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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
Samsung’s new range of devices available in Australia “soon”

Samsung’s new range of devices available in Australia “soon”

Off the back of the IFA events overnight has come a rush of Press releases, Samsung have been quick to notify media outlets this morning of their intent to release the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Note 10.1 (2014 edition) in Australia soon. Following the success of the Samsung GALAXY Note range in Australia, we are excited to confirm that Samsung GALAXY Note 3 as well as the innovative new GALAXY Gear and the GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will all be launching in Australia soon. Pricing and availability information will be made available closer to the launch[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on September 5, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Smartwatch, Tablets
Alcatel to announce One Touch Idol Alpha Android smartphone at IFA

Alcatel to announce One Touch Idol Alpha Android smartphone at IFA

With IFA upon us, the news about what companies will announce are increasing and this certainly is the case for Alcatel, who are set to announce another android smartphone device for its one touch series of devices. In a statement from the company, Alcatel are stating the One Touch Idol Alpha takes creativity to a new level with translucent edges, which illuminate in various modes either when the device is charging, when notifications come through, watching videos etc. Alcatel haven’t given away the details of what the Idol Alpha, however the following range of specs have been taken from the[Read More...]

by 7:56 AM on September 5, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Samsung announce the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)

Samsung announce the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition)

If a hi-res Samsung Galaxy Note is what you’ve been waiting for then Samsung just answered you, announcing a successor to the now year old Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The new tablet which is differentiated from its predecessor by the (2014 edition) tag on the end of the name comes with a 2560×1500 resolution display which is more than enough to satisfy most Note fans. The Note 10.1 (2014 edition) will come with many of the functions included with the Galaxy Note 3, like KNOX for protection against malware and phishing attacks as well as hacks performed on the device[Read More...]

by 5:09 AM on September 5, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Samsung announces the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung announces the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung has just taken the wraps off their first foray into the modern wearable computing market, officially announcing the Galaxy Gear. The Gear is actually designed to act more as a smart remote to your Galaxy device, in fact it will only work with the Note 3 and the new Galaxy Note 10.1 as well as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note II after they receive firmware updates some time in October. Using Bluetooth 4.0(LE) the watch connects to your phone or tablet and will then allow you to do more interesting things like take calls via[Read More...]

by 4:43 AM on September 5, 2013 5 comments Smartwatch
Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 3, the newly updated Note comes with a faux leather like back cover which comes in three colours – Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink but Samsung will be making dozens of different colour swappable back covers available at launch. Of course with any new Galaxy Note device, there is additional S-Pen integration, with the Note 3 it’s called ‘Air Command’. Air Command is very similar to Halo in that it opens up a circular menu on the screen which contains five different applications – Action Memo, Scrapbook, The Screen, S Finder[Read More...]

by 4:12 AM on September 5, 2013 19 comments News