At Google I/O, one of the larger announcements was for a sub-$100 non-Nexus Android hardware platform for developing markets called Android One. The idea being that Google would define basic hardware specs, which manufacturers would use to produce phones. Google’s plan is to supply a vanilla Android build that will allow for fast OS updates, that carriers could ‘localise’ with apps from Google Play. When these phones would launch wasn’t announced at Google I/O, beyond ‘later this year’, but it’s now being speculated that they will arrive in October. The Indian based Economic Times has reported the launch date for[Read More...]
If you’ve been waiting for a price drop to hit the Nexus 5 similar to the Nexus 4 price drop that we got last year, well it hasn’t happened – yet. What we do have is retailer Mobile Citi offering a deal on the 16GB Nexus 5 in black, for just $359 with free shipping. It’s Australian stock, with A-Tick certification. To claim one – there’s a limit of 2 per customer – you’ll need to use the code ‘359NEXUS5‘. This is a pretty decent deal for a brand new Nexus 5, with the Play Store still charging $399 as[Read More...]
The international rollout for Glass has begun, so far expanding to the UK, but it will reach our shores eventually. With that in mind, we’re keen to watch development of the platform and today Google has rolled out their latest update – XE19.1. It’s not a massive update, in fact the Support page only lists two updates – Improved connectivity and a Cleaner look. You can judge whether you feel this is a ‘cleaner look’ yourself from the screenshot provided: Improved connectivity consists of better handling when occasional network issues interrupt your commands. This is mainly to do with when[Read More...]
Android Wear is certainly a hot topic, developers continue to find new and interesting ways to use the platform, and one of the teams looking at the best way to use it is the team at Minuum, the makers of the minimal third-party keyboard. Minuum have shown off a video of their keyboard working on the LG G Watch. They note there aren’t that many Android Wear apps working with Text input at the moment – but they also note they are working to change this. As you can see, it looks pretty amazing actually, and you can try it[Read More...]
We’re still a long way from using your watch to ask Scotty to beam you up, but you can get some Star Trek theming on your new Android Wear watch thanks to the Star Watch watch face now in Google Play. The watch face gives you an LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) interface for your watch. The LCARS system is well known to Trekkies as it’s the primary OS used on computers in the Star Trek universe. It’s also looks to be quite a usable design as a watchface – although I still can’t decipher the star dates. It’s an[Read More...]
Google+ drew a fair bit of ire when launching the platform, over Google’s insistence on users using their real names. This morning though they have backtracked on this policy advising: ‘there are no more restrictions on what name you can use’. The full announcement was made on the Google+ Google+ page (that got a bit meta!) : Now to see if I can claim the Phroghollow name for my personal G+ page. Have you been caught up in the real name controversy on Google+?
MediaTek is a fairly well known name in the lower end of the smartphone market, but they’re not limited to it, making some headway as makers of one of the first true Octa-Core processors last year. Today they’ve announced another step towards the premium market announcing their latest processor – the MediaTek MT6795. The MediaTek MT6795 processor is a 64-bit, true Octa-core processor which includes LTE, it also includes native support for LPDDR3 RAM and 2K displays, which we’ve seen through releases such as the Oppo Find 7 and the LG G3, is the coming ‘thing’ in smartphone displays. Clocked[Read More...]
Google has today posted an update on their Factory Images page for the Nexus 5. Designated Android 4.4.4r2 with build KTU84Q, the release is very specifically for the Nexus 5 on Telstra as well as for carrier 2Degrees in New Zealand and the Nexus 5 in India. As well as the factory image, Google has released binaries for the new build as well. Its an oddly specific release and shows some carrier specific fragmentation. We’ll be following up with Telstra to see if we can find out what inclusions are being wrapped up in this release.
Folks, it’s time to make an announcement. We’ve run the competition to win one of three OnePlus One invites over the last week, and the response has been astounding. Over 1000 entries were received, and our random number generator has been working overtime to find three winners! After confirming this afternoon that the three winners are indeed eligible to win the prize, I can confirm that the winners are these: Tony from Carrington, New South Wales Charly from Soutbank, Victoria Mathew from Sandhurst, Victoria Congratulations guys! Your invites to purchase a OnePlus One will be sent out in the next[Read More...]
Samsung recently launched their Samsung Sound home audio system, and to celebrate they’re running a number of gigs over the next few months in Sydney and Melbourne with Australian artists Flight Facilities, Cloud Control and Jinja Safari. First up is Jinja Safari’s Sydney gig on Saturday August 2, 2014 at a secret location, and we’ve got a double pass courtesy of Samsung to give away! Samsung Sound is all about the music experience, so to win the double pass all you need to tell us about your best ever live music experience – who was the band, and what made[Read More...]
Winery tours have been a big thing in Australian – indeed, world – culture for many years, but wine isn’t to everyone’s taste and the trend towards drinking “Craft Beers” has emerged as a new culture, growing steadily. The Simple Apps Factory has released Beer Mate for Android to guide you through the local Victorian Craft Beer scene. Beer Mate is free on Google Play, but if you’re willing to pay $0.99 for some extra features, there’s a premium version that will get more regular updates, features and of course there’s no ads. The premium version will also get an[Read More...]
Material Design was big news at Google I/O, it represents the new design language for Google across all their platforms – Android, ChromeOS and even web. It’s still in the early stages, but we’ve begun seeing the underpinnings of it in some Android Apps (Google+, Sheets, Docs and Slides), and even in Google Docs on the web, now it’s emerging that a Google Play update is coming which incorporates the new design language. Android Police have done the deep dive into the Material Design update for Google Play, with many examples of how the simple and elegant new look will[Read More...]