Xperia Z gains official AOSP support from Sony

If you've purchased a Sony Xperia Z and you're quite happy with it, then you may just be in for another pleasant surprise. The Sony Xperia Blog has just announced that just like the Xperia S last year, AOSP is now available for the Xperia Z on Sony’s GitHub. According to Marcus Hansson, Senior Community Manager at Sony mobile, Developer Relations, the move is to allow Sony to keep the platform open and to allow commits to AOSP to be checked. The project will also allow greater collaboration with Google and Qualcomm as well. The Sony Mobile Blog... Continue reading

Where to buy the Galaxy S4 outright

Now that the Australian launch has been and gone it's time to evaluate your options for purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 outright or on a plan. Samsung has announced that they will have it available in their Samsung experience stores for outright purchase for $899 from tomorrow and in carrier stores around the country from the 27th of April, but is that the best deal? Looking around at the various importers it appears that you can actually save a fair amount. Store : Mobicity dMAVO Kogan Harvey Norman Colour Available Black or White Unspecified Black Unspecified Memory 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB with bonus 32GB MicroSD Card Price $829 (i9505 model) $700exGST $799 $819 Shipping $19 $15exGST $19 Free in-store... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories now showing on Samsung Australia website

One of the best parts of finding a great phone is then checking the accessories you can find to complement your new purchase and Samsung has realised this, announcing 11 accessories for the Galaxy S4 at the global launch in New York back in March. The Samsung Australia is now listing a selection of accessories for the Galaxy S4 in their accessories site. So far on the site are the : Samsung GALAXY S 4 Protective Cover + Help protect your Samsung GALAXY S 4 from knocks and bumps with this hard plastic rear cover with rubber surround Available in... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Plans: Virgin

The flurry of activity continues as carriers rush to press with their plans and pricing for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4. As will the other carriers, Virgin will have the Galaxy S4 available as of this Saturday the 27th of April across their range of plans. Existing Virgin Mobile Australia customers who re-contract with the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be rewarded with an offer of $2 monthly handset repayments on the Big Plan $59 (24 month contract, min. total cost is $1,464). New customers to Virgin Mobile Australia can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $7 monthly handset repayments... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Plans: Optus

Optus has revealed their plans for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, announcing that the phone will be available to pre-order online from Wednesday 24th April, with stock being in-stores at selected ‘yes’ Optus stores and retail partners from Saturday the 27th of April. The Galaxy S 4 will be available on a 24 month contract with a $7 monthly handset repayment - after $20 monthly handset credit - on the $60 Optus Plan with a minimum total cost $1,512. To sweeten the deal, Optus is offering existing customers 8000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points when upgrading their service to... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Plans: Vodafone

In preparation for the pending launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 tomorrow in Samsung stores and Saturday for retail, Ausdroid spoke to the Australian carriers for a statement as to their intent with plans and handset repayments. Vodafone's plans are very much as expected and discussed on a recent Ausdroid Podcast (based on 24 month plans): $20 on Vodafone $30 Plan/ Total min.cost $1200 $15 on Vodafone $40 Plan /Total min.cost $1320 $10 on Vodafone $50 Plan/ Total min.cost $1440 $5 on Vodafone $60 Plan/Total min.cost $1560 $0 on Vodafone $80 Plan/Total min.cost $1920 $0 on Vodafone $100 Plan/ Total min.cost $2400 They've also included... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 — In Samsung Stores Tomorrow; Carriers Saturday 27 April

There's an air of excitement around tech circles tonight waiting for the news of when we can get our hands on the latest and greatest device from Samsung, the Galaxy S4. Ausdroid's Jason Murray is at the launch event tonight and we've received confirmation that the Galaxy S4 will be available tomorrow from Samsung Experience Stores, and from Saturday 27 April from carrier stores and other outlets. Outright pricing is $899, which is quite high, but equally, it seems to be a Rolls Royce of a handset. Are you longing for a Galaxy S4? Longing enough to pay... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Australian Launch – Live Updates

Samsung is launching the Galaxy S 4 tonight in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House - we're sending Jason Murray to the event Stay updated below with live updates and photos from the event. You can also follow @AusdroidLive for updates! !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s);if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); We'll have our usual wrap-up after the event finishes, but this will allow you to see the news from the floor. Continue reading

Google removes personally-identifying customer data from Wallet

Earlier this year, it became known that Google Wallet was supplying customers' personal information to developers following product purchases through Google Play. In a backend update to the Google Wallet merchant site, this data has now disappeared. Initial speculation, seemingly confirmed by Google employees, was that the detailed information was required to meet the requirements of taxation laws in different countries around the world, but that's not entirely true. Google seems to be working down the path that was suggested in our post, providing only the data required for tax calculation (data that was already available... Continue reading

Nokia scores a preliminary injunction against the HTC One in the Netherlands

The HTC One might be available today here in Australia, but it's a different story over in the Netherlands thanks to a preliminary injunction brought forward by Nokia against the device. The heart of the issue is that HTC are using a microphone in the One that is manufactured by ST Electronics, however, that microphone was invented by Nokia, and ST Electronics is meant to be manufacturing them exclusively for Nokia -- as you can see above it's used in the Lumia 720. "HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering... Continue reading

Chromebook Pixel – First Impressions

After a long wait, yesterday I finally received my Chromebook Pixel. I purchased it through Mobicity and then had to wait for Google Play in the UK to supply the device. As the Pixel is brand new, there are bound to be some shipping hiccups in the first few weeks and hopefully those should now be resolved. So, first thoughts : The Pixel comes in a very attractive package, plain white box with a magnetized flap keeping it closed and Google emblazoned on the top. The anodized aluminum body is great, the weight of the Pixel makes it feel very solid.... Continue reading

Vodafone unboxes the HTC One

With the HTC One hitting the streets today, Kieran Mcilwain from Vodafone has kindly provided an unboxing video which shows off the phone in all its glory. The unboxing shows off the phone as well as the accessories included, Spoiler Alert it has comes with a USB Cable, Charger, headset, SIM eject tool and warranty card. Kieran also takes us through a quick look at the setup and the first screens on the phone including a brief view of Blinkfeed. It appears that some lucky Vodafone customers began receiving their HTC One pre-orders yesterday, judging from the tweets sent out... Continue reading

Google Glass code reveals possible gestures; is powered by magic

The official way to take a photo using Google Glass is to touch the side, or nod your head to wake the device, and then saying aloud 'OK Glass, take a picture'. Not very cool or discrete (if you're into that thing). According to Reddit user fodawim, the Glass companion application contains some interesting pieces of code that suggests that Google plan to include spacial gestures to make interacting with the device easier. Examples of the gestures include HEAD_GESTURES_HEAD_WAKE (which we already knew about), EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO, and BROWSER_TWO_FINGER_ZOOM. EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO is an interesting idea, and I'm not sure how... Continue reading