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HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

The Desire brand is officially back in Australia with Vodafone announcing today that the HTC Desire 601 is now available exclusively through them. The Desire 601 is a mid-range LTE phone with a 4.5″ qHD 540×960 resolution screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal, says: If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively[Read More...]

by 8:05 PM on October 15, 2013 1 comment Carriers, Phones
More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

More Android 4.4 KitKat screen shots emerge

In the previous leak of Android 4.4, the surprise Easter Egg was a slice of lime over a large K, representing the Google code name for 4.4 – Key Lime Pie. Things have changed since then, as KitKat has been revealed as the new name for the next version of Android. The latest leak, displayed here on a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, shows an “androidified” KitKat logo – though Key Lime Pie is still evident. Google will be changing this to KitKat before the release of 4.4. To get to the Android Easter Eggs, in the “About Phone” settings you[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on October 15, 2013 7 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
Blackberry defies predictions of failure and promises BBM “within days”

Blackberry defies predictions of failure and promises BBM “within days”

There’s no doubt that Blackberry is in a bit of trouble, unless you’re a Blackberry executive, then you’re probably rocking back and forth in the corner of a room repeating to yourself how everything will be as it once was. Blackberry has published an open letter basically telling everyone that everything is okay. Despite the widely regarded failure of Blackberry 10 devices to make any difference to the tale of woe, BBM for Android and iOS being delayed indefinitely after leaked versions got out and almost constant rumours about how or when Blackberry might be sold, Blackberry is telling us[Read More...]

by 5:04 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
With KitKat, changes to Android’s core features like SMS are coming

With KitKat, changes to Android’s core features like SMS are coming

The team behind the Android Developers Blog have announced that big changes are coming in the way SMS and MMS are handled in Android 4.4 KitKat. The executive summary is that third party messaging applications, like Textra or Handcent, can now be made the default app for sending and receiving SMS and MMS, as opposed to the way they currently do it by exploiting private / hidden API calls. This style of programming works — and works quite well — but it isn’t without its flaws. Prime amongst these is that apps using these calls can be broken at any[Read More...]

by 4:57 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Apps, Rumours
HTC releases a first look at the One Max [video]

HTC releases a first look at the One Max [video]

HTC has released a video to accompany the launch of the One Max. The production highlights many features of the One Max, including its aluminium body, large 5.9″ Full HD screen and BoomSound stereo speakers. The “swipe finger down” fingerprint scanner is demonstrated, as is the new Sense 5.5 user interface with BlinkFeed home screen (on which you’ll find some of our content). HTC’s famous UltraPixel camera also gets a look in on the video, showing off its Sweep Panorama and dual capture video recording features as well as HTC’s innovative Zoe gallery. The new Scribble app, a note-taking app[Read More...]

by 12:31 PM on October 15, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Daily App Sales Roundup – 15-10-13

Daily App Sales Roundup – 15-10-13

Missed the App Sales post yesterday due to being down the coast and enjoying myself on a beach, but I`m back. Downloaded a decent little app called Smart Volume Control to control the ringer volume on my phone. I hate notifications but this upsets my wife because she can’t contact me when my phone is on silent, so Smart Volume Control allows me to have my phone on silent but specify that if she calls it will raise the volume to full. Still playing with the lite version, but it looks like I may be forking out the $2.22 for[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 15, 2013 0 comments News
HTC One Max launched

HTC One Max launched

The much leaked HTC One Max has officially been launched. The One Max will be available in the UK before the end of this week, with an international roll out to follow with firm dates yet to be released. The One Max features a Full HD 5.9″ screen, Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7 GHz, 16 or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM.  It has expandable memory via microSD card of up to 64GB and a 3300mAh battery. It will be running Android 4.3 and have the new Sense 5.5 user interface. The rear of the phone has HTC’s UltraPixel camera and[Read More...]

by 9:19 PM on October 14, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News
Kmart now selling the Audiosonic 5.3″ Dual-Sim Smartphone for $199

Kmart now selling the Audiosonic 5.3″ Dual-Sim Smartphone for $199

In the latest catalogue starting Thursday 17th till Wednesday 23rd October, the discount department store is offering and Audiosonic 5.3″ Dual-SIM Smartphone for $199. Whilst the specs aren’t high end, nor mid-range the catalogue does only offer the following limited specs: 5.3″ Screen Display Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Inbuilt-GPS Unfortunately given the lack of specs provided, we cannot state if the device is dual core or the megapixels of any camera that could be part of the device. Whilst we cannot state or vouch if this device is better than Aldi’s Dual-Sim smartphone or Kogan’s new Agora 5″ Smartphone, but[Read More...]

by 7:08 PM on October 14, 2013 24 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale
Nexus 5 (LG-D821) receives Cat 4 LTE certification from Global Certification Forum

Nexus 5 (LG-D821) receives Cat 4 LTE certification from Global Certification Forum

It’s almost certain that the LG-D821 is going to be the next Nexus, believed to be called the Nexus 5. With a leaked service manual leaked last week, there was a base listing of LTE bands listed as being supported by the on-board hardware but now with the phone passing through the Global Certification Forum(GCF) we can now see which bands will be active and exactly what speeds it will be capable of. According to the GCF, the LG-D821 will be pretty fast, capable of supporting Frequency division LTE(FD-LTE – the defacto standard in Australia) LTE UE Category 4 which[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on October 14, 2013 13 comments Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 89 – October 8, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 89 – October 8, 2013

Welcome to the 89th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason and Geoff were joined by Terence Huynh of TechGeek to discuss the Android news and events of the last couple of weeks. Topics: Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and QX lens-style cameras At Home with Google Samsung Region Locking Samsung Benchmark Controversy Samsung Galaxy Gear EB Games Expo Nvidia Shield Hands-on Nexus 5 leaks and rumours HTC news – One Max, Financial results Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email, or[Read More...]

by 4:50 PM on October 13, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Ausdroid now on Google Currents

Ausdroid now on Google Currents

At Ausdroid, we are always listening to what you want in terms of content for the site as well as the ways you would like to consume news on your devices. So, due to popular demand we now have our own Ausdroid Edition in Google Currents. We have decided to include three sections in our edition Articles Podcast Videos Articles will include all of the articles that we see on our site, Podcast is where you can head if you want to know all of the details about upcoming and past podcasts and the Videos section is a direct link[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on October 13, 2013 9 comments Apps
Rumour: Google Experience – Android 4.4 Launcher?

Rumour: Google Experience – Android 4.4 Launcher?

On Google Play you can download almost everything to make most Android devices look and feel just like a Nexus. From Chrome Browser, the Google Keyboard, Play Music/Movies/Books to Google Drive and Keep, plus many more apps that bring the latest Android functionality to the majority of phones. Except there is one glaring omission, and that’s the launcher – or user interface. If the latest rumour is to be believed, then that’s about to change with the imminent release of Google Experience, Google’s own launcher. This will tie together all of the apps that Google has been unbundling from the[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on October 13, 2013 8 comments Apps, News, OS Update, Rumours
Nexus 5 Rumour Roundup

Nexus 5 Rumour Roundup

Around this time for the last 4 years Google has announced a new version of Android and along with it a new reference phone, a Nexus Phone.  The last 2 years the announcement has been in October with the Nexus phone released in November and this year it’s expected to be no different.   This year we are awaiting the announcement of Android version 4.4 KitKat and a new Nexus phone – unofficially dubbed the Nexus 5 – to go along with it. To say that the Nexus 5 is the most awaited Android phone of 2013 is a massive[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on October 13, 2013 5 comments News