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October Android platform distribution numbers released – Jelly Bean reaches 50% of devices

October Android platform distribution numbers released – Jelly Bean reaches 50% of devices

A new month, a new version of Android and now we get to review the last months worth of Android distribution, while we won’t see any numbers regarding Android 4.4 until next month, we can look at the rest of the Android eco-system. The good news is that Android 4.1-4.3 is now over 50% meaning that over 500 Million Android devices are now running Android 4.1 or greater. Add in the additional 19.8% of devices running Android 4.0 and that means that nearly 750 Million devices are running Android 4.0 or greater – Holo is king. Gingerbread continues to drop[Read More...]

by 9:00 PM on November 2, 2013 0 comments News
Photo Spheres updated again in Android 4.4

Photo Spheres updated again in Android 4.4

Google has been continuing to improve Photosphere technology with every iteration of Android since the feature was first introduced in Android 4.2 in October last year. Improvements were seen in Android 4.3 when it was released in July and Evan Rapoport has advised that Android 4.4 will also include Photosphere improvements. In his Google+ post, Evan has advised that there will be speed increases in the rendering time as well as improvements to quality and image stitching. But the “optimal seam finding” seems to be one of the cooler addition with better AI that will find the best places to[Read More...]

by 2:54 PM on November 2, 2013 4 comments News
CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5 released by Chainfire

CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5 released by Chainfire

Being a Nexus device, the steps to root it are almost ridiculously simple, however some people like to have an automated process to complete the whole process. Noted Android developer and hacker Chainfire has released CF-Auto-Root for the Nexus 5 which will perform all the necessary functions to gain Root on your new phone. Note:Any modifications made to your phone are done at your own risk and Ausdroid takes no responsibility for anything that occurs. Read ALL instructions before undertaking any process which changes your phone or devices default factory state. A specific note before forging ahead – not that[Read More...]

by 1:02 PM on November 2, 2013 9 comments Modding
Big W goes Kid Friendly offering the Kurio 7S kids and Laser Kid Smart Tablet

Big W goes Kid Friendly offering the Kurio 7S kids and Laser Kid Smart Tablet

In the latest catalogue offering from Big W beginning Monday 28th October two kid friendly tablets starting with the Kurio 7S Tablet for $198 and the Laser Kid Smart 7. The Kurio Tablet, aimed to be lowed end child friendly, does come with some Ok specs for a low end device it still probably a device worth looking over if you are in the market for a kid friendly tablet device. The list of specs include: 7 inch multi touch screen Display resolution 1024 x 600 Front facing speakers Rear camera – 5 Megapixel, front camera – 2 Megapixel 2GB[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on November 2, 2013 4 comments News, Other, Sale, Tablets
Paranoid Android release pure AOSP ROMs for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013) as well as Nexus 4

Paranoid Android release pure AOSP ROMs for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013) as well as Nexus 4

With the Android 4.4 now pushed to AOSP, with Android the next step is of course developers will begin building ROMs and first out of the gate, at least for the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7(Wi-Fi only) and the Nexus 4 is the team at Paranoid Android who announced on Google+ that the ROMs are now available to download from their site as well as an Android 4.4 GApps package. The ROM is at this stage a pure AOSP ROM to get you onto Android 4.4 and check out the latest improvements that Google has offered. The team at PA[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on November 2, 2013 2 comments Modding
Android 4.4 AOSP ROM for Galaxy Nexus now available on XDA

Android 4.4 AOSP ROM for Galaxy Nexus now available on XDA

Despite the claims from Google that the latest Android release is designed to run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM, support for the Galaxy Nexus has been dropped with Google advising that ‘No, Galaxy Nexus phones won’t be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat)’. But this being Android, there are of course options with an AOSP ROM for Maguro (HSPA version of the Galaxy Nexus) popping up on XDA. Posted by senior member ‘Grarak’ the ROM is described as ‘smooth and has good performance’ but this being a non-official build there are of course some issues[Read More...]

by 10:42 AM on November 2, 2013 5 comments Modding
Nexus 5 Poll – Did you purchase a Nexus 5? Which Model?

Nexus 5 Poll – Did you purchase a Nexus 5? Which Model?

It was a massive day for Android and Google yesterday with the launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4. So, how did it pan out? The Nexus 5 was announced at 5am(AEDT) and went on-sale in Google Play. Android 4.4 was announced with a HUGE laundry list of features both customer facing and behind the scenes. We discussed the ordering process. Google started shipping the phones from Hong Kong. And Google Play finally sold out of the 16GB/32GB Black models of the Nexus 5 last night The Nexus 5 seems to have done quite well in terms of sales[Read More...]

by 9:33 AM on November 2, 2013 23 comments Google Play, Other
Gameloft release Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game

Gameloft release Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game

With the new Marvel movie Thor: The Dark World sliding into cinemas this week, Gameloft yesterday launched their newest movie tie-in game based on the movie in to Google Play (as well as iOS). The game is based on the movie, and follows the storyline from the movie, so yoú’ll be racing to stop Malekith, the lord of the Dark Elves who is leading a revolt to destroy the Nine Realms! It’s a Hack and slash adventure which will see you fighting as Thor with other heroes of Asgard by your side, such as Sif, Heimdall and the Warriors Three[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on November 2, 2013 0 comments News
Moto G specs confirmed in brochure

Moto G specs confirmed in brochure

It’s still not guaranteed to be released outside of the US, but with Motorola earlier this year at the launch of the Moto X promising they had future plans for a portfolio of products that show the best of Motorola as a Google company’ with ‘exciting plans for all regions’ we sure hope we see something and the Moto G could be it. We saw a leak of the Moto G specs via EVLeaks yesterday and today, GSMArena have supplied a picture of a brochure for the Moto G which confirms some of the specs. The brochure lists the hardware[Read More...]

by 8:18 AM on November 2, 2013 1 comment Phones, Rumours
Ausdroid App updated to version 2

Ausdroid App updated to version 2

A bit over a week ago, we took the beta wraps of our own Android app, Ausdroid News, and released it onto the Play Store. We’ve had over 500 installs since, and we think it’s fair to say, the feedback has been glowing. We’re very happy with how well the app has been received, and we’re grateful to you guys, our readers, for the feedback we’ve received. Hot on the heels of our first release, taking account of some of the most common items raised in feedback with us, we’ve pushed out version two straight to the Play Store, bypassing[Read More...]

by 8:18 AM on November 2, 2013 2 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Current Nexus 5  Google Play stock levels – 16/32GB Black Sold Out

Current Nexus 5 Google Play stock levels – 16/32GB Black Sold Out

The Google Play launch of the Nexus 5 yesterday, saw a massively improved customer experience compared to that which faced customers just under 12 months ago when the Nexus 4 went on-sale – selling out of the 16GB model in 22 minutes and the 8GB model in just over 2 hours. Google Wallet seemed to handle the load and we already have stock on the way with Fed Ex. This year with both a black and white model of the Nexus 5 launching, the black model of the Nexus 5 appears to have been the most popular with current stocks[Read More...]

by 7:48 AM on November 2, 2013 4 comments Google Play, Other, Phones
Google+’s automatic image uploading re-branded as Google Photos

Google+’s automatic image uploading re-branded as Google Photos

As many of you may have known, Google+ introduced automatic image uploading a while back, but in an update rolling out to users right now, this particular service is being renamed Google Photos and now has its own icon and a bunch of settings to play around with. The Google Photos app is a direct extension of Google+, but also allows viewing of images from Google Drive and Picasa as well — it’s essentially connecting all of Google’s photo sharing services. If you haven’t yet received the update, we’ve found a way to force the update. We found the MediaUploader.APK[Read More...]

by 12:03 AM on November 2, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Small things: Nexus 5 in Australia will display ‘4G’ instead of ‘LTE’

Small things: Nexus 5 in Australia will display ‘4G’ instead of ‘LTE’

When your Nexus 5 makes it into your hot little hands you will never have noticed the change LG have made to the icon it displays when on a 4G network here in Australia. Instead of displaying ‘LTE’ in the status bar, like it would in the US, it will instead display ‘4G’. Yep, now you know. There’s no real reasoning behind it, it’s just the way 4G is marketed in different countries. hammerhead: Show 4G icon instead of LTE in Australia So feel free to add that to list of useless trivia you have about Google’s latest and greatest[Read More...]

by 10:46 PM on November 1, 2013 9 comments News, Phones