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New Sony Google TV in a dongle to be announced officially on Sunday

New Sony Google TV in a dongle to be announced officially on Sunday

The miniaturisation of components is leading to some interesting new designs for Audio-Visual equipment and the Google TV boxes are not immune, this seemingly tiny new Google TV device from Sony is set to be officially announced on ‘Sunday’ according to the Sony Blog. Called the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick, the dongle is reminiscent of the Chromecast dongle in size at least and plugs into the MHL port on your TV, it will require power but Sony advise it’s intended to be pligged into the mostly unused USB port on your TV. The Dongle will supply full Google TV functions[Read More...]

by 9:43 AM on September 14, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer
Twitter for Android v5 — Beta

Twitter for Android v5 — Beta

Twitter for Android is about to receive a major update to version 5.0, and it’s currently being tested in beta right now. Ausdroid has managed to take a sneak peek, and we’ll show you some of the new appearance below. The main changes in this version are that it has Android-style tabs, in-line media previews, hamburger navigation, and a proper action bar. The new interface allows you to scroll from side to side between tabs (like you could in the prior version, but it works a little better). The slide-out hamburger navigation panel allows you to quickly jump to other[Read More...]

by 6:39 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Coming up: Google Maps 7.2

Coming up: Google Maps 7.2

One of the great things about Android is that we don’t need to wait for a major OS update for the core apps in the ecosystem to receive an update. One such app — Google Maps — receives fairly regular updates, and each time Google manages to make the product just that little bit better. Artem and the guys over at Android Police have cracked open the latest Google Maps update (version 7.2 to be precise), and having installed it ourselves, we thought we’d give you a quick heads up on the new features. Route preview and one-click navigation Users[Read More...]

by 6:15 PM on September 13, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

We’ve already seen the HTC One announced in various markets in Glacial Silver, Stealth Black, Glamour Red and Vivid Blue but a new leak out of China could possibly point to a Gold coloured HTC One coming to market. The leak which shows a phone in parts only could just be something of a test device with no potential of coming to market, but with HTC seemingly trying to milk the HTC One by introducing colour variants, it’s possible it could come to market. While HTC Australia have yet to announce anything with regards to local availability of the Glamour[Read More...]

by 6:09 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

The physical details for the new Nexus phone have just about been confirmed in every detail thanks to some leaks at the FCC, but when it will launch and what features Android 4.4 – Kit Kat will bring to the table has not yet been determined. A new tip we’ve received – which we’re taking with a large grain of salt – is advising that the magic date we’re waiting for will be October 14th. The date certainly fits in with the time frame that most people are expecting of an October announcement of the next version of Android and[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on September 13, 2013 183 comments Phones, Rumours
Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Many of us were enamoured with the first iteration of Plants v Zombies playing it for many fun, albeit frustrating hours on end sometimes. The developers of PvZ promised a new and improved PvZ2 using the freemium model for monetisation  leading to quite a bit of hype, not all of it positive, surrounding it’s release. It was released for iOS in August of this year with a slow roll out, beginning with Australasia followed by the rest of the world.  The reason given for this timed, gradual release was to test whether the Popcap servers could handle the load of[Read More...]

by 1:34 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments News
LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

The LG G2 was announced at an event in New York at the very beginning of August and when we met with LG to get a hands-on with the new super phone they advised that Optus would launch the phone in October/November. The press release from the launch of the new 4G Plus network this morning revealed this one line throwaway : The LG G2 will be out in November While we still don’t have any details on the pricing or plans apart from the outright price of $699, or a release date – we’ve requested more information – at[Read More...]

by 1:22 PM on September 13, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Phones
Optus launch their 4G Plus LTE Network

Optus launch their 4G Plus LTE Network

Optus has today announced that they have expanded their 4G Plus LTE Network to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in a move that will enhance their existing 4G offerings. The new 4G plus network is an expansion of the trial TD-LTE network which was launched in Canberra earlier this year running on the 2300MHz network. The TD-LTE network allows for transmit/receive of data to occur on the same frequency but at different times as opposed to FD-LTE technology currenly used in other Australian 4G networks which uses a seperate channels for each. Optus plans to progressively roll out this new[Read More...]

by 12:42 PM on September 13, 2013 9 comments Carriers
Chromebook Pixel will not get a successor

Chromebook Pixel will not get a successor

The Chromebook Pixel is a wonderful piece of engineering, with a small flaw – truly awful battery life. The announcement yesterday of new Haswell based ChromeOS devices, saw me hopeful that a new Chromebook Pixel powered by these power sipping CPUs could be on the cards, however that hope has been shot down by Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google. Mr Sengupta advised a small group of reporters after the announcement of the new Chromebooks at the Intel Developer forum yesteday that the Ivy Bridge packing pixel was merely a ‘prototype to show off the power of the[Read More...]

by 9:55 AM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Samsung Mobile Business exec advises 64-Bit Chips are coming to new smartphones

Samsung Mobile Business exec advises 64-Bit Chips are coming to new smartphones

With the launch of the iPhone 5s on Wednesday morning, Apple sparked a new battlefront for smartphone manufacturers – 32-bit vs 64-bit CPUs – and Samsung is keen to follow their lead. Speaking to the Korean Times, Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun advised Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality. It’s not promising the next Galaxy device will run a 64-bit processor but it will come soon enough. It’s really not that big a revelation, based on recent announcements from ARM regarding their upcoming ARMv8 architecture, which will see Cortex A-53[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on September 13, 2013 7 comments News
Clear shots of what looks like the new Nexus found at the FCC

Clear shots of what looks like the new Nexus found at the FCC

Remember the phone in the Kit Kat statue raising video? Well this picture and several more were found inside an FCC Filing for the Verizon LG G2 that was stopping past the FCC for certification. The phone is missing the horizontal ‘NEXUS’ logo from the video but does have the back camera lens and the flash holes line up perfectly with that phone – and the one from the LG-D820 FCC Filing. There’s also a mysterious hole in the back, centre of the back. The pictures of the phone show the 3.5mm Headphone jack at the top, power button on[Read More...]

by 6:29 AM on September 13, 2013 12 comments News, Rumours
Spruce up your Android phone with the wallpapers from iOS 7

Spruce up your Android phone with the wallpapers from iOS 7

Say what you will about Apple, but they can be quite stylish at times. Jony Ive and team have crafted a completely new look for iOS 7, which will turn the stale, skeuomorphic design of the iPhone into something that can much better keep up with the excellent design efforts coming from Google these days. While, I’m sure many of us prefer the look of Android to iOS generally, there’s no reason we can’t take what we like, such as iOS 7′s new wallpapers, and use them to give our Android devices a bit of a sprucing in time for[Read More...]

by 8:47 PM on September 12, 2013 14 comments Other
Intel Announce New SoC

Intel Announce New SoC

Intel have yet to make an impression in the mobile market as they have with desktop CPUs. At yesterdays Intel Developer Forum, their new CEO, Brian Krzanich, announced firstly a product that they hope will become a mainstay of Android tablets, the Bay Trail SoC, and also a product built specifically for wearable technology, the Quark Processor family. The Bay Trail is Intel’s first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) built for mobile devices. It is designed to be high performance, low power, perfect for Windows and Android tablets, as well as 2-in-1 devices. Whether this translates to a better overall experience in a real[Read More...]

by 8:46 PM on September 12, 2013 2 comments News