+ Monday September 23rd, 2019

We’re coming up on 12 months of Android Australia, and in that time you, our readers, have come to trust us to bring you Android news specifically targeted to the Australian audience. There’s not a lot of point knowing what AT&T’s latest Android release will be, because chances are, you won’t see it here for awhile.

No, we bring the local perspective.

You’ve come to rely on us for reviews of phones that are, or will very shortly be, available in Australia so you can choose what to buy. Sometimes we cover international releases – such as what’s been going on at the Mobile World Congress in recent days – but this is the exception.

One area where we haven’t really gone before has been application reviews. This is a function of a few things, but primarily there haven’t been a lot of locally produced Android applications. That’s slowly changing, and we want the number of Aussie Android applications to really take off.

Starting soon, we’re going to showcase Australian Android applications on here, with reviews, recommendations and more. We (Buzz, Lucas and I) have become rather well known for our handset reviews, giving an honest (and sometimes damning) opinion of what we see.

So here’s our call to arms. We want you, Australian Android developers, to put your apps where your mouth is – get in touch with us, give us your apps to review, and you’ll get some pretty decent exposure on the Android Australia website. You might say “so what?”

Read on, after the break, for the deal.

In the last three months, we have the following fairly impressive stats:

  • Almost 750,000 impressions
  • Just under 200,000 unique visitors
  • 1500 followers on Twitter, and a further 800 users on Facebook, many of whom re-share what we post, increasing our exposure.

These numbers are growing by the week. In short, who wouldn’t want that kind of exposure for their applications? We want to see what you can produce, we want to see what you’re already selling, and what’s in the pipeline.

Thanks to our great friends at MobiCity, we have a brand spanking new HTC Desire HD to test your wares on. We know your applications are going to be great, so we want to test it on a cutting edge device to really get the full impact. If you want to get your own Desire HD, at an absolute steal of a price, check out the MobiCity product page here.

Either send me (chris@ausdroid.net) an email, or get in touch with us and discuss your app and having it reviewed on Android Australia.

For those wanting the small print:

  • Depending on the volume of submissions, we may not review every application that crosses our desk.
  • As with handset reviews, we have to prioritise what we look at, and what we don’t.
  • We don’t guarantee to give a positive or negative slant on the review – submitting your app for review is not buying advertising space with us – if you want to do that, contact Buzz to discuss advertising. Yes, we do sell it.
  • In the interests of fairness, if we’re going to post up a negative review, we’ll give you the opportunity to respond before we go live, and incorporate those comments in our review.
  • After all, we want to encourage local Android developers, not scare them to death.
  • The review device will be an HTC Desire HD running Android 2.2 or Android 2.3.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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A user recommendation for all Australians, for anyone with kids in particular, “Dunny Directory” is brilliant. Simple and free

George Deka

if only I could think of an app to make


Halfbrick and Firemint are our big Aussie devs, but I hope you get some responses from smaller devs who may/may not be doing well – at least to give some exposure and support to them!


I think Fruit Ninja was done by a Brisbane developer? Correct me if I’m wrong…

Buzz Moody

I believe you’re right.


This sounds great!

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