Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It's that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget... 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

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use points to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is now here in stores, and even subsidised on a plan it costs a pretty penny. But Qantas has now added the Galaxy S5 to their Qantas store to let you swap those accrued Qantas Frequent Flyer(QFF) Points for Samsung's latest flagship. The phone can be exchanged for 173,500 QFF points with no money changing hands, or on a sliding scale in a mix of cash and QFF points down to a minimum of 104,100 QFF points + $534.38 in cash. There's a 21 day wait for orders to be despatched, so this isn't an order that... Continue reading

LG G3 coming in Gold with high res screen

Handsets from LG in their high end G line of phones specifically have become highly desirable over the last two years, and the LG G3 is looking set to follow this trend, not only from a design standpoint but from rumours surrounding the hardware that LG will be including, namely a high resolution 2560 x 1440 screen. The rumours of the high resolution screen have been around for a while, and were seemingly confirmed earlier this week in a UserAgent Profile for a Sprint handset with the model# LS990. With LG currently manufacturing a 5.5" 2560 x 1440... Continue reading

Sense 6 ported to Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is easily one of the most moddable mobile devices out there. Everything can be unlocked with minimal fuss, and there are more custom ROMs than you could count. Most of the ROMs that are available though, are based off AOSP or one of its derivatives. OEM-specific ROMs are usually pretty-well locked to the handsets made by that OEM. For example, you don't see Touchwiz ROMs for HTC phones, or vice-versa. It's interesting then to see this morning that some enterprising developer has managed to get a Sense 6 ROM up-and-running on a Nexus 5.... 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

Sony launches the Xperia T2 Ultra dual – Available in Australia this week

Sony yesterday announced that they will begin selling the Xperia T2 Ultra dual - the Dual-SIM version of the T2 Ultra - in Australia, with stock of the handset due to begin arriving in stores from the end of the week. With a 6″ 720P HD display up front, the T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage coupled with a Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB. Sony is a world leader in camera tech and has included a 13MP Exmor RS camera on the... Continue reading

Moto X available on Post-Paid plans with Dodo Mobile – Outright $525

The Moto X has only arrived on Australian shores in the last couple of weeks, at launch it's mainly been available for purchase outright with no carriers announcing plans for the phone. But Dodo Mobile are bucking the trend and offering the device on two of their Post Paid Plans. Backed by the Optus 4G network Dodo is offering the Moto X on two of their top tier plans - the Mobile Smart Mega and Smart Plus plans : Inclusions Mobile Smart Plus Mobile Smart Mega ... Continue reading

Android 4.4.3 heading to Sprint Nexus 5, possibly worldwide

The Android 4.4.3 update that's been rumoured, could be hitting Nexus 5's from today, at least according to US carrier Sprint. Sprint has updated their support page to list the update - Android build KTU48F -as rolling out to phones via an Over the Air (OTA) update. The Sprint Nexus 5 matches up with the US based Nexus 5 (LG D820), although is slightly different to the international Nexus 5 (D821) due to different wireless bands, however it's highly likely we will see this update hit the international model as well. The update which has Sprint specific inclusions, namely the... Continue reading

LG G3 Specs and UI leaked

LG are set to join the party of flagship releases in 2014. So far we have seen the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. The LG 2014 sequel to their 2013 G2, is rumoured to be announced on May 17 and while we have seen a few rumours regarding its specs the details are few and far between, with the main one being that it totes a QHD display of 2560×1440 resolution. In the past few days we have seen some more details surface. MyLGPhones have unearthed... Continue reading

One Plus One Photo Samples Leak and More

Here at Ausdroid we have been covering the leaks by startup company OnePlus regarding their upcoming release of their first ever phone offering, the OnePlus One. Each day it seems that OnePlus are leaking tidbits about the phone, usually using official social media channels. Today what appears to be samples of photos taken by the OnePlus One with its 13MP camera toting a Sony Exmor IMX214 6-Lens sensor have leaked, unofficially. The photos appear to have excellent colour reproduction and the macro and depth of field photos are also excellent. While the photos are compressed so it is... Continue reading