Office Online available in the Chrome Web Store

It was just shy of 2 weeks ago when we posted that Microsoft made Office Mobile free for all to use(so long as you're not on an Android tablet), and it appears now that Microsoft are targeting Google Apps in their own playground; The Chrome Web Store. Microsoft have added Word Online, Excel Online, One Note Online (a worthy competitor to the very popular Evernote) and Powerpoint Online to the Chrome Web Store. While some users may query the function for this when Office Online as a suite of web apps already works... Continue reading

Yatango changes pricing plans; 4G rumoured to arrive in May

Yatango Mobile has built their brand as an innovative MVNO using the Optus network which allows you to tailor your mobile plan to your needs. Those needs are about to cost a little more though with Yatagno Mobile announcing new pricing that will become effective as of the 5th of May. Voice, SMS and Data will become more expensive across the board with Voice and SMS Packs getting a smallish increase to the current arrangement, but Data Packs are the main victims here, with a massive hike in price at the gigabyte end of the scale. Voice Minutes:... Continue reading

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 now available

http://youtu.be/P7LYoP9WAOQ The next round of Humble Bundle games is upon us with six games currently available for Android. Bag It! R-TYPE II Aralon: Sword and Shadow The Cave The Room Two Carcassonne You can get the first three games for as little or as much as you like, but pay above the average (US$4.66 at time of writing) and you will also receive the last three items on the list above. As with all Humble Bundles you can pay what you want, you choose how that money is distributed amount the developers, the charities and the Humble Bundle team - you can even choose which developers... Continue reading

Android originally didn’t support touchscreen input until the iPhone came along

In the early days of Android, Google was only considering a traditional keyboard interface (like that shown above), and the advent of a touch-screen interface came much later with the release of the first iPhone. As part of the continued hearing in the US Supreme Court between Apple and Samsung, Google's Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer was placed on the stand and gave evidence about the early days of Android. He explained that as of 2006, the Android open platform only considered the use of a physical keyboard as part of the OS operation and hardware requirements. Lockheimer's documents were destined... Continue reading

Amazon smartphone details uncovered and prototype leaked

Only a couple of days ago, we heard reports coming out of the US, that Amazon was definitely working on its own Android smartphone. Amazon plans to release the device later on this year through its own website. Overnight, reports on the devices specs and a picture of the actual prototype have leaked thanks to a scoop by BGR. The prototype, shown above, has been given the codename "Duke" and will run Amazon's Android-based FireOS according to another report from TechCrunch. Based on the reports, Amazon's Duke will include the following specs: 4.7-inch screen with reports suggesting it will be... Continue reading

Gear Fit from Samsung made to work on non-Samsung phones

Samsung's recently launched Gear Fit was designed to only work with compatible Samsung handsets. However, it has been massaged into working with some other handsets as well, including the flagship competitor HTC One (M8) and last year's Nexus 5. The Gear Fit is an interesting device for the sports oriented consumer, and is causing some head turning, however the price tag and limited compatibility might be making people cautious. There are also some fairly well discussed issues, such as questionable battery life, and (until a recent firmware fix) the odd orientation when trying to read the time. However the folks over at... Continue reading

Moto X available on Post-Paid plans with Dodo Mobile – Outright $525

The Moto X has only arrived on Australian shores in the last couple of weeks, at launch it's mainly been available for purchase outright with no carriers announcing plans for the phone. But Dodo Mobile are bucking the trend and offering the device on two of their Post Paid Plans. Backed by the Optus 4G network Dodo is offering the Moto X on two of their top tier plans - the Mobile Smart Mega and Smart Plus plans : Inclusions Mobile Smart Plus Mobile Smart Mega ... Continue reading

LG G3 Specs and UI leaked

LG are set to join the party of flagship releases in 2014. So far we have seen the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. The LG 2014 sequel to their 2013 G2, is rumoured to be announced on May 17 and while we have seen a few rumours regarding its specs the details are few and far between, with the main one being that it totes a QHD display of 2560×1440 resolution. In the past few days we have seen some more details surface. MyLGPhones have unearthed... Continue reading

One Plus One Photo Samples Leak and More

Here at Ausdroid we have been covering the leaks by startup company OnePlus regarding their upcoming release of their first ever phone offering, the OnePlus One. Each day it seems that OnePlus are leaking tidbits about the phone, usually using official social media channels. Today what appears to be samples of photos taken by the OnePlus One with its 13MP camera toting a Sony Exmor IMX214 6-Lens sensor have leaked, unofficially. The photos appear to have excellent colour reproduction and the macro and depth of field photos are also excellent. While the photos are compressed so it is... Continue reading

Pebble Steel — Smartwatch Review

The Pebble Steel is the second generation Pebble smart watch, following on the success of the original Pebble, after its own success as a Kickstarter graduate. The Pebble presents a simple premise: a watch that doubles as a 'second screen' for your smartphone, allowing you to see emails, notifications, reminders and the like on your wrist without having to pull your phone from your pocket. Both the Pebble Steel and the original Pebble did this, but there's really one major difference between the two. The original Pebble made for a pretty ugly watch. As shipped, it had a... Continue reading

Tropical Cyclone Ita is bearing down on Far North Queensland; mobile carriers are sharing essential info

We've been watching today the developments in Far North Queensland in relation to Tropical Cyclone Ita. Yes, you might think "this isn't Android news", and no, it isn't, but it is news affecting a good number of Australians, and we care about things like this. Without going into all the background of what's expected (head over to the ABC for that), FNQ is looking at a category five cyclone making landfall sometime tonight (11 April) with winds as high as 285 kph, causing flash flooding, wind damage, and goodness knows what else. One of the most valuable things you can... Continue reading

Heartbleed may affect older devices running Android 4.1.1

If you've been on the internet in the last week, you've probably read about the vulnerability found in OpenSSL which affects a good percentage of the Internet. Heartbleed is the name given to a vulnerability in Open SSL, the secure sockets layer software for secure internet transactions (e.g. web servers running on https, like your bank, or our donation portal). It allows a would-be hacker to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names... Continue reading

Samsung anti-theft, exclusive to US Cellular and Verizon

Samsung have introduced two new anti-theft features for the US Cellular and Verizon versions of their latest flagship the Galaxy S5. The features follow in a long line of security apps including Cerberus Anti-Theft and Google's own Android Device Manager. Find my mobile touts the ability to locate a lost or stolen device or remotely lock it, rendering the device useless to potential profiteering thieves. The other new feature is known as reactivation lock which; as the name suggests, prevents anyone but the owner from resetting the device. Of course, someone will find a way around these features but... Continue reading