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July Android distribution numbers released

July Android distribution numbers released

It’s a new month and that means that Google has released the figures for the distribution of Android across devices, based on the versions of devices that accessed Google Play in the 14 days leading up to and ending on August 1st. With not much time to truly take into account the numbers for Android 4.3, it appears to have been left off the list this month, but we can surely see what happens when the August stats are released next month. At this stage all the numbers for older versions of Android continue to fall, except for those versions[Read More...]

by 11:41 AM on August 2, 2013 4 comments News
Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone

Panasonic announces Android-powered home phone

In a slightly surprising turn of events, Panasonic has announced a new Android device – its first ever cordless landline home phone powered by Android. The Panasonic KX-PRX120 – as its formally known – consists of a base station and a handset with the followings specs: 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) display Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS 0.3M pixel Front Camera 1450mAh Li-ion Battery microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset Android 4.0 ICS The device can function as an answering machine and store up to 40 minutes of recordings. Additional handsets can be registered with the base station (which can support up[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on August 2, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Motorola launches the Moto X

Motorola launches the Moto X

Our long wait for Motorola‘s first post-Google-acquisition smartphone is finally over. The Moto X was launched a couple of hours ago in New York. Let’s take a look. The Moto X story began earlier this year as the rumoured “X-Phone”, a supposed “superphone” which could eclipse Google’s own Nexus line and it was said that new and advanced materials were being considered for the device’s construction and build. In fact, the Moto X may be the most-rumoured device of the year with an early Vietnamese leak (which also unknowingly showed us Motorola’s new logo), and despite a rumoured lack of[Read More...]

by 7:27 AM on August 2, 2013 39 comments News
Motorola Connect hits the Chrome Store

Motorola Connect hits the Chrome Store

It seems that Google-owned Motorola still has a couple of tricks up its sleeve for today’s Moto X launch in New York. A couple of hours ago, a Chrome extension named Motorola Connect appeared on the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome extension appears to offer access to your phone’s SMS features and lets you see caller ID details for incoming calls. The full description: Send and receive texts from your computer. Motorola Connect allows you to see text messages and calls coming into your Connect enabled phone on your computer’s Chrome browser. You can read and respond to texts using[Read More...]

by 11:34 PM on August 1, 2013 4 comments News
Ausdroid Podcast 80 – July 31, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 80 – July 31, 2013

Welcome to the 80th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we Jason and Dan were joined by Terence Huynh, Executive Editor of TechGeek to discuss the week’s news. Most of the stories were a continuation of last week’s Google announcements with Australia still waiting (impatiently) for the release of the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast but also looking forward to the newest developments with the Moto X. Featuring: Jason Murray and Dan Tyson, with special guest Terence Huynh. Thanks for joining us, Terence! Topics: Nexus 7 Chromecast Moto X Foxtel Play Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3[Read More...]

by 10:31 PM on August 1, 2013 0 comments Podcast
All the OTA Nexus updates and why they are slow to roll out.

All the OTA Nexus updates and why they are slow to roll out.

By now, you either have received your OTA notification to download and update your device to the latest version of Jelly Bean – Android 4.3 (JWR66V) – but there are still some out there who are waiting. The curator of the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Quéru has taken to Google+ to explain why the OTA updates for Nexus devices seem to take such a long time to come. Please don’t ask for the ETA of any given OTA. Here’s the deal: OTAs intentionally start very slowly, both in terms of numbers and in terms of timing. The goal is[Read More...]

by 6:34 PM on August 1, 2013 17 comments OS Update
Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus and Samsung, have today advised that they will be bringing a dual mode version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini to Australia. What is dual-mode? It’s in reference to the two types of LTE that are available – Time-Division Duplex LTE and Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) – FDD is the most commonly used technology in Australia and is being used by most of the carriers in Australia. Optus are currently the only Mobile carrier in Australia to offer TDD-LTE, and then only in one market – Canberra. Customers in Canberra have had access to the Optus[Read More...]

by 1:35 PM on August 1, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

The hottest tablet to get at the moment is the new Nexus 7 (2013) from Asus and Google, but with a retail launch looking to be in Early September and no word from Google on when it will launch on the Play Store, Australians are understandably looking elsewhere and Mobicity have just put up their pre-order site for both the 16GB and 32GB version. The pricing for the Nexus 7 (2013) is set at $389.95 for the 16GB version or at $439.95 for the 32GB version. The tablet is available for pre-order only at this stage and Mobicity are liasing[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on August 1, 2013 11 comments Tablets
CyanogenMod’s new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download

CyanogenMod’s new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download

Last week, CyanogenMod announced that they were working on a completely new camera experience for their ROM to replace the rather bland and featureless application that Google have made. Taking features from manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, whose camera applications are far superior to that found in AOSP, Focal adds more advanced camera controls like ISO and exposure settings, while improving on features like panorama mode by adding full 360-degree rotation. There are a huge number of tweaks that Focal gives easy access to, like light metering, colour effects, auto enhancements, as well as extra cool features like burst mode[Read More...]

by 11:47 AM on August 1, 2013 6 comments Apps, Camera, News
Google going all in on Photo Sphere

Google going all in on Photo Sphere

Photo Spheres seem to be getting a lot of love right now, with the improved Photo Sphere technology in Android 4.3, Google is looking to capture a lot more of them and have them crowd sourced into Google Maps. Yesterday Google released a new site called Google Maps|Views, to make discovering Photo Spheres easier. https://twitter.com/googlemaps/status/362300368694161408 The Google Maps|Views site allows you to quickly find Photo Spheres that have been uploaded by people all around the world. The site contains highlighted Photo Spheres as well as having a search tool to allow you to look for Photo Spheres that have been[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on August 1, 2013 1 comment Camera, News
Google Glass Explorers, now even more popular with invitations to share

Google Glass Explorers, now even more popular with invitations to share

The very lucky and select few Google Glass Explorers are now even more popular, since the Google Glass team sent out a notification to them that they now have an invitation into the “Explorer” program to share with a friend. We love demoing Glass to our friends, We’ve perfected our “OK Glass, take a picture” faces so that the shot captures us smiling, laughing and looking chic. Well, maybe not all at the same time. Mostly, we love sharing Glass with our friends, because adventures through Glass are more fun with others. Here’s your chance to invite one friend to[Read More...]

by 11:16 PM on July 31, 2013 0 comments Glass, News
Microsoft Office now available for Office 365 subscribers for Android phones

Microsoft Office now available for Office 365 subscribers for Android phones

After releasing a version of Microsoft Office for iOS back in June, Microsoft has just released their Microsoft Office App for Office 365 subscribers using Android devices. The app is at this stage only available for phones running Android 4.0 and upwards. At this stage tablets are not included in the list of devices compatible with the app. To use the Microsoft Office app you’ll need a ‘qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus’. If you don’t have a subscription you can sign up for one over on the office.com website. Feature wise according[Read More...]

by 11:10 PM on July 31, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
Telstra advise Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One will begin tomorrow

Telstra advise Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One will begin tomorrow

Telstra owners of the HTC One, get excited the long awaited Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is set to go live for your handsets tomorrow. According to an update added to the Telstra Crowd Support message board this morning from Craig : HTC have informed us of a slight delay in the deployment of this update. It is now expected to begin deploying on Thursday 1 August. No specific time of day has been provided yet – when it is I will let you all know. Updates to expect in the Android 4.2.2 update have been outlined in[Read More...]

by 8:58 PM on July 31, 2013 42 comments OS Update