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Is Google readying to launch Play Store Gift Cards in Australia?

Is Google readying to launch Play Store Gift Cards in Australia?

Back in March, we noted that Google was just about to announce Google Play Gift Cards for the UK market, and then they did. Well, in the last 24 hours, we’ve seen some tips indicating that such a launch might not be far off for Australia, and let’s say this — we’re rather excited. Let’s run down what we know. Until this morning, the link known for redeeming gift cards (https://wallet.google.com/s/w/0/?hl=en&pli=1&page=redeemGiftCard#redeemGiftCard:) was not active when accessed from Australia; it simply returned an error message. Today, however, it presents a vastly different result: This is the first indicator we’ve seen that[Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on July 2, 2013 15 comments Google Play, News, Rumours
Rumour:The Nexus 7 MkII Should Be Here….Today?

Rumour:The Nexus 7 MkII Should Be Here….Today?

It’s now been a full year since the Nexus 7 was announced and Google began taking orders via Google Play.  While it has served many of us admirably some feel that it has become apparent that with the release of other 7 and 8″ tablets a successor is required for it to maintain the top of the heap of the compact Android tablet pile. We have reported on various leaks and hints of a new version being available soon but there is still no definite word of a release from either Google or Asus, nor any other tablet manufacturer. An expected announcement at Google[Read More...]

by 8:56 PM on July 1, 2013 11 comments News, Rumours, Tablets
Sony Xperia Honami images leaked

Sony Xperia Honami images leaked

Photos of a supposed new Sony device have emerged today, rumoured to be the Sony Xperia Honami. Much of the discussion about this device seems to revolve around the camera, which is rumoured to feature a whopping a 1/1.6″ sensor with 20MP resolution. The images appear to show a single LED flash as well as a larger xenon flash. There’s microSD and microSIM slots, and a dedicated camera key on the side of phone, which emphasises the Honami’s focus on the camera. The phone is also rumoured to feature a 5-inch 1080p screen and a Snapdgragon 800 chipset. It’s worth[Read More...]

by 12:20 PM on June 29, 2013 3 comments News, Rumours
New Android based Smartwatch, Games Console and updated Nexus Q incoming?

New Android based Smartwatch, Games Console and updated Nexus Q incoming?

According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, Google is cooking up some more Android based devices. The article claims that Google is working on a Smartwatch, Games Console as well as a followup to the shelved Nexus Q. With Google leading the charge on wearable computing with Glass, there has been a renewed interest in other wearable technology. Smartwatches in particular are receiving attention from companies like LG, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple and even Qualcomm are apparently looking into a Smartwatch. The Smartwatch running Android rumour has popped up recently and was then re-inforced when Google filed a Smartwatch[Read More...]

by 9:40 AM on June 28, 2013 4 comments Accessories, Rumours, Smartwatch
Did the pictures of the Optimus G2 just leak

Did the pictures of the Optimus G2 just leak

The case for an August 7th launch of the Optimus G2 has just gotten a little stronger, with photos released by EVLeaks showing what appears to be some sort of briefing for the phone. The images appear to be a hero shot as well as some photos of a video of the phone in use. Inspecting the shots show what could be a volume rocker, confirming rumours that the phone would include buttons on the back. The shots are fairly blurry, so it’s not 100% clear what it actually is and it could possibly be a fingerprint scanner, reminiscent of[Read More...]

by 11:02 AM on June 26, 2013 6 comments Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Sony to announce Xperia C

Rumour: Sony to announce Xperia C

We’ve already heard about Sony’s plans to launch a new smartwatch when Mobile Asia Expo 2013 kicks off in Shanghai later today, and now it looks like they could have more announcements up their sleeve. Rumours are circulating that the Sony Xperia C will be announced this week. Details as still scarce but the device will reportedly be 8.8mm in thickness and will feature 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display, 1.2GHz quad-core chipset, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with microSD support, 8MP Exmor R camera and will run Android 4.2.2. The Xperia C will reportedly be launched in China[Read More...]

by 1:41 PM on June 25, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
New Samsung joint venture could see plastic phones replaced with carbon-fiber

New Samsung joint venture could see plastic phones replaced with carbon-fiber

A subsidiary company of Samsung, Samsung Petrochemical, has signed a joint venture deal with SGL Group in order to “develop new industrial and electronic applications with carbon composite materials for Samsung and the Korean market”. Samsung Petrochemical makes a whole host of consumer products from a range of chemicals, with an emphasis on plastics and solvents. With this new venture, however, we could see carbon-fiber make its way to mobile devices. There’s no word from Samsung of this actually happening, but a smartphone with some well designed carbon-fiber — think Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 kinda style on a smartphone — would[Read More...]

by 11:44 AM on June 25, 2013 3 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Microsoft reportedly bringing Age of Empires to Android; other Xbox and Windows games to follow

Microsoft reportedly bringing Age of Empires to Android; other Xbox and Windows games to follow

The Play Store is full of Age of Empires rip-offs and strategy guides, but if a Nikkei report is true, we might soon see an official version of the popular real-time strategy game appear before long. According to the report, Microsoft have recruited Japanese developers Klab to port a number of Xbox and Windows games to Android and iPhone, with the first game said to be a free-to-play version of the legendary Age of Empires. Age of Empires will be the first of many such games ported over, and we should see it become available before the end of the[Read More...]

by 10:34 AM on June 25, 2013 5 comments Apps, Rumours
LG Optimus G2 to possibly be announced on August 7th with Snapdragon 800 and soft keys

LG Optimus G2 to possibly be announced on August 7th with Snapdragon 800 and soft keys

The LG Optimus G is a weird kind of device for me, even with the current superphones the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 even the Xperia Z out on the market, I still like the Optimus G, so it’s no surprise to me, that I am really looking forward to what LG can do with a sequel and it looks like LG are gearing up to launch one very soon. Last week, LG released a statement advising that the next iteration of their G Series phones will include the Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SOC. This was shortly after they showed[Read More...]

by 11:17 AM on June 24, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: More leaked images

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: More leaked images

Samsung‘s internal security has held true to its usual standard – we’re starting to see leak after leak revealing specs and information about the all-but confirmed Samsung Galaxy Note 3, expected to launch at IFA Berlin later this year. In the latest leak, Japanese blog TechKiddy has posted images from a Chinese blog (which we couldn’t access). We can see that the device that looks very similar to the recently launched Galaxy S4. While it looks similar to the Galaxy S4, a couple of important differences should be pointed out. First, the power button is roughly in the center of[Read More...]

by 11:57 PM on June 23, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Oppo Find 7 due in September

Rumour: Oppo Find 7 due in September

Chinese manufacturer Oppo Digital found minor success earlier this year in various markets with the Oppo Find 5, a 5-inch phone with a 1080p display. Rumours are now circulating that they’re about to have another go at the high-end smartphone market, with the Oppo Find 7. The Find 7, despite the name will retain the 5-inch 1080p display found on the Find 5, but will be packing an upgraded cpu in the form of a quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery at a thickness of 9.9mm. Other rumours suggest the phone will include 13MP rear camera, 8[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on June 18, 2013 2 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Leaked photos show that HTC Butterfly S does not look like HTC One

Leaked photos show that HTC Butterfly S does not look like HTC One

Whereas the HTC One Mini is basically identical to the HTC One, if these leaked photos are to believed, the Butterfly S looks much more like its predecessor, the Butterfly. The Butterfly S has the front-facing Boomsound speakers and Ultrapixel camera of the One, but rather than a unibody aluminium shell, the body of the device is made from polycarbonate and looks very much like the original Butterfly. Strangely, HTC seems to have foregone their new-fangled two-button arrangement in favour of the traditional three-button configuration seen on HTC’s 2012 phones. All of these changes seem a bit out-of-step for HTC,[Read More...]

by 3:18 PM on June 14, 2013 1 comment Phones, Rumours
Rumour: Android 5.0 to launch in October, come optimised for phones with 512MB+ RAM

Rumour: Android 5.0 to launch in October, come optimised for phones with 512MB+ RAM

According to the site VR-Zone Google are looking to launch their next major version of Android, the elusive Key Lime Pie/Android 5.0, in October. It was thought that Android 4.3 would be the next release, however, it seems that Google are instead going to work on optimising the hell out of Android 5.0. This gives more ‘breathing room’ for manufacturers and carriers to update current devices instead of worrying about Android 4.3 — something neither seem to be too great at. VR-Zone reports that Android 5.0 will be highly optimised and targeted at devices with 512MB of RAM or more,[Read More...]

by 2:08 PM on June 14, 2013 8 comments Rumours