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Konami Code is alive and well in Google Play Games

Konami Code is alive and well in Google Play Games

Looks like the inate sense of humour is still present with the techos at Google, with a new Easter Egg being found inside the latest Google release – Google Play Games. The easter egg involves you entering the so called ‘Konami Code’ or ‘Contra Code’ after the game it was first seen in, in a wider US release. The code is essentially Up,Up,Down,Down,Left,Right,Left,Right,B,A,Start – to activate in Google Play games you use swipe gestures for the first part and then a panel appears with three buttons – B, A and Start. Hit them in the correct order and you receive[Read More...]

by 9:28 AM on July 26, 2013 0 comments Apps
Google TV and Chromecast will continue as co-existing devices going forward

Google TV and Chromecast will continue as co-existing devices going forward

With the launch of the Chromecast – a seemingly competing product that plugs into the TV – the under utilised Google TV platform and devices will continue to exist as a standalone product, at least according to a Google+ post from the Google TV team. The Google TV team has spoken of the continued existence of Google TV advising that partnerships for new Google TV enabled HDTVs and set-top boxes are already in the pipeline and will continue to move forward, and at least one member of the Google TV team has also advised via Google+ that Google TV will[Read More...]

by 3:32 AM on July 26, 2013 1 comment Accessories
Nexus 10 sequel coming soon from Samsung says Sundar Pichai

Nexus 10 sequel coming soon from Samsung says Sundar Pichai

The Nexus 10 is possibly one of the best Android tablets on the market, still, with a less than stellar tablet App eco-system, that’s nothing to gloat about. However, despite never releasing sales figures for their first generation 10″ Nexus tablet, it appears that sales of the tablet were good enough, that Google is ready to produce a sequel. A tweet sent from the Wall Street Journals Amir Efrati, states that he was advised by the head of the Chrome and Android teams, Sundar Pichai that a new Nexus 10 is definitely in the works and will be released ‘in[Read More...]

by 3:04 AM on July 26, 2013 4 comments News
Google releases Chromecast Android App to help setup your Chromecast devices

Google releases Chromecast Android App to help setup your Chromecast devices

It’s not even available outside the US yet, and is sold out just about everywhere in bricks and mortar retailers and online, even the Google Play store is advising 3-4 weeks for shipping now, but the Chromecast HDMI key is probably the most popular and intriguing of devices we’ve seen for some time. To help all the possibly thousands of new users setup their new Chromecast, Google has released the Chromecast App for Android. The app is at this stage pretty limited, although most of your Chromecasting will be done from the individual apps, but this app appears to be[Read More...]

by 2:44 AM on July 26, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Apps, Google Play

Check out all the new videos from yesterdays ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event.

At the Google event yesterday morning there were a number of videos shown, the first of which is the main one. Google has made the event live for all to see so you can watch the full announcement of the Nexus 7, Android 4.3 and all its new features, Google Play Gaming and Google Textbooks and of course Chromecast. There were a number of other videos released at or straight after the event, so sit back relax and see what they have. First up is the Nexus 7(2013), so far has two videos available, the first of which is the[Read More...]

by 2:28 AM on July 26, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized
Good Deal: Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet $199 at Dick Smith

Good Deal: Acer Iconia A1-810 tablet $199 at Dick Smith

If you’re in the market for an affordable tablet, Dick Smith might be the place to look – at least until 6pm Friday – as the Acer Iconia A1-810, an 8-inch Android tablet, is on sale for 24 hours for $199. Dick Smith is also offering 1 year of accidental damage insurance for free as part of the deal. The Iconia A1 isn’t the best specced tablet out there, but it’s running a recent version of Android. We haven’t had the device in for review, but if you’re after a simple tablet you could do a lot worse. The specs:[Read More...]

by 11:12 PM on July 25, 2013 2 comments Sale, Tablets
Sony Mobile is already looking at updating some Xperia devices to Android 4.3

Sony Mobile is already looking at updating some Xperia devices to Android 4.3

With the announcement of Android 4.3 not yet 24 hours old, Sony Mobile has updated their blog to advise their plans for Android 4.3 updates to their Xperia range of handsets. So far they can confirm some models will definitely get Android 4.3, but they’re also looking into upgrading some of their devices from Android 4.1 straight to 4.3. So, which devices will get Android 4.3? Sony advised : we’re already getting stuck in and can confirm we’ll make 4.3 available for: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra… Back to current[Read More...]

by 8:20 PM on July 25, 2013 9 comments OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Mongrel Glass Competition Winners

Mongrel Glass Competition Winners

Thanks for your entries, everyone! We’ve reviewed the entrants (sorry, it took a little longer than we’d hoped) and the winners are: George Canlis James Debono Max Schaefer “Samantha” and “Brandon” also won, though they didn’t give their last names Congratulations to our winners. You’ll each receive a discount code from Mongrel Phones for a free Mongrel Glass screen protector for your Galaxy S4. We’d like to extend a big thank you to Mongrel Phones for allowing us to run this competition. If you didn’t win, the code you received when you entered the competition – which you wrote down,[Read More...]

by 1:57 PM on July 25, 2013 4 comments Competition, News
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