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Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

Want English (Australia) as an option in Android L? Let Google know

One of the options when setting up Android is Language. Currently you get a choice of English (United States), (United Kingdom) and now (India), but with options for English (Australia) buried in the options that you can choose later, who wants to select it later? Well, a feature request currently being looked at by Google for release in Android L could change that. An Android user, Nancy, has lodged feature request 1061, in the Android Developer Preview Bug Tracker to try and entice Google into doing that. The request reads: The feature request I (and many other Australians) would like[Read More...]

by 5:06 PM on August 16, 2014 8 comments News
Motorola Moto X+1 drops past GFXBench and shows off its front plate

Motorola Moto X+1 drops past GFXBench and shows off its front plate

With an expected announcement early next month, it’s not going to be too long till we see what Motorola has done with the follow up to the Moto X, and also to find out if that Moto X+1 name is going to stay. Even with this looming announcement, we’re still keen for any tidbits of information on the upcoming phone, and today we have two. Overnight, the Moto X+1 was found in the GFXBench benchmark results, showing under the model # XT1097. The listing is interesting, and raises some questions, mainly to do with the processor, which is listed as[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on August 16, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered for $34 from Dick Smith

Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered for $34 from Dick Smith

Dick Smith is at it again, but this time, it’s the cheapest price we’ve seen so far for Google’s Chromecast dongle, with Dick Smith offering to deliver a Chromecast for just $34. The deal is part of their ‘Free Freight Friday’ offer, paired with a coupon code for $15 off. To take advantage of the deal, head over to Dick Smith and add a Chromecast to your basket, enter the code ‘FRIDAY15‘ and you’re good to go. There’s no Click and Collect option, you have to have it delivered and it’s only off one Chromecast, no adding multiple units. Paired[Read More...]

by 3:45 PM on August 15, 2014 15 comments Chromecast
Google adding support Multiple Simultaneous Language Selections In Voice Search

Google adding support Multiple Simultaneous Language Selections In Voice Search

Australia is a multi-cultural nation, so there’s a very good chance that someone you speak to can speak more than one language. Android has had options for changing language for voice search, but it appears that Google isn’t happy with that arrangement and is updating search with support for simultaneous voice search in multiple languages. ‘Ok Google’ hotword detection is still limited to English, but you can now add up to 5 languages to your voice search options. The new update will allow for simultaneous search in multiple languages, meaning you won’t have to jump into settings, change your language[Read More...]

by 12:53 PM on August 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services
Domain updates their Android app with Android Wear notifications

Domain updates their Android app with Android Wear notifications

Real-estate classified site Domain has released an update to their native Android app, to take advantage of Android Wear. The update comes on the back of some other updates including a refined new look and a new option to streamline sign-ins, with options to use both Google+ and Facebook credentials to setup an account. Once you’re signed in, you can save searches for properties in areas and it’s these notifications which will start showing up on your wrist. The update is fairly rudimentary in this initial phase, with the update allowing you to see a notification with the total number[Read More...]

by 12:43 PM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
Huawei announce the Ascend P7 and Talkband for Australia

Huawei announce the Ascend P7 and Talkband for Australia

Huawei is a pretty well known brand in Australia and to date their phones have been well priced, though more low to mid-range than higher end, but that ends today, with the launch of the Ascend P7 – their first FullHD phone. To go along with the Ascend P7, Huawei has also announced that their fitness band/bluetooth headset, is also now available as well. Announced back in May, the Ascend P7 is quite the stunning looking handset. The phone is super slim, sliding in at a mere 6.5mm thin, but in such a slim body, you will also get a[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Asus to release their Android Wear watch at IFA next month

Asus to release their Android Wear watch at IFA next month

The IFA tradeshow in Germany next month is shaping up to be a good one, with rumours of new handsets and more from the likes of Samsung and Sony heating up, there’s a new rumour circulating that Asus is about to announce their entry into the Android Wear market. Rumoured to be priced at a much lower price than existing Android Wear watches, Asus is apparently aiming at the $99-$150 price range when it launches, and according to Asus CEO, Jerry Shen, who announced that the watch would debut IFA in Berlin at an investors’ conference on Tuesday. An Asus[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Android Wear
Google releases four new Android Wear commercials to show off what it can do

Google releases four new Android Wear commercials to show off what it can do

In the wake of the announcement that the Android Wear watch, that most of you have been waiting for will be announced on the 4th of September, Google has released four new commercials showing off Android Wear and some of the features of the platform and hardware. There’s three mini commercials – around 15 seconds each, followed by a larger over-arching one which shows off the current – and future – Android Wear watches, including the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Motorola Moto 360. The commercials show off what Android Wear is about, which if you read[Read More...]

by 11:11 AM on August 15, 2014 0 comments Android Wear
HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

HTC launches Zoe beta to Google Play for a range of devices

. Over the last few months, HTC has been hinting at releasing their Sense based services like Blinkfeed to more users, this has also been followed by the company releasing their software services to Google Play. Today, HTC has announced that their first software service released through Google Play for devices other than HTC will be Zoe. So, what is Zoe? The wider launch of Zoe to Google Play, is not what most HTC owners will recognise as the Zoe from their phones, but more the Video Highlights part of Zoe. With Zoe you can create, edit, remix and more[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on August 15, 2014 3 comments Apps
Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel drops the price of Presto to just $9.99 per month

Foxtel, has this morning announced that they intend to slash the price of their movie streaming price in half, bringing the price down to a relatively small $9.99 per month. The price will come into effect this Sunday, the 17th of August, and offers a no lock-in contract way to access to some of the largest movies out there. Titles such as Captain Phillips, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Pacific Rim and We’re the Millers are already available to stream on the service, and more hits such as Thor: The Dark World, Delivery Man are set to join[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on August 15, 2014 9 comments News
Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Demistifying those “scary” Facebook Messenger Permissions

Over the last few weeks there has been a LOT of talk about the Facebook Messenger Permissions required to install on your Android device, some of the comments around the social media circles are ill informed at best; downright irresponsible at times. There’s a LOT of permissions to take onboard when you install the app and it can seem quite daunting, invasive and perhaps a little creepy when you look at the amount of access to your device that Facebook want. Aside from being business suicide for Facebook, the fact remains; the general level of conversation and interaction on the[Read More...]

by 9:46 AM on August 15, 2014 4 comments Apps, News
Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

Samsung advertising (t)rolls on

While we all enjoy a good laugh at the opposition, Samsung’s advertising really hasn’t progressed much from the juvenile jabs they’ve taken at their competitors since The next big thing is here. The latest campain has flowed on from comments by the Blackberry CEO John Chen who referred to iPhone users as “Wall Huggers” due to their inadequate batteries in their iPhones and constant need to just top up at every opportunity. The sledgehammer subtle, yet likely low cost advertising has clearly piggybacked on this at power plugs in some airports around the USA stating Samsung Galaxy S5 with Ultra[Read More...]

by 8:59 AM on August 15, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones
Aldi offering fathers day tech specials with Onix Smartphone & Onix 3G Tablet

Aldi offering fathers day tech specials with Onix Smartphone & Onix 3G Tablet

If you are still trying to work out what to get your dad this fathers day, then Aldi might be able to tempt you with their latest offerings starting next Wednesday 20th August 2014 for 1 week. Aldi are offering two Onix branded products, a 4″ smartphone available for $99.99 and a 9″ 3G Tablet available for $149. Whilst both offer a low price and certainly don’t offer the latest in high end specs but they do offering a decent price for the budget conscious market they are aiming this for. So lets take a look at the specs separately[Read More...]

by 8:58 AM on August 15, 2014 16 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Sale, Tablets