No podcast tonight…

We deeply regret the announcement that due to a number of factors, there will be no Ausdroid Podcast tonight. However! You can join us tomorrow night for the usual chatter about the latest news in the Android world as Jason, Dan and myself welcome our friend; Phil Nickinson from Android Central to the show once again. We'll be discussing a whole bunch of Android related news and gossip and comparing notes on the latest flagships from HTC and Samsung; the One (M8) and the Galaxy S5. So don't despair, we've not abandoned you; we're just... Continue reading

Window to register for a chance to go to Google IO expands to four days and moves to next week

The window to register your interest to attend Google IO in June was supposed to open up in the early hours of tomorrow morning, and be open for two days according to the announcement made on the Google Developers blog last month. But the Google Developers Google+ account has just advised the window will now be open longer, but will not open till next week. The post on Twitter links to the Google Developers Google+ page and advises the extended period that expressions of interest will be accepted for and the new dates : Remember that winning this lottery doesn't... Continue reading

Rumour: Telstra getting ready to launch the Sony Xperia Z2 on $70 per month Accelerate plan

It looks like Telstra could be about to launch the long-awaited Sony Xperia Z2. The national carrier has apparently accidentally let the cat out of the bag by releasing two online ads naming the handset on their $70 per month Accelerate plans. The two ads showed up on News.com.au, with one a banner ad at the top of the page: While the other showed up further down the page in the side-bar : Both ads directed to the Telstra website, but to a non-working page, which brings up an error saying 'Oops. We can't connect you with that... Continue reading

OnePlus talks about the upgrade to Snapdragon 801 and lists 3GB of RAM

The OnePlus motto of 'Never Settle' is actually looking pretty rosy right now. The company initially announced a Snadpdragon 800 processor for their phone, they recently quietly changed the specs, upping that to a Snapdragon 801. But they never publicly said anything about the change....until now. OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau has updated the OnePlus forums with a post on why they have decided to not settle on the Snapdragon 800 and instead opted for the more powerful higher clocked Snapdragon 801. The Snapdragon 801(8974AC) in the OnePlus One will be clocked at 2.5GHz to appease almost all the power hungry... Continue reading

Motorola seems to be out to troll everyone with the name of their Moto X successor

The Motorola Moto X has only just launched here in Australia, but we already knew back in February when they announced it was on its way that they were working on a successor and the name looks set to troll a lot of companies. For a start it seems like the name 'One' has been used by a lot of companies in the last couple of years: Xbox One, Fitbit One, HTC One, with HTC getting a double shot with the HTC One X+, and of course the OnePlus One is about to launch. But all that... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy Ace Style

The Galaxy Ace line of phones has been fairly popular here in Australia where they are one of the dominant handsets in the pre-paid market. Samsung has just announced a new version of the Galaxy Ace, and instead of upping the number on the end, they've added a word - Style. There's not really anything to adding the word 'Style' as an affectation, Samsung has described the phone as a 'Fun, expressive and easy-to-use smartphone designed for the social user'. It will have some style choices though, with colour at least. Samsung will make the Galaxy Ace Style available in... Continue reading

With the launch imminent Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) unboxes the OnePlus One

In the lead up to the launch of their new phone scheduled for the 23rd of April, OnePlus has kept steadily teasing the Android enthusiast community to keep the 'buzz' surrounding their product alive, today is no different with Cyanogen himself - Steve Kondik - starring in a slightly unusual 'unboxing' of the One. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT58ovCWUi4 As you can see in the 39-second video, he doesn't actually unbox the phone, just takes out all the boxed components of the One - Manuals, chargers, cables and the box containing the phone. He does finally take the phone out but it's out... Continue reading

Qualcomm Announces Next- Generation 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and 808 Processors

If you're a spec junkie, then you're probably pretty excited by the propect of 64-bit computing on mobile devices. Intel has already announced their offerings, but the 400-pound gorilla in the mobile processing market has overnight announced their upcoming 64-bit top of the line processors - the Snapdragon 810 and 808. The CPUs will offer class leading low power consumption, which is due to the latest 20nm manuacturing process, which will help to lower power consumption. Both CPUs will offer Cat6 LTE on-board with support for 3x20MHz carrier aggregation, offering a total of 300mbps downloads. They won't actually have an... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) Accessories — Buy them online, but not just yet

Those of you who've jumped on the HTC One (M8) bandwagon at this early stage (a few of us at Ausdroid might be amongst you) might be wondering where the announced launch accessories are up to. In particular, you might be curious about the Dot View cover or Double Dip Case — and so are we! HTC's Australian accessories store lists both the Dot View Case and Double Dip Case in their catalog, however at the time of writing, they're not available. They are, however, available for pre-order, meaning if you want to lay down some cash,... Continue reading

VLC Beta gets an update

VLC is one of the most popular, open source media players across popular platforms including Windows, Linux as well as Mobile OS'. The Beta for Android has received a UI update that is moving towards the trend in Android design as well as being a very capable network streaming app now (previous versions were choppy and a little unreliable). The developers do note that as this is an early BETA version, a lot of things are not finished, but will change for the final release: The basic User Interface will change again Performance improvements are missing Hardware decoding works only with a... Continue reading

PayPal Here brings new Chip & PIN card reader to Australia

PayPal Australia has launched the next generation of PayPal Here, an app and bluetooth device combination that enables Australian business signed up to PayPal Here to take transactions from Chip & PIN enabled credit and debit cards, wherever their business might take them. The new PayPal Here Chip & PIN card reader wireless connects to any Android or iOS devices through the Bluetooth technology in (basically) all mobile and tablet devices. The reader has been specifically designed for Australia, where chip and PIN has been widely adopted and will soon be mandated across ATMs, cards, and payments terminals. Andrew Rechtman, senior... Continue reading

Optus announces availability of Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2

Optus has announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is now available on Optus' nationwide 4G network, and can be purchase from today via telephone sales, online and in selected retail stores. The Galaxy NotePro, announced earlier this year at CES,is a 12.2" giant of a tablet, with 4 million pixels to display things on, multi-window multitasking for those who want to do more, and handwriting recognition courtesy of Samsung's now-ubiquitous S-Pen. Those wanting to get their hands on such a tablet can find them on the Optus $20 Mobile Broadband plan, albeit with a whopping $43-a-month tablet repayment.... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers unveiled in the US

Prepare your wallets folks, the official accessories for Samsung's new Galaxy S5 are appearing online. The first ones appear to be a set of wireless charging covers, which Android Central discovered recently. The covers will come in two colours and two different models. It appears there's an effort on the part of Samsung to cover what most people are likely to want. There's a simple rear cover replacement with Qi Charging receiver built in, or a S View cover with Qi Charging receiver built in. Both models appear (while this may change) to be available in either white or... Continue reading