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Daily App Sales Roundup – 2012-09-19

Daily App Sales Roundup – 2012-09-19

Before we get to the apps, remember that Google is still running its Get Reading book sale. Found a good deal on an app you’d like to share? Let us know! You can tweet @ausdroid, or email appsales@ausdroid. Today’s Apps rocketDial Pro Trial: rocketDial Trial A replacement for your dialer that offers a customisable onscreen dialpad (including a very RAZR-like theme), contact management with groups and favourites. Also a new Caller ID screen. $1.99 – was $3.99 BLN Control Pro Trial: BLN Control Free Those of us with a notification LED on our phones have (mostly) come to know and[Read More...]

by 1:24 PM on September 19, 2012 0 comments App Sales Roundup, Apps, Deal
Things that will suck in iOS6 — No more Google Maps. In other words, reasons to love Android.

Things that will suck in iOS6 — No more Google Maps. In other words, reasons to love Android.

Look, I’ll say this right up front — you don’t really need a reason to like Android. However, if you’re looking for one, just one, then here’s a big one. You used to be able to access Google Maps via a native app on iOS. As of iOS 6, you can’t. The replacement — made by Apple — by many accounts, including those with a close relationship with Apple, is rubbish. Even Waze CEO’s Noam Bardin offered little praise for iOS’ new mapping solution, saying: “Apple went out and partnered with the weakest player,” he said. “They’re now coming out[Read More...]

by 9:20 AM on September 19, 2012 16 comments Apps
Pocket for Android updated — gets text to speech function

Pocket for Android updated — gets text to speech function

Pocket, the app formerly known as Read It Later, which the Ausdroid guys got me onto not long ago, has had an update, and it’s sweet as. For those that don’t know it already, Pocket provides a nifty way to store things to read later, when you don’t have time to read them now. It works on Android, iOS, and via a web app, and allows you to save virtually anything to your Pocket, so you can read it when you have time. Personally, I use Pocket to archive Ausdroid’s posts so I can catch up later, and when I[Read More...]

by 8:45 AM on September 19, 2012 1 comment Apps, Google Play, News
Kobo drops prices on Arc tablets — response to Kindle Fire HD?

Kobo drops prices on Arc tablets — response to Kindle Fire HD?

It wasn’t long ago that Kobo announced the range of Arc tablets — new entrants to the 7″ tablet market. However, Kobo have just announced some changes to its plans for the Arc, seemingly removing the 8GB version of the Arc completely, and dropping the prices for the higher-spec’ed models. As you may remember, the Kobo announcement of the Arc came around the same time as Amazon announced the revitalised Kindle Fire line, with the Kindle Fire HD taking front and centre. It could be this which has prompted the price drop. The revised pricing is as follows: 16GB model[Read More...]

by 7:48 AM on September 19, 2012 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Google ending $25 Play Store credit with Nexus 7 purchase on 30th September

Google ending $25 Play Store credit with Nexus 7 purchase on 30th September

According to a tweet from the Google Nexus twitter feed overnight the $25 Play Store credit offered with the Nexus 7 when you purchase it will be discontinued as of the 30th of September. There is nothing said in regards to the other free content offered in Google Play Books or the Transformers : Dark Of The Moon movie that is also included with your purchase of a Nexus 7, nor the free Music and Magazines offered in the US. The $25 credit has a 1 year expiry on it so you will still have a year to spend the[Read More...]

by 6:27 AM on September 19, 2012 6 comments Google Play, News, Tablets
Kogan offering 8GB, 16GB Nexus 7 for $30 less than Google Play until midnight (update: finished)

Kogan offering 8GB, 16GB Nexus 7 for $30 less than Google Play until midnight (update: finished)

If you were waiting out for a deal on the 16GB Google / ASUS Nexus 7 then you’re in luck. Thanks to today’s free shipping over at Kogan today, you can get the 16GB Nexus 7 for $289 instead of the $319 it costs over at Google’s Play Store, and the 8GB model for $239 instead of $269 that it currently costs at Google Play. If $30 off an already cheap price isn’t going to push over the edge, then I don’t know what will. Will you be buying one tonight?

by 8:50 PM on September 18, 2012 1 comment Google Play, News, Tablets
Motorola and Intel launch the Motorola RAZR i, 2GHz Intel CPU inside (updated: video)

Motorola and Intel launch the Motorola RAZR i, 2GHz Intel CPU inside (updated: video)

Motorola and Intel have today announced a device that they’ve called the biggest device since the launch of the original Motorola RAZR — wow, what a call. The Motorola RAZR i features 4.3-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display with zero touch-response time. The device is powered by a — as far as we can tell, it’s single core — 2GHz Intel CPU built on 32nm architecture. The device was designed by both teams at Motorola and Intel. It’s super strong, and will give users a full day of battery life — there was a lot of emphasis at the live event in[Read More...]

by 7:12 PM on September 18, 2012 9 comments News, Phones
Galaxy S 4 rumours debunked by Samsung: “this is not true”

Galaxy S 4 rumours debunked by Samsung: “this is not true”

There has been a rumour floating around the blogosphere the past day or two regarding the possible launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (or IV, depending on what conventions Samsung would go with) early next year. While that may well and truly happen, Samsung have put it on record that this isn’t happening — at least not just yet. In a tweet that has been translated by Korean news site Daum, Samsung have stated the following: “some in the media reported speculation that the Galaxy S3 subsequent models will be released a simple rumor one , but this is[Read More...]

by 6:06 PM on September 18, 2012 2 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Vodafone: Android 2.3.6 “Value Pack” update now rolling out to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab

Vodafone: Android 2.3.6 “Value Pack” update now rolling out to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab

While the Android 2.3.6 “Value Pack” update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab might not bring with it every that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has to offer, it will give you an experience that is semi close. Performance will increase; you’ll get face unlocking; menus have been arranged to that of Android 4.0. So really, it’s better than no update at all; but it will be the last major update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. To receive the update, you’ll need to install Samsung Kies and plug the Galaxy Tab into your PC or Mac to get the update[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on September 18, 2012 3 comments Carriers, News, OS Update, Tablets
Vodafone: Android 4.0.4 update for the Sony Xperia Ray is now available

Vodafone: Android 4.0.4 update for the Sony Xperia Ray is now available

As we reported last week, the Sony Xperia Ray would be getting Android 4.0.4 “Ice Cream Sandwich” in the near future, and that near future is now. Vodafone have just announced the availability of the update over on their blog this afternoon. To get started with the update, you’ll need to download Sony’s PC Companion software (link) and connect your device to your PC or Mac. This update will more than likely be the last major platform update for the Xperia Ray, so make the most of it! Let us know what you think of the update.

by 5:36 PM on September 18, 2012 0 comments Carriers, News, OS Update, Phones
Motorola to launch RAZR HD and RAZR M in October

Motorola to launch RAZR HD and RAZR M in October

Motorola will hold an Australian launch for the RAZR HD and RAZR M Android phones on Tuesday 2 October A little while ago we brought you the news about Motorola’s new RAZR line of handsets, including the RAZR HD and RAZR M which were announced for Australia. Well, today the news has hotted up a little, with confirmation that the devices will arrive in October, following a launch event to be held on 2 October in Sydney. While we knew that these two phones were coming through Telstra sometime in Q4, today’s announcement indicates that they aren’t just coming in[Read More...]

by 5:30 PM on September 18, 2012 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
LG Optimus G officially launched

LG Optimus G officially launched

The LG Optimus G has been given some official availability time frames at a launch in the US. LG’s LTE Flagship phone will launch in South Korea next week and then roll out globally in key markets in October to ‘key’ markets. As we previously were informed by LG the phone which will have a slightly lower resolution camera than the one released globally going from a 13MP sensor to 8MP for the Australian release. The Optimus G will feature LG’s unique User experience and enable users to “live without boundaries”. I spoke with LG Australia in regards to an[Read More...]

by 12:48 PM on September 18, 2012 9 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
ASUS PadFone 2 has shown up in Antutu Database, with Quad Core CPU

ASUS PadFone 2 has shown up in Antutu Database, with Quad Core CPU

The ASUS PadFone has not been out that long, and we’re already hearing rumours about the PadFone 2. It looks like some of the rumours may be true. Given ASUS is not a company that is known for releasing updated products really close together, we knew that a PadFone 2 was a probability for later in 2013. It seems it may arrive sooner, considering the device was leaked in the AnTuTu database. So what we’re seeing here is the name PadFone2, Ice Cream Sandwich as the Android version (although you’d hope by release it would be sporting Jelly Bean), and[Read More...]

by 12:03 PM on September 18, 2012 2 comments Phones, Rumours, Tablets