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Vodafone announce the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 with Cat 4 LTE

Vodafone announce the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 with Cat 4 LTE

Vodafone is today putting two new smartphones up, the HTC One Mini is now available to pre-order, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat 4 LTE is now available via Vodafone stores, Vodafone’s e-Store and Vodafone’s call centre. Katie Turkal, General Manager of Devices at Vodafone says We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers these two new impressive smartphones on our lightning-fast 4G network. The HTC One mini and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 with 4G Cat 4 are very welcome additions to our range because both allow our customers to access superfast data speeds. Not only do[Read More...]

by 9:03 AM on September 25, 2013 4 comments News
Google pulls questionable iMessage Chat app from Play Store

Google pulls questionable iMessage Chat app from Play Store

People who have come across to Android from an iOS platform may have wanted a means to use Apple’s proprietary iMessage system to communicate with their iOS-wielding friends, and may have thought that the arrival of a working iMessage app on the Play Store was a godsend. Most things that seem too good to be true often are, and this probably was. Computerworld reports this morning that Google has removed the app from the Play Store for violating store policies. iMessage Chat came under fire earlier this week from other app developers keen to work out how the app did[Read More...]

by 8:25 AM on September 25, 2013 5 comments Apps, Google Play
HTC facing parts shortages for One Mini pointing to possible poor Q3 results

HTC facing parts shortages for One Mini pointing to possible poor Q3 results

HTC is that company that most Android fans keep rooting for, even in the face of some truly terrible financial results in their last few financial reports and it appears from a report from Reuters that their woes are not yet at an end. Citing sources familiar with the matter who advise that HTC is looking to post its first net loss this quarter, mostly due to issues with the HTC One Mini. Design difficulties have led to casing shortages which could contribute to the company not meeting expected shipping targets of 200,000 devices per month. The HTC One Mini[Read More...]

by 2:11 AM on September 25, 2013 0 comments News, Rumours
Good Deal: Buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 from Big W and get a $50 Google Play Gift Card

Good Deal: Buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 from Big W and get a $50 Google Play Gift Card

The new weekly catalogues for retailers are rolling out across Australia and Big W’s latest catalogue which begins on Thursday has a pretty good deal – Purchase the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Wi-Fi for $368 and receive a $50 Google Play Gift Card as a bonus. The Galaxy Tab range of tablets seems to be positioned as Samsung’s budget line, with the Note series usually specced and priced towards a higher end market, but that doesn’t mean that they are under-powered. Spec wise, the Galaxy Tab 3 is running a dual-core Intel Z2560 CPU and comes with 16GB[Read More...]

by 11:54 PM on September 24, 2013 3 comments Deal
Telstra drops pricing on international data packs

Telstra drops pricing on international data packs

The recent focus on the cost of mobile data and calls by both Optus and Vodafone have seemingly forced Telstra to look at their own data pricing, with the largest Telco in Australia advising that from the 14th of October they will introduce some new ‘cheaper’ options. Whilst not as outrageously expensive as their current data pack offerings, which sees you charged $29 for just 20MB of data, the new Casual Traveler Data Packs now provide five times the data at the same price, although all the packs have a 30 day expiry on them : $29 for 100MB to[Read More...]

by 11:27 PM on September 24, 2013 7 comments Carriers, News
Android Device Manager adds remote device locking to its repertoire

Android Device Manager adds remote device locking to its repertoire

After going live back in early August, Android Device Manager hasn’t received any extra functionality – although the ability to remotely call, wipe and track your device is pretty handy. Well, it seems that Google has updated Android Device Manager giving you the ability to remotely lock your device and change the password. Given that my phone is never more than a metre away from me, I tend not to use any password or lock screen protection – unlike my tablets which all use swipe patterns – so if perchance someone did happen to get my phone then they would[Read More...]

by 10:58 PM on September 24, 2013 4 comments News
Android Kit Kat bars landing in Australian Woolworths stores now.

Android Kit Kat bars landing in Australian Woolworths stores now.

The Android themed Kit Kat bars that Google and Nestlé have teamed up to supply as a promotion for the next version of Android to be released, are starting to roll into Australian Woolworths stores now. Whirlpool user julian-h advised a few hours ago that he had spotted the bars : Android co-branded Kit Kat bars spotted “in the wild” at Woolworths Ashgrove (Brisbane). I guess the publicity campaign will start in earnest pretty soon. Rob, one of our new writers at Ausdroid was able to head over to the Ashgrove Woolworths in Brisbane and acquire one of the bars[Read More...]

by 9:54 PM on September 24, 2013 15 comments Competition, News
Unofficial iMessage client arrives on Android

Unofficial iMessage client arrives on Android

Yes, you did read that headline correctly, you can use Apple’s iMessage service on Android with an app called iMessage Chat by first-time developer Daniel Zweigart now available on Google Play. The app works, but before you rush to install it, you should read the rest of this article. It’s not an official app (like Apple would ever publish anything official on Android), and it has a few pretty major bugs that seem likely to cause problems for users, potentially even resulting in a factory reset for the uneducated user. The app does a few unexpected things with message sorting[Read More...]

by 4:18 PM on September 24, 2013 14 comments Apps
No Android BBM from BlackBerry this week

No Android BBM from BlackBerry this week

Users looking to get into BlackBerry’s much-delayed BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) – which had its rollout put on hold 2 days ago – will have to wait until next week at the earliest, the company stated today in a blog post addressing the delays. Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry, stated: Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than[Read More...]

by 1:21 PM on September 24, 2013 5 comments News
Optus announce new trade-in scheme to give you credit towards your new plan

Optus announce new trade-in scheme to give you credit towards your new plan

If you’re into gadgets then chances are you have a number of Smartphones lying around gathering dust, and Optus would like to take them off your hands in exchange for giving you credit on your next Optus My Plan phone bill when you sign up to a new contract or re-contract to a postpaid mobile plan. The requirements of the scheme are pretty simple, firstly the phone has to be working, next you will need to take the phone along with your driver’s license or passport into an Optus store where it will be assessed by an Optus representative who[Read More...]

by 1:34 AM on September 24, 2013 3 comments Carriers, Phones
Vodafone announce App Aid 2013 – Coding for a cause

Vodafone announce App Aid 2013 – Coding for a cause

After a highly successful event last year that saw the creation of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) ‘Responder App’ as well as apps for OzHarvest and the Starlight foundation, Vodafone have announced that App Aid 2013 is going ahead with up to $120,000 being contributed this year to as many as five Australian charities by Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone. App Aid will see charities paired with professional digital product developers to help create up to five teams. These teams will have a full day of brainstorming on the 18th of October where they will discuss their App ideas. Each charity[Read More...]

by 12:50 AM on September 24, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Charity, News
Oppo announce the N1 with rotating camera, touch sensitive back and optional CyanogenMod

Oppo announce the N1 with rotating camera, touch sensitive back and optional CyanogenMod

While they’re a relative newcomer to the mobile phone market, Oppo made a large splash worldwide with the first phone announced with a 1080P display – the Oppo Find 5 – they’ve been set the challenge of following it up with a big release and they’ve just announced their new phone, the Oppo N1. The N1 comes with Oppo’s version of Android 4.2 pre-installed which is called ColorOS. In a time when all mobile OS’s are beginning to move away from skeuomorphic design, with ColorOS Oppo seems to single-handedly want to keep it alive. Oppo also seems to have taken[Read More...]

by 11:55 PM on September 23, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Sony’s next wave: Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, QX lens cameras

Sony’s next wave: Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, QX lens cameras

It’s been a while since we saw a major Android product launch from Sony in Australia – the most recent being the Xperia Z in February and its sibling Xperia Tablet Z in June. While we’re still seeing Sony’s “Best of Sony in a smartphone” ads around Australia, Sony has moved on internationally with the recent additions to their flagship Xperia Z sub-brand – the enormous 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1, which looks set to take the Xperia Z’s place as Sony’s premier offering. We’ve also seen rumours, leaks and finally confirmation of Sony’s new “lens” cameras,[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on September 23, 2013 4 comments News