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Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices. Earlier this afternoon we received an official statement from Motorola. It’s time to find out what our carriers make of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013. HTC on the[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on October 16, 2014 17 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets
New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

New Messaging app in Android Lollipop is not a Hangouts replacement

With Android 5.0 now out in the wild, there’s finally high-resolution shots of the new Android Lollipop interface. We’ve seen an initial build via the Android L developer previews, but there’s a fair bit of buzz about something not included in those builds but present front and centre in the dock on the new Android home screen: the Messaging app. Since Google began allowing their all-in-one messaging app Hangouts to handle SMS, there’s been a lot of chatter about the default SMS app being removed. This chatter was confused somewhat by the appearance of this new message app in screenshots[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on October 16, 2014 10 comments OS Update
Motorola Australia advises Nexus 6 will be coming to retailers in Australia

Motorola Australia advises Nexus 6 will be coming to retailers in Australia

The launch of the Nexus 6 this morning has left us with some questions, mainly to do with pricing and availability. We know the phone will go up for pre-order in the US on Google Play in late October, but what about Australia? We approached Motorola Australia to find out. Motorola Australia has re-affirmed all the great new hardware in the Nexus 6 and has shared the following statement regarding Nexus 6 availability in Australia. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October. There are two colours to choose from – Midnight Blue[Read More...]

by 3:03 PM on October 16, 2014 22 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Lollipop for all the Nexuses

Lollipop for all the Nexuses

This morning the newsfeeds are out of control with news about Android version Lollipop along with some new Nexus devices. Missing was any mention at all of the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 circa 2012, and the long forgotten Nexus 10. Many assumed that support for them was dropped just as it was for the Galaxy Nexus when KitKat was released. At the time Google stated that the Galaxy Nexus fell outside their 18 month support window. Turned out that it was dropped due to the lack of support from Texas Instruments (the manufacturer of the SOC inside the Galaxy[Read More...]

by 11:47 AM on October 16, 2014 9 comments News
Humble Bundle Mobile 9 updates with two fresh new games.

Humble Bundle Mobile 9 updates with two fresh new games.

The Humble Bundle Mobile 9 went live last week offering a heap of great games for a bargain price. This morning, they’ve added two new games to the list to continue that momentum, the good news is if you paid above the average you’ll get them added to your list. The games added this morning are So Long, Oregon! and Mountain, joining Leo’s Fortune, Out There and First Strike as premium games available if you pay above the average price, which stands at US$3.33 at this stage. If that’s a little rich for your blood, then you can always pay[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 16, 2014 0 comments News
Motorola Solutions to announce a ruggedised Android Mobile Computer later this month

Motorola Solutions to announce a ruggedised Android Mobile Computer later this month

The oft-forgotten arm of Motorola: Motorola Solutions, which split from Motorola Mobility in 2011 and concentrates on servicing the government and enterprise market, has begun teasing a new Android device, which they’re set to unveil on October 21st. Described on their website as the Motorola Solutions’ New Mobile Computer, the phone is set to be launched by keynote speaker Ryan Estis and members of the Motorola leadership team at a web event you can sign up to attend on the site. Attendees are invited to learn ‘how our latest mobile computer is the smart way to build more flexible and[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer
PendoPhone 4G now available through the Pendo & Dodo Websites

PendoPhone 4G now available through the Pendo & Dodo Websites

Pendo, better known for their cheap tablets which are available through various retailers and telco’s such as Dodo, have entered the Australian smartphone market with their very own PendoPhone 4.7″ with 4G. The PendoPhone 4.7″ with 4G isn’t going to wow with high end specs but is instead aiming for the mid range budget conscious consumer, does offer some decent specs. The full list of specs include: 4.7″ IPS Display (720 x 1280) Dual Core 1.2GHz processor 1GB RAM 4GB Storage (2GB left for user memory), expandable to 32GB 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing Android 4.2 Radios: 2G: 850/900/1800/1900[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 16, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
HTC advises Android Lollipop will be coming to the HTC One M7 and M8

HTC advises Android Lollipop will be coming to the HTC One M7 and M8

HTC has been generally pretty good with their updates for flagship phones, and that trend seems set to continue with HTC (US at least) advising that the Android Lollipop build will be heading out to the HTC One M7 and M8 within 90 days. It’s not gospel, as these accounts are generally run by PR/Marketing staff, but we retain hopes that perhaps HTC got this information to their Social Media team ahead of the announcement. We will of course have to wait for HTC and the Australian carriers to get the update to our handsets and we hope to see[Read More...]

by 8:05 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Watch the Nexus 6 get an early unboxing

Watch the Nexus 6 get an early unboxing

The Nexus 6 has only just emerged officially, but obviously carriers have been handling the phone behind the scenes. T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Des Smith is one such carrier employee who gets access to the phone early and has posted an unboxing of the phone on his Twitter account, using Vine to give us a 6-second unboxing video. The box is described as not ‘Retail Ready’ but the lovely classic white, box with a number 6 embedded in the front looks great to us. Check it out and start counting down the days till you can unbox your own super-sized[Read More...]

by 7:53 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Other, Phones
Expansys has Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on a run-out special

Expansys has Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on a run-out special

Amidst all the other Nexus news today, there’s this tidbit from Expansys. Perhaps you’re not taken by a 9″ Nexus tablet. Perhaps you can’t afford that price just at the moment. If you do need a tablet though, the Nexus 7 (2013) is a great tablet (I’ve still got mine, and use it regularly) and Expansys is offering them for a special price of just $213.15 today. Add on $19 shipping, and you’ve got a 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) for just $232 and 15 cents. This is a one-day only offer though, so if you’re interested, head on over to[Read More...]

by 7:34 AM on October 16, 2014 3 comments Deal, Sale, Tablets
Nexus 9 Keyboard case shown off – no availability details available yet

Nexus 9 Keyboard case shown off – no availability details available yet

With the launch this morning of the Nexus 9, our minds of course turn to accessories and in particular to the folio keyboard case that was leaked a while back. The Folio case is real and will be coming, but when and for how much isn’t known…yet. The case attaches to the Nexus 9 magnetically and pairs through NFC. The case is powered by a small battery, which Google says will last up to five months between charges, it is of course re-charged by microUSB connection. The Folio Keyboard Case offers a stand as well as the keyboard and measures[Read More...]

by 6:52 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Accessories
Plex announces support for the Nexus Player

Plex announces support for the Nexus Player

The launch of the Nexus Player was a bit of a surprise this morning, with most leaks in the lead up to the announcement focusing on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. But a Nexus ‘TV’ is quite welcome and the first question everyone who streams movies and TV shows from their PC wants to know is ‘Will it support Plex?’, thankfully Plex have updated their blog with the answer. The Answer is simply – Yes. Plex has been playing around with Android TV since the announcement, including offering support on the ADT-1 Developer kit which was sent to potential[Read More...]

by 6:13 AM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Android TV
Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and updated Developer Preview images for Nexus 5 & 7 coming

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and updated Developer Preview images for Nexus 5 & 7 coming

Now that Android Lollipop is out in the open, the time has come to get your hands on the actual software. Of course owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7(2013) have had the ability to run the Android L developer Preview since it launched after Google I/O, but there will be updates coming soon according to the Android Developers Google+ account. The Android 5.0 SDK, as well as updated Nexus 5 and 7 images will be made available this Friday in the US (Saturday for us here in Australia). What build of Android Lollipop will be supplied for the[Read More...]

by 5:53 AM on October 16, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Phones, Tablets