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Rumour: Motorola to produce a Nexus in Q4 this year

Rumour: Motorola to produce a Nexus in Q4 this year

A new rumour is floating around the internet and it involves two things that I’m a bit of a fan of – Nexus and Motorola. According to a Google+ post from Taylor Wimberly – founder of the Android site, Android and Me – a new smartphone will come out of the Google owned hardware manufacturer Motorola and it won’t be a Moto X based phone. The Google+ post is brief, simply stating : Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X). That’s it. It’s a pretty basic rumour right now, but Taylor was actually[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on August 9, 2013 14 comments Rumours
Google Play Textbooks live in the US – no Australian launch information known at the moment

Google Play Textbooks live in the US – no Australian launch information known at the moment

Announced at the recent ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event which saw the launch of the Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3, Google Play Textbooks was semi-overshadowed by some larger announcements but that’s not to say it’s not a valuable service and also potential money spinner for Google. The service has gone live overnight in Google Play Books in the US Play store. According to Android Police, the service is now live offering both rentals and purchases. Apparently though, a large proportion are offering only one option or the other, with only a few offering the Buy or Rent option. If you[Read More...]

by 9:38 AM on August 9, 2013 1 comment Google Play
Virgin Australia and Qantas to start streaming content to your personal devices inflight

Virgin Australia and Qantas to start streaming content to your personal devices inflight

Air travel can be boring at the best of time, especially the domestic flights that don’t include any on-board entertainment. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have somewhat ameliorated this by doling out tablets – iPads for Qantas, Galaxy Tabs for Virgin – but when the majority of passengers already have their own devices it seems a bit unnecessary to hand these devices out, and it seems that Virgin Australia is now starting to stream content to passengers own devices with Qantas looking to follow suit shortly, but only with iOS devices. According to Australian Business Traveller, they’ve spoken with Virgin[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on August 9, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Ausdroid Podcast 81 – August 6, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 81 – August 6, 2013

Welcome to the 81st episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we had a bumper crop of podcast participants as Jason was joined by Scott, Geoff and Dan. Dan has made the entire team jealous by being the first of us to get a new Nexus 7, so he mainly came by to gloat and tell us how awesome it is (spoiler: it’s pretty awesome). Tensions ran high in the Ausdroid team over the weekend as it split into two distinct groups – those of us who hate Motorola for bypassing Australia with the Moto X, and those of us[Read More...]

by 11:00 PM on August 8, 2013 0 comments Podcast
LG G2: Australian hands-on

LG G2: Australian hands-on

LG launched the LG G2 – the latest in their premium line of G Series phones, this morning at an event in New York. Ausdroid was impressed by the original Optimus G, but a late arrival to the Australian market saw it compared unfavourably to newer model phones, long after it launched internationally. LG has no intention of repeating that unfortunate history with the G2, however – it intends a pretty aggressive rollout over the next 2-3 months to over 130 countries, which should see this latest superphone shine in a market where its features are promising to make it[Read More...]

by 10:28 PM on August 8, 2013 15 comments News
Android Device Manager now live – Track, erase and call your device phone remotely

Android Device Manager now live – Track, erase and call your device phone remotely

The recently announce Android Device Manager service went live in the early hours of this morning. The update requries a couple of things for it to work on your device, a Google Play Service update was rolled out recently which allows you to add Android Device Manager as a device administrator and allowing limited remote control of the device. The settings for Android Device Manager are now present in the Google Settings app, where you will find check boxes to allow the service to ‘Remotely locate this device’ and ‘Allow remote factory reset’. If you don’t have these activated you[Read More...]

by 10:04 PM on August 8, 2013 10 comments Uncategorized
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