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Action Launcher 2.0 Beta brings a new way to multitask

Action Launcher 2.0 Beta brings a new way to multitask

Action Launcher is one of Ausdroid’s favourite apps and it’s a huge plus that its developer, Chris Lacy is Australian. Chris has announced today, via his Google+ page, that he’s releasing a beta of Action Launcher 2.0 to the Play Store for members of Action Launcher’s Google+ community. Action Launcher 2.0 brings a couple of neat new features designed to help with multitasking on your Android device. Firstly, is Quickpage – a navigation drawer that slides in from the right-hand side of the screen, which acts kind of like an additional homescreen, but one that you can instantly access, which[Read More...]

by 10:50 AM on October 4, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
HTC have enough issues, leave them alone Nokia!

HTC have enough issues, leave them alone Nokia!

As if they didn’t have enough issues already, HTC now face a potential import ban on the HTC One into one of the worlds biggest smartphone markets; the United States of America. A preliminary ruling this week stated that Nokia’s patent claims against HTC had foundation on 2 specific patents that relate to the Qualcomm chip in the HTC One. This Qualcomm chip is responsible for the phone reception and boosting signal to ensure that the phone has good reception and audio quality during calls. At this time, the understanding is that HTC have begun working with Qualcomm to avoid[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on October 4, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News
Google asks developers to begin submitting Glassware for review

Google asks developers to begin submitting Glassware for review

Glass, that fabled product that most people are just dying to either try or buy is getting closer to a retail launch, with Google today asking developers of Glassware – the name that Google has chosen for Apps that run on Glass – via Twitter to ensure check out the Glassware Launch Checklist and submit their app for review. Have you built Glassware that's ready to share? Check out the Glassware Launch Checklist and submit yours for review: http://t.co/ARcCV5s1Nt — Google Glass (@googleglass) October 3, 2013 The ‘Distributing Glassware’ support page linked in the tweet, advises developers to ensure that[Read More...]

by 4:33 AM on October 4, 2013 0 comments Glass
Claimed Android 4.4 running on a Nexus 4

Claimed Android 4.4 running on a Nexus 4

The good folk over at gadget helpline had a recent visitor in the form of a phone running Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie, now known as KitKat. This is probably an early version of 4.4 as it is loaded onto a Nexus 4, and the Easter Egg animation is a large white K followed by a slice of lime with cocktail sticks. There was a huge amount of secrecy relating to the Google deal with Nestle, even the developers weren’t aware of the name change until the last minute. The images from the Nexus 4 can only be taken at face[Read More...]

by 1:04 AM on October 4, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
Gingerbread just won’t go away, September Android platform figures released

Gingerbread just won’t go away, September Android platform figures released

The Android Developer dashboard has been updated with the latest platform version statistics for September. Jellybean is taking over, not as quickly as Android purists would like but it now commands an healthy 48.6% of thee Android distribution numbers across the three versions currently available to consumers (4.1.x,4.2.x and 4.3) which, given the enormity of the Android platform is a significant growth in install base over last months 45.1% marketshare. Android 4.3 marks it’s entrance into the statistics with 1.5% market share of a 1 Billion device pool, which is set to grow with leaked Android 4.3 builds for the[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on October 3, 2013 11 comments News
Telstra offering free Galaxy Gears for Note 3 pre-orders

Telstra offering free Galaxy Gears for Note 3 pre-orders

Telstra really want people to get online and pre-order for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So much so, Telstra are now offering would-be purchasers a free Galaxy Gear smartwatch, valued at $369 RRP, for anyone who pre-orders on an $80 plan or above. If you want this, and you might well, then you don’t have too long to think about it: the offer will expire on 17 October, unless withdrawn earlier (i.e. if everyone else pre-orders and gets their Gear before you, you might miss out). We’re not going to advocate for any particular carrier, they all have[Read More...]

by 8:16 PM on October 3, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Sale
More Jelly Bean 4.3 leaks from Samsung – this time it’s the Galaxy Note II

More Jelly Bean 4.3 leaks from Samsung – this time it’s the Galaxy Note II

We previously reported on a test build of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and now it is the older siblings turn, the Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N1700). This unofficial test update is a very early build, so be warned that it might contain its fair share of bugs and glitches. What this does bring to the Note II is  Samsung Knox, plus core elements of Touchwiz from the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 to bring  the Note II up to date within the family of devices. Knox divides your personal and work information, so that you only have[Read More...]

by 8:07 PM on October 3, 2013 0 comments News, OS Update, Phones
SBS releases On Demand app for Android as an exclusive Samsung only App

SBS releases On Demand app for Android as an exclusive Samsung only App

SBS has just released their own Android App, which allows users to access their online video streaming service – On Demand. Currently available only on the Samsung Apps Store (with no Google Play entry), the app appears to be an exclusive to Samsung devices similar to the recent launch of the Foxtel Go for Android App, although there has been no statement from Samsung nor SBS on the exact terms of the deal. Of course, the exclusivity deals for Samsung have not worked out too well so far with the APK for all their apps being shared quite quickly throughout[Read More...]

by 8:05 PM on October 3, 2013 16 comments Apps, News
OPPO will have the first post capture refocusing camera

OPPO will have the first post capture refocusing camera

Digital Optics  has announced that OPPO  will be the exclusive launch partner for their ground breaking MEMS Cam  . This will be the first smart phone with a MEMS unit (Micro Electrical Mechanical System). Current phones have a VCM unit (Voice Coil Motor). The advantage of MEMS vs VCM is that MEMS uses a fraction of the power of VCM’s, and focus at least twice as fast, sometimes 7 times faster depending on what VCM you are comparing the MEMS unit with. OPPO hasn’t stated which future phone the MEMS Cam will be released in, but it could very well[Read More...]

by 8:00 PM on October 3, 2013 0 comments Camera, News, Phones
Samsung have launched PEN.UP, a doodle inspired social network for Galaxy Note series S-Pen devices

Samsung have launched PEN.UP, a doodle inspired social network for Galaxy Note series S-Pen devices

If your a fellow Galaxy Note series user and use your S-Pen to draw doodles, cartoon or just about anything but not sure whether to upload to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Pintrest, then Samsung may have just sorted that dilemma out for you. Samsung have launched PEN.UP, a doodles inspired social network for Galaxy Note S-Pen series devices dedicated to digital artwork. Like any good social network, PEN.UP can set up a personal feed containing your own sketches, group them and follow and like other social networks do. And if you are one of those take their sketching in a[Read More...]

by 7:59 PM on October 3, 2013 0 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones
HTC One Max given the name T6UL in recent FCC filing

HTC One Max given the name T6UL in recent FCC filing

Whilst the world awaits any confirmation of their latest device, the HTC One Max, it seems that the device details have been given away in a recently submitted filing with the FCC in the USA. Although the filing did not specifically state nor give away the HTC One Max by name, it did instead referred to by the model number of 0P3P510 with a further reference to the device yet to be confirmed via reference to T6ULAs for the bit that brings the connection to the name specifically. Whilst it might could possibly be a simple coincidence, we have seen[Read More...]

by 7:54 PM on October 3, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Sony announce the Xperia M for Australia – available through Vodafone and Sony Centres

Sony announce the Xperia M for Australia – available through Vodafone and Sony Centres

Sony Australia has today announced the Sony Xperia M for the Australian market. The budget level device is aimed at the lower end of the market but still retains many of the design aesthetics from the former 2013 flagship device the Xperia Z. Launched by Sony back in June, Sony are definitely focusing the Xperia M at a ‘new market and price point’ but even at the cheaper price point, the Xperia M still packs quite a punch. Hardware wise, the phone comes with a 4″ 854×480 display that is powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU, with 4GB[Read More...]

by 4:30 PM on October 3, 2013 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Huawei offering insights into the future of the ‘Connected Home’ through demonstrations at Bondi Junction this school holidays

Huawei offering insights into the future of the ‘Connected Home’ through demonstrations at Bondi Junction this school holidays

Huawei is running an interesting demonstration these school holidays centres around the concept of the ‘Connected Home’. Huawei have set up their experience stand at the Westfield shopping centre in Bondi Junction in Sydney and will be running demonstrations of their media hub – the MediaQ – until this Sunday(October 6th). The stand is seen by Huawei as a good way to get Australian consumers familiar with the range of products that Huawei sell and have a hands-on experience with them. Huawei Australia Account Director Geison Jiao says that Huawei’s Devices business goes beyond our latest range of smartphones, so[Read More...]

by 4:02 PM on October 3, 2013 2 comments Uncategorized