Ausdroid Podcast 107 – Gotta fool em all

Welcome to episode 107 of the Ausdroid podcast! With local launches for the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 past, we could finally discuss some Australian specifics like carrier pricing. As both Dan and Jason have the One M8 in hand, we also gave some early thoughts on the device. There's also a quick roundup of some other notable devices hitting local stores and carriers, and a software update for an old friend. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson and Phil Tann. Topics: April Fools pranks Galaxy S5: Launch, Carrier pricing and SK Telecom... Continue reading

Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy Nexus

When the Android 4.3 update was finally delivered to Australian carriers there was much rejoicing from owners who have been waiting for an update to their phones which have been left languishing on Android 4.1.2 for over a year. But the celebrations appear to be short lived with Vodafone advising in their latest Software update that Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update. The Software Update Weekly Wrap - 13th March 2014 shows the following message with the current Android version for the Galaxy Nexus listed as Android 4.1.2 and the Future version - Android 4.3 crossed out with... Continue reading

Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

The Galaxy Nexus was a pretty popular phone choice for a number of Australians when it became the first Nexus device to be released on all three carriers but part of the carrier distribution agreement was that the updates had to go via Samsung and the carriers before being delivered to phones. After seemingly being abandoned on Android 4.1.2 it seems that carrier branded Galaxy Nexus owners will finally see their Android 4.3 update. All three carriers have updated their software availability pages to indicate that Android 4.3 has been received from Samsung. Optus and Vodafone have already... Continue reading

Give Your Galaxy Nexus a New Life

Remember when you got that Samsung Galaxy Nexus on a contract from Telstra? You thought you would receive updates forever didn’t you? Unfortunately the Galaxy Nexus is now two years old and Google have washed their hands of it. No KitKat for your phone coming from Google and you really don’t have the money to fork out for a new phone at this stage. What to do? Fear not, all is not lost, the developers at XDA-Developers have got your back. Developer PlayfulGod has managed to get a fully functional version of KitKat in the form of CyanogenMod... Continue reading

Nexus phones vulnerable to obscure SMS denial-of-service attack – here’s why you shouldn’t panic

It looks like an obscure SMS feature could be used to force a denial-of-service outcome on a range of Google Nexus handsets, including the recently released Nexus 5. The vulnerability — discovered by Dutch system administrator Bogdan Alecu — also affects all Android 4.x firmware versions on Google's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 devices. The vulnerability centres on Class 0 SMS messages, more commonly known as Flash SMS. This message format, a part of the GSM specification, requires that the message be displayed instantly on the mobile handset's screen rather than requiring user interaction to... Continue reading

Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

The automated Nexus toolkits from XDA-Developer user Mskip have been enormously popular and spawned many copy cats along the way, with the release of the Nexus 5 he's just launched the Unified Android Toolkit to support the most commonly used Nexus devices. The full list of supported devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 , Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 and these are all supported in version 1 of the Unified Android Toolkit but MSkip also has toolkits for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung Galaxy... Continue reading

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the... Continue reading

Android 4.4 AOSP ROM for Galaxy Nexus now available on XDA

Despite the claims from Google that the latest Android release is designed to run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM, support for the Galaxy Nexus has been dropped with Google advising that 'No, Galaxy Nexus phones won’t be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat)'. But this being Android, there are of course options with an AOSP ROM for Maguro (HSPA version of the Galaxy Nexus) popping up on XDA. Posted by senior member 'Grarak' the ROM is described as 'smooth and has good performance' but this being a non-official build there are of course some... Continue reading

Ubuntu Touch release coming to a Nexus near you in October

Linux nerds worldwide cried out in unison when the Ubuntu Edge IndiGoGo campaign failed a couple of months ago, some say that the call for a genuine Linux phone isn't there, others say that the ridiculous $800 early bird price was to blame. Regardless, the campaign fell dramatically short of it's target and failed to get off the ground. While the disappointment may still be fresh in the minds of many, there is good news on the horizon. Ubuntu Touch is launching a stable build for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 (2012) and the... Continue reading

Updated factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, 7 (2013) and 10 now available

It's updates galore for the current line of Nexus devices. In the last couple of days we've seen OTA updates begin flowing for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and Now, overnight another update has begun pushing out to the Nexus 7 (2013) so to keep everyone happy and up to date, Google has released factory images for the entire range of current Nexus devices. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7(WiFi and HSPA) and Nexus 10 factory images have all been updated, moving from Build JWR66V to JWR66Y. The Nexus 7 (2013) build has updated from JSS15J... Continue reading

Galaxy Nexus get JWR66Y firmware update

It seems the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device can now get a manual update of the JWR66Y security firmware update thanks to XDA developers according to Android Police. This is great news for all those who may still have the device and can't wait for an official update to eventually trickle down to your Galaxy nexus device. Here is a screen shot of the update uploaded from Android Police directly: The firmware update, available thanks to XDA Developers, is less than 2MB in size, so ultimately this is one patch you won't need to snag WiFi for, however please check... Continue reading

All the OTA Nexus updates and why they are slow to roll out.

By now, you either have received your OTA notification to download and update your device to the latest version of Jelly Bean - Android 4.3 (JWR66V) - but there are still some out there who are waiting. The curator of the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Quéru has taken to Google+ to explain why the OTA updates for Nexus devices seem to take such a long time to come. Please don't ask for the ETA of any given OTA. Here's the deal: OTAs intentionally start very slowly, both in terms of numbers and in terms of timing. The goal is to... Continue reading

Android 4.3 Factory Images available to download

After this mornings official announcement of Android 4.3, it appears that Google has released factory images for Android 4.3 for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on the Google Developers website. The factory image is Android 4.3 - JWR66V. Which is a slight increment from the leak for the Nexus 4 which appeared last week, which was JWR66N. So, anyone who flashed that build to their device would be advised to flash the newest build to their device. The update will be rolled out to devices from today, however... Continue reading