Gumtree – Android App now available

If you're into purchasing or selling second hand items online in Australia then of course you'll know about Gumtree. The Gumtree Australia Android App was released this week into the Google Play Store for download and from first looks it's not bad for a first version. There is a fairly comprehensive Terms of Service when you first load up the application, it seems to be fairly standard stuff but in this day and age you're best off reading it thoroughly yourself to make sure there's nothing you don't personally agree with in there before proceeding. With the current rating... Continue reading

Tweet Lanes goes Open Source, now a community driven project

Developer Chris Lacy was, up until a few months ago working on one of the most promising and popular Twitter clients around - Tweet Lanes - however, with Twitter about to implement a 100,000 user token limit on third party Twitter apps, he re-evaluated the project and decided to focus his efforts on his other project Action Launcher. This morning however, Chris announced that not only has he updated Tweet Lanes to utilise the new Twitter API v1.1 (Full Changelog : here,) he has also open sourced the code in the hopes that it becomes a community... Continue reading

Google to open retail stores in the US – Nexus, Chromebooks and Google Glass!

Despite the fact that Google has not been able to get their act together with regards to retailing hardware in a virtual environment through the Play Store, it looks like Google is set to follow both Apple and Microsoft in trying to sell their products through their own Google branded retail outlets. According to 9to5Google, our favourite search giant is looking to open their first flagship Google Store in the US by the time the 'Holidays' roll around this year. The higher-ups within Google felt that this would be a great way to get their products into consumers hands,... Continue reading

Ubuntu Touch Dev Preview for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 coming February 21st

Canonical have announced that a developer preview for the mobile version of Ubuntu will be available to download and test next week, as well as the source code and development tools required to flash the images to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Ubuntu for mobiles is set to be officially released in October with Ubuntu 13.10, and the company is working hard to ensure that the platform will hit the ground running by giving developers enough time to become familiar with it and start writing apps. Canonical's vision for Ubuntu extends beyond smartphones, as they've announced that they're planning... Continue reading

Google Play: Developers, Privacy and You

Australian developer Dan Nolan, creator of the Paul Keating Insult Generator app, this week voiced concerns over what he sees as a “Massive Google Play Privacy Issue". In a blog post on his personal site, Dan found that “every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred". The details in question are shown to developers through the Google Checkout merchant interface, a site which allows developers to review the details of their sales transactions - a common feature in any... Continue reading

Falcon Pro adds DashClock extension

Roman Nurik is an Android Developer Advocate at Google, where he works on UI and visual design. A few days ago, he released DashClock, an open-source lockscreen widget that shows unread text messages, emails, missed phone calls, and the weather, as well as supporting additional content through extensions. The widget is beautiful and helpful, and it's basically what the stock Android lockscreen widget should have been. Falcon Pro is my favourite Twitter client on Android at the moment, because of its speed, design and general awesomeness. The developer is very active and usually releases a couple of updates... Continue reading

First Impressions: Sony Xperia Z

We’re just under a week away from the Xperia Z’s official Australian launch on February 20. Many of the Ausdroid staff are excited to see what Sony's cooked up for us, keen to see whether the phone lives up to our high standards and interested in how Sony's adapted and customised Android Jelly Bean for its flagship 2013 device. If you're interested in seeing the phone for yourself, Sony is allowing customers an early peek at the device at its Sony Centre stores around Australia (except Drummoyne and World Square). The Specs: Display: 5.0 inch 1920... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 factory images released for Nexus 4,7,10 and Galaxy Nexus

The biggest news in the past couple of days has been the release of Android 4.2.2, which brings Quick Settings toggles, app download countdown timers, some new sounds and a number of bug fixes. The update has been rolling out to various Nexus devices, and Google have now posted the 4.2.2 factory images. If you want to restore your device to stock or you've somehow managed to brick your Nexus device, head on over to the Factory Images for Nexus Devices page and grab the relevant image. Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 056 – Nexus 4, HTC and the Ausdroid Foundation – 5/2/2013

Last week was a comparatively quiet week for Australian Android news. We discussed Buzz's HTC Butterfly review and some app news, though the Nexus 4's re-emergence on the Google Play Store caused a bit of a standout blip on our radars. Eventually when the thing goes on sale and stays on sale, we'll probably be able to stop talking about it -- maybe. Chris also popped in for a chat about the Ausdroid Foundation and announced our latest competition -- donate to the Ausdroid Foundation, and you could win a Nexus 4! You can downloaded the Google+ Hangout video... Continue reading

Game Review: Ball Of Woe

New Sydney-based developer Doppler Interactive recently released their first Android game Ball of Woe to the Google Play store. The game is the brainchild of Joshua - the developer, and Jessica - the graphic designer. The storyline behind Ball of Woe is that the citizens of 'Nicetown' have balled up all their sadness into a 'Ball of Woe' that you - as God - must guide through a physics-based puzzle maze on a suspended track using Puffs of air. You have to keep the ball on the track and avoid obstacles like holes in the track in order to... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 update rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G and Nexus 10 in Australia now

Want the Android 4.2.2 update on your Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G or Nexus 10 right now? Well reports are hitting that people in Australia are seeing the update right now after performing a brief workaround. To force your device to udpate you'll have to go to Settings > Apps > Scroll across to All > Google Services Framework > Press 'Force Stop' then 'Clear Data'. Once you've done this go back to Settings > About Phone > System Updates then hit the 'Check Now' button and this should then prompt your device that the... Continue reading

Hewlett-Packard to build Android tablets?

According to the Verge, Hewlett-Packard is building Android tablets, and is considering building an Android smartphone as well. We all remember how spectacularly HP failed with the webOS-powered TouchPad, but considering that its failure was largely attributed to HP's hardware decisions rather than the software itself, it will be interesting to see if they've learned from their mistakes this time around. Apparently, HP's new tablet will be powered by the new NVidia Tegra 4 and will be announced quite soon. If you've kept up to date... Continue reading

New Motorola Google smartphone said to be a “game changer”

When Google took over Motorola Mobility, we -- and others -- thought that this would mean a range of co-designed phones and tablets which would run close-to-stock Android and generally set the standard for the industry. This didn't quite happen. We have certainly seen some great handsets from Motorola in the RAZR M and RAZR HD, and they are a lot closer to stock than Samsung and HTC offerings, but they're not quite what we think people expected. Back in December, we heard some noises about Motorola working on a project named X... Continue reading