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Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Google Drive for Android gets a facelift and adds Find, View and Share functions

Update Wednesday (or Thursday as we know it) is well under way today and it seems the theme of the day is Material Design. With Sheets, Docs and Slides all getting a few new features today, the main Drive app has also seen some functionality added, as well as being prettied up in time for the big Lollipop push next month. To start with, Google has brought their instant search results function to Drive, adding the ability for Drive to begin offering you search results as you type. Improved sharing functions are also included in the update, with the option[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google Play Games gets a Material Design makeover

Google is getting their design thing on this morning releasing – slowly as usual – an update to Google Play Games, which brings an expected Material Design update to the Gaming hub. The update doesn’t just bring Material Design, but a new feature as well, with the ‘What’s New’ section advising that Game Profile Levels and Titles are now present to show off your gaming prowess. According to Android Police who captured the update, this latest version of Google Play Games, actually brings it into line with a more recent update of Google Play Games which was destined for Android[Read More...]

by 8:26 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google offering 6-months Play Music All Access with purchase of a Nexus 6 in the US

Google offering 6-months Play Music All Access with purchase of a Nexus 6 in the US

US customers who hit Google Play this morning to order a Nexus 6, were offered a small bonus when ordering their phone – the option to get 6 months of Google Play Music All Access. It’s a pretty decent bonus for customers in the US (worth up to US$60 all up), but without the phone on-sale here in Australia we can’t tell if it will be offered to Australian customers. Unfortunately the Terms & Conditions attached to the offer don’t bode well with Google advising : Promotion only open to users who are residents in the United States who have[Read More...]

by 6:06 AM on October 30, 2014 1 comment Google Play, Google Services
Google adds option to #Halloweenify your photos in Google+

Google adds option to #Halloweenify your photos in Google+

Google is well known for adding fun, holiday themed effects to Google+. Their Hoff April Fools day prank was in a word: Awesome, now they’re gearing up for Halloween, and whether you want to celebrate Halloween or not there’s a spooky or fun new way to celebrate it with Google+. When logging in to view your photos on Google+ you can now add either a Spooky or Fun effect to your uploaded photos. The options are automatically added and are pretty cool. Check out what they did to my photos : The fun will last over Halloween, which is on[Read More...]

by 5:48 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Google Services
Google Play Movies & TV app updated with Material Design, trailers and Second Screen information

Google Play Movies & TV app updated with Material Design, trailers and Second Screen information

Google is moving forward with their Material Design updates, adding stylings to the Google Play Movies & TV app, as well as extra funcitonality which they hope will make movie night better. To start with the information cards featuring actor or soundtrack information they’ve talked about previously are now going to show up on your phone or tablet while you cast the movie to your Chromecast or Nexus Player. Simply look for movies with the information card badge in Google Play to check the feature out. There’s now Material Design inspired stylings in the app, including larger images and smoother[Read More...]

by 5:36 AM on October 30, 2014 2 comments Apps
Google updates Slides, Sheets and Docs apps with ‘Incoming’ tab and Bluetooth Keyboard shortcut support

Google updates Slides, Sheets and Docs apps with ‘Incoming’ tab and Bluetooth Keyboard shortcut support

Google has been pushing their Slides, Docs and Sheets Android Apps since separating them out of the main Drive app earlier this year. Today they are due to receive an update which will make usability a little easier, as well as prepare the way for the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case. To start with, you’ll of course get the mainstay of Google Android app updates: ‘bug fixes, performance updates, and improved accessibility’, but Google has also included some additional functionality to do with accessing newly shared docs faster. A new ‘Incoming’ tab has been added in each app which lets[Read More...]

by 5:02 AM on October 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google launches pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in the US – still not available in Australia

Google launches pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in the US – still not available in Australia

As anticipated, the Motorola built Nexus 6 has gone on-sale in the Google Play store in the US this morning. Unfortunately for us here in Australia there’s still no sign of the behemothly large phone on the Play Store. Links to Nexus 6 on Google Play are still showing the devastatingly familiar ‘Nexus 6 is not available in your country’. The phone, which is available in Midnight Blue & Cloud White is being sold on Google Play in the US for US$649 for the 32GB version and US$699 for the 64GB version with a shipping charge on top. From early[Read More...]

by 4:32 AM on October 30, 2014 15 comments News
Phonebloks shows off the Project Ara prototype and announces the next Dev conference

Phonebloks shows off the Project Ara prototype and announces the next Dev conference

Project Ara, the modular phone that is being developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team is being steadily built by the team at NK Labs in Boston. Phonebloks, the site which kicked off the interest in modular smartphones last year has taken a visit to the lab to check out the progress of the current prototype, codenamed Spiral One. The phone is currently working, with many of the modules now fitting together on the base-board, and running what appears to be Android 4.1. The development is continuing with individual modules showing up and being tested, improvements have been[Read More...]

by 1:02 AM on October 30, 2014 1 comment Project Ara
Motorola to possibly release an international version of the Droid Turbo

Motorola to possibly release an international version of the Droid Turbo

The announcement today of the Verizon only Motorola Droid Turbo, had many Ausdroid readers dropping us a line in a variety of ways asking about an international release. Unfortunately with Droid branding, that phone is only ever going to be headed to Verizon, but it looks like Motorola may be about to announce an international version – at least in Brazil. According to tecnoblog.net, they’ve received an invite to an event scheduled for November 5th. The invite which doesn’t name any phones specifically, but does feature the rear of a phone which has the same ballistic nylon rear as the[Read More...]

by 11:47 PM on October 29, 2014 10 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Google now allows you to pay for All Access and Newsstand subscriptions with Gift Cards

Google now allows you to pay for All Access and Newsstand subscriptions with Gift Cards

Since Google introduced Gift Cards, there’s been a few limitations, namely the inability to pay for hardware, as well as paying for subscriptions in Newsstand and more recently for Google Play Music All Access. While you still can’t purchase hardware with a gift card, you can now pay for your All Access and Newsstand subscriptions with Gift Cards. The support page for Google Play Gift Cards now lists : Music All Access, Newsstand, Newsstand subscriptions as valid options you can pay for with your credit. To update your Google Play Music All Access subscription, it appears that you may have[Read More...]

by 11:26 PM on October 29, 2014 1 comment Google Play
Oppo launches the N3 with motorised rotating camera and the R5 – the worlds thinnest octa-core smartphone

Oppo launches the N3 with motorised rotating camera and the R5 – the worlds thinnest octa-core smartphone

Oppo has announced two new smartphones at an event in Singapore this evening. As expected, they’ve announced the Oppo N3 with its rotating camera module and fingerprint sensor, but as a bonus they also showed off the R5, an ultra-thin phone rocking a 64-bit Octa-core processor. The N3 is the successor to the N1 but Oppo has improved on the camera technology, bumping it up to a 16MP 1/2.3 Omnivision sensor which is motorised and will ‘Automate your panorama shots and track subjects automatically with the rotating camera’. Also on offer is a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the[Read More...]

by 9:15 PM on October 29, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
OnePlus issues an apology and schedules another hour long pre-order window

OnePlus issues an apology and schedules another hour long pre-order window

After the hour long pre-order frenzy that hit the OnePlus in the early hours of Tuesday morning was over, there were more than a few dissatisfied customers who missed out. While the results of our poll show that interest in ordering the OnePlus One has waned a little of late. But, there’s still interest and OnePlus is cognizant of that, today on their blog they’ve spoken about the ordering mishaps and also announced a new pre-order window which will hit mid-next month. In the lead up to the pre-order window opening, OnePlus doubled their server capacity to hopefully ensure that[Read More...]

by 5:21 PM on October 29, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Sony launches the PS4 Remote Play app onto Google Play for Xperia Z3 series

Sony launches the PS4 Remote Play app onto Google Play for Xperia Z3 series

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact have been some of the most anticipated handsets of the latter half of this year. They have great features, screens and look fantastic, but they also have a killer feature that gamers have been champing at the bit to access – PS4 Remote Play, and today, Sony has released the PS4 Remote Play app to Google Play. If you’re unaware of what Remote Play is, it lets you stream games from your PS4 to your Xperia Z3 series Phone or Tablet using Wifi. Sony has even created an accessory, the GCM10 Game Control[Read More...]

by 5:18 PM on October 29, 2014 0 comments Apps