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Ausdroid Podcast 125 – Nexusapalooza 2014

Ausdroid Podcast 125 – Nexusapalooza 2014

Welcome to episode 125 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week’s podcast was all Nexus, all the time. With not one, not two but three new Nexus devices announced just a day before we recorded, spirits were high and bank accounts were looking wary all night. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: Android 5.0 Lollipop Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player announced Australian carriers and retailers. Bonus: Financial impact! We ran a Google document throughout the show for both ourselves and users in the live chat to tally up how much money they were going to give[Read More...]

by 5:25 PM on October 18, 2014 0 comments Podcast
Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android’s new device setup process has long been in need of a visual overhaul to make it friendlier and less daunting for non-technical users. Since the day of Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve had a dark skin in line with the Holo theme of the time that, while straightforward, wasn’t particularly inviting. This has changed with Lollipop. While the setup process itself hasn’t changed much, it’s now decked out with bright, friendly colours. Here’s the setup process for the updated developer preview, running on a Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013). The process on the Nexus 5 is pretty much the same, but[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on October 18, 2014 4 comments Competition, Google Play, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android has long had the ability to manage multiple users on a single device, but it’s been hidden from phone users and only exposed on tablets. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, this changes. Google’s rationale for the restriction of this feature in the past was that phones are a personal device that you don’t really pass around to others, while tablets would often be passed from parents to children and the whole family. This argument didn’t really hold at the time – we’ve known anecdotally that parents let their kids play with their phones all the time, for example – and[Read More...]

by and 3:44 PM on October 18, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Ever since the introduction of the Quick Settings screen in Android Jelly Bean, we’ve been complaining about the feature. Google’s original vision of Quick Settings was a confused mish-mash of toggles and shortcuts to settings screens, and offended the Android world for one main reason: the settings couldn’t be customised, you were stuck with them whether you liked them – and they served your preferences – or not. In this respect, many OEMs have been besting Google with their Android customisations for a while. HTC chose to extend the base AOSP settings, while Samsung and other manufacturers have been doing[Read More...]

by and 1:18 PM on October 18, 2014 13 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

One of the areas in which the “stock” AOSP Android platform has fallen behind OEMs’ customisations in recent years is in preserving your battery. Google has been seeking to tackle battery life across the board in Android 5.0, but for those times when you’re running low on power and just need your phone to last that little bit longer, there’s now a Battery Saver mode that claims to eke out an extra 90 minutes of battery life. The Battery Saver screen gives you the option to turn the feature on directly, or set a rule for when it will kick[Read More...]

by and 12:26 PM on October 18, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

One of the biggest complaints in Android’s new device setup process over the last few years has finally been addressed – Android Lollipop has a new way to restore apps and purchases from old devices. The updated and redesigned setup process allows you to choose the device from which you’d like to restore apps, rather than restoring everything you’ve ever purchased from the Play store. If you’ve another Android device, you can use the new NFC-based Tap-and-Go feature to restore from that particular device: Update We thought it would be Lollipop-only, but Tap and Go works between KitKat and Lollipop[Read More...]

by and 11:40 AM on October 18, 2014 8 comments Google Play, News, OS Update
Nexus 9: Did you order one on launch day?

Nexus 9: Did you order one on launch day?

With the Nexus 9 now available to purchase in Australia via the Play Store, and with some of Ausdroid’s guys waking up at an ungodly hour to partake, we want to know: did you order the Nexus 9 on launch day as well? Some of us are on the fence – myself included – whereas others have already taken the plunge. Daniel and Jason have jumped right in and pre-ordered. Daniel says the Nexus 9 is the definitive Android Lollipop reference device, being the first Android device (tablet or phone) available with a 64-bit processor, allowing the true power of[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 18, 2014 21 comments News, Tablets
Android Lollipop – English (Australia) is now an initial setup option

Android Lollipop – English (Australia) is now an initial setup option

For a long time, we’ve been wanting English Australia as an option when setting up Android. We even promoted a feature request on the Android L issue tracker which made the request to add it as an option back in August. Well, in the latest Android Lollipop Developer preview, English (Australia) is now an option. As you can see from the screenshot, English (Australia) now appears in the list of available languages, just above the option for English (India). It’s not all great news, the keyboard dictionary is still set to US, meaning you will need to change the to[Read More...]

by 7:29 AM on October 18, 2014 7 comments Android Development
Android 5.0 SDK now available to download – API level 21 is here.

Android 5.0 SDK now available to download – API level 21 is here.

Along with updated developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, Google has today released, as promised, the SDK for Android 5.0. The new SDK brings API level 21 to the Android SDK, and there’s quite a bit packed into the new SDK. In their blog post announcing the SDK, Google lists a host of new API’s, including : Material Design theme & APIs Enhanced Notifications for your apps Project Volta and Battery Historian for better power efficiency for apps Enhanced app runtime with Android Runtime (ART) OpenGL ES 3.1, Android Extension Pack & 64-bit support for better[Read More...]

by 6:08 AM on October 18, 2014 0 comments Android Development
Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

With Android Lollipop now official, Google has released the updated developer builds for the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 5 on their developer preview site. The new build is LPX13D, updated from the previous latest build of LPV81C. The dowloads clock in at over 300MB each, and there’s been some hit and miss on the downloads as the servers are obviously under load right now. You can find the download links below (they’re directly from Google). Device Download Checksum Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” hammerhead-lpx13d-preview-f7596f51.tgz MD5: 8d92596aa038203fc6c8ff40a0e8b560 SHA-1: f7596f518a8a429f03de5bf8152fa90e738228dd Nexus 7 (WiFi) “Razor” razor-lpx13d-preview-ae4f461f.tgz MD5: b2c567518d203b487cb2ac28d25b0a54 SHA-1: ae4f461fabae5ff92eae0c252c34bb26d877e528 Download, unpack[Read More...]

by 5:40 AM on October 18, 2014 11 comments Android Development, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

The Nexus 9 has just gone live on the Australian Google Play store. The tablet has replaced both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets which are no longer available. The Nexus 9 is available in available in 16GB or 32GB options but only in Wi-Fi, with the LTE option still greyed out. There are two colour options available as expected – Indigo Black and Lunar White, with the Sand coloured option expected to arrive later this year. Pricing wise the Nexus 9 isn’t cheap 16GB $479 32GB $589 Update : The LTE Version of the Nexus 9 is now[Read More...]

by 5:24 AM on October 18, 2014 37 comments Accessories, Google Play, Manufacturer, Tablets
Ausdroid Podcast 125 – LIVE CHAT, Nexus Lollipop special!

Ausdroid Podcast 125 – LIVE CHAT, Nexus Lollipop special!

http://youtube.com/embed/4ebf6G8TYBg Welcome to episode 125 of the Ausdroid Podcast! It’s Nexus week, so you’ll hear all about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player along with Google’s latest serving of sweetness – Android 5.0, Lollipop! If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube. If you have a Chromecast you can also put us on your TV! Broadcast will start at 9.00pm AEST Live Chat You can join our live chat using the chat interface below, or join us on DALnet IRC, channel #ausdroid. Lollipop Nexus 6, 9, Player

by 8:49 PM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

Rumour: Lollipop OTA for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to arrive November 3rd – other Nexus devices ‘later’

There’s a fervour building for Lollipop now that it’s been announced, but when Nexus devices will receive the latest update hasn’t yet been announced. Google expects to drop updated Lollipop Developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) tomorrow, but when a full push of finallised OTA’s will begin to all the Nexus devices hasn’t been officially announced. But there’s always rumours. Android Police is reporting they have two sources advising that the OTA updates for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi model (2012 AND 2013) and Nexus 10, will begin pushing out on November 3rd. Why? because there’s[Read More...]

by 3:54 PM on October 17, 2014 3 comments OS Update