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Ausdroid Podcast 049 — Did Someone Say Nexus 10? — 27/11/2012

Ausdroid Podcast 049 — Did Someone Say Nexus 10? — 27/11/2012

Welcome back to the awesomeness that is the Ausdroid Podcast. We are hitting the airwaves or video waves whatever you want to call it with another killer show. Sit back and relax cause it’s about to get messy. The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. You know the drill…

by 2:53 PM on November 30, 2012 1 comment Podcast
Ausdroid Podcast 048 — The Return of Buzz — 20/11/2012

Ausdroid Podcast 048 — The Return of Buzz — 20/11/2012

Welcome back to the awesomeness that is the Ausdroid Podcast. We are hitting the airwaves or video waves whatever you want to call it with another killer show. Sit back and relax cause it’s about to get messy. The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. You know the drill…

by 1:07 PM on November 30, 2012 1 comment Podcast
Swiftkey adds Australian Dictionary support

Swiftkey adds Australian Dictionary support

Swiftkey has just announced that they have launched an Australian English language model for their popular keyboard Swiftkey 3. The keyboard now lets you choose Australian English instead of UK or Us English and will no doubt allow you to enhance all your typing needs with a heaping helping of extra ‘Mate’ which is apparently a word we’re twice as likely to use than a Brit. They’re offering a 50% discount over at Google Play to those who would like to take advantage of this new addition, the discount is not showing just at the moment so wait a little[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on November 30, 2012 6 comments Apps, Google Play, News
Android 4.2.1 Factory images added to Google developers page

Android 4.2.1 Factory images added to Google developers page

With the OTA Packages now winging their way out wirelessly to the various devices you may or may not have been prompted to update your device. We’ve added the links to the various OTA packages as they’ve appeared but now Google has added the factory images for the Nexus 4, 7, 10 and Galaxy Nexus to the Factory Images page. In case you don’t want to do a full flash, the various Over The Air Packages are available here : Galaxy Nexus YAKJU Galaxy Nexus TAKJU Nexus 4 Nexus 7 Nexus 10 These factory images are one of the many[Read More...]

by 7:31 AM on November 30, 2012 4 comments Modding, OS Update
Samsung Galaxy Note II available outright at AllPhones for $778

Samsung Galaxy Note II available outright at AllPhones for $778

No sooner had we told you about the Galaxy Note II landing at Crazy John’s from next week, than Ausdroid tipster Zak tells us that if you don’t want to wait that long, you don’t have to! We knew that AllPhones would be carrying the Galaxy Note II, but it seems that it’s available right now! That’s right, you can pick one up for yourself (albeit, locked to Optus / Virgin Mobile) in either Titanium Gray (depicted above) or White, the white coming with the added bonus of 4G compatibility. Zak tells us that the price is at the $778[Read More...]

by 6:43 PM on November 29, 2012 8 comments Deal, News, Phones
Jelly Bean 4.1.2 leak for the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Jelly Bean 4.1.2 leak for the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

While most of the recent phablet attention has been focused on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new leaked Jelly Bean update serves as a reminder that Samsung are still paying the original Galaxy Note N7000 plenty of attention behind the scenes. SamMobile have released a leaked Jelly Bean 4.1.2 firmware update for the N7000. Sitting at build JZO54K, the leaked firmware is a Samsung internal test build, and according to SamMobile, is far from complete, with further updates expected to appear. Some of the additions and enhancements found in the leaked Jelly Bean update are: Android 4.1.2 – Build[Read More...]

by 4:06 PM on November 29, 2012 3 comments News, OS Update
Google Drive app update brings spreadsheet editing

Google Drive app update brings spreadsheet editing

As Google Drive becomes more popular and more widely used, the Android (and iOS) app seems to be concurrently getting better and better. And with the latest update, you can now edit spreadsheets on the go. The update adds the ability to be able to create a new spreadsheet or edit an existing one. And much like on your computer, there are more advanced functions such as the ability to change fonts, sort data and re-size columns. And when collaborating with other people using the same spreadsheet, you’ll see their edits in real time as they happen. There are a[Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on November 29, 2012 1 comment Apps
Samsung Galaxy Note II headed to Crazy Johns

Samsung Galaxy Note II headed to Crazy Johns

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is shaping up to be one of this year’s big sellers, and today we have news that this giant-amongst-men of a handset is headed to Crazy Johns. This brings the Note II availability to (so far): Telstra … albeit, it’s coming ‘next year’ Optus Virgin Mobile Vodafone AllPhones Crazy Johns plus all the third party retailers. You can just tell that when a handset is being picked up by all the major telcos and a lot of the second tier telcos/MVNOs that it’s predicted to be a big seller, and with availability being announced variously[Read More...]

by 2:54 PM on November 29, 2012 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Commonwealth Bank announces native version of Kaching for Android

Commonwealth Bank announces native version of Kaching for Android

The Commonwealth Bank yesterday announced a much-needed update to the Android version their mobile wallet application, Kaching. While it doesn’t look like we’re going to get native NFC payments, the Android application has been completely redesigned specifically for Android. This is a good thing – the current version of Kaching has been branded a lazy iOS port by many Android users (including several Ausdroid staff), and has been plagued with stability and performance issues on Jelly Bean. It looks like mobile wallets are finally about to become a thing in Australia. Vodafone announced their mobile payment system last week, and[Read More...]

by 11:00 AM on November 29, 2012 14 comments Apps, News, Phones
Google Play Books now taking pre-orders

Google Play Books now taking pre-orders

If you like your Google Play Books but have been wanting to pre-order them then Google Play has some good news for you overnight they sent out a tweet stating that you can now do just that : Can’t wait to get Tom Clancy’s new novel goo.gl/3PEc2? Starting today, you can pre-order books on Google Play goo.gl/SK5WX — Google Play (@GooglePlay) November 28, 2012 They elaborated further on how this will work on Google+ : Can’t wait to get your hands on Tom Clancy’s Threat Vector (US- goo.gl/hh5pR) or Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s new title Two Graves (US- goo.gl/UP8dt)?[Read More...]

by 6:20 AM on November 29, 2012 3 comments News
Android 4.2.1 update rolling out to International Unlocked Galaxy Nexus now

Android 4.2.1 update rolling out to International Unlocked Galaxy Nexus now

Owners of the International unlocked Galaxy Nexus running the YAKJU build should now start to receive their Android 4.2.1 update Over The Air now, the update does of course fix the missing month of December. The update has been captured and you can now download the update and flash via a custom recovery or flash via ADB or if you don’t know what any of that means then you can wait a few days and the update will appear as an OTA update that you will be prompted to install. The update for the TAKJU build(Basically YAKJU but with Google[Read More...]

by 6:08 AM on November 29, 2012 6 comments OS Update, Phones
Making the most of your Android device: Custom ROM roundup

Making the most of your Android device: Custom ROM roundup

With Google having dropped the Nexus S from AOSP, and the Nexus 4 beginning to arrive in people’s eager hands, we thought now was the perfect time to discuss one of Android’s most appealing features – the ability to flash custom ROMs that can add many features that can take your awesome Android experience and make it SUPER-awesome! We’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the more popular AOSP distributions, highlighting some of their best features. Obviously, to flash any of these ROMs, you’ll need to have rooted your phone, and be running a custom recovery such as[Read More...]

by 8:03 PM on November 28, 2012 18 comments Modding, Other
Android 4.2.1 is now available for Nexus 7

Android 4.2.1 is now available for Nexus 7

If you’ve been seeing the tweets, links, and news stories about the 4.2.1 update for the Nexus 4 and 10 devices and then looking at your poor Nexus 7, and thinking… what about me? It isn’t fair! (must be sung in tune… or close to). Well, sing no more… really… stop. The update URL has been uncovered so you can manually update the device right now. All you need to do is grab THIS file, only 1.05MB in size. This will fix the “Decembergate” issue in the People app. Of course, it has started being pushed out OTA today, so[Read More...]

by 1:15 PM on November 28, 2012 5 comments OS Update