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So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

6:34 am on September 11, 2014 in Opinion and Editorial, Other News
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Look, we write about Android stuff here, and sometimes that strays into things Google’s doing within its on ecosystem, as well as things that are Chrome, and otherwise of interest. We tend not to write about Apple much. Ausdroid does Android, and there are plenty of other places that talk about tech generally, and that talk about Apple stuff only.[Read More…]

Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

6:13 am on September 11, 2014 in Google Play and Services, News
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About a month ago, it was reported that Google had unofficially extended the refund window for Play Store purchases out to two hours, instead of the somewhat miserly fifteen minutes that had existed for quite some time beforehand. Well, that’s now become official. Originally, the Play Store allowed users a full 24 hours to evaluate purchases with the option to[Read More…]

Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

6:06 am on September 11, 2014 in Apps and Games, News
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Google has finally decided to start integrating Google Hangouts with its older sibling Google Voice. We started hearing murmurs about this yesterday but it seems we’ve woken up this morning to the news that it’s done. A new app, called Hangouts Dialer, has landed on the play store and it enables some cool new features inside Google Hangouts. Primarily, it[Read More…]

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Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Yatango now

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Yatango now

4:46 pm on September 10, 2014 in News, Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, was described by Samsung at launch as ‘the evolution of Galaxy Design’. This new design language, as well as the metal frame used inside was continued with the recently announced Galaxy Note 4, but if the Note 4 is a little large and the Galaxy Alpha is more to your taste, you can start pre-ordering now[Read More…]

Need to download a free APK from Google Play? Here’s how.

Need to download a free APK from Google Play? Here’s how.

3:27 pm on September 10, 2014
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We all like to grab an APK occasionally, whether it be for a new version of an app, or if you’re wanting to try out an app on a device that the developer hasn’t deemed compatible. How do you get an APK? Well, you can troll through a thousand different dodgy sites and risk malware or worse, or you can[Read More…]

iFixit tears down the Moto 360 and finds parts inside

iFixit tears down the Moto 360 and finds parts inside

10:56 am on September 10, 2014 in Android Wear and Smartwatches
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In the early morning light of new competing watch platforms, we have some Android Wear news! iFixit has gotten a hold of the latest Android Wear release, the Motorola Moto 360, and has done their usual teardown of the watch. The Moto 360 scores a pretty dismal 3 out of 10 for repairability, with iFixit citing a rear panel which[Read More…]

Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

10:43 am on September 10, 2014 in News

A photo showing a Nexus 5 running a newer build of Android L was posted to the Chrome bug tracker a few days ago … and was subsequently set to private. A build number of LMP LRW66E points to an approximate September 4th build date, making it much newer than builds that are currently available to the public under the[Read More…]

Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

8:46 am on September 10, 2014 in News, OS Updates, Phones, Tablets
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Sony has announced that their Android 4.4.4 update for the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZR and ZL handsets has begun rolling out. According to the tweet announcing the start of the rollout, the update brings with it ‘fixes, battery, wifi & email improvements and more’. The update will begin hitting handsets purchased outright from Sony, but carrier[Read More…]

Latest Netflix for Android update adds Post-Play support for Chromecast

Latest Netflix for Android update adds Post-Play support for Chromecast

8:13 am on September 10, 2014 in Android TV and Chromecast, Apps and Games
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Were all doing it, well a lot of us anyway, circumventing geo-restrictions and watching a vast array of movies and TV from the US on Netflix, a large portion on Chromecast. Now Netflix has finally updated their app to include Post-Play support for Chromecast which they Netflix Binge-watchers celebrate! Netflix has finally added Post-Play support for Chromecast to their Android[Read More…]

Ausdroid Podcast 121 – The IFArola Z360+1 Compact Edge

Ausdroid Podcast 121 – The IFArola Z360+1 Compact Edge

10:50 pm on September 9, 2014 in Podcast

Welcome to episode 121 of the Ausdroid podcast! After a spell away, we’re back with a bumper episode covering the big Android announcements last week, both from IFA 2014 and Motorola. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: LG G Watch R Asus ZenWatch Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact Sony Smartwatch 3, Smartband Talk Samsung[Read More…]

imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

9:35 pm on September 9, 2014 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services, News
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With the imminent arrival of Android L not to far away, free video calls and chat app imo has just been updated with a UI makeover inspired by Google’s Material Design guidelines. According to imo’s blog: “We created better visual hierarchy in the app through the use of deliberate colors choices, edge-to-edge imagery, new icons, and new typography using different[Read More…]

The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

9:35 pm on September 9, 2014 in News, Phones
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It’s only been a few days since the new Moto G was announced but The Good Guys have already dropped the price from $279 down to $268 (limit 3 per customer) with a $5 local door to door delivery charge which takes it to a total of $273. It doesn’t yet appear to allow you to pick up in store[Read More…]

Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

9:34 pm on September 9, 2014 in Android Wear and Smartwatches, Bargains, News
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Yatango shopping are offering Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear smartwatch for the bargain price of $95 for an Orange coloured watch or $85 for the Gold Coloured band. Of course the catch being that you need to be a member of Yatango Shopping and enter the promo code of ‘TECHSPOT’. The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the South Korean companies first product[Read More…]

Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

5:54 pm on September 9, 2014 in News, Phones

The newly announced Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are coming to Australia later this year. The Xperia Z3 will be available on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, with Optus and Telstra opting to carry the Z3 Compact as well. But with no concrete release date for either phone on offer from the carriers or Sony Australia, wallets[Read More…]

Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

4:59 pm on September 9, 2014 in Carriers, News
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Telstra have seen Optus’ offer to pay new customers $450 towards break fees incurred on a previous carrier, and have decided to offer potential Telstra customers the same deal. From September 16, in a move to help customers decide to join Telstra’s network, Telstra will offer customers credits up to $450 when they incur a contract break fee to transfer[Read More…]