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Get flexible with the LG G Flex 4G LTE now available to pre-order from Mobicity

Get flexible with the LG G Flex 4G LTE now available to pre-order from Mobicity

If a phone that can flex, curve with the side of your face and apparently heal like Wolverine if you scratch it, then the LG G Flex is the phone you’ve been looking for and Mobicity is about the only place in Australia that you can get it….so far. At this stage, Mobicity was unable to give an ETA for a delivery apart from hoping that it will arrive this month, but they are taking pre-orders for the curved screen LG G Flex in black with an asking price of Update: It seems the price has been updated the maths[Read More...]

by 4:29 PM on November 11, 2013 4 comments Phones
Aldi tablets and phone sale this Saturday

Aldi tablets and phone sale this Saturday

Aldi are bringing back their popular 10″ and 8″ tablets and their 5″ phone all at once for a pre-Christmas sale. Starting this Saturday (16 November), the Bauhn 10.1″ 3G Quad Core Android Tablet, the Bauhn 8″ 3G Android Tablet and the Bauhn 5″ Smartphone will be on sale. The Bauhn 10.1″ 3G tablet ($229) runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the following specifications: CPU: QualComm MSM8225Q Quad Core 1.2Ghz Operating system: Android 4.1 Jellybean Display: 10.1” Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 Resolution IPS Screen Touch screen: Capacitive Multi touch Battery: Li-Polymer, 6000mAh / 3.7V Internal memory: 4 GB +[Read More...]

by 2:59 PM on November 11, 2013 10 comments News, Phones, Tablets
Enable battery percentage on Nexus 5

Enable battery percentage on Nexus 5

KitKat arrived less than two weeks ago and we are still finding hidden gems within the 4.4 update. Google has never had the battery percentage included in their AOSP or stock ROMs, until now. The code for it was committed to the Android source and seems to be Google’s way of neutralising the Android interface so that it can match with whatever phone’s UI you are using. The addition of this to the code also means that the hacks seen in older custom ROMs to add the battery percentage no longer work and a new workaround must be found by[Read More...]

by 9:47 AM on November 11, 2013 12 comments
Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

As part of the reinvention of their brand, Vodafone recently launched their new “Red” plans which, accompanied by Red Roaming, allow you to roam internationally to over 40 countries using your phone with you number, your SIM and your plan entitlements. The price for this convenience is an extra $5 a day charge while overseas – an effort to curb bill shock for short term overseas travellers. There’s usually a difference between marketing hype and real world experience, so on a recent 2-week trip to New Zealand in October, I took the opportunity to review the service for myself. I[Read More...]

by 10:45 AM on November 10, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News
Make your Nexus 5 speak Australian

Make your Nexus 5 speak Australian

One criticism often levelled at “stock” (AOSP) Android is its lack of Australian English as a system language. While OEMs like Samsung and HTC often add this to their custom Android builds, Nexus devices have never had this option offering only US or UK English and possibly confounding users during setup. Why is this even an issue? We don’t spell words the same way the Americans do. We don’t ‘customize’ things, we don’t change ‘color’, and we don’t use ‘aluminum’. We also don’t use their month-day-year date system. While many of our words are found in the English (United Kingdom)[Read More...]

by 9:35 AM on November 10, 2013 20 comments
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