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Samsung exec confirms Note 3 and Galaxy Gear announcement at IFA

Samsung exec confirms Note 3 and Galaxy Gear announcement at IFA

Samsungs pre-IFA press event on September 4th will see at least two product releases accroding to Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, who has advised the Korea times that the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Galaxy Note 3 will indeed be launched at the event. Despite the existence of the Sony SmartWatch 2 and various Kickstarter launched Smartwatches like the Pebble, it’s the Galaxy Gear that has really fired imaginations of people interested in wearable computing. According to Lee Young-hee the watch has been in development for some time and Samsung has high hopes for the device, but[Read More...]

by 9:19 AM on August 28, 2013 4 comments Phones, Smartwatch
LG G Pad details firming up with leaked render and announcement video

LG G Pad details firming up with leaked render and announcement video

We first heard of a new LG Tablet called the G Pad in a rumour only a couple of weeks ago, now it seems that LG has begun teasing the upcoming tablet officially, releasing a video to YouTube where they ask people in the street – What would make a tablet just right for you? While we got a look at a nice logo and ideas on what LG are aiming for when releasing the G Pad, we didn’t actually see the tablet, but in a render from Korean blog MovePlayer, you can see the G Pad sized up against[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on August 28, 2013 2 comments News, Tablets
Sony teases their upcoming flagship in new promo video

Sony teases their upcoming flagship in new promo video

September 4th is nearly upon us and that means we’ll soon see what all the teases that have been coming out have been about. The video teaser shows off the upcoming phone which seems to depart from the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z in having a more chamfered edge making it a litle easier to hold. https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/372269294689591298 They’ve been pushing the #BestOfSony hashtag fairly heavily with these teases and at nearly six months since the launch of the Xperia Z, they’re almost due for a flagship refresh. With a rumoured Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5″ 1080P screen, 20MP camera with[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on August 28, 2013 0 comments News, Phones
Sony maintenance update for certain Xperia devices coming, new features added

Sony maintenance update for certain Xperia devices coming, new features added

Sony have confirmed via their blog, that a maintenance update for the Xperia S, Xperia SL and Xperia Arco S is coming soon and based on feedback, they have added some new features along with the usual performance and stability fixes. The following has been taken directly from the Sony blog website: For camera, we’ve… Addressed an abnormality in the white balance. Improved the “Quick Launch” button functionality. Smoothed out (1080p) video recording, minimizing lag. For apps, services & data, we’ve… Streamlined Exchange Active Sync, particularly when running an encrypted set-up. Boosted connection stability for 2G network data. Ensured preferences[Read More...]

by 7:42 AM on August 28, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News, OS Update, Phones
Rumour: Galaxy Note III to record 4K video and support Hi-Fi Sound

Rumour: Galaxy Note III to record 4K video and support Hi-Fi Sound

As each day passes, a new rumour surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note III seems to find its way to the surface of the internet adding to what we collectively believe Samsung will announce on September 4 at IFA in Berlin. According to a post on SamMobile, the upcoming Samsung phablet will be capable of 4K (UHD) video recording. It seems Samsung is trying to trying to match Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z1 (also known as Honami) which is rummoured to support 4K video recording capability. It has also been rumoured that the various Note III versions will be powered by the[Read More...]

by 7:32 AM on August 28, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
LG Optimus L9 II unveiled

LG Optimus L9 II unveiled

LG have today officially unveiled the Optimus L9 II in the Netherlands in which follows a leaked image of the device found its way onto the internet yesterday. The LG Optimus L9 II offers: 4.7-inch True HD IPS display Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor 2150 mAh battery Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 8MP shooter alongside 1.3MP front-facer (although this is yet to be confirmed) IR-port Now whilst the Optimus L9 II isn’t going to break any records in terms of high-end specifications, it certainly does look beautiful and does offer some fairly decent specs, given that the L series are normally reserved[Read More...]

by 7:52 PM on August 27, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News, Other, Phones
Samsung open registration for Samsung Dev Con

Samsung open registration for Samsung Dev Con

Samsung have continued to push their dominance of the Android smartphone market by announcing that they are now taking registrations for the Samsung Developers Conference. It’s Samsung’s first developers conference, the kind of event where traditionally other parties, like Apple and Google, have released new hardware products and services. The expectation is that Samsung will do exactly this, with new SDKs and features as well as some developers workshops for best practice on web app builds. The schedule for the conference is a huge undertaking for the manufacturing giant with 15 specific sessions on Mobile Development, 5 on enterprise and[Read More...]

by 6:03 PM on August 27, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News
BBM for Android, Coming to Samsung Galaxy devices first

BBM for Android, Coming to Samsung Galaxy devices first

As we reported a few days ago, BBM (or Blackberry Messenger) is confirmed for Android and it’s coming soon, but further information in the form of a leaked advert from Samsung has shown that the messaging platform is likely to land on the Samsung Galaxy range of devices before anything else. While it’s smart to hit the Galaxy range of devices first, given their ever increasing sales figures, surely given how long it’s taken already another month isn’t going to hurt any uptake of the messaging platform. One wonders whether allowing other platforms access to BBM is going to make[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on August 27, 2013 5 comments Apps
Google comments on local playback on Chromecast

Google comments on local playback on Chromecast

Yesterday was a pretty low day in terms of moral for Chromecast developers, the latest update to the Chromecast SDK closed a loophole that two developers have been using up until that stage to ‘cast’ local media files to the Chromecast, effectively killing development in its tracks. The Verge reached out to Google for comment on the situation and received a statement on the potential to bring local media streaming to Chromecast users : We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days[Read More...]

by 12:45 PM on August 27, 2013 3 comments Chromecast
Virgin Mobile release My Account app for Android

Virgin Mobile release My Account app for Android

Virgin Mobile has today announced their new Android App – My Account – is available to download from Google Play. The App, which is described in their Google Play description as an ‘initial release’ is primarily a usage meter. The app while fairly basic, does have some necessary features for Virgin Mobile customers, feature wise the My Account App for Android allows you to : Check your Virgin Mobile Australia mobile phone usage on the go. View your postpaid included value, excluded usage, rollover and data. View your prepaid credit and data balance. Switch between multiple mobile services. The App[Read More...]

by 12:29 PM on August 27, 2013 5 comments Apps, Carriers
Vodafone announces new Red Plans with emphasis on data as well as travel options

Vodafone announces new Red Plans with emphasis on data as well as travel options

Vodafone has today, finally announced the plans that were hinted at at the end of last month when they released sparse details on a new arrangement coming for customers who travel to overseas destinations, which would enable them to add a $5 a day charge to these new plans and allow them to operate in the UK, US and New Zealand. Red Plans In what appears to be an effort to clear the board of their old plans, the new post paid plans now on offer are called – Red $65, $80 and $100 – and include infinite national calls[Read More...]

by 11:59 AM on August 27, 2013 13 comments Carriers, News
LG Optimus L3 on-sale at Woolworths for $34.50 from Wednesday 28th of August

LG Optimus L3 on-sale at Woolworths for $34.50 from Wednesday 28th of August

The LG Optimus L3 is not your highest end device, but what it is, is a name brand phone from LG from the L-Series of devices which saw LG begin to re-establish their presence in the Australian landscape. Initially going on-sale with Telstra for $99, the Optimus L3 is now a year old and has already been superceded by the LG L3II, but at $34.50 – half its normal price – it’s a hard bargain to pass up. Spec wise it’s not going to wow, it’s internals include : 800MHz Processor 1GB RAM – 2GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Card[Read More...]

by 8:58 PM on August 26, 2013 4 comments Phones
Sony ‘Honami’ teased again – My what a big Eye you have.

Sony ‘Honami’ teased again – My what a big Eye you have.

If an Android based camera phone is what you want and the Galaxy S4 Zoom isn’t doing it for you then the lens being shown off on this latest teaser tweet from the Sony Xperia twitter account could tempt you into an Xperia phone very shortly. Have we captured your attention yet…? #bestofSony pic.twitter.com/FJ5zus1rWn — Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 26, 2013 As Adam our resident Sony Xperia fan said of this latest teaser ‘Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention’. With a rumoured 20MP camera capable of capturing 4K video, that lens is going to have[Read More...]

by 8:37 PM on August 26, 2013 3 comments Camera, Manufacturer, Phones