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Nexus 5: How the order process works

Nexus 5: How the order process works

1 November 2013, the day when Google made the Nexus 5 available to us all. However, judging by the comments on our earlier post about the Nexus 5 availability, not everyone has had the most enjoyable journey through the ordering process, so we thought we’d document what we experienced when going through the order process this morning. Chris attempted a purchase this morning at around 6.30am, of a single Nexus 5 32GB in Black. After adding the device to the shopping cart and proceeding to the checkout, the process was super easy, however like many, the message received back from[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on November 1, 2013 16 comments News, Phones, Sale
A users’ guide to Android 4.4’s new developer features

A users’ guide to Android 4.4’s new developer features

In the wee hours of this morning, after much speculation and more leaks than you’d find in a Californian bar, Google finally released Android 4.4, more commonly known as Kit Kat. The latest version of Android largely improves on what was already there, with better support for things like printing and NFC card emulation, but also adds a host of new features and APIs designed to improve performance and battery life across all devices. Performance Google claim to have designed Kit Kat to run on devices with as little as 512MB RAM, which would be great, if it’s true. Currently,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 1, 2013 6 comments News, OS Update
Download: Hangouts with SMS Integration

Download: Hangouts with SMS Integration

In the first of what is likely to be many ‘unofficial’ app updates today, the Hangouts with SMS integration APK has been pulled from the Nexus 5 factory image and made available. You can download the APK from here and install directly, just make sure you have ‘Unknown Sources’ enabled in your phone settings. A few of us have been trying the new APK out, and while it works, and the SMS/MMS integration is definitely there, there are a few things, however, that aren’t. Video calls don’t appear to work in this build (tested between HTC One devices running GPE[Read More...]

by 11:59 AM on November 1, 2013 7 comments Apps
Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

Updated:Android 4.4 heading to AOSP now, Factory Image for Nexus 5 coming today Nexus 4, 7, and 10 in coming weeks

With Android 4.4(Kit Kat) now officially announced, we all want to know when we can get it. Ed Heyl, who appears to be the new JBQ has announced that the Android 4.4 – Build KRT16M – is now being pushed to AOSP with Factory images and Binaries for the Nexus 5 due up on the Nexus Factory images page later today. Today, Google took the wraps off the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat release. Now we’re happy to announce the matching open source release. You can read more about what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat on our developer[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on November 1, 2013 10 comments OS Update
Yellow and Grey Nexus 7 sleeve added to Google Play Store

Yellow and Grey Nexus 7 sleeve added to Google Play Store

In the flurry of activity on Google Play this morning a couple of new accessories for the Nexus 7(2013) have made an appearance, nothing terribly exciting unless you’re in the market for a bright canary Yellow or Grey Nexus 7 sleeve. The cases are priced at $34.95 with a $15.95 shipping fee on top, making a grant total of $50.90 for a Neoprene case. Admittedly, the case is quite nice with a faux-fur interior and nicely fitting neoprene outer, but even if you’re interested in one of these cases you can’t actually order the new colours as yet, with Google[Read More...]

by 11:34 AM on November 1, 2013 1 comment Accessories
Pandora adds Chromecast support and new tablet UI

Pandora adds Chromecast support and new tablet UI

The amount of Apps that now officially support Chromecast has now grown officially by one, with Pandora announcing that the functionality is now available on both tablets and phones. The Chromecast function was first promised for Pandora back in July when Chromecast was announced at the Breakfast with Sundar event. The Pandora blog has been updated with Tom Conrad, CTO and EVP of Product advising Today, we’re excited to share that Pandora is now available on Chromecast, Google’s new TV-connected device that wirelessly delivers online audio and video entertainment to the biggest screen in the home. The last update to[Read More...]

by 10:36 AM on November 1, 2013 1 comment Apps, Chromecast
Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as ‘Dispatched from warehouse in 2 – 3 weeks’. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google? Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on November 1, 2013 19 comments Carriers
New Motorola phone Moto G to come with Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro

New Motorola phone Moto G to come with Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro

While we’re still getting all the Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 news under control and assimilated, life in the Android world goes on, this time via @EVLeaks who has posted some information received via Tip on the upcoming Moto G, which is rumoured to be the new name for the phone formerly known as the Moto DVX, that we were told about earlier this year. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/395988463364743168 The specs, which include a Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro, seems to be a pretty good device and with reports that the Moto X runs extremely smoothly on the Dual-Core MSM8960Pro SoC this could be[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on November 1, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Hot on the heels of the news this morning that Google has announced the Nexus 5 that we’ve all been waiting for, we’ve been in touch with Australia’s telcos to find out who’ll possibly be offering the Nexus 5 for sale locally on their plans. Telstra have confirmed to Ausdroid this morning that it is investigating the option of offering the Nexus 5 for sale on Telstra plans. A Telstra spokesperson told Ausdroid: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in its[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on November 1, 2013 22 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Google unwraps Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and reveals the deliciousness inside

Google unwraps Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and reveals the deliciousness inside

Alongside releasing the Nexus 5, Google has taken the wrapper of the next version of Android, which they announced just over a month ago. Bringing, what they say is ‘Android for all’. So, what’s inside Android 4.4? Well, as reported last night, the memory constraints on Android have been streamlined. With Kit Kat, Google advises that they’ve slimmed down the memory footprint of Android so that it can comfortably run on devices with 512MB of RAM. Google hopes that this streamlined version of Android will encourage OEMs to bring the OS to devices aimed at the ‘rest of the world’.[Read More...]

by 7:19 AM on November 1, 2013 16 comments News
Nexus 5 available for purchase now – ships 5th of November

Nexus 5 available for purchase now – ships 5th of November

Google has today, finally, announced the phone that has refused to stay hidden for the last month or more. The long awaited Nexus 5 is here. The specs match up with exactly what has been leaked over and over again and was confirmed in the leaked service manual. The Nexus 5 comes in two storage options — 16GB and 32GB — and two colours — black and white. Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB varieties, and $449 for the 32GB varieties. The Nexus 5 is available to purchase now, with despatch from Hong Kong like last year’s Nexus 4.[Read More...]

by 6:08 AM on November 1, 2013 61 comments News, Phones
Box updates Android app, mentions support for Android 4.4

Box updates Android app, mentions support for Android 4.4

Cloud syncing service, Box, has just updated their app in the Play Store and the What’s New section is 2 lines long; the first line caught our tipster’s attention: “Support for Android 4.4 (KitKat)”. What this means exactly is unknown; are top developers — of which Box is one — allowed access to the Android 4.4 SDK before everyone else, and if so, what major changes require an update just to support Android 4.4. Or this could just be a hoax to get people to talk about Box, but hey, we can’t be too sure now can we.

by 11:49 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Intel to start making ARM processors

Intel to start making ARM processors

Here’s something interesting that isn’t about the Nexus 5 – Intel are going to start building ARM chips as of next year, beginning with the Altera ARM Cortex-A53. This is an interesting development for Intel, who up until now have been trying to convince everyone that x86 processors are just as good as ARM chips for mobile devices. No one’s been buying it, even though some pretty high-end tablets have been packing Intel cores. Without getting into the specifics of why (something about reduced instruction sets), ARM CPUs are much more battery friendly than desktop-class x86 CPUs and so are[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 31, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, News