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Telstra now opening pre-orders for the HTC One Mini

Telstra now opening pre-orders for the HTC One Mini

Telstra certainly is launching a few more flagship devices, with the HTC One Mini now available for pre-order through the Telstra website. Just to even sweeten the deal, Telstra are also giving away a BeatsAudio bluetooth speakers for all pre-orders between now and the 17 September. Pricing is pretty much the same with any new-new device from Telstra as the following will attest: With that, we here at Ausdroid didn’t mind the HTC One and we hope the HTC One Mini will just be as successful as its bigger brother, but only time and sales will tell. You can head[Read More...]

by 8:34 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones, Sale
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Well it seems Telstra is trying to beat Optus to the pack, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre order through the Telstra website. In addition to this, Telstra are also throwing in a Fitbit Flexi for all online pre-orders through their website, which would probably go in some way with the S Health App on the device………..maybe! Looking at the plans, it seems that the plan pricing is pretty much inline with most mobile offers from Telstra, as the blow screenshots can testify: If you are interested to look into the plans available, you can check[Read More...]

by 8:31 PM on September 3, 2013 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
HTC announce ALL the things – vivid blue One, BoomBass subwoofer, Desire 300 and 601

HTC announce ALL the things – vivid blue One, BoomBass subwoofer, Desire 300 and 601

Today was a big day for HTC, who have unveiled a number of neat new devices at a press conference in London. Not the upcoming One Max, I’m afraid, but a little something for everyone nonetheless. Vivid blue HTC One and One mini Firstly, HTC have added another colour to their One lineup – vivid blue – and it looks incredible. This is in addition to the red edition that was announced earlier in the year, which unfortunately was only available on select carriers in the UK, but we are told that vivid blue will be a colour choice for[Read More...]

by 8:27 PM on September 3, 2013 5 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Ausdroid Podcast 85 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEST

Ausdroid Podcast 85 – live tonight, 9.30pm AEST

Join us tonight for a live recording of the 85th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! Jason, Dan and Scott will take you through the week’s Android news from Australia and around the world. It’s been a busy week — between Samsung’s pending deluge of products at IFA and beyond, Hugo Barra’s abrupt departure from Google and local confusion over the is-it-or-isn’t-it-available 2013 Nexus 7, it’s hard to believe only 7 days have passed since the last podcast! As usual, we’ll have the live chat going – come back at 9.30pm (Sydney time) to be a part of it!

by 5:15 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments News
Acer announce 24-inch Android-powered all-in-one PC with Tegra 3

Acer announce 24-inch Android-powered all-in-one PC with Tegra 3

If Acer were looking to build a computer that no one will buy, they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one. The DA241H1 is ‘designed to offer users the same familiar experience as with tablets and smartphones’, except without the mobility. Anyone who has used an HTC One X or last year’s Nexus 7 for extended periods of time will know how badly the Tegra 3 can perform, and why Acer has chosen to use it in a 24-inch desktop PC can only be a matter of cost. The PC will be running Android 4.2 (with access to[Read More...]

by 2:45 PM on September 3, 2013 4 comments News, Other
HTC employees detained amid trade-secret investigations in Taiwan

HTC employees detained amid trade-secret investigations in Taiwan

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday reported that HTC employees have been interrogated, with two arrested and detained on allegations that some of the company’s trade secrets have been leaked illegally. Engadget says a total of five staff were interrogated, naming Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang, adding that Chien and Wu were detained while the others were released on bail. SMH (via Bloomberg) mentions that a fifth person – an outsider – is also under investigation, although its unclear if this information is up to date. The[Read More...]

by 1:26 PM on September 3, 2013 0 comments News
Galaxy Note 3 specs, about screen and Antutu score leaked

Galaxy Note 3 specs, about screen and Antutu score leaked

With an official announcement just over a day and a half away, the leaks are about to come thick and fast for the latest in the Samsung Galaxy Note line-up. Overnight, serial leaker @EVLeaks has released alleged specs for the device as well as screenshots of the Antutu scores and the ‘About device’ screen. The alleged specs are : 2.3GHz x4, 1080×1920, 2.5GB RAM. The rumoured specs for the device include a Snapdragon 800 for the SM-N9005 which is shown in the ‘About device’ screen also included with the tweet, meaning that the 2.3GHz x4 CPU would be the Snapdragon[Read More...]

by 7:39 AM on September 3, 2013 5 comments Phones, Rumours
Acer Liquid S2 is the first phone announced with 4K Video recording

Acer Liquid S2 is the first phone announced with 4K Video recording

It’s been a long time since Acer launched or sold a phone in Australia, but if there is an Acer phone you want, it’s probably the Acer Liquid S2 which has just been announced ahead of a full unveiling at IFA in Germany. The Liquid S2 – which we first saw in a leaked roadmap mid last month – will come with a 6″ IPS Display, on which you can display some beautiful 4K video captured on the rear facing 13MP camera, a trick made possible by the 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 SOC which is powering it. The camera, in[Read More...]

by 8:49 PM on September 2, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones

Samsung puts out IFA 2013 teaser video

Samsung has put out a video teaser for the IFA 2013 event, giving us some insight into what’s happening inside the technology giant, showing us where some of Samsung’s most popular gadgets come from. As you can appreciate, this is probably a bit tongue in cheek (but who knows, aliens may be involved..) but in all seriousness, we’re seeing an increase in the number of leaks coming ahead of the event in a couple of days, including the Galaxy Note III (which we’ve seen a huge amount of chatter about) which will feature (amongst other models) an LTE enabled model[Read More...]

by 7:43 PM on September 2, 2013 2 comments Phones, Rumours
Three Australia customers: Port your number now, or lose it

Three Australia customers: Port your number now, or lose it

Three Australia, the company that once spearheaded low-cost mobile services on the (then) new 3G network, has finally closed the last of its doors, with the mobile services of its last remaining customers being deactivated last Friday 30 August 2013. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise for Three’s customers or telco insiders, but if there are any Three customers who’ve been living under rocks or in far and away places, they’ll be noticing from 30 August that their services have stopped working and are showing ‘SOS Only’. If you are one of these customers who hasn’t ported away from[Read More...]

by 6:38 PM on September 2, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Other, Phones
Google Play Gift Cards going head to head with iTunes vouchers in Woolworths and Big W

Google Play Gift Cards going head to head with iTunes vouchers in Woolworths and Big W

The introduction of Google Play Gift Cards into Australia has been fairly quiet so far, but a memo that was photographed and sent to Ausdroid by Alexei shows that Woolworths definitely sees massive potential in the sale of Google Play gift cards in Australia. The memo, which sees Woolworths acknowledge that Android devices currently hold the largest market share of phones in Australia at 60% of the market, shows that Google Play Gift Cards have the potential to drive more sales than iTunes cards, most likely one of the driving reasons for them capturing an exclusivity arrangement that will last[Read More...]

by 3:41 PM on September 2, 2013 8 comments Google Play, News
Galaxy Gear will come with Android 4.3 and be powered by 1.5GHz Exynos CPU

Galaxy Gear will come with Android 4.3 and be powered by 1.5GHz Exynos CPU

Well, the interest in the Samsung Galaxy Gear continues to build, but a number of people are asking the question of whether this Android powered smartwatch will be compatible with non-Galaxy devices, and according to the latest information from GigaOm, it’s not looking promising. Om Malik from GigaOm has been speaking with sources who’ve supplied some pretty interesting details on the upcoming device, most interestingly that it ‘will need a Samsung device with a watch-focused app store to install apps on the watch’. Other details on the product include that the the device that Samsung will launch is actually a[Read More...]

by 12:46 PM on September 2, 2013 10 comments Smartwatch
ACMA announces new SMS Alerts for mobile users

ACMA announces new SMS Alerts for mobile users

If you’ve ever over-spent on your data/voice or SMS cap and lived to regret it due to the cost of additional services because you haven’t been aware of just how much you were using above your incluions on your plan, then the new initiative which went into effect from yesterday could be your saviour. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on their website yesterday that from the 1st of September you’ll now receive alerts when your data usage reaches 50%, 85% and 100% of your data limit. They’ve also advised that customers on the three major carriers –[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on September 2, 2013 8 comments Carriers