Alex has been an avid Android fan since 2011 when he got his first ever device, the Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 mini. Alex has been working within the Industrial Relations industry for the last 6 years, before that 6 months was spent under the NSW Fair Trading dept as a rental bonds officer and prior to that 2 and a half years within the tourism industry. Alex’s does spend a fair bit of his time on Twitter, Facebook and various other social media sites search for all things Android.


Current Phone: Galaxy Note II
Current Tablet: Galaxy Tab 2 7

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Catch of the Day having a Sony Xperia Z, Z Ultra & Micro-USB drive sale

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another sale, The sale began Tuesday and ends this afternoon (Wednesday 23rd April) at 3pm AEST which includes the Xperia Z, Z Ultra & the Sony 32GB Micro-USB storage drives. Andy likes the water too The first up is Sony’s 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z, which is available in purple and white for $419.95 + shipping – a decent discount given the age of the device (it’s a little over a year old and it’s due for an update to KitKat). » Xperia Z review » Buy: black only available,... Continue reading

Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings new features like custom watch faces, wallpapers + more

One of the biggest complaints from owners of the Sony Smartwatch 2 was inability to customise their watch faces to make them more personal. That is, until today. Sony have released a software update for the Smartwatch 2 which adds custom watch faces to the mix, and also provides a built-in editor right within the app. Users now have the ability to choose from a base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, and create / edit their own from these sets. The watch face editor presents users with a blank slate, to which they... Continue reading

Aldi offering the Medion 7.85″ LifeTab on Saturday 26th April for $199

Aldi are set to introduce yet another Android tablet this Saturday, with the new Medion LifeTab 7.85" Android tablet to go on sale for $199. The Medion LifeTab 7.85" tablet is offering some decent specs for a tablet given the market it is aiming for. The list of specs are: 7.85" IPS HD Display (1024 x 768) 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 quad-core processor 1 GB DDR3 RAM 16 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD memory card 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Android 4.4 200x137x9mm @ 370grams The main selling point is this, is the inclusion of Android 4.4, on a budget model tablet,... Continue reading

Samsung exec says the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a new form factor; confirms Android Wear device in development

With the global launch of the Galaxy S5 this month, the rumour mill is now turning its attention to the next big smartphone - or phablet - Samsung is expected to announce later this year, the fourth Galaxy Note. In an interview with Reuters, Samsung’s senior VP for product strategy Yoon Han-kil, said that the manufacturer is looking to launch the next version of the Galaxy Note with a “new form factor” in the second half of 2014. Yoon did not elaborate further on what exactly that new form factor would look like, but Samsung is clearly... Continue reading

Samsung confirms 20 devices are compatible with Gear 2 series smartwatches

Samsung last week confirmed that 20 Samsung Galaxy devices are compatible with their recently-launched Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches. Unlike last year's Galaxy Gear, which only worked with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, there's now 12 compatable smartphones and 8 tablets. Users with compatible devices can now download the latest versions of the Gear Manager or Gear Fit Manager apps from the Samsung Apps store. The full list of compatible Galaxy Smartphone devices are: Galaxy S5 Galaxy Note 3 Neo Galaxy Grand 2 Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy S4 Galaxy S4 mini Galaxy S4... Continue reading

Samsung and Amazon launch a custom Kindle e-book store for Samsung’s Galaxy range

Late last week, Samsung announced that it is collaborating with Amazon to bring a customised Kindle e-book store exclusively to Samsung's Galaxy range. This new collaboration service is launching alongside the recently launched Galaxy S5 device and will available worldwide to all Galaxy devices that run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or greater. Amazon are boasting that Samsung Galaxy device owners will now have access to over 500,000 titles in its catalogue that include best-selling books and magazines from around the world. To entice owners to the new joint service, Samsung and Amazon have announced a Samsung Book Deals initiative.... Continue reading

Facebook launches a new feature called Nearby Friends – keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to

If you're one of those people who likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a new feature called Nearby Friends. The premise is fairly simple: Nearby Friends shows you if your friends are close by, so you can reach out to these friends and contact them about meeting up. The feature isn't automatically turned on within Facebook's apps though; users wanting to take up this feature will need to toggle it on and your friends will have to decide to share their location for it to be of much use. Facebook say that the... Continue reading

Telstra LG Optimus L3 on sale today at Big W

Big W are having a big 1-day Easter long weekend sale and are offering the Telstra Pre-Paid LG Optimus L3 at half price for $34.50. The LG Optimus L3 has been one of the successful comebacks for LG within the lower end of the market and remains quite a stylish device. Just incase you have forgotten, here is the rundown of the specs for the LG Optimus L3: 800MHz Processor 1GB RAM – 2GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Card Slot expandable to 32GB 3.2″ QVGA Capacitive Screen at 320×240 resolution 3.2MP Camera with auto focus Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS & FM... Continue reading

Catch of the Day Technothon offering Sony, Samsung and HTC deals

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another “Technothon” sale. The sale began today and ends tomorrow morning (Saturday 19th April) at 11am AEST which includes a number of Android devices. Sony Catch of the Day is offering two phones for sale as well as a tablet, first up is Sony’s 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z, which is available in purple and white for $419.95 + shipping – a decent discount given the age of the device (it’s a little over a year old and it’s due for an update to KitKat). » Xperia Z review » Buy: Continue reading

Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

Yahoo has been busy updating the Android app for its Flickr service. The new app is now offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+ (something which has been seriously lagging with Instagram) but in addition to this, the update now brings Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. There is also a new feature which enables users to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more. However there is a small downside to the new update. Where previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, this update eliminates those... Continue reading

Android originally didn’t support touchscreen input until the iPhone came along

In the early days of Android, Google was only considering a traditional keyboard interface (like that shown above), and the advent of a touch-screen interface came much later with the release of the first iPhone. As part of the continued hearing in the US Supreme Court between Apple and Samsung, Google's Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer was placed on the stand and gave evidence about the early days of Android. He explained that as of 2006, the Android open platform only considered the use of a physical keyboard as part of the OS operation and hardware requirements. Lockheimer's documents were destined... Continue reading

Amazon smartphone details uncovered and prototype leaked

Only a couple of days ago, we heard reports coming out of the US, that Amazon was definitely working on its own Android smartphone. Amazon plans to release the device later on this year through its own website. Overnight, reports on the devices specs and a picture of the actual prototype have leaked thanks to a scoop by BGR. The prototype, shown above, has been given the codename "Duke" and will run Amazon's Android-based FireOS according to another report from TechCrunch. Based on the reports, Amazon's Duke will include the following specs: 4.7-inch screen with reports suggesting it will be... Continue reading

Gear Fit from Samsung made to work on non-Samsung phones

Samsung's recently launched Gear Fit was designed to only work with compatible Samsung handsets. However, it has been massaged into working with some other handsets as well, including the flagship competitor HTC One (M8) and last year's Nexus 5. The Gear Fit is an interesting device for the sports oriented consumer, and is causing some head turning, however the price tag and limited compatibility might be making people cautious. There are also some fairly well discussed issues, such as questionable battery life, and (until a recent firmware fix) the odd orientation when trying to read the time. However the folks over at... Continue reading