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New Motorola phone Moto G to come with Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro

New Motorola phone Moto G to come with Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro

While we’re still getting all the Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 news under control and assimilated, life in the Android world goes on, this time via @EVLeaks who has posted some information received via Tip on the upcoming Moto G, which is rumoured to be the new name for the phone formerly known as the Moto DVX, that we were told about earlier this year. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/395988463364743168 The specs, which include a Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro, seems to be a pretty good device and with reports that the Moto X runs extremely smoothly on the Dual-Core MSM8960Pro SoC this could be[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on November 1, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Hot on the heels of the news this morning that Google has announced the Nexus 5 that we’ve all been waiting for, we’ve been in touch with Australia’s telcos to find out who’ll possibly be offering the Nexus 5 for sale locally on their plans. Telstra have confirmed to Ausdroid this morning that it is investigating the option of offering the Nexus 5 for sale on Telstra plans. A Telstra spokesperson told Ausdroid: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in its[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on November 1, 2013 22 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Google unwraps Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and reveals the deliciousness inside

Google unwraps Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and reveals the deliciousness inside

Alongside releasing the Nexus 5, Google has taken the wrapper of the next version of Android, which they announced just over a month ago. Bringing, what they say is ‘Android for all’. So, what’s inside Android 4.4? Well, as reported last night, the memory constraints on Android have been streamlined. With Kit Kat, Google advises that they’ve slimmed down the memory footprint of Android so that it can comfortably run on devices with 512MB of RAM. Google hopes that this streamlined version of Android will encourage OEMs to bring the OS to devices aimed at the ‘rest of the world’.[Read More...]

by 7:19 AM on November 1, 2013 16 comments News
Nexus 5 available for purchase now – ships 5th of November

Nexus 5 available for purchase now – ships 5th of November

Google has today, finally, announced the phone that has refused to stay hidden for the last month or more. The long awaited Nexus 5 is here. The specs match up with exactly what has been leaked over and over again and was confirmed in the leaked service manual. The Nexus 5 comes in two storage options — 16GB and 32GB — and two colours — black and white. Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB varieties, and $449 for the 32GB varieties. The Nexus 5 is available to purchase now, with despatch from Hong Kong like last year’s Nexus 4.[Read More...]

by 6:08 AM on November 1, 2013 61 comments News, Phones
Box updates Android app, mentions support for Android 4.4

Box updates Android app, mentions support for Android 4.4

Cloud syncing service, Box, has just updated their app in the Play Store and the What’s New section is 2 lines long; the first line caught our tipster’s attention: “Support for Android 4.4 (KitKat)”. What this means exactly is unknown; are top developers — of which Box is one — allowed access to the Android 4.4 SDK before everyone else, and if so, what major changes require an update just to support Android 4.4. Or this could just be a hoax to get people to talk about Box, but hey, we can’t be too sure now can we.

by 11:49 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Intel to start making ARM processors

Intel to start making ARM processors

Here’s something interesting that isn’t about the Nexus 5 – Intel are going to start building ARM chips as of next year, beginning with the Altera ARM Cortex-A53. This is an interesting development for Intel, who up until now have been trying to convince everyone that x86 processors are just as good as ARM chips for mobile devices. No one’s been buying it, even though some pretty high-end tablets have been packing Intel cores. Without getting into the specifics of why (something about reduced instruction sets), ARM CPUs are much more battery friendly than desktop-class x86 CPUs and so are[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 31, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Google’s Ingress is now open to the public

Google’s Ingress is now open to the public

Google’s augmented reality game Ingress has this week opened its virtual doors to members of the public in earnest. Previously, a new player required an invitation from a current player, but this requirement has now been removed – anyone can now install the app from the Play Store and get started. The World Around You Is Not What It Seems If you’ve not followed our previous coverage (or my frequent tweets on the subject), Ingress throws players into a global quest for control of a substance called Exotic Matter. Your phone becomes the Ingress “scanner”, that lets you see the[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on October 31, 2013 25 comments Apps, News
Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

Nexus 5: More Alleged Photo Leaks and a Reddit Ask Me Anything

In a very recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on popular site Reddit, a user going by the name of throwawaynexus5guy has been busy answering questions about the Nexus 5 that he alleges to have spent some time with recently. As proof he uploaded pictures as proof. He didn’t have time to delve deeply into the device, but here is a summation of  his answers poised to him by his fellow Redditors: Always on microphone similar to the Moto X Improved camera, but not vastly so Hangouts has SMS and IMS integrated into the one threaded conversation The Nexus 5 updates to Android[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on October 31, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update, Phones, Rumours
Kit Kat promotional Nexus 7 tablets arriving now

Kit Kat promotional Nexus 7 tablets arriving now

For those lucky enough to have won a Nexus 7 16GB tablet in the Android 4.4 KitKat promotion, the good news is that they are now being shipped in a first round of deliveries. The bad news is that firstly, Woolworths are running low on the Android Kit Kats – and Nestle won’t be producing any more – so stock up now if your local Woolworths, Big W or service stations still have any. The specially marked Kit Kat’s are $1 for this week at the supermarket, if you can find them. The other bad news is that Android 4.4[Read More...]

by 6:28 PM on October 31, 2013 3 comments Competition, News, Tablets
Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

Rumour:Android 4.4 to aim at low-end devices as well as wearables, TV and NFC

According to a leaked document that was sourced by Amir Efrati from Jessicalessin.com the upcoming version of Android will be aiming at a few things in particular – low-end phones, TV, wearable computing and NFC. The document which is reported to be shared with Google hardware partners lists the very hot new consumer range of wearable computing, with Kit Kat expected to support three new sensors – geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. The new sensors will possibly be used in Glass and very likely the rumoured Smartwatch that Google is rumoured to be gearing up to launch[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments NFC, OS Update, Rumours
Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

It’s Halloween in Australia – let’s not get into the whole US only holiday thing – so why not try out a monster game like Monster Mash Saga from Australian developers Hovel Games. Gameplay Monster Mash Saga is a game that falls into the ‘match three’ genre, which sees you matching three or more Ghosts, Zombies, Devils, Mummies or Vampires to clear them. The game is objective based, with each level assigning a goal to reach in a set time period or a set number of moves, which gets harder as you progress through each level. The matching is done[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Glass Accessories showing up for Glass Explorers to purchase

Glass Accessories showing up for Glass Explorers to purchase

With the expansion of the Glass Explorer program going ahead, as well as some new hardware coming out which supports both prescription glasses and a mono earbud, what’s next for Google? Well, something they’re not normally accustomed to – Release Accessories. The release of accessories for their Nexus program has traditionally been a pretty slow affair, with cases, chargers, etc. often taking months to come out and it appears that Glass is no different. Android Headlines are reporting that four new accessories are now available through the Glass store for Glass Explorers. The accessories available include a mono earbud –[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Glass
Samsung reportedly starting mass production of curved batteries

Samsung reportedly starting mass production of curved batteries

Samsung is on the verge of producing curved batteries according to a ZDNet report. This comes as Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Round that will be launching in the companies home country of South Korea. Whether the two will go hand in hand remains to be seen, however, Samsung appear to be very keen in the area of curved devices — it’s just a step closer to flexible devices, though I doubt we’re going to see flexible batteries any time soon. The first batteries are likely to be 2800mAh — the same capacity of those in the Galaxy Round.[Read More...]

by 1:01 PM on October 31, 2013 0 comments News