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Get a Boost ‘Jump Start’ Android phone for just $19 from selected BP service stations today only

Get a Boost ‘Jump Start’ Android phone for just $19 from selected BP service stations today only

If you’re after a super cheap Android smartphone, then the Boost mobile Jump Start could be just what you’re looking for. Boost is running a promotion in conjucnction with BP service stations, that will see them offer their Jump Start Android phone for just $19 today only and only ‘While Stocks Last’. The deal is listed on Ozbargain as being only available at ‘BP Regional Sites’. Spec wise the phone is actually a ZTE T706 and comes with Android 2.3(Gingerbread). Onboard storage is minimal but there is a microSD card slot and a 2GB memory card is included in the[Read More...]

by 1:41 PM on July 25, 2013 3 comments Phones, Sale
ChromeCast extension now available from the Webstore

ChromeCast extension now available from the Webstore

If you missed the announcement of the ChromeCast dongle from this mornings ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event, you missed something pretty cool. It’s basically a dongle running a modified version of ChromeOS, that you plug into your TV that you can stream media to, from both Android Apps as well as from the Chrome browser on your Windows or Mac Latops as well as the Chromebook Pixel. To facilitate the pushing of content to the ChromeCast device from Chrome, Google has just released the Google Cast Chrome extension. The extension will allow you to ‘Share content from Chrome to Cast devices.’[Read More...]

by 1:35 PM on July 25, 2013 0 comments News
First accessory for the Nexus 7(2013) will be a sleeve

First accessory for the Nexus 7(2013) will be a sleeve

The new Nexus 7 was released this morning and a landing page has gone up in the US ahead of pre-orders going live next Tuesday the 30th July. One of the things listed on the site is the first accessory for the tablet – a Sleeve style case. While some thought that a Qi compatible wireless charger would be on offer at launch to facilitate the wireless charging component that Google advised was in the new Nexus 7, they’ve gone down the path of a basic sleeve. Technical information for the sleeve is as you’d expect pretty basic : Size:[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on July 25, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Google Play
Google hits 70M tablet activations

Google hits 70M tablet activations

During last nights Chrome and Android event, Sundar Pichai announced that Google have now hit the 70 Million tablet activation mark. This is a pretty impressive stat and Google have also stated that more than 1 in 2 tablets is Android based. To go along with this announcement Google had a few other pieces of information to share with us. Over 50 billion app downloads, up from 20 billion last year Revenue per user up 2.5x over last year 1 million apps in Google Play revenue increased by 2.5X for devs in last 12 months Nexus 7 is over 10%[Read More...]

by 11:55 AM on July 25, 2013 1 comment News, Tablets
Android 4.3 Factory Images available to download

Android 4.3 Factory Images available to download

After this mornings official announcement of Android 4.3, it appears that Google has released factory images for Android 4.3 for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on the Google Developers website. The factory image is Android 4.3 – JWR66V. Which is a slight increment from the leak for the Nexus 4 which appeared last week, which was JWR66N. So, anyone who flashed that build to their device would be advised to flash the newest build to their device. The update will be rolled out to devices from today, however there is usually a protracted wait of[Read More...]

by 5:05 AM on July 25, 2013 10 comments News, OS Update
Google Play Games and Google Play Textbooks announced

Google Play Games and Google Play Textbooks announced

There were a couple of new announcements made with regards to Google Play this morning, Ellie Powers, Product Manager, Google Play spoke about the new features announcing two major new additions in Google Play – Google Play Games and Google Play Text Books. Google Play Games – is a gaming hub, that is run from an app that can be downloaded from Google Play. The app allows you to discover new games and track all your high scores as well as the social aspect of being able to compare your progress both with friends in your Google+ circles as well[Read More...]

by 4:49 AM on July 25, 2013 6 comments Apps, Google Play
Google announces Chromecast – the Nexus Q replacement

Google announces Chromecast – the Nexus Q replacement

The surprise announcement at the ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event was the announcement of Chromecast, marking Googles 2nd attempt to conquer the living room after the failed Nexus Q. The Chromecast device, supports 1080P streaming, runs on simplified version of ChromeOS and plugs into any available HDMI port on your TV, essentially making it a ‘Smart TV’. The concept behind it is very similar to Miracast, however Chromecast doesn’t mirror your screen, it interacts with apps on your device using them as a remote. At this stage Chromecasting is supported on Android and iOS but that’s not to say other mobile[Read More...]

by 4:14 AM on July 25, 2013 23 comments Accessories, News
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Announced

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Announced

Google this morning have held a Press Conference in San Francisco where they have announced the new 2013 Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), so what’s new in Android 4.3? If you remember when Google announced Android 4.2 last year, they introduced Multi Account Support. With Android 4.3 they have pushed it to a new level by allowing the owner of the Android device to set up restricted profiles. These restricted profiles work in the same way as multi user accounts and include the functionality to remove access to certain features from apps such as in-app purchases, or[Read More...]

by 4:11 AM on July 25, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update
New Nexus 7 announced – available to order from Google Play Tuesday July 30th

New Nexus 7 announced – available to order from Google Play Tuesday July 30th

At the Breakfast with Sundar Google event this morning, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Android Product Management at Google officially announced the new Nexus 7 which we’ve seen leaked pretty thoroughly so far already. Announced simply as the Nexus 7, there is no ‘New’ Nexus 7 title, however the original Nexus 7 is now labelled as Nexus 7(2012) to differentiate them. Let’s get down to the official specs : 7.02” 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant Corning® Glass 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 400 MHz 2GB of RAM 16/32GB of storage 1.2MP[Read More...]

by 3:41 AM on July 25, 2013 19 comments News, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 78 – July 23, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 78 – July 23, 2013

Welcome to the 78nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week was all hardware all the time, with the Galaxy Tab 3, the new Nexus 7, HTC’s new One Mini and of course the phone everyone’s sick of hearing about – the Moto X. Featuring: Jason Murray and Dan Tyson, with special guest Geoff Quattromani. Thanks for joining us, Geoff! Production Note: Volume levels varied a bit during the recording this week, particularly towards the end – sorry! Topics: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 New Nexus 7 HTC One Mini Moto X Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe[Read More...]

by 12:08 AM on July 25, 2013 0 comments Podcast
New Nexus 7 benchmarked and hardware specs revealed

New Nexus 7 benchmarked and hardware specs revealed

The new Nexus 7 that was acquired by a lucky Reddit user has now been benchmarked every which way as well as having the internal specs of the device confirmed by the guys over at Android Police. The specs for the new Nexus 7 which is expected to be announced in a little over 12 hours, contains many of the specs that were being rumoured, however it’s been confirmed that the tablet DOES NOT contain 4GB of RAM, instead it carries only 2GB, although that is nothing to sneeze at. So, the full specs : 7″ 1920×1200 Display 1.5GHz Snapdragon[Read More...]

by 1:44 PM on July 24, 2013 11 comments Tablets
T9 dialler finally added to AOSP with Android 4.3

T9 dialler finally added to AOSP with Android 4.3

Normally, one small feature of a new version of Android wouldn’t deserve a post of its own, but this has been a huge issue that many people have had with AOSP for a long time. In fact, while there are other benefits to custom ROMs, the lack of a T9 dialler in AOSP builds is the single factor, for me, that necessitates the use of CyanogenMod (or equivalent). The only Android phones that don’t ship with a T9 predictive dialler are Google’s Nexus devices. As custom and OEM ROMs have had this ability since the dawn of time, I honestly[Read More...]

by 1:26 PM on July 24, 2013 5 comments Apps, News, OS Update, Phones
Gameloft announces Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game is coming

Gameloft announces Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game is coming

With two Marvel movie tie-in games – Spiderman and Ironman – under their belt already, Gameloft has announced that they will be releasing the official movie tie-in game for the next Marvel movie to be released Thor: The Dark World. The overarching story for the game has been written by Marvel Writer Christopher Yost – who also is credited as a screenwriter for the Thor: The Dark World film – is an original tale that will see Thor restoring order to the Nine Worlds. As Thor you will lead Asgards forces through 100 missions against Marauders and Dark Elves. The[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on July 24, 2013 0 comments Apps