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Rockstar releasing GTAV iFruit and Game Manual Companion Apps for Android soon

Rockstar releasing GTAV iFruit and Game Manual Companion Apps for Android soon

Rockstar Games launched GTA V just hours ago in Australia at midnight openings across the country and have just announced that they will be releasing two companion apps for the title that will help players to get the most out of their biggest game yet. The Rockstar Games site lists the two apps, the iFruit App – an obvious play on the Apple name – and the Game Manual Companion App as being free to download, with the mobile apps kicking off with an iOS iFruit app that is currently available in the App Store, but an Android app will[Read More...]

by 5:20 AM on September 17, 2013 6 comments Apps
HTC One Max pictured and specs leaked

HTC One Max pictured and specs leaked

The HTC One Max is HTC’s biggest non-secret at this stage with so many leaks appearing about the device and now carrier China Mobile has leaked the specs on Chinese social media site Weibo. Listing the device as the HTC 8088, it could of course be an Asian variant, but spec wise, it matches up with previously rumoured specs. The China Mobile listing says it will come with a 5.9″ FUll HD 1920×1080 resolution display, 1.7GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 5MP Ultra-Pixel camera, 16GB on-board storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and all powered by a 3,300mAh battery. The type of CPU is still[Read More...]

by 4:48 AM on September 17, 2013 12 comments Phones
Latest Glass update includes device tethering without the tethering charge.

Latest Glass update includes device tethering without the tethering charge.

Google Glass has so far been connecting to Glass Explorers smartphones as a tethered device, incurring – in the US at least – a tethering plan charge, a small price to pay for those lucky enough to have the device on their face already. But the latest XE9 update that began rolling out last week, apparently includes something which fixes that. Engadget are reporting that the update now bypasses traditional Bluetooth or other tethering methods with the phone and Glass can no longer be detected as a tethered device, with data now being shown merely in the form of an[Read More...]

by 3:11 AM on September 17, 2013 0 comments Glass
Google acquires Bump Technologies

Google acquires Bump Technologies

David Lieb, CEO and cofounder of Bump Technologies, has just announced on the Bump Blog, that the maker of one of the most popular data sharing apps in Google Play has been acquired by Google. Bump Technologies makes two apps which are available in Google Play – Bump and Flock – Bump allows users to share Photos, videos, files, everything between devices by ‘bumping’ devices together; while Flock allows users to stream photos from multiple souces at a single event into one shared album. On the blog post that announces the acquisition, David Lieb advises that the applications will remain[Read More...]

by 2:48 AM on September 17, 2013 1 comment News
A walk through Android’s six year history

A walk through Android’s six year history

While a good many people know about the current state of play with Android (it’s easy to keep up, just read Ausdroid!), the history of our favourite mobile operating system is less well known, but equally interesting. We thought we’d give you a quick run down of how Android has come along from humble beginnings to its 80% market share today. 2003 Android Inc. is founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. Andy Rubin and the team worked on the precursor to Android, which they aimed would run on phones and digital cameras. 2004 Andy Rubin[Read More...]

by 2:00 PM on September 16, 2013 18 comments News
Winners of the ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle

Winners of the ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle

I’m pleased to announce the winners of our ChromeCast / Pebble Smart Watch raffle, which raised a further $900 for our community foundation, a fantastic result which all our readers and those who entered can sure be proud of. Our first prize winner Natalie Davis of Toowong QLD selected the Google ChromeCast dongle. Congratulations Natalie, your prize is on your way! Tim McAlister was our second prize winner, and received the remaining prize — a Pebble Smart Watch! Congratulations Tim as well! To all those who didn’t win this time, don’t lose heart. We’ve got another Google ChromeCast dongle to[Read More...]

by 2:39 PM on September 14, 2013 0 comments Charity, Chromecast, Competition
New Sony Google TV in a dongle to be announced officially on Sunday

New Sony Google TV in a dongle to be announced officially on Sunday

The miniaturisation of components is leading to some interesting new designs for Audio-Visual equipment and the Google TV boxes are not immune, this seemingly tiny new Google TV device from Sony is set to be officially announced on ‘Sunday’ according to the Sony Blog. Called the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick, the dongle is reminiscent of the Chromecast dongle in size at least and plugs into the MHL port on your TV, it will require power but Sony advise it’s intended to be pligged into the mostly unused USB port on your TV. The Dongle will supply full Google TV functions[Read More...]

by 9:43 AM on September 14, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer
Twitter for Android v5 — Beta

Twitter for Android v5 — Beta

Twitter for Android is about to receive a major update to version 5.0, and it’s currently being tested in beta right now. Ausdroid has managed to take a sneak peek, and we’ll show you some of the new appearance below. The main changes in this version are that it has Android-style tabs, in-line media previews, hamburger navigation, and a proper action bar. The new interface allows you to scroll from side to side between tabs (like you could in the prior version, but it works a little better). The slide-out hamburger navigation panel allows you to quickly jump to other[Read More...]

by 6:39 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Coming up: Google Maps 7.2

Coming up: Google Maps 7.2

One of the great things about Android is that we don’t need to wait for a major OS update for the core apps in the ecosystem to receive an update. One such app — Google Maps — receives fairly regular updates, and each time Google manages to make the product just that little bit better. Artem and the guys over at Android Police have cracked open the latest Google Maps update (version 7.2 to be precise), and having installed it ourselves, we thought we’d give you a quick heads up on the new features. Route preview and one-click navigation Users[Read More...]

by 6:15 PM on September 13, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

HTC One parts in Gold colouring spotted in China

We’ve already seen the HTC One announced in various markets in Glacial Silver, Stealth Black, Glamour Red and Vivid Blue but a new leak out of China could possibly point to a Gold coloured HTC One coming to market. The leak which shows a phone in parts only could just be something of a test device with no potential of coming to market, but with HTC seemingly trying to milk the HTC One by introducing colour variants, it’s possible it could come to market. While HTC Australia have yet to announce anything with regards to local availability of the Glamour[Read More...]

by 6:09 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

Rumour: Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced October 14th

The physical details for the new Nexus phone have just about been confirmed in every detail thanks to some leaks at the FCC, but when it will launch and what features Android 4.4 – Kit Kat will bring to the table has not yet been determined. A new tip we’ve received – which we’re taking with a large grain of salt – is advising that the magic date we’re waiting for will be October 14th. The date certainly fits in with the time frame that most people are expecting of an October announcement of the next version of Android and[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on September 13, 2013 183 comments Phones, Rumours
Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Plants v Zombies 2 for Android Released (in China)

Many of us were enamoured with the first iteration of Plants v Zombies playing it for many fun, albeit frustrating hours on end sometimes. The developers of PvZ promised a new and improved PvZ2 using the freemium model for monetisation  leading to quite a bit of hype, not all of it positive, surrounding it’s release. It was released for iOS in August of this year with a slow roll out, beginning with Australasia followed by the rest of the world.  The reason given for this timed, gradual release was to test whether the Popcap servers could handle the load of[Read More...]

by 1:34 PM on September 13, 2013 0 comments News
LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

The LG G2 was announced at an event in New York at the very beginning of August and when we met with LG to get a hands-on with the new super phone they advised that Optus would launch the phone in October/November. The press release from the launch of the new 4G Plus network this morning revealed this one line throwaway : The LG G2 will be out in November While we still don’t have any details on the pricing or plans apart from the outright price of $699, or a release date – we’ve requested more information – at[Read More...]

by 1:22 PM on September 13, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Phones