We’re still a long way from using your watch to ask Scotty to beam you up, but you can get some Star Trek theming on your new Android Wear watch thanks to the Star Watch watch face now in Google Play. The watch face gives you an LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) interface for your watch. The LCARS system is well known to Trekkies as it’s the primary OS used on computers in the Star Trek universe. It’s also looks to be quite a usable design as a watchface – although I still can’t decipher the star dates. It’s an[Read More...]
Google+ drew a fair bit of ire when launching the platform, over Google’s insistence on users using their real names. This morning though they have backtracked on this policy advising: ‘there are no more restrictions on what name you can use’. The full announcement was made on the Google+ Google+ page (that got a bit meta!) : Now to see if I can claim the Phroghollow name for my personal G+ page. Have you been caught up in the real name controversy on Google+?
MediaTek is a fairly well known name in the lower end of the smartphone market, but they’re not limited to it, making some headway as makers of one of the first true Octa-Core processors last year. Today they’ve announced another step towards the premium market announcing their latest processor – the MediaTek MT6795. The MediaTek MT6795 processor is a 64-bit, true Octa-core processor which includes LTE, it also includes native support for LPDDR3 RAM and 2K displays, which we’ve seen through releases such as the Oppo Find 7 and the LG G3, is the coming ‘thing’ in smartphone displays. Clocked[Read More...]
Google has today posted an update on their Factory Images page for the Nexus 5. Designated Android 4.4.4r2 with build KTU84Q, the release is very specifically for the Nexus 5 on Telstra as well as for carrier 2Degrees in New Zealand and the Nexus 5 in India. As well as the factory image, Google has released binaries for the new build as well. Its an oddly specific release and shows some carrier specific fragmentation. We’ll be following up with Telstra to see if we can find out what inclusions are being wrapped up in this release.
Folks, it’s time to make an announcement. We’ve run the competition to win one of three OnePlus One invites over the last week, and the response has been astounding. Over 1000 entries were received, and our random number generator has been working overtime to find three winners! After confirming this afternoon that the three winners are indeed eligible to win the prize, I can confirm that the winners are these: Tony from Carrington, New South Wales Charly from Soutbank, Victoria Mathew from Sandhurst, Victoria Congratulations guys! Your invites to purchase a OnePlus One will be sent out in the next[Read More...]
Samsung recently launched their Samsung Sound home audio system, and to celebrate they’re running a number of gigs over the next few months in Sydney and Melbourne with Australian artists Flight Facilities, Cloud Control and Jinja Safari. First up is Jinja Safari’s Sydney gig on Saturday August 2, 2014 at a secret location, and we’ve got a double pass courtesy of Samsung to give away! Samsung Sound is all about the music experience, so to win the double pass all you need to tell us about your best ever live music experience – who was the band, and what made[Read More...]
Winery tours have been a big thing in Australian – indeed, world – culture for many years, but wine isn’t to everyone’s taste and the trend towards drinking “Craft Beers” has emerged as a new culture, growing steadily. The Simple Apps Factory has released Beer Mate for Android to guide you through the local Victorian Craft Beer scene. Beer Mate is free on Google Play, but if you’re willing to pay $0.99 for some extra features, there’s a premium version that will get more regular updates, features and of course there’s no ads. The premium version will also get an[Read More...]
Material Design was big news at Google I/O, it represents the new design language for Google across all their platforms – Android, ChromeOS and even web. It’s still in the early stages, but we’ve begun seeing the underpinnings of it in some Android Apps (Google+, Sheets, Docs and Slides), and even in Google Docs on the web, now it’s emerging that a Google Play update is coming which incorporates the new design language. Android Police have done the deep dive into the Material Design update for Google Play, with many examples of how the simple and elegant new look will[Read More...]
We can’t all attend Google I/O, much as we’d all like to. But Google does a pretty good job of getting all the information out to developers and interested Google watchers alike through streams of the Keynote address as well as the individual developer sessions. But what else goes on? Well, check out the video that the Google Developers have posted which shows off all the ins and outs of Google I/O, from glimpses of the Keynote, to dev sessions and the down-time in between.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is just refusing to stay under wraps, even though we’re still 2 months away from IFA where the phone is expected to be announced. There’s been two leaks recently, which shows the phone off from multiple angles and even alongside a Samsung Galaxy Note to give you a size comparison. As you can see, the Xperia Z3 appears to be around the same height as the Galaxy Note, although it does appear to not be as wide as the 83mm wide Samsung Phablet. The leak also shown off is the notification light on the Xperia Z3,[Read More...]
As I sit here waiting for my OnePlus One to hopefully boot up properly for the first time in over 24 hours I thought it would be best to share some new-found wisdom with you, the reader. Guess what I learnt in the last 24 hours? Hacking your phone can be a risky undertaking. Hands up here who has bricked a device? Unrecoverable. Good for nothing but a doorstep. Your warranty is now void. We are not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please do some research if[Read More...]
Looking at this weeks catalogue Woolworths catalogue starting this Wednesday for 1 week only, the national retailer is offering the Huawei Ascend Y600 unlocked for $159. The Huawei Ascend Y600 is aimed at the budget conscious buyer but still contains some pretty descent specs given the user and market that Huawei aiming for. The full list of specs include: 5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen (480×854) 1.3Ghz Mediatek MT6572 Dual Core CPU 512 MB RAM 4GB on-board Storage, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD card 5MP rear camera, VGA front facing Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Network Connectivity: GSM 850 / 900 /[Read More...]