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Rumour: HTC to manufacture Amazon phone

Rumour: HTC to manufacture Amazon phone

As HTC spirals closer to its doom, we’re seeing the company taking more and more drastic steps to stay afloat, such as the sale of its share in Beats and the rumoured talks with Lenovo about a potential buy-out of the beleaguered Taiwanese company. The latest rumour suggests a return to the HTC of yore – building phones for other companies. Particularly, Amazon. Amazon have long been rumoured to be building an Android-powered smartphone, but they obviously don’t have the ability to manufacture the device themselves, and so enter HTC – a company with a reputation for building solid mobile[Read More...]

by 9:12 AM on October 16, 2013 3 comments Phones, Rumours
New Nexus 7 commercials released in the US

New Nexus 7 commercials released in the US

Google has released two new commercials for the Nexus 7(2013) in the US. Google has gotten pretty good at their marketing of late especially their commercials, the latest ones focus on using Google Now as well as Hangouts. The first one – titled Google Nexus 7: Study Hal – is actually more US-centric as it focuses on a college student who is using Google Now for searching coffee shops at which to study at and also uses it to purchase a text book – an option not yet available here in Australia, although Google assures us that it will be[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 16, 2013 1 comment Tablets
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star launches on Google Play in Australia

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star launches on Google Play in Australia

If you’re a fan of the Tiny Tower games and Star Wars, then this newest game called Star Wars: Tiny Death Star by developer Nimblebit will certainly interest you. Nimblebit have developed a Tiny Tower game based in the Star Wars universe in co-operation with Disney and LucasArts and the best part for us in Australia is that it’s available here exclusively – for now. The premise of the Tiny Tower games is that you build rooms within an apartment block – in this case the Death Star – that fulfill different purposes as they attract different characters i.e living[Read More...]

by 8:07 AM on October 16, 2013 3 comments Apps
Humble Bundle 7 with Android now available

Humble Bundle 7 with Android now available

The Humble Bundle 7 with Android has just gone on sale over at the Humble Bundle Website, offering users the chance to pick up 4 games for whatever price you wish to pay, with the option to pay above the average and score two more great titles as well. The games included for whatever price you wish to pay are Ticket to Ride, Greed Corp, Incredipede and Anodyne but, if you want to pay above the average price of $6.52 at the moment, you’ll receive two extra games – Worms Reloaded and The Bard’s Tale with more games promised to[Read More...]

by 7:16 AM on October 16, 2013 5 comments Sale
Batman: Arkham Origins coming to Android

Batman: Arkham Origins coming to Android

NetherRealm Studios are releasing a companion game for Android for their PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PC game, also called Batman: Arkham Origins. The Australian release for the console version is the 25th of October, with the Android release of the beat-em-up version following soon after. Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel to the critically acclaimed “Batman: Arkham Asylum” (2009) and “Batman: Arkham City” (2011), set in the early days of Bruce Wayne’s career as Batman. The Android version of  Arkham Origins will be a beat-em-up fighting game, featuring four locations initially – Uptown Gotham, The Docks, Downtown[Read More...]

by 5:37 AM on October 16, 2013 2 comments News
Aviate – a contextually aware simple homescreen replacement now in Beta

Aviate – a contextually aware simple homescreen replacement now in Beta

Overnight, a new homescreen replacement app has appeared called Aviate – it’s a new take on your homescreen using the Google Now style as a basis for one of the most simple, yet informative homescreens you’ll use. Aviate is released by ThumbsUp Labs – who have two ex-Googlers on the team: Will Choi, who worked on Google’s front end search, and Paul Montoy-Wilson a project manager at Google Play when it was still the Android Marketplace – so they’ve got experience with Android usability as well as app discovery. The team at Aviate say they have two goals with Aviate[Read More...]

by 5:36 AM on October 16, 2013 11 comments Apps
Hands-on with the HTC One Max

Hands-on with the HTC One Max

HTC launched the One‘s big brother – the One Max – today. We’ve been lucky enough to spend a bit of hands-on time with the device this afternoon. Physically, the One Max is an imposing device. Owing to its 5.9 inch screen with physical buttons and BoomSound speakers above/below, it’s about one and a half wallets tall and has quite a heft to it. The added weight is perhaps the price of using the metal parts for which HTC’s range has been so well known this year. The One Max borrows more from the One Mini than the One in[Read More...]

by 9:20 PM on October 15, 2013 0 comments News
New Nexus 5 images from Russia

New Nexus 5 images from Russia

The globe trotting Nexus 5 has paid a visit to Russia, after recently enjoying some time in France, in a bar, cavorting with another phone, and revealing all in an early service manual. The new photos do not reveal much more than we already know: the Nexus 5 has a very large ring around the camera, the back appears to be made of the same comfortable to hold material as the Nexus 7: The front camera is on the left, the earpiece is circular and in the centre of the top bezel: The phone looks to have a similar thickness[Read More...]

by 9:07 PM on October 15, 2013 3 comments News, Phones
HTC One Max headed for Optus

HTC One Max headed for Optus

The recently launched HTC One Max looks like it will be coming to Optus, if their Google+ page is a good indicator. Optus has just posted a mini review of the One Max, indicating that an announcement for stocking the phone is looming. Optus linked on their Google+ page to a US site for the mini review, and not an Australian android news site, that had the information about the HTC One Max hours before. The main specs for the One Max are: 5.9″ Full HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 16 or 32GB[Read More...]

by 8:09 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News
HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

The Desire brand is officially back in Australia with Vodafone announcing today that the HTC Desire 601 is now available exclusively through them. The Desire 601 is a mid-range LTE phone with a 4.5″ qHD 540×960 resolution screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal, says: If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively[Read More...]

by 8:05 PM on October 15, 2013 1 comment Carriers, Phones
More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

In the previous leak of Android 4.4, the surprise Easter Egg was a slice of lime over a large K, representing the Google code name for 4.4 – Key Lime Pie. Things have changed since then, as KitKat has been revealed as the new name for the next version of Android. The latest leak, displayed here on a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, shows an “androidified” KitKat logo – though Key Lime Pie is still evident. Google will be changing this to KitKat before the release of 4.4. To get to the Android Easter Eggs, in the “About Phone” settings you[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on October 15, 2013 7 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
Blackberry defies predictions of failure and promises BBM “within days”

Blackberry defies predictions of failure and promises BBM “within days”

There’s no doubt that Blackberry is in a bit of trouble, unless you’re a Blackberry executive, then you’re probably rocking back and forth in the corner of a room repeating to yourself how everything will be as it once was. Blackberry has published an open letter basically telling everyone that everything is okay. Despite the widely regarded failure of Blackberry 10 devices to make any difference to the tale of woe, BBM for Android and iOS being delayed indefinitely after leaked versions got out and almost constant rumours about how or when Blackberry might be sold, Blackberry is telling us[Read More...]

by 5:04 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
With KitKat, changes to Android’s core features like SMS are coming

With KitKat, changes to Android’s core features like SMS are coming

The team behind the Android Developers Blog have announced that big changes are coming in the way SMS and MMS are handled in Android 4.4 KitKat. The executive summary is that third party messaging applications, like Textra or Handcent, can now be made the default app for sending and receiving SMS and MMS, as opposed to the way they currently do it by exploiting private / hidden API calls. This style of programming works — and works quite well — but it isn’t without its flaws. Prime amongst these is that apps using these calls can be broken at any[Read More...]

by 4:57 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Apps, Rumours