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Chainfire releases  Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire releases Sideload Launcher for Android TV to make accessing apps easier

Chainfire, who we all know and love as the might behind the SuperSU app for root access on Android phones and tablets, as well as a variety of hacks and tricks all over the shop has turned his attention to Android TV. Frustrated with a lack of an easy way to access games, apps etc. that he’d installed on the ADT-1 dev version of Android TV, he created his own mini-launcher: Sideload Launcher. While you can’t really install apps to the ADT-1 from Google Play, Google still requires apps for Android TV to be ‘whitelisted’ for the platform, but you[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on October 24, 2014 0 comments Android TV, Apps
Swiftkey adds new Material Design option to their theme store

Swiftkey adds new Material Design option to their theme store

We’re going to see a lot more of this over the coming weeks, as we run up to the official release of the newly announced Android Lollipop, which is really the first instance of Material Design. Swiftykey has overnight added their take on Material Design, by releasing two new themes to their store offering a Material Dark and Material Light. Both of the themes are available to purchase through In-App Purchase (IAP) from within the Swiftkey app. The themes aren’t terribly expensive and will set you back $0.99 each. Though they look like the stock Google keyboard with Material Light[Read More...]

by 8:20 AM on October 24, 2014 1 comment Apps
LG G Watch R on sale now

LG G Watch R on sale now

This afternoon Motorola announced the Australian pricing for the Moto 360 with it being available for $329 from local stores. The Moto 360’s most direct competition in the round smartwatch space is the LG G Watch R. The price of the LG G Watch R has been unknown, as is the exact release date, but has been speculated to be similar to that of the Moto 360. The LG G Watch R today popped up on the MobileZap website for $349.49AU. Add in $17.95 for standard shipping (4-6 business days) or $24.95 for express (3-4 business days) and you are[Read More...]

by 12:56 AM on October 24, 2014 11 comments News
Google announces AppCompat v21 letting developers give their apps a Material Design look and feel on pre-Lollipop devices

Google announces AppCompat v21 letting developers give their apps a Material Design look and feel on pre-Lollipop devices

Material Design is the new design language for Google it’s going to be put in place across all their properties from mobile to web and beyond. Google is also interested in helping developers update their apps so that devices running pre-Lollipop builds of Android will see Material Design in their apps without having to get Android 5.0. The way they’re helping is by updating the AppCompat libraries, as well as introducing new RecyclerView, CardView and Palette libraries. Lolipop of course brings the Android API level up to level 21, so this congruent with the Android SDK. The AppCompat library is[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Android Development
My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

My Tracks adds Android Wear support – removes sharing options

After Google announced an update for Google Earth this morning, which included an option to now upload KML files directly, it reminded me I hadn’t looked at Google’s Activity tracking app, My Tracks in a while. Loading it up, it appears the app got an update recently which added a great feature but removed one at the same time. Listed under the ‘What’s New’ section of the Google Play description is the good and bad news, as you can see Google has removed sharing to other apps on the phone, but added Android Wear support : support Android Wear remove[Read More...]

by 9:17 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Motorola announces pricing and availability for the Moto 360

Motorola announces pricing and availability for the Moto 360

After being tipped on pricing for the Motorola Moto 360 the other day, Motorola has this afternoon announced official pricing and availability for the Android Wear watch. The watch will be available in two styles: Stainless Steel Black with Black leather band, and Stainless Steel Silver with Stone leather band from October 31st in both Australia and New Zealand, for a RRP of A$329/NZ$359. The Moto 360 will be available with a steel band version early next year for a price of A$359/NZ$395. While Motorola hasn’t announced which retailers will be stocking the watch, we know that Harvey Norman has[Read More...]

by 5:22 PM on October 23, 2014 20 comments Android Wear, Manufacturer
Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo is set to launch their N3 on October 29th, but they seem determined to not leave much to announce, with controlled teasers being released slowly, but steadily on social media. The latest tease is for the ‘Precision Optics’ in the rotating camera, but it’s what’s shown further down the back of the phone that could prove more interesting. The chances of new perspectives. #ItsYourTurn #OPPON3 pic.twitter.com/jslbioCTRd — OPPO (@oppo) October 21, 2014 In the picture shown in the tweet, which shows the exploded camera optics, about halfway up the rear of the phone, you can see what seems to[Read More...]

by 2:13 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

New tablet and phone from Bauhn launching at Aldi on Saturday November 1st

Aldi is at it again, this time launching a new Bauhn branded tablet and phone as one of their Special Buys, and are due to go on-sale on Saturday the 1st of November. Aldi is saying they’re the ‘Best’ tablet and smartphone yet. The new Smartphone has got some fairly decent specs, including a 5″ screen and an un-named ‘Quad-Core’ processor with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot. The key feature for the smartphone is the Back Touch Sensor, which allows you to ‘Take photos, control music, or browse images conveniently with an extra sensor’. At $279[Read More...]

by 12:40 PM on October 23, 2014 14 comments News
Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Humble Bundle launches the Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle for Halloween

Depending on your background, Halloween has little meaning, especially for Australians, but using it as an excuse to get a good deal on games? Yep, we’ll take that, and that’s exactly what the Humble Bundle folks are doing just that with their aptly named Humble Mo-Boo!-ile Bundle, which went live this morning. The deal is the same, you can pay whatever you want and get three games: Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. But, if you pay above the average price, which currently stands at US $2.84, you also get Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Walking Dead:[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Google adding cards for Police Activity and Eclipses to Google Now

Google adding cards for Police Activity and Eclipses to Google Now

Google keeps adding value to Google Now, and with the service powering the current hotness that is Android Wear, they have great incentive to add more information to it. Apparently a new set of cards is rolling out – to users in the US at least – which show some interesting information. The new cards are for Police Activity in the area, as well as a card to advise on an upcoming eclipse. The Police Activity card may be a US only feature, based on the way that the US law enforcement disseminates information but it’s possible it could arrive[Read More...]

by 8:51 AM on October 23, 2014 1 comment Google Services
Google updates Google Earth with enhanced 3D experience, and faster, smoother transitions.

Google updates Google Earth with enhanced 3D experience, and faster, smoother transitions.

Google Earth really is amazing, you can view a 3D experience of the globe, spinning around and zooming in and out at will. Today, Google has announced that version 8.0 which promises to bring a smoother experience all round. To start with Google has enhanced the 3D experience with a faster rendering technology in what they say is the first overhaul to the technology since it launched over 10 years ago. The zooming experience will also get smoother with faster, crisper transitions. Google has also improved the updating technology so maps render faster. And if you’re into importing map data,[Read More...]

by 8:41 AM on October 23, 2014 8 comments Apps
Google launches Inbox by Gmail, a new way to access and organise your email

Google launches Inbox by Gmail, a new way to access and organise your email

In the early hours of this morning, Google launched a new invite-only product that they are calling Inbox by Gmail. Years in the making, Google says that Inbox is “a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.” Inbox offers a variety of features, including: ‘Bundles’ to group similar emails together for easier review and swiping away when you’re done with them. ‘Highlights’ to bring key information from important messages to your immediate attention and incorporating real-time information such as the status of flights and package deliveries. ‘Assists’ to provide other relevant information, such as phone[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on October 23, 2014 3 comments Apps, Google Services
Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

Google Play Music Updated with Material Design And More

“Update all the apps!” has no doubt been the catch cry at Google in the past week or so. We have seen many updates to the new material design as well as updates that give much more functionality to apps. Google has certainly been busy and seems to have brought it all together at once. Today Google Play Music saw an update to material design and much more. Back at the start of July Google purchased Songza, a streaming music company that provides “expert-curated” playlists to the subscriber based on the context the user is in. The idea is that[Read More...]

by 12:45 AM on October 23, 2014 2 comments News