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Aviate, the intelligent homescreen – our first impressions

Aviate, the intelligent homescreen – our first impressions

Most custom launchers are variations on a theme – static rows of icons with the occasional widget thrown in depending on your taste. Aviate takes a different approach, offering dynamic content that changes depending on your location, the time of day and a million other factors that I’ve only begun to discover. If you read other Android blogs (GASP! There are other Android blogs?) you’ll likely have seen everyone going crazy for Aviate for the last few months. Not Ausdroid though. We’ve been trialling Aviate for a while now, but frankly, its alpha version was nothing to write home about[Read More...]

by 8:56 AM on November 10, 2013 6 comments Apps, Mini Reviews
Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

If you’ve grown tired of the current camera app on ChromeOS, then you’re not alone, Craig Tumblison has noted that a new Camera packaged App is in the works and you can actually try it out now. The app brings a whole host of effects like Big Head and Big Jaw modes as well as colour effects like Grayscale and Sepia. The camera app did not actually work on the Chromebook Pixel camera but did work with a webcam I plugged in. If you want to give the app a go, then on his Google+ page, Craig has outlined the[Read More...]

by 1:31 AM on November 10, 2013 0 comments Camera, News
Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

If you’ve grown tired of the current camera app on ChromeOS, then you’re not alone, Craig Tumblison has noted that a new Camera packaged App is in the works and you can actually try it out now. The app brings a whole host of effects like Big Head and Big Jaw modes as well as colour effects like Grayscale and Sepia. The camera app did not actually work on the Chromebook Pixel camera but did work with a webcam I plugged in. If you want to give the app a go, then on his Google+ page, Craig has outlined the[Read More...]

by 1:31 AM on November 10, 2013 0 comments Camera, News
Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

Brand new Camera Packaged App coming soon – try it out now

If you’ve grown tired of the current camera app on ChromeOS, then you’re not alone, Craig Tumblison has noted that a new Camera packaged App is in the works and you can actually try it out now. The app brings a whole host of effects like Big Head and Big Jaw modes as well as colour effects like Grayscale and Sepia. The camera app did not actually work on the Chromebook Pixel camera but did work with a webcam I plugged in. If you want to give the app a go, then on his Google+ page, Craig has outlined the[Read More...]

by 1:31 AM on November 10, 2013 0 comments Camera, News
Sony Xperia Z1 — Review

Sony Xperia Z1 — Review

Sony’s second 2013 flagship phone doesn’t disappoint. Earlier this year, we rather enjoyed our time with Sony’s Xperia Z. The company’s waterproof, dustproof, “lifeproof” device proved popular despite being the underdog in the annual HTC-Samsung duopoly of mega powerful flagship phones. It’s thought that the device’s popularity may have been assisted by the release window, which saw Sony get the Xperia Z to market a month or two before the One and the Galaxy S4, but the device wasn’t without its flaws. Sony’s breaking with the accepted market trend of releasing one-flagship-per-year, taking a second bite at the Xperia Z[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 9, 2013 18 comments Design, Reviews
Oppo R819 Dual-SIM Smartphone — Review

Oppo R819 Dual-SIM Smartphone — Review

Oppo’s Dual Sim followup to the Find 5 Oppo attracted the eye of media and consumers alike with their Find 5 earlier this year, a device that was – and still is – seen as a worthy flagship device in both specs and style. The Chinese manufacturer’s attention now seems to be shifting towards the growing dual SIM smartphone market with the R819. Taking a quick glance at the R819’s peers, you might ask why dual SIM devices are targeted towards the lower end of the market with some average to low specs – it seems likely that some users[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on November 9, 2013 5 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Nexus 5 – First Impressions

Nexus 5 – First Impressions

Ending months of speculation and leaks, Google finally announced the Nexus 5 last Friday, and this week a number of Ausdroid team members received their shiny new phones. With a choice of black or white phone available at launch for the first time for a Nexus device, we’ve also got a nice split of white and black devices to play with. While we’ll bring you a full review of the device and Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to bring you our initial thoughts after nearly a week using our phones.[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on November 9, 2013 30 comments Phones
LG G Flex to be released in France – rest of the world later?

LG G Flex to be released in France – rest of the world later?

The LG G Flex  was first thought to be a Korean only release. It has now been revealed that the G Flex will be launched on the 12th of November in Korea  for 999, 900 Korean Won, or around $994. In a surprising move, LG announced that the G Flex would also be available through Orange France in early December. The initial sale of the G Flex outside of Korea hopefully points to a more global release. The G Flex will also have accessories such as a Quick Window case and Vest case. Specifications are: Display: OLED curved 6 “resolution 720[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on November 9, 2013 3 comments News, Phones
Moto G press photo leaks – or does it?

Moto G press photo leaks – or does it?

Serial rumour breaker, @evleaks, has recently posted an image of what they claim to be a press shot of the upcoming Moto G. After studying the images, it looks almost identical to the Moto X – even the time and date are very similar to the Motorola released press shots of the X. Here is an official Motorola Moto X press shot: And here is the @evleaks images of the Moto G: There are some very subtle differences between the two above images, there is an extra icon in the status bar of the “Moto G” render, and the way[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on November 9, 2013 4 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Google Glass Explorers won’t be deactivated if you sell them

Google Glass Explorers won’t be deactivated if you sell them

Google Glass explorers are highly sought after if you weren’t quick (or rich) enough to get your hands on them at launch. With only a small number of units being released with some pretty stringent rules about the use and particularly the sale of explorer units: The terms of sale on explorer units were very specific in stating If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device Desperate geeks can relax a little now that Google have relaxed that standpoint on deactivating the devices if[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on November 9, 2013 0 comments Glass, News
ASUS TransKeyboard: a nifty new keyboard for tablets

ASUS TransKeyboard: a nifty new keyboard for tablets

ASUS has just announced a clever new keyboard for your Android tablet called the TransKeyboard. It folds flat when not in use, and is easily popped into a bag for carrying with your tablet, as it’s only one centimetre high when folded and weighs 246 grams. When opened it reveals a full 26 cm QWERTY keyboard with wrist rest, and a very neat flexible folding lid that transforms into a structure to support any tablet or phone up to 10″. Magnets hold the folded lid in place, and it connects to your tablet via Bluetooth 3.0. The TransKeyboard charges via[Read More...]

by 6:07 AM on November 9, 2013 2 comments Accessories, News, Tablets
Google partners with Tapit to offer NFC enabled advertising for Google Music

Google partners with Tapit to offer NFC enabled advertising for Google Music

Google has partnered with well known Australian company Tapit, a global leader in NFC technology, who help customers by leveraging their NFC based platform in advertising campaigns all over Australia and the world, for a promotion that will help promote the Google Play Music service here in Australia. The promotion, which has also been pointed out to us by Ausdroid reader Beau Giles, sees signs placed in a select number of buses in Sydney, as well as trains in Melbourne & Brisbane, will offer travellers the chance to tap – or scan a QR Code for those not fortunate enough[Read More...]

by 3:55 PM on November 8, 2013 15 comments News, NFC
Pat Cash Tennis Academy

Pat Cash Tennis Academy

Champion tennis player Pat Cash has released a coaching app titled Pat Cash Tennis Academy. The app features beginners to advanced tips, drills, biomechanics, groundstrokes, serve and smash plus more. It also has an overview of his career from being a Wimbledon Junior and Senior champion, U.S. Open Junior title holder and other highlights of his professional career. The Pat Cash Tennis Academy app has interviews with him on a variety of topics such as best shots/players, winning Wimbledon and State of Mind. The videos are downloaded with the app so that a further internet connection isn’t required. Monthly video[Read More...]

by 2:55 PM on November 8, 2013 0 comments Apps, News