Ausdroid’s 4th birthday — Moto G winner, and more prizes to go!

Today marks the 4th birthday of Ausdroid, and of course, we're celebrating just a little bit. It's been a long journey for us, particularly for Buzz and myself who've been around since day dot, but also for the rest of the team who've been with us for a few years as well. In the lead-up to today's festivities, we ran a giveaway for a Motorola Moto G, which ended at midnight, and we've drawn our winner this morning, Jon B from Sydney. Congratulations! However, the fun doesn't stop there. We've... Continue reading

Ausdroid’s new look — Share your feedback

This morning, Ausdroid has taken the wraps off a project it has been working on for a little while. Our goal has been to make Ausdroid faster, more responsive and easier to read on the run (whether via our recently released mobile app, or via a web browser). So, without further delay, please put your hands together for Ausdroid 4.0. Key elements of this new design include: Clean, white interface with fewer graphic elements -- this means faster load time. Responsive layout -- looks great on mobiles, tablets and desktops without clumsy mobile themes. Ease of maintenance, meaning less time with things not... Continue reading

Ausdroid App updated to version 2

A bit over a week ago, we took the beta wraps of our own Android app, Ausdroid News, and released it onto the Play Store. We've had over 500 installs since, and we think it's fair to say, the feedback has been glowing. We're very happy with how well the app has been received, and we're grateful to you guys, our readers, for the feedback we've received. Hot on the heels of our first release, taking account of some of the most common items raised in feedback with us, we've pushed out version two straight to the Play Store, bypassing... Continue reading

Nexus 5: How the order process works

1 November 2013, the day when Google made the Nexus 5 available to us all. However, judging by the comments on our earlier post about the Nexus 5 availability, not everyone has had the most enjoyable journey through the ordering process, so we thought we'd document what we experienced when going through the order process this morning. Chris attempted a purchase this morning at around 6.30am, of a single Nexus 5 32GB in Black. After adding the device to the shopping cart and proceeding to the checkout, the... Continue reading

Ausdroid introduces.. the official Ausdroid app for phones and tablets!

Ausdroid has always offered its readers a few different ways to consume its news. What started as a simple blog then became a much more comprehensive website, we spread out into offering an RSS feed, a Podcast, and then a mobile optimised website. We've even been featured in HTC's BlinkFeed product on their new handsets, which is quite a feat in itself. We'd now like to introduce the latest member of the family, and one that we think is kind of cool. Launched today on the Play Store is the official Ausdroid app. It's free, and you can download it right... Continue reading

Ausdroid: Now featured on HTC’s BlinkFeed service

We've always believed Ausdroid was, and is, a great news source for all things Android in Australia, and we know that our readers agree. Well, it seems it's not just our readers. HTC think so as well! Ausdroid has been approached by HTC to join the select group of news outlets featured in their BlinkFeed product, and I'm proud to announce that we've accepted, and we're on board! Amongst other respected Australian technology outlets like Gizmodo and Tech Radar, Ausdroid now has its place. We'd like to welcome you to join us. If you have an HTC One with... Continue reading

Update on Ausdroid’s server issues

You've probably noticed Ausdroid has had a few hiccups over the last twelve hours. We've been working just about round the clock to get everything working A-OK again, and at the time of writing, things seem to be largely back to normal. A big thanks from me to Alan at OrionVM for helping me fix up a few hiccups at a higher level, and to the team for bearing with me while I tinkered under the hood. Over the last few hours things have stabilised and you shouldn't notice any major issues browsing the site, though there may be... Continue reading

JB HiFi selling the Asus FonePad 3G for $298

JB HiFi are offering the Asus FonePad 3G 7" tablet for $298. Quite a good price considering the price was due to be $329 when it was to be launched just last month. The oversized phone/tablet is a pretty large device for some, but the largish device offers a unique take on the 7" tablet form factor. Just in case you have forgotten what the FonePad was packing, here are the details: 7" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) Screen IPS Panel Intel Atom Z2420 1.2 GHz CPU 1Gb RAM 8 GB internal storage, 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space 3 MP... Continue reading

Ausdroid Highly Commended in the Best Independent Media category

The 11th annual Microsoft IT Journalism Awards were held at Sydney's Luna Park last night and three of us -- Daniel, Jason and myself -- were fortunate to attend on behalf of the rest of the team. We were nominated in the category best independent media, and to our surprise, we were finalists in this category as well! It was at this point we thought we'd better attend, and it was a great night. Quite apart from the food and drink, there was the opportunity to catch up with a number of our colleagues in the... Continue reading

Want to wear some Ausdroid gear? You can.

Way back when Ausdroid turned one (that was two years ago.. yikes) we launched a limited range of clothing available for people to buy. Quite a few of the (then) fairly small team bought some gear, and a number of our readers did too. Well, with our third birthday just passed, we've revisited the idea of an Ausdroid clothing line. This time around, we've got a broader range -- both men's and women's lines, in addition to unisex gear -- a brighter, clearer logo, and for the first time, if you prefer a higher quality garment, we've got embroidered... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 059 – 05/03/2013

Welcome back to the Ausdroid Podcast - this is episode 59! This week we wrapped up the news and Android announcements from Mobile World Congress as they relate to us here in Australia, looked at the Samsung Galaxy S IV rumour mill and took another look at what's happening in the Android Twitter landscape (hint: it's not good). The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. (more…) Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 058 – 26/02/2013

Welcome back to the awesomeness that is the Ausdroid Podcast. We are hitting the airwaves or video waves whatever you want to call it with another killer show. This week's show featured a special guest appearance by Russell Ivanovic of Shifty Jelly, creators of Pocket Casts and Pocket Weather AU, on the eve of the launch of Pocket Casts v4. The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. You know the drill... (more…) Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 056 – Nexus 4, HTC and the Ausdroid Foundation – 5/2/2013

Last week was a comparatively quiet week for Australian Android news. We discussed Buzz's HTC Butterfly review and some app news, though the Nexus 4's re-emergence on the Google Play Store caused a bit of a standout blip on our radars. Eventually when the thing goes on sale and stays on sale, we'll probably be able to stop talking about it -- maybe. Chris also popped in for a chat about the Ausdroid Foundation and announced our latest competition -- donate to the Ausdroid Foundation, and you could win a Nexus 4! You can downloaded the Google+ Hangout video... Continue reading