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Retailer Round-Up: In- Store Weekly Specials

Retailer Round-Up: In- Store Weekly Specials

This week we have included carrier locked phones as well as unlocked. The carrier locked phones will have the telco in front of the phone make. If you know of any upcoming sales – please let us know in the comments: Big W: Vodafone Huawei G300 $79 – starts Thursday 7 November Big W: Telstra LG Optimus L3 $29 –  One Day Sale Saturday 9 November only Coles: Telstra Samsung Galaxy Y $59 – starts now until 12 November Target: Boost LG Optimus L5 MKII $149 – starts Thursday 7 November Target: Boost Sony Xperia E $99 – starts Thursday 7[Read More...]

by 7:55 AM on November 7, 2013 4 comments News
Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the updated code[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on November 7, 2013 13 comments OS Update, Other, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 92 – Nexus 5, Gorilla Grass

Ausdroid Podcast 92 – Nexus 5, Gorilla Grass

Welcome to the 92nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week’s podcast has a different feel to it – Jason and Dan were in the same room speaking to each other over a table about their new Nexus 5’s, so it’s a lot more informal. Production note: We haven’t done this before, so there’s a bit of echo in the audio due to the room we were in. We’ll be back to normal next week! Topics: Dan’s Nexus 5 Jason’s Nexus 5 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact[Read More...]

by 11:24 PM on November 6, 2013 1 comment Podcast
Google Helpouts video chat app now live on Android or Chrome

Google Helpouts video chat app now live on Android or Chrome

It certainly has been a long time coming, but Google’s Helpouts app has gone live for Android devices and as an extension within the Chrome web browser. Google originally announced the Helpouts services quietly back on 20 August stating that the service would be more than just a chat service; it would be a live video help service using the Google Hangouts backbone, allowing users to connect with experts in their chosen field and receive assistance from them either on your phone or your desktop. Google Helpouts seems like a great idea, but it’s worth bearing in mind that while[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on November 6, 2013 0 comments Apps, News, Other, Phones
Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Your Google+ profile picture will soon be paired with your phone number

Among the changes in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the dialer is one area that’s been given a fair bit of attention. The updated Phone app has a new look and can do handy things such as provide you with the numbers and contact information of nearby businesses, and from early next year it will be able to grab profile photos from Google+ and display them when you make or receive a call. Google announced yesterday, via their Android Google+ page, that users who have verified their phone number with Google+ and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google[Read More...]

by 6:10 PM on November 6, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Dick Smith offering the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi for $99

Dick Smith offering the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi for $99

Not everyone needs a top of the line handset, and some simply choose a cheaper, more affordable phone. Some people can think of better things to spend their coin on, and we respect that. If you’re in the market for a cheap, entry level Android powered smartphone for yourself, your kids, grandma or just as a back up smartphone, then Dick Smith might have the answer for you. The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi isn’t going to give you high end specs. Alcatel normally aim for the entry level market, but the specs for the OneTouch Pixi really aren’t too bad considering[Read More...]

by 6:07 PM on November 6, 2013 1 comment News, Phones, Sale
¨Nexus 8¨ picture touched up to resemble the Nexus 7

¨Nexus 8¨ picture touched up to resemble the Nexus 7

The rumours of a Nexus 8 tablet are quickly being squelched by Google with the image that sparked the first round of rumours about Google launching an 8″ tablet being updated overnight to look like the Nexus 7. The image originally showed up with the launch of Android 4.4 and the shortened bezels on the device and slightly odd aspect ratio did cause a bit of a division between people wanting to believe and people pointing out issues with the device pictured such as some issues with the aspect ratio of the tablet, the fact that the tablet did not[Read More...]

by 2:14 PM on November 6, 2013 2 comments Rumours, Tablets
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