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Nexus 7 (2013) — Raffle winner announced!

Nexus 7 (2013) — Raffle winner announced!

Having been apart of Ausdroid for three years now, there have been plenty of moments that I’ve been extra proud of what we do and what we’ve achieved, but none like this. Last week, we ran a raffle to give away a Nexus 7 (2013). From reading Geoff’s review, I want one myself, but sadly, I couldn’t win. But many of you could win, and many of you bought raffle tickets to see if it might be you. In fact, we sold 422 tickets — yes, four hundred and twenty two. At five dollars a pop, that means we’ve raised[Read More...]

by 11:50 AM on August 25, 2013 5 comments Competition, News
Google Play Store Giftcards Competition

Google Play Store Giftcards Competition

To celebrate the arrival of Google Play Store gift cards in Australia, the team at Ausdroid have decided to buy one in each denomination ($50, $30 and $20) and to give these away to our readers! We’ve long been waiting for gift cards to arrive here, and we’ve watched the slow progress towards their impending launch tomorrow, 26 August 2013. To enter, we want to know (in 25 words or less) what Play Store app(s) you’ve been holding out on buying — maybe they’re too expensive, or you couldn’t justify the purchase yet — and why. The first prize winner[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on August 25, 2013 3 comments
Beautiful Android # 5

Beautiful Android # 5

Welcome to the fifth edition of our Beautiful Android series, in which we highlight some of the most beautiful and useful applications available for the Android platform. As you’ll see below, Android has truly come a long way since Google began its focus on design with Ice Cream Sandwich, and these days, it seems like more applications are making use of the Android Design Guidelines than not. Below are five applications that we feel exemplify the three overarching goals of Android design – enchant me, simplify my life and make me amazing. As always, you can see all the applications[Read More...]

by 3:17 PM on August 24, 2013 8 comments Apps, Mini Reviews, Opinion
Google purchases display patents from Apple manufacturer Foxconn

Google purchases display patents from Apple manufacturer Foxconn

Google has seemingly made another move towards enhancing one of their most anticipated products – Glass. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has purchased a number of display related patents from well known Apple manufacturer Hon Hai Precision who trade under the more widely known name – Foxconn. While no specifics were outlined with regards to how much was paid for the patents, Hon Hai also also only described the patents as the patents sold to Google included head-mounted technology that allows a virtual image to be superimposed on a “real-world view.” Sounds very much like a very Google[Read More...]

by 5:55 AM on August 24, 2013 4 comments Glass
BBM for Android, ready or not it’s coming

BBM for Android, ready or not it’s coming

Blackberry announced that Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was coming to Android and iOS ‘this summer’ at their developer conference back in May, but since then there has not been much in the way of further information on release dates. There was a Beta build out in the wild a couple of months back, but it seems that Blackberry Messenger be released very soon. User manuals for both Android and iOS have been found, pointing to an imminent release; possibly as soon as at IFA along with all the other new toys. If you’re keen to have a look at the manuals[Read More...]

by 5:27 AM on August 24, 2013 17 comments Apps, News
Get your game on with the nVIDIA Shield now available from Mobicity

Get your game on with the nVIDIA Shield now available from Mobicity

The Nvidia Shield is a pretty ambitious project from NVidia, it’s a bid to enter the mobile gaming market while at the same time showing off their latest System on Chip the Tegra 4 and leveraging their Tegra Zone gaming centre they’ve been building up over the last few years. Featuring a 5″ 720P resolution multi-touch screen, paired with a gaming controller, whose setup should be fairly easy for most gamers to settle into fairly easily, the NVidia Shield is quite an attractive device based purely as an Android Gaming device alone. What NVidia have done with the Shield however,[Read More...]

by 3:18 AM on August 24, 2013 4 comments Accessories
Will the Xperia Z1 ‘Honami’ be both waterproof and colourful?

Will the Xperia Z1 ‘Honami’ be both waterproof and colourful?

The Xperia ‘Honami’ or as it may be called the Z1 when it’s officially announced as expected just prior to the IFA conference in Germany, has been teased again for a second time in two days by the Sony Xperia Twitter feed. The latest official teaser, shows up just a day after we were shown the first real look at of all things, the power button. This time being shown that the phone, as with most of the Xperia Z stable of devices, will be waterproof : https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/370818955386290176 It’s a fairly limited look at the phone, but XperiaBlog have something[Read More...]

by 1:20 AM on August 24, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 83 – August 20, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 83 – August 20, 2013

Welcome to the 83rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason and Dan ran the show with noone in the third seat owing to staff availabilities and social lives. We’ve cancelled everyone’s plans for next week in advance, though some of them don’t know it yet. We followed up on last week’s ispONE coverage with an updated look at the situation and how it’s affecting Kogan Mobile and Aldi differently, checked in with the newest members of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 family (yes, it’s now a family – sort of a sub-family of a family, if you like), spoke a[Read More...]

by 11:33 PM on August 23, 2013 0 comments News, Podcast
Kogan Drop the Price of 2013 Nexus 7

Kogan Drop the Price of 2013 Nexus 7

While the Nexus 7 (2013) may have been released in the US a few weeks ago it is still yet to be released in Australia.  While the release may be imminent, with no comment or announcements from Google Australia, if you wish to be one of the early adopters then a grey market import is one way to go. This evening, possibly in preparation for an upcoming official Australian release, Kogan have dropped the price of the 2013 Nexus 7.  The 16GB and 32GB  Nexus 7 (2013) can now be purchased for $289 and $329 respectively (with free shipping).  While these[Read More...]

by 9:04 PM on August 23, 2013 12 comments News, Sale
Chrome Beta for Android updated; brings improved navigation gestures and search-by-image

Chrome Beta for Android updated; brings improved navigation gestures and search-by-image

The beta channel of Chrome for Android is far superior to the stable version in every possible way. It’s so very much faster, but it also has some cool features that are missing from the mainstream version. This morning, Google have added the ability to long-press on any image in the browser and search for it on Google. Additionally, navigation gestures have been improved. I couldn’t even count the number of times that I’ve accidentally switched tabs when I was really trying to pan across a web page, and I’m thankful that Google have fixed this. Now, to switch tabs,[Read More...]

by 4:40 PM on August 23, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Google working on Linux 3.10 kernel for Android; said to be coming in Key Lime Pie

Google working on Linux 3.10 kernel for Android; said to be coming in Key Lime Pie

Despite its lack of market share on the desktop, Linux has achieved dominance in the mobile space through Android, which is essentially a very trimmed down and selective distribution of the open-source OS. That’s right, folks – your cool Galaxy S 4 or HTC One runs Linux, you nerds. In a largely-oversimplified way, the kernel is a software layer that sits between your device’s hardware and the software applications, passing information between the two. Drivers are like kernel plugins, and newer versions of the Linux kernel add support for additional hardware features. Current versions of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.x and[Read More...]

by 4:30 PM on August 23, 2013 3 comments News
Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

It’s updates galore for the current line of Nexus devices. In the last couple of days we’ve seen OTA updates begin flowing for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and http://ausdroid.net/2013/08/22/rumour-security-update-jwr66y-heading-for-the-nexus-10/. Now, overnight another update has begun pushing out to the Nexus 7 (2013) so to keep everyone happy and up to date, Google has released factory images for the entire range of current Nexus devices. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7(WiFi and HSPA) and Nexus 10 factory images have all been updated, moving from Build JWR66V to JWR66Y. The Nexus 7 (2013) build has updated from JSS15J to JSS15Q[Read More...]

by 8:33 AM on August 23, 2013 20 comments OS Update
Nexus 7 (2013) JSS15Q update also solves GPS lock issue

Nexus 7 (2013) JSS15Q update also solves GPS lock issue

The JSS15Q OTA update that is currently rolling out to the Nexus 7(2013) is also apparently fixing the GPS bug that was reported nearly two weeks ago as well. The update comes from Googler PaulW in the Google Product Forums where the issue was first lodged. Hi everyone, Thank you for your patience while we’ve been working on this. As Justin mentioned, there is a new over-the-air update for Nexus 7 rolling out now that addresses the GPS issue discussed here. We look forward to hearing feedback about your GPS experience after you’ve received the update. The update is rolling[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on August 23, 2013 0 comments OS Update, Tablets