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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
Latest Netflix for Android update adds Post-Play support for Chromecast

Latest Netflix for Android update adds Post-Play support for Chromecast

Were all doing it, well a lot of us anyway, circumventing geo-restrictions and watching a vast array of movies and TV from the US on Netflix, a large portion on Chromecast. Now Netflix has finally updated their app to include Post-Play support for Chromecast which they Netflix Binge-watchers celebrate! Netflix has finally added Post-Play support for Chromecast to their Android app. As promised back in June, Netflix will be updating over the next few days to add Post-Play for Chromecast users. When you’re watching a TV show and inevitably reach the final credits, you will get the small window that[Read More...]

by 8:13 AM on September 10, 2014 3 comments Apps, Chromecast
Ausdroid Podcast 121 – The IFArola Z360+1 Compact Edge

Ausdroid Podcast 121 – The IFArola Z360+1 Compact Edge

Welcome to episode 121 of the Ausdroid podcast! After a spell away, we’re back with a bumper episode covering the big Android announcements last week, both from IFA 2014 and Motorola. With Jason Murray, Dan Tyson and Scott Plowman. Topics: LG G Watch R Asus ZenWatch Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact Sony Smartwatch 3, Smartband Talk Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge Samsung Gear VR (although we spent most of this time talking about Google Cardboard) Motorola 360 launch The New Moto X The new Moto G Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe[Read More...]

by 10:50 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Podcast
imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

imo app UI updated in preparation for Android L

With the imminent arrival of Android L not to far away, free video calls and chat app imo has just been updated with a UI makeover inspired by Google’s Material Design guidelines. According to imo’s blog: “We created better visual hierarchy in the app through the use of deliberate colors choices, edge-to-edge imagery, new icons, and new typography using different weights and styles of Roboto. We also increased spacing for better scannability and comprehension of content.” The updated app generally features new fonts, increased spacing and more white space. The contact lists have small improvements including increased row height and The[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

The new Moto G drops to $268 at The Good Guys

It’s only been a few days since the new Moto G was announced but The Good Guys have already dropped the price from $279 down to $268 (limit 3 per customer) with a $5 local door to door delivery charge which takes it to a total of $273. It doesn’t yet appear to allow you to pick up in store as it didn’t matter which capital city postcode I plugged in, it came back with the following message: “One or more products are unavailable for pick up near the postcode entered. Please try a different postcode or select delivery for[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on September 9, 2014 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

Grab a Galaxy Gear Smartwatch for $95 through Yatango

Yatango shopping are offering Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear smartwatch for the bargain price of $95 for an Orange coloured watch or $85 for the Gold Coloured band. Of course the catch being that you need to be a member of Yatango Shopping and enter the promo code of ‘TECHSPOT’. The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the South Korean companies first product in the smart wearable category and originally ran a cutdown version of Android, but an update earlier this year saw the device ‘Updated’ to run Samsung’s own Tizen OS, bringing it in-line with the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch. Just in[Read More...]

by 9:34 PM on September 9, 2014 1 comment News, Sale, Smartwatch
Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Yatango Shopping opens up pre-orders for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

The newly announced Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are coming to Australia later this year. The Xperia Z3 will be available on Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, with Optus and Telstra opting to carry the Z3 Compact as well. But with no concrete release date for either phone on offer from the carriers or Sony Australia, wallets are out and ready to order. If you’re ready to go head over to Yatango Shopping where they’ve begun offering pre-orders for both phones in a range of colour options. The Xperia Z3 is available in Black, White and Green[Read More...]

by 5:54 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra have seen Optus’ offer to pay new customers $450 towards break fees incurred on a previous carrier, and have decided to offer potential Telstra customers the same deal. From September 16, in a move to help customers decide to join Telstra’s network, Telstra will offer customers credits up to $450 when they incur a contract break fee to transfer to Telstra. Customers must also trade in their old phone, and sign up to a new, eligible, 24 month handset payment and mobile plan to be eligible for the credits. As an extra sweetener, Telstra is also offering to include its[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on September 9, 2014 4 comments Carriers, News
Google Chromecast team are doing a reddit AMA later this month

Google Chromecast team are doing a reddit AMA later this month

Would you like to know what is coming up development wise for the Chromecast? Of course you would, and you may get the opportunity to ask the team behind it, with the /r/Chromecast community on reddit advising the Google Chromecast team will be taking part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on September 25th. The reddit AMA is going forward, but the Chromecast team has asked for some potential questions to be provided beforehand. In the announcement post, /r/Chromecast moderator IAMA-CANADIAN-AMA advised that the top five upvoted questions will be forwarded to Google, but that’s not to say they[Read More...]

by 1:41 PM on September 9, 2014 0 comments Chromecast