the information straight into Google Now, or just improve Hangouts.[Read More...]

by 12:29 PM on August 7, 2014 0 comments Apps, News