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Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

One part of Android which has been lagging behind the competition has been in the accessibility options for vision impaired users. In Android 5.0, Google has addressed this adding in accessibility options for people with ‘low vision’ or who are colour blind. The accessibility options introduced in Android 5.0 include an option to boost text contrast, or ‘invert colours to improve legibility’ and ‘Adjust display to improve color differentiation’. All of these options are stored under the Settings > Accessibility menu. At this stage, whether it’s just in the developer preview or a foreshadowing of what will come in the[Read More...]

by 2:35 PM on October 19, 2014 0 comments OS Update
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the OppoForums for further information on the update. There’s a fair bit included in the update, but the featured updates from the changelog include : Refined UI Design The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Google Glass and Android Wear Running Parallel? No.

Have you ever had the dream that when you win the lottery you can have that Nexus 6 in your pocket, Google Glass on your face and a Moto 360 on your arm, all working in sync? Taking pictures with your Glass while checking a text from your wife on your arm? Well Google apparently says you can’t use Glass and Wear at the same time…for now. In a Google + post by one of the Glass Explorers, Keith I Myers he outlines that after the XE22 update the Google Glass conflicts with Android Wear, “It cuts off all connectivity to[Read More...]

by 8:40 AM on October 19, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, Glass, News
Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

We all know the scenario: a friend needs to make a quick call, and asks to borrow your phone. Your younger sister has asked to play Angry Birds, but you don’t want her browsing your photos. Your parents are checking into a flight, but you don’t want them to accidentally open your SMS. Few smartphone users would have avoided this fear, and for us, Android 5.0 has a solution. Now, you can lock your device to a particular app by use of the screen pinning option found under security settings. By default, you just use a shortcut key to disable[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on October 19, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Did you miss out on the Flappy Bird craze? Fear not – Android 5.0 (or at least, the updated developer preview) has a Flappy Bird clone built in, taking over from the Webdriver Torso easter egg in June’s preview build. It’s actually a double easter egg – the first is a cute interactive lollipop decorated with the word “lollipop” in the new Android logo lettering. It changes colour when tapped, but it’s kind of tame compared to the previous easter eggs we’ve seen in Android releases. To access it, go to Settings > About and tap the Android version number[Read More...]

by and 5:57 PM on October 18, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Ausdroid Podcast 125 – Nexusapalooza 2014

Ausdroid Podcast 125 – Nexusapalooza 2014

Welcome to episode 125 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week’s podcast was all Nexus, all the time. With not one, not two but three new Nexus devices announced just a day before we recorded, spirits were high and bank accounts were looking wary all night. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: Android 5.0 Lollipop Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player announced Australian carriers and retailers. Bonus: Financial impact! We ran a Google document throughout the show for both ourselves and users in the live chat to tally up how much money they were going to give[Read More...]

by 5:25 PM on October 18, 2014 0 comments Podcast
Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android’s new device setup process has long been in need of a visual overhaul to make it friendlier and less daunting for non-technical users. Since the day of Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve had a dark skin in line with the Holo theme of the time that, while straightforward, wasn’t particularly inviting. This has changed with Lollipop. While the setup process itself hasn’t changed much, it’s now decked out with bright, friendly colours. Here’s the setup process for the updated developer preview, running on a Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013). The process on the Nexus 5 is pretty much the same, but[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on October 18, 2014 4 comments Competition, Google Play, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android has long had the ability to manage multiple users on a single device, but it’s been hidden from phone users and only exposed on tablets. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, this changes. Google’s rationale for the restriction of this feature in the past was that phones are a personal device that you don’t really pass around to others, while tablets would often be passed from parents to children and the whole family. This argument didn’t really hold at the time – we’ve known anecdotally that parents let their kids play with their phones all the time, for example – and[Read More...]

by and 3:44 PM on October 18, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Ever since the introduction of the Quick Settings screen in Android Jelly Bean, we’ve been complaining about the feature. Google’s original vision of Quick Settings was a confused mish-mash of toggles and shortcuts to settings screens, and offended the Android world for one main reason: the settings couldn’t be customised, you were stuck with them whether you liked them – and they served your preferences – or not. In this respect, many OEMs have been besting Google with their Android customisations for a while. HTC chose to extend the base AOSP settings, while Samsung and other manufacturers have been doing[Read More...]

by and 1:18 PM on October 18, 2014 13 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

One of the areas in which the “stock” AOSP Android platform has fallen behind OEMs’ customisations in recent years is in preserving your battery. Google has been seeking to tackle battery life across the board in Android 5.0, but for those times when you’re running low on power and just need your phone to last that little bit longer, there’s now a Battery Saver mode that claims to eke out an extra 90 minutes of battery life. The Battery Saver screen gives you the option to turn the feature on directly, or set a rule for when it will kick[Read More...]

by and 12:26 PM on October 18, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

One of the biggest complaints in Android’s new device setup process over the last few years has finally been addressed – Android Lollipop has a new way to restore apps and purchases from old devices. The updated and redesigned setup process allows you to choose the device from which you’d like to restore apps, rather than restoring everything you’ve ever purchased from the Play store. If you’ve another Android device, you can use the new NFC-based Tap-and-Go feature to restore from that particular device: Update We thought it would be Lollipop-only, but Tap and Go works between KitKat and Lollipop[Read More...]

by and 11:40 AM on October 18, 2014 8 comments Google Play, News, OS Update
Nexus 9: Did you order one on launch day?

Nexus 9: Did you order one on launch day?

With the Nexus 9 now available to purchase in Australia via the Play Store, and with some of Ausdroid’s guys waking up at an ungodly hour to partake, we want to know: did you order the Nexus 9 on launch day as well? Some of us are on the fence – myself included – whereas others have already taken the plunge. Daniel and Jason have jumped right in and pre-ordered. Daniel says the Nexus 9 is the definitive Android Lollipop reference device, being the first Android device (tablet or phone) available with a 64-bit processor, allowing the true power of[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 18, 2014 21 comments News, Tablets
Android Lollipop – English (Australia) is now an initial setup option

Android Lollipop – English (Australia) is now an initial setup option

For a long time, we’ve been wanting English Australia as an option when setting up Android. We even promoted a feature request on the Android L issue tracker which made the request to add it as an option back in August. Well, in the latest Android Lollipop Developer preview, English (Australia) is now an option. As you can see from the screenshot, English (Australia) now appears in the list of available languages, just above the option for English (India). It’s not all great news, the keyboard dictionary is still set to US, meaning you will need to change the to[Read More...]

by 7:29 AM on October 18, 2014 7 comments Android Development