Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Welcome to episode 108 of the Ausdroid podcast! With special guest Phil Nickinson joining us this week, we had to work out the best way to address both Phils. I'm not sure we succeeded on that front. We took a look at this week's Android TV rumours and picked Phil's brain with a quick snog/marry/avoid roundtable on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Spoiler: They're both pretty good phones! There's also some local news and a bit of rumour-mongering to round out the show. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson, Phil Tann and special guest Continue reading

Asus C200 Chromebook leaks on Google+

Asus has bought into ChromeOS big, in the next couple of months they have three Chromeboxes launching, one of which is the high-end Chromebox for Meetings to be launched in conjunction with Google. Now their upcoming Chromebook has appeared on Google+ with the model designation: C200. There's not much known about the interals of the C200, it has an 'Intel Inside' sticker on the right below the keyboard, which could indicate either a Haswell based CPU or even a newer 'Bay Trail' CPU's which are their power efficient current processors. Unlikely, but possible, depending on when they... Continue reading

Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

Google shows what’s up their sleeve with ‘Android Wear’ – it’s all about the wearables

As teased by Sundar Pichai at SXSW, Google has today announced their plans for wearables by announcing Android Wear. Android Wear is a about bringing Android to wearables and getting information to you. As expected it's heavily focused on Google Now and it will be used by a pretty vast array of partners from the Open Handset Alliance(OHA). To start with Google and their partners will be concentrating Android Wear on the most common wearable in the consumer market at this stage - Watches. There's four major focuses with Android Wear - Information, answers, health and fitness and syncing in... Continue reading

Asus Chromebox range begins hitting Australia in April

While the base model Asus Chromebox begins shipping in the US this week, we've yet to see a solid price and release date for Australia. We confirmed last month that Asus was definitely bringing them here but Asus has now supplied indicative pricing and availability information. The units will begin to arrive next month, with the Celeron based M004U model priced at $299. There will be an i3 based Chromebox released in Australia from mid-May that will support 4K video, but will cost $499. There is also the i7 Chromebox which is Google's platform for their Chromebox for... Continue reading

Hot Deal: Mobicity group buy 3G Nexus 7 32GB under $250.00

Online retailer Mobicity have a hot deal running, they're organising a group purchase of the 32GB 3G Nexus 7(2012), that's right the original Tegra 3 version, for the next 80 hours. The price if they can find 10 people to join - 2 people have joined so far - is a pretty low $249.95 That is a massive saving on the normal retail price of $349.95, so if you've been considering grabbing yourself a 3G enabled tablet even if it's the original Nexus 7, now is certainly the time to jump on the Nexus train. They were without a... Continue reading

Retailer Round-up: This weeks specials

It has been a few weeks since we brought you retailer round-up and we thought it was time to bring it back and share with you the specials available this week from the bricks and motor retailers around Australia. Coles Samsung Galaxy Y Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile - $59 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Woolworths LG Optimus L3+ Telstra Pre-Paid - $34.50 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Aldi Bauhn 9.7" Quad Core Android Tablet 16GB - $199 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until sold-out Bauhn 5" Quad Core Android Smartphone 8GB - $249 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until... Continue reading

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T arriving in Australia later this month

Announced back at IFA in September, Asus has today announced that the TF701T Transformer will be available from Asus resellers and selected Harvey Norman stores later this month. With a beautiful 2560x1600 resolution 10.1" IPS display the TF701T is a very good looking tablet, especially with the familiar Asus Transformer concentric ring design etched into the durable aluminium back. As a transformer, the tablet also comes with docking station that contains a large battery that will allow all day use. With a Quad-Core Tegra 4 SoC onboard the TF701 shouldn't be lacking in terms of speed, especially for the multimedia... Continue reading

Asus will launch a Chromebox in Australia

When Asus announced last week that they had three models of Chromebox being released in March, the details on availability in Australia were not generally known. But, it appears that there will be at least one Chromebox released in Australia with possibly a second i7 based Chromebox coming as well. Asus have advised that at this stage a Celeron 2955U based Chromebox will be coming to Australian shores. Retailers, dates and pricing will be confirmed closer to the actual launch but for now, here are the specs on the confirmed Asus Chromebox that will be arriving : Intel® Celeron™ 2955U... Continue reading

Google moving into corporate Video Conferencing market launching Chromebox for Meetings – with Asus, HP and Dell

Google and ASUS overnight have launched a new “Chromebox for meetings” which is bundled with with a camera, microphone, and speaker as an all-in-one meeting room solution for using Google+ Hangouts and accessing Google Apps. The Chromebox for meetings brings together Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in an easy-to-manage Chromebox. The Chromebox for Meetings is now on sale in the US for US$999, the pricetag includes an Asus Chromebox with a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor, HDMI and DisplayPort++ output with 4xUSB 3.0 ports as well as Ethernet and Wifi. To connect to your new Chromebox you'll also get... Continue reading

Asus unwraps their Chromebox plans – coming in March in three versions

While they first officially announced plans to enter the ChromeOS hardware market back in September, when Google announced that Haswell based devices would be coming soon, we've heard precious little from the Taiwanese based company on what their device would be. Overnight, Asus has unveiled plans for their Chromebox line which will apparently come in three versions - based on CPU - with pricing beginning at US$179. The Chromebox is the lesser known implementation of ChromeOS hardware - at least in Australia - but Samsung has produced two of these desktop alternatives, one of which has been made available through... Continue reading

Asus brings the MeMO Pad 8 to Australia – Available through Harvey Norman for $329

Asus has today announced that they have launched a new tablet in Australia which joins the existing MeMO Pad range - the MeMO Pad FHD 10 and the MeMO Pad HD 7 - although the new 8¨ tablet will not carry the HD monniker. Designed as a comfortable to use tablet, the MeMO Pad 8 is quite slim at just under 1cm thick and weighing only 350grams. The 8¨ screen has a 1280x800 resolution and is backed up by a 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU although which one is not clear beyond that it's a Cortex A9. With the slim, light design, the... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 98 – CES-a-palooza

Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It's taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we'll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony - Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei - Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus - Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer - 7" and 7.9" tablets Acer - C720P Chromebook Samsung - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan... Continue reading