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Kickstarter AU Focus: Me in a Storybook – 3 Little Pigs

Kickstarter AU Focus: Me in a Storybook – 3 Little Pigs

We’ve mentioned Aussie developer Andrew Dittmer before – anyone who listens to the Ausdroid Podcast will know that Dan is quite fond of his retro LCD game Plunder Bros. Last month, Andrew released his new kids storybook app Me in a Storybook: Farm. Me in a Storybook allows you to take a photo of your kids on your device’s camera as they make various faces and poses. Your kids can then see themselves in the book and they can become the hero of the story. Dan tells us his son enjoyed the experience rather a lot. With the concept proven[Read More...]

by 8:54 AM on November 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

Google Engineer Dan Sandler explains why Android 4.4 connectivity indicators have changed

We know there have been a lot of changes in Android 4.4, and a lot of them visual. One of the more obvious changes, which you can see in the image above, is that stock Android now features white status bar icons instead of blue. You mightn’t think that this means an awful lot, and you could be forgiven for thinking so, but to understand why this change matters, you need to understand how things were. How it used to be Previously, in Android 4.3 and for quite a few versions before, the status bar icons were blue. Sometimes they[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on November 19, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update
Modding The Nexus 5: The Current State of Affairs, Part 1

Modding The Nexus 5: The Current State of Affairs, Part 1

Hi. My name is Scott and I’m a modder. I am convinced it is nothing to be ashamed of. The main reason I buy a Nexus phone/tablet is to be able to modify it, tweak it, hack it and generally push it up to and beyond its supposed limits. Many of you are the same, I am sure. Ever get that itch to flash a new hack, mod or custom ROM even though it’s getting close to midnight and you have to be at work in only a few hours? Ever then spend the new hour or two trying to[Read More...]

by 7:34 AM on November 19, 2013 22 comments Modding, Other
Fireballs in the Sky — Track meteorites with your Android

Fireballs in the Sky — Track meteorites with your Android

Curtin University’s Department of Applied Geology has been working on something exciting in outback Australia, and it has to do with meteorites, fireballs, and trying to understand our origins. Heavy stuff. Firstly, let’s take a look at what they’re trying to achieve, and then, how they’re going to achieve it. The project Meteorites are the oldest rocks in existence: the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system. They sample hundreds of different heavenly bodies. Potentially, meteorites offer a direct route to understanding our origins. But to decode that record we need to know where[Read More...]

by 7:24 AM on November 19, 2013 0 comments Apps, Exclusive, News
Get a free short film from Google Play Movies!

Get a free short film from Google Play Movies!

Some of us who opened Google’s Play Movies & TV this afternoon on our devices were surprised to find a free short film on offer, or automatically added to our collections. Two items appear to be on offer – Pixar’s fantastic short La Luna (which screened in front of Brave in cinemas), and Shaun the Sheep – The Big Chase. We can’t see a pattern to who gets which film – several members of the Ausdroid team have both a 2013 Nexus 7 and a Nexus 5, but the offer appears to be inconsistent even amongst that group and we’ve[Read More...]

by 6:02 PM on November 18, 2013 25 comments News
LG comments on Nexus 5 retail pricing

LG comments on Nexus 5 retail pricing

Today has been another big news day for Nexus 5 developments, and hot on the heels of announcements from Telstra and LG regarding carrier and retail availability respectively, we’ve now got a bit of an insight into why there’s such a huge difference in price between the Nexus 5 via the Play Store and via retail channels. Ausdroid was surprised to learn that while the 16GB Nexus 5 is available for $399 online, the retail version will go for $699, representing a 75% markup in price. This is a significant markup — we as Australians are used to paying an[Read More...]

by 5:28 PM on November 18, 2013 26 comments News, Opinion, Phones
[Update] Google’s Info Cards within Play Movies now in Australia

[Update] Google’s Info Cards within Play Movies now in Australia

Google introduced Info Cards to the Android Play Movies app a few months ago now, but as the service feature was limited to people living within the US, it was something that we (and others worldwide) were waiting with baited breath to come to every Android user. Well it seems that Google has updated the service so Android users here in Australia can now use Info Cards within the Play Movies app as well. What this means for Australian Play Movies users it that they will be able to pause any video they are watching and simply learn the filmography[Read More...]

by 5:00 PM on November 18, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Nexus 5 available via retailers end of November

Nexus 5 available via retailers end of November

Just earlier today, Telstra confirmed that it would be carrying the latest Nexus handset, the Google Nexus 5, on a variety of its plans. This afternoon, we’ve received official confirmation from LG that the Nexus 5 will also be available via retail partners for in-store purchase. The news is not all good, however. The retail pricing has been confirmed as $699, and only the 16GB model will be available; the 32GB model, it seems, is destined to remain an online-only purchase option. Both the black and white colours will be available, however, and at this stage it looks like you’ll[Read More...]

by 4:52 PM on November 18, 2013 13 comments News, Phones
[Update] Telstra announces the Nexus 5 on business & personal plans from November 26

[Update] Telstra announces the Nexus 5 on business & personal plans from November 26

After our report last week that Telstra would be selling the Nexus 5, the carrier has officially announced that its stores are expected to have stock of the highly-sought-after device from Tuesday November 26, with online pre-orders open now. It’s worth noting that they’re only offering 16 GB black models of the phone, and will also sell the device outright for $696 – a significant markup over Google’s price of $399, but if you’re in the market for a new device on-contract, you could do much worse. To sweeten the deal, Telstra is also offering customers who pre-order the device[Read More...]

by 4:44 PM on November 18, 2013 22 comments Carriers, News, Other, Phones, Sale
Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

It seems Australian carriers are gearing up for the Christmas period with various offerings. The latest comes from Optus, offering the Huawei Ascend Y210 Android powered smartphone for $79 on pre-paid. As you might expect, an ground-floor price gets you ground-floor specs. The Y210 isn’t going to set the world on fire: 3.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (165 ppi) 512 MB ROM 256 MB RAM 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU Adreno 200 GPU Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon chipset 2 MP rear facing camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Android v2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Connectivity: 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz Remember, this is a sub-$100 phone.[Read More...]

by 1:19 PM on November 18, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Beautiful Android # 6

Beautiful Android # 6

Welcome to the November edition of our Beautiful Android series, in which we highlight some of the most beautiful and useful applications available for the Android platform. As you’ll see below, Android has truly come a long way since Google began its focus on design with Ice Cream Sandwich, and these days, it seems like more applications are making use of the Android Design Guidelines than not. Below are five applications that we feel exemplify the three overarching goals of Android design – enchant me, simplify my life and make me amazing. As always, you can see all the applications[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on November 18, 2013 3 comments Apps, Mini Reviews
Motorola RAZR M on sale at Dick Smith’s 2 day click frenzy deals for $269

Motorola RAZR M on sale at Dick Smith’s 2 day click frenzy deals for $269

With the Moto G announced last week, its seems that older models like the RAZR M are being reduced on sale, albeit very slowly. In an email received from Dick Smith, it seems they are having an additional 2 day Click Frenzy deals starting sometime today, with the Motorola RAZR M being reduced to $269. It was originally $349. The RAZR M is a 4G device and unlocked, so it can be used on an network. Just in case you have forgotten, here is a list of the full specs the RAZR M is packing: 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive[Read More...]

by 11:04 AM on November 18, 2013 6 comments News, Phones, Sale
Virgin Mobile ups the ante with double data offers

Virgin Mobile ups the ante with double data offers

Following the lead set by Vodafone with its double data offer on the new Red mobile plans, Virgin Mobile has decided to make a similar offer in the lead-up to Christmas. Available for plans taken up between 18 November 2013 and 13 January 2014, Virgin Mobile will offer double data on the $60 and $90 phone plans (and the equivalent BYO plans at $50 and $80 respectively). This takes the $60 phone plan / $50 BYO plan to 3GB of included data, and the $90 phone plan / $80 BYO plan to 6GB included data. Further information about these plans[Read More...]

by 10:21 AM on November 18, 2013 6 comments Carriers, News, Phones