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Google advises Android Lollipop is coming

Google advises Android Lollipop is coming

With rumours circulating that Android Lollipop updates will begin today, Google themselves have just announced that Lollipop is on the way for Nexus devices. US Carrier Sprint first tipped the news this morning, and in a tweet from the Android Twitter account, Google has advised that the rollout has started : #AndroidLollipop rollout has started and will soon be available on most #Nexus devices. Dessert is served. pic.twitter.com/XVFX2tEbHv — Android (@Android) November 12, 2014 Exactly what that means is anyones guess, whether it refers to Over The Air updates for Nexus devices or factory images is uncertain. The Nexus Factory[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on November 13, 2014 1 comment OS Update
Nexus 5 OTA updates to start today according to US Carrier support page

Nexus 5 OTA updates to start today according to US Carrier support page

According to rumour around the Android World, the Over The Air (OTA) update for Nexus devices will begin today. It’s not a definite, but at this stage with Google silent, as usual on the matter of OTA updates, we’ll take any spark of ‘official’ news we can get. Carriers are generally the gatekeeper for updates, even Nexus updates, and usually they know a bit about the updates, so when US carrier Sprint says the Nexus 5 Lollipop OTA update will begin today, we take notice. This has popped up on their ‘community’ site, which says quite simply Lollipop build LRX21O[Read More...]

by 7:03 AM on November 13, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
LG bringing Burgundy Red and Moon Violet G3 colour variants to Australia

LG bringing Burgundy Red and Moon Violet G3 colour variants to Australia

When LG launched the G3 back in the May, we had a feeling it would be special, something that was confirmed when we reviewed the phone a little earlier this year. At launch, LG announced the phone would come in five different colours: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red. Unfortunately, we only got the Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold models here in Australia, but that may be about to change with LG Australia listing the Moon Violet and Burgundy Red models on their website. The phone is identical in spec to the original[Read More...]

by 10:06 PM on November 12, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Grab Lollipop for your 2012 Nexus 7 now

Grab Lollipop for your 2012 Nexus 7 now

Sick of seeing your mates with their new devices with Lollipop on, or seeing their developer previews on Nexus 5, Nexus 7 etc while your ageing Nexus 7 (2012) is still chugging along with Kitkat? Despair no longer, Android Police have posted a couple of links for downloading what appears to be a final build of Lollipop for the 2012 version of the hugely popular Nexus 7. The build number LRX21P is in line with the build numbers that are already on the Nexus 9 in Australia and according to sources in the US; The Nexus player also. Grab the[Read More...]

by 9:41 PM on November 12, 2014 9 comments News
LG G Watch R — Review

LG G Watch R — Review

We first heard rumours that LG would bring a round Android Wear watch back in August, when the Moto 360‘s release date was still unknown. We already heard from a reader who imported a unit, but still couldn’t wait to get a proper review unit of our own. The mercifully short waiting game ended last week with the Australian release of the G Watch R in Australia. With few Moto 360 units on retailers’ shelves, it appears LG has actually beaten Motorola to the punch in Australia. With a G Watch R finally taking pride of place on my own[Read More...]

by 6:14 PM on November 12, 2014 3 comments Android Wear, News, Reviews, Smartwatch
Telstra now selling the Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0

Telstra now selling the Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0

Huawei is on a bit of a roll this week, starting off with the launch of a sub-$100 4G compatible phone on Vodafone, followed by the Ascend Mate 7 launch last night. Now Telstra has just announced that they are now selling the Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0, which was launched all the way back at Mobile World Congress in February. The Media Pad M1 8.0 is intended as a media playback device, with Dual front facing speakers, which support ‘Huawei Stereo Wide Sound’. The inclusion of a 1280×800 ‘HD’ display paired with microSD card support will let you store a[Read More...]

by 6:08 PM on November 12, 2014 2 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Tablets
Expansys adds the 16GB Indigo Black Nexus 9 to their range – Lunar White and 32GB  models coming soon

Expansys adds the 16GB Indigo Black Nexus 9 to their range – Lunar White and 32GB models coming soon

A little late to the party, but still an option, Expansys Australia has just added the HTC built Nexus 9 to their range, accepting orders as of today. The stock is limited to the Indigo Black model, with Lunar White still only available for pre-order. The 16GB model will set you back $479.99, a shade more expensive than Google Play where you’ll pay a flat $479. Pre-orders are being taken for the 32GB Nexus 9 in Indigo Black for nearly $10 cheaper than Google Play, with Expansys asking $569.99. These prices are also the same for the pre-orders for the[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on November 12, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Lollipop now lets you view Flag Emoji

Lollipop now lets you view Flag Emoji

Emoji was first introduced to Android back in Android 4.1, when Google first added the cute Android characters to the platform. It’s taken a while longer to get keyboards supporting it, but Android users have taken to emoji like ducks to water. Fast forward to the launch of lollipop and we’re getting some more support for emoji. When your Android 5.0 update arrives on your phone or tablet you’ll see a bit of a difference for flags, with Google implementing the emoji for the two-letter country codes introduced as part of Unicode 6.0. On Android 4.4 and below you may[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on November 12, 2014 0 comments News
Telstra bring real-time data usage alerts to customers

Telstra bring real-time data usage alerts to customers

Unless you’ve managed to somehow acquire an unlimited data plan, you’re probably quite careful about your data usage on your mobile. With excess data charges quite exorbitant for the most part, your’re quite right to do so, and Telstra is making monitoring your data usage even easier. Previously, alerts for data usage have taken up to 48 hours (and still do on some carriers) to reach customers once a threshold was breached, resulting in ‘Bill-shock’. With Telstra’s new system they’re now able to send real-time mobile data usage alerts to their Post-Paid consumer mobile customers as they reach 50 per[Read More...]

by 11:02 AM on November 12, 2014 7 comments Carriers
Google announces new Games available for Chromecast

Google announces new Games available for Chromecast

Google has been moving the Chromecast platform forward from the back-end, but it’s developers who have been coming up with new and interesting ways to use Chromecast. Today, Google has announced a new range of gaming applications for Chromecast, allowing you to cast games to your screen and enjoy a family board game night around the TV. There’s a fair few games that have been announced, with Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, Big Web Quiz, Emoji Party and Simon Swipe all now available. Control of these games is from your tablet or phone, but[Read More...]

by 8:16 AM on November 12, 2014 3 comments Apps, Chromecast
Leaked Android Wear app preview shows off upcoming Material Design update and new features

Leaked Android Wear app preview shows off upcoming Material Design update and new features

With Lollipop set to roll out to Nexus – and the LG G3 – devices in the (hopefully) very near future, Material Design is set to take centre stage for Google apps and indeed, if Google gets their wish, most of the apps in the Play Store. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the next update to the Android Wear companion app, will see a Material Design makeover – as well as a few new goodies. The app leak was shown off by Phandroid, who show an app that very much takes on the lighter theme[Read More...]

by 7:50 AM on November 12, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
Rumour: Samsung’s leaking info about the Galaxy S6 already?

Rumour: Samsung’s leaking info about the Galaxy S6 already?

It’s been at least a week since Samsung sprung a leak, while this is something of a tongue in cheek leak. Website 3g.co.uk, have produced a concept video and some renders based on current trends in recently released Samsung phones, giving an idea of what COULD be seen next year when Samsung announce the Samsung Galaxy S6. Based on the Galaxy Alpha line (and the recently announced A3 and A5) we can expect metal – LOTs of metal, making the chassis and overall feel of the phone more solid and the Galaxy S line overall feel more premium. Also on[Read More...]

by 7:34 AM on November 12, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Oneplus pre-orders: Round 2

Oneplus pre-orders: Round 2

After a frustrating first attempt at pre-orders, followed by an apology, as well as a promise of a do-over on pre-orders, Oneplus are set to open the flood gates and accept pre-orders once again. The second pre-order window will open on the 17th of November in the USA (VERY AM, approximately 3AM for Eastern States). The pre-order site is up, and apparently rearing to go, but the question is whether it will struggle to handle the influx of traffic, but after last time, the key phrase is forewarned is fore armed and OnePlus think they are up to the challenge.[Read More...]

by 7:20 AM on November 12, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones