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Kogan begins selling the Nexus 7 (2013)

Kogan begins selling the Nexus 7 (2013)

Kogan has just announced that they will be selling the Nexus 7 (2013) through their website. Kogan state that they have both the 16GB and 32GB available and advise the units will ship in 1-2 Business days. The 16GB is selling for $339 while the 32GB is priced at $389. Both units require shipping on top which will cost an additional $19. The tablet comes with a 1 year Australian warranty, with options to expand to 3 year or 5 years for an additional $59 or $69. The tablet also comes with a 14 Day money back guarantee. There is[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on August 2, 2013 23 comments Tablets
Android 4.2.2 update for the Vodafone branded HTC One delayed

Android 4.2.2 update for the Vodafone branded HTC One delayed

The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One appears to be going full steam ahead for Telstra and for Optus/Virgin Mobile too judging from comments, but it appears that owners of the Vodafone branded HTC One will have to wait just a little longer for their update. Although the update has been approved for distribution, Vodafone are currently negotiating to ensure that the update is delivered free of charge according to their latest blog post from Community manager Tim H : We’ve got good news with one small caveat. We’re ready to approve the update and have HTC roll it[Read More...]

by 2:37 PM on August 2, 2013 9 comments Carriers
Vodafone approves Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 update

Vodafone approves Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 update

Vodafone has advised in a Blog post that the upgrade for the Sony Xperia Z, from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.2.2 has been approved as of the 23rd of July and should be rolling out as an OTA update or through the Sony PC Companion software update application. The Android 4.2.2 update brings about a whole host of updates to the Xperia Z including : General stability and performance improvements New settings available: “Increasing Ringtone” and “Pulse Notification” Application security improvements Lockscreen widgets Customisable “Quick Settings” in the notification bar (max 10) Transparent notification and navigation bar My Xperia service[Read More...]

by 2:24 PM on August 2, 2013 6 comments Carriers, News, OS Update
Tapatalk 4 Beta moving to release next week.

Tapatalk 4 Beta moving to release next week.

Earlier this year in May, the team at Tapatalk released Tapatalk 4 Beta through the Play Store for users to have a look at. Frankly it’s great, it takes the best of the original Tapatalk, Tapatalk HD and combines them into a new look and feel for the app. Updating the old slide menus to a holo themed slide in/out menu system, tiled interactions and a more intuitive login system that stores your accounts and logins for various forums you frequent, the beta of Tapatalk 4 has been a huge success for them, now with over 150,000 installations of the[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on August 2, 2013 1 comment Apps
Motorola Migrate eases the pain of moving to a new phone

Motorola Migrate eases the pain of moving to a new phone

Soon after the Motorola Connect Chrome extension launched last night, Motorola launched another companion app called Motorola Migrate. It’s an Android app available from Google Play store, aimed at transferring important things like contacts, music, messages, photos and videos to a new phone – as long as it’s a Motorola phone. Motorola isn’t the first company to try to ease the pain of migrating your content from one phone to another. Anyone who tinkers with rooting and ROMming their phones very likely has a backup strategy in place so they can restore the important data after they’re done updating their[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on August 2, 2013 2 comments Apps, Manufacturer
July Android distribution numbers released

July Android distribution numbers released

It’s a new month and that means that Google has released the figures for the distribution of Android across devices, based on the versions of devices that accessed Google Play in the 14 days leading up to and ending on August 1st. With not much time to truly take into account the numbers for Android 4.3, it appears to have been left off the list this month, but we can surely see what happens when the August stats are released next month. At this stage all the numbers for older versions of Android continue to fall, except for those versions[Read More...]

by 11:41 AM on August 2, 2013 4 comments News
Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone

Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone

In a slightly surprising turn of events, Panasonic has announced a new Android device – its first ever cordless landline home phone powered by Android. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 – as its formally known – consists of a base station and a handset with the followings specs: 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) display Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS 0.3M pixel Front Camera 1450mAh Li-ion Battery microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset Android 4.0 ICS The device can function as an answering machine and store up to 40 minutes of recordings. Additional handsets can be registered with the base station (which can support up[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on August 2, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Motorola launches the Moto X

Motorola launches the Moto X

Our long wait for Motorola‘s first post-Google-acquisition smartphone is finally over. The Moto X was launched a couple of hours ago in New York. Let’s take a look. The Moto X story began earlier this year as the rumoured “X-Phone”, a supposed “superphone” which could eclipse Google’s own Nexus line and it was said that new and advanced materials were being considered for the device’s construction and build. In fact, the Moto X may be the most-rumoured device of the year with an early Vietnamese leak (which also unknowingly showed us Motorola’s new logo), and despite a rumoured lack of[Read More...]

by 7:27 AM on August 2, 2013 39 comments News
Motorola Connect hits the Chrome Store

Motorola Connect hits the Chrome Store

It seems that Google-owned Motorola still has a couple of tricks up its sleeve for today’s Moto X launch in New York. A couple of hours ago, a Chrome extension named Motorola Connect appeared on the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome extension appears to offer access to your phone’s SMS features and lets you see caller ID details for incoming calls. The full description: Send and receive texts from your computer. Motorola Connect allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. You can read and respond to texts using[Read More...]

by 11:34 PM on August 1, 2013 4 comments News
Ausdroid Podcast 80 – July 31, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 80 – July 31, 2013

Welcome to the 80th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we Jason and Dan were joined by Terence Huynh, Executive Editor of TechGeek to discuss the week’s news. Most of the stories were a continuation of last week’s Google announcements with Australia still waiting (impatiently) for the release of the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast but also looking forward to the newest developments with the Moto X. Featuring: Jason Murray and Dan Tyson, with special guest Terence Huynh. Thanks for joining us, Terence! Topics: Nexus 7 Chromecast Moto X Foxtel Play Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3[Read More...]

by 10:31 PM on August 1, 2013 0 comments Podcast
All the OTA Nexus updates and why they are slow to roll out.

All the OTA Nexus updates and why they are slow to roll out.

By now, you either have received your OTA notification to download and update your device to the latest version of Jelly Bean – Android 4.3 (JWR66V) – but there are still some out there who are waiting. The curator of the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Quéru has taken to Google+ to explain why the OTA updates for Nexus devices seem to take such a long time to come. Please don’t ask for the ETA of any given OTA. Here’s the deal: OTAs intentionally start very slowly, both in terms of numbers and in terms of timing. The goal is[Read More...]

by 6:34 PM on August 1, 2013 17 comments OS Update
Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus and Samsung, have today advised that they will be bringing a dual mode version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini to Australia. What is dual-mode? It’s in reference to the two types of LTE that are available – Time-Division Duplex LTE and Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) – FDD is the most commonly used technology in Australia and is being used by most of the carriers in Australia. Optus are currently the only Mobile carrier in Australia to offer TDD-LTE, and then only in one market – Canberra. Customers in Canberra have had access to the Optus[Read More...]

by 1:35 PM on August 1, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

The hottest tablet to get at the moment is the new Nexus 7 (2013) from Asus and Google, but with a retail launch looking to be in Early September and no word from Google on when it will launch on the Play Store, Australians are understandably looking elsewhere and Mobicity have just put up their pre-order site for both the 16GB and 32GB version. The pricing for the Nexus 7 (2013) is set at $389.95 for the 16GB version or at $439.95 for the 32GB version. The tablet is available for pre-order only at this stage and Mobicity are liasing[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on August 1, 2013 11 comments Tablets