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Wear Mini Launcher now available

Wear Mini Launcher now available

Are you looking for a better way to access the apps on your Android Wear device? Launching through Google Now is cool, but it’s a bit hit and miss, especially with voice commands. What if there was an app launcher, or slide in drawer? Wonder no more, because now that’s precisely what’s become available. Shown above, Wear Mini Launcher is itself an app that you launch via the standard process, but once it’s running, you can slide in from the top left side of your watch and access a quick app drawer. Like most apps on Android Wear, though, it[Read More...]

by 9:18 AM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

It seems that few things sell (or are more popular) than sex, or the prospect of procuring it, and so it should be little surprise that Tinder is quite popular. The cross-platform dating / friend-finding app allows users to find matches (male or female) in the local area, which you can like or dislike with a simple swipe of your finger. Now, you can do it all from your watch! Why you would is another question entirely, but at least it shows that Android developers are on the ball. On Android Wear, you can now launch the Tinder app, swipe left[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps, News
Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Sony Xperia Z2, a device I really enjoyed. While I was reviewing the phone, I was contacted by Yianni from Gadgets 4 Geeks, to see if I wanted to try out some accessories. I agreed and he sent me two new toys to play with; a magnetic charging dock and the Sonivo Fusion bumper case. Magnetic Charging Dock One of Sony’s big innovations over the past few years has been making all their phones waterproof. This is all well and good, but anyone who has actually used one of[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories, News, Reviews
Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

We’ve previously reported that the NSW Government and Cubic Systems Australia (makers of London’s Oyster Card) had released a couple of Opal Card smartcard wallets and holders for Samsung Devices earlier this year. Transport for NSW have announced another series of colourful smart wallets which stick to the back of your smartphone to hold your Opal Card in place. According to the Shop Transport NSW website, the smart wallet is made of durable silicone with a universal 3M adhesive suitable for most phones (and covers) which fit most flatbacked smart phones, so the HTC One (M7), One (M8) and the LG Flex[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on July 12, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Sony Xperia Z3 leaks again – this time with a phone behind the front panel

Sony Xperia Z3 leaks again – this time with a phone behind the front panel

Sony is not one to rest on their laurels when it comes to building new phones. Working to what seeems a 6 month product life-cycle, they’re on track to release the Xperia Z3 at IFA in September and the phone is determined to see the light of day, first showing up as a mere front panel, it’s now out in the wild as a full phone. The phone is believed to be the Chinese version of the Xperia Z3 – model # L55t, which follows on from the L50t used for the Xperia Z2 – and has the same design[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on July 12, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Get Chromecast Screen Mirroring on more devices (Root required)

Google launched Screen Mirroring from Android to Chromecast only a couple of days ago, but it’s fairly limited. Google announced that while limited to a few devices, it’s expected to roll out to more devices soon. But why wait? This being Android the option to jump the line and start mirroring your screen to Chromecast is now open thanks to the fine folk over at XDA-Developers. To get the workaround going, you will need root access on your device. If you’re already rooted, then you’ll require the file – MirrorEnabler.apk – provided by XDA member r3pwn, which will trick your[Read More...]

by 9:59 AM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Chromecast, Modding
Cutomisable Quick Settings possibly coming to Android L

Cutomisable Quick Settings possibly coming to Android L

When Google introduced the Quick Settings in Android 4.2 it brought about a way to quickly access frequently used settings and toggles normally hidden away. Limited though it was, custom ROM makers quickly addressed this, adding the ability to customise what appeared in the Quick Settings menu, now it seems Google may do the same in the upcoming full release, known at the moment as Android L. While the Quick Settings in the Android L preview are much improved (Auto-Rotate toggle!!), there still remains some settings that people want that don’t appear. A feature request added to the Android L[Read More...]

by 9:44 AM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Google Services
New Dead Zebra Android Minis to be released at San Diego Comic Con

New Dead Zebra Android Minis to be released at San Diego Comic Con

At Ausdroid we love the Android Minis created by Andrew Bell and other artists then sold through Dead Zebra, and every year at Comic Con, Andrew announces a limited edition set for sale at the show. In keeping with the theme of Comic Con, Andrew has announced that there will be a new series of his popular Heroes & Villians series. The set includes 4 Android Minis – two heroes and two villians – with the heroes named Super User and BotMan while the super villians are named Professor Eval() and A/B Tester! The set will only be available at[Read More...]

by 5:53 PM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Editor’s Note: This review has been contributed by @AdrianGHughes – please make him feel welcome! There’s been a marked increase in the number of “device finders” in the last couple of years. These are small bluetooth keychains and dongles that you can attach to something valuable, and use a companion app on your smartphone or tablet to alert you when you move too far away from it (or more worryingly, when it moves too far away from you). Many of these devices are borne of a Kickstarter campaign or some other kind of crowd-funding, and Ausdroid has also previously reviewed[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on July 11, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News, Reviews
Retro gaming with the JXD S7800b Android-powered portable console

Retro gaming with the JXD S7800b Android-powered portable console

Editor’s Note: We don’t cover many Android-based gaming consoles here on Ausdroid, so we jumped at the chance to publish a review of the JXD S7800b, imported by Jason Weber of Dark Side of the Pants – please make him feel welcome! Having previously owned an NVidia Shield, I’ve been looking for an Android gaming device to satisfy an itch that needed scratching. I already have a Moga Pro gamepad, but while it works ok it just always feels like a bit of a kludge. A dedicated gaming device had to be the go. My love of retro gaming needed[Read More...]

by 11:45 AM on July 11, 2014 7 comments Other, Reviews
The OnePlus One: A Comprehensive Review

The OnePlus One: A Comprehensive Review

Late last year a new company emerged from China headed by Pete Lau, a former VP of Oppo – a pretty well-established Chinese phone manufacturer. The name of the new company was OnePlus and they quickly introduced their idea of a phone, which was a no compromise device with the motto – Never Settle. From inception to announcement, OnePlus built hype, almost to hysterical proportions. They built it by teasing the spec list from their phone and talking themselves up at every opportunity, using that now famous tagline – Never Settle. President Pete Lau said throughout the journey that he[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on July 11, 2014 10 comments Design, News
Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered from Dick Smith today for $39

Good Deal: Get a Chromecast delivered from Dick Smith today for $39

The retailer who originally leaked the impending launch of the Chromecast in Australia is offering the cheapest price we’ve seen it selling for in Australia yet – just $39. Normally priced at $49, the Chromecast is available for just $39 using the code SUPER10. As a bonus Dick Smith is offering free delivery on Google’s popular HDMI dongle. This only works on one Chromecast, so no ordering 2 and expecting to pay $78 etc., but even still, this is an excellent deal. Whether it be for using Plex, Quickflix or just watching YouTube, Chromecast is a great way to watch[Read More...]

by 8:14 AM on July 11, 2014 20 comments Chromecast, Sale
Samsung announces new Quad-Core Exynos processor the ModAP with built-in LTE modem and ISP

Samsung announces new Quad-Core Exynos processor the ModAP with built-in LTE modem and ISP

Samsung has today moved into exciting new territory with their Exynos line of processors, introducing the Exynos ModAP processor with a built-in LTE-A modem. The announcement is a step forward for Samsung, who has been unable to deliver a complete solution for LTE devices with their Exynos line, until now. The Exynos ModAP includes a quad-core Application Processor built on the 28nm HKMG process, which Samsung believes will bring about power savings. The built-in LTE-A modem supports ‘Release 9 of 3GPP and Cat 4, at both duplex mode, FDD and TDD, in addition to legacy 2G and 3G’, so there[Read More...]

by 5:47 AM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer