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Google Talks Android L Preview – followup reveals that new images probably won’t be coming

Google Talks Android L Preview – followup reveals that new images probably won’t be coming

The release of a preview version of the next version of Android – Android L – has set in motion a very promising new way for Google to seek out and destroy bugs before a full launch of a new version is released to the wider Android community. Google Developer Rich Hyndman has spoken about the Android L Preview in a Dev.Bytes video released on the Google Developers YouTube channel. The video takes you through some of the features included in the L Preview. The L Preview is of course available from the developer.android.com/preview website for the Nexus 5 and[Read More...]

by 12:47 PM on July 22, 2014 6 comments Android Development
Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

The term ‘Paperless Office’ has been around for some time now, but we’re a long way away from it being a reality. Companies still require you to physically sign documents they email you before re-digitising them and returning them, and there’s no real ‘standard’ for digital signatures at the moment. As Android and ChromeOS users, of course Google has options for printing – Google Cloud Print – and though there’s a lot of printers which are compatible, there’s a longer list of printers which aren’t. There are workarounds – but leaving your PC with printer connected switched on all the[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on July 22, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google uploads Android Wear source to AOSP

Google uploads Android Wear source to AOSP

Google has today uploaded the Kernel source for Android Wear to AOSP. The code includes Kernel source for both the Dory (LG G Watch) and Sprat (Samsung Gear Live) smart watches. In a post to the Android Building Google Group, Googler Bill Yi announced the availability of the source and kernels for the current Android Wear devices on the market. The update is a small release which is a minor update to the kitkat-mr2 release. hi All, Today, we pushed a small number of GPL projects for the kitkat-wear release. The tag is android-4.4w_r1. The changes are minor since kitkat-mr2.2.[Read More...]

by 11:23 AM on July 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
HTC may have pulled a Google and outed their upcoming smartwatch

HTC may have pulled a Google and outed their upcoming smartwatch

When Google announced back in March that they would be entering the Wearables space, they named a slew of partners from the Open Handset Alliance who had signed onto being hardware partners for the nascent Android Wear platfomrm. We’ve seen the launch of the LG G Watch, and Samsung Gear Live at Google I/O and seen Motorola’s offering the Moto 360, which is expected to be launched later this summer (Winter Southern Hemisphere). What we haven’t seen yet is the HTC offering…or have we? A recent video from HTC titled – HTC Design – Behind the Scenes – which talks[Read More...]

by 11:09 AM on July 22, 2014 3 comments Android Wear
Set reminders from the Google Search box

Set reminders from the Google Search box

With Android Wear rolling out, with Google Now at the core of the experience, Google is looking to add more functionality and ways to interact with Google Now and now you can. You can simply type your reminder into the Chrome OmniBox or Search field on the Google Website to get an option to set a Google Now reminder. The reminder will of course be tied to the account you’re signed into on Google. It works in IE, Firefox etc, as long as you’re on the Google Website, or in the address bar as long as you’re using Google as[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Google Services
Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

Google revamps the Chromecast site with better discoverability for Chromecast apps

The Chromecast is a massively popular device, with a heap of functionality and Google is keen to make it easier for you to find new ways of using it. Today, the Chromecast site has been updated to make that happen. The apps section of the Chromecast site is now showing a tabbed interface with four tabs. The first tab is the featured section, with a New section, More and a search section. Looking at the More section, you’ll find there’s a ‘Show More’ button at the bottom and you’ll take a fair time if you want to go through all[Read More...]

by 10:33 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Apps, Chromecast
Harvey Norman now offering the Sony Xperia M2 for $363

Harvey Norman now offering the Sony Xperia M2 for $363

If you’re in the market for a mid range smartphone that won’t break the bank and offer some decent specs for your dollar, then Harvey Norman may have the smartphone you desire. Harvey Norman are offering Sony’s newest mid-range smartphone, the Xperia M2 for $363 (+ Postage & Handling). Sony announced the Xperia M2 during MWC in Barcelona earlier this year, with the company stating that the Xperia M2 would be available from April locally through major telco’s and retailers, now July it’s taken a while, but it’s now here. While the Xperia M isn’t aiming to offer flagship, top[Read More...]

by 10:19 AM on July 22, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Alleged successor to the Moto G outed in the wild

Alleged successor to the Moto G outed in the wild

The successor to last years successful Moto G smartphone, which caused quite a stir at launch due to its low price, and excellent user experience, it was also named as Motorola’s most successful phone for Motorola since Google took over the company. It now seems Motorola is working on follow up to the Moto G, and thanks to the guys over at Mellando no Android, we’re getting the dirt on the specs as well as what the phone currently looks like. The phone, which will allegedly be officially launched as the Moto G2, with the model number XT 1068 (the[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Optus joins the 700Mhz test party – announces test sites in Darwin and Perth.

Optus joins the 700Mhz test party – announces test sites in Darwin and Perth.

After Telstra announced they would begin trialling a 4G network running on the 700MHz spectrum purchased in the auction last year, Optus has today advised that they too will be running a trial using the same frequency. Optus advised that they will be turning on the 4G 700MHz network in Darwin and Perth CBDs letting their customers trial the network thanks to an early access license from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). When Optus participated in the auction run by the ACMA last year, they spent a total of $650 Million dollars, which got them 2 x 10[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on July 21, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Good Deal: Chromecast back to $39 at Dick Smith – but with a $4.95 postage fee in tow

Good Deal: Chromecast back to $39 at Dick Smith – but with a $4.95 postage fee in tow

Dick Smith must be close to running out of stock of the Chromecast, but we don’t really care as long as they keep dishing them up at a bargain price…that’s right, the $39 Chromecast deal at Dick Smith is back. The deal is the same as before, except for one change unfortunately there’s a $4.95 shipping charge on top. The code remains the same ‘SAVER10‘, simply enter the code at checkout to take $10 off the $49 listed price of the Chromecast. If you’re not aware of what you can do with a Chromecast, then we highly recommend you check[Read More...]

by 9:12 PM on July 21, 2014 10 comments Chromecast, Sale
Telstra set to turn on six 700MHz network test sites in the coming weeks

Telstra set to turn on six 700MHz network test sites in the coming weeks

In May last year, Telstra and other carriers participated in a spectrum auction, which saw the countries largest Telco, successfully bid on two 20 MHz blocks (40 MHz) of spectrum in the 700 MHz band. The license to operate on the 700MHz band becomes available in January 2015, however Telstra today advised they have launched a trial of 4G services in the 700MHz spectrum in six locations around the country. Telstra customers in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith will get the first 700MHz experience on the network, before Telstra rolls it out to more locations in January.[Read More...]

by 8:48 PM on July 21, 2014 0 comments Carriers
LG G3 Accessories announced for Australia

LG G3 Accessories announced for Australia

Earlier today, we got our first look at pricing for the LG G3 when it launches in Australia. As a bonus, pre-orders for the first 100 customers will receive a Wireless Charging dock (and a G Pad 8.3) but what if you just want that sleek looking Wireless charger by itself, or you’re not quite ready to switch carrier? Well, you’ll definitely be able to, with LG today announcing pricing and availability for not only the wireless charger, but their Quick Circle cases and snap-on shells. The Quick Circle case is a new take on their Quick Window case, with[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on July 21, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
ZTE partners with Google to bring Google Now Launcher to future phones

ZTE partners with Google to bring Google Now Launcher to future phones

On the Australian Mobile market, ZTE is a relative new-comer, only recently launching their first mobile phone under their own brand name – the ZTE 969. But elsewhere in the world, ZTE is as common in the market as other brands like Huawei. Over the weekend, ZTE has announced a new partnership with Google, which may help them to achieve a little more visibility in the market place the world over. The announcement is actually centred around the re-launch of a ZTE handset which isn’t actually available in Australia – ZTE Blade Vec 4G. The phone is being re-launched, with[Read More...]

by 10:10 AM on July 21, 2014 5 comments Google Services, Manufacturer, Phones