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Hewlett-Packard to build Android tablets?

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 with all things HP, you might recall that last September, CEO Meg Whitman said[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on February 14, 2013 3 comments Rumours, Tablets
New Motorola Google smartphone said to be a “game changer”

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 Phone, that would be much closer to[Read More...]

by 10:11 AM on February 14, 2013 11 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Aldi to sell 3G enabled 10″ Android tablet for $249

Aldi to sell 3G enabled 10″ Android tablet for $249

Aldi is at it again, this time offering as their ‘Special Buy’ a 10″, Jelly Bean running, 3G enabled tablet for just $249. The Bauhn built tablet which goes on-sale in limited quantities on Saturday the 23rd of February comes with a 12 month warranty as well as a 60 day satisfaction return warranty. They also are offering a Bluetooth keyboard case and a 16GB MicroSD Card as well. The tablet comes with a pretty decent list of specifications : 9.7″ LED IPS Display 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU 16GB Internal Storage with microSD Card slot(Up to 32GB) 5MP Rear Camera and[Read More...]

by 9:34 AM on February 14, 2013 7 comments Tablets
Google Now updated, adds widget

Google Now updated, adds widget

With each update to Android, Google makes significant improvements to Google Now, and with Android 4.2.2 rolling out to Nexus devices right now, an update to Google Now has appeared on the Play Store. The update adds a widget for either your home or lock screen, support for movie passes from Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, and real estate listings. It also add some US-exclusive features, such as college football results, and Google Play Music controls. I haven’t been able to make the widget show anything interesting, but it will show the weather and upcoming calendar events, which I guess[Read More...]

by 8:14 AM on February 14, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Official Android build numbers page hints at imminent 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4

Official Android build numbers page hints at imminent 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4

The latest update to the official Android documentation leads us to think that we could soon be seeing an OTA update to Android 4.2.2 for the Nexus 4. Aside from a typo in the build number which reads ‘JDP39′ should read ‘JDQ39′, the interesting part is that the build number is followed by android-4.2.2_r1 for the Nexus 4. If you’re a lucky Nexus 4 owner keep your eyes peeled for an update, or if you’re especially keen starting mashing that “Check for System Update” button!

by 7:45 AM on February 14, 2013 12 comments News, OS Update
Nexus 4 mysteriously disappears from Harvey Norman

Nexus 4 mysteriously disappears from Harvey Norman

This afternoon we received a tip from Ian Goh on Twitter advising that the Nexus 4 no longer appears on the Harvey Norman website. See for yourself — a search for the Nexus 4 reveals no listings whatsoever. We’ve known that for the last week or so — in fact, pretty much since the Nexus 4 went on sale there — that Harvey Norman’s website has displayed virtually zero stock availability for the Nexus 4. Could this simply be an acceptance of reality? That is, no stock foreseeable for the next little while, thus let’s simply not advertise it for[Read More...]

by 10:36 PM on February 13, 2013 4 comments News, Phones
SwiftKey Flow Beta updated to 4.0.0.99

SwiftKey Flow Beta updated to 4.0.0.99

The folks over at SwiftKey have released the latest version of their SwiftKey Flow beta, which brings a number of bug fixes and behavioural annoyances. They’ve added a pretty new installer as well as an introduction to the Flow method of typing. You can grab the latest beta apk for your phone or tablet from the SwiftKey blog. The full changelog is as follows: Changes in this version: Fixed crash on changing keyboards Fixed force close on clicking update language Fixed other crashes Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on February 13, 2013 4 comments Apps, News
HTC to launch its next phone next week

HTC to launch its next phone next week

HTC has sent out invitations to an event to be held next Thursday Night in Sydney where invitees will be able to ‘explore HTC’s newest and most anticipated device’. The launch event timing co-incides nicely with a dual event to be held by HTC on the 19th of February in New York and London which is widely expected to see the launch of the rumoured M7 Handset. The M7 which is likely to have a 4.7″ full HD 1080P screen has been leaked a variety of times in different bodies the latest of which was seen on the @evleaks twitter[Read More...]

by 8:06 PM on February 13, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer
Nexus 7 dock starting to appear at The Good Guys and Harvey Norman

Nexus 7 dock starting to appear at The Good Guys and Harvey Norman

The Nexus 7 Dock has long been the Unicorn accessory for one of, if not the most popular Android tablet ever and according to one sharp eyed Ausdroid reader the dock has started appearing in Harvey Norman and the Good Guys stores. Asus advised us last month that the retail price on the dock is expected to be $49 and was going to be going to Betta Electrical and the Good Guys but it appears that Harvey Norman has also jumped on board. I also spoke with staff at my local Good Guys this afternoon here in Canberra and they[Read More...]

by 7:50 PM on February 13, 2013 4 comments Accessories
LG to introduce Optimus L Series II at Mobile World Congress

LG to introduce Optimus L Series II at Mobile World Congress

LG Australia has advised today that the Optimus L Series II, the next generation of their hugely successful L-Series phones, will be launching at Mobile World Congress later this month. As with the original L Series devices, the new phones will come in three flavours: The Optimus L3 II, L5 II and the L7 II. Little information has been given regarding specifications for the two lower end models. The Optimus L3 II will have a 3.2″ QVGA IPS display with a 1,540mAh battery, while the Optimus L5 II will come with a larger 4.0-inch WVGA display and a 1,700mAh battery.[Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on February 13, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones

Vodafone’s World of Difference program kicks off for 2013

While not Android news, we do sometimes post things on Ausdroid for other purposes — important news about our team, corporate news and more recently, news about community things and the Ausdroid Foundation. This fits into the latter category — Vodafone’s World of Difference program is something we’d like to get behind ourselves, and something we’d encourage you to consider as well. What is it? Imagine getting paid (Up to $70,000 salary and up to $15,000 expenses) to leave your job for a year and go and work for the charity of your choice. That’s what the World of Difference[Read More...]

by 3:34 PM on February 13, 2013 1 comment Carriers, Charity, News
Android 4.2.2 rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Android 4.2.2 rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Looks like some users over on Reddit are reporting that they are receiving an update to Android 4.2.2 (Build JDQ39) on their GSM Galaxy Nexus and also their Nexus 7. The only information supplied on the update is from one of the users -WeeManFoo who advises that the Bluetooth streaming from his Car Stereo seemed much more smooth with less hiccups, this is in line with Google’s promise to release a fix for issues with Bluetooth in the next update of Android. There are further updates from Android Police where some users have advised that their Nexus 10 is also[Read More...]

by 3:51 PM on February 12, 2013 15 comments OS Update
Nexus 4 Wireless Charger appears on Google Play – Still not for sale

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger appears on Google Play – Still not for sale

The Nexus 4 Wireless Charger that was first teased when thephone was first launched back in November has finally appeared as an accessory on Google Play. Although the orb is now on the Australian Google Play site you still cannot place an order for it with the status listed as ‘This device is not for sale at this time’. In the US the story is a little different where they are able to place an order for up to five of the devices at $59.99 each and presumably a $19.99 shipping fee similar to what is imposed on the Nexus[Read More...]

by 6:21 AM on February 12, 2013 13 comments Accessories, Google Play