Optus opens up Beta Testing on their My Optus app

Optus customers are now being given the opportunity to sign up to a beta testing group for the My Optus app according to an update on their Google Play page. The Beta is being run from a Google Group as opposed to a Google+ community, which is neither here, nor there as there are pros and cons for both. If you're an Optus customer, use the My Optus Android App and are interested in trying out new things; you can head to the My Optus Beta Google Group and join. Once done you can head over to the... Continue reading

Sonos partners with Google to bring Play Music integration to its products

Sonos, makers of premium audio equipment, announced overnight that they've partnered with Google to integrate Play Music - until now, a notable omission in the company's audio lineup. Information pages have gone up today on both Sonos' and Google's sites about the partnership. Play Music joins other streaming music services Spotify, JB Hi-fi Now, MOG and Rdio on Sonos. You can also use services like Tune-in Radio and Stitcher Radio. You can connect the Sonos desktop app to Google Play Music with an update made available today, and the company's... Continue reading

LG begins rolling out KitKat update to the G2

LG has this morning announced that they have begun rolling out the Android 4.4 update for the LG G2 to customers on the Optus network. The LG G2 was sold exclusively on the Optus Network, but customers who purchased outright will also see the update on their devices as well. The LG G2 began shipping in November last year to Australian customers with Android 4.2.2 on-board and this is the first update we've seen for the phone, but it's a fairly significant one. There's a full range of improvements that Android 4.4 brought to devices including... Continue reading

HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: Spec Shootout

With the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 now available in stores as of this morning, it's time to look at what's between them, and in which areas one pulls ahead of the other. Our review of the One (M8) is round the corner, and Joel will be reviewing the Galaxy S5 for us from today. We've put together this comparison based on what we know from spec sheets, our hands-on experience with a couple of One (M8)'s, and having a play with a Galaxy S5 briefly, though we don't (at the time of publishing) have a review... Continue reading

Google testing Android 4.4.3

We have already seen rumours about Android 4.4.3 and some of the possible changes that are coming with that version of Android and now it appears that Google have started the internal testing process. Android Police have mentioned that this particular build has started rolling out to a small number of Google employees outside of the core Android team and unsurprisingly it appears to be limited to the current generation Nexus devices. As previously mentioned this release is likely to be a bug fix release with no new features introduced and the timeframes for a public release are still... Continue reading

Octa-Core ‘Odin’ chip from LG apparently entering mass production

There's a lot of manufacturers making CPU's for their phones these days, they're variable in their successes, but LG seems to think there is a market there and have been rumoured to be working on their own CPU's and reportedly have an Octa-Core CPU codenamed 'Odin' about to enter mass production. The processor will be manufactured using the 28nm manufactuing process and utilise the ARM BIGlittle architecture which will marries four Cortex-A15 cores with four lower-powered Cortex-A7 cores. There is speculation that there will be a quad-core variant as well, with the Octa-Core using the Mali-T760 GPU, while the Quad-Core... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 torn down in time for Australian launch

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 arriving in-store in Australia today, the team at iFixit has torn the phone apart to see what makes it tick. The good news is, getting the back of is easy, but from there it apparently gets a lot harder, with iFixit advising that the Display will need to be removed from the phone to replace any of the components inside. Overall, the Galaxy S5 received a 5 out of 10 for repairability. This is a good result compared to its competition the HTC One (M8) which received a 2 out of 10 , but worse than... Continue reading

Google steps up security with on-device Malware scanning now active

Google is very well aware of the information and a lot of the time mis-information that floats around with regards to the security of Android. They have put measures in place over the years, from Bouncer, to the ability to Verify Apps when installed, but today they announced they're going further by announcing the Verify Apps function will continue to scan Apps after they're installed. In Google's words, the new version of Verify Apps 'will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation.' The ability to 'Verify Apps' was introduced... Continue reading

Vodafone is ready for the Galaxy S5 – selected stores open from 6am

The launch of the Galaxy S5 is of course going to be a major event in the mobile phone sales calendar and tomorrow is the day Samsung fans have been waiting for. Retailers and carriers will begin selling the Galaxy S5 from tomorrow morning, but Vodafone is trying to get the jump on sales by opening selected stores early, with some open from 6am. There's limited stock available of the Galaxy S5, so if you're keen on getting one of these handsets on launch day then you'll need to be ready to go. The list of stores opening early is,... 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

Facebook to remove messaging from its app, forcing users to install Messenger

While it's only very small scale at this point in time, some Facebook users in Europe have begun receiving notifications that they'll no longer be able to use in-app messaging. The only real alternative is to install the Facebook Messenger app to maintain that messaging capability with Facebook contacts. It's another step for Facebook to show that they are pushing forward with their messaging platform after forking out a whopping US$19 billion for WhatsApp. For some users this may be a blessing in disguise, for others it's just another reason to use Google+ more. Regardless of what you... Continue reading

Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Last month we saw Sony starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update to the unbranded Xperia Z1, and now it looks as though the carriers are finishing their testing and are starting to roll out the updated version to their customers. According to their respective update blogs, Optus and Telstra customers should start to see the update now if you haven't got it already. Keeping with the standard Android KitKat, Sony have also added a few little tweaks to the UI to be more intuitive and easily customisable. Sony have also updated their native applications... Continue reading

OK Google, Where did I leave my car?

In the slow march to add new features to Google Now, we've recently seen changes which will allow us to be reminded what bills are due and when. In an APK teardown published at Android Police, it looks as if we may have another function just around the corner -- one to allow Google Now to remember where you parked your car. This isn't just a hopeful guess at what Google may be working on; they've found evidence in the APK showing that there's already code in place to handle this function, possibly already gathering data to help... Continue reading