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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 October 9, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS, Manufacturer
Updated: Curved screen Samsung SM-G910S shows up, fails to tell us why curved screens are good

Updated: Curved screen Samsung SM-G910S shows up, fails to tell us why curved screens are good

No, that’s not a Samsung Galaxy series phone left in the sun too long and gone ‘funny’ it’s apparently the Samsung SM-G910S a device that is being aimed at the Korean market only at this stage only device that’s due to be announced soon. Noted leaker @evleaks, this morning posted two pictures of the device, which appears to be the first in the line of curved displays that both LG and Samsung are rumoured to be launching in the coming weeks. Do not adjust your display. pic.twitter.com/9VjNt34iYH — @evleaks (@evleaks) October 8, 2013 SM-G910S: strictly a Korean curiosity, for now.[Read More...]

by 11:55 AM on October 9, 2013 12 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumours of Xiaomi smartwatch emerging

Rumours of Xiaomi smartwatch emerging

The departure of Hugo Barra from Google sparked a huge amount of rumour and speculation as to the exact reasoning for him leaving, the end result is that Xiaomi have acquired a technically brilliant businessman who know’s how to market a device and his name alone being associated with the company, will almost certainly assist in raising the brand awareness and company profile. It seems from the report at MyDrivers suggesting Xiaomi have a smartwatch in the works that Barra has already had an influence on the company’s strategic direction, pushing them to jump on the latest and greatest in[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on October 9, 2013 11 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Reported HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leaked

Reported HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots leaked

If you’re a HTC fan, then you may be quite interested in an update to the Sense version of Android that is coming soon to some HTC handsets. From the Android-Revolution site, mike1986 has posted screenshots as well as a quick rundown on what the screenshots represent. First up is the controversial BlinkFeed homescreen widget, it’s a love it or hate it feature for most HTC phone owners and from the screenshots delivered, it appears that you will be able to either set BlinkFeed on/off or set it as your home screen. There are also more options to change your[Read More...]

by 5:33 AM on October 9, 2013 1 comment OS Update, Rumours
Official Nexus 7 hardcover hits Google Play in the US

Official Nexus 7 hardcover hits Google Play in the US

The Nexus 7 now has an official hard cover, to match the official slip case that appeared at launch, that is for US customers at least. Multiple sites are reporting that there is now a hard case available in Google Play which acts as both a case as well as stand for the new iteration of the Nexus 7. At this stage, the case is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ for those looking at the case from outside the US, so local pricing is unavailable at this stage. The case is however available for those in the US for US$49.99 and[Read More...]

by 5:17 AM on October 9, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Google Play
HTC One Max hinted at in October 18th Launch invite

HTC One Max hinted at in October 18th Launch invite

The HTC One Max has been rumoured for a fairly long time and invites are now being sent out for an event to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan – HTC’s home turf – on October 18th at 6pm local time at least according to Engadget, who reportedly have been invited along. With the invite containing the words: One finger opens up a big view You are invited to immerse in the sound with us The inference from these phrases is on a HTC One Max with the famous BoomSound as well as a Fingerprint scanner which has been rumoured to[Read More...]

by 6:01 PM on October 8, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized
Update:Amazon now shipping Google Chromecast directly to Australia

Update:Amazon now shipping Google Chromecast directly to Australia

With stock of one of the hottest products announced at the Breakfast with Sundar event in July – the Google Chromecast – limited to US only customers through Google Play, Best Buy and Amazon, use of shipping forwarders have been your only option to get one of the devices, until now. Thanks to a tip from Ausdroid reader Lex, we can confirm that you can now order a Chromecast directly from Amazon for delivery to us here in Australia. The Chromecast is available for US$35 or when converted to AUD on the Amazon site it’s currently AU$38.64. There are two[Read More...]

by 3:43 PM on October 8, 2013 77 comments Chromecast
Beats Music lines up as another streaming music service

Beats Music lines up as another streaming music service

At the end of September Beats by Dr Dre parted ways with HTC to give HTC a desperately needed cash injection following their financial woes. The split with HTC doesn’t seem to have done Beats any harm though, because now Google Play Music All Access, Spotify, iTunes Radio, Rdio and JB Hifi have a new competitor: Beats Music. Beats President and COO Luke Wood recently told The Next Web in an interview that “Beats Music” will be available within the next few months in the United States. The service will immediately be available via both Android and iOS apps, later[Read More...]

by 3:09 PM on October 8, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
Samsung Galaxy J leaked

Samsung Galaxy J leaked

The leaks continue to flow out of Samsung, this time in the form of another device leak. SamMobile are a regular source of information that (more often than not) proves to be true regularly. They recently came across some information pertaining to a new Galaxy J device that is set to be released to the Japanese market in the not too distant future. Sporting a Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3Ghz Quad-Core, 5 inches FHD 1920×1080 FHD display (presumably LCD, but not confirmed), 3GB of RAM, Android JellyBean and available in Coral Pink, Satin White or Lapis Blue the looks are nice[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on October 8, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Pint sized Xperia Z1 f leaks again through upcoming DoCoMo catalogue

Pint sized Xperia Z1 f leaks again through upcoming DoCoMo catalogue

The release of the Xperia Z1 with its highly anticipated 20.7MP camera has seen many people asking for the same specs but in a smaller form factor and last we saw, the Xperia Z1 f was being touted as the device that would fulfill that wish. Now a further leak from an upcoming NTT DoCoMo catalogue seems to confirm the Xperia Z1 f is coming soon at least in Japan. Unlike other mini versions of flagship phones that claim ‘no compromise’ the Xperia Z1 f seems to almost fully deliver. The Xperia Z1 f will come with almost the same[Read More...]

by 11:58 AM on October 8, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Phones
Rumour: Hangouts version 1.3 update will bring SMS integration

Rumour: Hangouts version 1.3 update will bring SMS integration

Google Hangouts has seen a mixed reception, from some who have found the feature set lacking and offering nothing over the previous instant messaging client Google Talk, to those who have seen the features enhance their social interactions and even allow for greater work communications, but there seems to be a universal consensus from both camps, that SMS integration would improve matters to a large extent, now AndroidPolice have been tipped that the next Hangouts update will indeed include this. The tip included two pictures of SMS being integrated into Google Hangouts and as with any good tip, there is[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on October 8, 2013 18 comments Apps
Rumour: Samsung developing a Google Glass competitor device

Rumour: Samsung developing a Google Glass competitor device

Unsurprising to well, anyone really… Samsung are said to be continuing their self proclaimed dominance over the Android platform and developing their own competitor devices to Google Glass that will be known as “Gear Glass”. Eldar Murtazin, Editor-in-chief at Mobile Review tweeted not only the name of the device but also an expected time to market for the device. https://twitter.com/eldarmurtazin/statuses/387079608539303936 The name “Gear Glass” fits in with the wearable technology that Samsung have already announced, being the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s important to note that Samsung have not officially announced the deivce or even acknowledged its possible existence at this[Read More...]

by 11:12 AM on October 8, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Glass, Manufacturer, News, Rumours
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear commercials are actually pretty cool

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear commercials are actually pretty cool

The Samsung Galaxy Gear, was released in Australia only 5 days ago, with the new breed of wearable devices the focus of intense interest due to a history in pop-culture, Samsung has taken advantage of this history to unwrap their new marketing campaign based on the Smartwatch throughout TV and movie history. From Dick Tracy to the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers the design and function of Smart watches may vary in pop-culture and exactly how well the Galaxy Gear stands up to the promise shown in these titles, remains to be seen, at least until Samsung Australia can provide review[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on October 8, 2013 7 comments Smartwatch