Samsung Galaxy K (Galaxy S5 Zoom) pictured

The Galaxy S5 Zoom is now being called the Samsung Galaxy K, or at least it will be when it launches on the 29th of April at an event in Singapore. The phone-camera or camera-phone whichever way you look at it, has appeared in leaks in the past, but it's been shown off again overnight. Unfortunately there's no rear shots, but that zoom lens is going to be the main focus of interest for most people. As you can see it looks pretty well designed, with the Zoom fairly prominent and bulging out the front of the... Continue reading

The LG G3 is getting leaky – UI and more specs leaked

The upcoming, unannounced LG G3 is getting leakier by the day. There's been two leaks regarding the LG G3 overnight, the first of which shows off the new LG UI and the second is from a User Agent Profile (UAProf) for a version of the LG G3 destined for US Carrier Sprint. The Leaked UI screenshots shows off a very welcome change to what has been described as a very 'cartoony' looking interface. The new design direction that LG appears to have adopted with the LG G3 is flatter and very much in line with where software UI design has... Continue reading

The OnePlus One and Why It Needs to Succeed — Opinion

In case you have had your head buried in the sand for the past couple of months there will be a phone officially announced by a new startup company at 6pm today (AEST). The level of interest in this phone, the OnePlus One, is unprecedented considering the company has never produced a device of any sort before and very few people have seen the actual phone. There have been leaks galore, but the only leaks that seem anywhere close to real are those that have been carefully released by OnePlus itself. OnePlus is a company started by Pete... Continue reading

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

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

5 tips to speed up your Galaxy S5

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If you’re coming to a Galaxy S5 from a Nexus 5 (as I am), or something else that's similarly speedy, it can feels like the whole world is moving just a little slower. I expect my gadgets to perform tasks I ask of them quickly and efficiently - what exactly am I supposed to do while waiting for a task to finish, right? If you're finding the Galaxy S5 isn't quite up to speed, you've got two options. Firstly, complain. Talk to your friends about it, get on social media, forums or tech blogs and have a great... Continue reading

Big W adds the water and dust resistant Aspera R3 to their unlocked phone range

Big W has added the Aspera R3 smartphone to their range of unlocked phones available to purchase outright. What makes this phone different from other lower end offerings? It's got an IP67 certification, making it ideal for those of you looking for a budget smartphone capable of taking those little knocks that happen in life. While it's not going to win awards for speed with its 1GHz processor backed with a mere 512MB RAM, the Aspera R3 offers an affordable phone which includes IP67 certification. But it's a pretty funky looking phone, despite its lower specs, with an industrial look,... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung's Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We've had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that's the last time we'll use that overworked cliché). It's safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice to... 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

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