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Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

Virgin Mobile begins offering incentives to customers who switch to their network

After Optus began offering incentives to customers who switch over to their network last Sunday, we’ve seen Telstra join in, and now Virgin Mobile has announced that they too will be offering incentives to customers who switch over to the Virgin Mobile network. Virgin Mobile has announced that from Friday the 12th of September in-store or the 13th on-line, until the 19th of October, all new customers who sign up on a 24 month plan with Virgin Mobile will be allocated an additional 2GB of Data per month to their plan. Not forgetting their existing customer base either, Virgin is[Read More...]

by 9:10 AM on September 11, 2014 5 comments Carriers
HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC to host a ‘Double Exposure’ event in New York on the 8th of October

HTC has sent invites overnight to press, inviting them to an event in New York on the 8th of October. The event has been called ‘Double Exposure’, which from the release of the HTC One M8, seems an obvious reference to their Duo-Camera setup – but what could the event be for? While a HTC Tablet is possible (probably not the HTC Nexus 9), the timing of the event suggests it’s most likely going to be something in the realm of the HTC One M8 Max. The HTC One Max, launched last year in mid-October, so timing wise, this matches[Read More...]

by 8:47 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments Events, Manufacturer
Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

Humble Mobile Bundle 7 launches with six games for a low-low price

The good folks over at the Humble Bundle are back again, this time launching the Humble Mobile Bundle 7, offering six games, with the promise of more to come, for one low-low price. If you don’t want to pay much at all, you can grab The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot, or if you pay above the average price, which at this stage stands at US$3.90, you can grab Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn and Sorcery! as well as any more games that will be added to the bundle in the future. As usual you can[Read More...]

by 8:27 AM on September 11, 2014 1 comment Apps
NVidia mentions HTC made Nexus 9 in legal documents

NVidia mentions HTC made Nexus 9 in legal documents

Well, there’s always some lapse in secrecy surrounding the development of devices, this time it’s the Nexus 9 and it’s some legal documents which have spilled the beans. Earlier this month, chip-maker Nvidia, brought legal action agains competitors Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming they are using technology in their GPUs without paying royalties to NVidia. It’s in the documents for this case, that BrightSideOfNews found a reference to the Nexus 9, with NVidia outing the name, manufacturer and release window as well as confirming it will be powered by the Tegra K1. Nvidia references the Nexus 9 in the documents, stating[Read More...]

by 8:01 AM on September 11, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

Android Distribution numbers show KitKat is on almost a quarter of all devices

September has brought about a new update to the Android distribution numbers, and after reaching the heady heights of being on one-fifth of all Android devices last month, KitKat is now sitting on the edge of hitting the 25% mark. After racking up 54.5% market share in the Android world, Jelly Bean has shown only a slight dip in its share, retaining top spot on 54.4% of all Android devices. Former king-pin Gingerbread is now on only 11.6% of devices and looks set to continue its downward trend. So too is Ice-Cream Sandwich heading south, dropping 1% of market share[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on September 11, 2014 3 comments News
So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

So, yesterday Apple did something. Our only iPhone 6 / iWatch post.

Look, we write about Android stuff here, and sometimes that strays into things Google’s doing within its on ecosystem, as well as things that are Chrome, and otherwise of interest. We tend not to write about Apple much. Ausdroid does Android, and there are plenty of other places that talk about tech generally, and that talk about Apple stuff only. However, this little graphic, shown above, prepared by none other than Ron Amadeo from ArsTechnica, caught our attention and it seems worth mentioning if only because we’ve not said a word about the iPhone 6, and maybe we should acknowledge[Read More...]

by 6:34 AM on September 11, 2014 19 comments Opinion, Other
Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

Play Store refund window officially extended to 2 hours for apps and games

About a month ago, it was reported that Google had unofficially extended the refund window for Play Store purchases out to two hours, instead of the somewhat miserly fifteen minutes that had existed for quite some time beforehand. Well, that’s now become official. Originally, the Play Store allowed users a full 24 hours to evaluate purchases with the option to refund, before the purchase became final, but in 2010, that was slashed to just fifteen minutes. There was a bit of an outcry at the time, but to be fair to Google, that’s still fifteen minutes more than Apple gives[Read More...]

by 6:13 AM on September 11, 2014 2 comments Google Play, News
Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google launches Hangouts Dialer, enables data-based calling and updates Hangouts as well

Google has finally decided to start integrating Google Hangouts with its older sibling Google Voice. We started hearing murmurs about this yesterday but it seems we’ve woken up this morning to the news that it’s done. A new app, called Hangouts Dialer, has landed on the play store and it enables some cool new features inside Google Hangouts. Primarily, it gives users the ability to make phone calls from within Hangouts. So what, you might think. Well, here’s what. Users can place a call to any phone number in the world, with calls to the US and Canada being free of charge.[Read More...]

by 6:06 AM on September 11, 2014 11 comments Apps, News
Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Yatango now

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha from Yatango now

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, was described by Samsung at launch as ‘the evolution of Galaxy Design’. This new design language, as well as the metal frame used inside was continued with the recently announced Galaxy Note 4, but if the Note 4 is a little large and the Galaxy Alpha is more to your taste, you can start pre-ordering now from Yatango. Yatango has placed the Galaxy Alpha up for pre-order in Black and White colour options – that white looks really nice – for a $864.95 ($749.95 if you’re a Yatango member), with shipping expected to begin towards the[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on September 10, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Need to download a free APK from Google Play? Here’s how.

Need to download a free APK from Google Play? Here’s how.

We all like to grab an APK occasionally, whether it be for a new version of an app, or if you’re wanting to try out an app on a device that the developer hasn’t deemed compatible. How do you get an APK? Well, you can troll through a thousand different dodgy sites and risk malware or worse, or you can go straight to the source – Google Play. If you’re looking to download an app – this only works with free apps, we don’t advocate piracy at all – then head over to Evozi’s APK Downloader is ready and raring[Read More...]

by 3:27 PM on September 10, 2014 8 comments
iFixit tears down the Moto 360 and finds parts inside

iFixit tears down the Moto 360 and finds parts inside

In the early morning light of new competing watch platforms, we have some Android Wear news! iFixit has gotten a hold of the latest Android Wear release, the Motorola Moto 360, and has done their usual teardown of the watch. The Moto 360 scores a pretty dismal 3 out of 10 for repairability, with iFixit citing a rear panel which requires ‘heat and careful prying’ to remove, as well as a battery which is hard to reach being housed deep within the inner housing. Also of note was the display requiring complete disassembly of the watch to replace. The 3[Read More...]

by 10:56 AM on September 10, 2014 2 comments Android Wear
Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

Further UI refinements, ‘LMP’ mentions spotted in a recent Android L build for Nexus 5

A photo showing a Nexus 5 running a newer build of Android L was posted to the Chrome bug tracker a few days ago … and was subsequently set to private. A build number of LMP LRW66E points to an approximate September 4th build date, making it much newer than builds that are currently available to the public under the Android L “Preview” release, and of course the mention of “LMP” adds further fuel to the delicious “Lemon Meringue Pie” fire. The photo shows the Bluetooth device management screen (the bug was filed against the feature allowing you to use[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on September 10, 2014 0 comments News
Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

Sony rolls out Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZL and ZR

Sony has announced that their Android 4.4.4 update for the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Tablet and Xperia ZR and ZL handsets has begun rolling out. According to the tweet announcing the start of the rollout, the update brings with it ‘fixes, battery, wifi & email improvements and more’. The update will begin hitting handsets purchased outright from Sony, but carrier based handsets will have a while to wait just a little longer. Vodafone advises on their latest software update blog, that the status for the Android 4.4.4 update for the Xperia Z is ‘Testing in progress’. Optus actually advises that[Read More...]

by 8:46 AM on September 10, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones, Tablets