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Ausdroid Podcast 93 – The Kogan Missile Crisis

Ausdroid Podcast 93 – The Kogan Missile Crisis

Welcome to the 93rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Scott and Geoff spent as long as possible NOT talking about the Nexus 5… yet still managed to reference it every few minutes. Topics: Kogan and the GPL Motorola Moto G incoming Sony’s 4.3 & 4.4 upgrade announcement Sony Xperia Z1s (mini?) mistakenly appears on global site Google Music TapIt NFC/QR codes on Sydney public transport Former HTC execs go after the low-end Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Review Sony Xperia Z1 Review Nexus 5 First Impressions Nexus 4 removed from Australian Google Play store ART runtime Make your[Read More...]

by 10:31 PM on November 14, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 OTA links now available to download manually

The OTA updates for the Nexus 7(2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 were announced yesterday by Google and they’ve been tracked down by zealous Android developers on XDA-Developers and the direct links to the OTA links have been made public. While no factory images have been released as yet, they should be here shortly based on the release of the updates. The update is to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) KRT160 and will give you all the goodies that go along with it. Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only versions(3G/LTE versions will come soon : Nexus 7(2012) Nexus 7(2013) Nexus 10 : Nexus[Read More...]

by 5:12 PM on November 14, 2013 12 comments OS Update, Tablets
Kickstarter AU Focus: Tapshot

Kickstarter AU Focus: Tapshot

With the launch of Australian Kickstarter projects yesterday, we’ve been looking at what is on offer and there’s already a number of projects which either have an Android App or are an Android App and the first one that caught our eye was Tapshot. Tapshot from Game Synesthesia first came to our attention when we met the developers at the EBGames Expo last month. They were showing off Tapshot at the time but it was still a work in progress. The App is ready to leap over to a launch on Google Play(and the App Store) shortly with Game Synesthesia[Read More...]

by 2:05 PM on November 14, 2013 1 comment Apps
Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

The automated Nexus toolkits from XDA-Developer user Mskip have been enormously popular and spawned many copy cats along the way, with the release of the Nexus 5 he’s just launched the Unified Android Toolkit to support the most commonly used Nexus devices. The full list of supported devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 [2012], Nexus 7 [2013] and the Nexus 10 and these are all supported in version 1 of the Unified Android Toolkit but MSkip also has toolkits for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note[Read More...]

by 1:49 PM on November 14, 2013 5 comments Apps, Modding
LG invite you to watch the G Flex heal like Wolverine and flex in their Self Healing and Durability tests

LG invite you to watch the G Flex heal like Wolverine and flex in their Self Healing and Durability tests

The LG G Flex is quite an intriguing device and as time goes by, the temptation to get one is growing, especially when LG shows off some of the technology in action like the phone actually flexing and the back healing from minor scrapes. From their Self Healing & Durability video on YouTube, you can see the phone recover from light scratching from a wire brush within minutes as well as the phone flex from it’s curved form factor to straight and back again with no apparent long lasting damage. While it’s not actually worth me investing the almost $1400[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on November 14, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google+ Android App updated – Location and Photo Sharing improved

Google+ Android App updated – Location and Photo Sharing improved

The reasons for using Google+ just keep growing, Google themselves are throwing a monstrous amount of effort into a feature list for the platform that just keeps on growing and today they’ve announced that there’s more coming. Social Networking Android Developer at Google, Virgil Dobjanschi has announced the update on his Google+ page which lists all the goodies that will be rolling out in version 4.2.3 of the App : Opening “Locations” will automatically refresh your friends’ locations on the map. Photos now supports Android Beam, so you can share photos via NFC. Photos also supports Daydream, so you can[Read More...]

by 12:41 PM on November 14, 2013 4 comments Apps
Updated: Google Now update sees three new cards added as well as Waze data and Rugby scores

Updated: Google Now update sees three new cards added as well as Waze data and Rugby scores

The Android Google+ account has just advised that some updates are being added to Google Now, which should begin rolling out immediately – although there are no notifications for an update in Google Play as yet. The update consists of three new cards that have been added – Website update card can bring you things like the latest post so you’ll never miss a story. News topic card brings you fresh articles from the web on topics you care about. What to watch card gives you Movie and TV recommendations when you’re staying in. There are a couple of minor[Read More...]

by 12:28 PM on November 14, 2013 20 comments Apps
Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Back in September, Vodafone announced the 2013 edition of App Aid had begun, with five charities teaming up with five developers to bring apps that would help charities to achieve great things in the community. The apps are now being developed, and have now entered the ‘crowd-funding’ stage, where the public are given the opportunity to back any of or even all of the projects to help them ‘win’ the App Aid challenge. All of the projects will ‘Win’ in some respect with each dollar raised through Pozible being matched by the Vodafone Foundation up to a maximum of $10,000,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 14, 2013 0 comments Apps, Carriers, Charity
Virgin Australia announces Game Of Phones – a location based competition to win a heap of prizes

Virgin Australia announces Game Of Phones – a location based competition to win a heap of prizes

Virgin Australia has announced a new competition coming this summer that will use a location based Augmented Reality type game that will pit players against player in the streets of Australia to compete for virtual prizes in physical locations across Australia. The competition will be run through the Game of Phones App is available to download now from Google Play(and the App Store). The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 – there’s an alcohol prize – and has a certain Ingress type quality to it but with physical prizes on offer. There are 531 Prizes available[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on November 14, 2013 5 comments Apps, Competition
Improve Your Nexus 5 Camera?

Improve Your Nexus 5 Camera?

In February of this year Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, responded to a follower’s comments on Google+ said “we are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just wait and see.” Since then we have been waiting with bated breath wondering what Google could have up their sleeve when it comes to their next flagship, the Nexus 5. Well, no more wondering, the Nexus 5 is here. Many of us have them. Now most of us are wondering, maybe Vic meant next year? The camera in the Nexus 5 is good but not great. It is[Read More...]

by 9:59 AM on November 14, 2013 1 comment Camera, Modding
Motorola officially introduces the Moto G – a low end smartphone for everyone coming to Australia in January

Motorola officially introduces the Moto G – a low end smartphone for everyone coming to Australia in January

At their event this morning in São Paulo, Brazil, Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside announced their newest handset the Moto G. The phone according to Mr Woodside is definitely aimed at the lower end of the handset range. The Moto G is focusing on giving a great experience to customers who can’t afford the highest end handset or want a smaller handset. Mr Woodside says the ‘Moto G offers a premium experience at less than one third of the price of high end devices’. Hardware Charlie Tritschler, Product Manager Motorola Mobility, listed off the specifics of the device starting with[Read More...]

by 2:03 AM on November 14, 2013 31 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Kickstarter now has Australian projects – support local software and hardware developers

Kickstarter now has Australian projects – support local software and hardware developers

It seems that everyone loves Kickstarter, a lot of people go nuts over the projects, Android based projects such as Ouya, LIFX, Pebble and more have launched on Kickstarter and become phenomenons in their own right, but so far they’ve been overseas, but as of today, you can now launch projects on Kickstarter based in Australia. The fact that the projects are based in Australia means that you won’t be paying the pesky overseas shipping charge that you’ve been used to. There are two main conditions for launching a project on Kickstarter according to their project signup page : Everything[Read More...]

by 5:55 PM on November 13, 2013 0 comments Other
New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

New Airbnb app puts hosting in the palm of your hand

Popular hospitality hosting company Airbnb has released a new app today that lets you manage your hosting duties from your phone or tablet – without needing a computer at all. Airbnb helps you with short-term renting of a spare room that you may have to holidaying guests, and has over 350 000 hosts in 34 000 cities, with 1000 new hosts signing up every day. Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb said: “Hosts define the Airbnb experience, but they are busy people who are always on the go… our goal is to make hosting as easy as possible through[Read More...]

by 5:33 PM on November 13, 2013 0 comments Apps, News