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Ausdroid Podcast 127 – LIVE CHAT

Ausdroid Podcast 127 – LIVE CHAT

http://youtube.com/embed/qKkPKGr1rSA Welcome to episode 125 of the Ausdroid Podcast! This week some of us have got some shiny new Nexus 9s, but none of us have a Nexus 6, we’re not terribly happy about it and we might well be taking aim at Motorola and Google. What we do have though, is Lollipop – so we’ll check in with the rollout and update situation on the new version Android. We’ve also got news from Sony and Huawei to round us out. If you’re on a mobile device, you can use this link to get to the video directly through YouTube.[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Podcast Live
Google Keep gets a Material Design update

Google Keep gets a Material Design update

The latest Google app to get the Material Design makeover is Google Keep, bringing it to version 3.0. The update brings some new material-inspired touches, the most obvious one being its launcher icon (shown above). The icon has gone from a realistic stack of sticky notes to a single dog-eared note with a lightbulb shape sitting on top. Looking inside the app, there is also a suite of new changes and features, such as a new search interface that allows users to search by type of note (list, voice, image, or reminder), or by colour. The navigation drawer has had a remake with changes to[Read More...]

by 4:12 PM on November 13, 2014 3 comments Apps, News
Android Lollipop OTA updates start appearing – download links here

Android Lollipop OTA updates start appearing – download links here

With Android 5.0 pushed to AOSP and factory images now appearing, it’s time to turn our attention to the over-the-air (OTA) updates that should soon be winging their way to our devices. You can of course wait to receive your update in due course, or you can download the update and install it yourself via the sideload method. Here’s the list of OTA updates – as you can see there’s a good few blanks right now, so we’ll be updating and adding new entries as the download URLs become known. If you find an OTA download that’s not listed here,[Read More...]

by 3:38 PM on November 13, 2014 52 comments OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Google shows off some more Android commercials – Be Together, Not the Same

Google shows off some more Android commercials – Be Together, Not the Same

With the announcement of Android Lollipop, Google has begun an unprecedented marketing push which focuses on Android as an operating system and eco-system. Android of course lets users share ‘stuff’ while not being pigeonholed into the same hardware (Yeah, pretty sure that’s a dig at someone there), and their previous ads have celebrated this. With the release of Lollipop images this morning, Google has released four new commercials, again featuring the bugdroid which has been dressed up, accessorised and animated by their Androidify app. There’s nothing hard hitting in these commercials, just some fun, so check them out and see[Read More...]

by 12:33 PM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Other
Parrot Flower Power wireless sensor now available for Andorid

Parrot Flower Power wireless sensor now available for Andorid

Thumb a little black? You may need a little technological help to keep those plants alive and Parrot is here to help. After launching their wireless sensor ‘Flower Power’ for iOS earlier this year, Parrot has today announced that the botanical monitoring solution is now compatible with Android. The Flower Power wireless sensor is designed to help you care for your plants, with the device referring to a database of more than 7000 plants, trees and vegetables, to give you recommendations on soil moisture, fertiliser, ambient temperature and light intensity. The sensor connects to your phone or tablet through Bluetooth[Read More...]

by 11:36 AM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps
Mail app from Yahoo7 updates with new content and personalisation including weather and news updates

Mail app from Yahoo7 updates with new content and personalisation including weather and news updates

Mail clients have received a lot of attention in recent weeks, with Google introducing Inbox, as well as updating the Gmail app for Android in the lead-up to the release of Lollipop. But not everyone uses Gmail and Yahoo has been a long-running competitor, and has introduced a new app in Australia in partnership with 7, introducing a raft of new features. The update now allows you to receive real-time news and weather updates, as well as financial inforamtion and just beautiful images, as well as allowing you access to your mail. It’s designed to give you a stream of[Read More...]

by 10:01 AM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Apps
Humble Bundle team announces they will remove their app from Google Play

Humble Bundle team announces they will remove their app from Google Play

The Humble Bundle is a great way to get access to games, books, music and more, their Android app provides an easy way to access their content on the move, but it looks like the recent update to the Google Play Distribution agreement has forced them to remove their app from Google Play. The folks at the Humble Bundle have announced the latest move on their blog, announcing : We will soon be removing the Humble App for Android from Google Play and will only be distributing the DRM-free installer directly from our website The Humble Bundle app allows you[Read More...]

by 9:51 AM on November 13, 2014 2 comments Apps
Google Keyboard 4.0 begins rolling out

Google Keyboard 4.0 begins rolling out

Version 4.0 of the Google Keyboard is rolling out on Google Play – or at least, it will be very soon. Android Police managed to snag a copy of the updated APK and took a look inside. The most obvious change is visual, and one we’ve expected to see in the app on Play since its appearance in the developer preview – there are two new “Material” themes (light and dark), in line with the rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop. You’ll need to select the theme manually once you update. The update also sees the return a configuration option for[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on November 13, 2014 5 comments Apps, News
Haystack: Business cards without the paper

Haystack: Business cards without the paper

If you’re on the go all the time for work, in and out of meetings, functions and lunches it’s likely you know the pain of having to carry business cards all the time. Worse; the pain of getting caught without one. Haystack is a really neat (and free) app that allows you to create a digital business card and share it via email or MMS instantly when you meet someone new. The other neat trick is Haystack will also scan and save all the business cards you get and adds them straight to your phone contacts, where it will then[Read More...]

by 8:53 AM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
CyanogenMod 11 M12 snapshot is rolling out now

CyanogenMod 11 M12 snapshot is rolling out now

CyanogenMod, arguably the most popular of the Android custom ROMs, last night began the process of releasing its latest M-release snapshot to the public. The update should now be available for existing users through the CyanogenMod update menu, or as always as a flashable ZIP from the CyanogenMod download server. Unfortunately, it appears that not all devices are eligible just yet, with popular devices such as the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) being left out of the initial release cycle. It’s worth nothing however that this has happened with previous M-release snapshot builds, and further device builds do tend to appear[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Android Development, News, OS Update
Official Android 5.0 Factory images for Nexus devices starting to appear

Official Android 5.0 Factory images for Nexus devices starting to appear

After the factory image for the Nexus 7 (2012) Wifi leaked last night, and Google announced that Lollipop was on the way this morning, it appears that the Nexus Factory Images page is seeing some updating right now, with Android 5.0 Factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and Nexus 10 joining the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player images as available to download. The build version varies across devices, from LRX21L, through LRX21Q depending on which device you have. The Nexus 4 update isn’t available as yet, but we’re hoping it won’t be[Read More...]

by 8:21 AM on November 13, 2014 12 comments Android Development, OS Update
Google announces YouTube based Music Key streaming service but it won’t be available in Australia – yet

Google announces YouTube based Music Key streaming service but it won’t be available in Australia – yet

Google has seen a fair amount of success with their Google Play Music All Access service. With over 30 Million songs available to stream paired with a locker that allows you to upload 20,000 tracks of your own, what’s not to like? Well, there’s no videos is there? Google is aiming to remedy this defecit by introducing Music Key Beta – a new way to play and listen to music videos using YouTube. The Music Key service will allow you to ‘listen to music without ads, to keep playing music videos even if you lock the screen or start using[Read More...]

by 8:05 AM on November 13, 2014 1 comment News
New standalone Messenger app now available at Google Play

New standalone Messenger app now available at Google Play

Google has overnight, launched its new Messenger app, seen in the new Lollipop update, onto Google Play for anyone running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and above to download to their device. The new app, handles SMS and MMS duties only for those who aren’t quite into the move to Hangouts as the default, all-in-one messaging client. Moving forward it appears that the new Messenger app is intended to replace the stock SMS/MMS handler in Android, at least from Lollipop onwards. The app is working on lower end versions of Android however, with support down to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on November 13, 2014 7 comments Apps