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Ausdroid Podcast 053 — New Year, New Gear — 15/01/13

Ausdroid Podcast 053 — New Year, New Gear — 15/01/13

Welcome back to the awesomeness that is the Ausdroid Podcast. We are hitting the airwaves or video waves whatever you want to call it with another killer show. Sit back and relax cause it’s about to get messy. The video can be downloaded manually or you can get it through the new RSS feed below and you can also watch the video through our Youtube Channel: AusdroidTV. You know the drill…

by 8:57 PM on January 20, 2013 0 comments Podcast
Vodafone changes prepaid pricing — again

Vodafone changes prepaid pricing — again

Vodafone has announced this evening that it will reverse two of its recent controversial pricing changes, but social media addicts are still out in the cold. Vodafone announced changes to its prepaid plans on January 10 including the end of its longstanding free social networking promotion, which provided its prepaid customers with free access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube and MySpace. In the same announcement they also announced that they would also change data billing to 1MB per session, and charge data usage in 1MB increments. All three changes concerned users greatly – not only might they now pay[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on January 20, 2013 1 comment Carriers, News
iinet now selling the Samsung Galaxy Camera outright or on a plan

iinet now selling the Samsung Galaxy Camera outright or on a plan

The Galaxy Camera has been one of the best use cases for Android we saw last year but it is a little much for some people as an outright cost. One of our readers Carsten has tipped us that iinet is now selling the Galaxy Camera which you can either purchase outright for $579 or on a plan with a $22 per month ‘handset’ repayment. Plans start at $19.95 per month($14.95 when bundled with another iinet service) which includes 4GB of data(2GB/2GB peak/offpeak) although the included data plans do go up to a 20GB option : Plan Quota Peak +[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on January 18, 2013 2 comments Camera, Carriers
Director of LG Mobile France talks about Nexus 4 availability issues

Director of LG Mobile France talks about Nexus 4 availability issues

We all know what a pain in the neck it has been trying to obtain Google’s Nexus 4. Shortly after going on sale they sold out, and they haven’t really (in any meaningful way) been back in stock since. People have been variously blaming LG, Google, the end of the world at the end of 2012. Google pointed the finger at the LG supply chain, and now we’ve got an update from LG. Tl;dr? It’s not our fault. LG Mobile France director Cathy Robin has spoken with French media outlet Challenges.fr, and she said: “… the supply problems are not[Read More...]

by 3:36 PM on January 18, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G now available from Telstra

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G now available from Telstra

Telstra have today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G onto their network following Optus’s launch in December. The Note 10.1 4G starts off at $53/mo on Telstra’s lowest tier plan which includes 1GB of data a month, all the way up to $108/mo for 15GB of data. It’s a fairly expensive deal to sign into, so Telstra have tried to sweeten the deal by throwing in a free cover and keyboard dock when you order online. The Galaxy Note 10.1 4G is a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 4.1 powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU. It also makes use of[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on January 18, 2013 3 comments News, Tablets
Nexus 7 3G now available on the Play Store (Update: Now in stock)

Nexus 7 3G now available on the Play Store (Update: Now in stock)

Update: The Nexus 7 3G 32gb is now in stock, as are the other Nexus 7 devices! Sadly, the other Nexus range – Nexus 4 and 10 remain out of stock for now. We’ve received a few tips indicating that the Nexus 7 32gb 3G model has now become available on the Play Store, and we’ve confirmed the Nexus 7 3G is definitely listed there today, and it wasn’t as recently as a couple of days ago when I last looked. However, before you get all excited with your credit cards, observe what we’ve seen — currently, there’s no stock[Read More...]

by 9:27 PM on January 17, 2013 7 comments Google Play, News, Tablets
Jelly Bean update for unbranded Australian Galaxy S III handsets available now

Jelly Bean update for unbranded Australian Galaxy S III handsets available now

A tip off from an Ausdroid reader Michael who has advised that the Jelly Bean update has arrived for his unbranded Samsung Galaxy S III which he purchased outright from Dick Smith Electronics. The I9300XXELLA Android 4.1.2 update is available for your handest via KIES. Whilst Samsung has not released a changelog for the update, over at XDA-Developers it’s being advised that this update fixes both the Sudden Death bricking that was affecting handsets as well as containing a fix for the Exynos ROOT exploit that was found last month. If you have an unbranded SGS III probably a good[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on January 17, 2013 13 comments OS Update, Phones
Sony does some Q&A on the XperiaZ

Sony does some Q&A on the XperiaZ

Sony seems to be determined to remake itself as a manufacturer of high end mobile phones, and with news of the XperiaZ coming out of CES, it looks like Sony will have a winning handset on its hands. To whet the appetite of those waiting for the new Xperia handset, Sony has posted transcripts of Q&A sessions it held online, and some of the details look nice and juicy. While you can visit Sony’s official product page for the XperiaZ, we thought these questions showed a good insight, in plain language, into what the XperiaZ has to offer. When is[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on January 17, 2013 5 comments News, Phones
Samsung have shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices

Samsung have shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices

You may have heard of a little family of devices from Samsung called the “Galaxy S” range. Well, apparently they’re pretty popular, with Samsung shipping over 100 million Galaxy S units in total. Other cool numbers from Samsung include selling 190,000 Galaxy S IIIs each day, and 40 million Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III shipments each. With the growing success of Samsung’s high-end range, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with the next generation Galaxy S device. What would you like to see from it?

by 1:18 PM on January 17, 2013 6 comments News, Phones
Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

When it comes to the world of sports simulation games, Electronic Arts is usually the first name to come to mind. With a rich history of titles across PC and console gaming, they’re also making quite a big splash on the mobile gaming scene too. Their latest offering Real Racing 3 looks to be right on track to further their reputation on mobile. While the original announcement for Real Racing 3 was way back in August 2012, EA has now released a developer diary video featuring Rob Murray from Firemonkeys Studio, an Australian company based in Melbourne to show what[Read More...]

by 11:10 AM on January 17, 2013 4 comments Apps
First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

HTC’s 2013 flagship device is expected to be the HTC M7, a 4.7-inch device with an impressive Super LCD3 1080p display, and finally we have a leaked render of what the device is actually going to look like. Unwired View are reporting that the render doesn’t have any logos or branding on it, so the final version make see minor tweaks to add them in. Other than that, the device is clearly all display right up to the edges which — in theory — would make it slightly smaller than the HTC Butterfly (143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm) which[Read More...]

by 10:53 AM on January 17, 2013 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Asus advise Nexus 7 dock to be available in February for $49

Asus advise Nexus 7 dock to be available in February for $49

The Nexus 7 dock has been like the unicorn of the Android world. We’ve heard about it, seen pictures, and you can probably get a poor-quality one from China, but since the release of the Nexus 7 in July of last year, Asus have kept mum on its availability. Until today, that is. Asus has advised Ausdroid this morning that the Nexus 7 dock will be available in February from The Good Guys and BSR(Betta Electrical) for $49. No word yet on availability from other Nexus 7 retailers such as EBGames, Bing Lee, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi etc but we’ll[Read More...]

by 11:49 PM on January 16, 2013 15 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Tablets
Mobicity now selling the Xiaomi MI-2

Mobicity now selling the Xiaomi MI-2

Announced back in August the Xiaomi MI-2 was one of the first phones to run the Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and Mobicity has just announced that they have it on-sale for $449 in white + $19 delivery with stock shipping in 5-7 days. Quad-Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU(APQ8064) Adreno 320 GPU 2GB RAM 4.3″ 720P IPS Display (1280×720) 16GB Internal Memory 8MP Rear Camera, 2MP Front Facing Camera 2000mAh battery (Removeable and you can purchase a 3000mAh version) Android 4.1 based MIUI OS Specs on the Xiaomi MI-2 are pretty darned good very similar to the Nexus 4[Read More...]

by 8:51 PM on January 16, 2013 8 comments Phones