New Google Play starts rolling out to Australians

We have received word that the new Play Store has started rolling out officially to Australians. We saw a few days ago that the recommended content was added for those that manually updated to the latest version but it is good to see Google officially rolling it out. The new layout adds the Cards UI which Google have been using for a lot of their apps lately and I must say that I am a fan of the new interface. Have you received the official update?... Continue reading

Optus stores will have Samsung Galaxy S 4 stock tomorrow, despite online sell-out

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 hits store shelves in Australia tomorrow. Despite recent reports of stock shortages in the US, it seems that Australian carriers are doing fine. Optus tweeted on Wednesday that their online preorders had sold out, but has advised us that all of their bricks-and-mortar stores will be carrying the device tomorrow as planned. Have your pre-ordered a Galaxy S 4, or are you planning to pick one up tomorrow? Let us know in the comments. Continue reading

Factory Reset your Chrombook

In the world of laptops, you'll eventually be required to wipe the software and re-install everything back to the way it came from the factory. You may have gotten some malware you just can't be rid of or you may just be selling the machine. Within the relative safety of ChromeOS you don't have to worry about malware but you may need to sell your Chrome device eventually, so how do you wipe it? In Android you simply choose the factory reset option in settings and it's done for you, Windows requires you to have a CD or use the... Continue reading

Google has also put an Easter Egg in Google Glass

Google is well known for putting Easter Eggs in their software - just go tap the version number in your Android Settings or type 'tilt' into the search bar on the Google Webpage - and it seems that Glass is no different. Google Glass Explorer Jay Lee has posted on his Google+ page about an Easter egg he found in the settings of his Google Glass Explorer edition : If you go to Settings -> Device info -> View licenses, wait for the license file to open and then tap the touchpad 9 times (you'll hear an audible beep... Continue reading

Google gets more serious about tablet apps – Google Play Developer console receives tablet optimisation tips

Google is really beginning to make an effort with regards to addressing a perceived lack of tablet ready apps in Google Play. This began last year when Google introduced their Tablet App Quality Checklist for developers and continued just last week when they introduced new Tablet App Guidelines and Screenshots for the Play Store which allowed developers to present to customers different screenshots for their apps based on the device accessing the Play Store. Today, Google has introduced a new page to the Developer console which automatically scans your app to tell you how your app is... Continue reading

Iron Man 3 flies into Google Play in time for Australian Movie launch

With Australian cinemas amongst the first in the world to show the latest movie from the Marvel superhero stable - Iron Man 3 - Gameloft has managed to release their official movie tie-in game to both Android and iOS on the same day. Admittedly the iOS version launched some 12 hours before the Android version but it's now available to download from Google Play. Free of charge the endless runner is fueled by in-app purchases to upgrade your weaponry and armour, but from first play it appears that you can get a fair way into the game without purchasing anything.... Continue reading

Samsung continue to dominate the mobile market, nearly 30% market share in Q1 2013

The dominance that Samsung has over the smartphone market continued in Q1 2013 where they command an impressive 30% of the market. There's no sign of them slowing down, particularly as they're expecting to sell roughly 10 million Galaxy S4 units in the first month from release of the device. Add to this, the price of the Galaxy S III will no doubt drop putting it into the price range of a new segment of the market that previously would not have considered the device and the Samsung Galaxy juggernaut continues! Samsung's market reach is... Continue reading

Remember The Milk updated with new user interface

Popular to-do list app Remember The Milk has been updated with a brand new user interface. The new interface uses sliding panels to display information to the user. It's not just for phones either, with the layout scaling nicely to tablets as well. The default display shows you tasks that are due this week, and you can easily select a specific day of the week to show just the tasks that are due on that day. Adding a task is now easier, and you can easily add all of the additional information you require (eg, the due date), add a tag... Continue reading

Samsung Knox not shipping with the Galaxy S4

Adding to the news that James brought us earlier that Galaxy S4 shipments are going to be delayed in the US due to overwhelming demand, it looks like the Knox software that was to be launched with Samsung's new flagship device looks like it is going to be delayed as well. For those of you that don't know what Knox is, it gives you the ability to have both personal and business content on the same handset while keeping them separate from each other so you don't need to worry about something on you personal space messing up or... Continue reading

Galaxy S 4 shipments delayed in the US; Samsung blames ‘overwhelming demand’

Two of the major carriers in the United States - T-Mobile and Sprint - have had to push back their release dates for the Galaxy S 4 due to supply shortages. T-Mobile were to begin taking online orders today, but have delayed this until Monday, while Sprint are still taking orders on Saturday as planned, but the phone will not be available in stores, and it is giving no estimate of shipping dates. AT&T and Verizon, the country's two largest carriers, appear to be unaffected, so it's likely that Samsung has shifted stock allocations to the larger... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One? AndroidCentral finds out what New Yorkers think

Armed with both a Galaxy S 4 and a One, Android Central hit up Central Park in New York City this week to show off the two flagship devices, and to ask which of this year's hottest handsets they would prefer. Much like our own poll, results were pretty well even, with HTC gaining a slight lead over Samsung, despite the latter's popularity. According to one fedora-wearing subject, the One is 'cooler looking', while the lightness of the Samsung makes it 'feel cheap'. For every person who prefers the... Continue reading

Sony begins rollout of Android 4.1 for Xperia P, Xperia Go and Xperia E Dual

The title of this article kind of speaks for itself, but Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) will begin rolling out to the Xperia P, Xperia Go and Xperia E Dual this week, bringing buttery smoothness and Google Now to Sony's 2012 lineup. Together with Jelly Bean's trimmings, Sony have also made some improvements of their own, including: WALKMAN, Album and Movies applications have been updated to use libraries to make it easy to view and share your content; The application tray now lets you organise applications manually, and has an inbuilt search feature The homescreen now can have up to... Continue reading

Kogan now selling Nexus 4 Bumper – Undercuts Play Store price and offers free shipping

If you've found the $32 price tag of having the Nexus 4 bumper delivered from Google Play a little distasteful then you will most likely be very pleased with Kogans new addition. Kogan has added the Nexus 4 Bumper to their range and is selling it for the low price of $14 which includes free shipping. At a cost of $165 to replace a cracked screen on a Nexus 4, $14 is very cheap insurance to avoid this cost. The bumper fits quite nicely to the phone although it does make it a little wider. With the Nexus 4... Continue reading