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Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

The Nexus 9 has just gone live on the Australian Google Play store. The tablet has replaced both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets which are no longer available. The Nexus 9 is available in available in 16GB or 32GB options but only in Wi-Fi, with the LTE option still greyed out. There are two colour options available as expected – Indigo Black and Lunar White, with the Sand coloured option expected to arrive later this year. Pricing wise the Nexus 9 isn’t cheap 16GB $479 32GB $589 Update : The LTE Version of the Nexus 9 is now[Read More...]

by 5:24 AM on October 18, 2014 37 comments Accessories, Google Play, Manufacturer, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 125 – LIVE CHAT, Nexus Lollipop special!

Ausdroid Podcast 125 – LIVE CHAT, Nexus Lollipop special!

http://youtube.com/embed/4ebf6G8TYBg Welcome to episode 125 of the Ausdroid Podcast! It’s Nexus week, so you’ll hear all about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player along with Google’s latest serving of sweetness – Android 5.0, Lollipop! 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! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Lollipop Nexus 6, 9, Player

by 8:49 PM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

There’s a fervour building for Lollipop now that it’s been announced, but when Nexus devices will receive the latest update hasn’t yet been announced. Google expects to drop updated Lollipop Developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) tomorrow, but when a full push of finallised OTA’s will begin to all the Nexus devices hasn’t been officially announced. But there’s always rumours. Android Police is reporting they have two sources advising that the OTA updates for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi model (2012 AND 2013) and Nexus 10, will begin pushing out on November 3rd. Why? because there’s[Read More...]

by 3:54 PM on October 17, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Members of the Chromecast team host Reddit AMA

Members of the Chromecast team host Reddit AMA

Six members of Google’s Chromecast team took to Reddit to host an AMA this morning. Majd Bakar (Engineering), Ambarish Kenghe, David Allison and Mark Scott (Product), Sarah Walter (User Experience) and Jacky Hayward (Community) spent a few hours tackling user questions in their thread. The session was light on revelations, though the timing is interesting given yesterday’s appearance of a device that appears to be a second generation Chromecast passing through the FCC. More likely, the timing was intended to coincide with the announcement of the Nexus Player, Google’s first Android TV device which also packs Chromecast functionality in, launching[Read More...]

by 3:44 PM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Chromecast, News
Nexus 9 now up for pre-order on Amazon starting at US$399 + Shipping

Nexus 9 now up for pre-order on Amazon starting at US$399 + Shipping

The Nexus 9 is due to go up for pre-order on Google Play in the early hours of tomorrow morning, in the US at least, we’re still unsure about Australian availability. If you’re really wanting to be sure of securing a Nexus 9 tablet as soon as possible then you may want to head over to Amazon where pre-orders for the Nexus 9 are now being accepted and they ship directly to Australia. Amazon US is offering both the 16GB and 32GB models of the Nexus 9 in Wi-Fi only at this stage. Colour options are Indigo Black, and Lunar[Read More...]

by 3:38 PM on October 17, 2014 20 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google may eventually allow OEMs to customise Android Wear, Auto and TV

Google may eventually allow OEMs to customise Android Wear, Auto and TV

Android has spread. As head of Android, Sundar Pichai said in his blog post announcing Android Lollipop this morning ‘it’s designed to be shared’, but so far, Google hasn’t really shared access to Android Wear, or other upcoming Android platforms: TV or Auto, but that could change according to Google’s Vice President of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer. In an interview with Re/Code, Lockheimer has said that the reason for the initial lockdown was to ensure that Google had the basics right before allowing OEMs to customise these new platforms. The first company to show signs of customisation on Android Wear will[Read More...]

Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook Safety Check rolling out globally – lets you notify friends you’re ok in an disaster

Facebook has overnight, announced a new feature which has begun rolling out globally that will allow Facebook users to notify their friends and family, that you’re ok in the event of a natural disaster. The feature pushes so-called ‘Safety Check’ notifications to your Friends and Family when a natural disaster hits within area’s you’ve either come from, lived in or checked in at with friends or where you recently logged in from. The notifications will allow you to let friends and family know you’re safe, as well as check on others in the affected area and mark your friends and[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Apps
Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone recently announced that they had entered into a partnership with music streaming service: Spotify. While no specifics were mentioned it seems that the partnership has born fruit with a new deal being offered on the Vodafone branded ‘Smart 4 Mini’ phone. The deal offers the Smart 4 Mini, a Premium Spotify subscription and 2GB of Data for just $69. The Vodafone ‘Smart’ series of devices have been a bit of a huge success in the European market. But Vodafone has brought the Smart line to Australia to see what happens. Let’s be honest, spec wise, the Vodafone Smart 4[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

The Nexus 9 is one of the ‘true’ reference builds for Android Lollipop, given that it’s the first Nexus device to contain a 64-bit processor, thanks to the Nvidia Tegra K1 ‘Denver’ SoC at its heart. The tablet is supposed to be fast and it appears that someone has run the tablet through benchmark site Geekbench. The tablet scores a fairly impressive single core score of 1,903, which stacks up amazingly against a Galaxy Tab S at just 910. Primate Labs founder John Poole offered up a more compelling comparison, stating on Twitter that it puts it on par with[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 17, 2014 11 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Google by the numbers – Q3 2014 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q3 2014 earnings report

Hot on the heels of Android Lollipop and Nexus announcements yesterday, Google has today released their financial results for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The results are pretty good with consolidated revenues of $16.52 billion. As usual Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google ran the earnings call and summed up by saying : Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion. We continue to be excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses. $16.52 billion consolidated revenue for Q3, up 20% on Q3 2013. $$4.37 billion net income, up from[Read More...]

by 7:58 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments News
Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone is beginning to offer their ‘Smart’ line of Vodafone branded devices in Australia, beginning with their 3G enabled ‘Smart Tab 4 3G’. The tablet is a fairly mid-range device, which is now available on contract for as low as $45 per month, with a $3 per month tablet hardware repayment and 8GB of included data. There’s varying levels of contracts – all over the course of 24 months – available to choose from, with varying amounts of data included. Spec wise, the tablet which includes a 3G radio has some decent specs, including : 8” 1280×800 resolution WXGA IPS[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers
Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

A new low-end phone seems to be about to head to Telstra’s pre-paid mobile service with the Telstra Rush (T792) popping up on ZTE’s website. Telstra Rush (T792) isn’t going to set any benchmarks with its specs and it certainly can be classed as a very basic entry level device, but the surprise is that the device will be running Android 4.4.2 straight out of the box. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT Display (320 x 480) 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Adreno 302 GPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory expandable to 32GB via microSD 2MP rear camera only[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones