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Samsung’s new Region Locks apply only to first activation

Samsung’s new Region Locks apply only to first activation

As previously reported, in an attempt to stamp out “grey imports” of its devices, Samsung appears to have introduced a policy of region locking its phones. The term “grey import” refers to the practice of purchasing a product overseas, usually online, then getting it shipped to you. If the value of the product is under $1000, you avoid any duty, sales tax, or GST in Australia, making the price much more attractive than if you were to buy from an Australian store. We’ve seen that Galaxy Note 3 devices purchased from Europe and the Americas have stickers indicating that they are[Read More...]

by 1:40 PM on September 28, 2013 25 comments Manufacturer, News
Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Android 4.3 Update coming soon for Galaxy S III, S 4 and Note II

Reports from SamMobile suggest that three of the biggest Samsung devices of the last 18 months will be receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates in a matter of weeks. The volume, frequency and accuracy of SamMobile’s information in the past suggests they’ve got inside sources at Samsung, so when they talk about software updates, we listen. According to the site, the Galaxy S4 will receive the update in early- to mid-October, followed by the Galaxy S III in late October / early November, and the Galaxy Note II in late November / early December. Of course, these will likely hit[Read More...]

by 1:25 PM on September 28, 2013 11 comments News, OS Update, Rumours
HTC sells final stake in Beats by Dre for $256 Million cash injection

HTC sells final stake in Beats by Dre for $256 Million cash injection

Cash strapped HTC have accepted an offer from Beats by Dre to purchase back the remaining 25% stake that remained from the original 50% stake they purchased back in August 2011. HTC initially purchased a stake in Beats worth $300 Million for 50.1% of Beats by Dre, but a year later Beats purchased half of that stake back leaving HTC with a 25% share in the audio company. When Beats decided during the northern summer to expand into more consumer electronics such as car stereos and higher end stereo equipment as well as a music streaming service, the rumour began[Read More...]

by 9:20 PM on September 27, 2013 9 comments Accessories, News
Australia Post comments on concerns over no-root requirement in their Parcel Send App

Australia Post comments on concerns over no-root requirement in their Parcel Send App

After Australia Post launched their new Parcel Send app last month, users rushed to install the app but a number of them found they were not allowed to run the app. The reason? Their phones were rooted. We approached Australia Post about this at the time, and they advised they couldn’t set up a meeting with their digital content manager, but could pass on feedback. With a current 2.2 rating in Google Play and 16 out of the 25 reviews left giving a one-star rating, we thought that the feedback was sent loud and clear. It’s apparent that some people[Read More...]

by 6:16 PM on September 27, 2013 16 comments News
AFL App for Google Glass to launch next season, NRL App coming too

AFL App for Google Glass to launch next season, NRL App coming too

While Google Glass hasn’t officially hit Australia for Glass Explorers and even Google have not announced a release date for a retail version of Glass, it seems that Telstra is launching Australia’s first dedicated sports app or ‘Glassware’ for Google Glass – AFL Glassware, advising that it will be available for fans to view the football next season, there is also an NRL version of the App in the works too. The App, which is designed by local developer Seventh Beam will allow fans to follow live match commentary through the bone conduction speaker built-in to Glass, as well as[Read More...]

by 12:09 PM on September 27, 2013 11 comments Apps, Glass
HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

The latest Vodafone Software update Blog advises that Galaxy Note II owners will finally be able to use the HD Voice feature that was rolled out to the Vodafone network began trialling back in June. While some customers have been able to use this update on their modified Galaxy Note II by changing the build prop, official support has just arrived. The update, which is outlined in it’s own blog entry on the Vodafone support site advises that the 1.86GB Update is now available to download via Kies – there is no OTA update. You’ll need Samsung’s desktop software Kies[Read More...]

by 11:56 AM on September 27, 2013 6 comments Carriers, OS Update
Google Now will now sync notifications across Android and iOS

Google Now will now sync notifications across Android and iOS

Google is continuing to push updates to its core services, this time a welcome update to Google Now across both Android and iOS. The new update will allow notifications to be synced across both platforms, so if you were to ask Google Now on your iPhone to remind you to buy milk on the way home, that same reminder would also appear on your Android devices as well. A small overall change, but one that makes the experience more fluid for users. Mobile results from Google will now be much cleaner and simpler with results now put onto cards so[Read More...]

by 10:54 AM on September 27, 2013 0 comments Apps, News
Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

Facebook for Android updated; allows you to edit your posts and comments, post icons in your statuses

Facebook has updated their Android app today adding only a few new bits and pieces likely to be appreciate by frequent users. You can now edit your posts and comments and review previous changes you made to them in case you need to edit your top-quality jokes when you stuff up the punchline. Also added is the functionality to post icons in status updates, such as how you’re feeling, what you’re watching/reading/listening to, etc. You can also now see upcoming events for your favourite pages. For users of the Facebook for Android Beta, there’s very little in this update that[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on September 27, 2013 3 comments Apps, News
Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

Ookla updates Speedtest.net application with new neon UI

Ookla, the company behind the popular Speedtest.net website and application, has updated their Speedtest app for Android bringing with it a new neon-inspired UI which is likely to divide users. Speedtest.net is widely used for testing the speed and quality of your internet connection whether it be over the mobile network or Wi-Fi connection. We’ve noticed a few quirks with the app in its current version; sharing a speedtest to Twitter will attempt to create a 600+ character tweet. Hopefully in a future update it will let you share an image of your speedtest like you can do on the[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on September 27, 2013 6 comments Apps, News
Ausdroid Podcast 88 – September 24, 2013

Ausdroid Podcast 88 – September 24, 2013

Welcome to the 88th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason returned from abroad and was joined by Phil and Darren to discuss the week’s local and overseas Android news. Topics: Galaxy S4 Active Review Latest on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear CyanogenMod, Cyanogen Inc Oppo N1 No Android BBM from BlackBerry this week iMessage Chat Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email, or leave a comment below.

by 7:04 AM on September 27, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

Earlier this evening Jason and I attended the Sony Mobile event in Sydney and spent some hands-on time with some of Sony’s new smartphones and accessories. On show were the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Smartwatch 2, the QX10 lens-camera plus other accessories and gadgets. The Xperia Z1 is intended to ‘create’ media with its 1/2.3-inch lens camera and the Z Ultra to ‘consume’ media with its gorgeous 6.44″ display. As we reported previously the Xperia Z1 will be available from Optus, Virgin and Telstra while the Xperia Z Ultra will be available through Optus only. Aside from having a[Read More...]

by 10:08 PM on September 26, 2013 7 comments News
Google Talk bug sees messages sent to unintended recipients

Google Talk bug sees messages sent to unintended recipients

Google Talk is a heavily used application, while it’s been updated for the most part to Google Hangouts, it seems that there are still users out there using the older style platform and as of this afternoon, when those users attempted to contact users using hangouts, their messages have gone astray and been received by users not intended. The team at ZDNet has found multiple instances of GChat issues when doing a search on Twitter and it seems to be affecting mainly the GChat client as opposed to Hangouts – all the more reason to upgrade to Hangouts – but[Read More...]

by 8:55 PM on September 26, 2013 14 comments Apps
Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

Big W begins selling eBooks – DRM Protected with Adobe ID

If you’re a fan of reading then you’re probably all up in the eBook space and always on the look out for the next best place to get a great deal, especially if you go though books at the speed at which I do, now Big W has just announced that they’re selling eBooks. You’ll need to sign up to two places in order to get access to Big W books, firstly you’ll need an account with Big W/Woolworths, my Everyday Rewards account apparently is all I need to begin purchasing, otherwise you’ll be prompted to join up. The next[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on September 26, 2013 8 comments Uncategorized