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Nexus 7 (2013) finally lands on the Play Store for Australia

Nexus 7 (2013) finally lands on the Play Store for Australia

Australian Android fans have woken to some welcome and overdue news this morning. The Nexus 7 (2013) has arrived on the Play Store in all its glory, available for purchase right now. On the Play Store listing, the Nexus 7 is available in the three configurations we already knew about, as below: 16GB WiFi only model for $299 32GB WiFi only model for $339 32GB WiFi and LTE for $439 All these options include free shipping for a limited time. The Nexus 7 Sleeve (a neoprene arrangement that looks rather special) is also now available, but at a price of[Read More...]

by 7:37 AM on September 18, 2013 13 comments Google Play, News, Sale, Tablets
Rumour: Nexus 4 could be “indefinitely” out of stock in the US

Rumour: Nexus 4 could be “indefinitely” out of stock in the US

With the current leaks, speculation and rumours surrounding the new Nexus 5 device currently finding its way around the net, you would be forgiven to wonder when or if the Nexus 4 will be pulled from sale. Android Police are reporting that the LG/Google Nexus 4 16GB has sold out, with a notice stating on the Play Store that the store is out of stock and to check back soon. This has lead to rumour mill starting up, after Google did confirm to The Verge that there was no plans to restock the diminished 8GB Nexus 4, which has been[Read More...]

by 7:01 AM on September 18, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale
LG D820 passes through Wi-Fi Alliance for certification –

LG D820 passes through Wi-Fi Alliance for certification –

It seems that the Nexus 5 just can’t stay under wraps, possibly still suffering the after-effects from its night out in a bar, the LG-D820 – the phone that is suspected to be the Nexus 5 -has dropped past the Wi-Fi alliance for some local wireless certification. The LG-D820 has been certified in two versions, the LG-D820_C and the LG-D820_S. It’s extremely difficult to tell anything about the difference between the phones based on this certification and the model numbers alone – these could be GSM/CDMA/LTE variants, but who knows. What we can tell is that the LG-D820, will come[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on September 17, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer
Good Deal: 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2013) now available for $249 from Kogan for 24 Hours

Good Deal: 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2013) now available for $249 from Kogan for 24 Hours

Kogan has announced a pretty good deal if you’re in the market for a brand new 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2013). The Asus built Nexus 7 (2013) which is on-sale at retail in Australia for a recommended retail price of $299 is currently priced at just $249 + shipping on the Kogan website, for just 24 hours. There is a slight problem with the sale, the email advises ‘Hurry, deal ends 10:00am AEST, 17th September 2013‘. I have called Kogan and asked them to confirm that this is indeed a mistake and will be available until tomorrow morning, they have[Read More...]

by 2:08 PM on September 17, 2013 3 comments Sale, Tablets
Optus now offering the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra for pre-order

Optus now offering the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra for pre-order

Optus has today advised that the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are now available to pre-order on the Optus 4G network via tele-sales, online and in-store, with an official launch availability date of the 1st of October. Both the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are water and dust-proof with IP55 and IP58 Certification. Xperia Z1 The recently announced Xperia Z1 is available on Optus for pre-order through their mini-site, on a variety of plans beginning from just $55 per month – $35 My Plan with $20 per month handset repayments. With a 5″ Full HD Trilumionos[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on September 17, 2013 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
New Nexus 5 leak shows new boot animation pictures of the device

New Nexus 5 leak shows new boot animation pictures of the device

In a trend that’s beginning to become something of a tradition in US based tech companies with a new phone about to launch, someone in charge of one of the Nexus 5 phones has left theirs in a bar to charge and a bar employee has been able to snap some photos of the device as well as take some quick video. The full photos taken by the same bar employee shows a device that is very similar to the one that showed up at both the FCC under the D820 model number as well as the Kit Kat statue[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on September 17, 2013 15 comments News, Phones
Blackberry Messaging for Android leaks – you can’t use it, but does anyone really want to?

Blackberry Messaging for Android leaks – you can’t use it, but does anyone really want to?

The release of BBM for Android has been a long protracted release process, that was promised by the end of ‘Summer’ this year. As we’re now in Spring in the Southern Hemisphere this should have been out now but in the Northern Hemisphere the season changes are judged on a slightly different time scale, and so we wait, but some people over at the Crackberry forums just can’t leaking the APK for anyone to use, but the problem is, you can load it but not use it. Users who load the APK are essentially stuck at the load screen as[Read More...]

by 5:40 AM on September 17, 2013 0 comments Apps
Rockstar releasing GTAV iFruit and Game Manual Companion Apps for Android soon

Rockstar releasing GTAV iFruit and Game Manual Companion Apps for Android soon

Rockstar Games launched GTA V just hours ago in Australia at midnight openings across the country and have just announced that they will be releasing two companion apps for the title that will help players to get the most out of their biggest game yet. The Rockstar Games site lists the two apps, the iFruit App – an obvious play on the Apple name – and the Game Manual Companion App as being free to download, with the mobile apps kicking off with an iOS iFruit app that is currently available in the App Store, but an Android app will[Read More...]

by 5:20 AM on September 17, 2013 6 comments Apps
HTC One Max pictured and specs leaked

HTC One Max pictured and specs leaked

The HTC One Max is HTC’s biggest non-secret at this stage with so many leaks appearing about the device and now carrier China Mobile has leaked the specs on Chinese social media site Weibo. Listing the device as the HTC 8088, it could of course be an Asian variant, but spec wise, it matches up with previously rumoured specs. The China Mobile listing says it will come with a 5.9″ FUll HD 1920×1080 resolution display, 1.7GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 5MP Ultra-Pixel camera, 16GB on-board storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and all powered by a 3,300mAh battery. The type of CPU is still[Read More...]

by 4:48 AM on September 17, 2013 12 comments Phones
Latest Glass update includes device tethering without the tethering charge.

Latest Glass update includes device tethering without the tethering charge.

Google Glass has so far been connecting to Glass Explorers smartphones as a tethered device, incurring – in the US at least – a tethering plan charge, a small price to pay for those lucky enough to have the device on their face already. But the latest XE9 update that began rolling out last week, apparently includes something which fixes that. Engadget are reporting that the update now bypasses traditional Bluetooth or other tethering methods with the phone and Glass can no longer be detected as a tethered device, with data now being shown merely in the form of an[Read More...]

by 3:11 AM on September 17, 2013 0 comments Glass
Google acquires Bump Technologies

Google acquires Bump Technologies

David Lieb, CEO and cofounder of Bump Technologies, has just announced on the Bump Blog, that the maker of one of the most popular data sharing apps in Google Play has been acquired by Google. Bump Technologies makes two apps which are available in Google Play – Bump and Flock – Bump allows users to share Photos, videos, files, everything between devices by ‘bumping’ devices together; while Flock allows users to stream photos from multiple souces at a single event into one shared album. On the blog post that announces the acquisition, David Lieb advises that the applications will remain[Read More...]

by 2:48 AM on September 17, 2013 1 comment News
A walk through Android’s six year history

A walk through Android’s six year history

While a good many people know about the current state of play with Android (it’s easy to keep up, just read Ausdroid!), the history of our favourite mobile operating system is less well known, but equally interesting. We thought we’d give you a quick run down of how Android has come along from humble beginnings to its 80% market share today. 2003 Android Inc. is founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. Andy Rubin and the team worked on the precursor to Android, which they aimed would run on phones and digital cameras. 2004 Andy Rubin[Read More...]

by 2:00 PM on September 16, 2013 18 comments News
Winners of the ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle

Winners of the ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle

I’m pleased to announce the winners of our ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle, which raised a further $900 for our community foundation, a fantastic result which all our readers and those who entered can sure be proud of. Our first prize winner Natalie Davis of Toowong QLD selected the Google ChromeCast dongle. Congratulations Natalie, your prize is on your way! Tim McAlister was our second prize winner, and received the remaining prize — a Pebble Smart Watch! Congratulations Tim as well! To all those who didn’t win this time, don’t lose heart. We’ve got another Google ChromeCast dongle to[Read More...]

by 2:39 PM on September 14, 2013 0 comments Charity, Chromecast, Competition