NAB trialling NFC payments for Android

The NAB have joined the Commonwealth Bank and ANZ as the latest bank to be working on a comprehensive mobile payment system. According to NAB, 50 percent of their 1.3 million daily internet banking logins came from mobile, and so it is no surprise that they are putting more effort into expanding the capabilities of their mobile applications. Known internally as 'Kiss', the new application lets users send and receive money using email, SMS, QR code and NFC. NAB told analysts today... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S2 from Optus to get Jelly Bean update over the next week

In a tweet that has just gone out, Optus has advised that owners of one of 2011's most popular phones the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will begin seeing their Jelly Bean update over the next week. This update will take the Galaxy S 2 from Android 4.0.4 to Android 4.1.2 and should come as an OTA update, but for those who cannot wait for the OTA notification you can always try downloading Kies. Samsung Galaxy S2 customers: Jelly Bean rolls out over the next week starting today! Look out for the notification or check via device/Kies!— Optus (@Optus) Continue reading

Guy Kawasaki: X phone might have customisable hardware

  In the past, we've had some bad news when covering the rumoured Motorola X Phone -- first we had some sketchy rumours about possible specs, then we had a much sadder rumour which all-but-confirmed that the X Phone wouldn't be coming to Australia at all. Well, prepare to swallow some salt, as BGR is reporting yet another rumour. This time, though, the genesis of this rumour is a post from Google's Motorola Division advisor Guy Kawasaki. We know Guy; he's Apple's former technology evangelist, and former panelist on... Continue reading

Google reportedly working on a Smart Watch

With wearable computing getting a large amount of press at the moment thanks to products such as the Pebble Smart Watch and confirmation that Samsung is working on a Smart Watch, coupled with continued rumours of an iWatch from Apple, it's no surprise really that Google is also looking to expand it's wearable computing portfolio of products, which currently consists of Google Glass. The Financial Times is reporting that they've been advised by a person briefed on the project, that the Android team within Google is busy working on their own Smart Watch. Google is no stranger... Continue reading

Eric Schmidt advises Chrome and Android will remain separate

With the recent announcement that Andy Rubin was stepping down as head of the Android Team and that the head of the Chrome team - Sundar Pichai - had now been handed the reigns of the Android team in addition to his role as head of the ChromeOS team, there has been much speculation regarding a merge of the two operating systems. Speaking at Google's Big Tent event in India, Google chairman Eric Schmidt participated in a Q and A session where he addressed this issue directly. Schmidt advised that Chrome and Android will not be going the... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 4 to ship with Quad-Core Snapdragon CPU in Australia

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be shipping around the world in one of two CPU configurations; The Qualcomm manufactured 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU or the Samsung designed 1.6GHz Exynos Octa-Core CPU which features ARMs Big-Little CPu configuration which pairs a 1.6GHz Quad-Core A15 processor for the heavy work with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core A7 CPU for the every day tasks to give eight cores in total. SAMMobile has released a listing for all of Europe, Africa, Asia and most importantly Australia and according to them there will be two models, the GT-i9500 which will carry the Exynos... Continue reading

Google Play redesign apparently on the way – video walkthrough leaks

Looks like an update to Google Play could be on its way, at least according to some screenshots and a new video that have surfaced. While not all the links work there is certainly enough content there to see what the new store will look like. The Holo style re-design is showing off a much lighter design which certainly looks a lot cleaner with some very Google Now stylings. The post on Droid-Life includes a heap more screenshots as well as a video review to walk you through. While there is no APK to download to have a look at this... Continue reading

Google Currents updated with audio playback and cross device sync

When Google announced they were killing off Reader, a lot of users (myself included) started the search for a replacement app. Now I am probably in a slightly different category to most of the guys on Ausdroid as I have been a big user of Currents in the past and only recently made the switch back to Reader, so when I started my search for a replacement app, Currents was high on my list. I tried several different apps but none of them was quite the right fit. Pulse had all... Continue reading

Google Keep Note taking service is live – Android App available

The Google Keep service which we saw briefly the other day has just gone live. The service is now available by accessing the URL, however despite the Drive URL there doesn't appear to be a link to it from your Google Services or the Google Toolbar. There is also an Android App available in Google Play as well and it looks like it is available for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above and for devices running Android 4.2 there's also a lockscreen widget. The Android app lists the functions of the app... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 061 – 19/03/2013

There were two main stories that dominated our discussion this week: Samsung's Broadway-style Galaxy S 4 launch (and the industry's reaction to it), and the long-awaited debut of Google's Chromebook computers at retail stores in Australia. We also spoke about the long-overdue launch of the LG Optimus G to the Australian market. Hosts: Jason Murray, Daniel Tyson, Phil Tann and Scott Plowman Topics: Optimus G Launch Galaxy S 4 Chromebooks in Australia Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS - Subscribe to the podcast through your favourite RSS aggregator. Continue reading

Third party apps now able to edit real time in Google Drive

Until now if you want to take advantage of the Google Drive real time collaboration and editing you must use the official Google Drive app. Google have announced a new Drive API that allows third party apps the ability to do exactly this, not just the previously restrictive read, download and upload locked API. Under the previous API model, if you need to edit a document or spreadsheet via a third party app you need to Download the document Open it in your editor of choice Save it locally Upload back to your Drive While this may be perfectly functional for a large... Continue reading

Samsung exec confirms they are working on a watch

Samsung has always been quick to venture into new territory with consumer devices. With much talk going around on the subject of 'wearable computing' and a rumoured iWatch apparently on the way from Apple. Young Hee, Executive Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile business has confirmed in a recent interview in Seoul that they too are working on a watch : “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” The watch should be released this year... Continue reading

Mobicity opens up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

If you're keen to get your hands on Samsungs latest flagship phone, then Mobicity are willing to accomodate you. Mobicity is now taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in your choice of White Frost or Black Mist. Your next choice after the ever important colour decision is what memory capacity you want to get and obviously how much you're willing to pay; Mobicity is offering the 16GB Galaxy S 4 for $799, the 32GB for $899 and the 64GB version for $999 - you will of course attract a $19 shipping fee on... Continue reading