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Samsung looking to make only genuine accessories usable on future Smartphones

Samsung looking to make only genuine accessories usable on future Smartphones

Over the last couple of years, there have been a number of incidents with third party accessories – specifically batteries – causing issues(exploding) with smartphones, Samsung as one of the largest manufacturers has certainly born the brunt of the PR blowback as their products have been involved on a number of occasions, but Samsung is possibly looking to implement a new policy to fight this by ensuring that only ‘official’ Samsung accessories are used on their future Smartphones. According to a report from Korean news site ETNews Samsung could be looking to embed a ‘chip’ of some description into their[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on October 23, 2013 20 comments Accessories, NFC, Rumours
Three new games added to Humble Bundle 7

Three new games added to Humble Bundle 7

If you’ve already bought Humble Bundle 7 for Android, here’s another reason to rejoice – you now get a further three games, plus DLC for Ticket to Ride. If you were holding out, all you have to do is pay more than the average price ($6.19 at the time of writing) and you’ll pick up nine rad indie games together with their soundtracks. The games are all DRM-free and can be downloaded on your Android device or your PC. Today’s additions to the Bundle are Broken Sword: Director’s Cut, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut and Anomaly Korea, with the Ticket To[Read More...]

by 8:43 AM on October 23, 2013 1 comment Apps, Deal, News
Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Google Play to possibly add Newsstand app in Android 4.4

Android 4.4(Kit Kat) could have a surprise entrant in the Google Play store with AndroidPolice reporting that Google is indeed looking at placing newspaper subscriptions within the Play Store, at least according to code found in a tear-down of the latest Google Play APK that’s rolling out to Android users now. While this isn’t exactly brand new – The rumour of a News section within Google Play first surfaced back in March this year – but the more up to date code found in this most recent update makes the section’s debut look more likely. Whilst their is no official[Read More...]

by 8:36 AM on October 23, 2013 1 comment Google Play, OS Update, Rumours
LG G2 — Review

LG G2 — Review

Hardware, hardware, everywhere, is the LG G2 the king of the smartphone heap? LG has made some really good moves in the last couple of years, clawing their way out of relative obscurity in the Smartphone industry to a place where the upcoming launch of their latest handset – the LG G2 – was actually building the same sort of hype and consumer interest normally seen only for devices from Samsung and HTC – often seen as the leading manufacturers in Android. The LG G2, is the first phone to be released with all of the buttons on the back[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 23, 2013 17 comments Design, Reviews
First Impression: Sony SmartWatch 2

First Impression: Sony SmartWatch 2

I have been trialing a Sony SmartWatch 2 (SW2) for the last few days, and the first impressions are good, though a more in-depth review shall be coming soon. The SmartWatch 2 is a handsome device. The case is predominately matte black aluminium, which is polished around the bezel. The only physical button is on the side in the traditional watch winder position. The button itself continues Sony’s recent design theme, and is the same as the power button on the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. The watch comes with a silicon wrist band in Australia, though other markets have a[Read More...]

by 8:23 AM on October 23, 2013 15 comments Mini Reviews, News, Smartwatch
Game Review: Neon Shadow, a blast from the past

Game Review: Neon Shadow, a blast from the past

Neon Shadow is an intense and exciting first person shooter that copies draws inspiration from Quake and Doom. You are a heavily armored Space Marine Commander who has to save a space station overrun with robotic alien creatures that are out to draw blood — your blood. To say that the setting – confined corridors and swooshing cargo doors that you have to negotiate whilst laying waste to the alien hordes with your trusty shotgun – is similar to Quake/Doom is being generous to the developers, Crescent Moon Games. It’s almost exactly like those previous games, though to their credit they[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on October 22, 2013 2 comments News, Reviews
Pocketbook – Australian budgeting made easy

Pocketbook – Australian budgeting made easy

Pocketbook is an easy to use, yet sophisticated budgeting app made by Australians, for Australians. The app launched earlier this year on iOS, and has now made its way to Android. The service aggregates your bank accounts, credit cards, loans and bills. It provides a single view of your spending and automatically syncs all of your bank transactions into a single easy-to-read page. Pocketbook’s main goal is to simplify your personal finances. It allows you to: See your financial transactions in the one place Stay on top of your bills Minimise bank fees and late payment penalties Keep you on track of[Read More...]

by 2:45 PM on October 22, 2013 9 comments Apps, News
Updated: Aldi Mobile slashes data on Unlimited Pack to 2.5 GB

Updated: Aldi Mobile slashes data on Unlimited Pack to 2.5 GB

Aldi Mobile has updated its Unlimited plan, halving the data allowance. Ausdroid reader Vijay also reports that the $10 International calling credit that used to come with a $35 recharge has been removed. The MVNO’s $35 Unlimited plan now has a number of very specific limits: We’ve seen major changes in the highly-competitive world of Australian Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO’s) in the last few months Red Bull Mobile, Crazy Johns and more have disappeared, while Kogan Mobile departed the market in the wake of the ispOne / Telstra stoush, which Aldi notably survived. This move by Aldi seems eerily[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 22, 2013 44 comments Carriers, News
BBM finally launches on Android – you’ll still have to wait.

BBM finally launches on Android – you’ll still have to wait.

After putting their initial rollout of Blackberry Messenger for Android(and iOS) on hold a little under a month ago after experiencing issues with demand, Blackberry has this morning that they are resuming the rollout of their messaging system. The App which is available to download to your Android device right now in Google Play will still not let you actually use it. During their failed initial rollout, Blackberry advised that about a million Android users signed up for BMM in a seven hour period using the unreleased APK that found its way into the wild – a prime cause of[Read More...]

by 6:16 AM on October 22, 2013 9 comments Apps
LG trademark submissions point to possible release of ChromeOS devices

LG trademark submissions point to possible release of ChromeOS devices

We’ve had a number of new entrants to the ChromeOS device market this year, beginning with HP earlier this year as well as Asus and Toshiba who recently announced new devices but a set of new Australian Trademark filings could point to three new ChromeOS devices from LG. TMWatch has noted that three new trademarks that were submitted to IP Australia for approval – ChromeOne(1585957), ChromeStation(1585958) and ChromeDesk(1585959). The trademarks – which were submitted a week ago – have been ‘Taken for Examination’, with no further documentation – such as designs or logos – submitted the next step would be[Read More...]

by 9:31 PM on October 21, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
PSA: Catch of the Day offering 400 Nexus 7 16GB 2013 tablets for $149 – tomorrow only

PSA: Catch of the Day offering 400 Nexus 7 16GB 2013 tablets for $149 – tomorrow only

Its not often that deals like this come everyday, so obviously us here at Ausdroid through it would be a good idea to let you, our loyal readers in on Catch of the Day’s deal for tomorrow – the Nexus 7 2013 16GB for $149!! Yes you read right, Catch of the day are offering 400 units of the new Nexus 7 16GB 2013 tablet devices for $149 for tomorrow only (Tuesday 22 October 2013). There is a catch though, as always. To get this unbelievably fabulous offer, you will need to pay by V.me – Visa’s (the bank payment/credit[Read More...]

by 8:47 PM on October 21, 2013 18 comments Deal, Tablets
Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

Google+ Hangouts US iOS update – hints of what to come soon for Android in Australia?

We don’t normally report on iOS news, but this one is special. Google Product Manager Kate Cushing recently announced an update to their US  iOS Hangouts app. The update integrates Google Voice into Hangouts. In Australia we don’t have access to Voice, but with the anticipated major overhaul to Hangouts in Android 4.4, that could be about to change. We previously reported that with the Android 4.4 update, Hangouts will become a unified messaging app, bringing SMS under the Hangouts umbrella. Recently leaked Nexus 5 Google Play (US) images clearly show that messages is gone, replaced with Hangouts. Here’s what Kate[Read More...]

by 11:07 AM on October 21, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update
Chromecast App now available to Australian users in Google Play

Chromecast App now available to Australian users in Google Play

There are plenty of imported Google Chromecast dongles already in Australia, but Google is yet to officially sell them outside of the US. That may be about to change, as the Chromecast App has just landed in the Australian Google Play store. This could very well point to an imminent release for the device in Australia. Google’s description from the store: Chromecast is the easiest way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from[Read More...]

by 9:42 PM on October 19, 2013 6 comments Accessories, Apps, Chromecast, News