News

Google IO 2013 set for May 15-17, registrations open February

Google IO 2013 set for May 15-17, registrations open February

Google has announced the dates for their next developer conference, the event will run from the 15th to the 17th of May and will again be hosted at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Registrations will open in February and pricing will be announced presumably closer to that time. The event, which was held in June this year saw the release of Jelly Bean and some new hardware with the Nexus 7 and Nexus Q and who can forget the memorable Google Glass demonstration, so we can probably expect some Key Lime Pie action as well as a refresh of[Read More...]

by 7:46 AM on December 5, 2012 3 comments News
Gmail 4.2 now available for devices running Android 4.0+

Gmail 4.2 now available for devices running Android 4.0+

Back in October, we covered a new version of Google’s Gmail app that includes the popular “pinch to zoom” feature. At that point the apk was merely a leak pulled from an unreleased Nexus dump. As of today, the app, sitting at version 4.2.1, is now officially available on Google Play Store for all devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Aside from the pinch to zoom, one of the other main additions to the app is the “swipe to delete / archive” feature. Just as it says, in order to archive a message from your inbox, simply swipe it[Read More...]

by 6:18 PM on December 4, 2012 5 comments Apps, News
Ausdroid Podcast #50 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEDT

Ausdroid Podcast #50 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEDT

Tonight at 9:30pm AEDT, join us live as we record the 50th edition of the Ausdroid Podcast! Geoff, Tia, Dan and Jason will discuss this week’s news. On the agenda tonight is Dan’s passionate plea to Google about the lack of accessories for his Nexus devices, Google’s well-documented problems keeping the Nexus 4 in stock, Telstra’s new Google Play carrier billing option and more! Come back at 9.30pm to watch the show and join in our live chat room!

by 5:40 PM on December 4, 2012 0 comments Uncategorized

Telstra gives a quick virtual tour inside their device testing lab

Have you ever wanted to see where and how Telstra tests all their devices before they’re brought to market? Well, even if you don’t, it’s super short and interesting. Each device is tested by Telstra before being announced and brought to market, so if it fails the tests they throw at it, then it’s not worth selling to consumers. Telstra said in their blog post that each 3G device goes through 4000 tests before being accepted. These tests include GPS location tests to ensure the GPS gives an accurate location at all times when moving (this helps for turn-by-turn navigation,[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on December 4, 2012 1 comment Carriers, News
Dear Google, where are my Nexus accessories?

Dear Google, where are my Nexus accessories?

At the end of this month it will be six months since the launch of the Nexus 7. That’s a pretty decent time frame, in that time we’ve been advised that Asus sell out every shipment into Australia within a week or 2 and they are now shipping close to a million units, per month, worldwide and that figure, when last we heard from Asus, was climbing. When Google launched the Nexus 4 and 10 early last month there was a frenzy of ordering which saw the Nexus 4 16GB version sell out in what we timed as around the[Read More...]

by 2:24 PM on December 4, 2012 15 comments Accessories, Opinion
December platform numbers: Gingerbread down, Jelly Bean up

December platform numbers: Gingerbread down, Jelly Bean up

The latest platform distribution figures for Android have been released and as has been seen over the last couple of months, Gingerbread has continued its downward trend with it now running on just over 50% of Android Devices. The good news for Google and Android as a whole is that devices running Jelly Bean has risen from 2.7% to 6.7% and Ice Cream Sandwich has also risen and is running on 27.5% of devices up from 25.8% last month. Devices running very early version of the Android operating system remain fairly static with both Cupcake and Donut showing no movement[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on December 4, 2012 2 comments News
Telstra offers ability to purchase Google Play content by charging it to your phone bill

Telstra offers ability to purchase Google Play content by charging it to your phone bill

Telstra has just announced a first for Australia, they are offering a new way for their customers to purchase Google Play content including apps, games, movies, magazines and books. From today Telstra customers can purchase all this content by charging them to their Telstra mobile bill up to a value of $20 per transaction with a monthly limit of $100 which can be changed by calling Telstra, this also includes Telstra Pre-Paid customers provided of course they have the credit available. As part of the launch Google and Telstra have teamed up to offer a range of popular games and[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on December 4, 2012 11 comments Apps, Carriers, Google Play, Sale
Nexus 4 too popular, unprecedented demand sees delivery of stock to Australian retailers delayed till early 2013

Nexus 4 too popular, unprecedented demand sees delivery of stock to Australian retailers delayed till early 2013

Looks like the Nexus 4 is a victim of its own success, after selling out on the Google Play Store all over the world, Australian customers have been eagerly awaiting information from LG on where and when they can purchase the popular handset from Australian retailers. Back when the Nexus 4 was launched, LG promised that the phone would be available offline promising ‘Further information on offline availability in Australia will be available late November’. Well we have been keeping track and have noted that as it is now early December we asked LG if they had any further information[Read More...]

by 6:43 PM on December 3, 2012 53 comments News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G landing on Telstra any day

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G landing on Telstra any day

Fans of Samsung’s larger-than-life Note series of devices will be excited to hear that the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G is coming soon to Telstra. How soon? Very. How do we know? An anonymous source, possibly within Telstra, has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G has appeared in Telstra’s internal inventory system, meaning availability for customers is literally just around the corner. Ausdroid’s Tia Porter reviewed the non-4G variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and we’ve used 4G enabled variants of the Galaxy Note II, so combining the larger form factor with the much faster radio sounds like a winning[Read More...]

by 3:15 PM on December 3, 2012 1 comment Exclusive, News, Tablets
Falcon Pro for Twitter on the Play Store

Falcon Pro for Twitter on the Play Store

You may or may not have heard, but some of the Ausdroid team are avid users of Twitter, and one of the things we discussed yesterday at our team lunch in Sydney was the state of Twitter apps for Android. In short, it’s not great. A couple of us have reverted to using the stock Twitter app, because at least it’s regularly updated and it works. Others are fans of Plume (either in its free or pro incarnation), and let’s face it, Plume isn’t too bad. Falcon for Twitter made a bit of a splash awhile ago, as a full-featured[Read More...]

by 12:53 PM on December 3, 2012 7 comments Apps
How Android might reunite you with your stolen phone — or land someone in a lot of trouble

How Android might reunite you with your stolen phone — or land someone in a lot of trouble

We’ve all heard the stories about how enterprising iPhone users have used Find My iPhone to locate stolen phones, and how there was a court case in the ACT about a stolen iPad being tracked to a garage, and then the thief tried to argue that the iPad’s owner had trespassed on his property by using WiFi signals to locate it. Fact is, stolen phones are a sad reality — if you’re carrying around expensive technology in your pocket, there’s a good chance that someone else would like to deprive you of it. Spare a thought for Bill who wrote[Read More...]

by 10:52 AM on December 3, 2012 6 comments Other, Phones
Busting! Australia gives peace of mind to those wanting to find a public toilet in Australia

Busting! Australia gives peace of mind to those wanting to find a public toilet in Australia

Somewhere deep in the bowels (Hah) of an office building somewhere in Australia is a public servant whose well-paid job it is to update the National Public Toilet Map. Whilst this is an admirable and dare I say indispensible service that our government provides, the website is not that friendly when you’re on a Smartphone. Enter WeUni who have released their latest App for Android Busting! Australia. Busting! Australia has one aim in mind : ‘To find the closest toilet anywhere in Australia, and a route with directions to it, really, really fast’. We tried it out in Sydney yesterday[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on December 3, 2012 2 comments Apps
Dock accessory for the Asus Nexus 7 coming soon to Australia.

Dock accessory for the Asus Nexus 7 coming soon to Australia.

Over the weekend it appears that Asus in Japan has let slip some information in regards to a dock accessory for the Nexus 7 which we first saw at the end of July. The dock accessory is showing up on the Asus Japan accessory store for a price of 3,480 Yen which equates to just over $40AUD minus shipping. The existence and imminent release of the dock has been hinted at on the Australian Facebook page in reply to some persistent commentors asking about the accessory. This was posted in reply to a customer asking about docks and keyboards for[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on December 3, 2012 8 comments Accessories