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LG Optimus L3 on-sale at Woolworths for $34.50 from Wednesday 28th of August

LG Optimus L3 on-sale at Woolworths for $34.50 from Wednesday 28th of August

The LG Optimus L3 is not your highest end device, but what it is, is a name brand phone from LG from the L-Series of devices which saw LG begin to re-establish their presence in the Australian landscape. Initially going on-sale with Telstra for $99, the Optimus L3 is now a year old and has already been superceded by the LG L3II, but at $34.50 – half its normal price – it’s a hard bargain to pass up. Spec wise it’s not going to wow, it’s internals include : 800MHz Processor 1GB RAM – 2GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Card[Read More...]

by 8:58 PM on August 26, 2013 4 comments Phones
Sony ‘Honami’ teased again – My what a big Eye you have.

Sony ‘Honami’ teased again – My what a big Eye you have.

If an Android based camera phone is what you want and the Galaxy S4 Zoom isn’t doing it for you then the lens being shown off on this latest teaser tweet from the Sony Xperia twitter account could tempt you into an Xperia phone very shortly. Have we captured your attention yet…? #bestofSony pic.twitter.com/FJ5zus1rWn — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 26, 2013 As Adam our resident Sony Xperia fan said of this latest teaser ‘Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention’. With a rumoured 20MP camera capable of capturing 4K video, that lens is going to have[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on August 26, 2013 3 comments Camera, Manufacturer, Phones
Optus and the software update process.

Optus and the software update process.

Last year at Ausdroid we took the opportunity to approach our three major telecommunications companies – Telstra, Vodafone and Optus – about their software update processes. We had a great talk with Kieran Mcilwain from Vodafone on episode 30 of our podcast and interviewed Craig Ruhan from Telstra. The one carrier we haven’t spoken to is Optus. I first approached Optus about interviewing their Software Updates manager on the 8th of August last year, and they advised they would see what they could do. There was some back and forth, but Optus was unable to arrange a face to face[Read More...]

by 2:42 PM on August 26, 2013 16 comments Carriers, OS Update
Latest Chromecast update breaks thirdparty local streaming apps

Latest Chromecast update breaks thirdparty local streaming apps

If the latest developments from Koush like AirCast or from other developers like Leon Nicholls and Fling had you excited for local media playback on Chromecast then unfortunately the latest update to the device and the SDK has killed both apps. Koush has come out on Google+ and advised that the latest update to Chromecast has broken the ability of Chromecast to stream local content to the device : Heads up. Google’s latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled ‘video_playback’ support from the ChromeCast application. Koush advised that he and other developers have been using part of the ‘Slideshow’[Read More...]

by 12:01 PM on August 26, 2013 6 comments Chromecast
Samsung hub rolling out to certain Samsung Devices

Samsung hub rolling out to certain Samsung Devices

It seems Samsung Hub, which we reported about back a few weeks ago, is now rolling out via an update through the Samsung Apps store on certain Samsung Devices. The update, which not only brings it in line with what is available on the Play Store, With Movies, Games, Apps but Samsung own answer to Google TextBooks, Samsung Learning hub, which does seem to offer a $20 credit for any purchases for new registered users. Here are just a couple of screenshots taken of Samsung Hub: The update which is a total of 54.24MB – probably best to be on[Read More...]

by 11:00 AM on August 26, 2013 6 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Android 4.3 leaks for HTC One; download custom ROM now

Android 4.3 leaks for HTC One; download custom ROM now

It seems that HTC are getting ready to release Android 4.3 for their top-of-the-line smartphone, with developer LlabTooFeR teasing a leaked build earlier today. The update brings Android 4.3′s new features such as Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, OpenGL ES 3.0 and WiFi scanning for improved location services. HTC are said to have updated some of their own applications, as well as the system fonts and app drawer. If you have an HTC One with an unlocked boot loader, you can download the new version of the Maximus ROM over at XDA-developers right now.

by 8:05 PM on August 25, 2013 19 comments Modding, News, OS Update
ALDI Medion 4″ Smartphone — Review

ALDI Medion 4″ Smartphone — Review

Ausdroid put’s ALDI’s low-cost 4″ smartphone to the test. This year, 2013, has seen the launch of some fantastic smartphones. So far, we’ve seen the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One as the real class-leaders, and Ausdroid has reviewed each of them in depth, and even done a large comparison of each of these three super-phones. However these three phones had (at the time of launch, at least) one factor that really countered against them for many, many people. That’s the cost. These three smartphones launched with price tags measured in hundreds — the HTC One and[Read More...]

by 4:45 PM on August 25, 2013 29 comments Design, Reviews
Google Glass will cost more than $299

Google Glass will cost more than $299

Earlier this month, an Analayst from Taiwan was quoted as saying that Glass was looking at a starting pricepoint of $299. Just yesterday a rumour spread that Glass would be available for sale next year in Best Buy in the US, but according to Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Google Chris Dale, neither is true. Google Glass not coming to Best Buy in 2014… oh, and it won't be $299 either. #factcheck — Chris Dale (@cadale) August 23, 2013 There isn’t much more to say at this point. But that is fairly open, I mean it[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on August 25, 2013 5 comments Glass
Developer guidelines for Google Play updated – Airpush ads are Gooooooorne

Developer guidelines for Google Play updated – Airpush ads are Gooooooorne

Google Play Developers all received an email yesterday morning, outlining some changes that will now be applied to submissions to Google Play, they involve an update to the way ads are displayed, an update to the existing ‘Hate Speech’ policy and a clarification on gambling and rewards from apps/games. There have been a number of changes to Google Play, but the major ones that they have highlighted are : Streamlined the ads policy, with guidance on interstitial ad behavior, and a new “System Interference” provision, which prohibits ads in system notifications or home screen icons, and requires user consent when[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on August 25, 2013 8 comments Google Play, News
Nexus 7 (2013) — Raffle winner announced!

Nexus 7 (2013) — Raffle winner announced!

Having been apart of Ausdroid for three years now, there have been plenty of moments that I’ve been extra proud of what we do and what we’ve achieved, but none like this. Last week, we ran a raffle to give away a Nexus 7 (2013). From reading Geoff’s review, I want one myself, but sadly, I couldn’t win. But many of you could win, and many of you bought raffle tickets to see if it might be you. In fact, we sold 422 tickets — yes, four hundred and twenty two. At five dollars a pop, that means we’ve raised[Read More...]

by 11:50 AM on August 25, 2013 5 comments Competition, News
Google Play Store Giftcards Competition

Google Play Store Giftcards Competition

To celebrate the arrival of Google Play Store gift cards in Australia, the team at Ausdroid have decided to buy one in each denomination ($50, $30 and $20) and to give these away to our readers! We’ve long been waiting for gift cards to arrive here, and we’ve watched the slow progress towards their impending launch tomorrow, 26 August 2013. To enter, we want to know (in 25 words or less) what Play Store app(s) you’ve been holding out on buying — maybe they’re too expensive, or you couldn’t justify the purchase yet — and why. The first prize winner[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on August 25, 2013 3 comments
Beautiful Android # 5

Beautiful Android # 5

Welcome to the fifth edition of our Beautiful Android series, in which we highlight some of the most beautiful and useful applications available for the Android platform. As you’ll see below, Android has truly come a long way since Google began its focus on design with Ice Cream Sandwich, and these days, it seems like more applications are making use of the Android Design Guidelines than not. Below are five applications that we feel exemplify the three overarching goals of Android design – enchant me, simplify my life and make me amazing. As always, you can see all the applications[Read More...]

by 3:17 PM on August 24, 2013 8 comments Apps, Mini Reviews, Opinion
Google purchases display patents from Apple manufacturer Foxconn

Google purchases display patents from Apple manufacturer Foxconn

Google has seemingly made another move towards enhancing one of their most anticipated products – Glass. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has purchased a number of display related patents from well known Apple manufacturer Hon Hai Precision who trade under the more widely known name – Foxconn. While no specifics were outlined with regards to how much was paid for the patents, Hon Hai also also only described the patents as the patents sold to Google included head-mounted technology that allows a virtual image to be superimposed on a “real-world view.” Sounds very much like a very Google[Read More...]

by 5:55 AM on August 24, 2013 4 comments Glass