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HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

We’ve already seen the HTC One announced in various markets in Glacial Silver, Stealth Black, Glamour Red and Vivid Blue but a new leak out of China could possibly point to a Gold coloured HTC One coming to market. The leak which shows a phone in parts only could just be something of a test device with no potential of coming to market, but with HTC seemingly trying to milk the HTC One by introducing colour variants, it’s possible it could come to market. While HTC Australia have yet to announce anything with regards to local availability of the Glamour[Read More...]

by 6:09 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

The physical details for the new Nexus phone have just about been confirmed in every detail thanks to some leaks at the FCC, but when it will launch and what features Android 4.4 – Kit Kat will bring to the table has not yet been determined. A new tip we’ve received – which we’re taking with a large grain of salt – is advising that the magic date we’re waiting for will be October 14th. The date certainly fits in with the time frame that most people are expecting of an October announcement of the next version of Android and[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on September 13, 2013 183 comments Phones, Rumours
Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Many of us were enamoured with the first iteration of Plants v Zombies playing it for many fun, albeit frustrating hours on end sometimes. The developers of PvZ promised a new and improved PvZ2 using the freemium model for monetisation  leading to quite a bit of hype, not all of it positive, surrounding it’s release. It was released for iOS in August of this year with a slow roll out, beginning with Australasia followed by the rest of the world.  The reason given for this timed, gradual release was to test whether the Popcap servers could handle the load of[Read More...]

by 1:34 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments News
LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

The LG G2 was announced at an event in New York at the very beginning of August and when we met with LG to get a hands-on with the new super phone they advised that Optus would launch the phone in October/November. The press release from the launch of the new 4G Plus network this morning revealed this one line throwaway : The LG G2 will be out in November While we still don’t have any details on the pricing or plans apart from the outright price of $699, or a release date – we’ve requested more information – at[Read More...]

by 1:22 PM on September 13, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Phones
Optus launch their 4G Plus LTE Network

Optus launch their 4G Plus LTE Network

Optus has today announced that they have expanded their 4G Plus LTE Network to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in a move that will enhance their existing 4G offerings. The new 4G plus network is an expansion of the trial TD-LTE network which was launched in Canberra earlier this year running on the 2300MHz network. The TD-LTE network allows for transmit/receive of data to occur on the same frequency but at different times as opposed to FD-LTE technology currenly used in other Australian 4G networks which uses a seperate channels for each. Optus plans to progressively roll out this new[Read More...]

by 12:42 PM on September 13, 2013 9 comments Carriers
Chromebook Pixel will not get a successor

Chromebook Pixel will not get a successor

The Chromebook Pixel is a wonderful piece of engineering, with a small flaw – truly awful battery life. The announcement yesterday of new Haswell based ChromeOS devices, saw me hopeful that a new Chromebook Pixel powered by these power sipping CPUs could be on the cards, however that hope has been shot down by Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google. Mr Sengupta advised a small group of reporters after the announcement of the new Chromebooks at the Intel Developer forum yesteday that the Ivy Bridge packing pixel was merely a ‘prototype to show off the power of the[Read More...]

by 9:55 AM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Samsung Mobile Business exec advises 64-Bit Chips are coming to new smartphones

Samsung Mobile Business exec advises 64-Bit Chips are coming to new smartphones

With the launch of the iPhone 5s on Wednesday morning, Apple sparked a new battlefront for smartphone manufacturers – 32-bit vs 64-bit CPUs – and Samsung is keen to follow their lead. Speaking to the Korean Times, Samsung’s mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun advised Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality. It’s not promising the next Galaxy device will run a 64-bit processor but it will come soon enough. It’s really not that big a revelation, based on recent announcements from ARM regarding their upcoming ARMv8 architecture, which will see Cortex A-53[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on September 13, 2013 7 comments News
Clear shots of what looks like the new Nexus found at the FCC

Clear shots of what looks like the new Nexus found at the FCC

Remember the phone in the Kit Kat statue raising video? Well this picture and several more were found inside an FCC Filing for the Verizon LG G2 that was stopping past the FCC for certification. The phone is missing the horizontal ‘NEXUS’ logo from the video but does have the back camera lens and the flash holes line up perfectly with that phone – and the one from the LG-D820 FCC Filing. There’s also a mysterious hole in the back, centre of the back. The pictures of the phone show the 3.5mm Headphone jack at the top, power button on[Read More...]

by 6:29 AM on September 13, 2013 12 comments News, Rumours
Spruce up your Android phone with the wallpapers from iOS 7

Spruce up your Android phone with the wallpapers from iOS 7

Say what you will about Apple, but they can be quite stylish at times. Jony Ive and team have crafted a completely new look for iOS 7, which will turn the stale, skeuomorphic design of the iPhone into something that can much better keep up with the excellent design efforts coming from Google these days. While, I’m sure many of us prefer the look of Android to iOS generally, there’s no reason we can’t take what we like, such as iOS 7’s new wallpapers, and use them to give our Android devices a bit of a sprucing in time for[Read More...]

by 8:47 PM on September 12, 2013 14 comments Other
Intel Announce New SoC

Intel Announce New SoC

Intel have yet to make an impression in the mobile market as they have with desktop CPUs. At yesterdays Intel Developer Forum, their new CEO, Brian Krzanich, announced firstly a product that they hope will become a mainstay of Android tablets, the Bay Trail SoC, and also a product built specifically for wearable technology, the Quark Processor family. The Bay Trail is Intel’s first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) built for mobile devices. It is designed to be high performance, low power, perfect for Windows and Android tablets, as well as 2-in-1 devices. Whether this translates to a better overall experience in a real[Read More...]

by 8:46 PM on September 12, 2013 2 comments News
Google Drive App brings new UI and pull to refresh

Google Drive App brings new UI and pull to refresh

While I have something of a personal standpoint about changelogs along the lines of “If you can’t tell me in detail what’s changed, I’m not updating your app” I have an inherent trust of Google since they already have all of my personal data anyway! So despite their changelog on the latest update stating “Bug Fixes”, I still updated the app; I’m glad I did. The new UI is clean, easy to navigate and for a lot of users will be more comfortable than the previous setup as it’s got a bit of a “Windows” feel to the navigation bar[Read More...]

by 8:41 PM on September 12, 2013 2 comments Apps
Ausdroid: Now featured on HTC’s BlinkFeed service

Ausdroid: Now featured on HTC’s BlinkFeed service

We’ve always believed Ausdroid was, and is, a great news source for all things Android in Australia, and we know that our readers agree. Well, it seems it’s not just our readers. HTC think so as well! Ausdroid has been approached by HTC to join the select group of news outlets featured in their BlinkFeed product, and I’m proud to announce that we’ve accepted, and we’re on board! Amongst other respected Australian technology outlets like Gizmodo and Tech Radar, Ausdroid now has its place. We’d like to welcome you to join us. If you have an HTC One with BlinkFeed[Read More...]

by 4:00 PM on September 12, 2013 10 comments News
New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

Google and Intel have announced some new Haswell based Chrome devices overnight, announced at the Intel Developer Forum which is currently going on in San Francisco they have advised that there will be new devices from existing ChromeOS partners Acer and HP as well as devices from new entrants to the ChromeOS market Asus and Toshiba. There will be new Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Toshiba and a new Chromebox from Asus. The new devices from Acer and HP are now showing on the international Google Chromebook Page, but so far details on the new Toshiba Chromebook and the Asus[Read More...]

by 11:58 AM on September 12, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS