Asus Transformer AiO is coming to Australia in April

Asus Australia announced via their twitter feed today that the Transformer All in One is coming to Australia this month. The powerful device offers desktop style, Windows 8 performance as well as the ability to detach the 18.4 screen to use as an LED backlit tablet which can switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.1 at the push of a button. The AIO offers a new, intriguing paradigm with it's ability to run both a full size desktop operating system, as well as a mobile Operating system independently on compatible hardware. When docked the system runs Windows 8, however... Continue reading

Google Search updated

Google Search, more commonly referred to as Google Now has received another update yesterday for users running Jelly Bean. Some of the updates such as the sports feature are firmly focused on the United States users. The update gains traction for those of us outside America when you start looking at the UI tweaks. Where once was a settings button, there now sits an "i" which refers to information specific to that card you're currently viewing. Tapping this will take you into the settings for that card, allowing you to select information that you do and do not wish... Continue reading

Vodafone confirm Galaxy SII Jellybean Update approved

Vodafone have confirmed in writing to Ausdroid a short time ago that the Jellybean update for the Samsung Galaxy SII has been approved for both the Vodafone and Three network devices and is now awaiting a release schedule from Samsung. While this is certainly good news for those of you still rocking the old Galaxy SII, there is no confirmed timeline for the OTA updates to start pushing out as yet. Are you still rocking a Galaxy SII? Are you eager to get some Jellybean style in your life? Let us know in the comments... Continue reading

Mobicity opens pre-orders for the LTE Sony Xperia Tablet Z

If you've been waiting for official details on the announcement of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, then you'll have to wait a little longer. Sources are telling us it should be some time in May but no official word has been received as yet. But, in the meantime your friendly neighbourhood importer Mobicity has announced they are offering pre-orders on the LTE version of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Mobicity now has the Xperia Tablet Z in three flavours, the 16GB Wi-Fi Model for $649, 32GB Wifi model for $749 or the latest version which includes 16GB of... Continue reading

Humble Bundle updated – 3 new games added.

The Humble Bundle for Mobile pack that went on-sale the other day has been updated with three new games being added as bonuses if you pay over the average price. The games added are Funky Smugglers, Raiden Legacy and Another World. The combined value of these three games on Google Play is over $9.00 so the fact that you get these three games plus the other 6 original games if you pay over the average price which stands at USD$5.60 at this stage means that this bundle is pretty good value. Once you purchase the bundle, you will be emailed... Continue reading

Google updates Chrome for Android

The latest update to Google Chrome for Android has brought some new features, including password sync and form autocompletion using data you've previously entered. These changes have been available in Chrome Beta for Android for just shy of three weeks, now so their addition to the full release should come as no surprise. As usual, Google have also added an array of bug fixes and performance improvements that make the latest version feel snappier and a little more responsive - you'll recall that previous versions, while being functional, had some annoying bugs and performance issues that Continue reading

Google announces Blink: open-source rendering engine for Chrome

This morning Google announced via the Chromium Developers blog that they are launching their own open source version of the rendering engine behind their popular browser Chrome. Instead of using the open source Webkit rendering engine, which Google has actively contributed to for a number of years they will be branching off to build their own called 'Blink'. The reasoning behind moving to their own rendering engine has been listed in the blog post: Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the... Continue reading

Google announces Blink: open-source rendering engine for Chrome

This morning Google announced via the Chromium Developers blog that they are launching their own open source version of the rendering engine behind their popular browser Chrome. Instead of using the open source Webkit rendering engine, which Google has actively contributed to for a number of years they will be branching off to build their own called 'Blink'. The reasoning behind moving to their own rendering engine has been listed in the blog post: Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the... Continue reading

Australian availability details for the HTC One

We've written a lot about the HTC One - in the weeks since the phone's official Australian launch there's been rumours of overseas launch delays and even frank admissions by HTC staff about their component sourcing issues. Despite the seemingly endless wait, and the looming release of a certain other flagship device, enthusiasm is still strong for the One. HTC has today announced on-contract availability across Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, and Ausdroid will have a full Australian review coming soon. Some carriers are already operating registration and preorder pages for the device, while others... Continue reading

Official Twitter app updated to version 4.0

The official Twitter app has been updated to version 4.0, bringing with it a new design that finally fits in with Android's Holo design language, autocompletion of usernames and hashtags and the ability to show photo galleries, apps and product listings in Tweet detail screens. Having been quite a critic of previous versions, I have to say I'm impressed. The new design is clean, simple to use and importantly; flows with the rest of the Android system. Lateral swipe controls have been added, allowing you to swipe left/right to navigate naturally between the Timeline, Connect, Discover and Me tabs. Subtle... Continue reading

Samsung announces low end Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung has announced two new phones over night which are quite definitely slotted into the lower end of the range. Samsung is concentrating on the compact, curved form factor of the phones which they describe as designed to 'easily fit in your pocket or small bag and natural to operate using one hand'. The specifications are nothing to get terribly excited about and the differences between the two phones are actually fairly minor, both phones come with a 3" QVGA(320x240) TFT LCD, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD Card slot that supports up to 32GB cards, 2MP... Continue reading

Nexus 4 accessories now available from Google Play

If like me you love accessories and you've suffered through the agonizing wait for your Nexus 4 to be shown some accessory love, then your wait is partially over with Google this morning releasing some new accessories for the Nexus 4 to the Google Play Store. This morning has seen the existing Nexus 4 Bumper accessory joined in the Google Play Store by a Nexus 4 Wired Headset with Microphone for $19.99, Nexus 4 Power Adapter for $15.99 and a Nexus 4 Micro USB Cable for $9.99. If you do have some friends interested in ordering... Continue reading

March Android Platform Version figures released

Around the start of every calendar month, Google releases figures through the Android Developer Dashboard site detailing proportions of Android are active in use in the wild. Developers can use these figures to help focus their development efforts on specific Android OS versions or decide which API levels they should use in their apps. April's figures were just released, and continue the trends we've seen in recent months - OS verisons 4.0+ are continuing to gain ground, and now account for well over 50% of the active devices out there. This month, Google noted that the data collection method changed... Continue reading