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Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

Google opens availability of My Glass App to more countries

The availability of Google Glass, could be getting closer, with Google opening up availability of Glass to more countries. The My Glass app is now available to install on your Android (or iOS device) in Australia, as well as other countries, through iTunes and Google Play. Glass Explorers who live outside the US and UK, the only countries where Glass is currently officially available are now able to download the app, without having to extract the APK from Google Play, or find it through other sources. The availability of the app, is probably due to the expansion to the UK,[Read More...]

by 1:57 PM on August 14, 2014 0 comments Apps, Glass
Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

The update to Android 4.4.3, for the HTC One M8, has begun rolling out to handsets in Australia now, with Optus the first to push the update to their customers. The update includes performance optimisation updates for WiFi, Bluetooth and Radios, as well as application updates to Camera, Gallery, Settings and HTC Sync Manager according to the screenshot of the update kindly supplied by Michael: The update also includes Security Fixes. These security fixes are actually the ones from Android 4.4.4, as advised by VP, Product Management for HTC US, @moversi on Twitter: @swalker20659 @JasonMacHTC We've incorporated the security fixes[Read More...]

by 1:39 PM on August 14, 2014 17 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Information from Field Trip to appear in Google Now soon

Google has built a secondary company – Niantic Labs – which has been quietly been building location aware products like the augmented reality game Ingress and the tourist friendly app Field Trip for the last few years. Field Trip, while functional and indeed extremely useful, hasn’t been the glamour child of Niantic, and it could be about to get even less so, with the information from Field Trip about to show up in Google Now, without you having to install the app. The information from Field Trip will show up in Google Now as a card entitled ‘Nearby discoveries’ and[Read More...]

by 10:24 AM on August 14, 2014 5 comments Apps
Google looks to make Hangouts less rubbish in Chrome with Ultra Violet

Google looks to make Hangouts less rubbish in Chrome with Ultra Violet

One of the most promising aspects of Google’s Hangouts chat service is its ubiquity. A client for Hangouts is available on Android and iOS, inside your Gmail in a desktop browser and even as a Chrome extension to break it out of the Gmail window. It’s that last one in particular on which that today’s rumour centres, and it’s a welcome one. Google’s Chrome extension for Hangouts isn’t generally well-regarded – anecdotally, it often brings with it excessive resource utilisation, to say nothing of some questionable UI decisions. Florian Kiersch reports (in German) that Google is testing a new Chrome[Read More...]

by 10:14 AM on August 14, 2014 3 comments Chrome Extension, Rumours
Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus have been selling many different products in Australia for some time now. One of the pivotal moments for Asus as far as Android goes, was when the teamed up with Google in June 2012 to bring us the original Nexus 7. And, as they say, the rest is history. Since then ASUS have been bringing us various devices from a Nexus 7 clone, the Asus MeMo Pad 7 HD, through to their latest release of the Asus Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 smartphones. Now enter, the Asus Transformer Book Trio. Released late last year the Trio is a dual[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on August 14, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
The Sixth Nexus Phone Appears on Antutu

The Sixth Nexus Phone Appears on Antutu

Earlier this year many blogs were reporting that the Nexus program is dead and that Android Silver will be taking it’s place. Here at Ausdroid we have taken the different view that the Google Play Edition program will be replaced by Android Silver and that the Nexus program will live on. Afterall, app and Google developers (the guys and girls who work on Android for Google themselves) need a reference device to test their work on. With this in mind we have been waiting with bated breath for some leak or rumour to give us more confidence in our theory.[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on August 13, 2014 27 comments News
Samsung announces the Galaxy Alpha

Samsung announces the Galaxy Alpha

Samsung has just announced the much hyped Galaxy Alpha, with a metal frame and a solid finish calling it ‘the evolution of Galaxy Design’. The phone is made from plastic, featuring the same dimpled rear that was introduced on the Galaxy S5, but comes with a first for Galaxy Phones – a Metal frame. The phone takes Samsung to a new place with their design aesthetics, but still offers the familiar look and feel of a Galaxy phone. While they’re now offering a metal frame, the Galaxy Alpha still retains the same familiar dimpled plastic rear that was shown off[Read More...]

by 6:58 PM on August 13, 2014 11 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Australian Chromecast customers being offered 90 Day Google Play Music All Access Trial

Australian Chromecast customers being offered 90 Day Google Play Music All Access Trial

Chromecast is one of the best content delivery systems around, be it from external services with built-in Chromecast playback, or just using Google’s own service, and Google wants to show it off. Buying a Chromecast from Google Play – or it seems any Australian retailer (JB or Dick Smith) – will now net you 90 days access to Google Play Music. To redeem the offer, there’s two ways to go. Point your browser at chromecast.com/offers/ and select your Chromecast and then redeem the offer, or you can also go into your Chromecast app on your tablet/phone and select your Chromecast[Read More...]

by 6:30 PM on August 13, 2014 2 comments Chromecast, Google Play
Google invites you to spend an Evening with Android Wear in Sydney

Google invites you to spend an Evening with Android Wear in Sydney

Google is running an event on Tuesday August 19 in Sydney called An Evening with Android Wear, where you’ll be able to learn about the Android Wear platform and how to design and build wearable apps. The event will be presented by Google’s Timothy Jordan and Ankur Kotwal. Tim is a Staff Developer Advocate at Google based in the USA and has spent a lot of time working with and advocating for Google Glass in the past few years. Ankur is based here in Sydney and is Google’s APAC Head of Scalable Developer Advocacy. The event is aimed at product[Read More...]

by 2:49 PM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Events, Smartwatch
Pebble update brings firmware version 2.4 to your smartwatch

Pebble update brings firmware version 2.4 to your smartwatch

Pebble has released a firmware update that’s going out to users’ devices, bringing the watch to version 2.4. The update seems to be a maintenance release and is said to fix a number of bugs and annoyances reported by users. If you’re building apps for Pebble, there are a few new features in the SDK. You should get a notification from the Pebble companion app on your phone when the update’s available, but if not you can search for it manually through the app under Support > Check for updates. the full list of changes and fixes include: Fix a[Read More...]

by 1:13 PM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News, Smartwatch
Beta version of HTC’s Zoe expected for all Android phones this week

Beta version of HTC’s Zoe expected for all Android phones this week

We’ve been waiting a while for HTC to make good on its promise – made at the time the One M8 launched – to bring BlinkFeed to all Android phones, but in the meantime The Verge reports that we’ll see a beta of Zoe this week. Zoe in its current form – seen on last year’s One and this year’s One M8 – makes short highlight videos from your photos and sets them to music. You can also apply a number of effects and transitions and share the results, although the sharing has been a somewhat controversial aspect of the[Read More...]

by 12:30 PM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Apps
Ausdroid is on Pinterest!

Ausdroid is on Pinterest!

Did you know Ausdroid is on Pinterest? Curated by yours truly, many of our pins link back to stories on our site making it a good way to keep up with the latest news if you don’t have time to read the site, but there’s more than that! We’ve also got some boards collecting some weird and wonderful ways that people have shown off Android, along with wallpapers. If you’re on Pinterest, come over and follow us – give us a like, share and enjoy some fun with us! If you’re not on Pinterest, here’s your chance to get in[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on August 13, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Motorola makes a comeback – smartphone sales doubled over the past year

Motorola makes a comeback – smartphone sales doubled over the past year

Motorola‘s struggling smartphone sales in recent years have been well-documented, and as the company prepares to move from Google’s ownership to Lenovo’s, it seems that sales have markedly improved over the past year. Indeed, experts expect the company return to good fortunes under Lenovo’s stewardship. The turnaround took analysts by surprise at ABI Research, who’ve reported that Motorola sold 8.6 million smartphones in Q2 2014, up from 6.5 million in the first quarter of the year. That’s a growth of 100% compared to the same quarter last year. Motorola may not be in the top five smartphone vendors and manufacturers,[Read More...]

by 11:44 AM on August 13, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones