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Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

In an early holiday gift to all, Vodafone is doubling the data on its $30 Prepaid Cap to 1GB. As well as the extra 500MB of data, the plan still includes $450 of flexible call credit and infinite SMS. This is available to prepaid customers from now, and the cut-off for the last activation to receive the double data offer is 31 January 2014. Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Clarke said: “By doubling the data from 500MB to 1GB we hope our prepaid customers will double the amount of fun they have with their mobile. With the arrival of the holiday season[Read More...]

by 3:31 PM on November 5, 2013 5 comments Carriers
Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here’s a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: More information about[Read More...]

by 3:30 PM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Carriers, Phones
Watching the Melbourne Cup in Australia with Android.

Watching the Melbourne Cup in Australia with Android.

It’s the race that stops the nation, it’s an Australian tradition that’s reached the point where most everyone in Australia is glued to a TV for around 3-4 minutes at 3PM on the first Tuesday in November, but what if you don’t have access to a TV? Well, in 2013 you can watch it online and Telstra is the exclusive online rights holder for broadcast within Australia and will be showing it through the Telstra Racing Network website. With a mobile or indeed any other type of internet connection, you can head over to the Racing Network website or download[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 5, 2013 0 comments Apps
Android Xposed

Android Xposed

Many of us love Android because of the way we can customise it to work and run how we want it to tun. We have near total control over how our device acts and looks. Apart from basic widgets and different launchers the only way to do this was with the use of flashing a custom rom and/or installed modded apps. The problem with doing this is that you often have to sacrifice stability and the stock Android experience to get this. Here at Ausdroid we have some members who do not want to give up the stability of an[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on November 5, 2013 10 comments News
Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 – Will you be able to use it in Australia?

Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 – Will you be able to use it in Australia?

The introduction of Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 has sparked the hopes of many Android users in Australia of an phone based NFC payment system such as that used in the US since the launch of Google Wallet back in September 2011, but as a traditionally US based service, will this work in Australia? The ability to use your phone to tap and pay at any one of the hundreds of thousands of NFC enabled Visa Paywave or Mastercard PayPass terminals that are present in retailers across Australia has been a dream since Google Wallet was first introduced. What[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on November 5, 2013 27 comments Apps, NFC
Rumour: Could a tablet from LG that just got Bluetooth certified be the Nexus 8?

Rumour: Could a tablet from LG that just got Bluetooth certified be the Nexus 8?

The tablet in the picture above, which was found on the Android Kit Kat website on Sunday, caused a bit of a stir with many people divided between decrying the picture as a photo-shopped mismatch and something that they would be happy to look into purchasing, but if Google is indeed working on an 8″ Nexus tablet to compliment their Nexus stable of devices then the LG V510 which just passed through the Bluetooth SIG is a definite possibility. The device which passed through the Bluetooth SIG is an LG device with the model # LG-V510, very similar to the[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on November 5, 2013 6 comments Rumours, Tablets
Updated: Android shaped Kit Kat hits eBay – starting bid at just $19.99 + shipping

Updated: Android shaped Kit Kat hits eBay – starting bid at just $19.99 + shipping

If you’re a true Android fan, then a must for your collection is an Android shaped Kit Kat bar that was recently created by Nestlé in cooperation with Google to celebrate the upcoming launch of Kit Kat. Ten were given away on the Kit Kat Facebook page and Ausdroid reader Anthony won Android shaped Kit Kat number 463. But, rather than be responsible for eating one of these chocolatey masterpieces, of which only 500 were made worldwide, Anthony has decided to pass the onus of what becomes of the chocolate Android on to someone else by auctioning off the creation[Read More...]

by 3:55 AM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Other
Next Motorola phone – the Moto G heading worldwide with November 13th launch

Next Motorola phone – the Moto G heading worldwide with November 13th launch

The disappointment at missing out on the Moto X for everyone outside the US could be about to be alleviated if a tweet sent out from the official Motorola Twitter account hinting at a worldwide launch is to be believed. With a Save the Date 13th November tag, the tweet uses greetings from around the world, indicating that the phone could launch in Spain(Hola), Portugal(olá), Australia(G’day), England(Hallo), France/Canada(Bonjour), India(Namastē) and The Rest of the English Speaking world(Hello). https://twitter.com/Motorola/status/397319957723115520 Previously known as the Moto DVX, the Moto G has seen two recent leaks, one from noted serial leaker @EVLeaks which claimed[Read More...]

by 10:33 PM on November 4, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones
All Nexus 5 models in stock, but be prepared for delays

All Nexus 5 models in stock, but be prepared for delays

Are you getting upset and teary eyed that people have the new Nexus 5 in their hands and you don’t? Were you particularly distraught to read that stock was exhausted? Well, it’s time to dry those eyes, because Ausdroid reader Cam Shulz has pointed out that all models are now back in stock, but there are some delays for the more popular devices. At the time of writing, we’re seeing the following availability: 16GB White: 4-5 weeks. 16GB Black: 2-3 weeks. 32GB White: 4-5 weeks. 32GB Black: 4-5 weeks. If you missed out the first time around, and are keen[Read More...]

by 5:40 PM on November 4, 2013 20 comments Google Play, News, Phones
KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

KitKat Arrives With New Runtime in Tow

Everyone reading this no doubt loves Android, but how many of you know how Android runs? Android apps are written in the Java programming language but how is that converted into a language that can be read by our devices, considering the hardware is not powerful enough to have its own Java virtual machine? Way back when Android was created, a mobile virtual machine was also created, the Dalvik VM. The Dalvik VM is a virtual machine that runs apps written in Java, the runtime. Android often struggled with multitasking in the early days, due to the intense nature of[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 4, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update, Other
Nexus 5 orders are arriving in Australia – send us your pictures!

Nexus 5 orders are arriving in Australia – send us your pictures!

Australian orders for Google‘s newest baby, the LG-built Nexus 5, are now arriving. FedEx delivery estimates seem to be fluctuating. Mine originally said Tuesday, but then the phone arrived safe and sound this morning, as you can see above. It looks like delivery of some Victorian orders will be delayed until Wednesday because of the Melbourne Cup public holiday – unfortunate, but then you lot DO get a day off for a horse race We’ll have a proper first impressions post up in the next couple of days, but until that happens we’d like to hear from you! The arrival[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on November 4, 2013 99 comments News
Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

This morning, Optus has announced its exclusive carriage of LG’s G2 handset which Ausdroid reviewed last month. Available in store, online and via telephone sales today, the G2 and its fancy advanced 4G features will really enjoy Optus’ 4G network. Optus advises that the LG G2 runs on Optus’ 4G Plus and 4G networks, meaning more coverage and more speed, and of course Optus’ fairly decent 3G network as well. If you’d like to read more about the G2, my review is a good place to start, but the real takeout from this news is that it will run on[Read More...]

by 10:59 AM on November 4, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Exclusive, News, Phones
Android 4.3 leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300)

Android 4.3 leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300)

Samsung has promised to bring Android 4.3 to its Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), and true to their word, a pre-release version has been leaked. Sammobile has tested this version and report that it’s quite stable, and although it uses the original launcher and widgets, the core user interface has been brought in line with the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Be aware that this is a test build, so a few bugs and glitches may be present, and it will wipe your phone so a backup is very advisable. The official version is expected to be rolled out before the[Read More...]

by 10:46 AM on November 4, 2013 4 comments News