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Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

This morning, Optus has announced its exclusive carriage of LG’s G2 handset which Ausdroid reviewed last month. Available in store, online and via telephone sales today, the G2 and its fancy advanced 4G features will really enjoy Optus’ 4G network. Optus advises that the LG G2 runs on Optus’ 4G Plus and 4G networks, meaning more coverage and more speed, and of course Optus’ fairly decent 3G network as well. If you’d like to read more about the G2, my review is a good place to start, but the real takeout from this news is that it will run on[Read More...]

by 10:59 AM on November 4, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Exclusive, News, Phones
Android 4.3 leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300)

Android 4.3 leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300)

Samsung has promised to bring Android 4.3 to its Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), and true to their word, a pre-release version has been leaked. Sammobile has tested this version and report that it’s quite stable, and although it uses the original launcher and widgets, the core user interface has been brought in line with the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Be aware that this is a test build, so a few bugs and glitches may be present, and it will wipe your phone so a backup is very advisable. The official version is expected to be rolled out before the[Read More...]

by 10:46 AM on November 4, 2013 4 comments News
Nexus 5 completely out of stock on Australian Google Play Store

Nexus 5 completely out of stock on Australian Google Play Store

If you’ve been hemming and hawwing about whether to purchase the Nexus 5 through Google Play or not, then the decision just got a whole lot harder with the Google Play store now listing all storage options and colours of the Nexus 5 as ‘We are out of stock. Please check back soon’, the Black versions of the Nexus 5 were out of stock as of yesterday morning, but now the White has also sold out. While the Nexus 4 took mere hours to sell out last year, the Nexus 5 lasted two and a half days. It took Google[Read More...]

by 8:18 PM on November 3, 2013 51 comments Google Play, Other
Nexus 4 8 GB now out of stock in Australian Google Play store

Nexus 4 8 GB now out of stock in Australian Google Play store

The popular Nexus 4 has recently been superseded by the Nexus 5, but the Australian Google Play store has still been selling it. That might be about to change, as the 8 GB version of the N4  is now out of stock. The Nexus 4 was released in November of last year, where it promptly sold out within hours and it wasn’t until January of this year that it became widely stocked, and has been in hot demand ever since. The Nexus 4 8GB debuted at $349 with the 16 GB model at $399. Recently we have seen the N4[Read More...]

by 3:29 PM on November 3, 2013 14 comments Phones
New Nexus Rumour: the Nexus 8

New Nexus Rumour: the Nexus 8

Just when you thought that you were safe from the barrage of leaks and rumours that was the Nexus 5, we have a new Nexus rumour for you. A Verge forum member, Britoid, has spotted a promotional image of a young lady using a tablet on the recently updated official Google android.com site. The tablet looks to be larger than the Nexus 7, has much smaller top and bottom bezels, and judging by the white icons in the status bar it’s on Android 4.4: Google are not averse to teasing new models in promotional materials, could this be another hint[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on November 3, 2013 22 comments News, Rumours, Tablets
October Android platform distribution numbers released – Jelly Bean reaches 50% of devices

October Android platform distribution numbers released – Jelly Bean reaches 50% of devices

A new month, a new version of Android and now we get to review the last months worth of Android distribution, while we won’t see any numbers regarding Android 4.4 until next month, we can look at the rest of the Android eco-system. The good news is that Android 4.1-4.3 is now over 50% meaning that over 500 Million Android devices are now running Android 4.1 or greater. Add in the additional 19.8% of devices running Android 4.0 and that means that nearly 750 Million devices are running Android 4.0 or greater – Holo is king. Gingerbread continues to drop[Read More...]

by 9:00 PM on November 2, 2013 0 comments News
Photo Spheres updated again in Android 4.4

Photo Spheres updated again in Android 4.4

Google has been continuing to improve Photosphere technology with every iteration of Android since the feature was first introduced in Android 4.2 in October last year. Improvements were seen in Android 4.3 when it was released in July and Evan Rapoport has advised that Android 4.4 will also include Photosphere improvements. In his Google+ post, Evan has advised that there will be speed increases in the rendering time as well as improvements to quality and image stitching. But the “optimal seam finding” seems to be one of the cooler addition with better AI that will find the best places to[Read More...]

by 2:54 PM on November 2, 2013 4 comments News
CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5 released by Chainfire

CF-Auto-Root for Nexus 5 released by Chainfire

Being a Nexus device, the steps to root it are almost ridiculously simple, however some people like to have an automated process to complete the whole process. Noted Android developer and hacker Chainfire has released CF-Auto-Root for the Nexus 5 which will perform all the necessary functions to gain Root on your new phone. Note:Any modifications made to your phone are done at your own risk and Ausdroid takes no responsibility for anything that occurs. Read ALL instructions before undertaking any process which changes your phone or devices default factory state. A specific note before forging ahead – not that[Read More...]

by 1:02 PM on November 2, 2013 9 comments Modding
Big W goes Kid Friendly offering the Kurio 7S kids and Laser Kid Smart Tablet

Big W goes Kid Friendly offering the Kurio 7S kids and Laser Kid Smart Tablet

In the latest catalogue offering from Big W beginning Monday 28th October two kid friendly tablets starting with the Kurio 7S Tablet for $198 and the Laser Kid Smart 7. The Kurio Tablet, aimed to be lowed end child friendly, does come with some Ok specs for a low end device it still probably a device worth looking over if you are in the market for a kid friendly tablet device. The list of specs include: 7 inch multi touch screen Display resolution 1024 x 600 Front facing speakers Rear camera – 5 Megapixel, front camera – 2 Megapixel 2GB[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on November 2, 2013 4 comments News, Other, Sale, Tablets
Paranoid Android release pure AOSP ROMs for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013) as well as Nexus 4

Paranoid Android release pure AOSP ROMs for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013) as well as Nexus 4

With the Android 4.4 now pushed to AOSP, with Android the next step is of course developers will begin building ROMs and first out of the gate, at least for the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7(Wi-Fi only) and the Nexus 4 is the team at Paranoid Android who announced on Google+ that the ROMs are now available to download from their site as well as an Android 4.4 GApps package. The ROM is at this stage a pure AOSP ROM to get you onto Android 4.4 and check out the latest improvements that Google has offered. The team at PA[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on November 2, 2013 2 comments Modding
Android 4.4 AOSP ROM for Galaxy Nexus now available on XDA

Android 4.4 AOSP ROM for Galaxy Nexus now available on XDA

Despite the claims from Google that the latest Android release is designed to run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM, support for the Galaxy Nexus has been dropped with Google advising that ‘No, Galaxy Nexus phones won’t be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat)’. But this being Android, there are of course options with an AOSP ROM for Maguro (HSPA version of the Galaxy Nexus) popping up on XDA. Posted by senior member ‘Grarak’ the ROM is described as ‘smooth and has good performance’ but this being a non-official build there are of course some issues[Read More...]

by 10:42 AM on November 2, 2013 5 comments Modding
Nexus 5 Poll – Did you purchase a Nexus 5? Which Model?

Nexus 5 Poll – Did you purchase a Nexus 5? Which Model?

It was a massive day for Android and Google yesterday with the launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4. So, how did it pan out? The Nexus 5 was announced at 5am(AEDT) and went on-sale in Google Play. Android 4.4 was announced with a HUGE laundry list of features both customer facing and behind the scenes. We discussed the ordering process. Google started shipping the phones from Hong Kong. And Google Play finally sold out of the 16GB/32GB Black models of the Nexus 5 last night The Nexus 5 seems to have done quite well in terms of sales[Read More...]

by 9:33 AM on November 2, 2013 23 comments Google Play, Other
Gameloft release Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game

Gameloft release Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game

With the new Marvel movie Thor: The Dark World sliding into cinemas this week, Gameloft yesterday launched their newest movie tie-in game based on the movie in to Google Play (as well as iOS). The game is based on the movie, and follows the storyline from the movie, so yoú’ll be racing to stop Malekith, the lord of the Dark Elves who is leading a revolt to destroy the Nine Realms! It’s a Hack and slash adventure which will see you fighting as Thor with other heroes of Asgard by your side, such as Sif, Heimdall and the Warriors Three[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on November 2, 2013 0 comments News