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Optus begins offering upgraded 3G service and 4G to Wollongong

Optus begins offering upgraded 3G service and 4G to Wollongong

After announcing an expansion of their 4G services in Adelaide last night, Otpus has today announced that they have turned on 4G services in the ‘Gong’ as well as releasing details on upgrades to their existing 3G network. Customers will now be able to access the Optus 4G network at five mobile sites in central Wollongong and Optus has announced that they will be performing extensive network upgrades in the greater Illawarra area in the next six months. Over the next six months customers with a 4G-ready mobile device in these areas will begin seeing 4G services switched on :[Read More...]

by 8:42 PM on July 10, 2013 3 comments Carriers, News
Google slowly rolling out new version of Google Maps with refreshed UI, download it here

Google slowly rolling out new version of Google Maps with refreshed UI, download it here

Google has today started a slow roll out of a new version of Google Maps which includes a refreshed UI similar to that of the Google Maps Desktop Preview and the latest version on iOS. It’s very clean and, so far, simple to navigate around. There’s nothing really groundbreaking to tell you about, so we recommend you just download it for yourself now (Android 4.1 and 4.2 only for now) or wait for the official roll out for your specific device via Google Play. Download Android 4.2: Download .APK Android 4.1+: Download .APK In our quick play around with the[Read More...]

by 3:44 PM on July 10, 2013 12 comments Apps, News
Accessory Review: Mongrel Glass – Galaxy S4 Screen Protector

Accessory Review: Mongrel Glass – Galaxy S4 Screen Protector

Screen protectors are becoming an important addition to the modern smartphone. As screens get bigger, the price of repairing a smashed screen goes up. In many cases, the price of a new screen seems at odds with the overall price you’ve paid for the device, but you’ll grin and bear it because it’s still cheaper than getting a new phone. Mongrel Glass, from Melbourne-based Android specialists Mongrel Phones, is not your average screen protector. The most obvious differentiator that sticks out is the price: it’ll set you back $45 – about 4 times the price of your average plastic screen[Read More...]

by 3:35 PM on July 10, 2013 15 comments Accessories, Reviews
Google to expand Gift Card availability to Australia, Canada, Japan and beyond

Google to expand Gift Card availability to Australia, Canada, Japan and beyond

We’ve recently seen a form of Google Play Gift Cards roll out in Australia in a limited capacity in what appears to be an exclusive arrangement with Telstra that gives a $50 Gift Card to new contract holders. New job listings from Google show that they’re looking to expand Gift Cards not only to Australia, but Canada and beyond. The first advertisement on the Google Jobs page is for a Mountain View, CA based position – a Retail Partner Manager, with ‘Knowledge of Canadian and/or Australian markets and retail landscape’ and mentions that ‘Experience in gift card segment and/or digital[Read More...]

by 3:03 PM on July 10, 2013 8 comments Google Play, News
Nexus 7 (32GB Wi-Fi) on sale at Dick Smith today for $199

Nexus 7 (32GB Wi-Fi) on sale at Dick Smith today for $199

If you’re after an affordable tablet that’s going to get future updates for Android super quick, then hit up your local Dick Smith (or online). Today they have the 32GB Wi-Fi model on sale for $199 — a full $100 less than the Play Store, and $60 under Kogan’s pricing. As far as we know the sale is limited to today only, so you best get in quick.

by 1:43 PM on July 10, 2013 3 comments Google Play, News, Tablets
LG Optimus G2 gets shown off early in semi-clear photos and video

LG Optimus G2 gets shown off early in semi-clear photos and video

LG’s upcoming flagship device, the Optimus G2, has found its way onto the internet in some new kind-of-clear photos and a video. They show a very large display, rumored to be 5.2-inch thanks to its small bezel. LG have opted for on-screen buttons which is all well and good, but they appear to have a menu key instead of a multitasking button which seems weird. Specs for the Optimus G2 include that 5.2-inch display with a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, and what we’re hoping is a very large battery to keep this thing alive for[Read More...]

by 1:37 PM on July 10, 2013 6 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Google has provided OEMs with a fix for the 99% vulnerability

Google has provided OEMs with a fix for the 99% vulnerability

You may recall all the kerfuffle about the possible vulnerability found by security group Blue Security that allowed malicious apps to circumvent the app verification process. So it can change the contents of an app while leaving a pre-existing app signature intact. The harm being that a well known app could be changed by hackers and side-loaded onto peoples Android devices allowing them to run any malicious code they’ve added into it. Thankfully this hasn’t turned into a widespread issue, with Samsung already patching the problem on their devices. Google on their part have announced that they provided OEMs between[Read More...]

by 1:23 PM on July 10, 2013 1 comment News
Samsung Galaxy Note III UAPROF pops up on Samsung’s website, confirms 1080p display

Samsung Galaxy Note III UAPROF pops up on Samsung’s website, confirms 1080p display

What you’re looking at above is the official UAPROF (User Agent Profile) for the Samsung Galaxy Note III. A UAPROF is used by content providers on the web to create content suitable to that device. So in the UAPROF for the Galaxy Note III we find that it will indeed have a 1920 x 1080p display. As for the size of the display, it’s rumoured to be around 5.7-inches. Other rumoured specs include Android 4.2.2, a 13MP camera, 3GB of RAM, thickness below that of the Galaxy S4 (7.4mm), a sizeable battery, and a quad or octa core CPU depending[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on July 10, 2013 0 comments Phones, Rumours
Moto X won’t be unveiled at July 11 event

Moto X won’t be unveiled at July 11 event

While it was rumoured that on July 11th Motorola would unveil the new Moto X, Google has stepped in to squash those rumours, telling Android Police that a select 50 or so ‘friends’ of Motorola employee Guy Kawasaki are attending a private function. So it turns out we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see exactly what Motorola is working on, though it’s very likely that these 50 or so ‘friends’ are going to get a glimpse of what’s to come. Perhaps we’ll see Android 4.3 launch alongside the Moto X as well as being pushed out[Read More...]

by 1:51 AM on July 10, 2013 2 comments News, Phones
Vodafone flips the switch on 4G for new customers

Vodafone flips the switch on 4G for new customers

Last month we brought you our exclusive preview of Vodafone’s new 4G network, and boy was it fast. At the time, and for the last month or so, the network has been restricted to existing Vodafone customers with 4G capable handsets; new customers have not been able to access the 4G network. That is, until now. As of today, Vodafone has flipped the switch on its 4G network (so to speak) allowing new and upgrading customers to have access to their new network for the first time. These users should, hopefully, be in for a nice surprise — when we[Read More...]

by 12:05 AM on July 10, 2013 10 comments Carriers, News
Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus is on the move in Adelaide, they’ve announced today that they’ve added some more towers to their network. After turning on 4G in the Adelaide CBD back in December they’ve added an additional 25 4G towers which are now available to Optus 4G customers. Existing 3G customers haven’t been forgotten either, with Optus announcing that they’ve upgraded 150 of their 3G sites to provide stronger 3G signals and better indoor coverage. After turning on these towers, Optus 4G is now available in parts of : Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. Inner-east and south-east suburbs including Hackney, Kent Town, Norwood,[Read More...]

by 8:31 PM on July 9, 2013 3 comments Carriers, News
HTC Australia using Shazam to give away a HTC One

HTC Australia using Shazam to give away a HTC One

If you really love the look of the new HTC One but can’t quite afford it, then HTC Australia is giving you the chance to win one by using Shazam on their commercial. If you’re quick you can load up Shazam on your phone and use it to scan the commercial while it’s playing on TV and get the URL to enter your details or, if you’re like me, you’re way too slow so you’ll want this : When you Shazam the commercial, Shazam will interpret the commercial to give you a couple of URLs : Clicking on the ‘Win[Read More...]

by 8:11 PM on July 9, 2013 1 comment Competition, Giveaway
Motorola X-Phone to Feature “Clear Pixel” Camera Technology

Motorola X-Phone to Feature “Clear Pixel” Camera Technology

While the Motorola X Phone still remains a phone known only by rumours, speculation and innuendo, just when you thought every single specification had been covered by the rumours another new one arrives.  This one involves the camera the X-Phone is said to be sporting.  Taylor Wimberly of Android And Me fame has made a statement on Google+  that “Moto X will feature a Clear Pixel Camera with gesture controls.” The X-Phone is rumoured to have a 10MP camera which many of us thought is be strange considering most manufacturers have gone from 8MP to 13MP cameras, with nothing in[Read More...]

by 10:38 AM on July 9, 2013 6 comments News, Rumours