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Selected 2013 model HTC One devices getting additional Google Drive storage

Selected 2013 model HTC One devices getting additional Google Drive storage

Owners of ‘selected’ 2013 model HTC One devices will be getting another nice surprise when their device is upgraded to Sense 5.5 – up to 50GB of Google Drive storage. In a move away from Dropbox, which saw users of HTC devices running Sense 3.5 and 3.6 getting 3 GB for one year and HTC Sense 4.0, Sense 4+, and Sense 5.0 getting up to 25GB a year, HTC has partnered up with Google to offer up to 50GB of Drive space depending on your device. It seems that the HTC One Max will be eligible for the full 50GB[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on October 26, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, Other
Star Trek Continues – do Android fans dream of electric Tribbles?

Star Trek Continues – do Android fans dream of electric Tribbles?

The original 1966-1969 series of Star Trek is beloved by many Android fans, second only to the seminal Bladerunner with its Nexus Androids and unicorns. There is a strong correlation between Star Trek and Android OS enthusiasts according to a research paper that I may have imagined. The link is tenuous, but it’s there. So enough clutching at straws to bring Star Trek onto an Android news site – the important information is that a genuinely very good fan-made production, faithful to the original Star Trek series, is up on Kickstarter. The premise of Star Trek Continues (STC) is that[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on October 25, 2013 4 comments News, Other
Ausdroid introduces.. the official Ausdroid app for phones and tablets!

Ausdroid introduces.. the official Ausdroid app for phones and tablets!

Ausdroid has always offered its readers a few different ways to consume its news. What started as a simple blog then became a much more comprehensive website, we spread out into offering an RSS feed, a Podcast, and then a mobile optimised website. We’ve even been featured in HTC’s BlinkFeed product on their new handsets, which is quite a feat in itself. We’d now like to introduce the latest member of the family, and one that we think is kind of cool. Launched today on the Play Store is the official Ausdroid app. It’s free, and you can download it[Read More...]

by 4:22 PM on October 25, 2013 18 comments Apps
Samsung Galaxy Round now available for pre-order from Mobicity for $1,299.95

Samsung Galaxy Round now available for pre-order from Mobicity for $1,299.95

If the vertically curved Samsung Galaxy Round caught your eye when it was announced, then Mobicity are offering you the chance to own this intriguingly designed phone. The Samsung Galaxy Round is now available for pre-order from Mobicity for the price of $1,299.95 exGST, with a total price of $1,481.95 including GST($130) and Customs and Courier GST Processing Fee($52). The device is available in Black only – surprising as it was announced only in Luxury Brown – and is expected to arrive into the Mobicity warehouses next month. The Galaxy Round is LTE-A compatible and will work with all 4G[Read More...]

by 12:47 PM on October 25, 2013 5 comments Phones
Samsung breaks profit records, raking in $9.96 billion last quarter

Samsung breaks profit records, raking in $9.96 billion last quarter

Samsung have today released their audited financial results for Q3 2013 and they’re very impressive for the leading Android manufacturer. Breaking previous records, Samsung made $9.96 billion (AUD) in profit before tax, up from $9.34 billion (AUD) last quarter. It’s hard to compare these earnings to that of HTC or otherwise because of the sheer amount of other products and services Samsung offers, however, Samsung notes that its mobile division is performing well with demand for tablets increasing sharply thanks to the Galaxy Tab 3 launch. They also credit their aggressive marketing campaigns as avenues for increased sales numbers. Forecasting[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on October 25, 2013 1 comment News
Google is holding a Google Play Event in NY – what is it for?

Google is holding a Google Play Event in NY – what is it for?

Last week we got a bit excited when an invite went out to select press in the US for an event to be held in New York City. Given the Google Play logo and the timing of the event right around the time that Android 4.4 and a couple of new devices are expected led us and many others to think that this was it, but alas it was quickly debunked as not a hardware related event. But the event is currently happening and the @GooglePlay Twitter account sent this out : We're celebrating our favorite books, games, music and[Read More...]

by 11:15 AM on October 25, 2013 3 comments Google Play
No, this isn’t a render of the Nexus 10(2013)

No, this isn’t a render of the Nexus 10(2013)

This render popped up on Phonearena yesterday, where it was reported that it was possibly a render of the upcoming Asus built Nexus 10. Except that it really isn’t, and there’s a number of reasons why we can safely say that it isn’t. Android Version. Any new Nexus device released in the next few days/weeks/months will come running Android 4.4(Kit Kat), so in line with this the time in this render is incorrect. Google releases renders with the time set to the corresponding version of the Android release it comes with : Nexus S – Android 2.3 – 2:30, Galaxy[Read More...]

by 9:27 AM on October 25, 2013 4 comments Other
Want something like Aviate for your lockscreen? Try Cover.

Want something like Aviate for your lockscreen? Try Cover.

Some of us at Ausdroid have been playing with Aviate beta for Android for the last week or so, and while it’s still a work in progress, it’s certainly a very enjoyable work in progress. In fact, so much so that it has become my default home screen for the time being. Some of the things that make Aviate great are its simplicity — contextual app lists are the number one feature for me, as well as the ability to drill down into your apps rather than just presenting a flat list. It’s a simple thing, but it works well.[Read More...]

by 8:03 AM on October 25, 2013 8 comments Apps, News
Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 rolling out to international HTC One in Europe

Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 rolling out to international HTC One in Europe

If you have an international, unlocked version of the HTC One, then an update to Android 4.3 which includes Sense 5.5 could be rolling out to you shortly. Several sites are reporting that the 675MB update is now hitting HTC One owners in European countries in Nordic regions as well as Russia and countries in Eastern Europe. HTC Rom developer @LlabTooFeR supplied a screenshot of the update Changelog, which includes the ability to turn Blinkfeed off entirely : As well as tweeting a link to the OTA, for those wanting to attempt the update without waiting. As usual for Australian[Read More...]

by 7:18 AM on October 25, 2013 9 comments OS Update
Get Splice, Fractal and Pulse now on the Humble Bundle Weekly sale…..along with some other games.

Get Splice, Fractal and Pulse now on the Humble Bundle Weekly sale…..along with some other games.

The Humble Bundle has just started up their Weekly game sale, this week featuring games from development house Cipher Prime, celebrating their 5th anniversary as a developer. The games are a mix of both mobile and desktop titles – As usual there is a bonus for paying above a certain price – usually the average – which this week is $6, but if you’re an Android user then you may just want to pay whatever you want this week, because the three games available for Android – Splice, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War and Pulse: Volume One – are available[Read More...]

by 6:42 AM on October 25, 2013 0 comments Apps, Sale
Samsung patents its own fitness “Google Glass”

Samsung patents its own fitness “Google Glass”

Samsung has recently dived into wearable devices, such as the Galaxy Gear smart watch. Samsung has now been approved a patent in South Korea for a Google Glass type of eyeware for the FitBit generation. The device will have a forward projecting camera onto a small screen, with in-built earphones and a curious micro-USB link. According to the patent filings, Samsung describes the device as: This design is of a type [of glasses] with earphones integrated, allowing [users] to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts It is expected that the device will be tethered to a smart[Read More...]

by 6:29 AM on October 25, 2013 4 comments Accessories, News, Rumours
Hyundai and Kia to have Android AVN system in all cars

Hyundai and Kia to have Android AVN system in all cars

Hyundai and its part owned sister company Kia are reported to be bringing Android integration into all of their cars from early next year. The Audio-Visual-Navigation (AVN) system will be based on Android and feature a company owned app store from which you can download automotive and multimedia apps. It’s not known yet if you’ll be able to fully access all of Google’s services, such as Google Play. Being an Android system, the linking of your smart phone’s functions to the cars AVN system should be a simple operation. A source familiar with the topic said: Hyundai & Kia will[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on October 24, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Other
Visit Marysville Victoria – a new app leading the way for local tourism

Visit Marysville Victoria – a new app leading the way for local tourism

Historic Victorian town Marysville has had a tough time over the last few years with the 2009 bush fires, but has bounced back better than ever. The picturesque town is nestled in the hills of the Great Dividing Range, about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne through Healesville. They have recently released the app Visit Marysville Victoria that highlights the beauty of the town and surrounding forests. The app is one of the best of its kind, and features an overview of the area, getting there – either directly or taking a more scenic route through other towns with maps[Read More...]

by 12:36 PM on October 24, 2013 2 comments Apps, News