Samsung's Australian PR company this morning announced that the Korean electronics giant will exit the Australian market prior to the release of the Galaxy S 4 and will not bring the device to Australia. In a short statement released to the press, Samsung noted that it "doesn't like any of the Australian carrier logos, nor the locals' pronunciation of 'kimchi'" and that it did not want to invest time and resources in "optimising the Galaxy S 4's gyroscope to handle being carried in a kangaroo pouch". While this is disappointing news, it's understandable given Australians' increasing preference for kangaroo-powered... Continue reading
LG has struggled in the last few years with their smartphone attempts, but since the release of the L Series as pre-paid offerings, they've begun to show signs of life in the Australian market. Last year they took the number two pre-paid manufacturer spot, showing a strong intention to reign supreme in the Australian market. The Australian launch of the Optimus G as a post-paid (on-contract) device on the Telstra 4G network marks their return as a premium quality, high end brand in... Continue readingIs the Optimus G just the Nexus 4 with LTE, or something better?
Facebook recently sent out invites to their press event that is taking place on April 4, which has set the rumour mill ablaze once more. Initially, folks were going crazy over what was said to be the mythical 'Facebook phone', but after actually thinking about it, it seems the internet's consensus is that Facebook have created a replacement launcher that is said to place Facebook front and centre on your device (much like HTC's BlinkFeed). This actually makes a lot more sense, because really, who would buy a phone because it has Facebook? Instead, Facebook offer all... Continue reading
If you're looking for a phone that you can take apart and put back together, do not buy the HTC One. HTC's latest smartphone has gotten a reputation for its solid construction and beautiful industrial design, but according to iFixit, it is 'nearly impossible' to perform simple repairs such as replacing a damaged screen. Apparently, the display assembly cannot be accessed without removing the back cover and all of the phone's internals, the battery is buried beneath the motherboard and is glued to the phone's midframe. There is also copper shielding on many components, reassembly of which has been... Continue reading
It seems that the hackers favourite friend, the Nexus 4, has recently ducked out for a bit of a nip and tuck. German site Mobiflip noticed a couple of changes to the Nexus 4 they received that while seemingly minor may make a significant difference. I say "may make a significant difference" as there has not been any announcements from either LG or Google as to the reasons for the changes. Speculation of the reason for them is rife on the Internet, as is often the case. The first change -- a phone with nipples? The new version... Continue reading
One of the aesthetic differences HTC have made to Android in their fifth iteration of Sense is the replacement of the regular weight Roboto with Roboto Condensed. I happen to really like the look of the condensed font and so I set out to make the same change on my HTC One X with CM10.1. I came across an update.zip over at XDA-Developers that replaces the default system font with Roboto Condensed. Your phone must have a custom recovery installed, and although the thread is for the Galaxy Nexus, it does work fine on other devices. But... Continue reading
The Samsung machine is at it again. Creating more news for all of us to inhale, digest, or ignore depending on your preference. Overnight several little snippets were released, however none by by Samsung themselves. Qualcomm on the Galaxy S4 camera First cab of the rank is a retraction by Qualcomm that the S4's rear camera does not in fact capture 1080p video at 60fps. In a blog post by Qualcomm about the Galaxy S4 carrying onboard the Snapdragon 600 processors in some countries they stated as such as seen below in a screen capture of the blog post. While... Continue reading
The latest Chromebook to hit Australia has arrived in Harvey Norman, retailing for $398 the HP Pavillion 14(C001TU) is starting to reach into the more premium end of the Chromebook spectrum. With a spec list that includes a large 14" display it's more suited to those who require the extra screen real estate, although at 1366x768 it retains the same resolution as the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks already on-sale. Specs From the HP Website also confirm what is on the Harvey Norman Website that the HP Pavillion 14 is now running a 320GB... Continue reading