Note: This post is written by Cameron Charles.
Last year Google changed the app review system so that it was linked to one’s Google+ account. At the time, there was great speculation that this was step one in adding a feature sorely requested by developers since the “market” first rolled out – the ability for developers to reply to user reviews.
Soon after, in typical google fashion, that feature became a reality. But, only for a select few “top developers” with no word of a system wide rollout.
Fast forward a year and developers can finally rejoice! The feature has gone live, for all developers, not just the top tier. Any developer can now reply to any review of their …
This post was written by Bhushan Thoopal
So another Mobile World Congress has come and gone. Yes MWCs used to be the THE most happening mobile event once upon a time. But it seems to have become a tendency for major companies to save up their big guns for their own special event. Why share the limelight when you can have it all for your own? Kind of makes sense doesn’t it?
Well this year’s MWC saw the expected release of a whole range of devices from many well known companies, and others looking to make their mark in the mobile industry. Of course, Samsung were present showcasing the Galaxy Note 8.0 which had been doing the rounds in the …
Written by Richard Taylor
Back in 2009 the tech world went crazy when a start-up company called Square announced they were alpha-testing a small credit card reader that could plug into the iPhone, giving any business the ability to accept credit card payments on the go.
While Square still isn’t available in Australia, we now have the ability to accept mobile card payments on Android or iOS devices. Thanks to two companies who have released mobile credit card reader dongles: Paymate with their OnTheGo product, and PayPal with PayPal Here.
Both of these solutions offer almost identical functionality and work in the same way: as the seller you enter transaction information including customer details if required, swipe the customer’s credit …
Written by Adrian Mar
We all know that Google’s Nexus 7, Gadget of the Year, has been selling like absolute hotcakes. However, whilst Android Australia previously reported that ASUS Australia tweeted that Australian stocks were selling out within 1-2 weeks of arriving on our shores, to date there has been no official statement by either Google or ASUS on Nexus 7 sales figures.
According to GigaOM, Wall Street analysts are predicting that Google may have sold about 1 million Nexus 7 units to date. How did they calculate this? Well, you may recall that Google reported its Q3 2012 earnings this week and these same Wall Street analysts noticed Google’s “Other” revenue category jumped from $385m to $666m …
Written by Lerato Majikfaerie!
According to claims made recently by LG, their latest flagship smartphone (Optimus G) far outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S III in battery life.
As reported in the Korea Herald LG has been working on improving battery chemistry for extended power, giving the Optimus G an advantage over Samsung’s S III, which is now being used as the industry standard benchmark.
While both devices boast a 2,100 mAh battery, LG’s own tests reported that starting from a full-charge and using 50% brightness with both phones connected to the same network, the Optimus G kept running for a whopping 15.8 hours of talk time, compared to only 9.5 hours on the Galaxy S III.
Interestingly, LG’s claim …
Written beautifully by Lerato Majikfaerie
Remember the old days when video games were like Pac Man? You run forever around a board, collecting coins and killing bad guys; you die and it’s game over. Wind-up Knight brings that back in a fast-action game that’s demanding of your full attention and reflexes.
Once you start off, there is no turning back – you play a “wind-up” knight that runs and runs on a quest to save a princess from an evil wizard, collecting coins along the way.
You run through a series of obstacles – spikes that kill you, gaps in the floor that kill you, flame throwers that kill you, and murderous roosters, dogs and other assorted creatures that – …
Editor’s Note: This is a comparison between two paid security softwares, and not of the many free options. Some of which are Cerberus, Lookout, Prey and Where’s My Droid, which we at Android Australia highly recommend if you’re not after a paid version.
Written (beautifully) by Richard Taylor.
What do you have stored on your mobile? Phone numbers and addresses? Your ATM PIN in a text file because you can never remember it? Passwords to various web sites? Business and personal email messages?
As mobiles and tablets get more powerful, we use them more and more like personal computers. The difference is, these devices come everywhere with us. Unfortunately their small size and portability is also their biggest downfall in
Written by Basil Loupis.
Unnoticed and unadvertised. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on this great deal from Crazy John’s – A pocket WiFi modem at half price! For only $39.50 it includes 3GB data for 30 days. I am told by a Crazy John’s representative that you can recharge it for $10 (for 1GB) per month, too (although the online store has some other price points).
It has a rechargeable battery (via micro USB) and provision for a micro SD card. Set up is a breeze too! I used it for most of the day last Sunday and to my surprise the battery lasted till I returned home. Add a micro SD card and you have a great …
Written by Basil Loupis
I am often asked for advice from people wanting to buy a new computer, tablet or phone. The first question I ask is:
“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR?”
The most common answer is “Oh, I suppose to look things up on the Internet and few emails from family and friends.” This answer makes me think of Steve Jobs famous quote - “People do not know what they want ’till they have it!”
So, now that we enjoy all those features and apps that we never thought we needed, how much more do we really want? I have tried to think of how I use my tablets and phone and have come up with …
Written by Viet Tu Vu.
For a while, the HTC One X+ has been just a rumour. Being the successor to the flagship phone of HTC brings high expectations. According to leaks, it features a better quad-core processor (1.7GHz, compared to the One X – 1.5GHz) running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 64GB of built-in memory, Beats Audio and 25GB of Dropbox cloud storage.
Will HTC’s new beast of a phone compare to the competition? GSMArena’s tests show that the One X matches the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Perhaps the One X+ has just what it takes to be claim the title.
Currently, the HTC One X+ is expected to launch in the UK under O2, and T-Mobile …
This article was written by Viet Tu Vu.
‘YOUR PHONE IS YOUR PHONE. IF YOU DON’T LIKE SOMETHING, CHANGE IT.’
This is the beauty of Android in which I have experienced these past few years. Normal users have limited customisability of their phone, but here in Australia, we don’t let big companies tell us what to. There are a few things you should know, before you consider venturing into the bigger world of customisation.
With the exception of Nexus phones, phones sold in Australia are subject to manufacturer and/or carrier modification. This can be in the form of locked bootloaders and custom user interfaces, such as TouchWiz, Sense UI and MotoBlur. However, there’s always a way around this.
Everyone knows …
Editor’s Note: After we reviewed the Nexus 7 we were of the thought that one of it’s major negatives was the lack of storage. One of our reader’s, Basil Loupis, has an answer for the problem!
Way before Apple, Windows and DOS was an operating system called CPM. It was designed to operate with early computers with very, very limited in capacity and memory. I think that my first such device had a huge storage of about … (wait for it) … 12MB!
So CPM was designed for very efficient usage of available hardware and memory. It even included a primitive word processor and spreadsheet. The point I am making is that early developers knew how to write code with …