Google will update Glass to Kitkat this week and resume updates

Last month, the Glass team advised the Explorers that they would be suspending their monthly updates for a while to concentrate on a single large update - the update to KitKat. Well, Google has just advised that the update is ready and they'll be pushing the update out later this week. In their Google+ post, the Glass team describes how the update to KitKat will improve battery life as well as make Glass more reliable. The updated APIs in KitKat will mean that developers of Glassware will be able to work with the most current SDK as well as... Continue reading

Android’s iconography to be revamped with a shiny new look

Android Police are reporting on a somewhat questionable rumour that Google's core Android applications might be about to receive a graphic makeover. As you can see in the header graphic above, we've snapped three logos each for Gmail and Calendar: The current 'web' icon (from the web service), the current Android icon in the middle, and a proposed new icon for Android on the right. The reason for these changes? To flatten out the icons a bit and have them more closely resemble the design language used elsewhere; in other words, make Google products a bit more recognisable as such,... Continue reading

Samsung to announce a new Galaxy S5 Zoom in Singapore on April 29th

Samsung has announced that they will be holding a media day at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore, where it's expected we're going to see something photography related - most likely the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom. It's obviously something photography related, with the tag line 'Kapture the moment' but what is with the spelling? It's possible instead of going with the Galaxy S5 Zoom branding, Samsung could be going somewhere else with this line. Perhaps a response to the sense of over-use of their Galaxy Sx brand last year on models that didn't quite live up to... Continue reading

Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

For the last week I've been playing with Jawbone's latest Bluetooth headset, the ERAtm. Marketed as the smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset that Jawbone has created, it makes some bold claims. I'm perhaps not the best person to review a Bluetooth headset, as I come at them from the angle of never having found one that I enjoyed using, much less on an ongoing basis. So I could have a play, Jawbone supplied me with an Era in black, paired with the portable charging unit. I couldn't take a photo of the unit supplied as good as the press shots... Continue reading

Android 4.4.3 heading to Sprint Nexus 5, possibly worldwide

The Android 4.4.3 update that's been rumoured, could be hitting Nexus 5's from today, at least according to US carrier Sprint. Sprint has updated their support page to list the update - Android build KTU48F -as rolling out to phones via an Over the Air (OTA) update. The Sprint Nexus 5 matches up with the US based Nexus 5 (LG D820), although is slightly different to the international Nexus 5 (D821) due to different wireless bands, however it's highly likely we will see this update hit the international model as well. The update which has Sprint specific inclusions, namely the... Continue reading

Review: Not Just Another Car Dock Charger

One of the best things about modern phones in my opinion is the wireless charging via the Qi standard. The ability to easily just place a phone onto a pad and have it charge and then be able to pick it up quickly without being constrained by an attached USB cable or having to disconnect this cable before using the phone is an amazing convenience. Slowly there have been more and more Chinese suppliers coming out with Qi chargers suitable for charging our devices. Way back at the beginning of December last year I reviewed a Car Dock... Continue reading

LG G3 Specs and UI leaked

LG are set to join the party of flagship releases in 2014. So far we have seen the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. The LG 2014 sequel to their 2013 G2, is rumoured to be announced on May 17 and while we have seen a few rumours regarding its specs the details are few and far between, with the main one being that it totes a QHD display of 2560×1440 resolution. In the past few days we have seen some more details surface. MyLGPhones have unearthed... Continue reading

One Plus One Photo Samples Leak and More

Here at Ausdroid we have been covering the leaks by startup company OnePlus regarding their upcoming release of their first ever phone offering, the OnePlus One. Each day it seems that OnePlus are leaking tidbits about the phone, usually using official social media channels. Today what appears to be samples of photos taken by the OnePlus One with its 13MP camera toting a Sony Exmor IMX214 6-Lens sensor have leaked, unofficially. The photos appear to have excellent colour reproduction and the macro and depth of field photos are also excellent. While the photos are compressed so it is... Continue reading

Pebble Steel — Smartwatch Review

The Pebble Steel is the second generation Pebble smart watch, following on the success of the original Pebble, after its own success as a Kickstarter graduate. The Pebble presents a simple premise: a watch that doubles as a 'second screen' for your smartphone, allowing you to see emails, notifications, reminders and the like on your wrist without having to pull your phone from your pocket. Both the Pebble Steel and the original Pebble did this, but there's really one major difference between the two. The original Pebble made for a pretty ugly watch. As shipped, it had a... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 — First Impressions

So, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5. I didn’t intend to buy it, but I saw it in the store yesterday and a couple of things lured me in. I’m also becoming a bit bored with my Nexus 5, which didn’t help. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep the S5 or if it will become eBay fodder, but I’m giving it a go at any rate. Update (Sunday, 6.45pm): Added some sample photos and videos. Click here to scroll down! Screen That screen. I think the Galaxy S5’s Super AMOLED screen is one of the most gorgeous mobile displays I’ve... Continue reading

Meet Brittany, Australia’s first official Samsung Galaxy S5 owner

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched worldwide today, and due to the timezones, Australia was the first country to kick off sales. Vodafone were aiming for the early adopter crowd and opened selected stores from 6am, a ploy that seems to have worked, with Vodafone Australia managing to sell the what they are claiming is the worlds first Samsung Galaxy S5 . With such a popular phone, Brittany said she was aware that the stock would sell out fast and knowing that the Vodafone stores were opening early for... Continue reading

Tropical Cyclone Ita is bearing down on Far North Queensland; mobile carriers are sharing essential info

We've been watching today the developments in Far North Queensland in relation to Tropical Cyclone Ita. Yes, you might think "this isn't Android news", and no, it isn't, but it is news affecting a good number of Australians, and we care about things like this. Without going into all the background of what's expected (head over to the ABC for that), FNQ is looking at a category five cyclone making landfall sometime tonight (11 April) with winds as high as 285 kph, causing flash flooding, wind damage, and goodness knows what else. One of the most valuable things you can... Continue reading

Heartbleed may affect older devices running Android 4.1.1

If you've been on the internet in the last week, you've probably read about the vulnerability found in OpenSSL which affects a good percentage of the Internet. Heartbleed is the name given to a vulnerability in Open SSL, the secure sockets layer software for secure internet transactions (e.g. web servers running on https, like your bank, or our donation portal). It allows a would-be hacker to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names... Continue reading