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Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

Nova Launcher Beta gets update with added Lollipop animations

For those of you out there wanting a bit of Lollipop before it actually rolls out to eligible devices, you can now download a new update for Nova Launcher Beta through the Play Store. There are new animations for opening folders which adds to the existing slide up animation from the bottom and the Lollipop scroll indicator is included along with updated icon themes for the calculator, contacts, downloads and email apps and lots more. Here is the full list of changes: Lollipop Circle Folder Animation (Settings – Folder – Transition Animation) Lollipop Scroll indicator (Settings – Desktop – Scroll[Read More...]

by 11:33 AM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover go up for pre-order on Amazon – shipping to Australia

HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover go up for pre-order on Amazon – shipping to Australia

Google has never been great at getting accessories for Nexus devices to Australia, their usual turn around varies from between a couple of months and never. It’s been a particular bug bear of ours for about as long as they’ve been selling Nexus devices in Australia. It’s not changed this time around with no sign of the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio cover which has gone up for pre-order on Google Play in the US, nor any sign of a date when we can order the Nexus 9 Magic Cover which has appeared on Google Play in Australia. But if you’re[Read More...]

by 8:55 AM on October 22, 2014 9 comments Accessories
Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Google shows iOS users just how easy it is to switch over to Android

Soon after the launch of Android 4.4 and the last Nexus phone, Google Executive Chariman Eric Schmidt published a guide on his Google+ page offering relatively easy advise on how iOS users could switch to Android. Now, in the wake of another Android update, Google themselves have seemingly polished up the guide, and posted it on the Android website, in a bid to get some switching going on. The guide is quite well put together and offers step by step instructions – as well as tools – to help iOS converts to transfer their Photos, Music and Music, as well[Read More...]

by 8:29 PM on October 21, 2014 3 comments News
New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

Google announced back in September that they would be rolling out a new update to the Android Wear platform that would bring some brand new features. According to reddit users, an update has begun hitting the LG G Watch, which brings at least a couple of the features promised. The new update, 4.4W.2 (Build KNX01Q) updates the G Watch from 4.4W.1 (Build KGW42Q). The update brings a new set of Music cards, as well as a new control interface and ability to Play Music from the menu, which you can see in the pictures below. Users who’ve received the update[Read More...]

by 8:14 PM on October 21, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

Android 5.0 Tour: Wallpapers and Sounds

We’ve been having a look through Android Lollipop, or at least the latest Developer preview since Google released images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) on Saturday morning. It’s a complete new visual style and part of that is the new wallpapers that have been included in the new images. We’ve extracted them and you can find them below, as well as a link to a zip to grab all of the wallpapers. As a bonus, you can also download a zip with the new sounds from Android Lollipop – if that’s your thing. There’s some lovely looking[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 21, 2014 5 comments News
Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Motorola surprised everyone when they announced the Moto G towards the end of 2013. Rather than aiming for a premium price point and falling short on specs, the Moto G was an unapologetic shot at the midrange market that delivered the essentials for a basic smartphone experience and nothing more at a $230 price point. We loved it, and so did a lot of others. The Moto G became Motorola’s best selling phone, and arguably even saved the company’s balance sheet after lacklustre market performance from its high-end sibling, the Moto X. The Moto G could get away with a[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 21, 2014 18 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

Motorola 360 pricing for Australia leaked; for sale at $329 AUD

While Motorola hasn’t officially made too much noise about the Moto 360 in Australia yet, it seems that the cat might have escaped the bag. Harvey Norman has the Moto 360 listed in its inventory system as ‘Moto 360 Light’ and ‘Moto 360 Dark’, both for the price of $329 AUD. This pricing fits with what we’ve heard elsewhere and it also compares reasonably with the price overseas (adding in that dreaded Australia Tax). The US Dollar price of $249 works out to about $285 AUD, and once you add on GST, that comes to about $312. Not too bad if you[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on October 21, 2014 24 comments Android Wear, News, Rumours
Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Android 5.0 Tour: Google Search

Google Search is a key component of Google’s Android strategy, it’s part of how they monetise Android and in Android 5.0, Google has given the app a makeover to include Material Design stylings as well as adding multi-account support. In Google Search, the cards now come up with most cards receiving bright colourful headers to differentiate them from the others around them. Weather and Parking reminders still seem to be quite clean, but sans colourful header. The new headers are nice, but it’s the slide-out menu that’s caught our eye. On the search bar in Google Now, you’ll see a[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 21, 2014 0 comments News
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

For someone who really enjoys music and a good quality set of headphones, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store of late with the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on ear headphone being the second set of Bose headphones I’ve reviewed in a very short time. The first was the Quiet Comfort 25 – a high end set of Noise cancelling headphones – and I was a little worried that this pair wouldn’t live up to that high standard. The pairing process is as easy as you’d expect, turn the headset on; go to your phone, find the headphones and[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 21, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

The OnePlus is still quite hard to get a hold of for those Android fans wanting to get a high-end phone at a low-end price. Last month OnePlus announced they would open up pre-orders at the end of this month, and today we’ve gotten more details on when and for how long. Pre-orders will open on Monday, the 27th of October and you’ll be able to pre-order your phone during a one-hour window. Then it’s back to the invite system. Starting today, OnePlus will let you add the One to a shopping cart which you can save and arrange the[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 21, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Asus C200 and C300 Chromebooks officially arrive in Australia

Asus C200 and C300 Chromebooks officially arrive in Australia

Asus has been producing ChromeOS devices for a little while now, offering their Chromebox first, but they’ve now followed up by launching their C200 and C300 Chromebooks in Australia. The 11.6″ C200 and 13.3″ C300 Chromebooks from Asus are a pretty nicely specced pair of Chromebooks. The C200 began selling on Kogan last month, but now Asus has updated their website to show the devices are now available, including giving a list of specs for both devices. Specs for the Chromebooks are still a little shaky, as we’re waiting on more information from Asus on the launch. C200 C300 Screen:[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 21, 2014 3 comments Chromebook
Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google adds ‘4-star’ search filter to Google Play on the web

Google is the undisputed king of search on the web, but the search function in Google Play has been woeful, often returning some pretty terrible results. Google is working on ensuring you find some quality downloads in Google Play though, and is now offering an option to limit your search results to apps with a minimum 4-star rating. The option to filter search results is only available on the web at this stage, with the new search filter now showing up as a drop-down menu option underneath the search box. As Android Police point out, there’s not many times when[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 21, 2014 1 comment Google Play
Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google adds support for Yahoo and Outlook.com email addresses in leaked updated Gmail app for Android

Google’s Gmail app is pretty awesome, but their support for other email accounts hasn’t been great. But according to a new leak, the upcoming Gmail 5.0 for the Android Lollipop release appears to be about to resolve all that. The app which Android Police have managed to get a hold of appears to have solved that, as well as dressing up for the occasion with a brand new Material Design makeover. The now familiar circular ‘new post’ button is now present to create a new email, as well as the new round avatars, and conveniently located ‘attachment’ button. But that’s[Read More...]

by 8:53 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Apps