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Ausdroid Podcast 72 – June 4, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 72 – June 4, 2013

This is the 72rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast. This week, we spent a while discussing the surprising amount of news from HTC, looked at some new LG announcements and looked at Asus and Toshiba’s Computex tablet announcements. Production Note: We had some issues with our audio recording this week and have had to use the Hangout audio recording instead – sorry! Featuring: Jason Murray, Buzz Moody and Geoff Fieldew. Topics: HTC Rumour Mill: M4 / One Mini, and T6 HTC One with Nexus User Experience HTC’s unaudited financial figures Editorial: What I’d do if I ran HTC LG L[Read More...]

by 9:33 PM on June 5, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a waterproofed, rugged Galaxy S4

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Active, a waterproofed, rugged Galaxy S4

After a good month or so of rumour and speculation, Samsung have today announced the Galaxy S4 Active. It’s essentially the Galaxy S4 we’re coming to know and love with a few modifications to make it ‘tougher’. The Galaxy S4 Active is waterproof for 30 minutes in a depth of a metre as well as being protected from dust. The Galaxy S4 Active is slightly larger than the Galaxy S4 with an increase in height by 3.1mm, width by 1.3mm, thickness by 2.1mm, and weight by 21grams. The other major physical change is the replacement of the capacitive buttons with[Read More...]

by 6:45 PM on June 5, 2013 7 comments News, Phones
Cygnett announces FitGrip case for Samsung Galaxy S 4

Cygnett announces FitGrip case for Samsung Galaxy S 4

Accessories manufacturer Cygnett has announced the arrival of its FitGrip case for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, a hybrid case designed for users with active lifestyles. Unlike the other cases in Cygnett’s range for the Galaxy S 4, this FitGrip case is designed with an hourglass shape and a grippy rubberised trim around the case which both makes it easy to grip, and gives you a firm hold on the case when in active use. The case design is also such that it will protect your precious phone if you drop it while at the gym. The FitGrip case will[Read More...]

by 5:29 PM on June 5, 2013 1 comment Accessories, News
Commonwealth bank updates Kaching app with new features

Commonwealth bank updates Kaching app with new features

The Commonwealth bank has today updated their popular Kaching banking app for Android to include two major new features, a BPAY QR code reader as well as the ability to change the PIN on their card and activate a new card. The BPAY QR Code feature is now available on bills from Australian Power & Gas as well as Sydney Water who will be providing QR codes on bills, statements and notices that will enable payments to be accepted using the CommBank Kaching QR code reader. The Kaching app will now offer customers the ability to activate new keycards, Debit[Read More...]

by 4:37 PM on June 5, 2013 8 comments News
BlackBerry Messenger for Android rumoured to be released on June 27

BlackBerry Messenger for Android rumoured to be released on June 27

While I’ve personally never understood the appeal of BlackBerry phones, they’ve been a pretty big deal for a very long time, and a big part of that is BlackBerry Messenger. BBM is a very well-respected and reliable IM service developed by RIM for BlackBerry phones exclusively. Earlier this year, amid their spiral into irrelevance, BlackBerry announced that BBM would be available for iOS and Android later this year, and apparently it will become available as of June 27. On release, BBM for Android is expected to support BlackBerry Groups, voice note sharing, and multi-person chat, but will not support the[Read More...]

by 4:03 PM on June 5, 2013 3 comments Apps, Phones, Rumours
Foxtel Go app for Android delayed for further testing

Foxtel Go app for Android delayed for further testing

After announcing that an Android version of their popular Foxtel Go app would be released to Samsung Android devices on the 3rd of June, it appears that the launch date has been and gone, and the app is still not available. A search of both Samsung’s own App Store and Google Play on Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 devices shows no results. Ausdroid approached Samsung Australia to enquire about the app’s status and launch plans, and was advised the enquiry should be directed to Foxtel. A number of customers have taken to the Foxtel Facebook page to ask[Read More...]

by 1:15 PM on June 5, 2013 8 comments Apps
HTC to release two handsets – the One Mini and the Butterfly S – with Ultrapixel cameras?

HTC to release two handsets – the One Mini and the Butterfly S – with Ultrapixel cameras?

We’ve been hearing a lot about two rumoured HTC handsets – a lower-specced version of HTC’s One (previously known as the M4) for those who find the 4.7-inch One too large, and a larger variant with a 5-inch screen for those who find the 4.7-inch One too small. According to news from GSM Arena today, these two phones will be called the One Mini and the Butterfly S, respectively. These names make sense – the One Mini is exactly what is sounds like – a miniature version of the HTC One, and the Butterfly S is an upgraded version of[Read More...]

by 9:56 AM on June 5, 2013 8 comments Phones, Rumours
Chrome developer team working to bring NFC to ChromeOS

Chrome developer team working to bring NFC to ChromeOS

It’s been a pretty standard feature on the ‘other’ Google OS: Android since the Nexus S was introduced in 2010 and it looks as though the developers behind ChromeOS are beginning to work on building NFC into ChromeOS as well. The source code from the NFC Daemon is available at the Chromium project but there’s very few details so far, what is known is that it : Runs with enough permission to access the NFC device. Provides D-Bus service for Chrome to access NFC functions. Maintains a callback function table so that all NFC requests/events can be dispatched to right[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on June 5, 2013 1 comment ChromeOS, NFC
Samsung Australia comments on Galaxy Tab 3 availability

Samsung Australia comments on Galaxy Tab 3 availability

Sunday night saw the announcement and release of specs for the new 8″ and 10.1″ Galaxy Tab 3 models. We approached Samsung Australia for more information on the release of the Galaxy Tab 3 range in Australia and they advised : Samsung Electronics Australia can confirm that the GALAXY Tab 3 range will be launching in Australia later this year. We will share more information around the availability of this exciting new range in the coming weeks. So we should be seeing some pricing and availability information very soon. Rest assured as soon as we see any new information on[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 5, 2013 0 comments Tablets
Sony launches the multi-coloured Dual-Core Xperia M

Sony launches the multi-coloured Dual-Core Xperia M

Sony has just announced the latest in their 2013 lineup of Xperia phones, the Xperia M. With the Xperia M Sony plans to aim the phone at a ‘new market and price point’ and from the look of the specs, that market and price point is on the lower end. The Xperia M will have a 4″ FWVGA(854×480) screen on the front and 5MP fast capture camera on the rear with a dedicated camera button on the right hand side. Inside will be a 1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU with 4GB of storage as well as a microSD Card slot[Read More...]

by 1:37 AM on June 5, 2013 1 comment Phones
Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z — Wrap

Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z — Wrap

[toc]One of the great things about running a tech website like Ausdroid is that the team and I get to play with some cool gear. Where this benefits you, the reader, is that you can benefit from our access to a wide range of devices and our insights into each, and make a more informed decision before potentially signing a two year contract for your next smartphone. This is especially the case with the flagship devices for 2013 released so far: Sony’s Xperia Z, HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. While the reviews of these devices have been done[Read More...]

by 2:07 PM on June 4, 2013 71 comments Opinion, Phones
ASUS Australia: ‘no local availability or pricing information on the products announced’

ASUS Australia: ‘no local availability or pricing information on the products announced’

Yesterday we saw ASUS announce a range of new Android products such as the FonePad Note, MemoPad HD 7, MemoPad FHD 10, Transformer Pad Infinity, and Transformer Book Trio. All devices are impressive in their own right, which makes the news of no Australian availability harder to take. In a press release from ASUS Australia, which outlined the products above, they stated that there are no current plans for availability in Australia. “no local availability or pricing information on the products announced” As we’ve seen in the past, this stance is likely to change in time. Let’s hope that’s not[Read More...]

by 1:40 PM on June 4, 2013 2 comments News, Phones, Tablets
Web version of Google’s Play Store to receive updated UI within a few weeks

Web version of Google’s Play Store to receive updated UI within a few weeks

One of the many Google Play-related announcements at this year’s Google I/O conference was that the web-based Play Store would be receiving an updated design to match its mobile counterparts. Droid Life has published some images today that look very much like that updated Play Store, saying it’s being tested internally at Google and looks like it’ll roll out in the next few weeks. The design looks almost identical to the tablet UI for the Play Store, which makes sense since your computer screen is also a large, landscape display. It’s really nice to see a consistent design style emerging[Read More...]

by 1:23 PM on June 4, 2013 3 comments Google Play, Rumours