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Google announces the new HP Chromebook 11

Google announces the new HP Chromebook 11

Overnight, Google and HP have announced a new Chromebook the HP Chromebook 11. In a range of four colours – Red, Yellow, Green and Blue – or two shades – black and white – the HP Chromebook 11 comes with almost no branding, no HP logos, no Google Logo, just a simple Chrome logo. HP and Google are pushing the design aspect of the Chromebook 11, unlike the higher end Chromebook Pixel, the Chromebook 11 is primarily made of a plastic material, but is solidly supported by a Magnesium chassis for strength. The Chromebook is powered by an ARM based[Read More...]

by 12:24 PM on September 10, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, Manufacturer
Microsoft Releases Xbox Music for Android

Microsoft Releases Xbox Music for Android

I suppose it was inevitable.  Every company can see the potential for big bucks in it.  They all want a piece of the streaming music pie.  To get the greatest piece possible a company must offer their product to as wider range of users as possible.  Microsoft have moved in this direction with the release of Xbox Music for Android.   Xbox Music is yet another streaming music service that, like most of the others, brags of having a catalogue of tens of millions of songs.  The service is also available on Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8 and Windows RT[Read More...]

by 12:11 PM on September 10, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Trend Micro releases Titanium 2014

Trend Micro releases Titanium 2014

Anti-virus software is something that might be a bit of a foreign concept to smartphone users. For those whose first impressions of a smartphone came from iOS land, with Apple’s nice locked down, safe and sound infrastructure, the concept of security software for a mobile device might seem to be a bit silly, or even laugh-worthy. The reality is though, our mobile devices are fast becoming far more like computers, and while the danger may not be real and present, there certainly is some risk faced by users of smartphone devices who aren’t entirely on top of protecting themselves online.[Read More...]

by 10:35 AM on September 10, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Sorry Nexus fans: LG D820 is just a CDMA G2 variant.

Sorry Nexus fans: LG D820 is just a CDMA G2 variant.

You all know that mystery LG phone that made an appearance at the FCC a few days ago, well according to @evleaks this device is nothing more than a CDMA variant of the LG G2. @evliaks also went on to post some information about a couple of other G2 variants as well. I don’t tend to pay too much attention to leaks as we still don’t know anything about the device in question but the one thing that is bothering me about it all is the camera placement. This may well be a CDMA variant but it looks an awful[Read More...]

by 9:01 AM on September 10, 2013 4 comments Phones, Rumours
Coles selling the Samsung Galaxy Y & Huawei Ascend Y201

Coles selling the Samsung Galaxy Y & Huawei Ascend Y201

In the latest Coles catalogue starting this Wednesday 11 September for one week, Coles is offering the Samsung Galaxy Y for $59 plus 750 FlyBuys points and the Huawei Ascend Y201 for $39 plus an additional 500 points if you’re a FlyBuys member. Now whilst these devices aren’t going to offer the latest and greatest specs, they will offer most of the same functions as Android smartphones offered for ten times the price (although, not all of them). Just in case you need reminding, the Samsung Galaxy Y specs are as follows: 3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels[Read More...]

by 8:19 AM on September 10, 2013 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale
Amazon Refutes Report of Free Smartphone

Amazon Refutes Report of Free Smartphone

Amazon today have come out denying reports that it is working on a smartphone for 2013, and stating that it would not offer any such phone freely, instead the device would have to be brought outright, according to an email sent to The Wall Street Journal. The email statement (from an unnamed Amazon spokesman) goes on to state “We have no plans to offer a phone this year,” and “If we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free”. This of course is in direct reply to a report from Jessica Lessin which our own[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on September 10, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Sony IM10 Miracast Wireless Display: Stream HD video to a TV

Sony IM10 Miracast Wireless Display: Stream HD video to a TV

Miracast is a technology that we at Ausdroid have been fans of for awhile, but it has been let down by limited availability of Miracast receivers and compatible display devices. Most modern Android devices can share their screens or cast video to a Miracast receiver. LG and NetGear both have Miracast receivers on market, but they aren’t always easy to come by. It’s not surprising, then, that Sony has introduced its own Miracast compatible adapter to get your smartphone content onto the big screen. Sony’s Miracast Wireless Display IM10 will help to bridge that gap. You might ask, if you’re new to[Read More...]

by 8:13 AM on September 10, 2013 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Seagate shows off a 500GB Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

Seagate shows off a 500GB Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

Tablets are great for many things where you want a bigger screen than a mobile, but you might not want to cart a laptop around. Take, for example, international travel. In flight movies aren’t terribly good quality, so you might like to take your own with you to watch on a tablet. I do. However, if you’ve done this, you’ll probably have found the same thing I did: 32gb of on-board storage isn’t always enough, especially if you like to take some music and photos with you as well. Well, worry at night no more. Seagate, already known for their[Read More...]

by 8:01 AM on September 10, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News
Say hello to Samsung New micro-USB 3.0 cable for the Galaxy Note III

Say hello to Samsung New micro-USB 3.0 cable for the Galaxy Note III

It seems Samsung is wanting to be the first in the marketplace to bring a new micro-USB connector/charger which is said to bring the ability to draw 900 milliamps of current when connected to a computer versus 500 milliamps today, essentially charging the device more quickly and efficiently whilst being able to “potentially” offer far faster data rates, potentially increasing the speed of transferring music, videos, and photos to and from your phone according to The Verge. Ausdroid has contacted Samsung for comment, but we haven’t heard anything yet. This measure could be a double edged sword; like Apple’s iPhone[Read More...]

by 8:02 PM on September 9, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones, Tablets
Sony Xperia Z1 to go on-sale at Sony Centre by September 30th for $779 – pre-orders open now

Sony Xperia Z1 to go on-sale at Sony Centre by September 30th for $779 – pre-orders open now

The Sony Xperia Z1, announced just last week at IFA in Germany, claims to be ‘The world’s best camera in a waterproof smartphone’. With a bold claim like that Sony is really going after the mobile photography market in a big way, but if you don’t want to sign up to a contract with a carrier to get one, then you’ll need to check out the official Sony store to get one for the time being. Thanks to a tip from Irwin – who long time readers should remember – we’ve learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 will be in-store[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on September 9, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Tablet Optimised version of Twitter App leaks

Tablet Optimised version of Twitter App leaks

After first showing up at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), the upcoming Tablet optimised version of the Android Twitter App certainly drew a bit of excitement, and now the APK has found its way onto the internet. German site AndroidNext.de has posted the APK of the yet to be released App, but it’s not without issues. The app failed to launch on either the Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 when I ran it on both despite a full uninstall of the official Twitter client and then an install of the leaked APK. It’s not[Read More...]

by 5:46 AM on September 9, 2013 4 comments Apps, Tablets
Mobicity selling Motorola Moto X, in stock now

Mobicity selling Motorola Moto X, in stock now

Motorola’s decision to not bring the new Moto X to Australia has not been popular, but for those of you who still want to get your hands on Motorola’s latest beast, Mobicity have advised that they are now stocking the 16 GB Moto X in either black or white for $869.95. As the Moto X is only available in the US, the model being sold by Mobicity bears AT&T branding and is not compatible with any of the LTE networks used in Australia, so if you’re considering buying this phone, be aware of this limitation. It does support 850, 900[Read More...]

by 5:43 PM on September 8, 2013 22 comments News, Phones
Rumour: Amazon to release free smartphone

Rumour: Amazon to release free smartphone

In Australia, we’re no strangers to the idea of a free smartphone, since almost all of our two-year phone contracts include a fully-subsidised smartphone. The story in the US though is quite different, with customers having to fork out about $200 (depending on the phone) in addition to signing up to a two-year contract. According to Jessica Lessin, Amazon are to be the first manufacturer to give away their smartphone to consumers for free. Although, much like our subsidised handsets, it’s unlikely that the phone will be completely free; it’s likely that Amazon will require an ongoing subscription to its[Read More...]

by 8:32 PM on September 7, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours