Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It's that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget... Continue reading

Google set to improve camera app

Google have been talking about cameras on smartphones for a while now and back in February 2013 Vic Gundotra had this to say about the Nexus range We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras I think most of us will agree that the Nexus 5 doesn't have the best smartphone camera out there, but it was an improvement over their previous offerings. The next step for Google looks to be an improved camera app and they may even release it into the Play Store. This all make a lot of sense to me and would continue with... 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

Ausdroid Podcast 105 – Flagship showdown

Welcome to episode 105 of the Ausdroid podcast! In the couple of weeks we've been off the air we've received confirmation of the Moto X coming to Australia (everyone, ready ... "FINALLY") and took a look at the state of the other high profile launches happening here in the next month. We also checked in with a few rumours about the next Nexus phone, Acer's new Chromebook and Chromecast! Hosted by Jason Murray, with Scott Plowman and (for the most part) Dan Tyson. Topics: Latest news on the Samsung Galaxy S5, All New HTC One and Moto... Continue reading

Details on the LG built ‘Nexus’ smartwatch from Google leak out

Details on the as yet unannounced Nexus Smartwatch which is being built for Google by their current favourite Nexus hardware manufacturer LG, are starting to leak out with EvLeaks overnight advising some specifications that could arrive in the watch. According to EvLeaks, the specs for the Smartwatch include a 1.65" IPS LCD with a resolution of 280x280, a SoC for the watch has yet to be determined but it will come with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Sundar Pichai announced an Android wearables SDK will be launching in the coming weeks at last weeks SXSW conference in... Continue reading

Rumour: LG to make the 2014 Nexus phone for the third consecutive year

According to legend, it's this time of year that Google looks at their Android hardware partners and begins to choose the manufacturer of the next Nexus phone, and according to a 'business related source' that spoke to at Mobile World Congress, that manufacturer will be LG - for the third consecutive year. After the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, it was widely rumoured but never confirmed that Lenovo would be manufacturing the next Nexus phone, but this new rumour tips the South Korean electronics manufacturer who has already made two well crafted phones for Google on what must have... Continue reading

Google Now launcher now in Google Play for all Nexus and GPE devices

When Google updated Google Search for Android which introduced the Google Now launcher, they put in place the functionality and ability to be a standalone launcher that hinted at a possible launch to Google Play at a future date, and that date is today, with Google releasing the Google Now launcher to Google Play. The description stipulates that the Google Now Launcher is only 'Available on Nexus or Google Play edition devices with Android 4.4 (KitKat)' so if your Nexus is still lagging behind on updates, or isn't compatible with Android 4.4 - sorry Nexus One, Nexus S and... Continue reading

Rumour: HTC to produce a “high-end” Nexus tablet later this year

Rumours are circulating today that HTC is working on a "high end" Nexus tablet for release sometime later this year. A report by Focus Taiwan has stated that HTC Corp is said to have won orders for a high-end model in the Google Nexus tablet line that will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2014. We could be seeing a replacement Nexus 10 or, given the timing of previous launches, a replacement for the current 2013 model Nexus 7. This would be a boost for HTC, who manufactured the original Nexus One for Google and... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 100 – Lucas still has his Xperia Play

Welcome to the 100th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! 100 episodes. We'll just let that sink in there. Our little podcast has grown up so fast! This week Lucas joined us to celebrate our milestone along with Jason, Geoff, Phil and Scott took a look at the news from the first Ausdroid podcast as well as some more current events. Topics: Ausdroid Podcast 001 - Is that a train I hear? Samsung: Oops, we did break third-party accessories AOKP founder defects to Cyanogen Inc HTC rumours: Telstra testing new phone, >colourful new phones, and the... Continue reading

Why Google Play Edition might kill the Nexus program (and why you shouldn’t worry)

The Nexus program has been a curious exercise on Google's behalf, allowing us to see examples of Android done very well, and sadly in some instances, not so well. Those who've been around Android for awhile will remember the much hyped Nexus One, which really set the benchmark for what an Android phone should - at the time - have been. It used the same internals as the HTC Desire, one of the most popular Android handsets of its time, but presented a very plain, unchanged view of Android. HTC added Sense and other bits and pieces to... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 99 – A curve in the right direction

Welcome to the 99th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Dan and Geoff took a good close look at the news and made sure everyone knew how the felt about it. Those communication classes are clearly helping! Topics: Motorola Moto G: Review and launch details Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite LG G Flex exclusive to Harvey Norman Accessorise your Nexus Rumours: HTC M8 Rumours: LG G3 Rumours: Sony Sirius (and another rumour a couple of days later) Samsung Galaxy S5 Pocket Weather 4.0 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast Continue reading

Google adds Nexus Wireless Charger and Red Nexus 7 sleeve to Australian Google Play Store

While the US has seen the addition of the Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G, Australia it seems hasn't been forgotten with Google adding two new accessories for existing Nexus devices to the Google Play store - the Nexus Wireless Charger and a Red variant of the Nexus 7 Sleeve. The Nexus Wireless Charger is the first Qi compatible charger that Google has offered in Australia, notably omitting Australian Nexus owners from purchasing the Nexus Wireless Charging Orb that went on-sale belatedly last year with the Nexus 4. The new Nexus Wireless Charger is available for $54.95 with... Continue reading

Bootloader Unlocking Issues Found (And Solved)

Many here will have or have had a device they have been able to unlock the bootloader on, be it a Nexus or otherwise (GPE phones are accepted into this other category). The process to unlock your bootloader was normally a pretty simple procedure to follow. I recently detailed it for the Galaxy Nexus here at Ausdroid but it seems that if you follow this procedure for the newer phones such as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 and the Nexus 4 using bootloader version MAKOZ30d you may end up with a soft bricked... Continue reading