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Xiaomi Mi-3: The Chinese 5″ 1080P race is on

Xiaomi Mi-3: The Chinese 5″ 1080P race is on

Once again Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is throwing down the gauntlet to the major manufacturers – this time with the Mi-3, the follow on from it’s successful and also well spec’d Mi-2. The Mi-3 is not yet official — we understand that Xiaomi is waiting for Google’s I/O event which should see the announcement of Android Key Lime Pie, the Android version the Mi-3 is supposedly launching with. Taking a few design cues from HTC’s new flagship handset the HTC One the Mi-3 boasts an impressive 5″ 1080p FHD screen running under a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocking in at 2.4GHz. Also[Read More...]

by 11:39 AM on March 23, 2013 11 comments News, Phones
HTC announces global availability of the HTC One

HTC announces global availability of the HTC One

We’ve heard rumours of delays to the HTC One being delivered, but more concrete information from HTC itself suggests that these delays aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, we should be seeing availability of the HTC One as early as next week in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Of course, local dates will vary depending on carriers (as per usual), but the wait is definitely not long. As for the rest of us, it looks like countries across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific should be seeing the arrival of the HTC One by the end of[Read More...]

by 9:22 AM on March 23, 2013 7 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Is this what Google Babble will look like?

Is this what Google Babble will look like?

Our friends at Phandroid have received an anonymous tip which contained screenshots of Google’s rumoured unified chat service, Google Babble. In terms of appearance, this looks like a refreshed, refined version of Google+’s messenger for Android, including features such as image sharing and polling! A pop-up menu allows you to attach various things to a message, including sharing files, events, locations, photos, etc, and it looks like you will be able to directly launch into a Google+ Hangout from a button at the top of each chat window. If these screenshots are to be believed, we could be looking at[Read More...]

by 9:16 AM on March 23, 2013 7 comments Apps, Rumours
Sony Xperia Z handsets dropping like flies; Sony will fix them

Sony Xperia Z handsets dropping like flies; Sony will fix them

It’s safe to say that when we reviewed the Xperia Z, we didn’t witness this! There are a number of reports about the place that Xperia Z handsets are randomly dying. Details vary a little, but it seems that the phones are working normally, and suddenly they just die — switch off, dead. From this state, users have been unable to recover their handsets — some have been able to hard restart (power button + volume up) but this hasn’t worked for everyone. The reports have not identified a reason for this happening. Some users have speculated that its related[Read More...]

by 9:10 AM on March 23, 2013 13 comments News, Phones
Giveaway : Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Cases thanks to Belkin Australia

Giveaway : Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Cases thanks to Belkin Australia

Update : All Cases have been claimed – Thanks for playing. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners, you’ve had a rough trot. Your Ice Cream Sandwich update was only approved at the end of last month after much testing, so we’ve got something to make it up to you, at least a little bit. Belkin Australia has kindly given us 7 cases for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. They’ve supplied a Verve Folio Stand case, 3 x Slim Folio Stand cases and 3 x Flip Folio Stand Cases. Now this is a pretty simple giveaway, you only have to do one[Read More...]

by 9:55 PM on March 22, 2013 1 comment Accessories, Giveaway
Google release the Chrome Maze experiment

Google release the Chrome Maze experiment

Have you ever sat at your desk and wondered, what if I could turn that website into a maze? Well it seems as though someone at Google has done just that. Google have today, released a new Chrome experiment called the World Wide Maze, a 3D maze game where you can convert your favorite website into a maze. It works in a fairly similar way to Google’s other Chrome Experiment Super Sync Sports, where you tilt your phone to control the direction and speed of the ball. As you can see from the picture above, I have converted the Ausdroid[Read More...]

by 8:48 PM on March 22, 2013 0 comments News
NAB trialling NFC payments for Android

NAB trialling NFC payments for Android

The NAB have joined the Commonwealth Bank and ANZ as the latest bank to be working on a comprehensive mobile payment system. According to NAB, 50 percent of their 1.3 million daily internet banking logins came from mobile, and so it is no surprise that they are putting more effort into expanding the capabilities of their mobile applications. Known internally as ‘Kiss’, the new application lets users send and receive money using email, SMS, QR code and NFC. NAB told analysts today that Kiss is undergoing a 90-day trial with 1000 staff members as well as merchants in the bank’s[Read More...]

by 5:59 PM on March 22, 2013 8 comments Apps, News, NFC
Samsung Galaxy S2 from Optus to get Jelly Bean update over the next week

Samsung Galaxy S2 from Optus to get Jelly Bean update over the next week

In a tweet that has just gone out, Optus has advised that owners of one of 2011’s most popular phones the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will begin seeing their Jelly Bean update over the next week. This update will take the Galaxy S 2 from Android 4.0.4 to Android 4.1.2 and should come as an OTA update, but for those who cannot wait for the OTA notification you can always try downloading Kies. Samsung Galaxy S2 customers: Jelly Bean rolls out over the next week starting today! Look out for the notification or check via device/Kies! — Optus (@Optus) March[Read More...]

by 5:52 PM on March 22, 2013 60 comments OS Update
Guy Kawasaki: X phone might have customisable hardware

Guy Kawasaki: X phone might have customisable hardware

  In the past, we’ve had some bad news when covering the rumoured Motorola X Phone — first we had some sketchy rumours about possible specs, then we had a much sadder rumour which all-but-confirmed that the X Phone wouldn’t be coming to Australia at all. Well, prepare to swallow some salt, as BGR is reporting yet another rumour. This time, though, the genesis of this rumour is a post from Google’s Motorola Division advisor Guy Kawasaki. We know Guy; he’s Apple’s former technology evangelist, and former panelist on Vodafone’s App Aid charity gig. These days, Guy is working with[Read More...]

by 5:48 PM on March 22, 2013 7 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Google reportedly working on a Smart Watch

Google reportedly working on a Smart Watch

With wearable computing getting a large amount of press at the moment thanks to products such as the Pebble Smart Watch and confirmation that Samsung is working on a Smart Watch, coupled with continued rumours of an iWatch from Apple, it’s no surprise really that Google is also looking to expand it’s wearable computing portfolio of products, which currently consists of Google Glass. The Financial Times is reporting that they’ve been advised by a person briefed on the project, that the Android team within Google is busy working on their own Smart Watch. Google is no stranger to the idea[Read More...]

by 12:44 PM on March 22, 2013 6 comments Accessories, Glass, Rumours
Eric Schmidt advises Chrome and Android will remain separate

Eric Schmidt advises Chrome and Android will remain separate

With the recent announcement that Andy Rubin was stepping down as head of the Android Team and that the head of the Chrome team – Sundar Pichai – had now been handed the reigns of the Android team in addition to his role as head of the ChromeOS team, there has been much speculation regarding a merge of the two operating systems. Speaking at Google’s Big Tent event in India, Google chairman Eric Schmidt participated in a Q and A session where he addressed this issue directly. Schmidt advised that Chrome and Android will not be going the way of[Read More...]

by 11:37 PM on March 21, 2013 1 comment ChromeOS, News
Samsung Galaxy S 4 to ship with Quad-Core Snapdragon CPU in Australia

Samsung Galaxy S 4 to ship with Quad-Core Snapdragon CPU in Australia

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be shipping around the world in one of two CPU configurations; The Qualcomm manufactured 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU or the Samsung designed 1.6GHz Exynos Octa-Core CPU which features ARMs Big-Little CPu configuration which pairs a 1.6GHz Quad-Core A15 processor for the heavy work with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core A7 CPU for the every day tasks to give eight cores in total. SAMMobile has released a listing for all of Europe, Africa, Asia and most importantly Australia and according to them there will be two models, the GT-i9500 which will carry the Exynos Octa or the[Read More...]

by 12:49 PM on March 21, 2013 33 comments News, Phones
Google Play redesign apparently on the way – video walkthrough leaks

Google Play redesign apparently on the way – video walkthrough leaks

Looks like an update to Google Play could be on its way, at least according to some screenshots and a new video that have surfaced. While not all the links work there is certainly enough content there to see what the new store will look like. The Holo style re-design is showing off a much lighter design which certainly looks a lot cleaner with some very Google Now stylings. The post on Droid-Life includes a heap more screenshots as well as a video review to walk you through. While there is no APK to download to have a look at[Read More...]

by 10:20 AM on March 21, 2013 4 comments Uncategorized