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Galaxy Gear app shown off in new leak – Bluetooth pairing with NFC

Galaxy Gear app shown off in new leak – Bluetooth pairing with NFC

If wearable computing in the form of Smartwatches is something you’re keen to check out, then the Galaxy Gear which is due to be launched in about a week is something you’ll be keeping a close eye on. Today EVLeaks has leaked a screenshot of the Samsung Gear Manager App which seems to be the hub for all settings on your Galaxy Gear. Using NFC you’ll tap your phone to the Gear and it will then pair the watch to your phone through Bluetooth. At this stage it’s unclear whether it will use the BLE protocol that Samsung have baked[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on August 30, 2013 6 comments NFC, Smartwatch
New HTC One Max details arrive, 2.1MP front camera confirmed

New HTC One Max details arrive, 2.1MP front camera confirmed

What you’re looking at, above, could well be an official shot of the HTC One Max, shown next to a regular HTC One (middle) and HTC One Mini (left). We’ve covered a bit of the HTC One Max so far on Ausdroid, and with it rumoured to be announced at IFA in September (i.e. just around the corner), the rumours have only intensified. GSMArena are reporting leaked specs for this new device, including a magnificent 2.1MP front camera (same as the HTC One), and it will launch on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running Sense UI 5.5. GSMArena is also claiming[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on August 29, 2013 5 comments News, Phones, Reviews
HTC One Mini to launch on Vodafone and Telstra

HTC One Mini to launch on Vodafone and Telstra

Announced by HTC back in July, the HTC One Mini is a pretty hot little phone and HTC has just announced that the phone will be available on Telstra and Vodafone. Telstra is advising on their Exchange blog that they will begin selling the Silver version of the One Mini from the 17th of September on their $60 ‘Every Day Connect’ Plan with an additional $2 handset repayment on top every month. The phone will be available to pre-order from the third of September and include a Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Bluetooth Speaker for the first 500 pre-orders. Telstra[Read More...]

by 3:43 PM on August 29, 2013 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Android VP, Hugo Barra, is leaving Google to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi

Android VP, Hugo Barra, is leaving Google to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi

Google’s Android division has lost another key member today, with Android Vice President of Product Management for Android, Hugo Barra, said to be leaving the company to join Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi. The reasoning behind Barra’s sudden move is unclear, however, All Things D is speculating that a ‘personal situation related to the end of a relationship’ with another Googler, who is now seeing Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, might have something to do with it, although his resignation was tendered before this happened. Barra joined Google in 2008 after the company he formerly worked at, Nuance, was purchased by the[Read More...]

by 11:04 AM on August 29, 2013 11 comments News
Google Australia officially announces Google Play Gift Cards on-sale

Google Australia officially announces Google Play Gift Cards on-sale

After we broke the news last week that Woolworths and Big W would be selling Google Play Gift Cards and found that 7-Eleven would be selling them as well last night, it seems Google has finally acknowledged them. The Google Australia Google+ account has announced that they are now available for purchase : What do What do Angry Birds, Christian Grey and One Direction all have in common? You can now use Google Play gift cards to purchase entertainment starring each of them. Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out Google Play gift cards across Australia. We’ve teamed[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on August 29, 2013 14 comments Accessories, Google Play
Nexus 7 (2013) launches today at retailers across Australia

Nexus 7 (2013) launches today at retailers across Australia

After going on-sale on Google Play in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Japan yesterday and in the US in late July. The day is here, the Nexus 7 (2013) is now rolling into retail stores across Australia. The WiFi model is the first one to arrive in stores, with stores such as JB Hifi, Dick Smith and Harvey Norman all advising the stock is on order and due at some stage. A number of retailers are advising that the LTE model is definitely on order, however they cannot give an exact time frame for arrival. Pricing for the Nexus[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on August 29, 2013 15 comments Google Play, Tablets
PSA : Google Play has price protection on hardware

PSA : Google Play has price protection on hardware

One of the biggest pieces of news today was the slashing of the price of the Nexus 4 through Google Play by $100, leaving the 8GB Nexus 4 at just $249 and the 16GB Nexus 4 at $299 – Bargain. But for people who just purchased one from Google Play, you may be feeling a little upset right now. The good news? Google Play has price protection. The price guarantee applies to people who purchased an 8GB or 16GB Nexus 4, 15 days before the price reduction came into effect. Simply head across to the Price Protection webpage and fill[Read More...]

by 10:38 PM on August 28, 2013 4 comments Google Play, Opinion
Ausdroid Podcast 84 – August 27, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 84 – August 27, 2013

Welcome to the 84th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Phil and Geoff caught Jason up on the news, because frankly he hasn’t been paying much attention to it. Vodafone caused a bit of a stir in the Australian carrier space this week with the release of its new Red plans. We spent a bit of time discussing the plans and the value they provide, along with their $5/day roaming options. Jason and Geoff then spent a bit of time going over their new 2013 Nexus 7s – if you haven’t yet read Geoff’s review, you really should. We[Read More...]

by 10:35 PM on August 28, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Fastboot OEM Unlock Google Nexus Car

Fastboot OEM Unlock Google Nexus Car

Ever wanted to overclock or undervolt your car?  Throw a custom rom on it?  Have full root access to your car’s internals? Sure I may be getting carried away but reports today have suggested that Google are working on a self-driving car for consumer use.  We have all heard in the past about how a self drive car was one of Google’s “shoot for the moon” projects.  The problem is that many countries and states have laws that state that vehicles must be operated by humans.  Google is slowly lobbying for these to be changed in parts of the States.[Read More...]

by 8:59 PM on August 28, 2013 2 comments News
Google Play Gift Cards now available at 7-Eleven

Google Play Gift Cards now available at 7-Eleven

While Woolworths may be the exclusive supermarket retailer of Google Play Gift Cards and BIG W will be the exclusive discount department store, it seems the convenience store supplier was wide open and 7-Eleven has jumped in to fill the role announcing via their Facebook page that they are now selling Google Play Gift Cards. The cards are now being advertised on the 7-Eleven homepage under the ‘What’s New’ section along with various chocolates and other snacks, indeed if you click on the link, check the URL – Eclipse Chewy Mints they aren’t ;). From the picture they appear to[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on August 28, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Google Play
Good Deal: Nexus 4 now $100 off on Google Play Store

Good Deal: Nexus 4 now $100 off on Google Play Store

I’ve just received an SMS notifying me that the Nexus 4 has dropped by $100 on the Google Play Store. The price drop puts the 8GB version at $249.00 and the 16GB version at a very affordable $299.00 which for anyone looking for a new phone but couldn’t quite bring themselves to tip over the $300 barrier for a Nexus 4, there’s no reason not to buy now. While there’s going to be the knockers who argue that 8GB/16GB isn’t enough storage and there’s no LTE, the Nexus 4 is a great phone and now the price is almost too[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on August 28, 2013 30 comments Google Play, News, Phones, Sale
Action Launcher Pro v1.9 is out now

Action Launcher Pro v1.9 is out now

Aussie developer Chris Lacy has done some great work, starting with Tweet Lanes which was later handed over to the community to drive due to Twitter’s token limitations and now with the replacement launcher; Action Launcher Pro. While Action Launcher has been around for a while, it has continued to gain momentum in its popularity over the last few months on the back of Lacy’s decision to give up his day job and become a full time developer. The updates since this decision have come regularly, with each one improving performance, polish and functionality. The latest update to Action Launcher,[Read More...]

by 9:42 AM on August 28, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Samsung exec confirms Note 3 and Galaxy Gear announcement at IFA

Samsung exec confirms Note 3 and Galaxy Gear announcement at IFA

Samsungs pre-IFA press event on September 4th will see at least two product releases accroding to Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, who has advised the Korea times that the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Galaxy Note 3 will indeed be launched at the event. Despite the existence of the Sony SmartWatch 2 and various Kickstarter launched Smartwatches like the Pebble, it’s the Galaxy Gear that has really fired imaginations of people interested in wearable computing. According to Lee Young-hee the watch has been in development for some time and Samsung has high hopes for the device, but[Read More...]

by 9:19 AM on August 28, 2013 4 comments Phones, Smartwatch