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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 becomes the official phone of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 becomes the official phone of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

Samsung and the International Olympic Committee have joined forces to make the Galaxy Note 3 the ‘official Olympics Games phone‘ for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The decision was a part of the initiative to make the Olympics the most wireless, seamless and paperless olympic games ever, and the Galaxy Note 3 is a device that is more than capable of making that happen. As a part of the initiative every athlete will be given a free Galaxy Note 3 to help capture and share their experience at the Olympics — so be sure to follow your[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on October 24, 2013 3 comments News, Phones
Moto G rumoured to be the Motorola DVX, a lower-end 4.5-inch Moto X

Moto G rumoured to be the Motorola DVX, a lower-end 4.5-inch Moto X

In September we say a device go through the FCC in America that was rumoured to be a 4.5-inch lower-end variant of the Moto X — a device which still hasn’t found its way to Australia — dubbed the Motorola DVX. Any further news on the device disappeared until recently when Motorola applied for a trademark on the term ‘Moto G’. Now appears that this is all the same device, the Moto G will be the low-end Moto X with its 4.5-inch LCD display (no AMOLED here), quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, and it’s likely to have dual-sim capabilities. So[Read More...]

by 10:52 AM on October 24, 2013 0 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung have sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units worldwide

Samsung have sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units worldwide

Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, has reportedly told Korean media outlets that his company has sold more than 40 million Galaxy S4 units around the world since its launch around 6 months ago. This number does not include variants of the device such as the Zoom, Active, and Mini — it does, however, include the 3G and 4G variants of the Galaxy S4. Sales have slowed for Samsung with only 5 million units reportedly shipped in August alone. The overall sales are still impressive nonetheless. The Galaxy S4 is yet to surpass the 50 million+ Galaxy S3 units which have sold[Read More...]

by 9:45 AM on October 24, 2013 1 comment News, Phones
Chromecast presentations from Google Drive now available to some

Chromecast presentations from Google Drive now available to some

The Chromecast is fairly limited in its use cases – for Australian users at least – with the only uses for the super cheap device being for Netflix, Hulu Plus(both unavailable in Australia) and Google services like YouTube, Play Movies and Play Music, but it appears that Google is extending functionality to include Presentations in Google Drive as well. Originally found by German Drive user Daniel Lohse he also noted that you need the current updated version of Chrome Dev as well as the Chromecast extension installed. The ‘Present on another Device’ now appears on Presentation docs in Google Drive[Read More...]

by 8:44 AM on October 24, 2013 6 comments Chromecast, ChromeOS
Lego Cuusoo project ‘Android Bugdroid’ will not be produced

Lego Cuusoo project ‘Android Bugdroid’ will not be produced

In August last year a project was submitted to Lego Cuusoo, for a Lego Android statue to be released as an official product. After achieving the minimum 10,000 votes representing potential customers back in February this year, the project went up for consideration by the Lego review board to be released as an official product but this morning it was announced that the project would not be going ahead. The announcement was made this morning through a video which announced the successful project that will next be produced would be the ExoSuit : Project lead for the ‘Andy/Bugdroid the Android[Read More...]

by 8:06 AM on October 24, 2013 1 comment Other
iPin – a laser pointer that fits snuggly inside your Headphone jack coming to Android next year

iPin – a laser pointer that fits snuggly inside your Headphone jack coming to Android next year

The Pressy Kickstarter campaign proved there was a demand out there for alterntative uses for your 3.5mm Headphone jack when not being used for listening to audio, and a company called Conary Enterprise has released a laser pointer accessory called iPin that fits into the 3.5mm jack as well. The laser pointer fits snuggly into the headphone jack, sitting almost flush with the phone chasis. The small part that sits above the chasis is actually used as a safety switch which allows the iPin to be twisted 90° to an off position that means that even if activated accidentally from[Read More...]

by 7:20 AM on October 24, 2013 5 comments Accessories
Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

Samsung advises list of devices that will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear at IFA in September, the compatability was limited to Samsung Galaxy devices and at that a limited selection, limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1(2014 Edition) initially, but they advised that an update would come soon to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II in October. The rollout has begun for the Galaxy S4 – at least in Germany – but the other devices will be coming soon and Samsung has now extended the list of devices that will receive an update to be include compatibility[Read More...]

by 7:04 PM on October 23, 2013 1 comment OS Update
HTC factories slowing production according to report, but not according to HTC

HTC factories slowing production according to report, but not according to HTC

It hasn’t been the best of years for HTC, announcing their first ever operating loss earlier this month, after first announcing some issues sourcing parts and it appears that sales may not have improved yet according to a Reuters report that’s just been released. According to Reuters who claim that they have seen at least one of four factories operated by HTC closed during a visit to the former headquarters of the company in Taoyuan, outside of the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. The reporter from Reuters found the loading docks closed and a sign on the lobby door which said[Read More...]

by 5:30 PM on October 23, 2013 14 comments Manufacturer
Curved screen LG G Flex revealed in leaked photos and video

Curved screen LG G Flex revealed in leaked photos and video

The war on curved screens started with the Samsung Galaxy Round, but is set to continue with another phone expected to be released next month from another Korean manufacturer LG. While the Galaxy Round is curved on the vertical axis, the LG G Flex will be curved on the horizontal plane, reminiscent of the Nexus S. The G Flex first showed up on Engadget, where they confirmed with their sources that the phone would come with a 6″ screen. Now TheVerge has received some updated information in the form of pics and a hands-on video from Argentinian site telefenoticias, who[Read More...]

by 2:54 PM on October 23, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
HTC announces the Desire 300 available exclusively from Telstra

HTC announces the Desire 300 available exclusively from Telstra

Telstra and HTC are bringing the HTC Desire brand back to where it all started. After launching the original HTC Desire back in April 2010, Telstra are continuing with the brand, by launching the HTC Desire 300. The HTC Desire 300 is aimed as an entry level device, but still includes a nicely sized 4.3″ screen and is being positioned in the Telstra pre-paid line-up as a great Christmas present. 4.3″WVGA(800×480) Resolution Screen 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 SoC 512MB RAM 4GB On-Board storage with microSD Card Slot 5MP Rear Camera with AF and VGA Front-Facing camera Bluetooth® 4.0 with[Read More...]

by 12:37 PM on October 23, 2013 18 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Google buys FlexyCore to improve Android performance

Google buys FlexyCore to improve Android performance

Despite making considerable improvements to performance with Android 4.1’s Project Butter, it seems Google aren’t quite done yet. French website L’Expansion are reporting that Google have acquired FlexyCore, a French startup, for €16.9 million (about US $23.1 million). FlexyCore are the developers behind droidBooster, an ‘Android accelerator’ that generates highly-optimised Dalvik code, claiming to improve the performance of an Android device by 10 times. It is said to do this without any negative impact on battery life. A spokesman for Google France is quoted as saying that FlexyCore has already been integrated into their teams to work to optimise the[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on October 23, 2013 3 comments News
Google Play updated to version 4.4, adds slide out navigation drawer

Google Play updated to version 4.4, adds slide out navigation drawer

The lead up to the launch of Android 4.4 has seen a major component of Google’s monetisation of the platform also see an update to version 4.4 – Google Play Store. An update to Google Play which is rolling out now adds minimal new functions but does bring the app more into line with the other apps in the Google stable of apps by finally introducing the slide-out navigation drawer. The new navigation drawer now makes the Android App look and feel very much like the interface on the web version of Google Play. Android Police have kindly provided a[Read More...]

by 10:16 AM on October 23, 2013 2 comments Apps
Samsung looking to make only genuine accessories usable on future Smartphones

Samsung looking to make only genuine accessories usable on future Smartphones

Over the last couple of years, there have been a number of incidents with third party accessories – specifically batteries – causing issues(exploding) with smartphones, Samsung as one of the largest manufacturers has certainly born the brunt of the PR blowback as their products have been involved on a number of occasions, but Samsung is possibly looking to implement a new policy to fight this by ensuring that only ‘official’ Samsung accessories are used on their future Smartphones. According to a report from Korean news site ETNews Samsung could be looking to embed a ‘chip’ of some description into their[Read More...]

by 9:14 AM on October 23, 2013 20 comments Accessories, NFC, Rumours