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HTC: No Android 4.2.2 or Sense 5 Update for the HTC One S

HTC: No Android 4.2.2 or Sense 5 Update for the HTC One S

The HTC One S, the micro-arc oxidised phone that played second fiddle to the HTC One X and One XL last year, has been confirmed by HTC as not being on the list to receive an update from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.2.2. That means no Sense 5 update or any of the associated goodies that come with it. The full quote from HTC reads We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on July 3, 2013 16 comments OS Update, Phones
Android 4.2.2 update rolling out in Taiwan for the International unlocked HTC One

Android 4.2.2 update rolling out in Taiwan for the International unlocked HTC One

Android 4.2.2 is apparently rolling out to the single SIM version of the HTC One in HTCs home country of Taiwan as an Over The Air updated, after reports of the 4.2.2 update began circulating that the Dual-SIM HTC One was receiving the update a couple of days ago. The 465MB update is hitting the international version of the HTC One and according to the people who’ve received the update it brings about a slew of new updates. The image below from Android Central shows the list of updates included, which address things such as the menu bar as well[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on July 2, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update
Is Google readying to launch Play Store Gift Cards in Australia?

Is Google readying to launch Play Store Gift Cards in Australia?

Back in March, we noted that Google was just about to announce Google Play Gift Cards for the UK market, and then they did. Well, in the last 24 hours, we’ve seen some tips indicating that such a launch might not be far off for Australia, and let’s say this — we’re rather excited. Let’s run down what we know. Until this morning, the link known for redeeming gift cards (https://wallet.google.com/s/w/0/?hl=en&pli=1&page=redeemGiftCard#redeemGiftCard:) was not active when accessed from Australia; it simply returned an error message. Today, however, it presents a vastly different result: This is the first indicator we’ve seen that[Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on July 2, 2013 15 comments Google Play, News, Rumours
Google Glass update brings web browser, more voice commands

Google Glass update brings web browser, more voice commands

An always-connected internet device isn’t much good without, well, the internet, but until now Google Glass has been limited to summaries of search results for information, with no ability to dig deeper into the underlying web pages. This all changes today though, with the XE7 update, which brings a full web browser to the headset. Google has already thought of the difficulty in navigating a full website without any input devices, and has come up with some nifty gestures to help make it less awkward. You scroll up and down by running your finger along the headset’s touch panel, and[Read More...]

by 3:19 PM on July 2, 2013 1 comment Glass, News
LG-F320 benchmarked in Antutu – Possibly the Optimus G2 running Snapdragon 800

LG-F320 benchmarked in Antutu – Possibly the Optimus G2 running Snapdragon 800

A new LG device has shown up in the benchmark results on the AnTuTu Benchmark app, with the country of origin set as LG’s home country of South Korea. The clock speed on the device with model number LG-F320 is showing as 2265MHz and is quite possibly running a Snapdragon 800 CPU according to GSMInsider who first saw the results. LG has already announced that they will be using the Snapdragon 800 processor in their Optimus G series phones going forward so this is not news as such, but the score of 32,002 is very nice. By comparison a quick[Read More...]

by 11:15 AM on July 2, 2013 0 comments News, Phones
Skype Passes 100M Android Installs and Launches Redesigned 4.0

Skype Passes 100M Android Installs and Launches Redesigned 4.0

Skype for Android has reached a significant milestone by passing the 100 million install mark on Android devices and they have decided to celebrate by releasing version 4.0 of the app and bringing with it a completely redesigned UI. Today we’re bringing 100 million of you a step further on our journey into the future. Last week we discussed how Skype’s Mobile Future demands a modern design that puts conversations first, focuses on quality & performance, and delivers a common set of experiences across multiple platforms and devices. Today, we’re excited to deliver in two of those areas with the[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 2, 2013 5 comments Apps, News
Software Update: Sony Xperia Z with Android 4.2.2

Software Update: Sony Xperia Z with Android 4.2.2

Last week, we started hearing reports that Sony‘s Android 4.2.2 update for the Xperia Z had begun rolling out worldwide. The update is said to finally bring Sony’s current flagship device up to date with the Android latest release, bringing with it a bunch of new features. As soon as I heard about it I started checking my device regularly for an OTA update, sadly to no avail – Sony’s PC Companion software was also no help. Being a good, impatient Android nerd, I took matters into my own hands! I quickly acquired the Global C6603 10.3.A.0.423 firmware, and installed it[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 2, 2013 18 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Panel View for Google Music

Panel View for Google Music

How many of you have thought that it’d be great to have an app for Chrome or ChromeOS that you’d like running but would love quick access to without having to have a tab devoted to it?  How about something for Google Music? Well, developer Paul Eiche has released a Chrome extension which does just this called Panel View for Google Music. To use the extension, you’ll need to first enable the #enable-panels flag in chrome://flags : By now I am sure most of you will have seen the panels that popup when using Google Hangouts. Panels are used as containers[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 2, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized
Rumour:The Nexus 7 MkII Should Be Here….Today?

Rumour:The Nexus 7 MkII Should Be Here….Today?

It’s now been a full year since the Nexus 7 was announced and Google began taking orders via Google Play.  While it has served many of us admirably some feel that it has become apparent that with the release of other 7 and 8″ tablets a successor is required for it to maintain the top of the heap of the compact Android tablet pile. We have reported on various leaks and hints of a new version being available soon but there is still no definite word of a release from either Google or Asus, nor any other tablet manufacturer. An expected announcement at Google[Read More...]

by 8:56 PM on July 1, 2013 11 comments News, Rumours, Tablets
ABC Android app adds ABC produced TV content for streaming

ABC Android app adds ABC produced TV content for streaming

The latest update to the ABC Android app has added in the ability to stream ABC produced TV shows as on demand. This long awaited feature has been delivered without Adobe Flash and is hopefully a promise of further developments in the form of streaming of the ABCs full library of iView content to come. The option is now listed on the slide out menu in the ABC app under ‘TV On Demand’ and once in the sub-menu there is a ‘pull to refresh’ gesture to refresh the list of available shows. There are a number of shows on offer[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 1, 2013 7 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Edit Microsoft Word and Excel files in ChromeOS

Edit Microsoft Word and Excel files in ChromeOS

The purchase of Quick Office by Google in June last year is finally showing results, in ChromeOS at least; with the newest flag to be enabled allowing users to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files in the browser. The option is available via the chrome://flags tab and finding the ‘Enable document editing’ flag and enabling it. This flag is only available in the Developer Channel in ChromeOS. While Developer mode can give some interesting results and tends to be on occasion a little unstable it can offer some pretty good perks. If you find any bugs, they should be reported[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on June 30, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
ChromeOS bits – Recent Tabs, External device notifications, Wallpapers and more

ChromeOS bits – Recent Tabs, External device notifications, Wallpapers and more

  For those of use who like to use the history tab of their browser it has been annoying that Chrome lacked a dedicated history tab/button/shortcut.  We have had to make do with a shortcut to chrome://history to access that article you read yesterday or some other time in the past.  The good news for those of us who are easily annoyed by little things like this is that a solution just may be on the way.  The Chrome UX team are experimenting with a recents tab on the New Tab Page.  For those adventurous users out there this can be seen[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on June 30, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Google Now coming to ChromeOS

Google Now coming to ChromeOS

Loading up the Chromebook this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the above notification. I run the Chromebook Pixel on the Developer channel and the CR48 on the Beta channel, so far the notification has not shown up on the CR48, so it appears that Google Now has just been integrated into the Developer channel. I’ve clicked Yes and await further developments, the Google Now flag has been enabled as well via chrome://flags/. If you’re running the Developer Channel on your Chromebook check it out and see if you’ve got the notification.

by 11:33 AM on June 30, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS