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How to use a Samsung Gear Fit on any rooted Android device

How to use a Samsung Gear Fit on any rooted Android device

Warning: Rooting a device has a lot of inherent risks and things can sometimes go wrong and you may wind up with a brick, an unusable device. Keep that in mind when following the instructions below do so at your own risk and I suggest you read through them carefully as one misstep may result in bricking your device. We do not take any responsibility for anything you do with/to your device and you proceed at your own risk. Earlier this year, before the advent of Android Wear Samsung released it’s second generation of smartwatches. The Samsung Gear 2, Gear[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments
Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

In April this year, Microsoft announced it was retiring their Qik video messaging service, and were merging it with Skype to better enhance user experience. It seems to have finally come to fruition with Microsoft today announcing its new service called Skype Qik: Group Video Chat. Skype Qik is an mobile-only app that is focused solely on swapping short clips (up to 42 seconds long) with contacts imported from contacts stored on your phone. Skype Qik allows for group messages to be created from these contacts, to quickly and easily allow you to arrange social, or business gatherings using these[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Samsung Australia offering $50 cash back with purchase of the Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung Australia offering $50 cash back with purchase of the Galaxy K Zoom

Samsung occasionally offers a few deals with their products and this time around it’s their phone-camera or camera-phone, the Samsung Galaxy K-Zoom which launched in Australia earlier this year. Samsung is offering customers who purchased the device between the 22nd of September and the 15th of November, $50 cash back. To qualify you simply have to purchase the handset from a participating Australian retail store in the window and then claim your cash back by heading to the Samsung promotions website. You will need a few things before heading there, you’ll need a copy of your original purchase receipt, the[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Podcast
Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook stickers are coming to comments

Facebook has begun rolling out an update to their Android app, which will allow you to use stickers in the comments section of your status, picture or video updates. The stickers, which have been widely available for a little while now in Facebook Messenger, are being rolled out to both the web, as well as mobile apps over the next few days and comes after a long project headed Product Engineer Bob Baldwin and his team at Facebook. The project, which started as an idea during a hackathon project in New York between Baldwin and fellow programmer Kwame Thomison. The[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
LG L Fino listed on LG Australia website – coming soon for $199

LG L Fino listed on LG Australia website – coming soon for $199

It seems that LG has added a number of new handsets to their site in time for the upcoming Christmas season, with a new L-Series phone, the L Fino handset appearing on the site. The phone is listed as ‘Coming Soon’ to a range of retailers, where it will sell for a Recommended Retail Price of $199. The L-Series handsets are lower end, featuring only a 3G radio, however the L Fino takes on design stylings from the higher-end LG G3. The handset also gets some of the higher end software features of the higher end phones, including Knock Code[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

Google teases Android 5.0 in a video showing off potential dessert names

We’re oh so close. Android L is rumoured to be launched tomorrow morning, and it seems like even Google doesn’t know what the L version of Android will be called (Lemon Meringue Pie? Lava Cake? Lady Finger? Lemon Drop?….Lollipop?). In this video shared by Sundar Pichai on Google+ this morning the casting call for the dessert to front the next version of Android is on. There’s all those desserts in there, including an Oreo (no seriously, watch the video). With the maker of the Android Lawn statues currently at the Googleplex, we’re surely going to know what the next version[Read More...]

by 7:54 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments OS Update
Oppo N3 to come with 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor in the rotating mount

Oppo N3 to come with 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor in the rotating mount

The rotating camera in the Oppo N3 is apparently going to be quite impressive according to the company’s CEO, Tony Chen. Mr Chen has taken to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo to describe the camera module and show off the difference against some of its top current competitors. Mr Chen started out by outing the camera specs for the phone which is due for launch at the end of this month, announcing the phone will have a 16MP 1/2.3-inch sensor contained in that rotating mount at the top of the handset. He has also shown off a graphic comparing the sensor[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 15, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Google will launch the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 with Android L tomorrow – pre-orders on October 17th

Tis the season and we’re apparently on the eve of the announcement of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L (Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie?). Forbes has this morning chimed in with their own take on the release, citing a source close to Google, who has let them in on a few details of the launch. According to Forbes, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will be announced with Android L tomorrow, via a blog post, as has been the case for the past couple of years. According to their source, an event was planned, but was cancelled because Google[Read More...]

by 4:27 AM on October 15, 2014 15 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

New evidence surfaces pointing at Android Lollipop for the next version of Android

As recently as this week we’ve seen suggestions, well mostly trolling, that the next version of Android could be Liquorice. But a new screenshot surfaced today has pointed at Android Lollipop being the current favourite, at least with internal developers who create debug icons for test builds of Android. Though previously we’ve heard that Googlers were using Lemon Meringue Pie as the Debug icon, as well as referencing LMP in their commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), it appears the trend may have changed. MyCE noticed a new screenshot attached to an issue logged in the Chromium Issue[Read More...]

by 3:39 AM on October 15, 2014 3 comments Android Development, OS Update
Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Apparent Android 4.4 roadmap for Samsung Galaxy devices leaked

Samsung is getting better with their update schedule, at least for the higher end devices. A leaked build of Android L running on a Galaxy S5 was recently seen, showing that Samsung is at least working on the next build of Android for their premier phone. But that’s in the future, for now a list of dates apparently showing when 13 Galaxy phones will receive Android 4.4 has shown up on XDA-Developers. According to the list Samsung’s top tier devices, including the Galaxy S5 (SM-G9000I and SM-G9000F variants) and the Galaxy Note 3(SM-N900 and N900S variants) are due to see[Read More...]

by 12:36 AM on October 15, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Nexus 6 render appears online courtesy of @evleaks

Nexus 6 render appears online courtesy of @evleaks

The Nexus 6 is imminent and despite quite a depressing week, Evan Blass, best known by his online twitter handle @evleaks, has blasted out a leak worthy of Nexus season – the Nexus 6. The leak shows off the Android L design with new icons we first saw in a post from Android Police which confirmed the Nexus 6. There are three folders present on the front screen, labelled ‘Google’, ‘Create’ and ‘Play’, seemingly reminiscent of the updated Mobile Distribution Agreement which was leaked a few weeks ago. The folders are filled with complimentary Google apps – ‘Create’ with Drive,[Read More...]

by 12:31 AM on October 15, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Nexus 6 Outed By Google in Video

Nexus 6 Outed By Google in Video

Remember last year when Google “accidentally” outed the Nexus 5 in a video showing the KitKat statue being placed on the lawn at Google HQ? It seems they have done it again this year. This time though it isn’t an accidental reveal by a Googler. The phone appears in an Android advertisement produced by Google. Originally it was apparently spotted on TV by a user and then found online. If you watch the video below you will see the guy fourth in line pull what appears to be a massive Moto X with Android L onscreen buttons on it. This[Read More...]

by 8:19 PM on October 14, 2014 9 comments News
Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

There’s little doubt in my mind that smart watches have really exploded this year; we’ve gone from an environment where there were a couple of watches that paired via Bluetooth and didn’t do a great deal beyond vibrating occasionally, to the era of the Pebble about this time (or a bit earlier) last year, through to this year’s Android Wear devices. Of course, Android Wear isn’t the only platform out there — Sony’s had its own smartwatch platform for a couple of years now, and Samsung tried it their way with their Galaxy Gear line of watches. For me though,[Read More...]

by 7:15 PM on October 14, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Reviews, Smartwatch