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The Nexus 6 may have just stopped off at the FCC

The Nexus 6 may have just stopped off at the FCC

The Nexus 6 has been announced, but the lead up to the acutal on-sale date is still fraught with a lack of details on when we’ll see the phone internationally. But, it’s going up for pre-order in the US on the 29th of October, so that means it must be certified and it looks like it may have stepped through the FCC today. There’s still a little controversy as to whether this is the Nexus 6 or not, at least on the reddit thread where it was linked from. The impetus for many equating this phone being certified by the[Read More...]

by 8:08 PM on October 25, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, Phones
Moto X Gen 2 due at Harvey Norman for $699 in the first week of November

Moto X Gen 2 due at Harvey Norman for $699 in the first week of November

Motorola’s follow up to the original Moto X, dubbed the Moto X Gen 2 (although Motorola are just calling it the Moto X again) is due to arrive in retailers soon. Daniel’s been busy and he’s found that Harvey Norman will be stocking the Moto X Gen 2 for the retail price of $699, with stock expected to arrive in the first week of November (so, in a week or two). The Moto X Gen 2, pictured above, will be available in Black and White initially, and sadly Australian users won’t see the custom designer options available through Moto Maker,[Read More...]

by 4:41 PM on October 25, 2014 7 comments News, Phones
Android Lollipop to begin hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 later this year.

Android Lollipop to begin hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 later this year.

Earlier this month we were given a look at a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android L, or Lollipop as we now know it to be called. It looks like the development is running well, because rumours are circulating that the phone will start receiving the Lollipop update fairly soon. SamMobile has been advised by one of their sources, possibly the same source who provided the hands-on video of the Lollipop build, that Samsung may be ready to begin rollouts to at least some handsets by late November or early December. This won’t be to all handsets, with carrier testing being[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on October 25, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Confirmed: The Nexus 6 will have double-tap to wake

Confirmed: The Nexus 6 will have double-tap to wake

There’s been a little confusion surrounding a feature that Google announced would be included in Lollipop, as to whether or not it would work on the Nexus 6 – Double-Tap to Wake. But according to Wired’s Mat Honan, the phone does indeed come with the feature. The Double-Tap to wake is listed on the spec list for the Nexus 9 under the Technical Specifications on the Google Play entry, but so far the Nexus 6 Technical specifications on Google Play don’t make any mention of the feature. So there has been some back and forth between Nexus fans on whether[Read More...]

by 11:18 AM on October 24, 2014 4 comments Google Services, Phones
Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo teases precision optics for the N3 in lead up to launch

Oppo is set to launch their N3 on October 29th, but they seem determined to not leave much to announce, with controlled teasers being released slowly, but steadily on social media. The latest tease is for the ‘Precision Optics’ in the rotating camera, but it’s what’s shown further down the back of the phone that could prove more interesting. The chances of new perspectives. #ItsYourTurn #OPPON3 pic.twitter.com/jslbioCTRd — OPPO (@oppo) October 21, 2014 In the picture shown in the tweet, which shows the exploded camera optics, about halfway up the rear of the phone, you can see what seems to[Read More...]

by 2:13 PM on October 23, 2014 0 comments Manufacturer, Phones
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 18 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 12 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