Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings new features like custom watch faces, wallpapers + more

One of the biggest complaints from owners of the Sony Smartwatch 2 was inability to customise their watch faces to make them more personal. That is, until today. Sony have released a software update for the Smartwatch 2 which adds custom watch faces to the mix, and also provides a built-in editor right within the app. Users now have the ability to choose from a base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, and create / edit their own from these sets. The watch face editor presents users with a blank slate, to which they... Continue reading

SBS On Demand now available for all in Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Samsung Apps

Australian broadcaster SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) has finally released a native Android app for its SBS On Demand catch-up TV service to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The new version (v1.2 for those of you counting) has also been submitted to Samsung Apps. The app features the usual catch-up TV elements (series notifications, recommendations, sharing and playlist controls) and includes phone and tablet UIs in the same install. Users who log in with an SBS On Demand account can also share their playlists across desktop and mobile devices. The service offers SBS' locally produced news... Continue reading

PSA: Redeem your Google Play Credit from Nestlé Australia by May 31st or lose it.

Just when you thought that the Google/Nestlé Australia KitKat promotion was over there's just one more thing as a certain tech company likes to say at their launches. This afternoon, Nestlé Australia began sending out emails to entrants in their promotion to remind them that their Google Play vouchers won during the competition would expire on the 31st of May. The email also advises that the credit once activated will last until the 31st of January 2015 : Good Afternoon, We are sending you this email as you were one of the lucky winners of our KIT KAT Android promotion... Continue reading

How an Australian company is helping promote Google Play in the US and beyond

Sydney based company Tapit — which just so happens to be one of the market leaders in the Near Field Communications (NFC) marketing world — have just announced their newest campaign working with Google in the US. The campaign will use NFC used in conjunction with traditional advertising to promote Google Play Movies in cities across the US. This isn't Tapit's first work with Google, having partnered with Google Australia last year to create an NFC-enabled marketing campaign to promote Google Music on a select number of buses in Sydney, as well as on trains in Melbourne & Brisbane.... Continue reading

Google Opinion Rewards now available in Australia

If you're willing to fill in a survey or two in exchange for credit in Google Play, then Google Opinion Rewards is for you. The app is now available in Australia, as well as Canada and the UK. It's a fairly simple process, download the App and sign-in using your Google account. You're taken through an initial setup process and sample survey to get you started. Once Google has a survey to send to you, you will receive a notification in your Notification Pane and you simply tap on it to start the process. If you haven't got any surveys to... Continue reading

Cast Store lists and highlights Chromecast compatible Apps

Google hasn't historically done a fantastic job of highlighting Apps for specific platforms - their Tablet Apps highlight only really came into the fore in November last year, a couple of years after the introduction of tablets. Their Chromecast App highlights have similarly been lacking, with their current selection still limited to those launched 'officially' up till last December, and even then, those aren't featured in Google Play. A third party developer has seen this void and created Cast Store for Chromecast to highlight Chromecast compatible apps. The app contains a Chromecast themed news feed front and... Continue reading

Network Ten finally brings TenPlay to Android

After launching its TenPlay catch-up TV service last year on the web and iOS, Network Ten has finally brought us an Android app. You'll be able to watch shows like Elementary, Neighbours, 90210 and Ten's news and live sporting events in the app as of today. The app features on-demand streams of TV shows that have aired on the Ten, Eleven and One channels and can also stream live news and events (like yesterday's F1 race). You'll also find a fairly well-featured TV guide included, which covers not just Ten's own channels but also other free-to-air and pay TV... Continue reading

Chromecast to launch in the UK March 19th, France on March 25th – Australia can’t be too far behind

Chromecast - the HDMI dongle that's taken the US by storm, is about to go international. That much is certain, Sundar Pichai, head of Chrome and Android confirmed that last week at South By SouthWest(SXSW), but exactly when is the next question. The answer appears to be somewhat scaled, the Chromecast will launch in the UK on March 19th, and according to a couple of French websites, it will expand further afield on March 25th. Android Police obtained a screenshot of a memo sent to UK distributor Dixons which lists the March 19th release date. The memo lists... Continue reading

Latest Plex update adds Chromecast support for all users

Plex has updated overnight to add the long awaited Chromecast function for all users. Plex first added the feature in the second wave of Chromecast Apps which arrived in December 2013. At the time a Plex Pass subscription was required to enable the Chromecast support but this recent update does away with that requirement. At $5.52 the Plex for Android is not the cheapest of Apps, but Plex is one of the better looking apps on the market and the information you get on-screen when playing a video through Plex is possibly the best looking available. You also... Continue reading

Angry Birds goes medieval for the next sequel – launching in Australia and Canada First

Thou shall go forth and smite the enemies of the royal bird kingdom, at least that's what Rovio envisage for the next sequel in their massively popular line of Angry Birds titles. The company released a video over the weekend giving us an insight into the next phase of this franchise for all to enjoy. In the video, a variety of upcoming Angry Birds games are being plastered on a wall as an aggressive Razor scooter skater does x-treme tricks. Within one of the scenes, an image of the birds outfitted as a wizard, knight (or viking?), and archer are... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 104 – Wearing out the wearables

Welcome to episode 104 of the Ausdroid podcast! We only managed to cover Nokia's and Samsung's announcements from Mobile World Congress in episode 103, so this week we covered other announcements and - of course - the news of the week. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Scott Plowman and Adam Ricket. Topics: TV shows now available on Google Play in Australia Sony: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet LG: F Series (and don't forget the L Series III) HTC: Desire 610, 816 Huawei: Mediapad Tablets, Ascend G6 Wearables at MWC: Continue reading

Get the movie ‘Big’ starring Tom Hanks for free from Google Play for a limited time

Google Play is still celebrating their second birthday and they've just offered up a decent gift in the form of a free HD copy of the movie Big starring Tom Hanks. The synopsis from Google Play : At a carnival, young Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he was big -- only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy, Josh lands a job at a toy company. but the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood. Original Theatrical Trailer : Get it now from Continue reading

Google Play celebrates their 2nd birthday with a sale

Two years ago, on the sixth of March Google undertook a re-branding of the Android Market, as it was then known to become Google Play - a store more focused on content from Google than a mere App store for their Android devices. To celebrate their 2nd Birthday, Google has launched limited time deals throughout each of their departments, offering on Apps, Movies, Music, Books and Music subscriptions. Google has started offering a deal on Music, offering a discounted album for $4.99, every 24 hours beginning yesterday with Avicii - True which is still currently available at the... Continue reading