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Cyanogen Mod team teases ´Nemisis´

Cyanogen Mod team teases ´Nemisis´

This morning, there was a bit of a tease released from the team behind the popular ROM Cyanogen Mod. The tweet teased something new called ´Nemesis´. Something new is coming… (Nemesis Teaser) http://t.co/VS6jPC2FZw — CyanogenMod (@CyanogenMod) July 20, 2013 The link is to a YouTube video which has streams of words, starting with Ńothing is Perfect. : Check it out and watch for the shot of a phone lock screen at around the 0:13 mark. There is literally no further information about what Nemesis is or could be but the speculation is rife on the Cyanogen Mod Google+ page ranging[Read More...]

by 12:51 AM on July 22, 2013 3 comments Modding, News
First Press shots for the Motorola Moto X and what could be inside

First Press shots for the Motorola Moto X and what could be inside

Motorola get points for keeping the Moto X at the forefront of the news, seemingly strategically leaking tidbits here and there so that there’s always something out there for people to see. This latest pic comes from @Evleaks and purportedly shows off the Moto X press shots. Also released this morning was a report from TheVerge which says they’ve been tipped to the reported specs on the device, apparently it will come with a 4.5″ display and come with a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon MSM8960T CPU and 2GB of RAM – all of which marries up with the specs reported by[Read More...]

by 5:41 PM on July 20, 2013 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Weapon of Choice: Headset Button Controller

Weapon of Choice: Headset Button Controller

You’ve started using Google Music. You’ve queued up a playlist ready to blast away on your commute. You throw your headphones on, hit the play button and walk out the door. Google Music magically whisks you away to your happy place and you’re immersed in your lovely bubble of sound. You decide that you want to hear a particular track again, and reach up to the button controller on your headset, only to realise that your phone only allows you to use one button to do one thing. You can’t replay that song. The bubble is burst, your immersion is[Read More...]

by 2:42 PM on July 20, 2013 4 comments Apps, News
Google by the numbers – Q2 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q2 earnings report

Yesterday, Google announced their Q2 earning report. The numbers look fairly good from the outset, however it proved to be less than what investors were looking for so the share price fell a little on Wall Street. So, what numbers are we looking at from Google this time around – figures are in USD : Revenue is up for Google who reported overall revenue for Q2 of $14.11 billion – 19% up on last year – with a total Net income of 3.23 billion compared to $2.79 billion in the second quarter of 2012. Motorola Mobile however had an operating[Read More...]

by 2:06 PM on July 20, 2013 1 comment News
Chromoting app for Android coming soon.

Chromoting app for Android coming soon.

The Chrome remote desktop function is a very handy tool especially for those using Chromebooks as well as just the every day Chrome browser, but it appears that isn’t enough for the Chromium team who are apparently working on a native Chromoting App for Android which will mimic the functions of the Chrome Remote Desktop app. With Android devices getting progressively larger, with better quality screens, and the Android and Chrome teams now working under the same manager, it’s inevitable that we’ll see cross platform complimentary functionality. If you can remote one way, why not the other? How about remoting[Read More...]

by 9:34 AM on July 20, 2013 7 comments Apps
Moto X to be launched on August 1st in New York

Moto X to be launched on August 1st in New York

The worst kept secret in the mobile industry the Motorola Moto X is due to be announced at an event in New York. The invite has been sent out to US sites indicating a more US centric launch but we already know that the phone will be launching in Canada at least, so it could possibly go further afield, although an Australian launch may not be on the cards. The event is due to start at around 3PM in New York on August 1st which should be around 5AM our time on Friday, the 2nd of August. No details on[Read More...]

by 9:04 AM on July 20, 2013 0 comments Phones
Updated Nexus 7 to launch July 31st with Android 4.3 and wireless charging

Updated Nexus 7 to launch July 31st with Android 4.3 and wireless charging

A new leak has appeared overnight for specs of the upcoming Asus built Nexus 7 Mk II which most people anticipate will be announced at a breakfast event at Google next Wednesday – Thursday 2am AEST – there has also been a second leak which gives a retail launch date of the 31st of July. The leaked specs confirm and add details to a video which was leaked to AndroidCentral on Thursday. Engadget received the screenshot from an anonymous source but it confirms the earlier leak adding that the device will support Slimport video out – the same as found[Read More...]

by 8:40 AM on July 20, 2013 4 comments News, Tablets
Big W selling Kindle Fire HD 7″ for $199

Big W selling Kindle Fire HD 7″ for $199

It appears that after initially going on-sale at Dick Smith, Big W also began selling the Amazon Kindle Fire HD a couple of weeks ago. Normally priced at $229, Big W are currently selling the 7″ version of the Amazon tablet at the discounted price of $199. But what is a new tablet without accessories? Big W are selling cases for the tablet with the Kindle Fire HD case selling for $48 and a Red Belkin branded folio case selling for $58. Cases and Tablet are both available to pickup in-store or you can opt for delivery, which can be[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 20, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Tablets
Google Australia looking to buy part of Sydney’s Monorail

Google Australia looking to buy part of Sydney’s Monorail

I know this is not Android news as such, but it is still somewhat interesting and perhaps a little outlandish. The Sydney Morning Herald, is reporting that the company that is dismantling and demolishing Sydney’s former Monorail, Metropolitan Demolitions, has been approached by Google Australia to purchase one of the former monorail sets that used to zip around Sydney CBD for 25 years, as a meeting room in their building at Darling Harbour which they will share with FairFax directly. Nick Giannikouris, Director of Metropolitan Demolitions, the company who has been appointed by the NSW Government to demolish and decommission[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on July 20, 2013 8 comments Other, Rumours
Telstra confirms Samsung will skip Android 4.2.2 update on Samsung Galaxy Note II in favour of next version of Android

Telstra confirms Samsung will skip Android 4.2.2 update on Samsung Galaxy Note II in favour of next version of Android

Just a couple of days ago, we saw rumours appear that Samsung was considering skipping the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Note II and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Yesterdays Telstra software update blog has indeed confirmed this with Craig Ruhan from Telstra posting the following update for the Galaxy Note II : Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update. With Android 4.3 having leaked for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4 Google Play edition so[Read More...]

by 9:08 PM on July 19, 2013 7 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update
Aussie Apps: VinePaper sets Vine videos as live wallpapers

Aussie Apps: VinePaper sets Vine videos as live wallpapers

Melbourne-based developers Dylan McGannon and Ry Van Veluwen pinged us this morning to let us know about their new app, VinePaper. Guys, you have our attention. VinePaper is a simple Live Wallpaper that downloads and plays a Vine video in the background of your homescreen (and lockscreen, depending on your phone). Repeatedly. Constantly. This could be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you follow on Vine. As a 99-cent app, it’s a bit of harmless throwaway fun. My homescreen has now a looping animation of Spongebob Squarepants going a little bit crazy – for which, I salute Ry[Read More...]

by 2:03 PM on July 19, 2013 0 comments Apps
Google Developer Group: Sydney Meetup, July 30

Google Developer Group: Sydney Meetup, July 30

If you’re an Android developer based in or around Sydney, you should consider joining the Google Developer Group (GDG) Sydney Meetup Group. This month’s GDG Meetup in July 30 sees two Android presentations: Ankur Kotwal, an Android Developer Advocate at Google, will be discussing Whats new and important in Android. This presentation seems especially timely, given the Google event scheduled for July 24 at which we’re expecting to see Android 4.3 unveiled. Darren Younger will also be speaking about Near Field Communication (NFC) and how to use it to “bring your apps into the physical world” beyond just facilitating mobile[Read More...]

by 1:06 PM on July 19, 2013 1 comment NFC
Bandwidth-saving ‘server-side compression’ feature rolling out to select Chrome for Android users

Bandwidth-saving ‘server-side compression’ feature rolling out to select Chrome for Android users

Users of Chrome for Android — not Chrome Beta, where this feature is already available — are slowly beginning to see a limited roll out of Google’s new server-side data compression proxy which can theoretically reduce bandwidth by 50%. We were just given an invite to the feature and have found that depending on the site and its size and image-count the compression lead to a reduction of around 35-15%. Google says that the proxy kicks in when you view a normal HTTP site, but when you go to a secured site (HTTPS) you bypass the proxy. Chrome connects to[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on July 19, 2013 6 comments Apps, News