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Renders, renders, renders – all the Nexus ‘Shamu’ renders and comparisons.

Renders, renders, renders – all the Nexus ‘Shamu’ renders and comparisons.

It started with a render. Well, there were some specs as well, but the 5.9″ size of the Nexus 6/X has been something that most people accept. But what the phone will look like in its final form hasn’t been seen (officially), but that hasn’t stopped the innovative people of the internet from rendering and comparing the device all over the place. 9to5Google were the first to throw up the render seen above of the Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’, as it’s apparently known internally. Google apparently continuing their ‘fishy’ naming scheme of their Nexus devices. Shamu is, if you don’t[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on October 4, 2014 1 comment Other
FirefoxOS toting ZTE Open C arrives in Australia

FirefoxOS toting ZTE Open C arrives in Australia

It’s no real threat to Android at this stage, but another open-source, Linux based mobileOS has hit Australia, with ZTE launching their FirefoxOS running Open C handset in JB Hifi stores. The phone is the first of its kind to arrive in Australia, with Firefox still a very vague glimmer on anyone’s radar. The phone is now available for $99 outright in JB Hifi stores, with a spec on the box advising that it’s not network locked. It’s a fairly basic handset when it comes to hardware specs, including : 4″ 480 x 800 resolution Touch Screen 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm[Read More...]

by 11:17 AM on October 4, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Other, Phones
Motorola Moto G (2014) now available from JB Hifi

Motorola Moto G (2014) now available from JB Hifi

We’re pretty big on Moto right now, their low, medium and higher end phones are absolutely desirable by a large portion of the market judging from your feedback. It looks like you can now add JB Hifi to the list of retailers stocking the Moto G (2014) with stock reportedly arriving in stores now. The phone is priced to sell at the Recommended Retail Price of $299, although the phone is available at slightly cheaper pricing around the traps, so talk to your friendly staff member about price matching. We have a Moto G (2014) on the Ausdroid review bench[Read More...]

by 10:54 AM on October 4, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung slides the Galaxy Alpha and Gear Live into JB Hifi

Samsung slides the Galaxy Alpha and Gear Live into JB Hifi

Samsung’s announced their new direction in design with the Galaxy Alpha, aiming at a premium metal chasis, paired with the distinctive Galaxy design stylings they’ve evolved since their introduction. Now the Galaxy Alpha is available from JB Hifi and it’s brought a friend along for the ride, with the Android Wear toting Gear Live smartwatch arriving as well. Although the Galaxy Alpha was due on the 1st of October, it appears that most JB Hifi stores are only just beginning to receive their inventory now. Some stores range from a single unit through to others who have quite a few.[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 4, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra has been selling their branded handsets for a while now, and they’ve just added another to the range, introducing the ZTE built Telstra Tempo to their pre-paid lineup. The phone is far from what you’d call top of the line, but at $79 it’s what you would call a steal. The phone comes running a very up to date Android 4.4, so it’s a great start straight out of the box. The hardware is quite basic, and includes : 4.0″ capacitive touch screen Dual core 1.0GHz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB flash memory with microSD Card slot (up to 32GB)[Read More...]

by 9:07 AM on October 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Google rumoured to be looking at developing a WhatsApp style messaging system

Google rumoured to be looking at developing a WhatsApp style messaging system

Remember when Google basically merged all their messaging clients – Google Talk, Drive Chat, etc – into one client called Hangouts? Well, according to a rumour, they might be looking into developing a new one, but based on the WhatsApp model, where a Google sign-in would not be required. The rumour which stems from the Economic Times of India, is based off a visit to India by Director of Hangouts, Photos, Google+ core & Platform, Nikhyl Singhal. According to the Times, Mr Singhal is apparently doing a tour of India, as well as other countries in the region looking at[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 4, 2014 3 comments Google Services, Rumours
Reader Poll: What screen size is perfect for you?

Reader Poll: What screen size is perfect for you?

With the possibility of a decidedly phablet sized 5.9″ Nexus 6/X on the horizon, there’s been a LOT of talk about what screen size is perfect. This is obviously a subjective question, because everyone is different, but we thought we’d hit you up and take a poll of what phone screen size is the perfect size. For bonus points, if the Nexus 6/X IS a 5.9″ Phablet, are you going to purchase one anyway just to try it out or are you deadset against/for the handset size? Let’s talk this one out.

by 8:17 AM on October 4, 2014 17 comments News, Phones
Specs for the HTC Desire ‘Eye’ selfie phone apparently leaked

Specs for the HTC Desire ‘Eye’ selfie phone apparently leaked

The HTC ‘Double Exposure’ event on the 8th of October is rumoured to be to launching their GoPro style action camera the ReCamera, as well as a selfie style phone with, obviously an emphasis on the front-facing camera. Leaker @Upleaks, has apparently come across some of the features for the phone and released them on twitter last night. The phone will be in the Desire line, which in a return to the high-life of the original Desire, will actually contain some fairly high-end specs. The phone will be known as the HTC Desire Eye, or ‘Eye’ for short and will[Read More...]

by 7:59 AM on October 4, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Cyanogen Inc. To Google: Thanks, But No Thanks

Cyanogen Inc. To Google: Thanks, But No Thanks

Reports began to surface in August of rumoured talks between Cyanogen Inc. and several big players in the tech world, including Microsoft, prompting speculation of a buyout. It turns out that Google was one of those players, but has been turned down by Cyanogen according to a report from The Information. Cyanogen is now reportedly entering discussions for a third round of funding with late-stage investors, seeking a valuation of around US$1 billion. Cyanogen’s previous round of funding managed to raise US$22 million, making such a large valuation an unlikely prospect. If that wasn’t enough, Cyanogen has also advised potential investors that[Read More...]

by 9:41 PM on October 3, 2014 2 comments News
Everything Android at the 2014 EB Expo

Everything Android at the 2014 EB Expo

The 2014 EB Expo is here, running from today until Sunday October 5 at the Sydney Showgrounds. Unsurprisingly, as we found last year, the show is heavily skewed towards the major consoles, but with area set up for independent games developers to showcase their wares. Sony Remote Play First of all, I checked out the Sony stand and found them promoting their new Xperia Z3 range with its PlayStation 4 Remote Play capability. This involves attaching your phone or tablet to a PlayStation-like controller which then streams your gameplay from the console and uses your phone as a screen, streaming[Read More...]

by 3:42 PM on October 3, 2014 1 comment Apps, Events
Android TV Developer kit – the ADT-1 Unboxed

Android TV Developer kit – the ADT-1 Unboxed

The battle for the living room is on. Google has been trying to get there for years now, beginning back in October of 2010, when they launched their first TV box, Google TV. They initially partnered with Logitech and Sony to launch set-top boxes. Almost immediately the platform met hurdles, with content creators blocking the apps and browsers from accessing their online content, until finally the product was pronounced EOL this year. Google was aware of the decline in market share, usage and overall interest in the Google TV, as far back as early 2012, when they began developing the[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on October 3, 2014 4 comments Android TV, Other
Opinion: What we’d like in a Nexus 6

Opinion: What we’d like in a Nexus 6

The other day when I published the piece regarding the leaks of the Nexus 6 details there was a lot of discussion about what people would prefer to be in their Nexus 6. Most was centred around the size of the device. Dan Tyson and I decided to take it one step further and start a discussion about what we would like to be in the Nexus 6. Problem was, in the end, we agreed on everything so there wasn’t much of a discussion. We’ll leave that up to you in the comments section. I’ll start off our wishlist with[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on October 3, 2014 41 comments Opinion
Google updates Chromecast section in Play Store to Google Cast

Google updates Chromecast section in Play Store to Google Cast

Google has been moving towards the term ‘Google Cast’ for their Chromecast functions for a while now. To emphasise this, it appears Google has updated Google Play Chromecast apps section of the Android Google Play Store to be now called ‘Google Cast’. It’s gotten a little confusing, but it appears Google is trying to move towards Google Cast as the protocol, while the Chromecast remains as the $49 dongle we all know and love. There is no real ‘Google Cast’ section on the Google Play webstore, but the ‘Google Cast’ naming is also on the Chromecast Apps page as well,[Read More...]

by 8:29 AM on October 3, 2014 0 comments Chromecast, Google Play