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Amazon Refutes Report of Free Smartphone

Amazon Refutes Report of Free Smartphone

Amazon today have come out denying reports that it is working on a smartphone for 2013, and stating that it would not offer any such phone freely, instead the device would have to be brought outright, according to an email sent to The Wall Street Journal. The email statement (from an unnamed Amazon spokesman) goes on to state “We have no plans to offer a phone this year,” and “If we were to launch a phone in the future, it would not be free”. This of course is in direct reply to a report from Jessica Lessin which our own[Read More...]

by 8:17 AM on September 10, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours
Sony IM10 Miracast Wireless Display: Stream HD video to a TV

Sony IM10 Miracast Wireless Display: Stream HD video to a TV

Miracast is a technology that we at Ausdroid have been fans of for awhile, but it has been let down by limited availability of Miracast receivers and compatible display devices. Most modern Android devices can share their screens or cast video to a Miracast receiver. LG and NetGear both have Miracast receivers on market, but they aren’t always easy to come by. It’s not surprising, then, that Sony has introduced its own Miracast compatible adapter to get your smartphone content onto the big screen. Sony’s Miracast Wireless Display IM10 will help to bridge that gap. You might ask, if you’re new to[Read More...]

by 8:13 AM on September 10, 2013 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Seagate shows off a 500GB Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

Seagate shows off a 500GB Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

Tablets are great for many things where you want a bigger screen than a mobile, but you might not want to cart a laptop around. Take, for example, international travel. In flight movies aren’t terribly good quality, so you might like to take your own with you to watch on a tablet. I do. However, if you’ve done this, you’ll probably have found the same thing I did: 32gb of on-board storage isn’t always enough, especially if you like to take some music and photos with you as well. Well, worry at night no more. Seagate, already known for their[Read More...]

by 8:01 AM on September 10, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News
Say hello to Samsung New micro-USB 3.0 cable for the Galaxy Note III

Say hello to Samsung New micro-USB 3.0 cable for the Galaxy Note III

It seems Samsung is wanting to be the first in the marketplace to bring a new micro-USB connector/charger which is said to bring the ability to draw 900 milliamps of current when connected to a computer versus 500 milliamps today, essentially charging the device more quickly and efficiently whilst being able to “potentially” offer far faster data rates, potentially increasing the speed of transferring music, videos, and photos to and from your phone according to The Verge. Ausdroid has contacted Samsung for comment, but we haven’t heard anything yet. This measure could be a double edged sword; like Apple’s iPhone[Read More...]

by 8:02 PM on September 9, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones, Tablets
Sony Xperia Z1 to go on-sale at Sony Centre by September 30th for $779 – pre-orders open now

Sony Xperia Z1 to go on-sale at Sony Centre by September 30th for $779 – pre-orders open now

The Sony Xperia Z1, announced just last week at IFA in Germany, claims to be ‘The world’s best camera in a waterproof smartphone’. With a bold claim like that Sony is really going after the mobile photography market in a big way, but if you don’t want to sign up to a contract with a carrier to get one, then you’ll need to check out the official Sony store to get one for the time being. Thanks to a tip from Irwin – who long time readers should remember – we’ve learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 will be in-store[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on September 9, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Tablet Optimised version of Twitter App leaks

Tablet Optimised version of Twitter App leaks

After first showing up at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), the upcoming Tablet optimised version of the Android Twitter App certainly drew a bit of excitement, and now the APK has found its way onto the internet. German site AndroidNext.de has posted the APK of the yet to be released App, but it’s not without issues. The app failed to launch on either the Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 when I ran it on both despite a full uninstall of the official Twitter client and then an install of the leaked APK. It’s not[Read More...]

by 5:46 AM on September 9, 2013 4 comments Apps, Tablets
Mobicity selling Motorola Moto X, in stock now

Mobicity selling Motorola Moto X, in stock now

Motorola’s decision to not bring the new Moto X to Australia has not been popular, but for those of you who still want to get your hands on Motorola’s latest beast, Mobicity have advised that they are now stocking the 16 GB Moto X in either black or white for $869.95. As the Moto X is only available in the US, the model being sold by Mobicity bears AT&T branding and is not compatible with any of the LTE networks used in Australia, so if you’re considering buying this phone, be aware of this limitation. It does support 850, 900[Read More...]

by 5:43 PM on September 8, 2013 22 comments News, Phones
Rumour: Amazon to release free smartphone

Rumour: Amazon to release free smartphone

In Australia, we’re no strangers to the idea of a free smartphone, since almost all of our two-year phone contracts include a fully-subsidised smartphone. The story in the US though is quite different, with customers having to fork out about $200 (depending on the phone) in addition to signing up to a two-year contract. According to Jessica Lessin, Amazon are to be the first manufacturer to give away their smartphone to consumers for free. Although, much like our subsidised handsets, it’s unlikely that the phone will be completely free; it’s likely that Amazon will require an ongoing subscription to its[Read More...]

by 8:32 PM on September 7, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours
Google Earth now shows your geotagged Google+ photos

Google Earth now shows your geotagged Google+ photos

Google Earth is a pretty neat application already, but Google has gone ahead and made it even more awesome with the latest update, which pulls geotagged photos from your Google+ account, displaying them on the map as thumbnails, which expand when you tap on them. In the slide-out navigation bar, you simply tap on the option for ‘Google+ Photos’, sign into your Google+ account and then select what Album you want to show. I take a lot of photos on my mobile, and it’s so much better looking at them displayed on a map rather than in a boring gallery.

by 5:02 PM on September 7, 2013 2 comments Apps, News
Google Play web store brings back ability to filter reviews

Google Play web store brings back ability to filter reviews

As pretty as the new Google Play web store looks, when its redesign was introduced, a few features were left behind, including the ability to filter and sort reviews. Google have just brought the feature back, adding three drop-down boxes – ‘Rating’, ‘All Devices’ and ‘All Versions’ to help users try to sift through the many, many reviews to find something that’s actually useful. The ‘Rating’ tab lets you filter by newest reviews, by rating, or by how helpful other uses found the review. The ‘All Devices’ tab gives you the option to show only reviews by users with the[Read More...]

by 4:57 PM on September 7, 2013 8 comments Google Play, News
Bauhn 5″ Dual-SIM Smartphone going on-sale at Aldi Wednesday 11th September

Bauhn 5″ Dual-SIM Smartphone going on-sale at Aldi Wednesday 11th September

Aldi have released their catalogue with specials beginning the 11th of September and there’s a new phone to go along with the re-invigorated, now Telstra direct supported, Aldi Mobile service. The Phone is the second model that Aldi has sourced from Bauhn, with the launch of Aldi Mobile in March offering a Bauhn handset for $199, which did promptly sell out as at the time it actually represented pretty decent value for money. The Bauhn ASP-500H, on the other hand is actually not that great a deal when you look at it, considering the recent price drop of the Nexus[Read More...]

by 10:51 AM on September 7, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Alcatel intros four new One Touch Pop C-series smartphones

Alcatel intros four new One Touch Pop C-series smartphones

Alcatel have continued their line up of announcements for the One Touch series line up, this time unveiling the Pop C-series, 4 devices of various sizes for people who don’t necessarily want a big screen device or who might be budget conscience or in need of just an entry level device. The One Touch Pop C-Series Android 4.2 based devices begin with the Pop C1, a starter phone with a 3.5-inch screen, a dual-core 1GHz processor with a the device coming in a few “spritely” colours like neon green and pink. If you need something just a tad bit bigger[Read More...]

by 8:14 AM on September 7, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Lenovo unveils the Vibe X smartphone

Lenovo unveils the Vibe X smartphone

Lenovo are looking to continue their foray into the Android ecosystem with their first ever 5″ android smartphone called the Vibe X. The company is saying the Vibe X is a true “20/20 Vision” display with high resolution megapixel cameras featured in a sleek and thin body. The full range of specs are: 5″ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS LCD screen, 1080 x 1920 resolution (441ppi) MediaTek 6589T 1.5GHz Quad-core processor 2GB memory 16GB internal storage Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front camera Android 4.2 FM Radio 2000mAh embedded Li-Po battery Network Connectivity: GSM/3G/3G+:[Read More...]

by 8:13 AM on September 7, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones