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Is this what the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will look like?

Is this what the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will look like?

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is really ramping up to be a fascinating product, it’s being leaked far and wide in terms of specs and companion app in the lead up to this weeks official announcement and now Venture Beat are claiming that this is what the Galaxy Gear will look like. The watch, which was apparently shown off to Venture Beat is still admittedly a proto-type which was sent to developers and partners, so it’s possible that this design could be different to what is launched this week. Although, with developers and possibly accessory partners receiving the device, a number[Read More...]

by 8:45 AM on September 2, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Smartwatch
First render of Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 (SM-P900) surfaces

First render of Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 (SM-P900) surfaces

If a large screen, hi-res Samsung Galaxy Note is your idea of a dream come true, then this is apparently your first look at what your new tablet will look like, at least according to Korean site Moveplayer.net The Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 was first noted – by us at least – when notable twitter leak powerhouse @EVLeaks first mentioned a pair of hi-res tablets was being worked on by Samsung. The tablets SM-P600 and SM-P900 would be a pair of 10″ and 12.2″ sized tablets that would have a screen resolution of 2560×1600 with the SM-P900 carrying S-Pen support.[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on September 2, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
New Asus Transformer looking to steal IFA Thunder with new tablet announcement

New Asus Transformer looking to steal IFA Thunder with new tablet announcement

While they’re not listed on the exhibitor list at IFA, nor listed to hold a press conference at IFA this week, it appears that Asus is definitely looking to launch a new tablet. The above image has been tweeted and Facebooked by Asus with the tagline ‘We transform your mobility! Yes, a new generation is coming, but of which product?’ This image was preceded by the below tweet/image which asks about your favourite trio : ASUS IFA 2013. We transform your possibilities! What is your favorite trio? Can you guess which one is our favorite? pic.twitter.com/siopJO7ibN — ASUS (@ASUS) August[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on September 2, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – First Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is and was a great phone but as many people (including our own Buzz Moody) have found out, the device is a little fragile if you’re not pretty careful with it. There’s plenty of options out there to protect your Galaxy S4; we’ve tried the Otterbox range of cases for their rugged design and protection of the device and we’ve tried the Aranez leather cases but there is another option. The Galaxy S4 Active. The inevitable comparison with the Galaxy S4 Having now had my own Galaxy S4 for a few months, there are some subtle[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on September 2, 2013 14 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google Play Store Gift Cards Competition — Winners announced!

Google Play Store Gift Cards Competition — Winners announced!

Last week we ran a competition to give away some Google Play Store Gift Cards, to celebrate their arrival in Australia (finally!) We’ve received some interesting entries, but we thought these best captured the essence of why these cards are great, and why people have been holding out for their arrival. Our winners, selected by our editorial team, are below: Jenifur Charne wins the $50 gift card with this entry: “CoPilot Live Premium AUS + NZ It is the only GPS app I’ve found which generates intelligent routes. Too expensive for a pensioner pedestrian. $34.99AUD” Peter Cupitt wins the $30[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on September 2, 2013 2 comments Competition, Google Play, News
The LG G Pad is real and coming this year

The LG G Pad is real and coming this year

LG have just officially announced the LG G Pad – the latest entrant in their ‘Premium’ G Series line up – ahead of an official debut at IFA later this week. The LG G Pad is the first new tablet from LG since their first attempt to enter the Android tablet market with the LG Optimus Pad, failed. But that was before they had a chance to create the LG Optimus G as well as work with Google on creating the Nexus 4. The LG G Pad comes with a full HD – the first tablet to do so in[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on September 1, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, Tablets
Asus Fonepad — Review

Asus Fonepad — Review

Unequivocally, the most successful Android tablet to date has been Google’s Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus. But what would happen if you took the Google out of the Nexus 7, and replaced its NVidia Tegra 3 with an Intel Atom CPU, adding phone capabilities along the way? Well wonder no more, as the Fonepad is exactly that. Intel has yet to break into the mobile market in any significant way, so it’s interesting to put a device that uses an Intel CPU to the test. The trend lately has been towards larger, and larger phones, phablets if you will, but[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on September 1, 2013 1 comment Design, Phones, Reviews
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may come in 6 and 8GB variants, 10 hours battery life

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may come in 6 and 8GB variants, 10 hours battery life

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch is sounding less and less astounding the more we seem to hear about it, but then again, it’s all just rumour until we see the final product. The latest rumour coming from the internet is that the Galaxy Gear will come in 2 variants: one with 6GB of storage and one with 8GB of storage. This seems pretty far-fetched given how close those two are; 4GB and 8GB seems a likely contender. The other rumour is that the device will have 10 hours of battery, which definitely isn’t good enough for smartwatch that should be[Read More...]

by 2:10 PM on August 31, 2013 10 comments Rumours, Smartwatch
Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year, Google’s own smartwatch coming soon?

Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs last year, Google’s own smartwatch coming soon?

Although it’s a seemingly new name for us, WIMM Labs is a former company that was acquired by Google a year ago. Why is it coming to light just now? Well no one really knew who purchased the company — most rumours suggested they’d been snapped up by Apple to lead their drive into the wearables market. But thanks to GigaOM yesterday, it has finally been confirmed that it was in fact Google who purchased the company. WIMM Labs built an Android-powered ecosystem for smartwatches which included a range of apps that would work on the small device. They also[Read More...]

by 1:58 PM on August 31, 2013 2 comments News, Smartwatch
Pocket Casts to support Chromecast, as soon as Google allows it

Pocket Casts to support Chromecast, as soon as Google allows it

Ausdroid got the opportunity today to drop in at the offices of developers Shifty Jelly today, to take a look at some of the latest developments in Pocket Casts, specifically the streaming capabilities that they’ve built-in using the Chromecast they’ve gotten their hands on. While some of the final details, like the SDK are yet to be finalised – currently preventing all third party Chromecast capable apps from being released – you can see in the brief video below that streaming to a Chromecast via their popular podcast app – Pocketcasts – is indeed possible; and it’s as easy as[Read More...]

by 4:45 PM on August 30, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
Purported Galaxy Note 3 digitiser assembly compared to predecessor

Purported Galaxy Note 3 digitiser assembly compared to predecessor

Steve Jobs once said ‘if you see a stylus, they blew it’, but I think that Samsung might have something to say about that. Their Galaxy Note range of devices have been hugely popular, and there’s no reason to suspect that the Galaxy Note 3 would be any different. We know that Samsung are going to unveil the Note 3 at IFA on September 4, but we don’t really know what the device will look like (other than that it will probably be made of plastic). ETrade Supply, a distributor of OEM parts, has listed the digitiser assembly for the[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on August 30, 2013 8 comments Phones, Rumours
Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab Kids… for kids!

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab Kids… for kids!

Not only do Samsung have a device to cover every existing market, they’re thinking up new markets to which they can tailor devices. Enter the Galaxy Tab Kids, a 7-inch, rubber-covered variant of the Galaxy Tab 3. The specs are not great, but really, they don’t need to be – 1.2 GHz dual-core processor 7-inch, 1024×600 resolution display (170PPI) 1 GB RAM 8 GB storage space with microSD card slot 3 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera 4,000mAh battery Samsung have decided to create a new UI overlay for the device, tailored specifically to children, with its own custom[Read More...]

by 4:21 PM on August 30, 2013 2 comments News, Tablets
Sony QX100 Lens attachment US pricing leaked.

Sony QX100 Lens attachment US pricing leaked.

If Sony’s external lens concept that has been leaking like a sieve has captured your attention, then the price may just make you baulk before reaching for your wallet. SonyAlphaRumours – the original source of the external lens attachment leak – is advising that the QX100, the higher end of the two lens attachments will be priced at US$450. They’ve also found pricing in New Taiwanese Dollar from Taiwanese site ePrice who is advising that they will cost – QX100 = NT$14,900 = AUD557.29 QX10 = NT$6,900 = AUD258.07 The AUD price is not taking into account a price hike[Read More...]

by 8:49 AM on August 30, 2013 7 comments Accessories