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One Plus scuttles plans to release StyleSwap covers – advises OnePlus 2 will support them

One Plus scuttles plans to release StyleSwap covers – advises OnePlus 2 will support them

One Plus, the company who Never Settles has this morning announced that due to a number of factors they have had to halt production of their StyleSwap covers for the One Plus One. The covers, which One Plus announced in the lead up to the launch of the One Plus One, were to replace the battery cover on the phone. The covers were to be,available in five different textures – Silk, Sandstone, Denim, Bamboo, and Kevlar, but the Bamboo cover in particular has been singled out as a factor in the ‘complicated decision’ to halt production, with One Plus advising[Read More...]

by 9:26 AM on September 18, 2014 5 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Humble Mobile Bundle 7 adds three more games

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 adds three more games

The Humble Mobile Bundle 7 has been kicking along for a week, so it’s about time to up the ante and today they’ve done just that adding three more titles to their list. The games added this morning are Soda Drinker Pro, Alpha Wave and Swordigo, adding to existing titles Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn and Sorcery! in the premium end of the range. To access the premium games, you have to be willing to pay above the average price, which at this moment stands at US$4.10. Of course the Humble Mobile Bundle allows you to pay whatever you want, and[Read More...]

by 8:35 AM on September 18, 2014 0 comments Deal
New Oppo N3 render shows another possible body design

New Oppo N3 render shows another possible body design

The build-up to the launch of the Oppo N3 is gaining momentum, Oppo’s social media channel has begun dropping hints at an October announcement in Singapore and the leak of a render of the phone has begun to garner a bit of talk around the traps – not all of it good. The render a few days ago drew positive and negative comments, but it may not be the final design, with a new render cropping up. This is a more familiar design, with the revolving camera module looking more familiar to fans of the original rotating camera phone –[Read More...]

by 5:45 PM on September 17, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google releases  KitKat kernel source for Android One handsets

Google releases KitKat kernel source for Android One handsets

With the release of Android One handsets, comes the release of kernel source for the handsets as required by the GPL. Googler Bill Yi, has announced the release over on the Android Building Google Group : hi All, Today we pushed the kernel source for the Android One device family. The kernel source can be found on the android-msm-sprout-3.4-kitkat-mr2 branch in the kernel/msm project. It’s also tagged with ‘android-4.4.4_r3′. bill The source can be found over on the Android Google Source site, under the code-name Sprout. If you’re an Android Developer and you’re interested in developing for the Android One,[Read More...]

by 2:05 PM on September 17, 2014 1 comment Android Development, Android One
LG launches the LG L80 with 5″ screen, Knock Code and big battery for $299

LG launches the LG L80 with 5″ screen, Knock Code and big battery for $299

LG has listed the third in their current range of L Series phones available in Australia. The LG L80, is again a 3G only phone aimed at the budget market, but comes with features from their higher end phones and a large 5″ display. The phone itself is fairly basic in terms of specs, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor powering the phone and 1GB of RAM. The L80 has got basic storage clocking in at just 4GB, but also carries a microSD card slot to expand that out a bit. The 2540mAh battery though could just about see you[Read More...]

by 1:30 PM on September 17, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Microsoft adds One Note for Android Wear to Google Play

Microsoft adds One Note for Android Wear to Google Play

Microsoft was late to the mobile game, and since then they’ve generally played catch-up, although Windows Phone is finally showing some promise, they still have only a tiny market share. To encourage users to embrace their products, Microsoft has cottoned onto the strategy of releasing Android versions of their products to entice users over, and the latest ploy is to release One Note for Android Wear. To use One Note for Android Wear, you will of course need a phone running Android 4.3 with the Android Wear app installed, an Android Wear watch and two Microsoft Android apps: One Note[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on September 17, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
Big W adds the Motorola Moto E to their range

Big W adds the Motorola Moto E to their range

The reach of Motorola is extending, with new retailers adding their phones to their range as time goes by, this time with discount department store Big W adding the budget price Moto E to their range. The phone is available in-stores as of the current catalogue, which begins tomorrow, Thursday 18th of September. The phone will sell for $174 in-store and presumably online, although there’s currently no listing for Motorola products on the Big W e-store. The phone is obviously a fairly decent buy, with Motorola delivering software updates to their phone almost as quickly as Google can deliver them.[Read More...]

by 9:33 AM on September 17, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Game streaming service Twitch adds Chromecast support to their app

Game streaming service Twitch adds Chromecast support to their app

Game streaming service Twitch, who were recently purchased by Amazon – apparently gazzumping Google at the post if rumours are to be believed – has now added Chromecast support to their Android app. According to the Twitch Blog, the support has been an oft-requested feature, so now streamers can now access their favourite game players videos on the big-screen. There’s very little to do to access Chromecast support on Twitch, simply update your app to the latest version – which is available now on Google Play – and follow the directions below : 1. Open Twitch on your laptop or[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on September 17, 2014 1 comment Apps, Chromecast
Report: Android Silver is on hiatus and possibly about to be dropped

Report: Android Silver is on hiatus and possibly about to be dropped

We’ve heard much about Android Silver over the last few months, but according to a new new report from Pay-Walled site – The Information – the program could be dead before Google even announces it. According to the site, the rumoured program which would have seen premium Android handsets released running Android as Google intended (think GPe writ large), has been put ‘on hold’. The reason for the program being on-hold has been attributed to the departure of ex-Google Chief Business Officer, Nikesh Arora, who was the driving force behind the Android Silver program. Arora left Google earlier this year[Read More...]

by 9:07 AM on September 17, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Rumours
Google updates Google Play Services to version 6.1 – Google Fit for all

Google updates Google Play Services to version 6.1 – Google Fit for all

Google Play Services is about to get a bump up, with Google today announcing they will begin rolling out version 6.1 to Google Android devices, bringing with it more powerful analytics from Enhanced Ecommerce, Google Fit compatability on any Android device and some under the hood changes to Google Drive. The Enhanced Ecommerce tag was introduced in Google Play Services 5.1 and allows developers to get a better insight into customers interactions pre-purchase. Enhanced Ecommerce has now been incorporated into Google Tag Manager, to let developers manage tags more easily. Google Drive is getting behind the scenes updates, with a[Read More...]

by 8:53 AM on September 17, 2014 0 comments Google Services
Google Play Store 5.0 sneak peek shows off more material design integration

Google Play Store 5.0 sneak peek shows off more material design integration

Material Design is the coming thing, with the release of Android L later this year, Material Design will be across most of Android, including Google Play. We’ve seen moves in this direction already, but a new version is on the way and it’s about to get flatter. Android Police has managed to get a hold of a version of the Google Play store and have given it the once-over. As you can see, it’s a new look as you can see, with flatter and a refined colour palette for each of the categories. The design has also extended into the[Read More...]

by 8:41 AM on September 17, 2014 5 comments Google Play
Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 122 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/SWUldSFYlM4 Welcome to episode 122 of the Ausdroid Podcast! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV with that link now too! Broadcast will start at 9.15pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. LG G3 Moto 360 Nexus 6

by 9:12 PM on September 16, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast Live
Grab an Asus Chromebook C200 from Kogan now

Grab an Asus Chromebook C200 from Kogan now

Asus has so far kept their ChromeOS devices limited to the Chromeboxes released earlier this year. But Kogan has begun selling their entry level Chromebook in Australia offering the Chromebook on their website for $359. The specs are fairly basic, but includes the Intel Bay Trail-m Celeron N2830 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. The usual 1366×768 resolution is painted on an 11.6″ display which from reports seems to be quite decent. While a smallish 16GB drive is included, there’s the usual SD/MMC card slot to expand locally (including USB drives) and it qualifies for the 100GB Google Drive storage offer which[Read More...]

by 9:06 PM on September 16, 2014 0 comments Chromebook