Rumour: Samsung Series 3 Chromebook to receive a refresh in May

The Samsung Series 3 Chromebook has only just been released in Australia but the Series 3 was originally released in the US in October last year and it appears that Samsung may be looking to refresh or replace one the Series 3 at the very least in their core markets the US/UK. OMGChrome is reporting that recent commits to the Chromium project are referencing a new hardware board called 'daisy_spring'. The reason this particular reference is special is that 'Daisy' was the codename used for the board inside the Series 3 Chromebook. The addition of '_spring' to the daisy... Continue reading

Experimenting with Miracast with LG’s DWD-300

Way back when, we visited LG's headquarters and had a bit of a play with some pre-release Miracast hardware and Jason was certainly impressed. With the more recent launch of the LG Optimus G, LG has released (sort of) its Miracast dongle to the Australian market. Known, unimaginatively, as the DWD-300, LG's Miracast dongle is the embodiment of simplicity. Simple hardware, Simple usage Sporting all of two ports - a micro-USB port for power, and an HDMI port to connect to your TV, there's very... Continue reading

Vodafone to begin rollout of Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S II tomorrow

On the 5th of April Vodafone annoubced that they had approved the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S II for both the Vodafone and 3 models. Unfortunately at the time, no date was given on when the update would be rolled out but today the information has been updated to advise that the update will begin to rollout tomorrow. The rollout will be staggered as most Fimware Over The Air(FOTA) updates are, the scheduled rollout will move like this : Day 1-3 : 10K of IMEIs selected at random to be eligible for update, users are... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend Mate set for launch next week

Huawei has begun sending out invites to the launch of a new phone next week and from the looks of the size of the phone pictured we're willing to bet that the phone is the Huawei Ascend Mate. Announced back at CES in January this year the Ascend Mate certainly pushes the boundaries when it comes to both screen size and Battery. The Ascend Mate comes with a massive 6.1" display which incorporates 'Magic Touch', a technology that allows for users to still operate the phone even when wearing gloves, certainly something to think about with winter coming... Continue reading

Kogan Selling the Black Xperia Z for $539 until Midnight

If you read our Sony Xperia Z Review back in February and thought "I like that phone, but I think it's just a bit expensive at the moment". Well here's your chance to get a really good deal on Sony's current flagship phone. Kogan sent out an email this morning advertising a brilliant offer for the Black Sony Xperia Z, where you can purchase the phone for $539 + $19 delivery, still making this the cheapest price we've seen from retailers yet. The Black Sony Xperia Z is available at the reduced price until Midnight tonight... Continue reading

Google Babel shown off in screenshots again – Android App coming too.

The leaks are beginning to happen a lot faster, possibly indicating an imminent release for the unified messaging service 'Babel'. The name has again been sighted in the screenshot you see above, showing up in a hover-over on a feedback link which asks "What do you think about Babel in Gmail?" so Babel will be integrated into GMail at the very least. The leak comes from a source who claims to work at Google, however they have chosen to remain annonymous and use a generic webmail address to supply the leaks. The screenshots you see show a threaded messaging setup with... Continue reading

Kickstarter: MicroSD Card reader for Android

One of the major problems that a number of the Ausdroid team have with the recent release of phones is the lack of Micro SD Card slot. A recently launched Kickstarter project that was brought to my attention solves that for a lot of users. The Kickstarter project is, put simply a MicroSD card reader for Android phones and tablets. The list of compatible devices is reasonably comprehensive for the early days of the project that reached their funding goal in 48 hours including the Samsung Galaxy S II, S III, Note and... Continue reading

Early build of Facebook Home finds its way onto the internet

If you're looking to get your hands on Facebook Home a tad early, then you can now do so. Thanks to a handy leak, the 3 APKs have been uploaded onto the majestic thing we call the internet for everyone to download and install onto their devices. We're currently unsure of which devices the APKs can be installed on, though it has been successfully tested on a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. To get Facebook Home working, just download the launcher, Facebook app, and Facebook Messenger and install them all -- you may need to uninstall... Continue reading

HTC’s profit falls to lowest level on record, One delay to blame

The delay of the HTC One has hit home hard for HTC, with their profits hitting their lowest levels ever at just $2.7 million (AUD) for the last quarter -- a decrease of 98%. Bloomberg reports that this is the sixth straight quarter of profit declines for the company, and at this rate it could be their last quarter to run a profit at all. HTC's revenue fell 38% to $1.54 billion (AUD) this quarter, well below their average of $1.76 billion (AUD). With the delay of the HTC One pushing it back to Q2, HTC are hoping that they... Continue reading

Samsung confirms Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia with Snapdragon Series 600 CPU, 4G LTE

Samsung Australia have confirmed what we already knew, the Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Series 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and it will support 4G LTE on all networks. The Snapdragon 600 CPU has proven to have amazing processing power, as we've seen with the HTC One, so the Ausdroid team is pretty stoked to hear we're getting this version over the Samsung Octa-Core Exynos CPU -- a powerful and insane CPU in its own right. “Samsung Australia is today confirming that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available in Australia... Continue reading

HP replaces the Pavillion 14(C001TU) with the Pavillion 14(C005TU) – now with SSD

HP has i HP Pavillion Chromebook removing all references to the HP Pavillion 14(C001TU) from their website, replacing it back in June with the HP Pavillion 14(C005TU). The major difference between them is that the Pavillion 14 (c005tu) comes with a 1.1GHz Celeron CPU and 16GB SSD while the now defunct Pavillion 14 (c001tu) came with a 1.2GHz and 320GB Hard Drive. Every other specification on the device appears to be the same, it's the same screen and shell just with a different CPU and an SSD. It's already available to purchase now for $399 from The Good Guys but... Continue reading

Vodafone joins 4G party; LTE to roll out from June

Vodafone do not have the best reputation in the Australian mobile industry, but they are working really hard at improving the quality of their service. Although they're a bit behind the competition - Telstra began the rollout of their 4G network over 12 months ago, and Optus switched theirs on midway through last year - Vodafone's new 4G network looks pretty promising. Vodafone have announced today that they will commence the rollout of their LTE... Continue reading

Get hands on with the HTC One at a Vodafone store near you

HTC Australia has advised today via Twitter that their newest flagship phone - the HTC One - is now available to experience at selected Vodafone stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT. Unfortunately for Northern Territory residents it doesn't appear there are any locations for you. But for those interested, you can check out this list : While you can't actually purchase a HTC One until the 23rd of April; the ability to go in store and check out the features on the HTC One like Boom Sound, the Ultra-Pixel camera, Blink Feed... Continue reading