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Motorola officially announce the Moto G with 4G LTE and the Moto E coming early July

Motorola officially announce the Moto G with 4G LTE and the Moto E coming early July

The cat has already been let out of the bag about the release of the Motorola Moto E and the Moto G 4G LTE, after The Good Guys added the Moto E and Moto G 4G to their website prematurely a couple of weeks back. But, it’s now official, with Motorola officially announcing the handsets availability for the Australian (and New Zealand) market. Both the Moto E and Moto G with 4G LTE (We’ll just call it the Moto G 4G from now on) will be available as previously reported from early July. The handsets will be available ‘through retail[Read More...]

by 12:55 PM on June 27, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus program isn’t going anywhere says Dave Burke head of the Nexus program

Nexus program isn’t going anywhere says Dave Burke head of the Nexus program

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Android Silver rumour which a number of sites have been reporting will replace the Nexus program. But so far, Google had not responded to the rumours. Overnight, ReadWrite spoke to the one person who could clear up the speculation, and clear it up he did – the Nexus program is not going anywhere. Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, is that man. He understandably wouldn’t actually comment on Android Silver, although the way he worded it, pretty much confirmed it. Regarding Android Silver, Mr[Read More...]

by 10:44 AM on June 27, 2014 9 comments News
Project Ara powers up in public, but has a long path ahead of it

Project Ara powers up in public, but has a long path ahead of it

Paul Eremenko, technical lead for Project Ara has shown off a functional prototype of Google’s cheap, modular smartphone for the first time at Google I/O. During the presentation, the device powered on but failed to get past the boot screen. It’s a step forward from the last time we saw an Ara prototype in public back in April, but clearly the hardware and software still has a long way to go. Eremenko said that Android needs some major work under the hood to allow it to handle hot-swappable hardware modules, and that the team has had to explore new ways[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 27, 2014 0 comments News, Phones
Android Wear – Check if your phone is compatible

Android Wear – Check if your phone is compatible

During the Google I/O Keynote, one of the things Google talked about was Android Wear. They presented a demo of the software, and announced two smartwatches, one of which can be purchased from the Australian Google Play Store right now. However, the one thing they didn’t mention, was which devices are compatible with Android Wear. Luckily there is a very simple way to check if your phone will work with a Wear device. Go to g.co/WearCheck on your Android device Read the results. The site will detect your phone and let you know if your phone is compatible. If you get the nice big green[Read More...]

by 7:09 AM on June 27, 2014 13 comments Android Wear, Google Play, News
Rumour rebound? A yellow Nexus 5 may be coming, according to Android.com

Rumour rebound? A yellow Nexus 5 may be coming, according to Android.com

Gotta own ‘em all? Dan does, so he’ll wake up shortly and gnash his teeth at the news that a yellow Nexus 5 seems to be coming soon, at least according to the official Android.com website. If you scroll down far enough to the Nexus 5, you’ll notice the description includes the following curiosity (emphasis is ours): It’s the most powerful Nexus phone yet — and it comes in black, white, red, and yellow. It’s hard to say when this particular passage of text was added to the page. We heard rumours of a yellow Nexus 5 alongside the bright[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on June 27, 2014 0 comments Phones
Android L Developer Preview available to download

Android L Developer Preview available to download

After announcing the Android “L” release at Google I/O yesterday, Google has made good on its promise to post a developer preview of the new version of Android in the form of an updated SDK and system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). Google has this morning updated the Android L Preview site with a new page containing setup instructions and downloads. Head on over there and you’ll find preview system images. As a developer, you’ll want to flash the Android L preview release to your Nexus device, download the updated SDK, check out all the new[Read More...]

by 5:41 AM on June 27, 2014 9 comments News
Google Introduces Android For Work

Google Introduces Android For Work

IT departments around the world are often hesitant to implement usage of Android phones within their staff due to security concerns. Samsung addressed this with their Knox security program. Now Google are looking to implement increased security and a more business-friendly Android with the announcement of Android For Work thanks in part to some of the code from the Knox program. Google are introducing new APIs that will allow work and personal data to remain secure and separate from each other on the one phone. This will allow a user to use their work Android device for personal use without[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on June 26, 2014 1 comment News
Live in the Newcastle/Hunter region & are a good driver? Then S Drive from Samsung wants to reward you.

Live in the Newcastle/Hunter region & are a good driver? Then S Drive from Samsung wants to reward you.

Samsung Electronics Australia have launched a new initiative in the Newcastle/Hunter region of NSW, aimed at rewarding careful drivers who do the right thing. The initiative called S Drive, is aimed at rewarding compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone devices who live in the Newcastle/Hunter region and Hold a P2 driver’s licence or above and are over the age 18 years of age who have an impeccable clean driving record or are at least a good driver obeying the local road rules of NSW of course, with rewards ranging from Music Subscriptions (via Samsung’s own Music Hub) and Movie Rentals to Fuel[Read More...]

by 5:05 PM on June 26, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Meet Cardboard – a DIY virtual reality helmet made from…cardboard

Meet Cardboard – a DIY virtual reality helmet made from…cardboard

At the end of the Keynote speech this morning, Sundar Pichai gave a small wrap-up which included a list of the goodies that I/O attendees would be receiving – either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live, and a Moto 360 when released. He also said they would receive a piece of cardboard … a very special piece of cardboard designed by some Googlers in their 20% time. It turns out the cardboard is a pre-cut foldable VR-Headset designed to be used with Android phones. Cardboard is Virtual Reality on the cheap. Or to put it in Google’s words[Read More...]

by 5:03 PM on June 26, 2014 5 comments Other
Gameloft will have nine game ready for Android TV

Gameloft will have nine game ready for Android TV

After leaking their changelog yesterday advising they would be Android TV ready, we knew Riptide GP2 would be ready for Android TV. But after the official announcement of Android TV this morning, Gameloft has advised that they too are ready to join the Android TV party. Gameloft, who is somewhat of an expert at getting their game properties onto just about every platform available, has advised that they will have nine games ready to go when Android TV kicks off. The games they’ve ensured are ready for launch inlcude : Asphalt 8: Airborne Despicable Me: Minion Rush GT Racing 2[Read More...]

by 12:05 PM on June 26, 2014 0 comments Android TV
Google adds Native MS Office editing to Google Docs editor

Google adds Native MS Office editing to Google Docs editor

In the battle for the enterprise market, Google today launched a fairly big gun. The Microsoft Office suite, is, it’s fair to say fairly ubiquitous across corporate IT culture around the world, but Google is trying to change that, but to make it easy, they’ve added native MS Office editing to Google Docs. After they acquired the Office Editing software Quick Office back in 2012, Google has quietly incorporated its functions into many of their products and services. Even now you can get offline editing of Office Docs on ChromeOS, but now they’re taking it to the cloud. When you[Read More...]

by 11:41 AM on June 26, 2014 4 comments Google Services
Google introduces new Play Service : Google Fit and adds Testing and more Google Play Games features

Google introduces new Play Service : Google Fit and adds Testing and more Google Play Games features

Google Play is big business. That’s no surprise, it’s also growing. So it’s no surprise that a part of the keynote address this morning concentrated on Google Play Services, and they’re getting some pretty decent features. Sundar Pichai listed off exactly how big Google Play as a business has gotten by talking about revenue from Google Play. Since last year’s Google I/O, Google has paid out over $5 Billion to developers. This massive figure is big, but the true figure which shows the growth is that this figure is 2.5x the amount paid out the previous year. Ellie Powers, Product[Read More...]

by 11:15 AM on June 26, 2014 2 comments Google Play, Google Services
LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Android Wear now showing in Google Play

LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Android Wear now showing in Google Play

After this morning being officially announced, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are now showing in the Australian Google Play store. While both pieces of Android Wear are showing, there’s a catch. The Samsung Gear Live does not appear ready for release as yet, with the watch listed as ‘Coming Soon’. There’s better news for fans of the LG G Watch, with the watch listed as ready to order with options for Black (Titan) or White Gold. When the Samsung Gear Live goes on-sale, which we are told is ‘Soon’, it will cost $250 from Google Play. The[Read More...]

by 10:41 AM on June 26, 2014 10 comments Android Wear