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HTC sales looking up as 5 million HTC Ones are sold

HTC sales looking up as 5 million HTC Ones are sold

With a pretty dismal year to date financially, things may be looking up for HTC according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. An unnamed HTC executive has advised them that sales figures for its flagship device the HTC One are ‘Around five million’ since it went on-sale around the world last month. The source went on to say : Orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply. This is partly due to the shortage of components. When the issue is resolved next month, we will have a better idea if it’s[Read More...]

by 10:39 PM on May 24, 2013 4 comments News
Chrome Beta adds full screen browsing for tablets

Chrome Beta adds full screen browsing for tablets

Yesterday we told you about the update to Chrome for Android (the stable build) and how this brought full screen browsing to phones. Well, with the stable build of chrome being promoted to version 27, it comes as no surprise that the beta version has now been updated to version 28. The biggest changes in this new version are full screen browsing on tablets, which works in exactly the same way as it does on phones as well as translations being built in, so now when you visit a page that is not in your native language, you will be[Read More...]

by 11:08 AM on May 24, 2013 1 comment Apps, News
HTC: Australian HTC One lacks SD card slot because of our radio frequencies

HTC: Australian HTC One lacks SD card slot because of our radio frequencies

Yep, that’s the official party line. Apparently, some Asian variants of HTC’s flagship device — the HTC One — do have SD card slots, and when questioned about this, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon told Techradar that Chinese radio bands are smaller, which meant that they had additional space inside to fit a micro SD card slot: Because the Chinese version of the One is designed specifically for the smaller Chinese radio bands, we do have additional space inside the device we were able to use for the microSD slot. That space isn’t available to us in[Read More...]

by 10:04 AM on May 24, 2013 30 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Unlocked Google Glass units can now run ClockworkMod Recovery

Unlocked Google Glass units can now run ClockworkMod Recovery

ClockworkMod is a staple in the Android world. If you’ve ever rooted your device, chances are you’ve come across it at some point, and almost every Android device imaginable supports it. And now, so does Glass. Google Glass was unlocked a while ago, and developers have been doing cool stuff with it ever since, but the release of (an unofficial) build of ClockworkMod Recovery takes it to a whole new level. There are no custom ROMs available for Glass yet, so there isn’t anything to flash, but all the other usual features are there – backup and restore, ADB access,[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on May 24, 2013 0 comments Glass, Modding, News
Game Review: PUK

Game Review: PUK

I am a fan of simple games. You know, the sort of game you can pick up and play for a few minutes and then forget about. PUK is one of those games, well at least it should be. The official description of PUK on the Play Store reads as follows: PUK is a fast paced pure action puzzler requiring skill dexterity, nerve and endurance. Pull back and ping to obliterate portals in 1000 unique, quick-fire levels that are endlessly generated and different every time. It is kind of a very fast, very flat, Angry Birds. You simply pull back[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on May 24, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
LG announce waterproof Optimus GJ

LG announce waterproof Optimus GJ

First it was IR Blasters but now it seems that ruggedising your phone is the next battlefield. LG have annonced the LG Optimus GJ, what seems to be a ruggedised version of the LG Optimus G which we reviewed favourably earlier this year.   The Optimus GJ, which is slightly larger and thicker than its brother the Optimus G and carries both IPX7 and IPX5 certification. IPX7 certification means it can stay immersed in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, while IPX5 relates to protection from dust particles.  Everyone loves a good waterproof test and we can’t[Read More...]

by 6:19 AM on May 24, 2013 3 comments News, Phones
Google Play Magazines updated with a new UI

Google Play Magazines updated with a new UI

Quite a few of the ‘Best of Google’ apps have seen some pretty nice updates over the last few days bringing the new user interface that Google are promoting which includes the new Navigation drawer. Today Google Play Magazines joined the club and I for one like the new look. The new user interface only affects the Library interface so you will not notice any differences once you open a magazine and start reading. Although Google have stated that this is a completely redone UI, if you have seen the new layout for other apps, such as Google Play Music[Read More...]

by 9:16 PM on May 23, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
HTC looking to reintroduce the Desire brand

HTC looking to reintroduce the Desire brand

HTC appears to be on the track to reintroduce their seemingly forgotten Desire brand. Once the flagship of their range, the Desire series began slowly descending towards low to mid level devices with the release last year of the decidedly lower end Desire C and Desire X handsets. But rather than return the Desire brand to its previous lofty standards, HTC appears to be set to continue the Desire brand as a lower end offering. Two models of Desire have thus far been seen, earlier tonight the Desire 600 was announced for the Russian, Ukrainian and Middle Eastern markets and[Read More...]

by 8:49 PM on May 23, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
HTC announces the Desire 600 for Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East

HTC announces the Desire 600 for Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East

After showing up briefly today on a benchmarking site, HTC Has just officially announced the Desire 600 for Russia, Ukraine and the Middle-East. The phone specs list options for other markets so this initial release could expand shortly. At the launch of the device, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation said People rely on their smartphones every day to be their news channel, email inbox, social network and music player. The HTC Desire 600 dual sim combines speed and easy multitasking with the truly innovative HTC BlinkFeed home screen. The result is an affordable mid-range phone that sets the standard[Read More...]

by 7:56 PM on May 23, 2013 2 comments News, Phones
Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″ now available to pre-order in Australia

Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″ now available to pre-order in Australia

After launching the Amazon Android App Store in over 200 more countries last night – including Australia – Amazon has just announced that the Kindle Fire HD is now available for pre-order in over 170 countries and again, Australia is included. Shipping on June 13, the Kindle Fire HD is also offering access to all of the apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines, including more than 300,000 books available through Amazon. There are four models on offer with options of 16GB or 32GB storage on both the 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire models. The Kindle Fire HD 7″ has the[Read More...]

by 6:12 PM on May 23, 2013 2 comments News, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 70 – May 21, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 70 – May 21, 2013

This is the 70th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, where we promise to feel the week’s Android news at you. This week we had James join us to discuss his review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, along with the purported “Google edition” that everyone’s hoping won’t just be restricted to the US later next month. We also talked a little about the HP Slatebook, some Google I/O followups and app updates. Featuring: Lucas Burnett, Jason Murray, Buzz Moody and James Finnigan. Topics: Galaxy S 4 Review Galaxy S 4 “Google Edition” HP Slatebook 10 x2 Google I/O White Nexus[Read More...]

by 2:53 PM on May 23, 2013 0 comments Podcast
A new phone from Samsung, new claims in the Apple patent war

A new phone from Samsung, new claims in the Apple patent war

Here we go again: another phone from Samsung brings another claim of patent infringement from Apple. While the issue Apple has with the Galaxy S4 is essentially the same as they had with the Samsung Galaxy S III and only required an amendment to the existing claim, this amasses a total of 5 direct patent infringement notices against the Galaxy S4. The technical details of the actual patents are quite in-depth but basically breaks down to behaviour of the device with swipe gestures and software setups. What has intrigued a number of tech journo’s and legally minded individuals is the[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on May 23, 2013 7 comments Apps, Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung confirm: 10 million Galaxy S4 units already sold

Samsung confirm: 10 million Galaxy S4 units already sold

Samsung have just announced that the Galaxy S 4 has already sold 10 million units worldwide in record time, less than 30 days from its official release date. The Samsung success beats their previous Galaxy S III and Galaxy S II sales records by a considerable margin: 50 days for the Galaxy S III and 5 months for the Galaxy S II respectively. JK Shin, CEO and President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division of Samsung Electronics said: “On behalf of Samsung, I would like to thank the millions of customers around the world who have chosen the Samsung[Read More...]

by 1:20 PM on May 23, 2013 10 comments Manufacturer, News