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Rumour: LG to create the Nexus 5

Rumour: LG to create the Nexus 5

It’s that time of year, we’ve seen the flagship phones from the larger Android manufacturers and it’s nearly a year since the last Nexus was released, so the rumour train for the next Nexus phone is in full swing. The most recent rumour was that Motorola was going to be releasing a Nexus phone in Q4 this year, but Chinese site MyDrivers is steering the conversation back towards last years Nexus phone manufacturer LG, as the source of the 2013 Nexus phone. Citing South Korean Media as the source of the news, they advise that LG will once again produce[Read More...]

by 2:59 AM on August 15, 2013 12 comments Phones, Rumours
Checkout the inside of the Tardis in this Google Maps easter egg.

Checkout the inside of the Tardis in this Google Maps easter egg.

Ok, while not Android related, it’s Google Maps and Dr Who, so I couldn’t resist. You’re checking out Earl’s Court Road in London and happen across the a Police Call box, pretty exciting for the average Dr Who fan, but what makes this one even more special is that the internals of this particular Police Call Box has been added to Google Maps via Street View. While mapping the internal structure of the TARDIS may push the mapping technology of even Google, it’s a fun way to have a close up look – hint use the arrows on your keyboard[Read More...]

by 2:29 AM on August 15, 2013 4 comments Uncategorized
Rumour: 8.3″ LG ‘G Pad’ to debut at IFA in September

Rumour: 8.3″ LG ‘G Pad’ to debut at IFA in September

In June last year, LG announced that they were putting new tablet development on the back burner to concentrate on their Smartphone business after a pretty lack-luster launch of the LG Optimus Pad. Recent success in their smartphone business with the Optimus G, L and F series has apparently led them to dip their toes into the tablet arena if Greek site, techblog are to be believed. Techblog are reporting that they have sourced information relating an LG G Pad, which will launch with a full HD Plus 1920×1200 resolution on an 8.3″ screen, that will be powered by a[Read More...]

by 2:06 AM on August 15, 2013 1 comment Rumours, Tablets
Google+ for Android updated to version 4.1 – Hangouts is in, messenger is out

Google+ for Android updated to version 4.1 – Hangouts is in, messenger is out

Android Social Networking engineer Virgil Dobjanschi has today announced that the latest update to the Google+ for Android app, contains five ‘highly-requested improvements’. The update which should rollout to Google Play over the next few days, will see many improvements as well as a replacement. The app will now include : Much easier switching between Google+ accounts as well as easier access to any Google+ pages you manage. Full support for Google Apps for business, as long as your Apps administrator has allowed it. Access to photos or videos that are stored in your Google Drive, photos will actually get[Read More...]

by 1:47 AM on August 15, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play
Ausdroid Podcast 82 – August 13, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 82 – August 13, 2013

Welcome to the 82nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason was joined by Phil and Dan. We spent a little while going over the unfolding ispONE situation which looks like it could affect many Australian prepaid MVNO users, then talked about the LG G2 which Dan and Jason were lucky enough to try out in person last week. We also discussed HTC‘s (ill advised?) #HTChange campaign, and looked at Huawei‘s press release about the ABC’s lack of Android support for iView. At the chat room’s prompting, we also ended up talking very briefly about finance apps (and our[Read More...]

by 11:46 PM on August 14, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Sony to hold press conference at IFA, Xperia Z Ultra a possibility

Sony to hold press conference at IFA, Xperia Z Ultra a possibility

The mobile electronics show, IFA, is taking place in Berlin from September 6th to the 11th and amongst the crowds of manufacturers is Sony, and they will be holding an event there to show off some of their new wares. Without confirming a product launch in the above invitation for the event, it has been widely rumoured that Sony have a number of products up their sleeves — namely the Xperia Z Ultra, and that wireless camera lens we’ve seen floating around that sits on the back of your Sony mobile. The event will take place just hours before Samsung’s[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on August 14, 2013 2 comments News, Phones
Samsung to possibly unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note III

Samsung to possibly unveil Galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Note III

It’s looking like the Galaxy Note III won’t be unveiled at Samsung’s upcoming UNPACKED Episode 2 2013 event. SamMobile, you have a pretty good track record of all things Samsung, are claiming that Samsung are looking to show off an Android-powered smartwatch dubbed that Galaxy Gear. Not much is currently known about the Galaxy Gear. All we have to go off is the above illustration taken from a patent Samsung filed regarding a smartwatch. Given the technology at Samsung’s disposal, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility to assume the display on the Galaxy Gear will be flexible. And given[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on August 14, 2013 0 comments Rumours, Smartwatch
Nexus 7 Sleeve available on US play store

Nexus 7 Sleeve available on US play store

If you, like our Managing Editor Dan Tyson, have a problem with the Nexus Accessories (or lack thereof), there’s some good news this morning. Google have shown their hand and given us a look at the first official Nexus 7 2013 accessory – a neoprene sleeve for your latest toy simply called “Nexus 7 Sleeve”. Be warned, the price isn’t cheap! In fact it’s quite rediculous for a zip up sleeve, $29.99US + shipping starting at just shy of $18US to US/Canadian addresses. When this becomes available in Australia, you’re probably looking at a $60 cover. In this case, you’re[Read More...]

by 7:18 PM on August 14, 2013 3 comments News
Sony wants to snap an entirely seperate camera to the back of your smartphone

Sony wants to snap an entirely seperate camera to the back of your smartphone

Sony is at the forefront of design and pushing the boundaries in regards to design and style of their products. This continues, as it seems Sony is looking to go a step further and attach an entire seperate series of camera lenses to the back of your smartphone according to a report from Sony Alpha Rumours website. These clip-on lens units will actually contain almost everything you need to take a picture — a built-in sensor, Bionz image processor, WiFi/NFC, and an SD card slot — however there is just one thing missing from that list, isn’t there? That’s where[Read More...]

by 7:15 PM on August 14, 2013 8 comments Accessories, Camera, News
Savvytel closing down whilst customers kept in the dark

Savvytel closing down whilst customers kept in the dark

After Daniel’s earlier article regarding ISPOne and Telstra’s current Federal Court action, it seems another MVNO, Savvytel, is set to close its doors according to a report through WhistleOut. The closure of Savvytel which was leaked via a sales representative, is slowly finding its way back to customers who are complaining that they have not been given notice about the telco’s decision, with no formal notification either via email or on the company’s website. It seems even trying to currently recharge or buy a SIM card from the Savvytel website, customers are getting the following message: There is no official[Read More...]

by 7:44 AM on August 14, 2013 13 comments Carriers, News, Other, Phones
HP Slatebook X2 is on sale in Australia

HP Slatebook X2 is on sale in Australia

Ausdroid reader Benedict wrote to let us know that HP‘s Slatebook X2 hybrid tablet has gone on sale in Perth. Benedict spotted the device on sale over the weekend at JB Hifi. There’s two models of the Slatebook doing the rounds in Australian stores – a 16 GB version, carrying an RRP of $649 and a 64 GB version that’s exclusive to JB Hifi with an RRP of $749. It seems that JB HiFi has been offering the 64 GB model on sale for $697. The device isn’t listed on their website, so you might want to visit your local[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on August 14, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Sale, Tablets
New Tegra Tab 7 details surface, suggest 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 CPU

New Tegra Tab 7 details surface, suggest 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 CPU

New details have surfaced for Nvidia‘s rumoured Tegra Tab 7, suggesting that the 7-inch tablet will be powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor. According to recently uncovered AnTuTu benchmarks, the device is currently being tested in China under the name of TegraTab7-Premium, currently running Android 4.2.2. The device also reportedly runs rings around the Nexus 7 (2013). Previous rumours suggested that the device would feature a 5 MP rear camera with Micro USB & Micro HDMI ports and stylus support, with a 7-inch 1280 × 736 display. That last point might explain some of the benchmark differences, as[Read More...]

by 6:55 AM on August 14, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets
ISPOne legal stoush could possibly spell the end for some small MVNOs in Australia

ISPOne legal stoush could possibly spell the end for some small MVNOs in Australia

ispONE, the company who resells the Telstra service wholesale to multiple Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Australia is currently involved in a legal dispute with Telstra that’s now threatening to end the business model of some recent entrants into the mobile space. The company – currently the exclusive reseller for wholesale access to the Telstra network in Australia – has had a troubled couple of months legally in Australia. They were taken to court recently by one of their MVNO customers – Kogan – to force them to continue to provide SIM cards to the company for new customers.[Read More...]

by 1:40 PM on August 13, 2013 11 comments Carriers, News