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Telstra partners with Samsung and HTC to introduce new customers to Android

Telstra partners with Samsung and HTC to introduce new customers to Android

Telstra have a world first on their hands, Android in Retail, which is an augmented reality setup in their retail stores which they’ve developed in partnership with Samsung and HTC. The augmented reality setup gives the potential client “super enhanced” 3D interactive graphics and animation to enable customers to learn about Android and the ecosystem. It’s an interesting approach Telstra have taken in getting customers hands on with Android devices, teaching them how to use their devices and some of the advantages of the platform. Have you had a look at Android in retail? Let us know your experience in[Read More...]

by 5:33 PM on July 5, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer
Telstra offering $50 Google Play vouchers with new handset purchases

Telstra offering $50 Google Play vouchers with new handset purchases

Telstra has tonight confirmed that Google Play Store Gift Cards are indeed coming to Australia, advising Ausdroid that anyone purchasing an eligible Android handset between 2 July and 2 September 2013 will receive a $50 gift card to spend on Google Play apps, music, movies and books. Eligible handsets include: HTC One and One XL Sony Xperia Z LG Optimus G Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III 4G If you’ve purchased one of these after 2 July 2013, and before 2 September 2013, on a Telstra plan, the instructions to redeem your $50[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on July 3, 2013 10 comments Carriers, Deal, Google Play, News
Android 4.2.2 for HTC One – Vodafone update pending

Android 4.2.2 for HTC One – Vodafone update pending

Holding true to recent form Vodafone has continued to be early to users with OS updates on their current line of phones. While it’s not yet being pushed out, the much anticipated update to Android 4.2.2 is complete for the HTC One and OTA testing is underway for Vodafone clients. The update will add a host of new functions to the device including battery percentage displayed in the status bar and the ability to change home button actions. Also cited in the blog post is the Galaxy Nexus is set for an update to 4.2.1 in the coming months, unfortunately[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on June 27, 2013 31 comments Carriers, OS Update
Vodafone Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note receiving Android 4.1.2

Vodafone Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note receiving Android 4.1.2

Two of Vodafone‘s older Samsung devices have started receiving over-the-air software updates to Android 4.1.2. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the original Galaxy Note are now receiving the update. If you’ve yet to see it, you can use Kies on your desktop to download it manually… or, just wait patiently. While it’s a welcome move from Samsung and Vodafone and helps to keep their customers’ devices up to date, it would be nice to see an upgrade to 4.2.2 for these devices (4.1.2 is over 6 months old now). Have you received the update on your Galaxy Note or[Read More...]

by 4:56 PM on June 22, 2013 1 comment Carriers, News, OS Update
Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Earlier today, I made a phone call that sounded so clear that I felt like I was actually standing next to the person on the other end. Telstra have had HD voice for a while now, but being a long-standing Vodafone customer, I’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing it. Yesterday, Vodafone announced that they were commencing the rollout of their LTE network, but what they didn’t announce was that they are also trialling HD voice. After an excited, but confused few minutes, I did what all good nerds do, and took to Twitter to find out what was going[Read More...]

by 9:00 PM on June 14, 2013 7 comments Carriers
Vodafone 4G — Preview

Vodafone 4G — Preview

Ausdroid has had the privilege of playing with Vodafone’s 4G network for the last week. Here’s what we found. Late last week, Vodafone approached us and asked Ausdroid would like to take part in a secret project. With not much more information than this, we of course accepted, and within a short while we found out we’d have a (relatively) exclusive opportunity to have a play with Vodafone’s new 4G/LTE network before it became open to the general public. We were invited to take a trial device, travel around wherever we wanted, and see how the network performed. I have[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on June 14, 2013 38 comments Carriers, Design, Reviews
Vodafone switches on LTE network

Vodafone switches on LTE network

As of today, Vodafone customers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong will be progressively able to crank their mobile downloads to 11, with Vodafone having flipped the switch and activated their 4G LTE network in the said cities. Vodafone are claiming that their network is the fastest in Australia, with speeds up to 100Mbps, and trials showed that the network was indeed capable of achieving upwards of 50Mbps download speeds. Of course, trials are much different to real-world usage and it will be truly impressive if Vodafone can keep those sorts of speeds going after opening the[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on June 12, 2013 18 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone updating the Samsung Galaxy SII to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

Vodafone updating the Samsung Galaxy SII to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

After a bit of a false start a couple of weeks ago, Vodafone and Samsung are now pushing the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy SII owners. While most of these users are likely coming to the end of their contract, there’s still a huge number of users out there sporting the once flagship of the Android fleet. In their blog post, Vodafone have stated that As with all Samsung updates it is released in batches, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an update notification yet. If you receive a message stating “Access to the software update service is[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on June 6, 2013 5 comments Carriers, News, OS Update
LG Optimus F5 4G Now Available on Optus, Virgin

LG Optimus F5 4G Now Available on Optus, Virgin

LG today announced the Optimus F5, a mid-range LTE-enabled smartphone, is now available on the Optus 4G network. The F5 is running Android 4.1.2 and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a Dual Core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 cameras (5MP rear, 1.3MP front),1GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage and micro SD card slot (up to 32GB). LG introduced a few handy software features earlier this year on their Flagship device, the Optimus G, and they make an appearance on the F5 as well, including: QuickMemo: Lets users capture and share handwritten notes on the screen of the phone[Read More...]

by 7:02 PM on June 3, 2013 8 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Telstra refreshes Pre-Paid handset range adds LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC handsets

Telstra refreshes Pre-Paid handset range adds LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC handsets

Telstra has had a pretty solid range of Pre-Paid mobile phones for a while, but it was getting a little old and it appears they’ve decied to refresh the models available. They now offer 4 handsets from manufacturers LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC. The handsets are nothing terribly fancy, however they do include the updated Optimus L3 II, the second iteration of the L-Series handsets from LG. They’ve also added a nicely priced Huawei handset running Android 4.1 as well as a Samsung Galaxy handset named the Young. By far the most notable addition to their range is the HTC[Read More...]

by 8:40 PM on May 29, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Phones
Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

In a post on Vodafone Australia’s blog, the carrier outlined their plans to bring the Sony Xperia SP to market. The Xperia SP is a well specced mid-ranged device that is sure to impress if it’s priced accordingly. Sony are attempting to make the phone more ‘personal’ by adding an LED-lit bar to the bottom of the device which can light up in different colours for notifications. It can also pulse along with music that the device is playing. I’m not sure how that makes the device personal, but sure, it’s a cool little gimmick. The specs are nothing to[Read More...]

by 6:31 PM on May 28, 2013 4 comments Carriers, News, Phones
The Optus Network: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

The Optus Network: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Early this morning, Jason Murray and I attended an Optus network briefing in Sydney, presented by Guenther Ottendorfer, Optus’ Managing Director of Networks and Andrew Smith, Vice President of Mobile Radio Engineering. The focus of Optus’ briefing was to discuss the improvements to Optus’ network over the last twelve months, to look at what’s coming in the next few months and further down the road. Given that I get a lunch break, I thought we’d share the highlights with you. Optus network, today Optus has been spending a fair bit of time and money (upwards of $2bn) on expanding its[Read More...]

by 1:00 PM on May 20, 2013 16 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone update Galaxy Note II and Whooska… 4G

Vodafone update Galaxy Note II and Whooska… 4G

In preparation for their major network update in June, Vodafone have started pushing out the 4.1.2 update to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update brings not only the obvious Jellybean update, but also the required software tweaks for the phone to be 4G capable on the upgraded Vodafone network. The update began its push out a couple of days ago and is expected to have reached all current Note II users within the next 10 days. This is great news for those who invested in the device recently — they won’t need to upgrade again to take advantage of[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on May 10, 2013 4 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones