News

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
Samsung Galaxy S5 shown off with working build of Android L

Samsung Galaxy S5 shown off with working build of Android L

Samsung has been relatively good at updating their flagship devices to the latest version of Android soon after release, and it’s expected that once Android L is released, the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 – as well as other top shelf devices – should see it soon after. Samsung is apparently already working on an Android L version of their UI, possibly through access to the Partner Development Kit, and Sammobile has shown off an eight minute walkthrough of Android L on a Galaxy S5 for your viewing pleasure. The video shows off a Galaxy S5 running Android L build:[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on October 3, 2014 2 comments News
Google Play Newsstand gets Material Design based update

Google Play Newsstand gets Material Design based update

Google Play Newsstand took over from Google Play Magazines in November last year, and since then there’s been a few minor updates, but nothing terribly huge. Today Google has announced that the app will be getting an update to Material Design, preparing the way for the launch of Android L. According to the Android Blog, the Material Design based update gives Google Play Newsstand ‘bigger images, more contextual headers and smoother transitions’. A better experience on phones is also promised, with a list of available articles that include an easy to see picture on the right. Google has added topic[Read More...]

by 7:50 AM on October 3, 2014 2 comments Apps
Parrot Announce the Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones

Parrot Announce the Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones

Here at Ausdroid we have a bit of good natured teasing going on. One of us owns a pair of Parrot Zik headphones, and one of us wishes they did. Why you ask? The reason is that in many reviews of high-end bluetooth headphones the Parrot Zik comes out on top. They sound amazing with an extremely accurate sound that has pure deep base along with seemingly perfect high end as well. They have a touch panel on the exterior of the cans, which allow you to play, pause or skip songs and increase or decrease the volume. In my[Read More...]

by 8:06 PM on October 2, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Aldi launching Cocoon branded Android Media Streamer on the 11th of October

Aldi launching Cocoon branded Android Media Streamer on the 11th of October

Aldi has dabbled with Android media streamers previously as part of their ‘Special Buys’ section of their catalogue. The previous model must have done alright, because they’re going again next Saturday with a Cocoon branded set-top box. The set-top box will be selling for $59.99 as part of their ‘Special Buys’, so it’s a limited time offer. The set-top box will connect to your TV via a HDMI connection and then srteams video, music and games. The box isn’t terrible when it comes to hardware, in fact it’s pretty decent, including : Quad Core processor 1GB RAM 8GB Internal Storage[Read More...]

by 11:24 AM on October 2, 2014 10 comments Accessories
Nexus 7 (2013) LTE finally gets an Android 4.4.4 factory image

Nexus 7 (2013) LTE finally gets an Android 4.4.4 factory image

Google has taken their sweet time, at least as far as owners of the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE are concerned. Google originally released factory images for the Nexus range back in June, but it’s taken nearly four months for a factory image to be released to the Factory Images for Nexus Devices page on the Google Developer site. The build is KTU84) and you’re looking at a 475MB download to grab the file. The MDF and SHA-1 checksum is available to ensure the full file is downloaded uncorrupted on your end before flashing. You can find the link below :[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on October 2, 2014 3 comments Android Development, News