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Google Play 3.10.9 update being pushed out

Google Play 3.10.9 update being pushed out

You may recall a month or so ago, Google pushed out version 3.9.16 of their Google Play store, which brought us, among other things, the new Wishlists feature. And by now you may have noticed that these new wishlist items can’t be removed once added. It seems Google have realised this and have reportedly started pushing out a new Google play update, which now adds a delete button for Wishlist items. Sitting at version 3.10.9, the update brings only minor changes and fixes. Aside from the Wishlist delete button, the post installation screen has changed. After clicking install on an[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on November 18, 2012 5 comments Google Play, News
Android 4.2 Lock Screen Widgets

Android 4.2 Lock Screen Widgets

When Android 4.2 was announced one of the features listed which drew a great deal of attention was the Lock Screen widgets. A number of apps have added shortcuts, controls and even widgets to the lock screen in the past but this was Googles implementation and should therefore be a pretty good effort. When reviews started coming in for the Nexus 4 it was discovered that the feature had not quite made it into the units as yet, instead it was going to be added via OTA update the day before or the day of the release of the Nexus[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on November 18, 2012 11 comments Apps, Camera, News
32GB Nexus 7 3G Now In-Stock on The Good Guys  and Betta Electrical websites

32GB Nexus 7 3G Now In-Stock on The Good Guys and Betta Electrical websites

Looks like the first retailers in Australia to offer the 32GB Nexus 7 3G are The Good Guys and Betta Electrical, who both have it listed on their websites for $399. The Good Guys have the tablet listed on their website for pickup in-store or for delivery for $10 if located within a 40KM radius of a store. The same model is also listed over on the Betta Electrical website with a shipping fee of $30 with no option for in-store pickup. No word on whether the 3G enabled version of the tablet is actually available yet in-stores but when[Read More...]

by 11:47 PM on November 17, 2012 29 comments News, Tablets
Galaxy Mini 2 Giveaway – Winner

Galaxy Mini 2 Giveaway – Winner

A while back we announced the Galaxy Mini 2 giveaway to give you, our readers the chance to win the Galaxy Mini 2 we were given by Vodafone as part of our Nexus S Jelly Bean Challenge. The competition called for you to submit stories on the most spectacular way you’ve destroyed your phone. We had a lot of entries and there was some truly great entries, but there can be only one winner and after reviewing the entries we’ve decided to award the prize to Duane who submitted this tale of destruction : Phone was angrily thrown from car[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on November 17, 2012 8 comments Competition, Giveaway
LG Australia: Nexus 4, Optimus G and Miracast

LG Australia: Nexus 4, Optimus G and Miracast

Last week, Dan was invited to a meet-and-greet with LG Australia in Sydney, where he was able to spend some hands-on time with the Nexus 4 and Optimus G. During that meeting we enquired about a more in-depth look at Miracast and LG kindly invited us out to take another look. This week, LG invited us to its office for the promised hands-on demonstration of Miracast, and a further chance to get familiar with the devices in question. It’s one thing to meet with company representatives in a press-friendly, neutral location. It’s another thing entirely to visit them at their[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on November 17, 2012 18 comments News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy S II 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Test Firmware Leaks

Samsung Galaxy S II 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Test Firmware Leaks

We heard a rumor a little while a go that the Galaxy S II would be getting a Jelly Bean Update around Q4 this year, well it seems as though you can download a near to perfect test release of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II. SamMobile have some instructions for how to go about flashing your Galaxy S II, with the test version of Android 4.1.2. You don’t need to have a rooted handset to do this, but you do need to be comfortable with applying un-official firmware to your handset. As usual, caveat emptor —[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on November 16, 2012 8 comments News
Nexus 4 orders being placed on backorder for Australia too

Nexus 4 orders being placed on backorder for Australia too

There was a true frenzy of purchasing that occurred on Tuesday, when Google opened orders for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The 16GB Nexus 4 16GB sold out in what I calculated to be 22 minutes, while the 8GB version lasted a little over an hour and a half – in which time our own Jedi, Geoff Fieldew, ordered his 8GB Nexus 4. Unfortunately it seems this morning that the Play Store team from Google has sent Geoff some bad news in the form of the email you see below. They don’t have enough stock of the Nexus 4[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on November 16, 2012 34 comments Google Play, News, Phones
HTC Deluxe render leaks, 1080P international phone?

HTC Deluxe render leaks, 1080P international phone?

We’ve been watching with keen interest the leaks regarding a 5″ 1080P phone from HTC for a fair while now, we saw the J Butterfly announced in Japan a few weeks ago and just the other day the US version the Droid DNA was announced for Verizon. Now EVLeaks has released this picture with the tag ‘HTC Deluxe, global edition’. Unfortunately the only information in the tweet was the name and no specifications at this stage, although if the J Butterfly and Droid DNA are anything to go by we`ll see a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on November 16, 2012 9 comments Phones
Galaxy Camera now available for pre-order from Harvey Norman

Galaxy Camera now available for pre-order from Harvey Norman

After the Australian launch of the Galaxy Camera at the event in Sydney last night, we’ve been intrigued with the concept and really can’t wait to see where we can get our hands on one. Scott one of our podcasters found it on the Harvey Norman website where it is available to pre-order for $596 with availability listed as Mid-November. Galaxy Camera Specifications 4.77″ 720×1280 Super Clear LCD capacative touchscreen 1.4GHz Quad-Core CPU 8GB internal storage with expandable microSD card slot 16MP Autofocus with Popup Xenon Flash F2.8, 23 mm, 21x Optical Zoom Lens 1920×1080 @ 30fps/720×480 @ 120fps video[Read More...]

by 12:32 AM on November 16, 2012 9 comments Camera
Australian Nexus 10 Shipment notifications rolling out

Australian Nexus 10 Shipment notifications rolling out

Last night we saw the first shipment notifications being sent out for the Nexus 4, now it appears the Nexus 10 orders are being looked at. I just received my shipment notification details from Google which includes the FedEx tracking number. As with the Nexus 4 orders however the ETA is wildly optimistic with an ETA expected by 5pm tomorrow with the package still being listed as not even having been picked up from its starting point in Hong Kong. My order is for the still in-stock 16GB Nexus 10 so if you’re still after a new Nexus you can[Read More...]

by 9:25 PM on November 15, 2012 13 comments Google Play, News

Missed out on the first batch of Nexus 4 or 10 devices? You aren’t alone.

If you’re like some of us, you’re upset that you’ve missed out on getting a Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 in the first round of orders. We know a lot of people missed out, and we’d like to help cheer you up. Geoff found this for us before, and we thought it worthy of sharing for a giggle. We present, for your amusement, yet another take on the rant from Hitler’s Downfall, this time, he’s ranting because his officers failed to get the Nexus 4 order in on time. Woops! We know this kind of humour isn’t for everyone, so[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on November 15, 2012 11 comments News
Samsung Galaxy Note II launch event — Report

Samsung Galaxy Note II launch event — Report

Last night at Moore Park, Samsung held a launch event featuring the Galaxy Note II. We were also treated to first looks of other products including a range of Windows 8 convertible laptops and tablets and the new Android based Samsung Galaxy camera. Samsung Galaxy Camera After an hour of pre-event drinks and chatter with like minded folk, we were ushered into a large staged area and asked to take a seat. Mr Todd Sampson, the CEO of Leo Burnett, came out on stage and started off our evening with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The Samsung Galaxy[Read More...]

by 8:28 PM on November 15, 2012 10 comments Manufacturer, News
Panasonic launches Android powered Toughpad Tablet in Australia

Panasonic launches Android powered Toughpad Tablet in Australia

Panasonic today hosted the Australian launch of the FZ-A1 Toughpad Tablet in Sydney. Priced at AUD $1,499, the Toughpad is certainly at the upper echelons of the tablet pricing structure, but the build quality on Panasonic’s Toughbook laptops and tablets has been well-established since their introduction – they are used heavily in high stress areas such as the Army and S.W.A.T teams, so they’ll most likely fill the needs of their target market. If you’re in the construction, field sales, emergency services or public sector industries, you may have found your new tablet. The Toughpad features stylus support utilising a[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 15, 2012 5 comments News, Tablets