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Ausdroid Podcast 118 – Free, with in-app purchases

Ausdroid Podcast 118 – Free, with in-app purchases

Welcome to episode 118 of the Ausdroid podcast! We spent a while this week arguing about “freemium” games, but also managed to talk about the big upcoming phone release that’s got Dan all excited – of course, that’s the LG G3. We also spent some time dancing on the grave of the Nokia X, and pondering Coles’ new mobile payments system. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: LG G3 comes to Australia Chromecast sales – $39 at DSE Google takes away the “Free” name from games with in-app purchases Goodbye Nokia X, we barely knew you /[Read More...]

by 3:32 PM on July 23, 2014 0 comments Podcast
LG announce the LG G Watch retail availability

LG announce the LG G Watch retail availability

LG has today announced the official Australian retail availability of their Android Wear device the G Watch. While it went on-sale directly after Google I/O last month, some consumers have been wanting to get their literal hands on the watch before purchasing, and now is your chance. LG advised that the watch will be available in White and Gold or Titan Black for $259 from Harvey Norman and Telstra, the watch will also be available from selected retailers who are yet to be named. The pricing is about on par with the Google Play store, which sells the watch for[Read More...]

by 12:38 PM on July 23, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
Telstra announce LG G3 and G Watch availability from 5 August

Telstra announce LG G3 and G Watch availability from 5 August

Telstra has announced today that the LG G3, and LG G Watch, will be available from Telstra on 5 August. This is fairly big news in respect of the G3, but even bigger news in respect of the G Watch — retail availability of these two giants will no doubt be popular news. G3 The LG G3 will operate on Telstra’s latest 700MHz network and will be available for online pre-order on 29 July. A limited time offer of a $250 VISA gift card with select pre-orders will also be available. Telstra customers can purchase the LG G3 on a Telstra Mobile[Read More...]

by 12:29 PM on July 23, 2014 7 comments Android Wear, Carriers, News
HTC moves Sense Keyboard to Google Play – update now available

HTC moves Sense Keyboard to Google Play – update now available

Just prior to the launch of the HTC One M8, HTC began following the lead of both Google and Motorola and moved some of their apps into Google Play. Today they’ve also released the Sense Keyboard – known as HTC Sense Input – to Google Play. The keyboard release is the latest in the trend of moving apps to Google Play, which allows HTC to push updates more quickly than having them built into the system, and therefore requiring an OS update with all the carrier approval rigmorale that goes with it. HTC did announce that they would bring Blinkfeed[Read More...]

by 12:01 PM on July 23, 2014 0 comments Apps, Manufacturer
New Material Design inspired Play Store update beginning to roll out

New Material Design inspired Play Store update beginning to roll out

After a new look Google Play store design leaked only a week ago, the new Material Design look Google Play update for Android is rolling out now according to the Google Play Twitter account. The new look design has also been announced by Googler Kirill Grouchnikov on Google+ who supplied more screenshots of the new look Google Play. The version number attached to the screenshot is version 4.9.13, upgrading from the current version – 4.8.20. The new look Play Store features images heavily, with more prominent Google+ sharing and ratings on apps. The rollout is beginning now and should reach[Read More...]

by 11:42 AM on July 23, 2014 4 comments Google Play
NVidia officially launches the Shield Tablet – still not available in Australia

NVidia officially launches the Shield Tablet – still not available in Australia

NVidia has been making great strides with Android gaming, their Tegra Zone games, paired with processors built with gaming in mind, while somewhat fragmenting the Android experience has garnered them quite the following. The NVidia Shield hand-held gaming system, is quite the feat of engineering with solid hardware and interesting software features like GameStream (their PC Streaming service), has now been turned into a tablet – the Shield Tablet. The NVidia Shield Tablet isn’t their first attempt at the tablet market, with NVidia launching the budget minded Tegra Note reference platform last year. What the Shield Tablet is, is NVidia’s[Read More...]

by 6:23 AM on July 23, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
eBay Group Deal – LG G3 32GB / 3GB $639 delivered

eBay Group Deal – LG G3 32GB / 3GB $639 delivered

eBay has a group deal on at the moment until 29/07/2014 for a LG G3 32GB 4G with 3GB RAM for only $639 including Free postage Australia wide. According to eBay that’s 29% OFF from a RRP of $909 with a saving of $270, bear in mind that this is the 3GB/32GB version, not the $799 16GB/2GB version that will go on-sale in Australia. This is also a cheaper price than you will find from either Kogan or Mobicity who both have the 3GB/32GB for around the $699 mark, but with a delivery fee on top. There are only 200[Read More...]

by 5:01 AM on July 23, 2014 3 comments Deal, Phones
Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Xiaomi Announce The Mi4: Another High-end Flagship

Nine months ago Xiaomi released the Mi3 and over 10 million sales of it later they have announced the successor, the Mi4. While yet to make a significant mark outside of China, Xiaomi signalled their intentions earlier this year when they expanded to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India, selling devices as fast as they put them up available for purchase. At one stage they sold 100,000 Mi3′s in 86 seconds. This is in addition to their move in hiring Hugo Barra of Google fame to be Vice President of International. So far in 2014 Xiaomi have sold over 26 million[Read More...]

by 10:56 PM on July 22, 2014 6 comments News
One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

One-click eButton brings personal safety to the mobile age

Australian developer AppAce Pty Ltd has developed a revolutionary personal safety product and having read a bit about it, we want to tell you a little more. Coffs Harbour engineer Ian Kinny has developed a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device which pairs with a compatible smart phone. The device features a single button, and is small enough to fit on a necklace or belt-clip. One click of the device’s button and the partner app on your mobile sends a pre-configured SMS to designated ‘help’ contacts, containing the user’s approximate GPS location as a Google Maps link. Unlike other systems, the[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Apps, News
Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google and Samsung talk Knox integration in Android L

Google hasn’t made the largest inroads into corporate and enterprise when it comes to spreading Android. Samsung has taken up a bit of the slack though with Samsung Knox, their security suite of APIs, apps and protocols designed to keep Samsung devices safe and secure in a managed environment. At Google I/O last month, support for components of Knox in the upcoming Android L release was announced, and today Google and Samsung have talked a bit more about the details. First off, despite rumours that Samsung were handing over the reigns of Knox to Google, Samsung has clarified this stating:[Read More...]

by 3:11 PM on July 22, 2014 4 comments News
ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA is making a name for themselves in the Australian market offering a number of products, some traditional and some a little bit different that fill some specific users’ needs. Under that “little bit different” category, you’ll find their DashDrive Air AE800 – a combination USB power bank and portable hard drive that brings extra storage capacity to Android and iOS devices alike while also promising to help keep it charged. The top and bottom of the DashDrive Air are super slick black plastic, with a faux metallic chrome around the outside. Most of those surfaces are fingerprint magnets, but[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

It’s been a long road to production and delivery for Pressy, the Kickstarter-funded project that sought to give users a new physical button for their devices with the ingenious idea of using the phone’s headphone jack. I backed Pressy at the end of September 2013 (so it’s been almost a year in the making now), and a small packet finally arrived on my desk this morning containing one Pressy and a black carry case that can (in theory) clip onto headphone cables and hook onto a keyring to keep your Pressy safe when not in use. The Pressy device itself[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on July 22, 2014 6 comments Accessories, News
Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

After launching pre-orders for the LG G3 through Optus yesterday, we’re still waiting on both Telstra and Vodafone to launch their pre-order deals for LG’s flagship. We’ve received word that Vodafone is set to announce pre-orders for the phone tomorrow. Vodafone will offer the Black version (no word on White at the moment) of the LG G3 for pre-order tomorrow. The phone will be available for $0 on the $70 Red Plan on a 24 month contract, putting it in the same class as other flagship phones being offered on the Vodafone Network, phones such as the HTC One M8,[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on July 22, 2014 0 comments Carriers