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ZTE partners with Google to bring Google Now Launcher to future phones

ZTE partners with Google to bring Google Now Launcher to future phones

On the Australian Mobile market, ZTE is a relative new-comer, only recently launching their first mobile phone under their own brand name – the ZTE 969. But elsewhere in the world, ZTE is as common in the market as other brands like Huawei. Over the weekend, ZTE has announced a new partnership with Google, which may help them to achieve a little more visibility in the market place the world over. The announcement is actually centred around the re-launch of a ZTE handset which isn’t actually available in Australia – ZTE Blade Vec 4G. The phone is being re-launched, with[Read More...]

by 10:10 AM on July 21, 2014 5 comments Google Services, Manufacturer, Phones
LG G3 now available to pre-order through Optus with free G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock

LG G3 now available to pre-order through Optus with free G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock

Optus has this morning opened up pre-orders for the upcoming LG Super-phone – the LG G3. The bonuses are actually pretty good for the phone which is the first on the Australian market to include a 2K 2560 x 1440 resolution display, with Optus and LG throwing in an LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock for pre-orders placed online. The G3 is of course, LG’s 2014 flagship and it’s a monster. The hardware is top notch, with that massive, high resolution display, 13MP Rear Camera with OIS and Laser Auto-Focus and a 3,000mAh battery. The phone also[Read More...]

by 9:48 AM on July 21, 2014 17 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Good Deal: Get a Chromecast for just $39 including delivery from Dick Smith

Good Deal: Get a Chromecast for just $39 including delivery from Dick Smith

It’s on again, after dropping the price on the Chromecast from the RRP of $49 down to $39 just over week ago, Dick Smith is repeating the deal. You can grab a Chromecast for just $39 using the code ‘SAVER10‘. The deal is only available through online with delivery, there’s no click-and-collect available here. Just like last time, it appears the code only works for one Chromecast. There’s been some developments since the last deal, with Google announcing the availability of Screencasting for Chromecast for selected models – although there’s been some unofficial expansion from the official list. If you’re[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on July 20, 2014 6 comments Chromecast, Sale
EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

EchoWear lets you identify music from your wrist

Much like well-established music services Shazam and SoundHound, EchoWear for Android Wear allows you to search for music you can hear, all from the comfort of your wrist. While Google Now on your phone will have a fair stab at identifying most music, sometimes you don’t have time (or want) to get your phone from your pocket, and that’s where EchoWear comes in. Launch it from the Android Wear app drawer, or start it with a voice command (“Start Echo Search”), and it will record a few seconds of the song playing, before submitting it to widely recognised music database[Read More...]

by 2:51 PM on July 19, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Ausdroid Podcast 117 – Wearable Androids

Ausdroid Podcast 117 – Wearable Androids

Welcome to episode 117 of the Ausdroid podcast! It’s been a while between podcasts, and so much has happened – last time, we were pondering about what Android Wear devices would be like, and this episode we all had the G Watch on our wrists! Understandably, we spent a while talking about the newest addition to the Android family from a hardware and software perspective. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: Android Wear Android L OnePlus One review Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Stitcher Get in contact[Read More...]

by 11:17 AM on July 19, 2014 1 comment Podcast
Google is planning to no longer call Freemium games ‘Free’

Google is planning to no longer call Freemium games ‘Free’

Google has responded to the European Commission over concerns raised by parents surrounding In-App Purchases (IAP) included with an increasing number of games for their platforms – namely Android. The commission asked both Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps which include IAP in their games. The changes asked for include not misleading customers about ‘Free’ games, as well as not ‘directly exhorting’ children to buy in-game items, and thoroughly informing customers about payment arrangements and forcing game makers to provide contact information – a step to help facilitate communications between customers and developers over[Read More...]

by 8:35 AM on July 19, 2014 7 comments Google Play
Meet Project Athena – an experimental redesign of ChromeOS based on Material Design

Meet Project Athena – an experimental redesign of ChromeOS based on Material Design

Material Design is the design language announced at Google I/O, it will appear across the entire range of Google’s products – from Android, to the web and of course their emerging desktop/laptop OS – ChromeOS. François Beaufort, Chrome advocate for Google has released a look at what the ChromeOS team is calling ‘Project Athena’ overnight, and for interested developers, you can follow along too. As Mr Beaufort points out in his Google+ post, the project is of course about bringing about a new kind of user experience. There’s some re-design of the windows, as well as ‘some simple window management’.[Read More...]

by 7:24 AM on July 19, 2014 2 comments ChromeOS
InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

If a six-inch display on your mobile isn’t enough, would you consider getting a second one? When I saw this headline, my immediate thought was no, but having read a bit more about what the InkCase provides, I’m kind of excited and I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. Shown above, InkCase Plus is an eInk display that acts as a second display for your Android. What can you do with it? Many things. Firstly, you’ll save battery life, because viewing / reading things on an eInk display is significantly cheaper in terms of battery usage than[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

The release of the Android Nokia X range just prior to the purchase of the company by Microsoft, left many people asking what the future of the Nokia X series was. With the launch of the Nokia X2 range late last month after the purchase had gone through it seemed the series could stick around. But overnight, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has overnight sent a letter to staff outlining some future plans for the Nokia X series and also some news about the future of some of the staff. The Microsoft team will lose a total of 18,000 staff[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

Guardians of the Galaxy slides into Google Play

The US Summer movie blockbuster season is still upon us, that means we’re still seeing big budget feature films arriving in theatres. Next month Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest Marvel Super-hero movie joins the list of Marvel movie franchises and it looks absolutely killer. But what’s a movie without a game tie-in? Well, now you can play Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel Games have released Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW (The Ultimate Weapon) into Google Play. Let’s get this out of the way, at $5.25 it’s a pretty expensive game, but the up-side is – no In-App Purchases![Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Google Maps for Android updates with elevation information for cyclists and more

Just in time for the weekend, Google has today updated Maps with a few new features, including some updates which could make going for a ride this weekend a little more attractive. After updating Google Maps on the desktop in May to include elevation information for cyclists, Google has today brought the feature to Android. Cyclists will now be able to check out exactly how high those hills are going to be when you set out a route. You can even compare routes to see which one has the largest hills. There are a few other features if you’re not[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on July 18, 2014 0 comments Apps
Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Game of Thrones Ascent now available on Google Play – Winter is HERE!

Winter is here. Disruptor Beam and developer Kongregate have brought the game Game of Thrones Ascent to Google Play. But hold on there, it’s not a sex and violence fuelled hack’n’slash, instead you’ll find yourself reading and scheming in a modern day version of the text-based adventures which featured heavily in early computing. The game ‘Offers in-app purchases’(IAP), so naturally it’s free to download and play. The IAP is to get around in-game timers, and of course purchase in-game currency you can use to purchase goods in the game. You can of course play for free, it will just take[Read More...]

by 11:35 AM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Apps
Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google by the numbers – Q2 2014 earnings report

Google has today released their financial results for the 2nd quarter of 2014. The results are pretty good for the company, with expectations above that of analysts on Wall Street, a positive for share-holders and executives alike. With the sale of Motorola still not complete, there are still results from the company included in this report and as with previous results – they’re losses. Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google said Google had a great quarter with revenue up 22% year on year, at $16.0 billion. We are moving forward with great product momentum and are excited to continue providing amazing[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on July 18, 2014 1 comment News