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Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Motorola surprised everyone when they announced the Moto G towards the end of 2013. Rather than aiming for a premium price point and falling short on specs, the Moto G was an unapologetic shot at the midrange market that delivered the essentials for a basic smartphone experience and nothing more at a $230 price point. We loved it, and so did a lot of others. The Moto G became Motorola’s best selling phone, and arguably even saved the company’s balance sheet after lacklustre market performance from its high-end sibling, the Moto X. The Moto G could get away with a[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 21, 2014 6 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

The OnePlus is still quite hard to get a hold of for those Android fans wanting to get a high-end phone at a low-end price. Last month OnePlus announced they would open up pre-orders at the end of this month, and today we’ve gotten more details on when and for how long. Pre-orders will open on Monday, the 27th of October and you’ll be able to pre-order your phone during a one-hour window. Then it’s back to the invite system. Starting today, OnePlus will let you add the One to a shopping cart which you can save and arrange the[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 21, 2014 9 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Chainfire issues update to rooting tools for Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

If you’re playing with the latest builds of Android L on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, there’s a fair chance that you’re interested in rooting your device to unlock further potential. The updated preview builds of Android L break the existing root tools, but don’t despair; there’s new versions available as of yesterday. Chainfire, the developer of popular root tool SuperSU, has released updated tools to allow you to root your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 running the latest developer preview of Android, however it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. It requires first flashing a modified Android[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Modding, News, Phones, Tablets
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the OppoForums for further information on the update. There’s a fair bit included in the update, but the featured updates from the changelog include : Refined UI Design The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

With Android Lollipop now official, Google has released the updated developer builds for the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 5 on their developer preview site. The new build is LPX13D, updated from the previous latest build of LPV81C. The dowloads clock in at over 300MB each, and there’s been some hit and miss on the downloads as the servers are obviously under load right now. You can find the download links below (they’re directly from Google). Device Download Checksum Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” hammerhead-lpx13d-preview-f7596f51.tgz MD5: 8d92596aa038203fc6c8ff40a0e8b560 SHA-1: f7596f518a8a429f03de5bf8152fa90e738228dd Nexus 7 (WiFi) “Razor” razor-lpx13d-preview-ae4f461f.tgz MD5: b2c567518d203b487cb2ac28d25b0a54 SHA-1: ae4f461fabae5ff92eae0c252c34bb26d877e528 Download, unpack[Read More...]

by 5:40 AM on October 18, 2014 11 comments Android Development, OS Update, Phones, Tablets
HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone recently announced that they had entered into a partnership with music streaming service: Spotify. While no specifics were mentioned it seems that the partnership has born fruit with a new deal being offered on the Vodafone branded ‘Smart 4 Mini’ phone. The deal offers the Smart 4 Mini, a Premium Spotify subscription and 2GB of Data for just $69. The Vodafone ‘Smart’ series of devices have been a bit of a huge success in the European market. But Vodafone has brought the Smart line to Australia to see what happens. Let’s be honest, spec wise, the Vodafone Smart 4[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

A new low-end phone seems to be about to head to Telstra’s pre-paid mobile service with the Telstra Rush (T792) popping up on ZTE’s website. Telstra Rush (T792) isn’t going to set any benchmarks with its specs and it certainly can be classed as a very basic entry level device, but the surprise is that the device will be running Android 4.4.2 straight out of the box. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT Display (320 x 480) 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Adreno 302 GPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory expandable to 32GB via microSD 2MP rear camera only[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

Sony announces plans for which Xperia devices will get Lollipop update

After Google announced Android 5.0 – Lollipop, the first questions heard were: When is my device going to be updated? In these modern times, most of the OEMs have begun answering that question fairly quickly and this morning Sony has advised which of their phones will be receiving the update. Sony has advised that their ‘entire premium Z series’ line will see the Lollipop update. Sony specifically named : Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact[Read More...]

by 5:12 AM on October 17, 2014 15 comments OS Update, Phones, Tablets
Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony is one of the largest OEMs pro-actively promoting AOSP development for their phones and tablets, and today they’ve added two more devices to the list, adding the Xperia Z1 and Z2, and Xperia M2 to their AOSP for Xperia project on SonyXperiaDev GitHub. As well as adding support for the two new phones, Sony has also announced a new unified kernel for devices using the Qualcomm MSM8974 processor. Adding a unified kernel will make for more easier and faster mods for community developers. The unified kernel will be easier for ROM developers to work with as all kernel source[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 6 will be water-resistant but no IP rating has been attached

Nexus 6 will be water-resistant but no IP rating has been attached

IP rated phones have been a coming thing in Android handset for a fair while. Sony has really championed the whole IP rated phone trend, leading into Tablets now and offering an IP 68 rating that essentially allows you to swim with your device for a long time. Motorola though has also been offering liquid protection on their phones since their Android Razr phones – and the newly announced Nexus 6 will be no different. On the Motorola website which lists the specs of the Nexus 6, Motorola lists ‘Yes’ for Water Resistant alongside the Qi charging that Google also[Read More...]

by 8:38 PM on October 16, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders and User Manual are live on the Samsung website

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders and User Manual are live on the Samsung website

It’s hard today to remember that other phones are also being released around this time, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is definitely one handset of note (Hah). Pre-sales went up for at least three of the carriers yesterday, and today Samsung has advised their Australian site is also open for pre-orders. Samsung are offering the Black, White and Gold coloured variants of the Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G) for $949, with Visa, Mastercard or Paypal payment options available through the checkout. Samsung has advised that handsets will ship out on their newly updated release date of the 5th of November.[Read More...]

by 7:46 PM on October 16, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices. Earlier this afternoon we received an official statement from Motorola. It’s time to find out what our carriers make of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013. HTC on the[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on October 16, 2014 14 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets