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Rumour: Samsung developing a Google Glass competitor device

Rumour: Samsung developing a Google Glass competitor device

Unsurprising to well, anyone really… Samsung are said to be continuing their self proclaimed dominance over the Android platform and developing their own competitor devices to Google Glass that will be known as “Gear Glass”. Eldar Murtazin, Editor-in-chief at Mobile Review tweeted not only the name of the device but also an expected time to market for the device. https://twitter.com/eldarmurtazin/statuses/387079608539303936 The name “Gear Glass” fits in with the wearable technology that Samsung have already announced, being the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s important to note that Samsung have not officially announced the deivce or even acknowledged its possible existence at this[Read More...]

by 11:12 AM on October 8, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Glass, Manufacturer, News, Rumours
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear commercials are actually pretty cool

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear commercials are actually pretty cool

The Samsung Galaxy Gear, was released in Australia only 5 days ago, with the new breed of wearable devices the focus of intense interest due to a history in pop-culture, Samsung has taken advantage of this history to unwrap their new marketing campaign based on the Smartwatch throughout TV and movie history. From Dick Tracy to the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers the design and function of Smart watches may vary in pop-culture and exactly how well the Galaxy Gear stands up to the promise shown in these titles, remains to be seen, at least until Samsung Australia can provide review[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on October 8, 2013 7 comments Smartwatch
Clash of Clans rolls into Google Play

Clash of Clans rolls into Google Play

Popular iOS title Clash of Clans has now officially arrived in Google Play for all-comers. The game from Supercell has been in beta on Android for the last week and the beta has obviously been going well, because as of this morning, the title is now available to almost everyone – some devices are incompatible – through Google Play. The game – which is available for free(with a catch) – offers players the chance to build up their clan, train your army , all while building up your resources before you unleash hell upon the marauding goblins looking to take[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 8, 2013 5 comments Apps, Google Play
Google Glass XE10 update adds transit directions

Google Glass XE10 update adds transit directions

Cunningly titled ‘Another one rides the bus’ the latest update to the Google Glass Explorer wearable labelled ‘XE10′, is rolling out to Glass Explorers right now. The update includes most importantly the addition of Public Transit directions as well as the ability to tap to select links in notifications. In their update which was announced on Google Plus We have loads of great updates every month, but there’s one we’re particularly jazz hands about — Transit. Explorers who have paired Glass to their Android phones will now have the option to see public transit directions when navigating on Glass. When[Read More...]

by 10:18 AM on October 8, 2013 0 comments Glass
How you can enjoy the A-League 2013-14 season with Android and technology

How you can enjoy the A-League 2013-14 season with Android and technology

Those of you consider yourselves more than just users of Android will probably have other interests in life, and if you’re like me, you’re a mad football fan. No, not the codes played with weird egg-shaped balls like AFL or NRL, but the real, international football which many know as soccer. The A-League season in Australia is about to kick off this Friday night with Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, after many pre-season friendlies and matches between some of the teams. After an amazing premier season last year, culminating in the Western Sydney Wanderers taking[Read More...]

by 6:52 PM on October 7, 2013 5 comments Apps, News, Other
Microsoft reportedly trying to get HTC to dual-boot Windows on its Android phones

Microsoft reportedly trying to get HTC to dual-boot Windows on its Android phones

A long time ago – before HTC got themselves into all sorts of financial problems, before UltraPixels, before Nokia and Microsoft got into bed together – HTC was a key partner in Microsoft’s mobile strategy. The Taiwanese manufacturer once made a lot of money manufacturing Windows Mobiles for other companies before they started trying to establish a brand with iconic handsets like the HD2, which to this day refuses to die. But when the iPhone happened, people lost interest in Windows Mobile. So HTC teamed up with Google to build handsets powered by Android, the new kid on the block.[Read More...]

by 7:21 AM on October 7, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Nvidia Shield Australian Hands-on

Nvidia Shield Australian Hands-on

The Nvidia Shield has been apparently in Australia for a couple of months, but Nvidia have been keeping it fairly low key, bringing it along to events like PAX in Melbourne, which unfortunately we were unable to attend. Luckily, Nvidia advised that they would be bringing the handheld console to the EB Games Expo. So Jason and I rolled over to Sydney Olympic park yesterday to take a look. Nvidia announced the Shield along with their latest SOC, the Tegra 4 back in January at CES 2013; it finally began shipping – in the US – at the end of[Read More...]

by 5:42 PM on October 6, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer
Ausdroid attends the EB Games Expo

Ausdroid attends the EB Games Expo

The EB Games Expo is a trade/game show held by Australian retailer EB Games to allow gamers to experience upcoming software and hardware from manufacturers and developers from Australia and around the world. This year, Ausdroid was allowed to attend as guests of EB Games to check out what was on offer from both hardware and software manufacturers. The Expo, which is being held this year and next at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush), started on Friday and had its last day today, running until 4pm. In only its third year, the show is getting pretty big,[Read More...]

by 5:42 PM on October 6, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized
Nexus 5 32GB: Details and Photos from a claimed service manual

Nexus 5 32GB: Details and Photos from a claimed service manual

We have briefly seen the Nexus 5 before, but here we have a much clearer look. In a tip-off to Android Police, we now have an in depth view of  a purported service manual packed with information. Let’s start with the specs: 4.95″ 1920×1080 IPS TFT Screen 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SOC 2GB RAM 32GB internal storage – Possibly other configs available 8MP Rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation(OIS), 1.3MP Front camera Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure/Barometer Slimport out via USB 2.0 Port Micro SIM slot Notification light Brodacom NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 2300mAh Li-Polymer battery That’s the undebated specs[Read More...]

by 2:22 PM on October 6, 2013 14 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Lenovo releases Yoga like Android tablets

Lenovo releases Yoga like Android tablets

Lenovo have released two very interesting Android tablets in Germany. The counter-intuitively named IdeaPad B6000-F and B8000-F have 8″ and 10″ displays respectively. What makes these tablets unique is their built-in 2 stage folding  back panel. When not needed, the panel folds flat against the back of the device:   When you want to prop up the tablet, you can use the smaller flip out panel for two positions: Or the larger back panel for a more stable stand: In terms of specs, they are almost identical, with both having a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM,[Read More...]

by 1:08 PM on October 6, 2013 10 comments News, Tablets
Benchmarks are meaningless when manufacturers game the system

Benchmarks are meaningless when manufacturers game the system

We’ve all seen benchmarks, and used them as reference for how fast a device is. However, should we really give benchmarks as much weight as we once did? Probably not. Some manufacturers have been caught out (some — Samsung — more than once) manipulating device performance specifically in response to known benchmarking apps being run on the device. It’s unfortunate we had to name Samsung for doing this, but as the biggest name in the Android space, and being almost synonymous with Android, it’s behaviour we had to point out. The first instance became public way back in July, where[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 6, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Opinion
Samsung Note 3 Region Lock Defeated

Samsung Note 3 Region Lock Defeated

When the much anticipated Samsung Note 3 was released recently in Europe and the US it came with a sticker on the box stating that the Note 3 could only be used with a sim card from the region it was purchased in.  This provided an issue for those intending on purchasing it from one of the UK or overseas sites and then using the phone here in Australia. Samsung have told us that that this is not the case for those sold in Asia or Australia. As per usual, whenever a company comes up with a way to thwart[Read More...]

by 8:13 PM on October 5, 2013 8 comments Modding, News, Phones
Gmail ads starting to appear in Android app

Gmail ads starting to appear in Android app

The guys at Android Police found the other day that Google had included something a little extra in the newly released Gmail 4.6 for Android. Google, well known for displaying ads on its web properties, had included the ability to display ads in the Gmail client on Android as well. It didn’t take long for this framework to start being used it seems. As you can see above, there’s ads now being shown in the Promotions folder for Gmail accounts. These ads look like email messages, but the color is different and there is a badge marking it as an[Read More...]

by 5:21 PM on October 5, 2013 1 comment Apps, News