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Reports of GPS fix bug in Nexus 7 (2013) being investigated by Google

Reports of GPS fix bug in Nexus 7 (2013) being investigated by Google

While it may not be the primary focus of your tablet usage, most tablets come with some manner of GPS functionality built in and it appears that the GPS function in the Nexus 7 (2013) is having some issues. Users on Reddit, as well as Google Forums, XDA-Developers and Android Centrals forums are all reporting a bug which sees the GPS on the Nexus 7 become unresponsive. The issue has been found to have a few fixes, such as clearing the A-GPS data and rebooting – but the fixes don’t work for everyone. Google employee Paul Wilcox has responded to[Read More...]

by 4:13 PM on August 10, 2013 2 comments News
Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 available at Dick Smith for $299

Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 available at Dick Smith for $299

If you’re in the market for a rugged Android mobile that is water and dust proof, but on a budget, then the Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 may be just what you’re after. Dick Smith is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 for $299 via their website offering free delivery or click and collect to pickup in-store. The IP67 rating that the XCover 2 has been certified for seems to be the next big market for Android manufacturers and this if the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is out of your price range, then the XCover 2 may just be for[Read More...]

by 3:26 PM on August 10, 2013 0 comments Deal, Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Rumour: Amazon to build an Android based gaming console for release this year

Rumour: Amazon to build an Android based gaming console for release this year

Amazon famously began releasing a forked version of Android on their Kindle Fire tablets which tie heavily into their own eco-system back in 2011, while Australia, along with 191 other countries have only just begun getting access to the tablets we may also see something else from them by years end with Game Informer citing sources as saying that Amazon is looking to release an Android based gaming console by the end of the year. Amazon are apparently trying to launch the console during the ‘Black Friday’ sales in the US. The Black Friday sales, which traditionally launch the ‘Holiday’[Read More...]

by 9:25 AM on August 10, 2013 0 comments Rumours
Chromecast functions built into Cyanogen Mod

Chromecast functions built into Cyanogen Mod

Looks like Koush is thinking beyond basic apps with his latest foray into Chromecast development. Koush has released a video showing the ability to cast any video or audio related stream to the Chromecast at system level, with the function built into Cyanogen Mod. Koush announced the feature on his Google+ page along with a video, it shows him selecting simple streams from apps on his Android phone running an as yet unreleased version of Cyanogen Mod. The apps themselves have no Chromecast support as yet, but what Koush has done is build the functionality in at system level which[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on August 10, 2013 3 comments Chromecast, Modding
Nexus 7 [2013] factory image and binaries now available

Nexus 7 [2013] factory image and binaries now available

After a slightly protracted delay, which saw Jean-Baptiste Queru quit AOSP over legal issues pertaining to the release, both the factory image and the binaries are now available for the Nexus 7 (2013) which has been dubbed “razor”. The build number on the factory image – JSS15J – is slightly above the build number on all the other factory images available for other Nexus devices – JWR66V – on Android 4.3 which leads to questions of exactly what has been changed in the later build, as well as what specifically was the motivation behind the update. Nevertheless the factory image[Read More...]

by 8:31 AM on August 10, 2013 1 comment OS Update, Tablets
Rumour: Asus to build new model of Nexus 10 for release this year

Rumour: Asus to build new model of Nexus 10 for release this year

Despite a statement to Amir Efrati of the Wall Street Journal by Sundar Pichai stating that Samsung would build this years Nexus 10; Russell Holly from Geek.com has stated that multiple sources are reporting to them that Asus rather than Samsung will actually be making the Nexus 10 (2013). According to Geek, Asus has proven their worth to Google in supplying hardware that is ‘keeping up with the speed of Android by creating hardware that allows Google to keep close to their price points from last year’. Despite recent issues with Qualcomm over the release of drivers for the GPU[Read More...]

by 10:44 PM on August 9, 2013 9 comments Rumours, Tablets
Rumour: nvidia looking to launch their own Tegra branded tablets

Rumour: nvidia looking to launch their own Tegra branded tablets

Nvidia seem to be happy with their first foray into the commercial Android hardware market with the Nvidia Shield, which began shipping in the US just over a week ago on the 31st of July, so much so that they appear to want to release their own Android Tablet branded the ‘Tegra Tab’. According to TheVerge, the first mention of the term ‘Tegra Tab’ apparently appeared in a filing from nvidia back in April when a patent was filed with the US Patent and Trade Office(USPTO). Todays information comes in the form of pictures of the Tegra Tab released on[Read More...]

by 10:23 PM on August 9, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, Rumours, Tablets
Get your ABC iview content with unofficial client – aview

Get your ABC iview content with unofficial client – aview

If you, like Huawei, really can’t wait till the end of the year for the official ABC iview client to arrive so you can access the streaming content available for viewing from the ABC, then you may want to check out this brilliant App called aview. The aview app was released on the 22nd of July and is still very much in the development stage having not yet reached version 1.0. It’s been designed for devices running Android 4.0 and above and it shows, the app comes with an easy to use and well thought out UI which incorporates a[Read More...]

by 9:46 PM on August 9, 2013 5 comments Apps, News
Huawei calls out ABC over missing iview app for Android

Huawei calls out ABC over missing iview app for Android

As Android users we all celebrated the recent movements from the ABC in introducing video streaming into their ABC app for Android, and then a further update which saw them announce an Android App was in the works and would hopefully be released before the end of the year. But it appears that Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei are not satisfied with this and in a press release this afternoon called on the ABC to drop their ‘Android bias and get the iView app on Android smartphones ASAP’. Jeremy Mitchell, Corporate Affairs Director for Huawei said in the statement Like many[Read More...]

by 9:39 PM on August 9, 2013 11 comments Apps, Manufacturer
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 gets an update to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 gets an update to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Well it seems the wait is over for long suffering owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″. It seems that Samsung Australia has finally pushed out Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) update. The update is only available though the Samsung Kies software at the moment, but that doesn’t preclude an OTA update being pushed out at a later – although Samsung Australia has yet to even announce the update, let alone a delivery mechanism for it – so Kies it is for the time being. So far, I can say that the update has brought a heck of a lot[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on August 9, 2013 9 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Tablets
Rumour: Motorola to produce a Nexus in Q4 this year

Rumour: Motorola to produce a Nexus in Q4 this year

A new rumour is floating around the internet and it involves two things that I’m a bit of a fan of – Nexus and Motorola. According to a Google+ post from Taylor Wimberly – founder of the Android site, Android and Me – a new smartphone will come out of the Google owned hardware manufacturer Motorola and it won’t be a Moto X based phone. The Google+ post is brief, simply stating : Motorola will release a Nexus smartphone in Q4 (that is not the Moto X). That’s it. It’s a pretty basic rumour right now, but Taylor was actually[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on August 9, 2013 14 comments Rumours
Google Play Textbooks live in the US – no Australian launch information known at the moment

Google Play Textbooks live in the US – no Australian launch information known at the moment

Announced at the recent ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event which saw the launch of the Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3, Google Play Textbooks was semi-overshadowed by some larger announcements but that’s not to say it’s not a valuable service and also potential money spinner for Google. The service has gone live overnight in Google Play Books in the US Play store. According to Android Police, the service is now live offering both rentals and purchases. Apparently though, a large proportion are offering only one option or the other, with only a few offering the Buy or Rent option. If you[Read More...]

by 9:38 AM on August 9, 2013 1 comment Google Play
Virgin Australia and Qantas to start streaming content to your personal devices inflight

Virgin Australia and Qantas to start streaming content to your personal devices inflight

Air travel can be boring at the best of time, especially the domestic flights that don’t include any on-board entertainment. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have somewhat ameliorated this by doling out tablets – iPads for Qantas, Galaxy Tabs for Virgin – but when the majority of passengers already have their own devices it seems a bit unnecessary to hand these devices out, and it seems that Virgin Australia is now starting to stream content to passengers own devices with Qantas looking to follow suit shortly, but only with iOS devices. According to Australian Business Traveller, they’ve spoken with Virgin[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on August 9, 2013 2 comments Apps, News