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Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus and Samsung, have today advised that they will be bringing a dual mode version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini to Australia. What is dual-mode? It’s in reference to the two types of LTE that are available – Time-Division Duplex LTE and Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) – FDD is the most commonly used technology in Australia and is being used by most of the carriers in Australia. Optus are currently the only Mobile carrier in Australia to offer TDD-LTE, and then only in one market – Canberra. Customers in Canberra have had access to the Optus[Read More...]

by 1:35 PM on August 1, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

Nexus 7 (2013) up for pre-order from Mobicity

The hottest tablet to get at the moment is the new Nexus 7 (2013) from Asus and Google, but with a retail launch looking to be in Early September and no word from Google on when it will launch on the Play Store, Australians are understandably looking elsewhere and Mobicity have just put up their pre-order site for both the 16GB and 32GB version. The pricing for the Nexus 7 (2013) is set at $389.95 for the 16GB version or at $439.95 for the 32GB version. The tablet is available for pre-order only at this stage and Mobicity are liasing[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on August 1, 2013 11 comments Tablets
CyanogenMod’s new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download

CyanogenMod’s new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download

Last week, CyanogenMod announced that they were working on a completely new camera experience for their ROM to replace the rather bland and featureless application that Google have made. Taking features from manufacturers like HTC and Samsung, whose camera applications are far superior to that found in AOSP, Focal adds more advanced camera controls like ISO and exposure settings, while improving on features like panorama mode by adding full 360-degree rotation. There are a huge number of tweaks that Focal gives easy access to, like light metering, colour effects, auto enhancements, as well as extra cool features like burst mode[Read More...]

by 11:47 AM on August 1, 2013 6 comments Apps, Camera, News
Google going all in on Photo Sphere

Google going all in on Photo Sphere

Photo Spheres seem to be getting a lot of love right now, with the improved Photo Sphere technology in Android 4.3, Google is looking to capture a lot more of them and have them crowd sourced into Google Maps. Yesterday Google released a new site called Google Maps|Views, to make discovering Photo Spheres easier. https://twitter.com/googlemaps/status/362300368694161408 The Google Maps|Views site allows you to quickly find Photo Spheres that have been uploaded by people all around the world. The site contains highlighted Photo Spheres as well as having a search tool to allow you to look for Photo Spheres that have been[Read More...]

by 11:38 AM on August 1, 2013 1 comment Camera, News
Google Glass Explorers, now even more popular with invitations to share

Google Glass Explorers, now even more popular with invitations to share

The very lucky and select few Google Glass Explorers are now even more popular, since the Google Glass team sent out a notification to them that they now have an invitation into the “Explorer” program to share with a friend. We love demoing Glass to our friends, We’ve perfected our “OK Glass, take a picture” faces so that the shot captures us smiling, laughing and looking chic. Well, maybe not all at the same time. Mostly, we love sharing Glass with our friends, because adventures through Glass are more fun with others. Here’s your chance to invite one friend to[Read More...]

by 11:16 PM on July 31, 2013 0 comments Glass, News
Microsoft Office now available for Office 365 subscribers for Android phones

Microsoft Office now available for Office 365 subscribers for Android phones

After releasing a version of Microsoft Office for iOS back in June, Microsoft has just released their Microsoft Office App for Office 365 subscribers using Android devices. The app is at this stage only available for phones running Android 4.0 and upwards. At this stage tablets are not included in the list of devices compatible with the app. To use the Microsoft Office app you’ll need a ‘qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus’. If you don’t have a subscription you can sign up for one over on the office.com website. Feature wise according[Read More...]

by 11:10 PM on July 31, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
Telstra advise Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One will begin tomorrow

Telstra advise Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One will begin tomorrow

Telstra owners of the HTC One, get excited the long awaited Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is set to go live for your handsets tomorrow. According to an update added to the Telstra Crowd Support message board this morning from Craig : HTC have informed us of a slight delay in the deployment of this update. It is now expected to begin deploying on Thursday 1 August. No specific time of day has been provided yet – when it is I will let you all know. Updates to expect in the Android 4.2.2 update have been outlined in[Read More...]

by 8:58 PM on July 31, 2013 42 comments OS Update
Vodafone looks to end bill shock for international travellers.

Vodafone looks to end bill shock for international travellers.

If you’ve ever travelled over seas and happened to use your mobile phone whilst in another country a smalllarge surprise was usually there to meet you on your return home to Australia, in the form of a massive international roaming bill. Vodafone has today announced plans to change all that by offering an option to use their current plan in other countries for a small daily fee. The plan sees travellers to the UK, USA & New Zealand being able to use their existing call, text and data inclusions from their monthly plans for a daily cost of $5 on[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on July 31, 2013 3 comments Carriers
Samsung’s era of domination coming to an end?

Samsung’s era of domination coming to an end?

Well it looks like Samsung era of domination against Apple could possibly be over if the report from research firm IDC is true. According to the report, its seems that the era dominated between Samsung and Apple is starting to end, with other Android OEM’s like Sony, HTC, Huawei, LG and ZTE growing their market share by stealing back customers from the two incumbent top players in the mobile phone market. Strategy Analytics are reporting that LGs market share has risen from 3.7 percent last year to 5.3 per cent in the second quarter of this year, while No.4 ranked[Read More...]

by 8:21 PM on July 31, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer
Price Drop: Telstra Frontier 4G Mobile reduced to $149

Price Drop: Telstra Frontier 4G Mobile reduced to $149

Telstra seem to have reduced the price of their lower end 4G pre-paid mobile phone offering – the Telstra Frontier(ZTE T81) – dropping the price from $199 to $149. Originally launched at $299 the phone hasn’t been flying high on anyones radar due to some lower end hardware but if you’re in the market for a super cheap 4G phone it could fit the bill. Just in case you have forgotten the specs of the Telstra ZTE Frontier 4G phone, here is the run down: 4″ 480×800 TFT capacitive touchscreen Dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU 2.5GB internal storage expandable up to[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on July 31, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Dick Smith Selling the Huawei Ascend G526 4G ready phone on the Vodafone Network

Dick Smith Selling the Huawei Ascend G526 4G ready phone on the Vodafone Network

Its seems the 4G competition is heating up with the networks for pre-paid devices, especially since Vodafone only turned on their 4G network earlier this month. In their latest catalogue, it appears that Dick Smith have begun offering the Huawei Ascend G526, a 4G ready mobile phone for $229. Now whilst the Huawei Ascend G526 isn’t going to offering rock your socks off specs, it is offering some decent if not okish specs for a pre-paid entry level specs. Here is a run down of the what the G526 is packing: IPS LCD, 540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245[Read More...]

by 5:06 PM on July 31, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones, Sale
Samsung Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores [Edited]

Samsung Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores [Edited]

For a few years now many have used benchmark scores to determine the relative power and speed of an Android device. Many, including myself, refuse to use benchmark as a parameter to compare one device to another as we believe that they often have very little bearing on real-world use and experience.  Results shown by others using certain devices also should be taken with a grain of salt as there are many ways to give a false benchmark score. A user over at Beyond3D forum noticed that the GPU of the Exynos Octa 5 processor runs at a higher frequency when[Read More...]

by 4:56 PM on July 31, 2013 22 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News
New Amazon Kindle Fire HD reported to have 1920×1200 resolution screen, Snapdragon 800

New Amazon Kindle Fire HD reported to have 1920×1200 resolution screen, Snapdragon 800

I guess it’s that time of the year – Google have just released their follow-up to the smashing success that was the Nexus 7 tablet, and if Boy Genius Report are to be believed, Amazon may soon be announcing their successor to the Kindle Fire HD, which in turn was the successor to Amazon’s original Android tablet – the first such device to actually be successful. Reportedly the device may launch as early as September, and Amazon are said to be aiming for the same price point as last year’s model, which sold for $214 in Australia. The specs sound[Read More...]

by 4:49 PM on July 31, 2013 2 comments Rumours, Tablets