Ausdroid News for 12 December 2014

Google offers up more free albums on Google Play in their ‘Sound of 2014′ promotion
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Google offers up more free albums on Google Play in their ‘Sound of 2014′ promotion

Google is in a giving mood this month, full of holiday cheer. They’ve already offered up a bunch of Christmas themed music in the form of singles and albums, but now they’ve turned their attentions to other main-stream music in their ‘Sound of 2014′ promotion. There’s ten albums up available for free on Google Play Music, including albums from such[Read More…]

in Google Play by at 10:20 pm on December 12, 2014
Android Wear 5.0.1 is starting to land on Australian watches
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Android Wear 5.0.1 is starting to land on Australian watches

If you’re the owner of an LG G watch R, you might have noticed (or you might soon) that you’ve got a software update waiting. Ausdroid reader Dylan is one such recipient of this software update which takes Android Wear to version 5.0.1. We haven’t yet seen it on our watches, including a Sony Smartwatch 3, but in all likelihood we’ll[Read More…]

in Android Wear, Apps, News, OS Updates by at 7:06 pm on December 12, 2014
Motorola says the Moto X will be in stores from 15 December
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Motorola says the Moto X will be in stores from 15 December

Motorola have announced that the new Moto X will be available in selected retailers from 15 December 2014. Given the delays we’ve seen on other Motorola products reaching shelves this year, we’ll believe that when we see it, but at least we’ve got something a little bit more concrete than “soon”. Although there’s a 32GB model available elsewhere, Australia will[Read More…]

in Manufacturer, News, Phones by at 6:07 pm on December 12, 2014
[Poll] Do you roam with your own SIM overseas, or buy local at your destination?
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[Poll] Do you roam with your own SIM overseas, or buy local at your destination?

After updating its Red plans to offer complimentary $5 roaming on its top tier, Vodafone has today released the results of their research into how Australians use their phones when overseas. They surveyed over 1,000 smartphone owners to find out whether we roam, or go local. It seems that as a nation, we’re wising up to historically high roaming charges.[Read More…]

in Carriers, Phones by at 1:16 pm on December 12, 2014
“Santafy” yourself with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s Santa Fest app

“Santafy” yourself with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s Santa Fest app

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is running Santa Fest in Sydney’s Darling Harbour until December 24, and they’ve released an app that enables you to “Santafy” yourself as part of the festival. The free app is very basic, but it does as it promises. You can “Santafy” yourself and share to Facebook or Twitter and save the results to your gallery[Read More…]

in Apps by at 12:42 pm on December 12, 2014
More details begin to emerge about Samsung’s Galaxy A7 mobile device

More details begin to emerge about Samsung’s Galaxy A7 mobile device

We recently learned that Samsung was working on another thin, all-metal, mid-range smartphone device – currently known as the Galaxy A7 – with some specs leaking thanks to Tenaa (the Chinese telecommunications equipment certification center). More details have now come to light about this elusive device thanks to SamMobile. We previously knew that the Galaxy A7 would come with a[Read More…]

in Manufacturer, News, Phones by at 12:29 pm on December 12, 2014
Ausdroid 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
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Ausdroid 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

It’s December, so that means that Christmas is approaching, fast. It seems like only yesterday we were packing the Christmas Tree away last year, but yet again, it’s time to think about what you’re going to get. Google would love you to purchase something from Google Play…if you get in before the 17th of December. We’ve looked at a lot[Read More…]

in Other by and at 9:00 am on December 12, 2014
Google Fit update finally brings more activities
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Google Fit update finally brings more activities

Google has finally released an update to the Google Fit app, which adds a lot more functionality for those people who keep fit by doing more than just walking, cycling or running. The update to Google Fit, which is available in Google Play right now, has a number of updates including a new experimental mode which detects steps when your[Read More…]

in Apps by at 8:45 am on December 12, 2014
Action Launcher 3 released today by Chris Lacy
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Action Launcher 3 released today by Chris Lacy

Chris Lacy has released the latest version of his well-loved Action Launcher for Android. With over 500,000 installs, Lacy is clearly onto a winning formula with his app, and the new version doesn’t disappoint in terms of new features and design. Chris himself describes the update as follows: An entirely new take on Action Launcher. This release is both a complete[Read More…]

in Apps, News by at 7:51 am on December 12, 2014
Telstra finally acknowledges the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Smartband Talk – now available from selected stores

Telstra finally acknowledges the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Smartband Talk – now available from selected stores

When Sony announced the long awaited Smartwatch 3, and it’s lower end non-Android Wear Smartband Talk fitness band were finally available in Australia last month, they made a surprise announcement that you’d be able to grab them from Telstra as well as from selected retailers. Initial, and subsequent checks with stores proved that despite the announcement, Telstra and their staff[Read More…]

in Accessories, Android Wear by at 7:30 am on December 12, 2014