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Should the next version of Android be called – Lamington?

Should the next version of Android be called – Lamington?

The next version of Android will be Kit Kat according to the announcement this morning. The progression of names for Android releases have – except for the first two – been dessert themed, so with L the next dessert up for naming. I really would like to put forward Lamington as my preference for the next Android version name. There are of course a number of different options for desserts that begin with the letter L that Google could consider, but being Australian, I would love to see Lamington being used as the name of the next version of Android[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on September 4, 2013 18 comments Opinion
Nestlé Australia advises Android themed Kit Kats coming soon

Nestlé Australia advises Android themed Kit Kats coming soon

The announcement this morning that Android 4.4 would be called Kitkat in a break from the tradition of naming Android releases after generic desserts and naming a brand name partner for the release, also saw a competition announced as part of the partnership. When we checked the Nestlé Australia website this morning, Australia was named as one of the markets that the Android branded Kitkat bars would be launched in. This morning Ausdroid spoke to Nestlé Australia to narrow down some of the details. Of the 500 specially crafted Android shaped KitKat bars that have been created, 10 of the[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on September 4, 2013 15 comments News
Sony Xperia Z1 specs released via leaked press release

Sony Xperia Z1 specs released via leaked press release

Sony’s upcoming flagship device — the Xperia Z1 — has had its renders and specs leaked onto the internet for all to see. So let’s get a rundown of these specs that we’ll hopefully see confirmed at Sony’s event tomorrow morning. 5-inch 1920×1080 (441 ppi) TFT, Triluminous, X-Reality Display 2.2GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 / Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM / 16GB Internal MicroSD Slot 3000mAh Battery Water / Dust Resistant (IP55/IP58) 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS Camera 144 x 74 x 8.5mm / 170 grams Running Android 4.2.2 — in true Sony fashion. So there we have it, the[Read More...]

by 11:02 AM on September 4, 2013 8 comments News, Phones
Google May Have Just Outed the Nexus 5

Google May Have Just Outed the Nexus 5

While all the news this morning has been about the new Google-Nestle partnership for Android version 4.4 being named KitKat a little tidbit “accidentally” released by Google nearly slid under the radar. In a promotional video showing the unveiling of the giant KitKat Android statue on the Google lawn a Googler can be seen taking a picture of the event with an as-yet unknown phone.  While it was only a quick glimpse the still in the photo above shows the phone has the Nexus branding on the back of it and from what we know of Nexus phones the back[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on September 4, 2013 27 comments News
Google announces 1 Billion Android devices have been activated

Google announces 1 Billion Android devices have been activated

With the announcement this morning of Android 4.4. ‘KitKat’ there was another tidbit of information inserted gently which announced that there have now been 1 Billion Android devices activated worldwide. The information came in the same Google+ post from Sundar Pichai that announced the arrival of the latest statue to the Googleplex in Mountain View. Speaking about the tremendous Android innovation that is driving their partners to create products he said I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations. Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers[Read More...]

by 7:16 AM on September 4, 2013 6 comments News
Google announces Android 4.4 will be KitKat

Google announces Android 4.4 will be KitKat

Google has this morning announced that the next version of Android will be version 4.4 and in keeping with their confectionery themed naming convention it will be called KitKat. The new version which Sundar Pichai announced in a Google+ post after returning from a trip visiting partners in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, also showed off the newest addition at Google Headquarters in Mountain View where a new statue has taken up residence outside Building 44 : The new version of Android is up on the Android website and even includes it’s own sub-domain where the progression of Android releases is[Read More...]

by 7:02 AM on September 4, 2013 11 comments OS Update
Nexus 7 (2013) to start selling through Google Play in Australia on September 10th

Nexus 7 (2013) to start selling through Google Play in Australia on September 10th

After being announced as being on-sale at retailers across Australia last Thursday, we have yet to see a single retailer actually receive stock into their stores, but fear not, they are on order. But, if part of the process of purchasing a Nexus device is buying it directly from Google through the Play Store then Google has advised Ausdroid tonight, that they will begin selling the Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 (2013) through Google Play on September 10th. Google has not advised exactly what time the device will be going on-sale through Google Play, but taking cues from the[Read More...]

by 10:41 PM on September 3, 2013 45 comments Google Play, Manufacturer, Tablets
Telstra now opening pre-orders for the HTC One Mini

Telstra now opening pre-orders for the HTC One Mini

Telstra certainly is launching a few more flagship devices, with the HTC One Mini now available for pre-order through the Telstra website. Just to even sweeten the deal, Telstra are also giving away a BeatsAudio bluetooth speakers for all pre-orders between now and the 17 September. Pricing is pretty much the same with any new-new device from Telstra as the following will attest: With that, we here at Ausdroid didn’t mind the HTC One and we hope the HTC One Mini will just be as successful as its bigger brother, but only time and sales will tell. You can head[Read More...]

by 8:34 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones, Sale
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Well it seems Telstra is trying to beat Optus to the pack, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre order through the Telstra website. In addition to this, Telstra are also throwing in a Fitbit Flexi for all online pre-orders through their website, which would probably go in some way with the S Health App on the device………..maybe! Looking at the plans, it seems that the plan pricing is pretty much inline with most mobile offers from Telstra, as the blow screenshots can testify: If you are interested to look into the plans available, you can check[Read More...]

by 8:31 PM on September 3, 2013 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
HTC announce ALL the things – vivid blue One, BoomBass subwoofer, Desire 300 and 601

HTC announce ALL the things – vivid blue One, BoomBass subwoofer, Desire 300 and 601

Today was a big day for HTC, who have unveiled a number of neat new devices at a press conference in London. Not the upcoming One Max, I’m afraid, but a little something for everyone nonetheless. Vivid blue HTC One and One mini Firstly, HTC have added another colour to their One lineup – vivid blue – and it looks incredible. This is in addition to the red edition that was announced earlier in the year, which unfortunately was only available on select carriers in the UK, but we are told that vivid blue will be a colour choice for[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on September 3, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 85 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEST

Ausdroid Podcast 85 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEST

Join us tonight for a live recording of the 85th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! Jason, Dan and Scott will take you through the week’s Android news from Australia and around the world. It’s been a busy week — between Samsung’s pending deluge of products at IFA and beyond, Hugo Barra’s abrupt departure from Google and local confusion over the is-it-or-isn’t-it-available 2013 Nexus 7, it’s hard to believe only 7 days have passed since the last podcast! As usual, we’ll have the live chat going – come back at 9.30pm (Sydney time) to be a part of it!

by 5:15 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments News
Acer announce 24-inch Android-powered all-in-one PC with Tegra 3

Acer announce 24-inch Android-powered all-in-one PC with Tegra 3

If Acer were looking to build a computer that no one will buy, they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one. The DA241H1 is ‘designed to offer users the same familiar experience as with tablets and smartphones’, except without the mobility. Anyone who has used an HTC One X or last year’s Nexus 7 for extended periods of time will know how badly the Tegra 3 can perform, and why Acer has chosen to use it in a 24-inch desktop PC can only be a matter of cost. The PC will be running Android 4.2 (with access to[Read More...]

by 2:45 PM on September 3, 2013 4 comments News, Other
HTC employees detained amid trade-secret investigations in Taiwan

HTC employees detained amid trade-secret investigations in Taiwan

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday reported that HTC employees have been interrogated, with two arrested and detained on allegations that some of the company’s trade secrets have been leaked illegally. Engadget says a total of five staff were interrogated, naming Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang, adding that Chien and Wu were detained while the others were released on bail. SMH (via Bloomberg) mentions that a fifth person – an outsider – is also under investigation, although its unclear if this information is up to date. The[Read More...]

by 1:26 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments News