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Updated Chromecast possibly with 5GHz Wifi support stops by the FCC

Updated Chromecast possibly with 5GHz Wifi support stops by the FCC

Google announced the game changing Chromcast dongle over a year ago now, and it’s seen a massive turn around in fortunes for Google in the living room. With yesterdays announcement of the Nexus Player, most people though that was the end of it, but it appears that Google could be about to release an updated version of the low-cost HDMI dongle. Android Police have spotted the dongle on its way through the FCC, where it’s spilled some of the technical specs, including an updated model #. The device will be A4RH2G2-2A – the original is H2G2-42 – and will possibly[Read More...]

by 4:32 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Chromecast
Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Manufacturers are beginning to announce plans for their handsets, tablets and other devices now that Google has officially launched Android Lollipop. HTC and Motorola were quick to announce their plans and now Nvidia has announced that the newly announced Shield Tablet will receive the update as well. It’s not terribly surprising given the tablet is less than 2 months old, and the average life span for updates on an Android device is 18 months. Still, many Nvidia Shield owners will celebrate this tweet: Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. pic.twitter.com/yOGKRuOoRk — NVIDIA (@nvidia) October 16,[Read More...]

by 12:17 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony is one of the largest OEMs pro-actively promoting AOSP development for their phones and tablets, and today they’ve added two more devices to the list, adding the Xperia Z1 and Z2, and Xperia M2 to their AOSP for Xperia project on SonyXperiaDev GitHub. As well as adding support for the two new phones, Sony has also announced a new unified kernel for devices using the Qualcomm MSM8974 processor. Adding a unified kernel will make for more easier and faster mods for community developers. The unified kernel will be easier for ROM developers to work with as all kernel source[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 9 Camera Samples and video hands-on show up

Nexus 9 Camera Samples and video hands-on show up

I`m moving to Vietnam. After we just saw the Nexus 9 and Keyboard Folio case in the wild thanks to a Vietnamese site, another has come forward to show off a video with Android Lollipop running on the HTC built tablet and provide camera samples as well. The video mainly focuses on showing off the hardware, but moves on to show the operator using the tablet to access the menu, various websites and apps. There are sneak peaks at parts of the tablet including an angle which shows that the camera on the tablet appears to have the same raised[Read More...]

by 11:13 PM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Nexus 9 and keyboard cover show up in the wild looking productive

Nexus 9 and keyboard cover show up in the wild looking productive

The HTC built Nexus 9 has been shown off in renders all day today, but a Vietnamese site has managed to get their hands on the tablet and the coveted folio keyboard case as well. The photos showed up on Vietnamese forum Techrum, where forum user tdiddy-2 posted a bunch of pictures of the tablet which show it off both in and out of the keyboard case. The keyboard folio case, which will act as a smart cover attaches to the rear of the Nexus 9 using magnets and seems to fit in there quite comfortably. Afixing the case to[Read More...]

by 10:47 PM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Tablets
Nexus 6 will be water-resistant but no IP rating has been attached

Nexus 6 will be water-resistant but no IP rating has been attached

IP rated phones have been a coming thing in Android handset for a fair while. Sony has really championed the whole IP rated phone trend, leading into Tablets now and offering an IP 68 rating that essentially allows you to swim with your device for a long time. Motorola though has also been offering liquid protection on their phones since their Android Razr phones – and the newly announced Nexus 6 will be no different. On the Motorola website which lists the specs of the Nexus 6, Motorola lists ‘Yes’ for Water Resistant alongside the Qi charging that Google also[Read More...]

by 8:38 PM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 6 camera pictures surface

Nexus 6 camera pictures surface

When it comes to Nexus phones we are used to receiving camera’s that are sub-par when compared to those from other manufacturers. This year Motorola have included a 13MP IMX 214 image sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, OIS, ring flash with dual LEDs and HDR+. It sounds great on paper but we are waiting to see real world pictures before we make a decision on the competency of the camera. A tester of the device, Duan Dao has shared via his Google+ page some images of not only the device next to an iPhone 6+ but pictures that he took[Read More...]

by 7:46 PM on October 16, 2014 3 comments News
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders and User Manual are live on the Samsung website

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders and User Manual are live on the Samsung website

It’s hard today to remember that other phones are also being released around this time, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is definitely one handset of note (Hah). Pre-sales went up for at least three of the carriers yesterday, and today Samsung has advised their Australian site is also open for pre-orders. Samsung are offering the Black, White and Gold coloured variants of the Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G) for $949, with Visa, Mastercard or Paypal payment options available through the checkout. Samsung has advised that handsets will ship out on their newly updated release date of the 5th of November.[Read More...]

by 7:46 PM on October 16, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google Translate now available as a Chrome Extension

Google Translate now available as a Chrome Extension

Google Translate is widely used around the world, looking at news sites for breaking stories or for communicating with people who don’t necessarily have a clear understanding of your first language (I know my German, Dutch, Italian and Yittish are all rusty non existent). The announcement via Twitter that there is now a Chrome extension available makes the service even easier to use than it has been in the past. Google announces new Google Translate Chrome extension w/ inline translation support http://t.co/iqW859AM4V — 9to5Google (@9to5Google) October 15, 2014 The use of this extension is as basic as either clicking the “Translate[Read More...]

by 6:50 PM on October 16, 2014 0 comments Chrome Extension, Google Services, News
Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices. Earlier this afternoon we received an official statement from Motorola. It’s time to find out what our carriers make of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013. HTC on the[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on October 16, 2014 14 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets
New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

With Android 5.0 now out in the wild, there’s finally high-resolution shots of the new Android Lollipop interface. We’ve seen an initial build via the Android L developer previews, but there’s a fair bit of buzz about something not included in those builds but present front and centre in the dock on the new Android home screen: the Messaging app. Since Google began allowing their all-in-one messaging app Hangouts to handle SMS, there’s been a lot of chatter about the default SMS app being removed. This chatter was confused somewhat by the appearance of this new message app in screenshots[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on October 16, 2014 10 comments OS Update
Motorola Australia advises Nexus 6 will be coming to retailers in Australia

Motorola Australia advises Nexus 6 will be coming to retailers in Australia

The launch of the Nexus 6 this morning has left us with some questions, mainly to do with pricing and availability. We know the phone will go up for pre-order in the US on Google Play in late October, but what about Australia? We approached Motorola Australia to find out. Motorola Australia has re-affirmed all the great new hardware in the Nexus 6 and has shared the following statement regarding Nexus 6 availability in Australia. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October. There are two colours to choose from – Midnight Blue[Read More...]

by 3:03 PM on October 16, 2014 19 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Lollipop for all the Nexuses

Lollipop for all the Nexuses

This morning the newsfeeds are out of control with news about Android version Lollipop along with some new Nexus devices. Missing was any mention at all of the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 circa 2012, and the long forgotten Nexus 10. Many assumed that support for them was dropped just as it was for the Galaxy Nexus when KitKat was released. At the time Google stated that the Galaxy Nexus fell outside their 18 month support window. Turned out that it was dropped due to the lack of support from Texas Instruments (the manufacturer of the SOC inside the Galaxy[Read More...]

by 11:47 AM on October 16, 2014 9 comments News