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ZTE Blade Vec 3G now available from JB HiFi for $249

ZTE Blade Vec 3G now available from JB HiFi for $249

It seems ZTE is beginning to add more of their own smartphones to the market, with the latest being the Blade Vec 3G popping up on JB HiFi’s website for $249. The ZTE Blade Vec 3G offers some decent specs for a mid range phablet, although at only 5″ what defines a phablet these days? The price is pretty decent, at $249 but it comes with a bit of a mystery. With the name ‘ZTE Blade Vec 4G’ you’d expect an LTE radio, instead the JB Hifi website simply lists ‘3G’, we are trying to chase this up with ZTE[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Nexus 9 continues its world tour – drops by the NCC in Taiwan

Nexus 9 continues its world tour – drops by the NCC in Taiwan

The Nexus 9 is beginning to break out everywhere, first off this week dropping by the FCC, before appearing in the flesh as it were last night when @upleaks showed the above picture of the tablet. The Nexus 9 has been confirmed by name by the National Communications Commission in Taiwan as it vied for certification from the governing body. The tablet, which again shows HTC as the manufacturer, also shows the 0P82100 which was seen on Sunday in the FCC filings and has been associated with the device since earlier this year. As you can see the rest of[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 7, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Motorola Nexus X “Shamu” shows up on Geekbench offering decent Multi-Core benchmarks

Motorola Nexus X “Shamu” shows up on Geekbench offering decent Multi-Core benchmarks

Nexus 6. Nexus X. Shamu. They’re the key words we’re looking for at the moment regarding Google’s next phone launch and you take what information you see regarding them generally with a grain of salt. This time a device claiming to be the Nexus X “Shamu” has been benchmarked on Geekbench and if it is the next Nexus phone, it doesn’t look too bad. Let’s just start by saying how easy it is to fake these results, it’s a piece of cake. If the results are real however, then the signs are good that the phone could be quite the[Read More...]

by 6:11 AM on October 7, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Ausdroid Podcast 123 – the Moto 360 and Sony’s new toys

Ausdroid Podcast 123 – the Moto 360 and Sony’s new toys

Welcome to episode 123 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we had a special appearance by Matt Booth to tell us all about his shiny new Moto 360 and get us jealous. Jason was having none of that though, having decided that Sony‘s new Smartwatch 3 would soon be his next Android Wear device, but a battle royale with Dan might loom in the future for the right to review it. Scott meanwhile seemed more interested in the rumours of the Nexus 6, and with good reason as recent leaks have started to reveal more about the new phone. With[Read More...]

by 9:33 PM on October 6, 2014 0 comments News, Podcast
Nexus 9 not so shy anymore

Nexus 9 not so shy anymore

There has been so much talk recently about the leaks of the Nexus 6 that you may be excused for letting slip to the back of your mind the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus 9 has had it’s own share of rumours, that it will be manufactured by HTC, that it will appear in mid October and then just the other day it passed through the FCC on it’s way to us, the consumer. Even with these leaks there has not been any leaked images of it until now. Tipster @upleaks, who seems to have taken over prolific leaking from[Read More...]

by 6:39 PM on October 6, 2014 9 comments News
Samsung’s power sharing cable launches for $19.99

Samsung’s power sharing cable launches for $19.99

We’ve all been caught short before — there’s nothing worse than being on the go with a flat gadget, and it’s made all the worse if you’ve got something else nearby that’s got full battery, but you can’t share it. Right? Wrong. Samsung wants you to be able to charge your devices from its mobile and tablet devices, and has released a new micro-USB ‘Power Sharing Cable’ for just $US 19.99. Using the cable, and the companion Power Sharing app (available on Google Play or via Samsung Apps), users can specify how much of their device charge they’re prepared to[Read More...]

by 6:37 AM on October 6, 2014 6 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News
Google Play Music device deauthorisation policy appears to have been changed again – Deauthorise all the things!

Google Play Music device deauthorisation policy appears to have been changed again – Deauthorise all the things!

Early in August, Google upset the mob by changing their deauthorisation policy so that users could remove only a maximum of four devices a year. This caused a fair bit of discussion, but it appears that Google has quietly removed the four devices per year limitation – at least in their mobile apps. Testing of the deauthorisation policy found that you can still only remove four devices on the web interface for Google Music, but once you hit that limit, you can still deauthorise devices from within the mobile app on Android. The Google Play Support page for Google Music[Read More...]

by 2:43 PM on October 5, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play
Unlocking Bootloader Diminishes Your Z3 Series Camera Software

Unlocking Bootloader Diminishes Your Z3 Series Camera Software

In recent times Sony have been extremely developer friendly, offering help to the developer community on XDA Developers when creating custom ROMS for Sony devices. Sony offer an official bootloader unlock tool (that does NOT automatically void your warranty) and are generally developer and Android friendly also sending a lot of patches upstream into the AOSP codebase. They coded the base to the new theme engine inside CyanogenMod and most other current custom ROMs and have also opened up a public kernel repo to let community developers contribute to MSM8x74 family of devices. Despite all of this all is not[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 5, 2014 14 comments News
Nexus 9 allegedly passes through the FCC with BlueTooth and NFC

Nexus 9 allegedly passes through the FCC with BlueTooth and NFC

We’ve seen some news recently on the alleged Nexus 6 ‘Shamu’, but we’re also expecting a HTC Nexus 9 tablet as well. The tablet has shown up sporadically over the last 6 months, with @evleaks reporting on model# 0P82100 as far back as June. Now a device from HTC bearing that model# has passed through the US FCC. The certification documents don’t actually tell us a whole lot except that the device is a tablet and this model at least doesn’t bear any LTE/3G radios or at least makes no mention of them, but does Dual-Band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth[Read More...]

by 7:21 AM on October 5, 2014 5 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Renders, renders, renders – all the Nexus ‘Shamu’ renders and comparisons.

Renders, renders, renders – all the Nexus ‘Shamu’ renders and comparisons.

It started with a render. Well, there were some specs as well, but the 5.9″ size of the Nexus 6/X has been something that most people accept. But what the phone will look like in its final form hasn’t been seen (officially), but that hasn’t stopped the innovative people of the internet from rendering and comparing the device all over the place. 9to5Google were the first to throw up the render seen above of the Nexus 6 or ‘Shamu’, as it’s apparently known internally. Google apparently continuing their ‘fishy’ naming scheme of their Nexus devices. Shamu is, if you don’t[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on October 4, 2014 1 comment Other
FirefoxOS toting ZTE Open C arrives in Australia

FirefoxOS toting ZTE Open C arrives in Australia

It’s no real threat to Android at this stage, but another open-source, Linux based mobileOS has hit Australia, with ZTE launching their FirefoxOS running Open C handset in JB Hifi stores. The phone is the first of its kind to arrive in Australia, with Firefox still a very vague glimmer on anyone’s radar. The phone is now available for $99 outright in JB Hifi stores, with a spec on the box advising that it’s not network locked. It’s a fairly basic handset when it comes to hardware specs, including : 4″ 480 x 800 resolution Touch Screen 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm[Read More...]

by 11:17 AM on October 4, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, Other, Phones
Motorola Moto G (2014) now available from JB Hifi

Motorola Moto G (2014) now available from JB Hifi

We’re pretty big on Moto right now, their low, medium and higher end phones are absolutely desirable by a large portion of the market judging from your feedback. It looks like you can now add JB Hifi to the list of retailers stocking the Moto G (2014) with stock reportedly arriving in stores now. The phone is priced to sell at the Recommended Retail Price of $299, although the phone is available at slightly cheaper pricing around the traps, so talk to your friendly staff member about price matching. We have a Moto G (2014) on the Ausdroid review bench[Read More...]

by 10:54 AM on October 4, 2014 7 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Samsung slides the Galaxy Alpha and Gear Live into JB Hifi

Samsung slides the Galaxy Alpha and Gear Live into JB Hifi

Samsung’s announced their new direction in design with the Galaxy Alpha, aiming at a premium metal chasis, paired with the distinctive Galaxy design stylings they’ve evolved since their introduction. Now the Galaxy Alpha is available from JB Hifi and it’s brought a friend along for the ride, with the Android Wear toting Gear Live smartwatch arriving as well. Although the Galaxy Alpha was due on the 1st of October, it appears that most JB Hifi stores are only just beginning to receive their inventory now. Some stores range from a single unit through to others who have quite a few.[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 4, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Manufacturer, Phones