Google adding merged conversation and SMS view and Homescreen Widget to Hangouts in latest update

Since the integration of SMS into Google Hangouts, there has been some confusion with the conversation history with people in your feeds. Now Google is attempting to fix that in the latest update to their unified messaging client with their latest update rolling out to Hangouts users over the next week. The merged conversation view will integrate SMS messages into your current stream with SMS messages showing up as a white message, while Hangouts messages will be a coloured with a green hue. You'll be able to control whether you send a message as an SMS or a traditional Hangouts... Continue reading

Take the Vodafone network for a spin when you buy a $2 SIM card from Coles

It's been a pretty dark time for Vodafone over the last few years, the network lost a steady stream of customers over consecutive years, over frustrations experienced with their network coverage. But after investing Billions of dollars over the last four years into their existing 3G and burgeoning 4G network, Vodafones outlook is looking a lot rosier. The outflow of customers appears to be stemmed, and they can proudly claim over 1 million customers are now enjoying the fastest 4G network in Australia. Now Vodafone is looking to invite some of their former customers back to the network... Continue reading

Nexus 8 rumours persist with latest speculation pointing to a HTC built tablet

Rumours surrounding a HTC built Nexus 8 being released this year in place of a third generation Nexus 7 are continuing to mount, with Digitimes reporting that Google has approached the Taiwanese manufacturer to build an 8" tablet to be released in the coming months. The report suggests that HTC, rather than Asus will be making the tablet, as Google looks to revamp the design of the tablet. Google was apparently looking to involve HTC in the development of the original Nexus 7 tablet, but HTC was too mired in their own efforts to promote their flagging smartphone business... Continue reading

Big W adds the water and dust resistant Aspera R3 to their unlocked phone range

Big W has added the Aspera R3 smartphone to their range of unlocked phones available to purchase outright. What makes this phone different from other lower end offerings? It's got an IP67 certification, making it ideal for those of you looking for a budget smartphone capable of taking those little knocks that happen in life. While it's not going to win awards for speed with its 1GHz processor backed with a mere 512MB RAM, the Aspera R3 offers an affordable phone which includes IP67 certification. But it's a pretty funky looking phone, despite its lower specs, with an industrial look,... Continue reading

New update for Glass adds SMS function for iPhone and Agenda view for all

Google Glass has seen a lot of activity recently, just last week Google resumed updates for their most prominent wearable, and they extended the opportunity to purchase it to anyone within the US, now just a mere week later, they're again updating Glass, this time giving iPhone users SMS and adding a calendar agenda view for all Glass users. iPhone using Glass owners have up till now been hamstrung by a lack of SMS on their glass, but now will be able to start receiving texts on their Glass display. Unfortunately due to limitations on iOS they... Continue reading

Google leaks Android 4.4.3 in update to Google Edu Setup app

Android 4.4.3 is far from officially announced, but it seems that it might as well be. Google has leaked the upcoming release (and suggested it's coming very very soon) in its update to Google Edu Device Setup, an app directly from Google that administrators can use to set up tablets for Google Apps for Education. We already know it's coming; even at Ausdroid we've seen Android 4.4.3 devices hitting our server logs, and not just the kind from kids fiddling with their build.prop either; these appear to be the real deal. Going from previous timeframes -- the time from we've first seen... Continue reading

Asus C200 and C300 Chromebook specs and pricing leaked

Asus has entered the ChromeOS market with a series of Chromeboxes, but a pair of Chromebooks, with model numbers C200 and C300 will soon be entering the market and now their specs and pricing has apparently been leaked. Both the C200 and C300 will run on the Intel Bay Trail based Dual-Core Celeron N2830 CPU clocked at 2.16GHz, but will come with different specs other than that. The C300 will apparently appear in the US this month, while the C200 is due out in May. We've already seen the C200 in a leak earlier this month but according to... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung's Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We've had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that's the last time we'll use that overworked cliché). It's safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice to... Continue reading

Samsung and Amazon launch a custom Kindle e-book store for Samsung’s Galaxy range

Late last week, Samsung announced that it is collaborating with Amazon to bring a customised Kindle e-book store exclusively to Samsung's Galaxy range. This new collaboration service is launching alongside the recently launched Galaxy S5 device and will available worldwide to all Galaxy devices that run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or greater. Amazon are boasting that Samsung Galaxy device owners will now have access to over 500,000 titles in its catalogue that include best-selling books and magazines from around the world. To entice owners to the new joint service, Samsung and Amazon have announced a Samsung Book Deals initiative.... Continue reading

Facebook launches a new feature called Nearby Friends – keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to

If you're one of those people who likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a new feature called Nearby Friends. The premise is fairly simple: Nearby Friends shows you if your friends are close by, so you can reach out to these friends and contact them about meeting up. The feature isn't automatically turned on within Facebook's apps though; users wanting to take up this feature will need to toggle it on and your friends will have to decide to share their location for it to be of much use. Facebook say that the... Continue reading

OnePlus One Photos Leaked- Fake?

The OnePlus One leaks are coming fast and strong in the last few days. Some have been perpetuated by OnePlus with them announcing things such as the invite system for purchasing and some are just plain leaks/rumours. The recent ones I am going to place in both baskets. Overnight there have a been leaks of both apparent press images of the phone as well as images of the back plates that are meant to be coming. The back covers I am going to call real from OnePlus but the press images I am going to call fake. The StyleSwap... Continue reading

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

Telstra LG Optimus L3 on sale today at Big W

Big W are having a big 1-day Easter long weekend sale and are offering the Telstra Pre-Paid LG Optimus L3 at half price for $34.50. The LG Optimus L3 has been one of the successful comebacks for LG within the lower end of the market and remains quite a stylish device. Just incase you have forgotten, here is the rundown of the specs for the LG Optimus L3: 800MHz Processor 1GB RAM – 2GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Card Slot expandable to 32GB 3.2″ QVGA Capacitive Screen at 320×240 resolution 3.2MP Camera with auto focus Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS & FM... Continue reading