Humble Bundle updated – 3 new games added.

The Humble Bundle for Mobile pack that went on-sale the other day has been updated with three new games being added as bonuses if you pay over the average price. The games added are Funky Smugglers, Raiden Legacy and Another World. The combined value of these three games on Google Play is over $9.00 so the fact that you get these three games plus the other 6 original games if you pay over the average price which stands at USD$5.60 at this stage means that this bundle is pretty good value. Once you purchase the bundle, you will be emailed... Continue reading

Google updates Chrome for Android

The latest update to Google Chrome for Android has brought some new features, including password sync and form autocompletion using data you've previously entered. These changes have been available in Chrome Beta for Android for just shy of three weeks, now so their addition to the full release should come as no surprise. As usual, Google have also added an array of bug fixes and performance improvements that make the latest version feel snappier and a little more responsive - you'll recall that previous versions, while being functional, had some annoying bugs and performance issues that Continue reading

Google announces Blink: open-source rendering engine for Chrome

This morning Google announced via the Chromium Developers blog that they are launching their own open source version of the rendering engine behind their popular browser Chrome. Instead of using the open source Webkit rendering engine, which Google has actively contributed to for a number of years they will be branching off to build their own called 'Blink'. The reasoning behind moving to their own rendering engine has been listed in the blog post: Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the... Continue reading

Google announces Blink: open-source rendering engine for Chrome

This morning Google announced via the Chromium Developers blog that they are launching their own open source version of the rendering engine behind their popular browser Chrome. Instead of using the open source Webkit rendering engine, which Google has actively contributed to for a number of years they will be branching off to build their own called 'Blink'. The reasoning behind moving to their own rendering engine has been listed in the blog post: Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the... Continue reading

Australian availability details for the HTC One

We've written a lot about the HTC One - in the weeks since the phone's official Australian launch there's been rumours of overseas launch delays and even frank admissions by HTC staff about their component sourcing issues. Despite the seemingly endless wait, and the looming release of a certain other flagship device, enthusiasm is still strong for the One. HTC has today announced on-contract availability across Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, and Ausdroid will have a full Australian review coming soon. Some carriers are already operating registration and preorder pages for the device, while others... Continue reading

Official Twitter app updated to version 4.0

The official Twitter app has been updated to version 4.0, bringing with it a new design that finally fits in with Android's Holo design language, autocompletion of usernames and hashtags and the ability to show photo galleries, apps and product listings in Tweet detail screens. Having been quite a critic of previous versions, I have to say I'm impressed. The new design is clean, simple to use and importantly; flows with the rest of the Android system. Lateral swipe controls have been added, allowing you to swipe left/right to navigate naturally between the Timeline, Connect, Discover and Me tabs. Subtle... Continue reading

Samsung announces low end Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung has announced two new phones over night which are quite definitely slotted into the lower end of the range. Samsung is concentrating on the compact, curved form factor of the phones which they describe as designed to 'easily fit in your pocket or small bag and natural to operate using one hand'. The specifications are nothing to get terribly excited about and the differences between the two phones are actually fairly minor, both phones come with a 3" QVGA(320x240) TFT LCD, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD Card slot that supports up to 32GB cards, 2MP... Continue reading

Nexus 4 accessories now available from Google Play

If like me you love accessories and you've suffered through the agonizing wait for your Nexus 4 to be shown some accessory love, then your wait is partially over with Google this morning releasing some new accessories for the Nexus 4 to the Google Play Store. This morning has seen the existing Nexus 4 Bumper accessory joined in the Google Play Store by a Nexus 4 Wired Headset with Microphone for $19.99, Nexus 4 Power Adapter for $15.99 and a Nexus 4 Micro USB Cable for $9.99. If you do have some friends interested in ordering... Continue reading

March Android Platform Version figures released

Around the start of every calendar month, Google releases figures through the Android Developer Dashboard site detailing proportions of Android are active in use in the wild. Developers can use these figures to help focus their development efforts on specific Android OS versions or decide which API levels they should use in their apps. April's figures were just released, and continue the trends we've seen in recent months - OS verisons 4.0+ are continuing to gain ground, and now account for well over 50% of the active devices out there. This month, Google noted that the data collection method changed... Continue reading

HTC First – a Facebook phone worth looking at

While Facebook's "new home on Android" will be revealed on April 4 (US time), evleaks has dropped an image purported to be an as-yet-unseen HTC handset, believed to be "the Facebook phone". Here's the first look at the device: What was initially codenamed "Myst" has now been outed as the HTC First. We're likely to see full details at Facebook's event, but the device is said to have a 4.3 inch 720p display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front camera, 16 GB onboard storage and 1 GB RAM. For our money it... Continue reading

Nexus 7 MkII rumours start to emerge

Yes, it appears the rumour-mill is at it again.  No, this time it is not the Motorola X phone, but the second coming of the Nexus 7. News agency Reuters have reported that two different sources have confirmed to them that a new Nexus 7 is in the works.   Well, no kidding I hear you say.   We all figured that Google would released a follow up to the successful Nexus 7.  After selling over 4.6 million of them in the second half of 2012, it's obvious they would want to capitalise on that earlier success.  The new rumours though... Continue reading

Samsung takes Fonblets to a new level with the Samsung Mega range

BIG... Really big, borderline ridiculously big! The latest in the Samsung announcements has caused quite a stir: a 5.8" and a 6.3" screen. That's adding roughly 11% to the physical dimensions of a Samsung Galaxy Note II which is already on the upper limits of what many users consider a functional device as a daily driver phone. In fact, I have heard people discussing the merits of simply pairing a Bluetooth headset to their 3G Nexus 7 and reducing the number of devices that they're carrying daily. Samsung is reportedly working on two new devices --... Continue reading

First Ingress book published to the Play Store

Ingress is a pretty rad game - it gets you outside, active and exploring the world around you. It also gives you the chance to meet new people if you're into that kind of thing, and if you play Ingress, you're part of a pretty exclusive club, since the game is still in closed beta stage. I'm not a terribly active player, largely because I got confused by the colours and chose the wrong faction by mistake, but I'm very into how mysterious the story behind the game is. Google (or, rather Niantic Labs) haven't really published... Continue reading