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Australia Post refuses to talk to Ausdroid about its Parcel Send app

Australia Post refuses to talk to Ausdroid about its Parcel Send app

It was about a month ago now when we told you about Australia Post’s new Parcel Send application, and one very worrying restriction that – in the circumstances – didn’t make an awful lot of sense. For reasons that are unclear, Australia Post decided to block access to the app on handsets or tablets that have been rooted. Presumably with the goal of protecting users data against nefarious apps or things that would steal their data, Australia Post have ensured that installing this app on a rooted device will ensure, simply, that the app doesn’t work at all: By so[Read More...]

by 4:07 PM on September 25, 2013 18 comments Apps, Opinion
Flexible display coming to a premium version of Samsung Note 3 in October?

Flexible display coming to a premium version of Samsung Note 3 in October?

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Samsung demonstrated its flexible display technology, called YOUM. Samsung presented a number of prototype displays, from a wafer thin flexible screen that showed vivid colours, to what they referred to as a “bended YOUM display”. This bended display promises to be the earliest to be released, and ZDNet Korea has reported that it just might be coming to a premium version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Due to the high cost and difficulty of manufacture, this version of the Note 3 is rumoured to be a South Korean exclusive only.[Read More...]

by 3:47 PM on September 25, 2013 3 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Samsung list the available Note 3 accessories

Samsung list the available Note 3 accessories

Alleviating one of the biggest annoyances in the Android platform, Samsung have taken to releasing their own range of accessories for flagship devices of late. The Galaxy Note 3 is the next in line of the Samsung flagship fleet to get this attention from the manufacturer. Before the phone is even available to the public Samsung have listed an S View Cover, Flip Wallet cover, Extra Battery Kit, S Charger (wireless) Cover, S View Cover Wireless, S Charger Kit and a Desktop Dock for the soon to be available phablet. Much like the accessories for the previous flagship, the Galaxy[Read More...]

by 3:41 PM on September 25, 2013 8 comments Accessories, News
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