News

Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google is the undisputed king of search on the web, but the search function in Google Play has been woeful, often returning some pretty terrible results. Google is working on ensuring you find some quality downloads in Google Play though, and is now offering an option to limit your search results to apps with a minimum 4-star rating. The option to filter search results is only available on the web at this stage, with the new search filter now showing up as a drop-down menu option underneath the search box. As Android Police point out, there’s not many times when[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 21, 2014 1 comment Google Play
Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google’s Gmail app is pretty awesome, but their support for other email accounts hasn’t been great. But according to a new leak, the upcoming Gmail 5.0 for the Android Lollipop release appears to be about to resolve all that. The app which Android Police have managed to get a hold of appears to have solved that, as well as dressing up for the occasion with a brand new Material Design makeover. The now familiar circular ‘new post’ button is now present to create a new email, as well as the new round avatars, and conveniently located ‘attachment’ button. But that’s[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Apps
Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer today announced some new arrivals in its Chromebook range and a new Chromebox at Australian retailers. Chromebook 13 The jewel in the new range’s crown though is the Chromebook 13, pictured above. It’s the first Chromebook to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 – soon to be seen in the Nexus 9 – and runs fanless. You can choose between a 1080p screen or a more standard 1366×768 display as the device’s 13.3 inch screen. There’s a full size HDMI port alongside USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi ac is supported for super fast network connections. The Chromebook 13 is about[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Chromebook, ChromeBox, Manufacturer
Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

We’ve written a lot about what’s new in Android L from an end-user’s perspective, and there’s an awful lot. However, there’s a lot of changes behind the scenes as well, and while a lot of them aren’t really very interesting, this one certainly is a breath of fresh air. Google has unhooked quite a bit from the actual operating system itself, and one of the best examples of this over time has been the Play Services being removed from the core OS, and being moved into an updatable application, meaning faster updates to core Google services without needing an OS[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday. Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Modding, News, Phones, Tablets
Quick – a simple app that adds text to your photos

Quick – a simple app that adds text to your photos

Whether its for labelling things, giving directions or creating a meme, quickly adding annotations to your maps, screenshots or pictures in general is something that many people do on a regular basis. There’s a number of apps which allow you to do this, but a new app called Quick has caught our attention. Quick is the latest release by a company called Over, and the reason the release has caught our attention is that Over released their self-titled app Over back in August, with almost exactly the same functionality. But that isn’t stopping Over, who are marketing this new app[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 20, 2014 0 comments Apps
Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 promises to add a few extra pieces of security to the Android and indeed Google eco-system as a whole. From encryption to trusted Bluetooth devices, your Android device will be even more secure than it has been previously as well as being easier to access. Further down the track you will even be using your Android device as a trusted device for your Chromebook, if you use one. Unlock In Android 5.0, the usual unlocking options: Swipe, Pattern, Pin or Password are present, although people used to the Face Unlock will have to check in the ‘Smart Lock’[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 20, 2014 12 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android Notifications have always been the best; they’ve been copied or at least mimicked by almost every mobileOS currently in use. In Android 5.0, they’ve been refined thanks to the introduction of Material Design, so they look different, but offer mostly the same functions. In Lollipop, the notifications now appear to ‘float’. But overall, they look pretty much like they have previously, a rectangular notification which appears in your notification panel. There are exceptions to the ‘Normal’ notifications. Some notifications, like those from Google+ will actually arrive as a floating notification, called a heads-up notification and sit atop whatever you’re[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 20, 2014 6 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

One part of Android which has been lagging behind the competition has been in the accessibility options for vision impaired users. In Android 5.0, Google has addressed this adding in accessibility options for people with ‘low vision’ or who are colour blind. The accessibility options introduced in Android 5.0 include an option to boost text contrast, or ‘invert colours to improve legibility’ and ‘Adjust display to improve color differentiation’. All of these options are stored under the Settings > Accessibility menu. At this stage, whether it’s just in the developer preview or a foreshadowing of what will come in the[Read More...]

by 2:35 PM on October 19, 2014 0 comments OS Update
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the OppoForums for further information on the update. There’s a fair bit included in the update, but the featured updates from the changelog include : Refined UI Design The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Have you ever had the dream that when you win the lottery you can have that Nexus 6 in your pocket, Google Glass on your face and a Moto 360 on your arm, all working in sync? Taking pictures with your Glass while checking a text from your wife on your arm? Well Google apparently says you can’t use Glass and Wear at the same time…for now. In a Google + post by one of the Glass Explorers, Keith I Myers he outlines that after the XE22 update the Google Glass conflicts with Android Wear, “It cuts off all connectivity to[Read More...]

by 8:40 AM on October 19, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Glass, News
Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

We all know the scenario: a friend needs to make a quick call, and asks to borrow your phone. Your younger sister has asked to play Angry Birds, but you don’t want her browsing your photos. Your parents are checking into a flight, but you don’t want them to accidentally open your SMS. Few smartphone users would have avoided this fear, and for us, Android 5.0 has a solution. Now, you can lock your device to a particular app by use of the screen pinning option found under security settings. By default, you just use a shortcut key to disable[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on October 19, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Did you miss out on the Flappy Bird craze? Fear not – Android 5.0 (or at least, the updated developer preview) has a Flappy Bird clone built in, taking over from the Webdriver Torso easter egg in June’s preview build. It’s actually a double easter egg – the first is a cute interactive lollipop decorated with the word “lollipop” in the new Android logo lettering. It changes colour when tapped, but it’s kind of tame compared to the previous easter eggs we’ve seen in Android releases. To access it, go to Settings > About and tap the Android version number[Read More...]

by and 5:57 PM on October 18, 2014 3 comments OS Update