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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
Google Drive App brings new UI and pull to refresh

Google Drive App brings new UI and pull to refresh

While I have something of a personal standpoint about changelogs along the lines of “If you can’t tell me in detail what’s changed, I’m not updating your app” I have an inherent trust of Google since they already have all of my personal data anyway! So despite their changelog on the latest update stating “Bug Fixes”, I still updated the app; I’m glad I did. The new UI is clean, easy to navigate and for a lot of users will be more comfortable than the previous setup as it’s got a bit of a “Windows” feel to the navigation bar[Read More...]

by 8:41 PM on September 12, 2013 2 comments Apps
Ausdroid: Now featured on HTC’s BlinkFeed service

Ausdroid: Now featured on HTC’s BlinkFeed service

We’ve always believed Ausdroid was, and is, a great news source for all things Android in Australia, and we know that our readers agree. Well, it seems it’s not just our readers. HTC think so as well! Ausdroid has been approached by HTC to join the select group of news outlets featured in their BlinkFeed product, and I’m proud to announce that we’ve accepted, and we’re on board! Amongst other respected Australian technology outlets like Gizmodo and Tech Radar, Ausdroid now has its place. We’d like to welcome you to join us. If you have an HTC One with BlinkFeed[Read More...]

by 4:00 PM on September 12, 2013 10 comments News
New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

Google and Intel have announced some new Haswell based Chrome devices overnight, announced at the Intel Developer Forum which is currently going on in San Francisco they have advised that there will be new devices from existing ChromeOS partners Acer and HP as well as devices from new entrants to the ChromeOS market Asus and Toshiba. There will be new Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Toshiba and a new Chromebox from Asus. The new devices from Acer and HP are now showing on the international Google Chromebook Page, but so far details on the new Toshiba Chromebook and the Asus[Read More...]

by 11:58 AM on September 12, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
LG D820 could be the next Nexus after all – LG D821 drops past the FCC

LG D820 could be the next Nexus after all – LG D821 drops past the FCC

The emergence of the LG-D820 at the FCC proved pretty exciting for Nexus fans hungry for any news about the next upcoming phone. But a tweet from @EVleaks not long after proceeded to sink that for a number of people, with the serial leaker proclaiming that it was just a CDMA variant of the LG G2. At the time I wasn’t convinced as the dimensions on the D820 vs the LG G2 were not a match meaning that it was more likely a Nexus than a G2 variant. LG G2 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm LG D820 131.9 x[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on September 12, 2013 26 comments Phones, Rumours
NVIDIA Tegra Tab Coming with Tegra 4 chip and a stylus all in a 7″ display

NVIDIA Tegra Tab Coming with Tegra 4 chip and a stylus all in a 7″ display

According to Engadget, the rumoured NVIDIA Tegra Tab has passed through the FCC in the USA, providing more information into the mysterious and yet to be announced tablet. NVIDIA’s upcoming mystery tablet codenamed P1640 has been tipped to be called on launch, the ‘NVIDIA Tegra TAB’ and will utilise a Tegra 4 variant chipset which has not been seen before. The tablet will come with a 7″ 1,280 x 800 IPS display and a 3200mAh or 4100mAh battery. The manual which was included in the FCC filing does explain the device will come with a stock-looking flavor of Android Jelly[Read More...]

by 9:21 AM on September 12, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Latest Glass update brings Vignettes, Sound Search and YouTube search results

Latest Glass update brings Vignettes, Sound Search and YouTube search results

The latest update to Glass – XE9 – has started rolling out to Google Glass Explorers and brings about three new features according to the Glass Google+ account. The update adds some interesting new features, but nothing terribly earth shattering : Vignettes Glass now has a whole new way to tell stories through pictures. You can capture both a photo and whatever was on your display in that moment. All you need to do is tap and select “Make vignette” after you take a picture. Our team has been having a blast with this feature (as you can see below).[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on September 11, 2013 1 comment Glass
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9000 and N9005) now available for pre-order from Mobicity

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9000 and N9005) now available for pre-order from Mobicity

The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has just gone up for pre-order on the Mobicity website with two variants of the popular device. Both devices come with 32GB of on-board storage and differ only in CPU type and 4G LTE compatability. The first model of the Galaxy Note 3, the N9000, is the Samsung Exynos Octa-Core version running – 4x A15 1.9 GHz + 4x A7 1.3 GHz in the ARM Big/Little arrangement. The N9000 is selling for available to pre-order for $899.95 + Shipping and is available in Black or White. It’s worth noting that the Exynos Octa-core[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on September 11, 2013 13 comments Phones
Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game – Review

Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game – Review

If you’re a fan of the old Nintendo handheld LCD games that were released back in the 80′s, which allowed you to do some pretty basic gaming on the go before the good old Gameboy really kicked off the mobile gaming revolution, then Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game is definitely something you should check out. Australian developer Andrew Dittmer has launched Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game from his company Appic Win. Plunder Bros is actually a platform for a variety of these LCD based games. There are two currently available – Sink and Coco Nuts – with a third listed[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on September 11, 2013 5 comments Apps, Reviews
Ausdroid Podcast 86 – September 10, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 86 – September 10, 2013

Welcome to the 86th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week a href=”/author/daniel”>Dan was joined by Geoff, with a special appearance by Lucas Burnett to discuss the week’s local and overseas Android news. Note: We had some issues with the audio production for this episode, and have had to use the Hangout recording. It’s also really late. Sorry! Topics: Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Gear Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Xperia Z1 and Lens Cameras (plus, Australian Availability) Android KitKat Nexus 7 Australian Launch Twitter tablet app Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on September 11, 2013 0 comments Podcast
ACCC investigating in-app purchases in ‘Freemium’ games on Mobile

ACCC investigating in-app purchases in ‘Freemium’ games on Mobile

With Freemium based games getting ever more popular with developers as a good source of income, the potential danger with young children is that they can unknowingly rack up huge amounts of debt with very little to stop them. The rise and rise of freemium based games that are aimed at children is being noticed on a global front and the Australian Competition and Consumer commission(ACCC) has today announced that they, along with 50 agencies globally, have started ‘engagement with platform operators’ such as Google with their Play store and Apple with their iOS App store to improve education and[Read More...]

by 3:39 PM on September 10, 2013 10 comments Apps, Google Play, News
HP Slatebook X2 — Review

HP Slatebook X2 — Review

The first Tegra 4 device released in Australia, how does it measure up? HP is a company well known for their Windows laptops, in fact they are consistently rated in the top 3 manufacturers of laptops, but with demand for Windows 8 laptops not exactly exceeding expectations, they’ve taken to dipping their metaphorical toe in the waters of some alternative operating systems such as ChromeOS and Android. The first device from HP to run Android – the Slate 7 – failed to set either us or the world aflame with desire when it was reviewed, but the Slate 7 was[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on September 10, 2013 4 comments Design, Reviews