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Swiftkey Cloud adds more functionality to an already high quality

Swiftkey Cloud adds more functionality to an already high quality

Swiftkey is one of the most successful keyboard apps on the Play Store. The latest release – Swiftkey Cloud – was announced in late July as a Beta product and allowed users to sync their data to the ‘cloud’ using Google+ to sync. Swiftkey announced last night that the Beta has now ended and is now available for existing Swiftkey owners to download and for everyone else, it’s on sale at 50% off. In addition to the cloud Sync function, in Swiftkey Cloud they consistently update the cloud dictionary on the fly with current ‘trending phrases’ from Twitter. They’ve added[Read More...]

by 9:36 AM on August 22, 2013 1 comment Apps, News, Sale
Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

Smartwatch: Who do you want to make it and what do you want it to do?

We think it’s finally happening. Samsung, Sony, and possibly Apple, are all looking into launching smartwatches. They’re nothing new, but the market for them is sure to grow if these major companies all push them to their respective audiences. That got me thinking: what do I actually want from a smartwatch? Who do I want to make it? So here’s what I think, and I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments. The screen needs to be a capacitive touch screen so that I can interact with it directly, and not just via button on the side. Don’t[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on August 22, 2013 10 comments Opinion, Smartwatch
Nexus 7 (2013) — Review

Nexus 7 (2013) — Review

Can Google win hearts and wallets again with this years model? The Google Sales Pitch What if you could have a performance vehicle for the price of a compact city car? Say, a Porsche 911 for the price of a Volkswagen Golf. I’m guessing you would probably go for that, I know I would. This is exactly what Google are trying to offer in their Nexus line. I’m probably straining the car metaphor a fair bit but there’s no doubt Google are aiming for the best Android small tablet experience at the tightest possible margin. Other competitors have been content[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on August 22, 2013 24 comments Design, Reviews
Google Maps just got better, adding real time incident reporting thanks to Waze aquisition

Google Maps just got better, adding real time incident reporting thanks to Waze aquisition

In early June Google that they were intending to buy Waze for US$1.3 billion and now residents of some countries are starting to see why. Google maps is beginning to integrate the real time incident reporting, including traffic incidents, roadworks, construction and road closures – sourced from the Waze community or ‘Wazers’ into Google Maps navigation. At this stage the updates have been rolled out to users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, USA, UK and Switzerland. There has been no mention of the functionality rolling out to Australia on the Google LatLong Blog which[Read More...]

by 10:08 PM on August 21, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

It’s no secret that HTC is struggling to stay relevant and competitive in the current mobile market. The company recently spent millions getting Robert Downey Jr on board to help spread their name in North America — the largest mobile market in the world. Whether that move pays off remains to be seen, but it seems the main problem for HTC at the moment is internally, and it starts with CEO, Peter Chou. An HTC insider whom spoke to Reuters said that Chou is the reason HTC don’t have a clear path going forward, because his attention to detail and[Read More...]

by 8:39 PM on August 21, 2013 2 comments News
Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

Google announces ‘Helpouts’ service, lets users get help from others on various topics using Hangouts

Google is pushing the boundaries of what their Hangouts service can bring to its users. Today they’ve unveiled ‘Helpouts’ (punny) which allows users to lend assistance to other users using Hangouts as the communication medium. These help sessions will cost the user a certain amount with a 20% fee which goes to Google. There are set categories from which you can get help from teachers and self-proclaimed experts in their fields. These categories include Music and Arts, Computers and Electronics, Cooking, Education, Fashion and Beauty, Fitness and Nutrition, Health and Counseling, and Home and Garden. These experts will have their[Read More...]

by 7:16 PM on August 21, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Rumour: Samsung to release 12-inch Galaxy Note in October

Rumour: Samsung to release 12-inch Galaxy Note in October

The evidence for this rumour is sketchy at best, but according to the Korea Economic Daily, Samsung are getting ready to release a 12.2-inch Android tablet. Considering that you can now buy a Samsung Galaxy device in any size from 4-inches to 11.6 inches, the rumour itself doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. Both a 10″ and a 12.2″ Galaxy Note tablet were tipped by @evleaks in late July, indicting that they would carry an Exynos 5 Octa CPU in the 12.2″ tablet and a Snapdragon 800 processor in the 10″ tablet. User Agent Profiles(UAProf) were found for an[Read More...]

by 5:40 PM on August 21, 2013 4 comments Rumours, Tablets
Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Look at the right-hand side of that image. That’s a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and hot on the heels of Optus’ announcement yesterday that the Galaxy S4 Mini would launch supporting their new 4G/LTE networks, Telstra has also announced that it will be ranging the Galaxy S4 Mini too. There’s not an awful lot of information on Telstra’s Exchange blog on the subject, beyond a little bit of an overview of the specs, and some touting of Telstra’s 4G network as being the best (though we’re not so sure about that anymore). Telstra does have an expression of interest form,[Read More...]

by 4:02 PM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Woolworths confirm Google Play Gift Cards on-sale Monday 26th of August

Woolworths confirm Google Play Gift Cards on-sale Monday 26th of August

After yesterday receiving a tip that Google Play Gift Cards would be going on-sale on Monday, Ausdroid has spoken with Woolworths directly about the Gift Cards and received confirmation. A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed that Google Play Gift Cards in $20, $30 and $50 denominations and would be on-sale at both Woolworths and Big W from Monday the 26th of August. Woolworths will be the exclusive supermarket retailer of Google Play Gift Cards and BIG W will be the exclusive discount department store to carry the Gift Cards. With regards to selling the gift cards, Woolworths advised : Customers at Woolworths[Read More...]

by 3:52 PM on August 21, 2013 12 comments Google Play, News
MHL 3.0 to deliver double the bandwidth, infiinite possibilities.

MHL 3.0 to deliver double the bandwidth, infiinite possibilities.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is a technology allowing you to link your mobile or tablet to an HD screen for HD Media playback. While the standard is still in development and revision 2.0 has certainly added a lot of functionality to it’s predecessor. Now version 3.0 has arrived and give some great new features including the ability to broadcast to multiple displays simultaneously, 7.1 surround sound and of course compatibility with previous versions. The press release details the MHL 3.0 specification capabilities: 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p 30fps Simultaneous high-speed data channel Improved Remote Control[Read More...]

by 2:38 PM on August 21, 2013 2 comments Accessories, News
Oppo Find 5 — Review

Oppo Find 5 — Review

That display and the audio, does the rest of the phone hold up? Late last year, Oppo announced their latest flagship device, the Find 5 and over the last few weeks, I have been putting it through its paces and seeing what I thought of this 5 inch phone. As smartphones increase in size, more and more companies are releasing phones at or above the 5 inch mark. Oppo decided that a 5 inch phone needed to have a resolution higher than 720p and instead went with a class leading 1080p display which we are now seeing in most of[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
LG announce 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 Smartphone screen

LG announce 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 Smartphone screen

If the sight of the letters QHD makes you think 960×540 resolution screens, prepare to re-think those perceptions. LG has just announced a 5.5″ QHD panel for Smartphones with a 2560×1440 resolution meaning that QHD now stands for Quad HD – or four times as many pixels as displayed on a 720P HDTV. The panel measures only 1.21mm thick, making it a millimeter thinner than their last screen – announced only a month ago which was 2.2mm thick and had a resolution of a comparitively small 1920×1080. The new panel is packing 538ppi and has a brightness of 430 nits.[Read More...]

by 1:37 PM on August 21, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer
Android 4.2.2 update for Vodafone HTC One is now rolling out

Android 4.2.2 update for Vodafone HTC One is now rolling out

After delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One to ensure that customers would not be charged for the data, Vodafone has advised that the update is now available. The Vodafone Blog has updated to advise that the update will be preceded by a 1.5MB update which will then enable the larger Android 4.2.2 update to proceed. The update is staggered, so you will receive a notification to update OTA ‘at some point over the next few weeks’ but to check manually go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check for Updates. While no specifics have[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on August 21, 2013 1 comment Carriers, OS Update