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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, your quiet patience is being rewarded with owners advising that they are beginning to receive the Android 4.4 update for their handsets over the air now. The update is to Android 4.4.2 to be precise and the Over-The-Air update is clocking in at 498.38MB. What does the update bring? Well, just as Galaxy S5 owners gained the ability to change their dock icons in their update back in June, this latest update brings the same functionality.KitKat There’s also a few fixes, including one for NFC, some updated Samsung applications, UI improvements,0 bug fixes,[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on July 6, 2014 10 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones

Control everything from your wrist? Yep, why not.

American Android fan-site Android Police has posted the above video showing how, with a few simple apps on your Android, you can control all measure of things around your home. Developer Doug Gregory can be seen operating his lamp by giving commands to his Gear Live. Equally, the lamp can be controlled by swiping on the display, with the background even indicating whether the light is working or not. Later on, we see the same gestures and methods of control being used to control … his garage door! This is probably a fairly extreme example, but we’re looking forward to[Read More...]

by 5:50 PM on July 6, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, News
Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Perhaps custom watch faces aren’t really your thing. Perhaps you’d like to regale your Twitter followers with nothing more than a voice command to your wrist? Well, wait no(t much) longer; while Twitter is yet to port their app to the Android Wear platform, a third party developer has released an app called Bunting to meet your needs. Bunting works fairly simply; install the app on your phone, and sign in to your desired Twitter account. Once you’re in, you can use a simple ‘Ok Google’ command to send your tweet. Check it out in the video below: I’m sure it[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
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