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The Future of Android May Still Be Rooted

The Future of Android May Still Be Rooted

8:00 am on June 30, 2014 in News
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No, the sky is not falling Chicken Little. We are still safe and Google has not locked us down. Those of us who like write access to the system partition will still be able to do it in the future. At the end of May a patch was committed and merged into the AOSP that builds upon the security of[Read More…]

Google may have snuck the Nexus 9 into the Google I/O keynote

Google may have snuck the Nexus 9 into the Google I/O keynote

1:08 am on June 30, 2014 in News, Tablets
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It appears that Google snuck an unannounced Nexus tablet into the I/O keynote and their Material UI supporting documentation last week. The Bright Side of News site noted that the Google Design site, in a section about Responsive Principles contains a render of some devices showing how the same layout can function across desktop, table and mobile devices: It’s pretty[Read More…]

Google will prevent OEMs from skinning Android Wear, TV and Auto

Google will prevent OEMs from skinning Android Wear, TV and Auto

Android TV, Wear and Auto, are three of the biggest things to come out of Google I/O this year, along with Material Design, they show that Google is really thinking about the look and feel of their entire product range and controlling the user experience. But with Android, the various OEMs who manufacture tablets and phones have made hay, with[Read More…]

Android Wear, and those who don’t seem to get it

Android Wear, and those who don’t seem to get it

One thing we in the tech media often find amusing is when main stream journalists tackle new technology. Being on the fringe of the mainstream, sites like Ausdroid survive on our specialisation. We focus on one subject area, and (we like to think that) we focus on it well — for us, our focus is obviously Android, and more generally,[Read More…]

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Good Deal on a Moto G 4G LTE at The Good Guys – online only

Good Deal on a Moto G 4G LTE at The Good Guys – online only

4:17 pm on June 29, 2014 in Bargains, Phones
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OzBargain has a deal on a Moto G 4G for $243.40 including delivery. Click on the this link to take you to The Good Guys eBay page and use the Redemption Code “CBIGTREAT” when reviewing your order before continuing. This will then give you a discount of $60.64 which ends up being a total cost of $243.54 including free shipping.[Read More…]

Mobicity begins taking pre-orders for the OnePlus One 64GB

Mobicity begins taking pre-orders for the OnePlus One 64GB

12:11 pm on June 28, 2014 in News, Phones
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The OnePlus One has generated hype like nothing we’ve seen before, people have madly been searching and requesting invites to purchase the phone since OnePlus began rolling them out a couple of weeks ago. But, if you don’t want to wait, then pre-ordering the OnePlus One from Mobicity may be the best way to go. While they don’t have an[Read More…]

Download apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and more to your device from the Android L Preview

Download apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and more to your device from the Android L Preview

9:41 am on June 28, 2014 in Apps and Games, Modding, News
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The Android L Preview is a pretty exciting development, for the first time, we’re getting a look behind the curtain at what Google is cooking up for the L release of Android before it’s officially ready. With a massive developer community, it was only a matter of time before that release was rooted, and the apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and[Read More…]

Rumour: Android One to be powered by MediaTek

Rumour: Android One to be powered by MediaTek

9:14 am on June 28, 2014 in Android One, Phones, Rumours
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DIGITIMES has reported that Google has chosen Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the development of the Android One platform. This will enable handset makers to build low-cost smartphones targeting almost one billion potential users in emerging markets, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. Under the Android One initiative, Google will offer a set of hardware[Read More…]

Android Studio enters Beta with support for L Preview, Android Wear and Android TV

Android Studio enters Beta with support for L Preview, Android Wear and Android TV

Google’s Android Developers blog has this morning announced that their Alpha Android development environment – Android Studio – has entered the Beta phase. The release has come just after Google I/O, which allows Google to move some of the projects announced at the conference into the open, projects such as Android Wear and Android TV, and of course the newest[Read More…]

Root the Android ‘L’ Preview on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

Root the Android ‘L’ Preview on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

8:50 am on June 28, 2014 in Modding
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With any update to a Nexus device, Root access is generally only a short time away and that has rung true with Googles latest update for Android – the L Preview. You’ll need the latest version of your devices custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) installed first, but with that done you can then flash the modified SuperSU and Boot Image[Read More…]

Google asks users – what Android apps should be available on Chromebook

Google asks users – what Android apps should be available on Chromebook

One of the major announcements at Google I/O was Chrome OS devices being able to run Android apps. During the video demonstration Sundar Pichai showed Evernote, Flipboard, and Vine running on a Chromebook. It’s not yet known how Google is doing this and whether the app is actually installed on the device, if it’s being mirrored, or if there is something else going[Read More…]

Google Maps updated with support for Android Wear devices

Google Maps updated with support for Android Wear devices

Google has released an update to the Google Maps app with Android Wear compatibility specifically called-out in the changelog. Demonstrated during Google’s I/O Keynote on Thursday morning, Android Wear devices can integrate with Google Maps to perform searches and navigation. The updated version is of the app is v8.1.1. Google I/O attendees will have already picked up their Android Wear[Read More…]

Good Deal: Get $165 worth of apps for free on Amazon’s App Store

Good Deal: Get $165 worth of apps for free on Amazon’s App Store

1:09 am on June 28, 2014 in Apps and Games, Bargains
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If you haven’t explored Amazon‘s App Store, you might like to try it out this weekend, with a number of paid apps going free for a two-day sale on Friday – whoops – and Saturday. Here’s the full list of apps — with some personal recommendations highlighted: Card Wars – Adventure Time Plex Ravensword: Shadowlands Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Notepad+[Read More…]

Motorola shows off the Moto 360 at Google I/O

Motorola shows off the Moto 360 at Google I/O

10:48 pm on June 27, 2014 in Android Wear and Smartwatches
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Whenever we’ve posted anything regarding Android Wear, we’re overwhelmed by comments saying they’re waiting for the Moto 360. Despite not really having been showed off completely, the Moto 360 design seems to be the one that has sparked a large amount of peoples imaginations and desire for a ‘good’ looking Smartwatch. So, with Android Wear out in the open at[Read More…]

Sony adds Kernel source to GitHub, will add more for Flagship devices over time

Sony adds Kernel source to GitHub, will add more for Flagship devices over time

10:00 pm on June 27, 2014 in Modding

Sony has been moving towards openness with regards to working with the open-source community for the last few years. They started moving towards a more open approach back in 2012 when they added AOSP support for their flagship at the time the Sony Xperia S. Today they’ve announced that they will be adding their kernel source to the Sony Dev[Read More…]