Google releases ‘Google Camera’ to Play Store for devices running Android 4.4

After much speculation, Google has this morning released their stock camera to Google Play as a standalone App. It's available to all devices running Android 4.4+ and it brings with it a brand new interface. The Google Camera App offers the PhotoSphere experience which Nexus owners have enjoyed for years, but on any branded phone running a version of Android 4.4 and upwards. There's a host of new features as well including the Lens Blur mode : Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views. Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field. Panorama mode with high resolution. 100%... Continue reading

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android released

Chrome Remote Desktop has been one of the most handy utilities for accessing your desktop remotely for a number of years now. From your desktop at work or your Chromebook on the go, accessing your desktop easily from a remote location has saved many a skin who has left a file behind and now it's come to Android. You'll need to do some basic setup on your home PC by installing the Chrome Extension - available for both Windows and Mac - which is available from the Chrome Web Store and then run through the setup. You'll need a... Continue reading

SBS On Demand now available for all in Google Play, Amazon Appstore and Samsung Apps

Australian broadcaster SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) has finally released a native Android app for its SBS On Demand catch-up TV service to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The new version (v1.2 for those of you counting) has also been submitted to Samsung Apps. The app features the usual catch-up TV elements (series notifications, recommendations, sharing and playlist controls) and includes phone and tablet UIs in the same install. Users who log in with an SBS On Demand account can also share their playlists across desktop and mobile devices. The service offers SBS' locally produced news... Continue reading

St George puts banking on your wrist with the Sony Smartwatch 2; Glassware and Android Wear still to come

St George bank has today announced that they're addressing the growing wearables market, announcing that they've updated their St.George Banking App, to work with the Sony Smartwatch 2. The App will now supply account balances and directions to the watch. The new features require three apps installed on your phone for it to work, the Sony Smart Connect app, SmartWatch 2 extension and of course the St.George Mobile Banking App. This will then allow customers to access their account balance at a glance, St George also says that the app will also direct customers to ATMs... Continue reading

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

You can now add photos from Auto-Backup to your GMail messages

Google has announced this morning that there's a new way to share your photos from your that you've been backing up through Google+ all this time. A new 'Insert Picture' option will now appear on GMail on the web and allow you to select individual pictures, or even entire albums to quickly insert into emails. If you're not happy with the size of the picture you're embedding in the email, you can simply re-size it by selecting any corner of the photo and dragging till you're happy. This is just more integration of Google Products, it's a feature that many have... 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

Sense 6 ported to Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is easily one of the most moddable mobile devices out there. Everything can be unlocked with minimal fuss, and there are more custom ROMs than you could count. Most of the ROMs that are available though, are based off AOSP or one of its derivatives. OEM-specific ROMs are usually pretty-well locked to the handsets made by that OEM. For example, you don't see Touchwiz ROMs for HTC phones, or vice-versa. It's interesting then to see this morning that some enterprising developer has managed to get a Sense 6 ROM up-and-running on a Nexus 5.... 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

Sony launches the Xperia T2 Ultra dual – Available in Australia this week

Sony yesterday announced that they will begin selling the Xperia T2 Ultra dual - the Dual-SIM version of the T2 Ultra - in Australia, with stock of the handset due to begin arriving in stores from the end of the week. With a 6″ 720P HD display up front, the T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage coupled with a Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB. Sony is a world leader in camera tech and has included a 13MP Exmor RS camera on the... Continue reading