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Huawei announces the Ascend P2 for Telstra – Launching July 30

Huawei announces the Ascend P2 for Telstra – Launching July 30

Hot on the heels of the launch of their other high end smartphone the Ascend P6, Huawei has today announced that their Category 4 LTE packing Ascend P2 smartphone will be available at the end of the month on the Telstra 4G network. The Ascend P2, is powered by the K3V2 CPU that Huawei developed in-house and is running Android 4.1.2 with the Huawei Emotion UI overlaid on top. It features 32GB of Storage but unfortunately no expandable memory. Huawei Ascend P2 Specs : 4.7″ 1280 x 720 in-cell Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 1.5GHz K3V2 Quad-Core CPU 1GB[Read More...]

by 9:23 PM on July 16, 2013 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

After a few false starts the Foxtel Go app was released today for Android; but sadly not for all Android devices – only for 2 Samsung devices (Galaxy S III and Note II), and only if they’re not rooted. Lucky for you we’ve consolidated information from a number of sources which will have you watching Foxtel Go on any Android device, rooted or not. It is worth noting that you still need a Foxtel or Austar subscription, this guide just allows you to use Foxtel Go on any Android device even if you’re rooted. What you will need: – A[Read More...]

by 7:30 PM on July 16, 2013 31 comments Apps
Angry Birds Star Wars II coming September 19

Angry Birds Star Wars II coming September 19

Overnight Rovio Entertainment announced that the next installment of their hugely successful Angry Birds Star Wars franchise, will be heading to App stores world wide on September 19. Focusing on the sometimes maligned Star Wars prequels, Angry Birds Star Wars II will introduce a wide roster of 30 never-before-seen new characters which players will be able to use – although they refused to comment on any rumours or speculation that Jar Jar Binks will be part of this new character line up. You will also, in this new installment also be able to “Join the Pork Side”, so some of[Read More...]

by 7:00 PM on July 16, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Apps
Special offer: $35 off a Pebble Smart Watch

Special offer: $35 off a Pebble Smart Watch

Today we have a special offer from pebblesmartwatch.com.au for Ausdroid readers! After reading our Pebble smartwatch review, they’ve decided to offer Ausdroid readers an AU $35 discount on all Pebbles purchased through their site. This brings the price down to AU $164. Considering a Pebble purchased directly from getpebble.com will cost you US $150 + $15 postage – take currency conversion into account and the fact that you’ll need to wait in line for manufacturing and delivery and $164 is a pretty good deal. Plus, your Pebble will be shipped from Sydney. To take advantage of this deal, all you[Read More...]

by 5:32 PM on July 16, 2013 12 comments Deal, Exclusive, News
Samsung looking to take on the Asus PadFone?

Samsung looking to take on the Asus PadFone?

A report from ZD Net Korea on the weekend showed that a new Samsung Patent (D685, 774 – Volt 9) had received acceptance through the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. The patent that was approved was for a “wireless communication terminal”. Looking at the figures, it seems to be a close match for the design of the Asus PadFone, although the Samsung device appears to use a more a “T-shaped” design which allows the phone to be easily docked within the tablet. It also seems the tablet will be standalone, and only the user will know that the tablet is being powered[Read More...]

by 2:51 PM on July 16, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones, Rumours, Tablets
Foxtel Go now available on the Samsung Apps store for Galaxy S3, Note II, Note 10.1

Foxtel Go now available on the Samsung Apps store for Galaxy S3, Note II, Note 10.1

After a few delays, Foxtel Go’s Android app is now available for the Samsung Galaxy S3, Note II and Note 10.1 running Android 4.1 (Jellybean) or above. Officially no other Samsung devices — and non-Samsung devices — are supported, but once the APK is ripped, that could soon change.. Foxtel Go is a 48MB download so be sure to connect to Wi-Fi if your data limit isn’t very generous. The app, once installed, gives Foxtel home subscribers access to 60 live channels wherever they have an internet connection on their mobile device — again, keep an eye out for data[Read More...]

by 1:38 PM on July 16, 2013 15 comments Apps, News
WIN Mongrel Glass for your Galaxy S4!

WIN Mongrel Glass for your Galaxy S4!

Last week, we reviewed Mongrel Glass for the Galaxy S4 and found it a worthwhile purchase, protecting your phone’s screen from bumps and scratches with exceptional thought and attention to detail put into its application. This week, it’s your turn – Mongrel Phones have kindly given us FIVE Mongrel Glass Galaxy S4 sets to give away to lucky Ausdroid readers! To win, all you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less: Why would you like Mongrel Glass on your Galaxy S4? Competition closes at midday AEST on Tuesday July 23 – we’ll announce the winners that[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on July 16, 2013 0 comments
Play Web Store updated – New UI

Play Web Store updated – New UI

The Google Play store web interface has been updated a short time ago, the new interface is very familiar and in keeping with the ‘card theme’ that Google has been pushing with Google Now. The new menu system on the left hand side mirrors the updated Play Store Android app which surfaced just prior to Google IO in May. The new design is quite refreshing and clean, the sections are a little more prominently displayed as are the ‘Wishlist’ and ‘Redeem gift card’ sections. Users will notice that the card them has also brought about a small restructure in the[Read More...]

by 11:53 AM on July 16, 2013 13 comments Google Play, News
Hisense announce the Sero7 Pro 7″ tablet

Hisense announce the Sero7 Pro 7″ tablet

Hisense, better known in Australia for their range of TVs and home appliances, has today advised that they are entering the Android tablet market in Australia, announcing the 7″ Hisense Sero7 Pro tablet. Hardware wise the tablet is described by Hisense as ‘category-leading processor performance, stunning screen quality and exceptional value’. While it’s certainly matching specs from the current leader of the 7″ tablet market – the Nexus 7 – it also includes extras such as a mini HDMI out, expandable storage and a 5MP Rear Camera. Hisense Sero7 Pro Specifications : 7″ 1280 x 800 IPS LCD display 1.3GHz[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 16, 2013 0 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HTC infographic states that ‘smaller can be better’

HTC infographic states that ‘smaller can be better’

Enough photos and information has leaked out about the HTC One mini that I feel confident in saying that the device is clearly real. As to when HTC might announce it officially, that’s anyone’s guess. This morning though, HTC put out an infographic entitled ‘Small things that pack a big punch’, which details a number of small-but-still-awesome things from the mantis shrimp to Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. The infographic was prefaced with this: The HTC One, nearly everyone agrees, is the pinnacle of smartphone achievement. The beautiful metal design, powerful hardware, and innovative user experience pack a lot[Read More...]

by 7:56 AM on July 16, 2013 2 comments Phones, Rumours
Motorola Moto X being released in August in Black and White – Always on voice commands

Motorola Moto X being released in August in Black and White – Always on voice commands

A video from Toronto, Canada based Rogers Wireless has appeared on Google+ user Дима Прокопенко page and shows off the long awaited Motorola Moto X. The video also shows off the always on voice commands and other features of the phone. The video advises that the Moto X will be a Rogers exclusive – in Canada at least – where it will launch in August in a choice of black and white – unfortunately, no sign of the customisable back plates said to be launching in the US. The Moto X is apparently always listening for commands, the initiating command[Read More...]

by 9:06 PM on July 14, 2013 36 comments Carriers, Manufacturer
Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

A sub $200 10 inch Android tablet usually spells danger, but does the Jacobs Portal 9.7” device deserve the stigma? As I stated in my recent review of the Leader Tab, there’s two distinctly different segments when it comes to 10-inch tablets. There’s the performance devices, which includes the Nexus 10 and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z; and the “budget conscious” range. There’s no end of contenders here, but there’s even more pretenders. The specs are about right but the optimisation just isn’t there. The optimisation of devices is something that higher end devices don’t necessarily need to worry about[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on July 14, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews, Tablets
Accessory Review: Pebble smartwatch

Accessory Review: Pebble smartwatch

This may not be a traditional accessory review but I thought that would be the best way to tackle this device on Ausdroid. It is not an Android device but it complements your existing Android phone, and that fits my definition of an Android accessory review. For those of you that don’t follow all of the tech news, Pebble is a smartwatch that started it’s life on Kickstarter and just happens to be the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date, raising over $10M after initially seeking $100,000. It has taken a long time to get to this point and there[Read More...]

by 12:32 PM on July 14, 2013 6 comments Accessories, Reviews, Smartwatch