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Blackberry advises rollout of BBM for Android and iOS is on hold

Blackberry advises rollout of BBM for Android and iOS is on hold

After promising Blackberry Messaging(BBM) would be released on Android and iOS by the end of Summer, it appears that they have missed that deadline – September 21 being the end of summer in the northern hemisphere – making a shaky start to their transition to become an end-to-end solutions provider of hardware, software and services, after advising yesterday that they would retreat from the consumer market on the back of disastrous sales of their newly launched Blackberry 10 line of handsets. In a blog post, Blackberry have advised that they have halted the rollout for both iOS and Android advising[Read More...]

by 11:46 AM on September 22, 2013 1 comment Apps
AOSP based Camera App – Focal (Beta) – retreats from Cyanogen Mod and is now available in Google Play

AOSP based Camera App – Focal (Beta) – retreats from Cyanogen Mod and is now available in Google Play

The launch of Cyanogen Mod Inc took most in the Android world a little by surprise, there’s been some back and forth with developers and one consequences of the Mod going ‘mainstream’ is that the developers behind the AOSP Camera replacement – Focal – have decided to remove the app from Cyanogen Mod and have now released it to Google Play. Guillaume Lesniak, the developer behind Focal, took to Google+ yesterday and expounded some of the goings on behind the launch of Cyanogen Mod Inc. He describes some hesitation behind the decision by the CM project leads to re-license Focal[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on September 22, 2013 6 comments Apps, Camera, Modding
Possible Android 4.4 Messaging and Phone App screenshots surface

Possible Android 4.4 Messaging and Phone App screenshots surface

Our first look at Android 4.4 came after a Nexus 5 running a supposed build of Android 4.4 was photographed and video’d after being left in a bar, now 9to5Google have received some screenshots of what appears to be updated Message and Phone Apps. The apps appear to have a colour scheme – Green for Messaging matching the Green icon and Blue for Phone, also matching its icon – which continues right up to the notification panel, where the text appears to be grey, a recurring theme from the shots of KitKat we’ve seen so far that marries up with[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on September 22, 2013 6 comments Apps, OS Update, Rumours
HP add’s four new Android Slate tablets, including a new 8″ tablet

HP add’s four new Android Slate tablets, including a new 8″ tablet

After somewhat a rocky start with their first ever budget Android tablet, Slate 7″, which was not a massive success from our point of view, HP have decided to soldier on, announcing four new Android tablets which the company are aiming for the mid to high end market. The new HP tablets using the HP ‘Slate’ branding come in four flavours across 3 screen sizes, starting with the HP Slate 7 Extreme followed by the HP Slate 7 HD, the HP Slate 8 Pro and ending with the HP Slate 10 HD. HP Slate 7 Extreme First up, the HP[Read More...]

by 7:40 AM on September 22, 2013 10 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
ChromeOS to get startup, shutdown, lock and unlock Sounds

ChromeOS to get startup, shutdown, lock and unlock Sounds

The default OS sounds that many users are familiar with when using OSX or Windows are something you either love or hate, some people just disable sounds entirely while other revel in that Startup or Shutdown sound. And now ChromeOS is about to get its own default sounds. François Beaufort, the ChromeOS advocate from Google, has advised that sounds for Startup, Lock, Unlock and Shutdown actions will be included in the next ChromeOS Dev update. The sounds are included on the Chromium Assets page but you can also check them out by clicking on them below: Lock Unlock: Startup Shutdown[Read More...]

by 10:46 AM on September 21, 2013 0 comments ChromeOS
The first Cyanogen Mod Inc phone could be the Oppo N1

The first Cyanogen Mod Inc phone could be the Oppo N1

The announcement by the Cyanogen Mod team that they had incorporated and begun raising funds with the aim of releasing official hardware at some stage, began speculation at the time as to which hardware manufacturer would be bringing out the first Cyangogen Mod phone. From a video featuring Cyanogen himeself – Steve Kondik – teasing the launch of the Oppo N1 on September 23, it appears Oppo could be the one. The video which sees Steve simply stating that he is looking forward to attending the Oppo event on September 23 and then saying ‘We have exciting news ahead.’ It[Read More...]

by 9:19 AM on September 21, 2013 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Possible Android 4.4 screenshots added to Google Korean IME app in Google Play

Possible Android 4.4 screenshots added to Google Korean IME app in Google Play

The above screenshot was taken from the Google Play listing for the Google Korean IME, the Korean Keyboard supplied by Google. While the screenshot appears to have been removed now, it does show some interesting things, one of which actually marries up with at least one suggested inclusion from a leak that could be a list of Kit Kat specs. The feature which marries up with the list, is the grey colour scheme in the notification panel which we heard about in the leak which suggested that users will be able to change the default blue colour scheme to other[Read More...]

by 8:31 AM on September 21, 2013 2 comments News, OS Update
NVIDIA Announce the Tegra Note – a 7″ Android tablet with a Stylus

NVIDIA Announce the Tegra Note – a 7″ Android tablet with a Stylus

NVIDIA haven’t really been known for building and selling their own devices as such, their first complete consumer device that’s sold under their own branding is the Android based handheld gaming system – Shield, but it seems they wish to branch out into more hardware devices with the announcement yesterday of the Tegra Note platform. NVIDIA have now officially become a manufacturer of their own Android device tablet, officially announcing the Tegra Note tablet – a 7″ stock Android running devices that comes with a Stylus for the low entry price of $199 US. The Tegra Note has an extremely[Read More...]

by 7:06 AM on September 20, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Nestlé Germany Facebook page points to October release

Nestlé Germany Facebook page points to October release

Apparently the relationship between Google and Nestlé is pretty tight, with the German arm of the Swiss based multinational food and beverage company advising a Facebook fan of their page that the release for Android 4.4 is expected in October. The response – ‘Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar.’ Translates to – ‘Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT is available in October’. Of course, further down the page, they answer slightly differently to another user – ‘Android 4.4 KIT KAT wird im Oktober erwartet’. Which translates to ‘Android 4.4 KIT KAT is expected in October.’ And[Read More...]

by 6:59 AM on September 20, 2013 0 comments OS Update, Rumours
Nokia Android handset still in development at least until November at this stage

Nokia Android handset still in development at least until November at this stage

After a previous post in which we reported that Nokia was working on an Android based Lumia device, C Tech, a Chinese based website, are reporting that Nokia is in fact still working on such a device until November, which is when the Nokia/Microsoft merger could earliest occur. C Tech are reporting that the device is being made in partnership with Foxconn, who also make Apple’s current iPhone range as well as other Android OEM’s, that the partnership has already made 10,000 prototypes for the said Android device prototype. It is rumoured that the handset is not a high-end device,[Read More...]

by 6:50 AM on September 20, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Google makes QuickOffice free for Android and iOS

Google makes QuickOffice free for Android and iOS

In a move likely to further reduce dependence on pricey office suite options from other vendors, who shall remain nameless, Google has decided to take the carpet out from under its competitors and has made one of its newer acquisitions QuickOffice, which it bought in 2012, free for all Android and iOS users. Of this new offering, Google says: With Quickoffice, you can edit Microsoft Office documents across your devices, giving you the freedom to work with anyone no matter what hardware or software they’re using. Quickoffice also integrates seamlessly withGoogle Drive storage so you can safely access your files from[Read More...]

by 6:48 AM on September 20, 2013 7 comments Apps, Deal, News
Angry Birds Star Wars II Hits Play Store

Angry Birds Star Wars II Hits Play Store

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another version of Angry Birds one pops up.  Angry Birds Star Wars II.  I actually found out about this one the other day while watching the Disney Channel with the kids.   Not only is Angry Birds Star Wars II a paid app ($1.09AUD) to remove the ads, it follows the freemium model allowing in-app purchases (paymium?) Maybe because the guys at Rovio are short of a buck, they have teamed up with Hasbro to produce figurines called Telepods that can be used to “enhance” game play.  Much in the same ilk of[Read More...]

by 10:26 PM on September 19, 2013 1 comment Apps, News, Opinion
DSE now selling the Nexus 10… from last year

DSE now selling the Nexus 10… from last year

There’s no doubt we live in surprising times, but when I saw this slide across the news desk today, I had to double check for myself. You see, it seems that Dick Smith Electronics is now selling the Samsung Nexus 10 in store and online. Yes, you’re right, the tablet that was released about twelve months ago. The Nexus 10 was a pretty good tablet last year, and Dan Tyson certainly liked his when he reviewed it in February 2013. At the time, Dan said it was the best 10″ tablet he’d seen… and there certainly are a lot of[Read More...]

by 9:28 PM on September 19, 2013 7 comments News, Sale, Tablets