Ausdroid News for 02 July 2015

Google kicks off a Winter Hits sale and gives you a free album to warm you up
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Google kicks off a Winter Hits sale and gives you a free album to warm you up

As the chill of winter settles over Australia, Google has kicked off their Winter Hits sale to warm you up, offering a range of ‘Top discounted albums’. The albums offered in the sale include 5 Seconds of Summer LiveSOS, Taylor Swift’s 1989, Meghan Trainor’s Title and for the masochists out there the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, plus a heap[Read More…]

in Google Play by at 9:24 pm on July 2, 2015
Volkswagen 2016 range arriving in dealerships in the coming weeks will include Android Auto
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Volkswagen 2016 range arriving in dealerships in the coming weeks will include Android Auto

Volkswagen Australia has today announced their new MY16 range of vehicles will arrive with updates to the Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan ranges that include Android Auto. Arriving at dealerships in the coming weeks, the new range of vehicles will include a range of updates to the entertainment and audio visual systems, including a rear-view camera on all[Read More…]

in Android Auto by at 4:56 pm on July 2, 2015
Samsung files trademark for Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung files trademark for Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Not content with just two phones in the current Galaxy S6 lineup, it seems Samsung is on the move, registering a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, depicted also as S6 Edge+. It seems there have been some rumours about the existence of such a phone, but we really haven’t paid too[Read More…]

in Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours by at 4:42 pm on July 2, 2015
Some of Holdens 2016 lineup looks set to come with Android Auto
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Some of Holdens 2016 lineup looks set to come with Android Auto

Android Auto is getting a slow rollout in Australia, currently Pioneer are the only partner supplying after market head units and so far, we haven’t seen Android Auto on-board any of the current generation of cars on-sale here. But it looks like next year you could have your pick of a number of Australian Holden models with the system pre-installed.[Read More…]

in Android Auto by at 4:12 pm on July 2, 2015
Aviates ‘Smart Stream’ is Yahoo’s answer to Google Now
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Aviates ‘Smart Stream’ is Yahoo’s answer to Google Now

Yahoo has given the contextual launcher Aviate a makeover, its first since the purchase last year. The major focus of the update is the replacement of the contextual panel called ‘Spaces’ with a new feature called ‘Smart Stream’. The new ‘Smart Stream’ basically provides different cards throughout the day, depending on your location and what you are doing. Sounds familiar[Read More…]

in Apps by at 3:54 pm on July 2, 2015
Shifty Jelly adds native Chromecast support to Pocket Casts web player
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Shifty Jelly adds native Chromecast support to Pocket Casts web player

One of our favourite developers Shifty Jelly has added a new trick to their Pocket Casts web player in the latest update, announcing native Chromecast support. It’s not Android as such, but many of us certainly do transition from the Pocket Casts Android app to the web player when we get to work and that seamless transition is fantastic. The[Read More…]

in Other by at 11:13 am on July 2, 2015
Google Voice Actions now remembers which apps to launch for specific commands

Google Voice Actions now remembers which apps to launch for specific commands

Google Voice Actions add a good deal of function when you’re on the go, simply asking Google to perform a task and having it done is akin to black magic, but when you have multiple apps that can perform a function it often gets stuck. Google has added new functions to remember which app to use for which function by[Read More…]

in Apps, Google Services by at 11:02 am on July 2, 2015
You can now access custom Google My Maps in Drive

You can now access custom Google My Maps in Drive

Google’s custom map creator My Maps isn’t the most widely used tool, but it certainly has its uses and from today, you can access them from Google Drive. My Maps is at its core a list of GPS co-ordinates logged into a file such as a spreadsheet, but more often when it comes to Google in a GPS friendly KML[Read More…]

in Google Services by at 9:52 am on July 2, 2015
Sony updates SmartBand Talk application to include connection to Google Fit
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Sony updates SmartBand Talk application to include connection to Google Fit

Sony’s latest fitness band, the SmartBand Talk (SWR30) has received an update to its companion app, with Sony adding a bunch of new features, including the ability to connect to sync data to Google Fit. Google announced a number of new partners on their developer blog yesterday, but Sony was definitely missing from the list. The updated app has begun[Read More…]

in Other by at 9:27 am on July 2, 2015
DeadZebra shows off their San Diego ComicCon exclusive Android set

DeadZebra shows off their San Diego ComicCon exclusive Android set

Android Mini collectibles are quite the fun little toy for Android collectors, and the great range of limited edition figures is what gets the pulses racing. This year, Andrew Bell from Dead Zebra will be heading back to Comic-Con in San Diego showing his wares at the Dumbrella booth (#1335, 1337) and he’s bringing two exclusive Comic-Con Androids with him.[Read More…]

in Accessories by at 9:08 am on July 2, 2015
Motorola announces the Moto X (2013) should now be receiving Android 5.1 in Australia
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Motorola announces the Moto X (2013) should now be receiving Android 5.1 in Australia

Motorola’s first phone produced fully in co-operation with Google, the Moto X 2013, began receiving its Android 5.1 update last week in Canada, the US and Brazil. But today, Senior Director, SW Product Management, Motorola Mobility David Schuster has announced on Google Plus that fourteen more countries will be getting the update and Australia is one of them. The update[Read More…]

in OS Updates, Phones by at 8:58 am on July 2, 2015
OnePlus will be giving away 1,000 Cardboard viewers to lucky winners who comment on their forum post

OnePlus will be giving away 1,000 Cardboard viewers to lucky winners who comment on their forum post

Last weeks ‘big’ announcement from OnePlus was that they would be doing a virtual launch of the OnePlus 2, which would allow anyone who wanted to, to actually attend the launch via Cardboard. During their announcement they advised that they would be giving specially crafted OnePlus branded cardboard viewers away, but today they’ve advised a bit more information on the[Read More…]

in Cardboard by at 8:30 am on July 2, 2015
Good Deal: Grab a HTC RE for just under $94
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Good Deal: Grab a HTC RE for just under $94

HTC’s line of RE accessories grew at Mobile World Congress, with the company moving into fitness bands, as well as VR headsets, but it all began last year with the launch of their HTC RE Action Camera, and you can grab one now for just under $94 with Free Click & Collect at Woolworths & BIG W. The bargain is[Read More…]

in Accessories by at 8:19 am on July 2, 2015
LG G4 S renders leak online, with details on 1080p display, octa-core processor
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LG G4 S renders leak online, with details on 1080p display, octa-core processor

The LG G4 hasn’t even arrived in the hands of consumers in Australia (that comes in a week or so), and already it looks as if development of a follow-up┬ádevice could be well underway. What you’re seeing above is a render of a supposed LG G4 S variant, which is said to feature a 5.2″ 1080p display using In-Cell Touch[Read More…]

in Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours by at 8:09 am on July 2, 2015
90 Days All Access to let your Music Flow for Free thanks to LG
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90 Days All Access to let your Music Flow for Free thanks to LG

A lot of people ask me about streaming music; What streaming provider to use and why? What hardware should I buy? If you’re not quite sure about what music system to get; Sonos, Samsung, Bose or LG perhaps this will be the deciding factor. Starting today, LG and Google Play Music are offering a 90 day free trial to anyone[Read More…]

in Accessories, Manufacturer, News by at 8:00 am on July 2, 2015
YouTube app for Android is now playing back videos at 60fps

YouTube app for Android is now playing back videos at 60fps

YouTube’s mobile apps have had a neat new feature added, with 60 frames per second High Frame Rate playback now enabled on both iOS and Android. Announced on the YouTube Creators Twitter account, the announcement used a video game highlight from FarCry 4 to show off the content. High Frame Rate is quite common in gaming where a split second[Read More…]

in Apps, Google Services by at 7:46 am on July 2, 2015