Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

HP Chromebook 14(14-Q002TU) — Review

Haswell means more power for longer, but is it worth the higher price? HP joined the growing list of OEMs manufacturing Chromebooks with the HP Chromebook 14(14c001tu) back in March last year. They've since followed up with the Chromebook 11 and a Chromebook 14 followup the HP 14-Q002TU. It has upgraded hardware and a more interesting array of colour options, but it is at its core still a 14" HP laptop, modified for use with ChromeOS. HP still ships more laptops than most manufacturers could ever dream of, but with Windows 8 sales on the decline and customers now interested in... Continue reading

HP announce Chromebox, arriving in Q2 2014

It seems it's a day for Chrome news, as almost immediately following Google's announcement about Chromebox for Meetings, HP made some announcements regarding its upcoming Chromebox devices. We don't know too much yet in terms of pricing, but the HP Chromebox is slated to arrive in the northern spring (so, a couple of months away). While the HP Chromebox isn't specifically to be offered as a "Chromebox for Meetings" device, it will be compatible, meaning you can add a camera and microphone... Continue reading

HP Chromebook 11 — First Look

The HP Chromebook 11 enters an increasingly crowded market, where there are (at least in Australia) a good number of choices in Chromebooks around the $300-$400 mark. Already we've seen the Samsung Chromebook, Acer C7, Acer C720 and glimmers of an HP Chromebook 14, but there is definitely room left for innovation in this space. Chromebooks are often criticised for limited functionality, or being rather underpowered, but there have been exceptions to this. With a solid build, a vastly improved design (compared with some of the very practical, industrial Chromebooks we've seen so far), the HP Chromebook 11 makes a... Continue reading

HP’s Chromebook 11 on sale at JB Hi-Fi – 100GB Google Drive storage included

  It seems Chromebooks are becoming the flavour of the month at JB Hi-Fi. Joining their existing Chromebook range is the HP Chromebook 11 on sale for $397, and what's even better is that the Google are offering free 100GB Google Drive storage as part of the package. Just incase your not sure of the specs, here is a rundown: 11" HD IPS Display (1366 x 768 res) Samsung Exynos 5250 processor 2GB Memory 16GB eMMC3 storage onboard + 100GB Google Drive Storage (for 2 years) Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth® 4.0 30Wh li-Polymer battery offering up to 6 hours usage VGA Webcam 2x USB 2.0 Audio in/out combo jacks Slimport video out The... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 98 – CES-a-palooza

Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It's taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we'll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony - Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei - Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus - Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer - 7" and 7.9" tablets Acer - C720P Chromebook Samsung - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan... Continue reading

HP Slate 21 All-in-One hands-on

The idea of an Android based All-in-One Android desktop system really took off over the last week with Acer, Lenovo and HP all announcing units. While the Acer and Lenovo devices have yet to reach our shores, the HP Slate 21 is now on-sale and in-store at The Good Guys, selling for $447. I was interested in this so I went along to a store to have a look. Bear in mind that this is purely based on a 10 minute hands-on with the in-store unit, but it was more than enough to give me a very quick and... Continue reading

HP Slate AIO 21.5″ All-In-One Device now on sale at the Good Guys

Looking through The Good Guys website and Catalogue earlier yesterday in which I interestingly came across the HP Slate 21 21.5" Android 4.2 Touch AIO All-In-One device/PC on sale for $447. The device which seems to bear the code name S100, is the little brother of the recently announced a newer version of the Slate 21 AIO which uses the code K100. However the Slate 21 AIO S100 still provides some decent specs given the everyday consumer thats wants a simple to use and understand all-in-one computer. The full list of specs include: 21.5" diagonal touch screen; 16:9 widescreen IPS full... Continue reading

CES 2014 — HP announces the Slate 21 Pro All-in-One

First Acer, then Lenovo, now HP, it seems that CES 2014 is going to see a number of Android based All-in-One Desktops, with HP today announcing the Slate 21 Pro, HP's first attempt at Android on a desktop PC. The HP Slate 21 is a 21.5" full HD IPS Touchscreen display, powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-Core SoC, the machine comes with a stand design that allows for up to 70 degrees of movement or be VESA mounted. The All--in-One comes with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as a HD Webcam. The Slate 21 Pro will... Continue reading

New Intel Haswell based Chromebooks and Chromeboxes announced

Google and Intel have announced some new Haswell based Chrome devices overnight, announced at the Intel Developer Forum which is currently going on in San Francisco they have advised that there will be new devices from existing ChromeOS partners Acer and HP as well as devices from new entrants to the ChromeOS market Asus and Toshiba. There will be new Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Toshiba and a new Chromebox from Asus. The new devices from Acer and HP are now showing on the international Google Chromebook Page, but so far details on the new Toshiba Chromebook and the... Continue reading

HP advise the Chromebook 14 is now available in Australia

HP today unveiled the HP Chromebook 14 in Sydney, making the long awaited Chromebook available for Australians. While it has been available in the US for a few weeks it is nice to finally be included in the Chromebook release fun. The HP Chromebook 14 has, as the name suggests, a 14" BrightView HD screen (1366x768), Intel Celeron 2955U, a dual core 1.4GHz CPU based on Haswell micro-architecture, 16GB SSD, HDMI out, and 2 USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port. Two nice inclusions are a HD webcam as well as Bluetooth 4.0. Weighing in at... Continue reading

HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 due to arrive in Australia in November

The recently announced HP Chromebook 14 and Chromebook 11 are both coming to Australia and coming soon, according to HP Australia. Both models are due to begin hitting retailers in the middle of November and will be available where all good HP Laptops are sold. The Chromebook 14, which promises to give a boost to battery life based on the inclusion of the power sipping Haswell architecture that the Intel Celeron 2955USoC used inside the new model is based on, with Google advising that the Haswell chipset should allow for all day usage. The outside of the HP Chromebook 14 has... Continue reading

Google announces the new HP Chromebook 11

Overnight, Google and HP have announced a new Chromebook the HP Chromebook 11. In a range of four colours - Red, Yellow, Green and Blue - or two shades - black and white - the HP Chromebook 11 comes with almost no branding, no HP logos, no Google Logo, just a simple Chrome logo. HP and Google are pushing the design aspect of the Chromebook 11, unlike the higher end Chromebook Pixel, the Chromebook 11 is primarily made of a plastic material, but is solidly supported by a Magnesium chassis for strength. The Chromebook is powered by an ARM based... Continue reading