Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet available in Australia from April 29, starting at $599

Here's some news to excite people that are looking for a high-end 10" tablet: Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available for pre-order in Australia and set to be released on April 29. We've known the specs of Sony's new tablet for a while, and the manuals leaked online in late March, but it's taken until today's press release to get pricing and availability. With the Z2 Tablet hitting our shelves now, hopefully Sony's Z2 phone won't be far behind. The Z2 Tablet will be available in 3 SKUs - Sony's standard 16/32GB Wi-fi models,... Continue reading

Aldi offering the Medion 7.85″ LifeTab on Saturday 26th April for $199

Aldi are set to introduce yet another Android tablet this Saturday, with the new Medion LifeTab 7.85" Android tablet to go on sale for $199. The Medion LifeTab 7.85" tablet is offering some decent specs for a tablet given the market it is aiming for. The list of specs are: 7.85" IPS HD Display (1024 x 768) 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 quad-core processor 1 GB DDR3 RAM 16 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD memory card 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Android 4.4 200x137x9mm @ 370grams The main selling point is this, is the inclusion of Android 4.4, on a budget model tablet,... 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

Nexus 8 rumours persist with latest speculation pointing to a HTC built tablet

Rumours surrounding a HTC built Nexus 8 being released this year in place of a third generation Nexus 7 are continuing to mount, with Digitimes reporting that Google has approached the Taiwanese manufacturer to build an 8" tablet to be released in the coming months. The report suggests that HTC, rather than Asus will be making the tablet, as Google looks to revamp the design of the tablet. Google was apparently looking to involve HTC in the development of the original Nexus 7 tablet, but HTC was too mired in their own efforts to promote their flagging smartphone business... 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

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

Samsung continues mocking iPad in their latest ad

In late March Samsung began an advertising campaign for their new Galaxy Tab Pro series of tablets that, while amusing, took a very obvious swipe at all of their competitors. The latest in this series is another swipe directly at the Apple iPad. This time around, Samsung shows off the simple yet extremely useful function of separate logins and profiles for multiple users on a single device. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bwRRxfuIk Is this type of advertising clever, amusing or just plain juvenile? Share your thoughts with us. Continue reading

Optus announces availability of Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2

Optus has announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is now available on Optus' nationwide 4G network, and can be purchase from today via telephone sales, online and in selected retail stores. The Galaxy NotePro, announced earlier this year at CES,is a 12.2" giant of a tablet, with 4 million pixels to display things on, multi-window multitasking for those who want to do more, and handwriting recognition courtesy of Samsung's now-ubiquitous S-Pen. Those wanting to get their hands on such a tablet can find them on the Optus $20 Mobile Broadband plan, albeit with a whopping $43-a-month tablet repayment.... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab4 series with 7″, 8″ and 10.1″ screen sizes

Samsung has overnight announced their fourth generation Galaxy Tab series of tablets - the Galaxy Tab4 7.0, Galaxy Tab4 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab4 10.1. The tablets have been expected ever since their appearance on the Gear Fit microsite as compatible with the fitness band. Before you start getting excited for high-end devices, it is bests to remember that the Galaxy Tab range are what's considered their 'budget' range. But there's some decent specs here: All three screen sizes on offer come in WXGA (1280x800) resolution, there's microSD card expansion slots on all the tablets offering a way to... Continue reading

Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

Catch of the Day Technothon offering Sony and Samsung deals

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having a "Technothon" sale ending 2pm Sydney time on Monday afternoon which includes a few Android devices. Amongst the usual supply of monitors, laptops, headphones, hard drives, routers and SD cards you'll find some Sony and Samsung devices from the last year - you might be able to save some money on a phone or tablet you've had your eye on for a while. Sony Catch of the Day is offering Sony's earlier 2013 flagship - the Xperia Z in purple and white for $419 - a decent discount given... Continue reading

Image of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1

As the year rolls by, with the manufacturers having now dropped their flagship devices on us, the roll continues on to the secondary devices. Some tablets and accessories will launch to no fanfare, whereas others receive a little attention but not so much. Evleaks are a consistent and pretty reliable source for images of upcoming devices and today they've got their hands on renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (White) https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/449977255045771265 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (Black) https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/450002404939816960/ Both devices "fit" in the Samsung mould for tablets, they look pretty good and will no doubt be pretty impressive when they become... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 leaks on Twitter possibly arriving April 24th

Samsung has an ever growing line of tablets, from their recently released NotePRO and TabPRO series, to their high-end Note they cover all bases, including the low end in their basic Tab series and now the Tab 4 is on its way. The Galaxy Tab 4 series first showed up in Samsung doco, on the micro-site for the Samsung Galaxy Fit, where the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″, 8.0″ and 7.0″ were all listed as compatible with the fitness tracker. EvLeaks has just posted a pic of the 7.0" on Twitter and with his history we expect more to come along... Continue reading