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Rumour: Samsung to release 12-inch Galaxy Note in October

Rumour: Samsung to release 12-inch Galaxy Note in October

The evidence for this rumour is sketchy at best, but according to the Korea Economic Daily, Samsung are getting ready to release a 12.2-inch Android tablet. Considering that you can now buy a Samsung Galaxy device in any size from 4-inches to 11.6 inches, the rumour itself doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. Both a 10″ and a 12.2″ Galaxy Note tablet were tipped by @evleaks in late July, indicting that they would carry an Exynos 5 Octa CPU in the 12.2″ tablet and a Snapdragon 800 processor in the 10″ tablet. User Agent Profiles(UAProf) were found for an[Read More...]

by 5:40 PM on August 21, 2013 4 comments Rumours, Tablets
Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Look at the right-hand side of that image. That’s a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and hot on the heels of Optus’ announcement yesterday that the Galaxy S4 Mini would launch supporting their new 4G/LTE networks, Telstra has also announced that it will be ranging the Galaxy S4 Mini too. There’s not an awful lot of information on Telstra’s Exchange blog on the subject, beyond a little bit of an overview of the specs, and some touting of Telstra’s 4G network as being the best (though we’re not so sure about that anymore). Telstra does have an expression of interest form,[Read More...]

by 4:02 PM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Woolworths confirm Google Play Gift Cards on-sale Monday 26th of August

Woolworths confirm Google Play Gift Cards on-sale Monday 26th of August

After yesterday receiving a tip that Google Play Gift Cards would be going on-sale on Monday, Ausdroid has spoken with Woolworths directly about the Gift Cards and received confirmation. A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed that Google Play Gift Cards in $20, $30 and $50 denominations and would be on-sale at both Woolworths and Big W from Monday the 26th of August. Woolworths will be the exclusive supermarket retailer of Google Play Gift Cards and BIG W will be the exclusive discount department store to carry the Gift Cards. With regards to selling the gift cards, Woolworths advised : Customers at Woolworths[Read More...]

by 3:52 PM on August 21, 2013 12 comments Google Play, News
MHL 3.0 to deliver double the bandwidth, infiinite possibilities.

MHL 3.0 to deliver double the bandwidth, infiinite possibilities.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is a technology allowing you to link your mobile or tablet to an HD screen for HD Media playback. While the standard is still in development and revision 2.0 has certainly added a lot of functionality to it’s predecessor. Now version 3.0 has arrived and give some great new features including the ability to broadcast to multiple displays simultaneously, 7.1 surround sound and of course compatibility with previous versions. The press release details the MHL 3.0 specification capabilities: 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p 30fps Simultaneous high-speed data channel Improved Remote Control[Read More...]

by 2:38 PM on August 21, 2013 2 comments Accessories, News
Oppo Find 5 — Review

Oppo Find 5 — Review

That display and the audio, does the rest of the phone hold up? Late last year, Oppo announced their latest flagship device, the Find 5 and over the last few weeks, I have been putting it through its paces and seeing what I thought of this 5 inch phone. As smartphones increase in size, more and more companies are releasing phones at or above the 5 inch mark. Oppo decided that a 5 inch phone needed to have a resolution higher than 720p and instead went with a class leading 1080p display which we are now seeing in most of[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
LG announce 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 Smartphone screen

LG announce 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 Smartphone screen

If the sight of the letters QHD makes you think 960×540 resolution screens, prepare to re-think those perceptions. LG has just announced a 5.5″ QHD panel for Smartphones with a 2560×1440 resolution meaning that QHD now stands for Quad HD – or four times as many pixels as displayed on a 720P HDTV. The panel measures only 1.21mm thick, making it a millimeter thinner than their last screen – announced only a month ago which was 2.2mm thick and had a resolution of a comparitively small 1920×1080. The new panel is packing 538ppi and has a brightness of 430 nits.[Read More...]

by 1:37 PM on August 21, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer
Android 4.2.2 update for Vodafone HTC One is now rolling out

Android 4.2.2 update for Vodafone HTC One is now rolling out

After delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One to ensure that customers would not be charged for the data, Vodafone has advised that the update is now available. The Vodafone Blog has updated to advise that the update will be preceded by a 1.5MB update which will then enable the larger Android 4.2.2 update to proceed. The update is staggered, so you will receive a notification to update OTA ‘at some point over the next few weeks’ but to check manually go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check for Updates. While no specifics have[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on August 21, 2013 1 comment Carriers, OS Update
Unofficial video of the Galaxy Gear Watch shows us what could be

Unofficial video of the Galaxy Gear Watch shows us what could be

Samsung has, of late, been leaking information about their upcoming devices like a rusty old bucket; the Galaxy Note III, the Galaxy Mega range of phones, the S4 Mini, the S4 Active and now the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. We’ve seen some initial images and renders of the device last week, now it seems that more information has appeared including an unofficial video render of the device and what it could be capable of. Is the Smart Watch the next must have device, niche device or fad? Let us know what you think in the comments below

by 12:38 PM on August 21, 2013 3 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Asus announce the MeMO Pad FHD 10

Asus announce the MeMO Pad FHD 10

After announcing the smaller MeMO Pad FHD 7, just the other day, Asus has now announced the 10″ version the Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 is available in Australia from authorised for $399. Interestingly, the MeMO Pad FHD 10 will contain an Intel based CPU the Dual-Core Atom Z2560 Clovertrail. The MeMO Pad FHD 10 is available in Silk White with 32GB of on-board storage as well as a microSD Card slot for memory expansion. The Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 includes 10.1″ LED-backlit WUXGA (1920 x 1200) with IPS Display 178° viewing angles 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 CPU 2GB[Read More...]

by 12:33 PM on August 21, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
‘Fling’ media files to Chromecast from PC with new app

‘Fling’ media files to Chromecast from PC with new app

Fling is the latest in a string of applications designed to stream content to Google’s Chromecast device. Fling is a Java application (so it will work on pretty much every platform) that streams media content directly to Chromecast from your PC. Technically, it is possible to do this anyway, but it requires opening the video or song you want to stream in a Chrome tab, and then casting that tab to the device. Fling does away with that nonsense though, allowing for media to be dragged-and-dropped into the application, whereupon it will begin streaming to the Chromecast. Also, Fling uses[Read More...]

by 12:31 PM on August 21, 2013 5 comments Apps, Chromecast, News
Google+ translate rolling out now

Google+ translate rolling out now

If you’re an active Google+ user it’s likely you’re following some sporting teams, celebrities or sites that have multinational following. An obvious result of this is comments being in French, German, Italian, Chinese or any number of other languages. The problem here is while Google Translate is brilliant and generally very accurate (There have been some notable exceptions to this) at translating languages, it will only do one per page. A new function that is being rolled out gradually to Google+ users, is a translate button, which will start appearing under G+ comments that are not in your default language.[Read More...]

by 11:39 AM on August 21, 2013 0 comments News
Live Connected — Service Review

Live Connected — Service Review

These days with the three mainstream phone service providers offering less and less true useful value in their plans, the chase is on for the many other providers (Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs for short) to get your business.   These MVNOs purchase their underlying services from the big three carriers (Telstra, Optus or Vodafone), with the majority these days using Optus. There are quite a number of MVNOs, such as Boost, Amaysim, Virgin, Vaya, ALDIMobile to name a few, and Live Connected is another of this same crop. Where MVNOs fit — given they resell someone else’s underlying[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on August 21, 2013 7 comments Carriers, Reviews
EISA Awards, The winner is – Android

EISA Awards, The winner is – Android

The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards were held last week and Android devices featured heavily amongst the winners, taking away a total of 7 of the awards on offer. The awards recognised innovation, technology advancements, best of, consumer awards as well as a host of other categories. HTC One, Advanced Smartphone of the year The HTC One has a list of specs that at this point in time is second to none, features to make life easier and software to make the phone simple to use. While there is some stiff competition, there’s no doubt that the HTC[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Tablets