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LG G Watch R arriving in South Korea this week

LG G Watch R arriving in South Korea this week

When LG announced the G Watch R in August at IFA it was said to be arriving in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Wall Street Journal then came across information that suggested that October would be the month of release. Now LG Korea have officially announced via their Korean website that the G Watch R will be officially released there on the 14th of October. Not only have LG announced the date but they have also mentioned the price, 352,000 KRW. This, if directly translated into Australian dollars is around the $370 mark, but expect a little Australia tax[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on October 7, 2014 3 comments News
Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is no longer the flagship phone for Samsung, but the phone still sold in massive numbers and we’ve been expecting Android 4.4 for the handset for a while, now Samsung has begun pushing the Android 4.4 update out for the Galaxy S4. We’ve been advised by a reader that their Optus GT-i9507 model is now receiving the 440MB update which takes the phone from Android 4.3 up to the current version of Android (4.4) – at least current for the next couple of weeks until Google releases Android L. The Firmware update: I9507XXUFNG2 – includes a[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Rumoured monster phablet from Sony hits the AnTuTu treadmill, struts its stuff

Rumoured monster phablet from Sony hits the AnTuTu treadmill, struts its stuff

It looks like Sony has been busy in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. New benchmarks have surfaced via AnTuTu of a device dubbed the Xperia Z3X, and the specs are rather beastly. According to the AnTuTu benchmark, Sony have managed to shoehorn a 6.2″ screen with QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution and a gargantuan 4GB of RAM into this rumoured successor to the Xperia Z Ultra, paired with Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset and Adreno 430 GPU. Android 4.4.2 rounds off the list, though we’d hope to see Android 4.4.4 if this device makes it to market. But wait, there’s more! Sony seems to[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge available NOW from Yatango – below Australian RRP

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge available NOW from Yatango – below Australian RRP

Yatango Shopping has announced that both of Samsung‘s new Note products – the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are now available for sale. If you’re waiting for the Australian release of these products, you might want to pay attention. Yatango’s products are compatible with Australian 3G and 4G networks (although as pointed out in the comments they are not the same models that will go on sale here), and currently priced below the announced Australian RRPs. The Note Edge in particular is selling at $999, some $250 below RRP while the Note 4 is selling at $899, $50[Read More...]

by 3:45 PM on October 7, 2014 12 comments Deal, News
HP 10 Plus 10″ Tablet launches for under $300

HP 10 Plus 10″ Tablet launches for under $300

HP has made a bit of a reputation for themselves here, and around the world for releasing products with little, to no fanfare. Earlier this year their latest Chromebook update began selling in JB Hifi with no announcement, and now the HP 10 Plus, a 10″ Android Tablet has cropped up at JB Hifi as well. The tablet is selling for $298 in JB Hifi stores or online, just $20 more than the asking price in the US, where it sells on Amazon for $279.99. The tablet contains fairly decent, though not outstanding specifications with a FullHD resolution 10.1″ display[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 7, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
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