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Will the Xperia Z1 ‘Honami’ be both waterproof and colourful?

Will the Xperia Z1 ‘Honami’ be both waterproof and colourful?

The Xperia ‘Honami’ or as it may be called the Z1 when it’s officially announced as expected just prior to the IFA conference in Germany, has been teased again for a second time in two days by the Sony Xperia Twitter feed. The latest official teaser, shows up just a day after we were shown the first real look at of all things, the power button. This time being shown that the phone, as with most of the Xperia Z stable of devices, will be waterproof : https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/370818955386290176 It’s a fairly limited look at the phone, but XperiaBlog have something[Read More...]

by 1:20 AM on August 24, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 83 – August 20, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 83 – August 20, 2013

Welcome to the 83rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason and Dan ran the show with noone in the third seat owing to staff availabilities and social lives. We’ve cancelled everyone’s plans for next week in advance, though some of them don’t know it yet. We followed up on last week’s ispONE coverage with an updated look at the situation and how it’s affecting Kogan Mobile and Aldi differently, checked in with the newest members of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 family (yes, it’s now a family – sort of a sub-family of a family, if you like), spoke a[Read More...]

by 11:33 PM on August 23, 2013 0 comments News, Podcast
Kogan Drop the Price of 2013 Nexus 7

Kogan Drop the Price of 2013 Nexus 7

While the Nexus 7 (2013) may have been released in the US a few weeks ago it is still yet to be released in Australia.  While the release may be imminent, with no comment or announcements from Google Australia, if you wish to be one of the early adopters then a grey market import is one way to go. This evening, possibly in preparation for an upcoming official Australian release, Kogan have dropped the price of the 2013 Nexus 7.  The 16GB and 32GB  Nexus 7 (2013) can now be purchased for $289 and $329 respectively (with free shipping).  While these[Read More...]

by 9:04 PM on August 23, 2013 12 comments News, Sale
Chrome Beta for Android updated; brings improved navigation gestures and search-by-image

Chrome Beta for Android updated; brings improved navigation gestures and search-by-image

The beta channel of Chrome for Android is far superior to the stable version in every possible way. It’s so very much faster, but it also has some cool features that are missing from the mainstream version. This morning, Google have added the ability to long-press on any image in the browser and search for it on Google. Additionally, navigation gestures have been improved. I couldn’t even count the number of times that I’ve accidentally switched tabs when I was really trying to pan across a web page, and I’m thankful that Google have fixed this. Now, to switch tabs,[Read More...]

by 4:40 PM on August 23, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Google working on Linux 3.10 kernel for Android; said to be coming in Key Lime Pie

Google working on Linux 3.10 kernel for Android; said to be coming in Key Lime Pie

Despite its lack of market share on the desktop, Linux has achieved dominance in the mobile space through Android, which is essentially a very trimmed down and selective distribution of the open-source OS. That’s right, folks – your cool Galaxy S 4 or HTC One runs Linux, you nerds. In a largely-oversimplified way, the kernel is a software layer that sits between your device’s hardware and the software applications, passing information between the two. Drivers are like kernel plugins, and newer versions of the Linux kernel add support for additional hardware features. Current versions of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.x and[Read More...]

by 4:30 PM on August 23, 2013 3 comments News
Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

It’s updates galore for the current line of Nexus devices. In the last couple of days we’ve seen OTA updates begin flowing for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and http://ausdroid.net/2013/08/22/rumour-security-update-jwr66y-heading-for-the-nexus-10/. Now, overnight another update has begun pushing out to the Nexus 7 (2013) so to keep everyone happy and up to date, Google has released factory images for the entire range of current Nexus devices. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7(WiFi and HSPA) and Nexus 10 factory images have all been updated, moving from Build JWR66V to JWR66Y. The Nexus 7 (2013) build has updated from JSS15J to JSS15Q[Read More...]

by 8:33 AM on August 23, 2013 20 comments OS Update
Nexus 7 (2013) JSS15Q update also solves GPS lock issue

Nexus 7 (2013) JSS15Q update also solves GPS lock issue

The JSS15Q OTA update that is currently rolling out to the Nexus 7(2013) is also apparently fixing the GPS bug that was reported nearly two weeks ago as well. The update comes from Googler PaulW in the Google Product Forums where the issue was first lodged. Hi everyone, Thank you for your patience while we’ve been working on this. As Justin mentioned, there is a new over-the-air update for Nexus 7 rolling out now that addresses the GPS issue discussed here. We look forward to hearing feedback about your GPS experience after you’ve received the update. The update is rolling[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on August 23, 2013 0 comments OS Update, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ now available at JB HiFi

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ now available at JB HiFi

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ which we reviewed recently as an import, has now gone on-sale at JB Hifi. The latest JB HiFi catalogue is now showing the over sized phone on-sale for $598. As a fairly over-sized device, it’s a big price for a big phone. There’s no mention of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 which was announced at the same time but there has been some interest in the large screen device. Spec wise the Galaxy Mega 6.3 contains : 6.3” 720p LCD Dual core 1.7 Ghz CPU, Adreno 305 GPU 1.5 GB RAM 8 GB Storage, Micro[Read More...]

by 2:17 AM on August 23, 2013 13 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale
Nexus 7 (2013) receiving update to JSS15Q to fix Multi-Touch issues

Nexus 7 (2013) receiving update to JSS15Q to fix Multi-Touch issues

The Multi-Touch bug affecting the new Nexus 7 that was reported last week, will be resolved in an OTA update that is apparently rolling out to the tablet. Googler PaulW over on the Google Product Forums has advised that the update which is inbound will address the multi-touch issue that was reported : Hi everyone, As a couple of you have mentioned, there’s a new system update that’s started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you’re one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how[Read More...]

by 1:26 AM on August 23, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update
Google Play Store the out trumps Nintendo and Sony in gamer spending

Google Play Store the out trumps Nintendo and Sony in gamer spending

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s official. Revenue from Google Play Games have surpassed spending on games from the now former top two heavyweights of the handheld gaming world – Nintendo and Sony – at least according to a combined report from IDC Worldwide and App Annie. Whilst most mobile gaming dollars are still being taken through iOS devices, as the report below shows, it does on a symbolic level show that Google Play is pushing Nintendo and Sony down into third place which suggests that Google’s recent focus on gaming is right on track. Earlier in the year during the[Read More...]

by 12:19 AM on August 23, 2013 3 comments Apps, Google Play, News, Other
Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft spins onto Google Play

Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft spins onto Google Play

After being announced for release on August 8th at the Breakfast with Sundar event, where it was shown off as an example of how good the Nexus 7 (2013) and OpenGL 3.0 ES could look Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft has finally arrived in Google Play. Asphalt 8 offers you the opportunity to drive 47 high-performance cars from manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, Ferrari, Pagani and more, in exotic locations such as Venice, French Guiana, Iceland and the Nevada Desert. As expected with the name Asphalt 8: Airborne there is definitely a stunt component to the game, with the description[Read More...]

by 11:43 PM on August 22, 2013 6 comments Apps, Google Play
Report: Savvytel back in action

Report: Savvytel back in action

In the midst of the ISPOne chaos last week, it surfaced that MVNO Savvytel was also suffering some difficulties, finding themselves unable to supply customers with recharges. But now they’re advising that everything is looking much better, according to a post on their website. Regular Ausdroid reader Kungfutigerr, has pointed us towards the Savvytel homepage which now displays a banner which seems to have been placed on the site just over 2 days ago, apologising to customers for any issues they had recharging or purchasing items from the company: In case you are wondering, Savvytel do utilise the Optus 3G[Read More...]

by 11:09 PM on August 22, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News
Google Now updated to provide car rentals, concert tickets and more

Google Now updated to provide car rentals, concert tickets and more

Google Now is a great tool, it provides some pretty great contextual information based on time, date, locations as well as serving up information on upcoming events and your recent searches and it’s getting better, if you live in the US at least. It seems that Google has added a few new tricks, equipping it with cards for keeping track of car rental and concert tickets as well as adding the ability to share commuting information and get better notification on public transit such as when the last bus/train leaves and updated TV cards and NCAA Football results. The full[Read More...]

by 10:53 PM on August 22, 2013 16 comments Apps, News