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Cyanogenmod Inc.: A New Chapter

Cyanogenmod Inc.: A New Chapter

Since the days of the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) Cyanogenmod has been ported to nearly every Android phone released, and over the last couple of years they’ve grown even larger, with Cyanogen Mod now available on over 150 devices in its various forms. But as an un-official community developed ROM it’s been reliant at times on donations from users, but today Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has announced that that is about to change. Steve Kondik has announced via the Cyanogenmod blog that Cyanogenmod is now an incorporated company that has raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures and plans to: *[Read More...]

by 12:37 PM on September 19, 2013 2 comments Modding, News, Phones
Kogan undercuts Aldi with their new budget 5″ Agora Smartphone

Kogan undercuts Aldi with their new budget 5″ Agora Smartphone

Kogan are no strangers to making and selling their own smartphone, as they released the original Agora 5″ smart phone earlier this year and they have once again kept the Agora name with their new smartphone they have announced this morning. The new Kogan Agora dual-SIM smartphone undercuts the current phone on-sale with German supermarket giant Aldi which went on-sale in their stores in Australia last week, but is from what we can see a better deal, although still from our point of view, the Nexus 4 makes for a bit more of a better buy. The features of the[Read More...]

by 12:26 PM on September 19, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones, Sale
HTC One Max to adopt old Qualcomm processor says sources

HTC One Max to adopt old Qualcomm processor says sources

Digitimes are reporting that according to their sources within the supply chain for the HTC One Max, the large sized device will adopt an older Qualcomm processor, the quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ 8064 for production of its first large-size device. Some sources are stating that HTC is being forced to use the old CPU model as it is unable to secure a sufficient supply of Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 processors due to a majority of Open Handset Alliance members, such as Sony, LG, Asus, Acer and even Xiaomi all deciding to utilise Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SOCs for their[Read More...]

by 8:02 AM on September 19, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Minor Nexus 7 (2013) update starting to roll out, could possibly fix multi touch issue?

Minor Nexus 7 (2013) update starting to roll out, could possibly fix multi touch issue?

Reports are coming in, that an update for the Nexus 7 (2013) is beginning to roll out to the new tablet, which is believed to possibly fix the multi-touch issue some people have been reporting with their new tablet device. The update, JSS15R, doesn’t appear to have any user-facing changes, and it’s only one letter away from the last minor update which rolled out shortly after the initial launch back in June which addressed initial multi-touch issues as well as GPS issues. The update is about 8MB and the update notification just re-lists the Android 4.3 features. It is believed[Read More...]

by 7:56 AM on September 19, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update, Tablets
YouTube mobile apps to get offline viewing feature in November

YouTube mobile apps to get offline viewing feature in November

YouTube has recently received an update which saw some improvements to the interface, multi-tasking and more, but it seems that Google and the YouTube team are not resting on their laurels, with new updates such as cache offline and ‘add to device’ functions coming to YouTube and their apps in November. The Youtube Creators blog has announced that a new feature designed to help users when they have no internet connection available will soon be coming. The feature is not expected to be a complete ‘offline’ viewing experience that is offered by apps such as TubeMate, which basically go against[Read More...]

by 4:55 PM on September 18, 2013 3 comments Apps
Add podcasts to your Pocketcasts list via the web

Add podcasts to your Pocketcasts list via the web

The developers at Shifty Jelly have added a new feature to Pocketcasts for users who have setup a sync account; The ability to subscribe to Podcasts via a web interface has made it’s way to Pocketcasts. You can follow the link (this one is specific to Ausdroid) on your phone and hit the play store button which has been the case for some time, but following the same link on your desktop machine and login with your sync email and password will add the selected podcast to your Podcast list on your phone/s or tablet/s. A nice new feature showing[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on September 18, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

The official pricing and availability – October 3rd for the majority – is now out for the Galaxy Note 3 on all three major carriers if you want to purchase it on contract. With the exception of Virgin Mobile who have advised they will be announcing their pricing on the 26th of September, you can now check out the options for Optus, Telstra and Vodafone and see which best suits your needs. Meanwhile, if you want the Galaxy Note 3 outright here’s where to do a bit of a comparison, bear in mind these tables are fluid and will change[Read More...]

by 4:26 PM on September 18, 2013 9 comments Accessories, Carriers, Phones
Optus announces pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Optus announces pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The three major carriers in Australia have now made their plans for the Galaxy Note 3 available for the public, with Optus now announcing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available for pre-order online, instore or over the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available from October 3rd in Jet Black or Classic White on a range of My Plans, Optus are advising that the phone can be purchased on a 24 month contract connected to the $80 per month My Plan with a $10 per month handset repayment (after a $20 monthly phone credit). The[Read More...]

by 3:27 PM on September 18, 2013 2 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch

If you have been waiting to find out when they’ll be available and how much they’ll cost, today’s Australian launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Gear should keep you satisfied. Tyler McGee, VP Telco at Samsung Electronics, took us through the “innovative”, “amazing” “cutting edge” world of the brand new devices from Samsung. As the specs for both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear have already been published widely, I’ll focus much more on the look and feel of the devices and my first impressions. Galaxy Note 3 Starting with the Galaxy Note 3,[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on September 18, 2013 3 comments Accessories, News, Phones
Telstra announces pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Telstra announces pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is being launched in Australia right now, and all the carriers are bringing out their pricing. So far, Vodafone has given us a look at their pricing and availability which includes a bundle pack that includes both the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and now Telstra has announced their pricing for the Galaxy Note 3, which unfortunately does not include a bundle for the Galaxy Gear. Telstra has updated their Telstra Exchange blog to advise that the Note 3 will be available but have not included any dates on availability, based on the Vodafone launch[Read More...]

by 2:19 PM on September 18, 2013 14 comments Carriers, Phones
Vodafone announces price plans Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear

Vodafone announces price plans Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear

In their push to win back market share after a less than stellar last couple of years, Vodafone have been pushing to market quickly with new release items regularly. This time they’ve been first to announce pre-order of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in a bundle. After the device goes on sale on October 3rd, the GALAXY Note 3 will be available for $10 a month on a $65 Red Plan and the GALAXY Note 3 + Galaxy Gear bundle will be available for $23 a month on top of the $65 Red Plan. Vodafone General Manager[Read More...]

by 1:34 PM on September 18, 2013 6 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Smartwatch
Stream ALL the things: Airplay mirroring support to be added to CyanogenMod

Stream ALL the things: Airplay mirroring support to be added to CyanogenMod

There are so many ways to share content between devices these days – Miracast, Chromecast, Airplay, DLNA, AllShare Cast – that it’s hard to keep up with what devices support which technologies. Technically, most modern devices are capable of supporting all the different standards, but due to largely unknown reasons, manufacturers and software providers keep the capabilities restricted to particular devices. For example, the Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip in the HTC One X and the Nexus 7 has all the hardware required to mirror its display via Miracast, but thanks to unknown reasons (likely to be douchebaggery on the part of[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on September 18, 2013 1 comment Modding, News
LG introduces the G2 Emulator App to try out the best features of their upcoming superphone

LG introduces the G2 Emulator App to try out the best features of their upcoming superphone

LG has just launched a new promo tool for people interested in previewing the features of LG’s latest flagship phone, the LG G2. Currently slated for a local launch here in November, this tool gives potential customers the chance to see just what software enhancements LG has added to the Android experience. The new tool – LG G2 Emulator – which is available on Google Play, is not really as the name suggests, an actual emulator but it will actually take you through the feature set of the new phone using a slideshow type preview. The app guides you through[Read More...]

by 1:27 PM on September 18, 2013 0 comments Apps, Manufacturer, Phones