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Chromecast in Australia — First Impressions

Chromecast in Australia — First Impressions

Here at Ausdroid, we like new toys. When we heard Google announce the Chromecast, we couldn’t wait to order some and have a play. Unfortunately, like many, we discovered that the Chromecast sold out just about everywhere within a couple of hours of the announcement, and they very quickly became very difficult to get. However, by playing some cards carefully, we’ve managed to get ahold of one, and this evening we’ve put it through its paces (albeit, in a limited sense) because we’ve not had time to fully explore how it could integrate with our lives just yet. In the[Read More...]

by 8:02 PM on August 8, 2013 15 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews, News
Oppo N-Lens render leaks, shows off a budding camera/smartphone hybrid

Oppo N-Lens render leaks, shows off a budding camera/smartphone hybrid

It seems that the budding camera/smartphone hybrid market is set to become the next big thing for smartphone manufacturers, with many looking to bring their camera features more in line with point-and-shoot or even compact cameras. Oppo seems to be looking to enter this market with its new N-Lens Series smartphone. From the leaked renders below, the N-Lens appears to house a slightly-protruding zoom lens with a flash positioned to the side. It’s said to house a 12-megapixel sensor. Though it does seem the device is somewhat inspired by Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, it also looks more like a smartphone[Read More...]

by 2:05 PM on August 8, 2013 1 comment Camera, Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 on July 24, I knew I was going to buy one. Heck, I buy every Nexus – even the ill fated Nexus Q. I feel this allows me to compare the original and the new version properly. Google has unfortunately staggered the rollout of the 2013 Nexus 7. We still don’t know exactly when the 2013 Nexus 7 will go on sale here in Australia, but indications from retailers are that it will be either late August or early September. Google has remained silent when asked for a launch date on Google Play,[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on August 8, 2013 3 comments Reviews, Tablets
Jean-Baptiste Quéru says he’s quitting AOSP over Nexus 7 factory image troubles

Jean-Baptiste Quéru says he’s quitting AOSP over Nexus 7 factory image troubles

Thanks, Qualcomm. This is why we can’t have nice things. Jean-Baptiste Quéru is the AOSP’s frontman – he gets praised when things work out, and cops the flak when they don’t. And with Qualcomm’s lawyers raining all over the Nexus 7′s parade, it seems that JBQ has had enough: It’s interesting that this problem was predicted six months ahead of time, but a bit sad that it still hasn’t been resolved. I guess some folks at Google are more interested in making money out of Android than supporting the modding community. While it’s sad that JBQ will be leaving the[Read More...]

by 8:29 AM on August 8, 2013 4 comments News, Tablets
WhatsApp gets update with one press record-and-send features

WhatsApp gets update with one press record-and-send features

If your one of the many thousand Android users who use WhatsApp, then you may have noticed that an update has become available within the Play Store which brings a more refined experience and feel to the app, but also a new cool feature – one press record-and-send voice messages or snippets. Now whilst this really isn’t anything new given the multitude of apps that are available within the Play Store that can do more or less the same thing, WhatsApp have been working hard to further enhance their service to masses and it shows. WhatsApp has now removed length[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on August 8, 2013 6 comments Apps, Google Play, News, Other
No ETA on factory image for new Nexus 7; lawyers to blame?

No ETA on factory image for new Nexus 7; lawyers to blame?

If you’ve decided to import a shiny new Nexus 7, make sure you read the instructions very carefully before you try to root the device – if you mess up, there’s no (official) way back. Google haven’t released factory images or binaries for their new flagship tablet yet, and according to Jean-Baptiste Quéru, the maintainer of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), we may be waiting quite a while: Griffin Millender When will flo get factory images? I have occasional screen flickering and would like to flash stock to see if it goes away. Jean-Baptiste Queru No ETA, and I[Read More...]

by 8:10 AM on August 8, 2013 0 comments Legal, News, Tablets
Samsung files for “Galaxy Gear” trademark

Samsung files for “Galaxy Gear” trademark

Galaxy Club Netherlands is reporting that Samsung recently filed for a trademark under the name of “Galaxy Gear”, believed to refer to the smartwatch they’re rumoured to have been working on in recent months. The trademark filing for the device is somewhat generic. Documents describe the device as follows: Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages; wearable electronic handheld devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle for the wireless receipt, storage[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on August 8, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Other, Rumours
LG announce the G2

LG announce the G2

The wait is finally over. After months of speculation and leaks, LG have officially revealed their new flagship phone, the G2. The device was launched at an event in New York City early on this morning Australian time. One of the most striking features of the G2 is the design. The power and volume buttons are located on the back of the phone, just under the camera lens. This means that the front and sides of the phone are completely devoid of physical buttons, with everything else being handled by onscreen soft keys. LG believes that having the buttons on[Read More...]

by 2:30 AM on August 8, 2013 16 comments News, Phones
Kogan begins selling the International HP Pavillion 14(E4W90PA) Chromebook with 16GB SSD

Kogan begins selling the International HP Pavillion 14(E4W90PA) Chromebook with 16GB SSD

Kogan has just begun selling the HP Pavillion 14 – E4W90PA on their website. Priced at $359 with a $10 delivery fee the Pavillion 14 from Kogan differs from the model selling at JB Hifi and Harvey Norman in that it comes with a 16GB SSD as opposed to the 320GB Hard Drive in the Pavillion 14 c001tu model. The other specs on board are the same as the model sold at both Harvey Norman and JB Hifi, it still has the Intel Celeron 1.1GHz CPU, 14″ 1366 x 768 resolution screen and 4GB of RAM. The decision to install[Read More...]

by 1:46 PM on August 7, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Google could possibly handover mass-production of Glass to Motorola

Google could possibly handover mass-production of Glass to Motorola

It seems Motorola could possibly be involved in the production of Googles current pet project – Google Glass – at least according to an article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal last week. During the last week’s launch of the Moto X in the US, Dennis Woodside, CEO of of Motorola Mobility, stated that Motorola is already lending a helping hand in many internal Google hardware projects. Stating that in terms of their help extending to Google Glass : supply chain head Mark Randall is helping Google think through manufacturing issues for Google Glass and one day might handle[Read More...]

by 1:07 PM on August 7, 2013 2 comments Glass, Manufacturer, Rumours
Nvidia Shield Source Code released

Nvidia Shield Source Code released

Nvidia have joined the disturbingly short list of manufacturers who offer an easily unlockable bootloader via ADB Fastboot as well as make their source code for all to see. What this means for the developmentally minded user is that the sky is the limit, custom OS images and third party ROMs are just the start of what is almost sure to become quite a strong and varied community based around the shield. nVidia has been panned in the past for their lack of support for the open source community, most notably by Linux creator Linus Torvalds, who famously gave nVidia[Read More...]

by 12:42 PM on August 7, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News
New Google patent shows customisable pattern unlock to apps

New Google patent shows customisable pattern unlock to apps

If the slide to unlock on your Android device has been a bit frustrating as you require security but lust after the lock screen shortcuts of your less than secure Android brethren then a new patent that has just been granted to Google may just help you out. Filed back in March 23, 2012, Patent 8,504,842 is a way for you to use customise your unlock pattern to unlock your phone direcly into an app of your choosing, thus allowing your device to remain secure, while at the same time allowing you quick access to the apps you need the[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on August 7, 2013 1 comment News
HTC One shown off in Blue

HTC One shown off in Blue

If the HTC One in Glacial Silver, Stealth Black or Glamour Red hasn’t so far attracted you, then a leaked render from serial leaker @evleaks overnight has shown the HTC one off in a light Blue colour. The tweet carries the description ‘HTC One, in blue, 2013′ indicating that we should see this phone this year and with 2013 certainly slipping away – only 139 days till Christmas folks – from us, HTC would want to release this phone soon. While the blue looks nice, the most important thing has not been addressed as yet, HTC already has Glacial Silver,[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on August 7, 2013 1 comment Phones, Rumours