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Shazam Android app now offer Google Play Music purchase & streaming options

Shazam Android app now offer Google Play Music purchase & streaming options

Music identification service Shazam is a fantastic example on how smartphones can improve your life, being able to immediately identify a song on the radio can help dispel an ear-worm before it takes hold. The down-side to Shazam has been some limited purchasing options, with Google Play Music notably missing – until today. Shazam prompted for an update this morning, and the new update now allows you to purchase music from Google Play, or if you’re a Google Play Music All Access customer – to stream it. Now you can choose from Rdio, Spotify or Beats (well if you have[Read More...]

by 8:28 AM on September 16, 2014 0 comments News
HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard cover hits the NCC

HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard cover hits the NCC

The HTC built Nexus 9 is coming, that seems a certainty, and the existence of a Keyboard Cover accessory caused quite the positive stir when it leaked earlier this month. The keyboard cover looked great in the drawings provided, but look even better in the flesh, with the cover heading past the Chinese based National Communications Commission (NCC) for certification. According to Android Police who first came across the keyboard cover, the model # UG0B matches with the one supplied by VR-Zone who found the photos on the NCC database. There’s no look at the hinge of the case, which[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on September 16, 2014 3 comments Apps
ABC adds Chromecast support to iview for iOS, Android app to get Beta support soon

ABC adds Chromecast support to iview for iOS, Android app to get Beta support soon

As a launch partner for Chromecast, the ABC sure has taken their sweet time adding Chromecast to their iview apps, but it’s finally here…for iOS, but fear not because Android support will be here soon. In a pair of tweets this afternoon, the ABC has announced their iOS app has been updated with Chromecast suppport, while their Android app will get ‘Beta’ support in the next couple of weeks: We're excited to announce beta support for Google ChromeCast devices on the latest version of our iOS app: http://t.co/xHdsAwmnJV — ABC iview (@abciview) September 15, 2014 We're excited to announce beta[Read More...]

by 6:21 PM on September 15, 2014 10 comments Apps, Chromecast
Google launches Android One in India – three handsets all with Hindi language support

Google launches Android One in India – three handsets all with Hindi language support

As expected, this afternoon Google has announced the kick-off of their Android One platform at an event in India. Google’s Android and Chrome VP, Sundar Pichai was on hand to announce the launch, which will see handsets from Indian manufacturers Karbonn, Spice and Micromax launched as the first handsets as part of the program. For the Indian launch, the Android One handsets will come pre-installed with Hindi language support, a language spoken by over 40% of the Indian population. Users will be able to use the Voice Commands, dictionary and maps in Hindi after Google boosted support for the language[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on September 15, 2014 3 comments Android One
Android One phone from Micromax will be on-sale from Amazon India tonight

Android One phone from Micromax will be on-sale from Amazon India tonight

Android One is launching today, with Google holding an event in India which begins at 4:30pm AEST. There’s three phones built around the Android One reference platform being announced from Karbonn, Spice (whose phone we saw yesterday) and Micromax. When the phones will go on-sale will be announced this afternoon, but from a tweet from Amazon.in, we know at least the Micromax phone will be on-sale tonight. Log on to Amazon.in at 3:30 pm on the 15th. Spread the word. pic.twitter.com/7BvjM8XLgy — Amazon.in (@amazonIN) September 14, 2014 As shown above, the tweet carries the Amazon and Micromax logo, and shows[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on September 15, 2014 0 comments Android One
Oppo N3 press renders leak – the revolving camera lives on

Oppo N3 press renders leak – the revolving camera lives on

Oppo has launched in Australia, so that means we’ll be seeing newer handsets as Oppo releases them. One of their larger releases this year, figuratively and literally, was the Oppo N1. With a rotating camera which could rotate through 190° of movement, the novelty doesn’t seem to have worn off with renders of the upcoming Oppo N3 showing that Oppo has not only retained the camera but refined it. GSMArena has published the renders which show a refined camera movement mounted in a tube along the top of the phone. It’s a novel idea to mount the camera atop the[Read More...]

by 2:12 PM on September 15, 2014 4 comments Manufacturer, Phones
LG G3 — Review

LG G3 — Review

As we approach the end of the US summer, the big guns of the Android ecosystem — HTC, Samsung and to a lesser extent Sony — have played their hands. These manufacturers traditionally square off in the early months of the year launch their annual flagships, and for the most part, that’s it. We generally see something more from each manufacturer in the latter half of the year in the form of larger (and in some cases, less successful) models — Note, Max and Ultra — but that’s generally about it. But times change. Over the last two years, we’ve[Read More...]

by 2:04 PM on September 15, 2014 10 comments Design
Desert Golfing is infuriatingly simple, and well worth your $0.99

Desert Golfing is infuriatingly simple, and well worth your $0.99

Want a simple, addictive and frustrating game to occupy some time? Look no further than Captain Games’ Desert Golfing, available on Google Play for $0.99. Desert Golfing eschews such things as seeing your golfer (the app’s icon is the only place you’ll find the distinctively blue-dressed fellow), selecting your club and fairways, wind, greens and putting. In its place is an Angry-Birds-style ball hitting mechanism, a simple 2D view of the landscape, a selection of maybe 3 sound effects and an unforgiving physics engine that seems to mock you at every turn. Or maybe that was just me. The game’s[Read More...]

by 6:55 PM on September 14, 2014 0 comments Games
Kogan offering the new Motorola Moto G 4G LTE for $229+ delivery

Kogan offering the new Motorola Moto G 4G LTE for $229+ delivery

With the launch of the new Moto G, it looks like retailers are beginning to drop their prices on the original. First cab off the rank is Kogan, who have begun offering the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE (XT1039) for $229 plus delivery. At this price, Kogan is undercutting the Good Guys by a good $70, making it an absolute steal. We recently took a look at the Moto G 4G and found it to be just as good as the original, but with the added bonus of having 4G along for the ride. It’s definitely a great deal,[Read More...]

by 12:53 PM on September 14, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Moto G 4G — Mini Review

Moto G 4G — Mini Review

The Google owned Motorola, faced some issues in releasing their first generation of devices. The Motorola Moto X took 8 months to reach our shores, but with the release of the Moto G, it seemed like Motorola found their feet, taking just over 2 months to reach our shores in January this year. The Moto G has been quite well received both critically, where it’s received praise for its smooth experience, paired with rock bottom price, as well as by the general public where it’s led to Motorola proclaiming it their most successful smartphone to date. But it’s not perfect,[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on September 14, 2014 1 comment Design, Manufacturer, Phones
Visa says its Token service will come to Android in 2015

Visa says its Token service will come to Android in 2015

Visa this week announced its Token service, and while it seems Apple has an exclusive on the technology until the end of 2014, Droid Life is reporting that the service will come to Android in 2015. Token generates random numbers that aren’t related to your actual credit card number, and uses those numbers to make payments. It’s the technology powering Apple Pay service, and is designed to keep your credit card details safe on your phone, never to be transmitted – retailers never actually get to see your real credit card number, so in the case of a security breach[Read More...]

by 12:21 PM on September 14, 2014 6 comments Mobile Payments
People’s Choice Credit Union become the second bank to use the Cuscal redi2PAY NFC payment solution

People’s Choice Credit Union become the second bank to use the Cuscal redi2PAY NFC payment solution

Cuscal has been leading the charge with Host Card Emulation (HCE) based NFC payments for Android phones, since launching their platform earlier this year. CUA were the first to embrace their NFC payments solution in their app in July, and now another bank, well, Credit Union this time has added their redi2PAY NFC solution to their app, with People’s Choice Credit Union updating their Android app to allow the function. The app let’s you register your preferred Visa payWave card and then use your phone on Tap & Pay terminals at Point of Sale. It’s quite easy to register your[Read More...]

by 11:53 AM on September 14, 2014 5 comments Apps, Mobile Payments
Android One handset from Spice appears briefly on Flipkart

Android One handset from Spice appears briefly on Flipkart

The launch of the Android One program announced at Google I/O is apparently set for launch in India tomorrow, where Three manufacturers – Spice, Karbonn and MicroMax – are expected to announce handsets. Indian retailer, Flipkart has accidentally listed the first Android One handset from Spice on their website, giving us a look at the specs, price and design of one of the first phones in the Android One program. Android One is of course a reference design from Google, which allows manufacturers to simply create a phone, which Google will supply the base operating system for, essentially a pure[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on September 14, 2014 0 comments Android One