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Google Play Games and Google Play Textbooks announced

Google Play Games and Google Play Textbooks announced

There were a couple of new announcements made with regards to Google Play this morning, Ellie Powers, Product Manager, Google Play spoke about the new features announcing two major new additions in Google Play – Google Play Games and Google Play Text Books. Google Play Games – is a gaming hub, that is run from an app that can be downloaded from Google Play. The app allows you to discover new games and track all your high scores as well as the social aspect of being able to compare your progress both with friends in your Google+ circles as well[Read More...]

by 4:49 AM on July 25, 2013 6 comments Apps, Google Play
Google announces Chromecast – the Nexus Q replacement

Google announces Chromecast – the Nexus Q replacement

The surprise announcement at the ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event was the announcement of Chromecast, marking Googles 2nd attempt to conquer the living room after the failed Nexus Q. The Chromecast device, supports 1080P streaming, runs on simplified version of ChromeOS and plugs into any available HDMI port on your TV, essentially making it a ‘Smart TV’. The concept behind it is very similar to Miracast, however Chromecast doesn’t mirror your screen, it interacts with apps on your device using them as a remote. At this stage Chromecasting is supported on Android and iOS but that’s not to say other mobile[Read More...]

by 4:14 AM on July 25, 2013 23 comments Accessories, News
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Announced

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Announced

Google this morning have held a Press Conference in San Francisco where they have announced the new 2013 Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), so what’s new in Android 4.3? If you remember when Google announced Android 4.2 last year, they introduced Multi Account Support. With Android 4.3 they have pushed it to a new level by allowing the owner of the Android device to set up restricted profiles. These restricted profiles work in the same way as multi user accounts and include the functionality to remove access to certain features from apps such as in-app purchases, or[Read More...]

by 4:11 AM on July 25, 2013 8 comments News, OS Update
New Nexus 7 announced – available to order from Google Play Tuesday July 30th

New Nexus 7 announced – available to order from Google Play Tuesday July 30th

At the Breakfast with Sundar Google event this morning, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Android Product Management at Google officially announced the new Nexus 7 which we’ve seen leaked pretty thoroughly so far already. Announced simply as the Nexus 7, there is no ‘New’ Nexus 7 title, however the original Nexus 7 is now labelled as Nexus 7(2012) to differentiate them. Let’s get down to the official specs : 7.02” 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant Corning® Glass 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 400 MHz 2GB of RAM 16/32GB of storage 1.2MP[Read More...]

by 3:41 AM on July 25, 2013 19 comments News, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 78 – July 23, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 78 – July 23, 2013

Welcome to the 78nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week was all hardware all the time, with the Galaxy Tab 3, the new Nexus 7, HTC’s new One Mini and of course the phone everyone’s sick of hearing about – the Moto X. Featuring: Jason Murray and Dan Tyson, with special guest Geoff Quattromani. Thanks for joining us, Geoff! Production Note: Volume levels varied a bit during the recording this week, particularly towards the end – sorry! Topics: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 New Nexus 7 HTC One Mini Moto X Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe[Read More...]

by 12:08 AM on July 25, 2013 0 comments Podcast
New Nexus 7 benchmarked and hardware specs revealed

New Nexus 7 benchmarked and hardware specs revealed

The new Nexus 7 that was acquired by a lucky Reddit user has now been benchmarked every which way as well as having the internal specs of the device confirmed by the guys over at Android Police. The specs for the new Nexus 7 which is expected to be announced in a little over 12 hours, contains many of the specs that were being rumoured, however it’s been confirmed that the tablet DOES NOT contain 4GB of RAM, instead it carries only 2GB, although that is nothing to sneeze at. So, the full specs : 7″ 1920×1200 Display 1.5GHz Snapdragon[Read More...]

by 1:44 PM on July 24, 2013 11 comments Tablets
T9 dialler finally added to AOSP with Android 4.3

T9 dialler finally added to AOSP with Android 4.3

Normally, one small feature of a new version of Android wouldn’t deserve a post of its own, but this has been a huge issue that many people have had with AOSP for a long time. In fact, while there are other benefits to custom ROMs, the lack of a T9 dialler in AOSP builds is the single factor, for me, that necessitates the use of CyanogenMod (or equivalent). The only Android phones that don’t ship with a T9 predictive dialler are Google’s Nexus devices. As custom and OEM ROMs have had this ability since the dawn of time, I honestly[Read More...]

by 1:26 PM on July 24, 2013 5 comments Apps, News, OS Update, Phones
Gameloft announces Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game is coming

Gameloft announces Thor: The Dark World movie tie-in game is coming

With two Marvel movie tie-in games – Spiderman and Ironman – under their belt already, Gameloft has announced that they will be releasing the official movie tie-in game for the next Marvel movie to be released Thor: The Dark World. The overarching story for the game has been written by Marvel Writer Christopher Yost – who also is credited as a screenwriter for the Thor: The Dark World film – is an original tale that will see Thor restoring order to the Nine Worlds. As Thor you will lead Asgards forces through 100 missions against Marauders and Dark Elves. The[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on July 24, 2013 0 comments Apps
White Nexus 4 is out of stock in the US but Harvey Norman still has stock

White Nexus 4 is out of stock in the US but Harvey Norman still has stock

It seems that over in the US, the so called Panda Nexus, the White variant of the Google Nexus 4 has been sold out for a couple of weeks. After being announced by LG on the 28th of May, the White Nexus 4 went on-sale in the US a couple of days later on Google Play and sold out after what appeared to be a relatively limited run of just under a month. The good news for us here in Australia is that Harvey Norman have confirmed that they still have stock of the White Nexus 4 and see no[Read More...]

by 12:07 PM on July 24, 2013 1 comment Phones
New Nexus 7 shows up with colourful new packaging

New Nexus 7 shows up with colourful new packaging

It seems that at least one lucky user has received a new Nexus 7 and has shown it off on Reddit. The pictures supplied show the Nexus 7 will come in a brightly coloured box, a departure from the subdued greys of last years Nexus packaging of the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. Unfortunately, it appears the original poster or OP has not updated the post, indeed they have deleted their name from the post and no updates have been added after OP promised further shots. Private Messages to the user name displayed in the pictures have so far gone[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on July 24, 2013 0 comments News, Tablets
Rumour: Moto X in testing with Telstra, could end up in Australia after all

Rumour: Moto X in testing with Telstra, could end up in Australia after all

Way back in March we had a source at Motorola inform us that Motorola would not be bringing one of the most anticipated phones ever to Australian shores, after Telstra passed on it. Since then the rumour mill for the Moto X has run rampant with speculation, rumours, and leaks raising the profile of the first Google influenced phone from Motorola. It seems however that Telstra has re-thought their position on the handset, Channelnews is reporting that Telstra are in the middle of testing this device for a possible late August/early September release. With regards to the Moto X, Telstra executives[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on July 24, 2013 18 comments Google Play, News, Phones
Swiftkey offering online backup and more with Swiftkey Cloud

Swiftkey offering online backup and more with Swiftkey Cloud

Swiftkey has announced a brand new beta version of their popular keyboard alternative called Swiftkey Cloud, that offers some fantastic new features which some users will recognise as coming straight from top of their want lists. Swiftkey Cloud is offering both Tablet and Phone versions of the new beta, both of which are available to download from their website, all you need to do is download the APKs for the new Swiftkey 4.2 and you’re able to take advantage of the new features as well as existing once such as Swiftkey Flow. Swiftkey Cloud offers three main new features –[Read More...]

by 8:10 AM on July 24, 2013 2 comments Apps
Belkin launches WeMo for Android and WeMo Light switch

Belkin launches WeMo for Android and WeMo Light switch

Belkin launched their WeMo home control system as an iOS exclusive and except for a Beta Android app that was released in February for the Galaxy S III, we as Android users, have been pretty much left out in the cold since then. Happily today Belkin has announced that they have released a full Android WeMo app into Google Play which is compatible with their full range of WeMo products. The WeMo range if you aren’t familiar is range of products – WeMo Switch, WeMo Baby and WeMo Motion – that are connected to your home IP network and allow[Read More...]

by 5:35 PM on July 23, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer