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Google to up the ante for Tablet Apps in Google Play on November 21st

Google to up the ante for Tablet Apps in Google Play on November 21st

Google has been ramping up the focus on Tablet apps for a fair while now, going as far back as a year ago when they first announced a tablet app checklist. Earlier this year they expanded the checklist and announced a Designed for Tablets section in Google Play but as of November 21st that section will be front and centre for users, showing off Apps that Google feels meets the guidelines. The announcement today on their Android Developers blog, says that the ‘Designed for Tablets’ section will feature – Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New[Read More...]

by 5:03 AM on October 12, 2013 1 comment Google Play
More Nexus 5 pictures surface along with further Android 4.4 leaks

More Nexus 5 pictures surface along with further Android 4.4 leaks

It appears that Italian site Tutto Android has gotten themselves quite the source on the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat, with more information being published which reveals more about the look and feel of Android 4.4 as well as some accounts on the look and feel of the hardware on the Nexus 5. To start with a picture of the front of the device reveals the rounded speaker at the top of the phone, with the design being similar to those pictures that have already been leaked although a little more squared. The device is said to be ‘much lighter[Read More...]

by 2:20 AM on October 12, 2013 7 comments OS Update, Rumours
More Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 rumours and another possible release date

More Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 rumours and another possible release date

Android 4.4 – Kit Kat. It was announced as the next version of Android over a month ago, but with no feature set or indication of what it would include. The single 0.1 step upgrade from Android 4.3 seemingly indicates that no major GUI overhaul will be included but what will be included is the big question and two sources today seem to shed some light on that. As far as rumours for Android 4.4 the sources are a mix of AndroidPolice and Italian site Tuttoandroid, with both showing evidence of different location settings. With the new options seemingly setup[Read More...]

by 10:42 PM on October 11, 2013 5 comments NFC, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Google TV being phased out in favour of ‘Android TV’ branding

Google TV being phased out in favour of ‘Android TV’ branding

Google TV has never really had much of a chance to start here in Australia, the only official release we’ve actually seen here was the Sony Internet Player with Google TV (NSZ-GS7) and from a report by Giga Om Australia and indeed any other country, may not be getting any further Google TV branded devices either. The report states that Google has begun phasing out the Google TV brand with members of the Google TV team changing their affiliated position titles to that of Android TV and new events for services normally related to Google TV such as a recent[Read More...]

by 3:12 PM on October 11, 2013 4 comments News
WeMo Light Switch makes its way down under

WeMo Light Switch makes its way down under

Back in June when Belkin belatedly released an Android App for their exiciting home austomation system WeMo, in the US they were busy launching the WeMo Light Switch. The WeMo light switch was unfortunately not released in Australia at the time, instead we were advised it would be arriving here later this year. It’s now later this year and the WeMo Light Switch is now here. The WeMo Light Switch allows you to control the state of the lights in your house remotely, or by just using it as a normal light switch, simply integrating into existing light switch placements[Read More...]

by 2:52 PM on October 11, 2013 4 comments Accessories
New App ‘Me In a Storybook’ puts your child into the story

New App ‘Me In a Storybook’ puts your child into the story

A new app from Australian developer Andrew Dittmer of Appic Win, the same dev behind my favourite retro LCD game Plunder Bros. has branched out into childrens books with his new app Me In a Storybook: Farm (Kids). The new app, is a different take on the storybook App genre, which allows your child to take part in the story. In order to achieve this, you’ll need to take some pics of your child. At the main menu you select the ‘My Face’ option which then prompts you to take six photos of your child with various expressions – Excited,[Read More...]

by 7:57 AM on October 11, 2013 3 comments Apps
Amazon addresses brief glitch which allowed Chromecast to be purchased internationally

Amazon addresses brief glitch which allowed Chromecast to be purchased internationally

A flurry of excitement hit Australia the other day, when it appeared that Amazon had beaten Google to the international punch and opened up orders to international customers for one of the hottest items on Amazon right now – the Chromecast. The glitch allowed international customers from Australia, the UK and other countries to place an order for the device which had been restricted to US shipping only. Amazon quickly fixed the issue and has begun sending out emails to customers who did actually purchase a Chromecast during the brief window that orders were being accepted. Hello, We’re writing about[Read More...]

by 5:50 AM on October 11, 2013 16 comments Chromecast
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 October 11, 2013 0 comments Camera, News
Acer announces the Acer C720 Haswell based Chromebook in the US

Acer announces the Acer C720 Haswell based Chromebook in the US

When Google announced four new Haswell based ChromeOS devices at the Intel Developer Forum last month they neglected to announce any official details such as specs, but now the US arm of Acer has announced some more details on at least one configuration of the device. Acer has advised that the initial system given the model # C720-2800 are available to order now in the US for $249.99 from Amazon and Best Buy with ‘Additional configurations will be available in the coming weeks’. The C720-2800 will be powered by an 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell[Read More...]

by 11:21 PM on October 10, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, Manufacturer
M.O.J.O from Mad Catz available to pre-order in Australia

M.O.J.O from Mad Catz available to pre-order in Australia

The new Android console from Mad Catz which was announced back in June is set to make an appearance in Australia with local supplier The Gamesmen listed as the exclusive official retailer of the Tegra 4 based Console in Australia. Despite a price of US$250 overseas, the M.O.J.O is listed on their website for a price of $349.95 plus shipping, with shipping on the site seemingly a standard $6.90, at least with all the postcodes I tried(2600, 5000, 8000). Local release date is similar to the US with The Gamesmen advising on the order page that the Australian release date[Read More...]

by 9:53 PM on October 10, 2013 3 comments News
Samsung Galaxy J announced for NTT DoCoMo in Japan

Samsung Galaxy J announced for NTT DoCoMo in Japan

NTT DoCoMo has announced their new line up of phones and as well as the Xperia Z1 f they announced earlier, they’ve also announced the Samsung Galaxy J, which managed to leak only the other day. The phone which hasn’t been announced for any other markets as yet appears to be a slightly higher end spec Galaxy S4, sporting an upgraded Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy J Specs : 5″ 1920×1080 full HD SuperAMOLED Display 2.3GHz Quad-Core MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 SoC 3GB RAM microSD Card Slot 13MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front-Facing Camera NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth Android[Read More...]

by 8:35 PM on October 10, 2013 2 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Pressy Kickstarter Stretch Goal: adds screenshot drawing

Pressy Kickstarter Stretch Goal: adds screenshot drawing

We previously reported on Kickstarter project “Pressy – the Almighty Android Button” when it hit US $500 000 in funding, from an original humble goal of US $40 000.  Pressy is currently sitting on US $623 000, and to sweeten the deal they have announced a stretch goal incorporating a new function if they hit the magic US $650 000, with only four days to go. The function is unnamed at the moment, but they are calling it the “long-press-take-screenshot-draw-share-with-friends-be-happy”. We are sure that they will come up with a far more catchy title if the goal is reached. To[Read More...]

by 7:16 PM on October 10, 2013 2 comments Accessories, News
Sony officially launches the Xperia Z1 f SO-02F for NTT DoCoMo

Sony officially launches the Xperia Z1 f SO-02F for NTT DoCoMo

The Xperia Z1 f or ‘Honami Mini’ as it’s been known throughout various leaks in the leadup to its unveiling has been officially launched by Sony on the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The hardware specs appear to match up with those listed in the leaked catalogue that was found in the lead up to the official NTT DoCoMo launch : 4.3″ 1280×720 HD BRAVIA LCD 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SOC 2 GB of RAM 16GB On-board Storage 20.7MP Rear Camera with G Lens and 2.2MP Front-Facing Camera IEEE 802.11 a/​​b/g/N and AC (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 Android 4.2.2 IP58[Read More...]

by 4:44 PM on October 10, 2013 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones