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Leak brings more detail about Sony’s “Lens G” QX10 and QX100

Leak brings more detail about Sony’s “Lens G” QX10 and QX100

It seems that Sony is becoming a hot topic recently mainly around it’s cameras and camera accessories, including the news we posted recently about Sony’s Xperia Len’s G Series of attachments which clip on to your existing smartphone. According to Android Community in a post over the weekend, the user manuals for both the QX10 and QX100 camera attachments have leaked onto the web and have provided some more insight into the devices and how they work. The manual shows both models and for the most part they look like they will have similar features – both models will have[Read More...]

by 6:28 AM on August 21, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Camera, Manufacturer
Google Play Gift Cards to hit Australian retail shelves on August 26th

Google Play Gift Cards to hit Australian retail shelves on August 26th

After going semi-live in Australia last month in an exclusive deal with Telstra that saw $50 Google Play Gift cards given away to new Telstra Mobile account holders, Google Play Gift Cards look set to launch in a more accessible fashion to the rest of us very soon. The evidence for Google Play Gift Cards launching at retail in Australia has been mounting since early July when we saw the ‘Redeem Gift Card’ option become available in both the Google Play store, as well as in Google Wallet. A job listing for a Retail Partner Manager who would ‘grow the[Read More...]

by 5:06 PM on August 20, 2013 11 comments Accessories, Google Play, News
Samsung announces Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini for Optus new 4G networks

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini for Optus new 4G networks

When we attended a briefing with Optus awhile back, they told us that handsets supporting their new TDD-LTE 4G network (presently available in Canberra and soon to be elsewhere) were around the corner. A few days ago, Optus followed this up with the announcement that Samsung would be amongst the first to the party, with special versions of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini for these networks. Today, Samsung have officially announced the arrival of these new handsets. TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE.. what’s it all mean? Samsung and Optus conducted detailed testing of the dual band TDD/FDD-LTE versions of the GALAXY[Read More...]

by 3:43 PM on August 20, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Update on Ausdroid’s server issues

Update on Ausdroid’s server issues

You’ve probably noticed Ausdroid has had a few hiccups over the last twelve hours. We’ve been working just about round the clock to get everything working A-OK again, and at the time of writing, things seem to be largely back to normal. A big thanks from me to Alan at OrionVM for helping me fix up a few hiccups at a higher level, and to the team for bearing with me while I tinkered under the hood. Over the last few hours things have stabilised and you shouldn’t notice any major issues browsing the site, though there may be the[Read More...]

by 1:47 PM on August 20, 2013 17 comments News
YouTube app gets an update — New UI, multitasking, lots more

YouTube app gets an update — New UI, multitasking, lots more

Google have given their official YouTube app an overhaul to bring it up to parity with their other official apps that have been updated over the past few months. The update hasn’t yet hit the Play Store so there’s no official list of all the changes, instead Android Police have gone through and found them all themselves. Changes New Icon — Now the same as the desktop site Cleaner Holo design, Cards UI New slide-out slightly-transparent left menu In-app multitasking — slide the video down into a box in the corner and continue browsing YouTube Quicker access to your own[Read More...]

by 11:40 AM on August 20, 2013 4 comments Apps, News
HTC One Max could come equipped with fingerprint scanner

HTC One Max could come equipped with fingerprint scanner

HTC is yet to formally announce the One Max which means the leaks just keep on coming. This time the leak is from ePrice, and it’s a photo of the rear of the One Max alongside the One and One Mini. The interesting thing? That black square below the camera which is rumoured to be a fingerprint scanner. A potential use-case for this could be unlocking the phone using your fingerprint on the back instead of reaching up to the top to hit that badly-positioned power button on such a large device. Other specifications include a 5.9-inch 1920×1080 Full HD[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on August 20, 2013 7 comments OS Update
HTC One X seeing Android 4.2.2 update with Sense 5 in Europe

HTC One X seeing Android 4.2.2 update with Sense 5 in Europe

After denying the HTC One S of any further updates just recently, the jewel of the 2012 HTC lineup – the HTC One X – has apparently started receiving an update to Android 4.2.2 in Europe. The update which weighs in at 379.63MB is an update from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2.2 and includes updates to Sense 5. The full list of updates includes : System HTC BlinkFeed New Lock screen stule Widget Power Show battery level in status bar Add sleep mode option in Power settings Notifications Quick Settings panel: 12 default settings by new touch gesture Gallery/Camera AE/AF[Read More...]

by 11:27 AM on August 20, 2013 5 comments OS Update, Phones
Oppo announce the R819 – now available for pre-order

Oppo announce the R819 – now available for pre-order

After finding pretty widespread success with the Oppo Find 5, Oppo has released a follow-up device, the oddly named – Oppo R819. With slightly lower end specifications the Oppo R819 is intended by Oppo to expand theeir global presence offering a phone they describe as ‘an enticing blend of beauty, performance, versatility, and affordability’. The other trick that Oppo are offering is a skinned version of Android 4.2 as well as a stock Jelly Bean experience. Oppo themselves describe the options for OS as : OPPO believes in having the freedom to run the operating system of your choice to[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on August 20, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Optus offering deals for customers left out in the cold by ISPOne demise

Optus offering deals for customers left out in the cold by ISPOne demise

Seems like Optus is keen to scoop up some of the Aldi and Kogan customers who’ve been caught up in the ISPOne issues; Optus has released some deals aimed at attracting both Kogan and Aldi customers over to their network. Starting from 5pm today, Optus was offering people who signed up to an Optus s Prepaid 4G Social plan would receive double the data and double the standard talk time in Australia on their first recharges of $40 or more. The offer will run until the 30th of September. Ben White, Vice President of Marketing at Optus advised “No one[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on August 19, 2013 17 comments Uncategorized
Koush releases AirCast app beta on limited release

Koush releases AirCast app beta on limited release

Chromecast suffers from a flaw at the moment, and that is that none of the developers who are making apps for the device are actually able to release them. Google has to whitelist devices in order for them to be used, but Koush it seems has reverse engineered the check to allow him to release a limited Beta of his AirCast app which allows users to share videos from their gallery as well as Dropbox or Google Drive account. The Beta which Koush advises will self destruct in just two days, has been active since this morning. The stream is[Read More...]

by 4:24 PM on August 19, 2013 2 comments Chromecast, News
ASUS announces the MeMO Pad HD 7 for Australia for $199

ASUS announces the MeMO Pad HD 7 for Australia for $199

Announced at Computex back in June, Asus has just announced the MeMO Pad HD 7 will be available in Australia for $199 from authorised ASUS retailers and channel resellers. Available in blue, white, pink, green and grey the MeMO Pad HD 7 is a compact little tablet that in some colours you just won’t be able to lose very easily. Asus has packed in some decent specs for the $199 price tag : 7″ HD 1280 x 800 IPS display 1.2GHz Quad-Core CPU 1GB RAM 16GB On-board storage with mircroSD Card slot (up to 32GB) WLAN802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS[Read More...]

by 3:52 PM on August 19, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Source: Samsung to launch Galaxy Gear Smartwatch next month

Source: Samsung to launch Galaxy Gear Smartwatch next month

Bloomberg has reported unnamed sources claiming that Samsung is set to launch the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch at next month’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. According to the sources, emails have begun to surface over the web, and there is also confirmation from sources close to the project within Samsung who claim that the Galaxy Gear can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails. However, the Galaxy Gear won’t have a flexible display, as Samsung is still trying to perfect and continue development on a bendable/flexible screen according to one of the sources who have asked to remain[Read More...]

by 3:20 PM on August 19, 2013 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Other, Smartwatch
Dots – Game Review

Dots – Game Review

I love mobile gaming, but most of the games that I have purchased have been relegated to my tablet due to the increased display size, and it is quite rare for me to install a game on my phone now days. The subject of today’s review as an exception to this rule. Dots is a very well designed game that reminds me of the classic match 3 games that have been around for years. You are presented with a grid of different coloured dots and it is your job to connect dots of the same colour. The more dots you[Read More...]

by 3:16 PM on August 19, 2013 2 comments Apps, Reviews