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Samsung is working on round faced smartwatches too

Samsung is working on round faced smartwatches too

The Moto 360 has captured the imaginations of many people looking at the nascent smartwatch product category, mainly by straying from the traditional square face design that’s been the mainstay of manufacturers like Sony, Pebble and now Samsung and LG with their Android Wear, but Samsung may be working on changing that according to designs registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). German site, MobileGeeks found the filings and the associated designs embedded within, which show that Samsung is still very much interested in continuing to incorporate a camera into their smartwatches, which will be used as the[Read More...]

by 10:02 AM on July 31, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Smartwatch
Samsung’s metal chassis Galaxy Alpha to launch August 4th

Samsung’s metal chassis Galaxy Alpha to launch August 4th

Samsung has made their name and gained a massive share of the Android phone market with an array of phones built with plastic. With the release last year of the metal bodied HTC One, the outcry for a metal Galaxy phone began to get louder and Samsung has apparently listened. SamMobiles is advising that Samsung is intending to launch the Galaxy Alpha on August 4th. The Galaxy Alpha is rumoured to be constructed of Metal, but exactly how much is up for debate. Whether it be a metal rear, or a metal chasis isn’t known, but if the rumour is[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on July 31, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Hangouts adds new features including kicking out guests and more video calls

Hangouts adds new features including kicking out guests and more video calls

Google has released a slew of updates to Hangouts with new features designed to make the instant messaging platform more useful and responsive to users needs. The first update is the ability to eject participants from a group hangout. Until now, the only way to remove someone from a group Hangout was to ask them to leave, or to create a new Hangout and abandon the old one. We’ve had to do this for some of Ausdroid’s Hangouts in the past, and it’s a pain in the neck. There are some caveats though, as Google explains below: Hangouts participants will[Read More...]

by 8:48 AM on July 31, 2014 2 comments Chrome Extension, Google Services, News
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact shows up for Mr Blurrycam

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact shows up for Mr Blurrycam

After launching the Xperia Z1 Compact to the approval of many in the tech community, Sony strangely did not follow up with an Xperia Z2 Compact, but fans of phones with flagship specs in a smaller chasis can rest easy, because it appears the Xperia Z3 Compact is readying for a launch at the same time as the full Xperia Z3. Pics of the phone have again shown up to show off for the cameras. We’ve seen the front panel for the phone previously, and also some purported specs, which had the phone coming with a 4.5″ 720P display, 2.5GHz[Read More...]

by 8:46 AM on July 31, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Rumours
Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher gets an update – adds more devices to the limited beta test

Z Launcher, the beta replacement launcher from recently split Nokia, has received a brand new update which brings a few changes to the popular Android launcher and adds two new devices to the beta program. The update, which is only available to users who signed up for the limited beta testing, aims to fix a lot of issues folks were running into while putting it through its paces and is mostly based off of user feedback and suggestions. The list of changes included in the update: Configure Favorites via drag-n-drop on your home screen – #2 requested feature on user[Read More...]

by 8:11 AM on July 31, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram release its new Bolt service to 3 countries only – Australian version to come soon

Instagram has a new stablemate today, with the release of Bolt, an instant photo messaging service similar in ways to Snapchat. Bolt is now available to users in selected countries — New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. We’re told that Bolt will rollout for users elsewhere to download from Google Play “soon”. While Australia waits to get access to the service, it seems that there’s some controversy surrounding Facebook Inc’s use of the name Bolt. Bolt Technology Inc have requested that Facebook consider changing the name of their new service, as the company believes that users would be confused between[Read More...]

by 9:10 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Optus LG G3 pre-orders begin to arrive at customers doors

Optus LG G3 pre-orders begin to arrive at customers doors

This morning a lucky customer who pre-ordered an LG G3 from Optus received a notification that an LG G3 was awaiting collection at their local post office. This is a little ahead of the official date for stock to arrive in-store which is expected around the 4th of August. It’s good to see that those that pre-ordered may receive their new phones before they officially go on sale in retail stores. You can still pre-order the LG G3 from the Optus website and receive a bonus wireless charger valued at $69 but you won’t receive the bonus LG G Pad[Read More...]

by 8:54 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

Take flight as a large eared PM in Flappy Bird clone – Flappy Ears

With Flappy Bird yet to re-appear on Google Play, the clones keep on appearing, and local developers Paranormal Games – a small indie game developer from South Australia – has launched a clone of their own: Flappy Ears. Flappy Ears sees you flying our “Beloved” Prime Minister through spike topped pillars using only the flapping power of his ears. It’s addictive just like the original, but with the amusing localised graphical twist. Paranormal Games has also included Google Play Games services, which means you can see your progress against your Google+ friends, or against everyone else playing the game. Not[Read More...]

by 8:44 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Apps
Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Melbourne commuters check out Go – Melbourne Train Timetable for Android

Getting around is fairly simple in most capital cities. With Google Maps incorporating Transit directions directly into the app, you’re rarely in need of a third party to help you out…unless, of course you’re in Melbourne where the transit API doesn’t currently allow for Public transport schedules to appear in Google Maps – enter Go – Melbourne Train Timetable. The app by local developers Glass Echidna is a beautiful way to see either get to work on-time in Melbourne, get around the city or see the sights if you’re visiting the home of the largest Greek population outside of Athens.[Read More...]

by 12:19 PM on July 30, 2014 8 comments Apps
Android Publishing API for developers is now live – more control for your apps

Android Publishing API for developers is now live – more control for your apps

At Google I/O last month, Google introduced a new set of publishing APIs for devlopers which would give them much more control over the distribution of their apps, as well as notifications and improved statistics. Google has announced that the API is now live for developers in the dashboard. The publishing API allows developers to ‘upload APKs to Beta testing, Staged rollout and Production’. On the Android Developers Blog, it also lists new management tools to manage an apps in-app products catalog, as well as the ability to provide tablet-specific screenshots, and localize your app listing on Google Play with[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Development
‘Fake ID’ Android security flaw discovered (and fixed)

‘Fake ID’ Android security flaw discovered (and fixed)

Another day, another report of an Android security vulnerability. Overnight, security researchers Bluebox – the same team that found the so-called ‘Master Key’ vulnerability last year – have advised of a new flaw they have found with the way that Android authorises apps within Google Play. Before you start worrying, the vulnerability has already been seen to by Google, but it’s slightly worrying. The flaw is based around in the way that Android views certificates used to verify application identities. According to Bluebox the Fake-ID exploit, as it’s being called, allows malicious apps to masquerade as a special class of[Read More...]

by 11:45 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Google Play
Good Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 2012 for under $90 from Expansys

Good Deal: Get a refurbished 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 2012 for under $90 from Expansys

The Nexus 7 (2012) was a pretty decent offering back in the day, and indeed still is. It’s two years old, but it’s a 16GB Tablet that’s still running the latest version of Android. So, if you’re in the market for a new 7″ tablet, then Expansys Australia has a pretty good deal going at the moment for the 16GB WiFi version of the Nexus 7 (2012). For a mere A$65.65 (marked down from $211.99) you can get yourself a great deal, a refurbished – but completely sealed in a new box – 16GB WiFi Nexus 7 (2012). There is[Read More...]

by 11:01 AM on July 30, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Link Bubble updates with Android Wear compatability

Our favourite app of 2014 so far – Link Bubble – has been updated to include functionality with another favourite of ours – Android Wear. The 1.3 Link Bubble update brings the ability to view text from a link on Android Wear devices, reading text just like you would read a GMail notification. The addition is sure to raise the eyebrows of a few users, which Chris acknowledges in his Google+ post announcing the update. What the update does is push text to Android Wear, IF and only IF it can grab the text from the links you’ve clicked. It’s[Read More...]

by 10:49 AM on July 30, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps