New Nexus 7 announced – available to order from Google Play Tuesday July 30th

At the Breakfast with Sundar Google event this morning, Hugo Barra, Vice President, Android Product Management at Google officially announced the new Nexus 7 which we've seen leaked pretty thoroughly so far already. Announced simply as the Nexus 7, there is no 'New' Nexus 7 title, however the original Nexus 7 is now labelled as Nexus 7(2012) to differentiate them. Let's get down to the official specs : 7.02” 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant Corning® Glass 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 400 MHz ... Continue reading

New Nexus 7 benchmarked and hardware specs revealed

The new Nexus 7 that was acquired by a lucky Reddit user has now been benchmarked every which way as well as having the internal specs of the device confirmed by the guys over at Android Police. The specs for the new Nexus 7 which is expected to be announced in a little over 12 hours, contains many of the specs that were being rumoured, however it's been confirmed that the tablet DOES NOT contain 4GB of RAM, instead it carries only 2GB, although that is nothing to sneeze at. So, the full specs : 7" 1920x1200 Display 1.5GHz Snapdragon... Continue reading

Next Generation Nexus 7 hits the FCC (Update: Bluetooth SIG too)

With the one year anniversary of the debut of probably the most successful Android tablet to date - the Nexus 7 - fast approaching, apart from a possible appearance in a recent Google promo video there really hasn't been much heard about the Nexus 7 Mk II - until today. An Asus tablet has just been spotted listed in the FCC online repository with a brand designation of 'Nexus'. The Asus built tablet, model #:K009 is listed in the FCC certification documentation with a slew of hardware details which share a similarity with another recent arrival at the FCC the ME571K(K008)... Continue reading

Analyst: Refreshed Nexus 7 running Android 4.3, 1920×1200 display, Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU coming at Google I/O

Everybody loves a good analyst, especially when they have solid predictions of technology we love. Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has released a research note that sets out potential (yes, it's only a prediction) specs of the refreshed Nexus 7 that's sure to be announced at Google I/O later this month. The most exciting parts of the potential specs are these: Android 4.3 -- No time for the big 5.0 jump it seems 7-inch LTPS 1920x1200 Display Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (APQ8064) 5MP Rear Camera / 'HD' Front Camera Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 4,000mAh Battery with Qi charging Pricing, you ask? Well Google and Asus -- yes,... Continue reading

LG Optimus G — Review

Is the Optimus G just the Nexus 4 with LTE, or something better? LG has struggled in the last few years with their smartphone attempts, but since the release of the L Series as pre-paid offerings, they've begun to show signs of life in the Australian market. Last year they took the number two pre-paid manufacturer spot, showing a strong intention to reign supreme in the Australian market. The Australian launch of the Optimus G as a post-paid (on-contract) device on the Telstra 4G network marks their return as a premium quality, high end brand in... Continue reading

Next-generation Nexus 7 could ditch NVIDIA in favour of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro

It looks like NVIDIA's Tegra 4 won't be making an appearance in the next-generation Nexus 7. At least, according to ZD Net who are citing Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell. So why the change from NVIDIA to Qualcomm? Well, although Tegra 4 is quite powerful, it doesn't have an integrated 3G/4G modem. Instead there's a separate modem which will ultimately bump up the cost slightly. Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), however, has its 3G/4G modem built right into the chip -- making it the more attractive choice for... Continue reading

LG Optimus G to launch exclusively on Telstra in March

LG has just announced that the Optimus G will be launching in March in an exclusive deal that will see the flagship phone on the Telstra network. The Optimus G has recently broken the 1 million unit sales mark worldwide and the internal components of the phone are used to power the Google Nexus 4 but with the Optimus G you get the added bonus of an LTE radio. Andrew Volard, Director, Telstra Mobile, said Telstra was looking forward to bringing Optimus G to Australia’s largest 4G-enabled network. Optimus G is a phenomenal smartphone that combines superb build quality,... Continue reading

HTC Deluxe render leaks, 1080P international phone?

We've been watching with keen interest the leaks regarding a 5" 1080P phone from HTC for a fair while now, we saw the J Butterfly announced in Japan a few weeks ago and just the other day the US version the Droid DNA was announced for Verizon. Now EVLeaks has released this picture with the tag 'HTC Deluxe, global edition'. Unfortunately the only information in the tweet was the name and no specifications at this stage, although if the J Butterfly and Droid DNA are anything to go by we`ll see a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB... Continue reading

Ausdroid goes hands-on with the LG Nexus 4

I was in Sydney yesterday to take advantage of an invitation from LG Australia. I met with Brad Reed, Senior Marketing Manager - Mobile Communications, Content and Applications and Josh Corin, Local Product Manager - Mobile Communications. We spoke for some time about some upcoming products - the Nexus 4, Optimus G, and the L-Series (which is currently on-sale). The interview included a chance to spend some quality time with the Nexus 4. LG has spent a while off the beaten path - so to speak - with their phone offerings. Recently however, the company has made an effort to... Continue reading

LG & Qualcomm announce US event for September 19 to ‘Live Without Boundaries’

LG & Qualcomm are inviting US Press to an event to be held on the 19th of September beginning at 8am. The event which invites attendees to 'Live without boundaries' is being hosted in co-operation with Qualcomm indicating that it could very possibly be to speak about and give hands on time to press for the recently announced Optimus G which will contain a Qualcomm provided Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. The silhouette of the device in the invite also suggests that the phone being announced will be the Optimus G as well. The PR invite : LG and Qualcomm cordially... Continue reading

Xiaomi Mi 2 announced will run MIUI custom Android ROM

If you've been around the Android modding community for a while you'll be aware of MIUI the customisable AOSP ROM which originates in China, you'll also be aware that last year they announced and released the Xiaomi MI-One a dial core phone which also ran MIUI. They've just announced the successor the MI2 which from the looks of things is a monster at least hardware wise. It does seem to sport capacative buttons on the front rather than the software buttons from ICS and Jelly Bean but some people are dead-set against software buttons. Specs : Quad-Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4... Continue reading