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Telstra refreshes Pre-Paid handset range adds LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC handsets

Telstra refreshes Pre-Paid handset range adds LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC handsets

Telstra has had a pretty solid range of Pre-Paid mobile phones for a while, but it was getting a little old and it appears they’ve decied to refresh the models available. They now offer 4 handsets from manufacturers LG, Huawei, Samsung and HTC. The handsets are nothing terribly fancy, however they do include the updated Optimus L3 II, the second iteration of the L-Series handsets from LG. They’ve also added a nicely priced Huawei handset running Android 4.1 as well as a Samsung Galaxy handset named the Young. By far the most notable addition to their range is the HTC[Read More...]

by 8:40 PM on May 29, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Phones
Aldi to sell 10″ 3G enabled Android Tablet from next week

Aldi to sell 10″ 3G enabled Android Tablet from next week

Aldi has started releasing their catalogue in-stores and the latest catalogue shows a 10.1″ Android tablet with a 3G radio for $249. Available in stores from the 5th of June the tablet again comes from Bauhn, which again has details on their website. This latest tablet in the line of Aldi ‘Special Buys’ from Bauhn eschews the relatively unknown Rockchip and Amlogic branded CPUs from previous models and instead opts for a Qualcomm CPU, albeit a lower end MSM8225Q Snapdragon CPU. The tablets 3G Radio also enables it to make calls and send SMS as well as use mobile data.[Read More...]

by 3:04 PM on May 29, 2013 11 comments Tablets
LG speaks about a new Nexus phone, stock Android and a Tablet

LG speaks about a new Nexus phone, stock Android and a Tablet

LG Mobile’s European VP Kim Won spoke with All About Phones, a Dutch site, in relation to a wide variety of topics ranging from the new Nexus phone phone, stock Android and a possible Android tablet from LG. The topic that seemed to raise the interest of most sites was in relation to the Nexus line of phones. The most recent rumour for the next Nexus phone originated from the Korean times reporting that LG was already working on a new Nexus phone with Google, however Mr Won advised that LG does not have the Nexus 5 in production, stating[Read More...]

by 2:47 PM on May 29, 2013 1 comment Manufacturer, News
Smashed your Nexus 4? Here’s how to repair it.

Smashed your Nexus 4? Here’s how to repair it.

With a device that spends so much time loose it’s bound to happen, you drop your phone. Sometimes the phone survives intact with no issues, other times a spiderweb of disappointment greets you when you pick it up. With glass covering both the front and back of the Nexus 4, the likelihood of seeing a crack is highly likely, although some users still have not experienced any drops as yet. The Nexus 4 screen is a pretty good one, offering a zero-gap display with the digitiser built right into the glass. The downside to this is that as soon as[Read More...]

by 2:42 PM on May 29, 2013 32 comments News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note III rumours strengthen

Samsung Galaxy Note III rumours strengthen

The rumour train surrounding the expected release of the Samsung Galaxy Note III is gathering momentum. The latest rumours or leaks are around the specs of the device; firstly it’s going to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor which is leading the way in processing power while still remaining battery friendly. The more interesting of the rumours from a user perspective is probably the information regarding the camera in the device. The information suggests that the rear facing camera will not only be a 13MP camera, which will obviously lend itself to good photos, but it will also have Optical[Read More...]

by 10:27 AM on May 29, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

In a post on Vodafone Australia’s blog, the carrier outlined their plans to bring the Sony Xperia SP to market. The Xperia SP is a well specced mid-ranged device that is sure to impress if it’s priced accordingly. Sony are attempting to make the phone more ‘personal’ by adding an LED-lit bar to the bottom of the device which can light up in different colours for notifications. It can also pulse along with music that the device is playing. I’m not sure how that makes the device personal, but sure, it’s a cool little gimmick. The specs are nothing to[Read More...]

by 6:31 PM on May 28, 2013 4 comments Carriers, News, Phones
LG officially announces the white Nexus 4 – launching globally over the next few weeks

LG officially announces the white Nexus 4 – launching globally over the next few weeks

The white variant of the Nexus 4 has just been announced by LG in Korea. Rather than a complete white device like the Galaxy S4, LG and Google have opted to go for a white back and sides while retaining the black front. The handset which has been essentially the worst kept secret ever will retain the exact same specs of the original, offering a 4.7″ 1280-by-768 True HD IPS Plus display at 320ppi and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2GB of RAM. No upgrade to internal memory was announced so it appears that the white[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on May 28, 2013 15 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Ausdroid announces the winner of the HTC One competition

Ausdroid announces the winner of the HTC One competition

On the 9th of May, Ausdroid and Vodafone offered you, our readers, the opportunity to win a brand-new HTC One by entering a photography competition. The brief? Show us three photos taken on your current smartphone camera that best demonstrate situations where the HTC One, with its ultrapixel camera, would be able to improve the shot, taking account of lightning, composition and framing. We received a staggering number of entries, and it has taken us many hours to sift through all of your photos to choose a winner. Let me assure you, this was no easy choice. There were many[Read More...]

by 5:21 PM on May 28, 2013 11 comments Competition, News
Dick Smith selling 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD for $229

Dick Smith selling 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD for $229

Last week, Amazon announced that they were making their super popular Android-powered tablets, the Kindle Fire HD, available in Australia, opening pre-orders for the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models. Dick Smith have just released their pricing for the 7-inch tablet – the 16 GB model will be sold for $229 with free shipping, and their website states that orders will ship on June 13. This is slightly more expensive than ordering directly from Amazon, who will sell you the same model for $225.98 including shipping, but if you prefer to buy your electronics from a local bricks-and-mortar store, at least you’re[Read More...]

by 2:29 PM on May 28, 2013 4 comments News, Tablets
Tapatalk 4 released in beta form

Tapatalk 4 released in beta form

For those that haven’t used Tapatalk before, it is a nice little application that allows you to easily browse through your favourite forums (including our own Ausdroid forums) as well as post comments. I find it to be a much easier way of browsing through multiple forums than using a mobile browser. I have been a Tapatalk user for a while now and have Tapatalk installed on my phone and Tapatalk HD installed on my tablet. Now Tapatalk have released their new version to the Play Store in beta form. The new version has some nice improvements over the old[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on May 28, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
10 Minutes in the Future

10 Minutes in the Future

On Friday, Ausdroid got a chance to go hands-on – or perhaps, eyes-on, if you prefer – with Google Glass, courtesy of SafetyCulture Pty Ltd. SafetyCulture is an Australian developer of OHS software, operating out of Townsville, Queensland. Their main mobile product, iAuditor 2, runs on iOS and Android devices and provides workplace auditing and reporting functionality. They’re looking to develop workplace safety applications to run on Glass, offering hands-free operation. I met with Luke Anear, SafetyCulture’s CEO, during a break in the afternoon schedule at the One More Thing iOS developer conference in Melbourne. Luke told me that SafetyCulture[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on May 28, 2013 0 comments Glass, News
DashClock Widget beta testing

DashClock Widget beta testing

During the Google I/O keynote, Google showed us the new method for distributing beta version of your app through the play store and now DashClock Widget developer, Roman Nurik has started using this new method for beta testing his app. The process is quite simple: First, join the DashClock Widget community on Google+. If you don’t join the community, the next step won’t work. Next, visit this link and click the Become a Tester button. If you ever want to leave the beta program, simply return to that link and choose the appropriate option. Finally, visit the Google Play listing[Read More...]

by 8:45 AM on May 28, 2013 7 comments Apps, News
Playboard – the best way to find new applications

Playboard – the best way to find new applications

Let’s face it – even with the improvements Google has made to the Play Store recently, it’s still not the best for application discovery, unless you already know exactly what you’re looking for. There are a number of alternative app stores, and even more applications to help you find other applications, but I don’t find any of them to be that helpful. Except one – Playboard. Playboard is an application discovery service that lets users compile lists of their favourite applications, which are called channels, and it also features a number of channels set up, and curated by Playboard’s editors[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on May 28, 2013 1 comment Apps