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Look inside at what powers a Nexus 5…..again

Look inside at what powers a Nexus 5…..again

If the trips through the FCC weren’t enough for you already to gaze at a Nexus 5/LGD820/D821 stripped bare, then iFixit has just completed their teardown of the Nexus 5, but as well as showing off the internals of the device, they’ve added their thoughts on what’s important – repairability. Overall, the Nexus 5 fared quite well scoring an 8 out of 10, beating the previous Nexus phone the Nexus 4 which received a 7 out of 10 when it received the same treatment last year. While the overall tone of the teardown and thoughts on repairability were positive, there[Read More...]

by 12:11 PM on November 6, 2013 4 comments Phones
LG announces the LG G PAD 8.3 – coming mid-November

LG announces the LG G PAD 8.3 – coming mid-November

LG has today announced that their first foray back into the Android Tablet market – the LG G Pad 8.3 – will be hitting Australian stores this month, with JB HiFi to begin selling the devices around the middle of the month. Priced at $399, the 8.3¨ tablet is a mid-range tablet with some decently higher end specifications that have been paired with some great software that aims at giving you control over your AV equipment, while giving you a comfortable and user friendly way to consume media. The tablet has a very nice plastic bezel, with a metallic back[Read More...]

by 10:35 AM on November 6, 2013 8 comments Tablets
Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

Android Quick Start Guide for 4.4 KitKat

We previously reported that the Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide for was only available on the US Google Play Store. That has changed recently, with the guide now being posted on the internet in its entirety, and after perusing the  document, we think that the name “Quick Start Guide” is a bit of a misnomer. The usual two page guide that is  included in the package that is often referred to as a “Quick Start Guide” has been replaced by a 48 page in-depth review of most of the functionality of Android 4.4. Shown above is just one tip, but[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on November 6, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update
Shipping delays hitting Australian Nexus 5 orders from Google Play

Shipping delays hitting Australian Nexus 5 orders from Google Play

The Nexus 5 has had a relatively pain free launch when it comes to ordering, shipping,back end transactions and seemingly supply chain. The Google Play store did finally report the Nexus 5 as out of stock on Sunday, however as of Monday afternoon Google was once again taking orders for their latest Nexus flagship. With a large majority of customers receiving their phones over the last two days, it seems that there are some customers who aren’t receiving their phones just yet with some reporting that they are seeing their packages still stuck on Lantau Island – the FedEx shipping[Read More...]

by 4:33 PM on November 5, 2013 62 comments Google Play, Other
Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone launched their prepaid 4G  plans last month exclusively for existing customers, but as of tomorrow (6 November), new prepaid customers can join in the goodness of 4G. Naturally you will need to have a 4G capable handset, such as the recently launched Nexus 5, and a plan with plenty of data. Fortuitously, Vodafone has today announced that the $30 Prepaid Cap will have double the data until 31 January 2014, from 500MB to 1GB if activated before the end of January. If you are interested in Vodafone 4G Prepaid, you can check your coverage here. Have you already got Vodafone 4G?[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on November 5, 2013 4 comments Carriers
Google launches Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide in Google Play Books – but you can’t get it outside the US

Google launches Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide in Google Play Books – but you can’t get it outside the US

Anyone who has made the decision to not purchase a Nexus 5, but is still holding one of the devices in line to receive the latest Android update, is keen to learn all there is to know about Android 4.4 and Google wants to help. Google has launched an Android Quick Start Guide for Android 4.4 (KitKat) on to Google Play Books, only problem is that despite the Nexus 5 being available in multiple countries, only US residents seem able to access it. When you look at the Google Play Books listing for the 53 page Quick Start guide, outside[Read More...]

by 3:47 PM on November 5, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play
Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

In an early holiday gift to all, Vodafone is doubling the data on its $30 Prepaid Cap to 1GB. As well as the extra 500MB of data, the plan still includes $450 of flexible call credit and infinite SMS. This is available to prepaid customers from now, and the cut-off for the last activation to receive the double data offer is 31 January 2014. Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Clarke said: “By doubling the data from 500MB to 1GB we hope our prepaid customers will double the amount of fun they have with their mobile. With the arrival of the holiday season[Read More...]

by 3:31 PM on November 5, 2013 5 comments Carriers
Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here’s a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: More information about[Read More...]

by 3:30 PM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Carriers, Phones
Watching the Melbourne Cup in Australia with Android.

Watching the Melbourne Cup in Australia with Android.

It’s the race that stops the nation, it’s an Australian tradition that’s reached the point where most everyone in Australia is glued to a TV for around 3-4 minutes at 3PM on the first Tuesday in November, but what if you don’t have access to a TV? Well, in 2013 you can watch it online and Telstra is the exclusive online rights holder for broadcast within Australia and will be showing it through the Telstra Racing Network website. With a mobile or indeed any other type of internet connection, you can head over to the Racing Network website or download[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 5, 2013 0 comments Apps
Android Xposed

Android Xposed

Many of us love Android because of the way we can customise it to work and run how we want it to tun. We have near total control over how our device acts and looks. Apart from basic widgets and different launchers the only way to do this was with the use of flashing a custom rom and/or installed modded apps. The problem with doing this is that you often have to sacrifice stability and the stock Android experience to get this. Here at Ausdroid we have some members who do not want to give up the stability of an[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on November 5, 2013 10 comments News
Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 – Will you be able to use it in Australia?

Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 – Will you be able to use it in Australia?

The introduction of Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 has sparked the hopes of many Android users in Australia of an phone based NFC payment system such as that used in the US since the launch of Google Wallet back in September 2011, but as a traditionally US based service, will this work in Australia? The ability to use your phone to tap and pay at any one of the hundreds of thousands of NFC enabled Visa Paywave or Mastercard PayPass terminals that are present in retailers across Australia has been a dream since Google Wallet was first introduced. What[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 5, 2013 27 comments Apps, NFC
Rumour: Could a tablet from LG that just got Bluetooth certified be the Nexus 8?

Rumour: Could a tablet from LG that just got Bluetooth certified be the Nexus 8?

The tablet in the picture above, which was found on the Android Kit Kat website on Sunday, caused a bit of a stir with many people divided between decrying the picture as a photo-shopped mismatch and something that they would be happy to look into purchasing, but if Google is indeed working on an 8″ Nexus tablet to compliment their Nexus stable of devices then the LG V510 which just passed through the Bluetooth SIG is a definite possibility. The device which passed through the Bluetooth SIG is an LG device with the model # LG-V510, very similar to the[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on November 5, 2013 6 comments Rumours, Tablets
Updated: Android shaped Kit Kat hits eBay – starting bid at just $19.99 + shipping

Updated: Android shaped Kit Kat hits eBay – starting bid at just $19.99 + shipping

If you’re a true Android fan, then a must for your collection is an Android shaped Kit Kat bar that was recently created by Nestlé in cooperation with Google to celebrate the upcoming launch of Kit Kat. Ten were given away on the Kit Kat Facebook page and Ausdroid reader Anthony won Android shaped Kit Kat number 463. But, rather than be responsible for eating one of these chocolatey masterpieces, of which only 500 were made worldwide, Anthony has decided to pass the onus of what becomes of the chocolate Android on to someone else by auctioning off the creation[Read More...]

by 3:55 AM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Other