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Latest leaked Android 4.3 test firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

Latest leaked Android 4.3 test firmware for Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505

The good folks over at SamMobile have snapped up a pre-release copy of  Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505). If you are adventurous and want to flash the new firmware, just be aware that this is a test version, but SamMobile reports that it is stable. They also say that the performance has been enhanced, being faster with less lag. Most of the improvements are behind the scenes, but a few tweaks that you will notice is a new and improved keyboard, a new Reading Mode that optimises the screen for reading, and improved colour reproduction for the[Read More...]

by 4:42 PM on October 2, 2013 6 comments OS Update
Android tablets are now outselling iPads

Android tablets are now outselling iPads

Recently released figures from ABI Research show that Android has taken the highest-selling tablet crown from the iPad for the first time. Don’t get too excited yet, because it’s not quite as good as it sounds. As always, being selective with numbers can make your own products look very good! The figures show a number of interesting factors that show that it’s not just price that sells Android. Key Points Importantly, Apple is still outselling other manufacturers by volume. But when pitted against the number of tablet manufacturers using Android, Google’s OS now has the lead. The selling price of[Read More...]

by 2:20 PM on October 2, 2013 12 comments News
Samsung Dreams up a Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear ad

Samsung Dreams up a Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear ad

Samsung‘s first commercial for its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear – called “Dreams” – is a cracker, and there are no competitors’ phones in sight. In a break from recent trends, Samsung has refreshingly devoted all of the screen time to its own products, instead of trying to poke fun at the competition. Dreams is the story of a young lady who breathes new life into her grandfather’s fading toy store, with the help of her Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, and a pair of creepy cool puppets. The short film highlights the

by 1:36 PM on October 2, 2013 3 comments Accessories, News, Phones, Smartwatch
Laser announce MID eTouch Android tablet range

Laser announce MID eTouch Android tablet range

Laser Corporation isn’t a very well known brand when it comes to product and marketing, but yesterday the company announced it’s new and updated budget MID eTouch Android Tablet range, coming in 4 various flavours for nearly everyone starting with the MID 742- 7” eTouch Tablet, MID741 – 7” eTouch Tablet KIDS, MID 740- 7” eTouch Tablet KIDS and the MID1040- 10” eTouch Tablet. Having a look, here is what each MID eTouch Tablet is bringing to the market: MID 742- 7” eTouch Tablet The MID 742- 7” eTouch Tablet is offering pretty much budget/entry-level device. The device does have[Read More...]

by 9:43 AM on October 2, 2013 11 comments Manufacturer, News, Sale, Tablets
Did The Australian Version Of The Moto X Just Visit The FCC?

Did The Australian Version Of The Moto X Just Visit The FCC?

Earlier this year on March 13, Ausdroid reported that we had been tipped off about a rumour that the Moto X would not be coming to Australia due to the limited size of our market.  Motorola apparently wanted Telstra to commit to 25,000 devices but they would only agree to 15,000.  The part about Australia missing out on the Moto X was unfortunately proven to be true when the Moto X was released and we were snubbed by Motorola.   At the time it was rumoured that a different version (read “stripped back and cheaper”)  of the Moto X would be made[Read More...]

by 9:11 PM on October 1, 2013 15 comments News
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available from Big W for $548

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available from Big W for $548

With the big 3 telco’s announcing that they would be offering the little brother of the main Samsung flagship device, the Galaxy S4 Mini, you would be mistaken that you could only get this device either through the main telco’s or a grey importer, but it seems Big W is looking to cash in the popularity of the Galaxy S range. In the latest catalogue Big W are offering the Galaxy S4 Mini for $548, which is $24 more than Allphones outright price and $119.09 more than Expansys outright price, although to be fair, the Big W and Allphones versions[Read More...]

by 9:06 PM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, NFC, Phones, Sale
Dual-Mode Galaxy S4 arriving in Optus stores later this week

Dual-Mode Galaxy S4 arriving in Optus stores later this week

The Dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 was announced by Optus back in August, with a launch date of Mid-September, but we’ve yet to see any followup, but today Optus advised that the dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 will be arriving in Optus stores later this week. The new dual-mode model of the GALAXY S4 is available on the Optus $60 My Plan with a $7 monthly handset repayment. The plan includes 600 minutes of standard national voice calls, unlimited standard SMS and MMS to Australian mobiles and 1GB of mobile internet data (Minimum Total Cost is $1608 over[Read More...]

by 9:05 PM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Carriers
Google Australia releases first Nexus 7 commercial

Google Australia releases first Nexus 7 commercial

Google has been doing pretty well on their commercials, especially when it comes to their Nexus tablets and this video which has just been released to the Google Australia YouTube channel is no differetn. The video which apes the Nexus 7: Fear less video that was used to launch the Nexus 7 in the US, is called – The Perfect Shot – and shows a young boy with a fear – of being hit by a cricket ball as opposed to public speakng this time. The boy uses the Nexus 7 to research Cricket, across YouTube and Google Books, going[Read More...]

by 3:32 PM on October 1, 2013 6 comments News
Samsung Australia comments on the SIM Locking of Galaxy Note 3 devices in Australia

Samsung Australia comments on the SIM Locking of Galaxy Note 3 devices in Australia

After a bit of a scare in recent days that Samsung might be region-locking their Galaxy Note 3 devices, we’ve received confirmation this morning from Samsung that this shouldn’t be affecting handsets purchased in Australia: Genuine Australian variants of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 are not affected by any region SIM card locking. While it isn’t much, this should mean (hopefully) that those purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 in Australia and wishing to take it (or send it) overseas won’t face the issues that we’d earlier reported with the handset failing to activate until first activated in its ‘home’ jurisdiction[Read More...]

by 3:31 PM on October 1, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone adds 34 European countries to their $5 per day international roaming offer

Vodafone adds 34 European countries to their $5 per day international roaming offer

After announcinfg a plan at the end of July to allow their customers to use their existing plan inclusions in the US, UK and New Zealand for just $5 per day extra, they’ve announced that this is now available to those Vodafone customers travelling to Europe. With Australia’s multi-cultural heritage there’s sure to be a country in the 34 European countries that are now included which could interest some international travelling Australians: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Carriers
Telstra introduces Data Sharing for Every Day Connect plans

Telstra introduces Data Sharing for Every Day Connect plans

After announcing that Data sharing plans would be coming soon all the way back in April, Telstra has today finally launched their Every Day Connect Data Share Packages. The new data sharing packages are available for the Every Day Connect plans and allow you to share the included data in the plan between up to three devices – eg. tablet, phone and laptop. But, the catch is you have to pay $20 per month for each device you have connected – $10 per month for the privilege and $10 per month for the SIM card. Telstra has also advised if[Read More...]

by 1:55 PM on October 1, 2013 6 comments Carriers
Sony Xperia Z1 F revealed – a “Mini” 4.3 inch Z1

Sony Xperia Z1 F revealed – a “Mini” 4.3 inch Z1

If you’re looking for flagship device specs in a “Mini” device, then 2013 hasn’t been your year. While the in thing seems to be a triple-size approach (small, standard and large; One Mini, One and One Max if you’re HTC; Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 if you’re Samsung), the main theme for 4.3 inch devices seems to be compromise. When compared to their big brothers, there’s always a compromise, be it screen, storage, CPU or camera. Unless, it seems, you’re Sony. As Sony’s Xperia Z1 nears its Australian release (there’s one on my desk at the[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on October 1, 2013 13 comments Manufacturer, Rumours
Target offering the Thomson 10″ Android budget tablet for $169

Target offering the Thomson 10″ Android budget tablet for $169

It seems budget Android tablets are beginning to pop up just about in every retailer possible and Target are looking to cash in on the tablet craze thats hitting us now. In the latest Target catalogue starting Thursday 3 October 2013, on the back page, they are offering the Thomson 10″ Android budget Tablet for $169. Now whilst the specs aren’t anywhere close to the Bauhn 10″ tablet Aldi was selling a few weeks ago now, or the Nexus 7 2013, they do offering some what descent specs are an ok price. The list of specs includes: 10″ display 16GB[Read More...]

by 12:12 PM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Sale, Tablets