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LG-D820 passes through the FCC for certification, is this the next Nexus phone? (Update: Snapdragon 800, 5″ and more)

LG-D820 passes through the FCC for certification, is this the next Nexus phone? (Update: Snapdragon 800, 5″ and more)

As a Nexus fan, this is my favourite time of the year, all the rumours and leaks for the next Nexus phone are starting to appear, and we saw a massive one yesterday from all people – Google. Now it looks like the next Nexus could have just passed through the FCC in the US. US Site – Sprint4GRolloutUpdates(S4GRU) found that a phone from LG – model # D820 – has passed through the FCC for certification and shown off Qi wireless inductive charging as well as NFC antennas. The visit to the FCC is also for radio certification, where[Read More...]

by 11:47 AM on September 6, 2013 44 comments Manufacturer, Phones
PayPal updated with new design

PayPal updated with new design

I use PayPal for as much as I can these days. It is just a simple way to pay for things online. Today we are being treated to a nice new update of their Android app. The new design uses a slide out drawer as per modern Android design language and I must say it looks great. There is also a new focus on purchasing items at physical stores in your area and I really like this new feature. You can even see all of the business offering PayPal as a payment option on a map and can search for[Read More...]

by 9:56 AM on September 6, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Chrome celebrates 5th birthday by launching Chrome Native Apps

Chrome celebrates 5th birthday by launching Chrome Native Apps

Google is celebrating the 5th birthday of the uber popular browser by introducing what they refer to as ‘A new breed of Chrome Apps’. The new Apps will be native to Chrome, so they actually do need the Chrome browser but will operate outside the browser on your Windows or ChromeOS device (Mac and Linux coming soon). The new features being offered in Chrome Apps are : Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection. More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being[Read More...]

by 8:41 AM on September 6, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
Chrome Dev/Beta users can now use the App launcher

Chrome Dev/Beta users can now use the App launcher

The Chrome App Launcher is now available to both Windows and Mac Dev/Beta Channel users. Operating in much the same way as the Chrome OS App Launcher, the installation of the App Launcher is as simple as heading to the Chrome Web store and installing the Launcher. The App Launcher shows you all of the Chrome Apps and extensions you have installed on your machine, whether they are standalone packages that will open in their own Window such as the Google Keep and Hangout Apps or something like the Ausdroid Web App which is essentially a shortcut to the Ausdroid[Read More...]

by 8:23 AM on September 6, 2013 0 comments News
Optus announce the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is now available

Optus announce the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is now available

Optus HTC One owners can now join their fellow owners on Telsra and Vodafone with Optus today advising that the Android 4.2.2 update is now rolling out over the air to the HTC One. Great news for our HTC One customers – Android 4.2.2 now avail over the air. Heaps of new features, like Instagram now thru HTC BlinkFeed! — Optus (@Optus) September 5, 2013 The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One includes a whole slew of updates, including : Launcher Bar Enhancement Widget panel rearrangement New lock screen style and widget Enhanced home button behaviour home button options[Read More...]

by 9:32 PM on September 5, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update
Android distribution figures for August released, Jelly Bean now on 45% of devices

Android distribution figures for August released, Jelly Bean now on 45% of devices

The Android Developer distribution dashboard has been updated with the platform statistics for August. Signs are good for Jelly Bean (4.1,4.2) with it’s numbers up to 45.1% from 40.5% last month. The previously dominant version, Gingerbread (2.3), has fallen 3% to 30.7%. Donut (1.6) has finally fallen from the graph now that it is installed on

by 5:49 PM on September 5, 2013 0 comments News
Sony Xperia Z Ultra coming to Optus, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Sony Stores

Sony Xperia Z Ultra coming to Optus, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Sony Stores

Although it’s not Sony’s newest device, the relatively new Xperia Z Ultra — a larger Xperia Z — will be launching here in Australia very, very soon. Sony Mobile confirmed that Optus would be the only carrier to have the device at launch. Retailers such as Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, and Sony’s own stores will also stock the device, with Harvey Norman confirming to Ausdroid that it will available for pre-order online later this afternoon for $733 — Dick Smith will also open pre-orders this afternoon. For the first 250 people to pre-order the Xperia Z Ultra, they will receive[Read More...]

by 3:19 PM on September 5, 2013 4 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

You’d be forgiven for missing the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, with all the announcements made at IFA last night there was a large number of devices from various manufacturers announced, but in terms of camera, the Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most promising. Sony advised in their launch that they expected to launch the Xperia Z1 globally this month so we reached out to Sony as well as the Australian Carriers to find out which ones will be carrying the device. The Sony online store will be accepting pre-orders for the Z1 from Sony online from[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on September 5, 2013 16 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 85 – September 3, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 85 – September 3, 2013

Welcome to the 85th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Phil and Dan joined Jason to discuss the week’s local and overseas Android news. We spent a while discussing the looming slew of Samsung devices due to be revealed at IFA, along with recent Google developments and other recent updates from Sony and HTC. Featuring: Jason Murray and Phil Tann and Dan Tyson. Topics: Samsung @ IFA – Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and more Google updates – Hugo Barra, Nexus 7, Gift Cards HTC announcements – Desire, BoomBass Sony Lens Cameras Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3[Read More...]

by 11:57 AM on September 5, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Google Glass app store to debut in 2014

Google Glass app store to debut in 2014

Back in July, a Google Glass update accidentally triggered speculation of a forthcoming app store for the device, but that’s now been made all-but-official according to a report by The New York Times. The report asserts that a Glass app store is set to debut sometime in 2014, and a Google representative has confirmed this through Marketing Land. Rumours have stated that the app store would be named Boutique, but this wasn’t confirmed – whether or not that name sticks is yet to be seen. This news all but confirms that Google is gearing up to release its long-awaited headgear[Read More...]

by 11:50 AM on September 5, 2013 2 comments Glass, News, Other
Buy me a pie – Review

Buy me a pie – Review

Buy me a pie was released onto Android a couple of weeks ago and since then I have been putting it through its paces to see what this app has going for it over the numerous other shopping list apps in Google Play, so let’s take a closer look. There really isn’t much to shopping list apps, they allow you to add items to a list and then cross them off as you pick up those items in the store. Buy me a pie has a couple of nice features that I will get to in a minute, but for[Read More...]

by 11:31 AM on September 5, 2013 10 comments Apps, Reviews
Is a new tablet optimised version of Twitter on its way?

Is a new tablet optimised version of Twitter on its way?

I know a lot of users have been crying out for a tablet optimised version of the official twitter app, me included, but to date we have been stuck with using the stretched phone UI or find an alternative app that gives us what we want. With Twitter restricting developers of third party apps they really needed to do something about the tablet UI and it looks like we could be getting a new version soon. During Samsung’s Unpacked event at IFA they spoke about the redesigned Twitter app and even went as far as showing a screenshot for everyone[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on September 5, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch announced

Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch announced

The smartwatch scene seems to be heating up with some major players entering the market and Qualcomm have added their name to the ring with their new Toq smartwatch. Toq is a buttonless smartwatch with a full colour display and wireless charging. It has all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a smartwatch, like dismissing and answering calls, control your music, view messages and calendar appointments and more. To use these features the Toq will need to be paired with a phone running Android 4.0.3 or higher. With the built-in Qualcomm Mirasol display, the Qualcomm Toq offers[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on September 5, 2013 5 comments Accessories, News, Smartwatch