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Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

When it comes to the world of sports simulation games, Electronic Arts is usually the first name to come to mind. With a rich history of titles across PC and console gaming, they’re also making quite a big splash on the mobile gaming scene too. Their latest offering Real Racing 3 looks to be right on track to further their reputation on mobile. While the original announcement for Real Racing 3 was way back in August 2012, EA has now released a developer diary video featuring Rob Murray from Firemonkeys Studio, an Australian company based in Melbourne to show what[Read More...]

by 11:10 AM on January 17, 2013 4 comments Apps
First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

HTC’s 2013 flagship device is expected to be the HTC M7, a 4.7-inch device with an impressive Super LCD3 1080p display, and finally we have a leaked render of what the device is actually going to look like. Unwired View are reporting that the render doesn’t have any logos or branding on it, so the final version make see minor tweaks to add them in. Other than that, the device is clearly all display right up to the edges which — in theory — would make it slightly smaller than the HTC Butterfly (143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm) which[Read More...]

by 10:53 AM on January 17, 2013 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Asus advise Nexus 7 dock to be available in February for $49

Asus advise Nexus 7 dock to be available in February for $49

The Nexus 7 dock has been like the unicorn of the Android world. We’ve heard about it, seen pictures, and you can probably get a poor-quality one from China, but since the release of the Nexus 7 in July of last year, Asus have kept mum on its availability. Until today, that is. Asus has advised Ausdroid this morning that the Nexus 7 dock will be available in February from The Good Guys and BSR(Betta Electrical) for $49. No word yet on availability from other Nexus 7 retailers such as EBGames, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi etc but we’ll[Read More...]

by 11:49 PM on January 16, 2013 15 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Tablets
Mobicity now selling the Xiaomi MI-2

Mobicity now selling the Xiaomi MI-2

Announced back in August the Xiaomi MI-2 was one of the first phones to run the Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and Mobicity has just announced that they have it on-sale for $449 in white + $19 delivery with stock shipping in 5-7 days. Quad-Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU(APQ8064) Adreno 320 GPU 2GB RAM 4.3″ 720P IPS Display (1280×720) 16GB Internal Memory 8MP Rear Camera, 2MP Front Facing Camera 2000mAh battery (Removeable and you can purchase a 3000mAh version) Android 4.1 based MIUI OS Specs on the Xiaomi MI-2 are pretty darned good very similar to the Nexus 4[Read More...]

by 8:51 PM on January 16, 2013 8 comments Phones
Asus Padfone — Review

Asus Padfone — Review

Awesome idea, but suffers from a few quirks that could be show-stoppers. Asus are no stranger to innovation; the Transformer line of Android tablets were pretty much the only unique and interesting thing happening in Android tablets for a long time. The original eeePad Transformer pioneered Asus’ now standard one-device-fits-all mantra, by pairing a tablet PC with a detachable keyboard dock to become a fully-featured Android netbook. With the PadFone, Asus have incorporated a mobile phone into the mix in an attempt to break into the highly competitive mobile phone industry. The phone has a 4.3″, 540 x 960 AMOLED[Read More...]

by 4:10 PM on January 15, 2013 9 comments Design
The Ausdroid Podcast #53 – We Are Back Baby! – Updated: We are LIVE!!!!!

The Ausdroid Podcast #53 – We Are Back Baby! – Updated: We are LIVE!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/M1m80qWx-K4 That’s right ladies and gents we are back!!!! We are back and ready to rock for 2013. This year we plan on doing a lot of new things to bring you this podcast quicker and also bigger and better. Join us tonight as we wrap CES 2013 as well as all the happenings from the first two weeks of this year. If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. Links and video will become live when we go live. If we are live and video isn’t working, just[Read More...]

by 2:56 PM on January 15, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized
Vodafone Australia announces Crazy Johns brand will retire on February 20

Vodafone Australia announces Crazy Johns brand will retire on February 20

In the middle of last year we received information that Crazy Johns would be closing some of their retail stores and this did indeed come to pass with a number of stores closing their doors. This morning we’ve been tipped that Crazy Johns wanted to take this further and close all their store, we’ve just confirmed this with Crazy Johns parent company Vodafone Hutchison Australia who have confirmed the retiring of the Crazy Johns brand. Vodafone has advised that as of February 20th, Vodafone will begin to retire the Crazy Johns brand across Australia streamlining their retail brand presence into[Read More...]

by 11:52 AM on January 15, 2013 4 comments Carriers, News
Commonwealth Bank ‘Property Guide’ App now available for Android

Commonwealth Bank ‘Property Guide’ App now available for Android

The Commonwealth bank appears to have managed to sneak their previously iOS exclusive Property Guide app onto Google Play on the 4th of January. The app allows people to look up the recent property data as supplied by RPData which includes recent sales price/date and basic information such as bedrooms, bathrooms, car spaces. The app launches straight into a map view which you can then use to navigate to the street address you’re interested in or you can use the camera view function to attempt to get information that way(did not work well for me) or the List search which[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on January 15, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play
Commonwealth Bank ‘Kaching’ app updated, faster and slicker

Commonwealth Bank ‘Kaching’ app updated, faster and slicker

If you’re a Commonwealth Bank of Australia customer then you’re going to want to have CommBank Kaching installed on your Android device for all your mobile banking needs. It was updated today and is now no longer just a mobile site wrapped in an Android app, instead it’s a full-blown native app that’s very slick and easy to use. You can manage all your accounts, pay bills, send money via email, phone, and Facebook, locate the nearest CBA ATM and branch, and receive payments. Currently the app is compatible with the following devices, however, if you own a different device[Read More...]

by 6:25 PM on January 14, 2013 19 comments Apps, News
Android 4.2.2 appears on wild Nexus 4s

Android 4.2.2 appears on wild Nexus 4s

Yet another reason to bemoan the lack of Nexus 4s in Australia — Android Community are reporting that brand new Nexus 4s in Brazil and Malaysia are coming out with an unannounced version of Jelly Bean — 4.2.2. There are no details as yet about what this mystery update entails, but word is that the extra 0.0.1 brings bug fixes. Tasty, tasty bug fixes that are sorely needed on Android 4.2. The build numbers on the phones are appended with ‘dev-keys’, so it’s likely that they were developer models before they were sent out. I love new versions of Android,[Read More...]

by 5:16 PM on January 14, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Sony to stop making low-end handsets, focus on ‘Sonyness’

Sony to stop making low-end handsets, focus on ‘Sonyness’

Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z comes with a number of really neat new features, such as the Bravia Engine 2 for killer displays, its Exmor RS camera technology, and its Battery Stamina feature. But all these proprietary technologies come with a price. Sony’s Xperia product marketing manager, Stephen Sneedon, recently told CNet that they are trying to build a product range that is uniquely Sony, and that if it is not possible for entry-level devices to have this ‘Sonyness’ while still maintaining an affordable price point, they may leave entry-level phones to another manufacturer. Sony do not have plans[Read More...]

by 12:53 PM on January 14, 2013 4 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Dropbox focuses on photo sharing with new update

Dropbox focuses on photo sharing with new update

Ever since Dropbox added instant upload for photos to its Android application, it has been fairly clear that they intended to focus on photo sharing to distinguish themselves from the competition. With their latest update, it’s become easier than ever to share photos from Dropbox. You can select multiple photos from the instant upload folder and sort them into albums, which can then be shared with one tap. Or if you want to share photos without sorting them into albums first, you can select the images you want and share only these to whatever application or whatever people you like.[Read More...]

by 10:39 AM on January 14, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Panasonic FZ-A1 Toughpad — Review

Panasonic FZ-A1 Toughpad — Review

Panasonic’s first Android tablet! It’s rugged but is it worth it? Some of you may have heard about Panasonic’s Toughbook Laptops, a range of practically bullet-proof machines. Well, Panasonic have recently released a fairly rugged Android tablet called the “Toughpad”; it’s probably not bullet-proof and I’m not suggesting you should test it, but it will hold up well against most of what you can throw at it. Again, no suggestions. When I first heard that Panasonic were going to release an Android tablet, I wasn’t sure what to think. Would it be terrible or could it be a big rival[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on January 12, 2013 4 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets