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HTC’s profit falls to lowest level on record, One delay to blame

HTC’s profit falls to lowest level on record, One delay to blame

The delay of the HTC One has hit home hard for HTC, with their profits hitting their lowest levels ever at just $2.7 million (AUD) for the last quarter — a decrease of 98%. Bloomberg reports that this is the sixth straight quarter of profit declines for the company, and at this rate it could be their last quarter to run a profit at all. HTC’s revenue fell 38% to $1.54 billion (AUD) this quarter, well below their average of $1.76 billion (AUD). With the delay of the HTC One pushing it back to Q2, HTC are hoping that they[Read More...]

by 7:30 PM on April 8, 2013 15 comments News
Samsung confirms Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia with Snapdragon Series 600 CPU, 4G LTE

Samsung confirms Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia with Snapdragon Series 600 CPU, 4G LTE

Samsung Australia have confirmed what we already knew, the Galaxy S 4 will launch in Australia equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Series 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz and it will support 4G LTE on all networks. The Snapdragon 600 CPU has proven to have amazing processing power, as we’ve seen with the HTC One, so the Ausdroid team is pretty stoked to hear we’re getting this version over the Samsung Octa-Core Exynos CPU — a powerful and insane CPU in its own right. “Samsung Australia is today confirming that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available in Australia with the[Read More...]

by 6:50 PM on April 8, 2013 8 comments News, Phones
HP replaces the Pavillion 14(C001TU) with the Pavillion 14(C005TU) – now with SSD

HP replaces the Pavillion 14(C001TU) with the Pavillion 14(C005TU) – now with SSD

HP has i HP Pavillion Chromebook removing all references to the HP Pavillion 14(C001TU) from their website, replacing it back in June with the HP Pavillion 14(C005TU). The major difference between them is that the Pavillion 14 (c005tu) comes with a 1.1GHz Celeron CPU and 16GB SSD while the now defunct Pavillion 14 (c001tu) came with a 1.2GHz and 320GB Hard Drive. Every other specification on the device appears to be the same, it’s the same screen and shell just with a different CPU and an SSD. It’s already available to purchase now for $399 from The Good Guys but[Read More...]

by 6:14 PM on April 8, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Vodafone joins 4G party; LTE to roll out from June

Vodafone joins 4G party; LTE to roll out from June

Vodafone do not have the best reputation in the Australian mobile industry, but they are working really hard at improving the quality of their service. Although they’re a bit behind the competition – Telstra began the rollout of their 4G network over 12 months ago, and Optus switched theirs on midway through last year – Vodafone’s new 4G network looks pretty promising. Vodafone have announced today that they will commence the rollout of their LTE network in June in the major cities around Australia. The rollout will start with the major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide, but[Read More...]

by 4:58 PM on April 8, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News
Get hands on with the HTC One at a Vodafone store near you

Get hands on with the HTC One at a Vodafone store near you

HTC Australia has advised today via Twitter that their newest flagship phone – the HTC One – is now available to experience at selected Vodafone stores in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT. Unfortunately for Northern Territory residents it doesn’t appear there are any locations for you. But for those interested, you can check out this list : While you can’t actually purchase a HTC One until the 23rd of April; the ability to go in store and check out the features on the HTC One like Boom Sound, the Ultra-Pixel camera, Blink Feed and New[Read More...]

by 4:47 PM on April 8, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 4 returns to Harvey Norman website for pre-order

Nexus 4 returns to Harvey Norman website for pre-order

The Nexus 4 has been added back to the Harvey Norman webpage for people looking to pre-order the Google flagship device. Removed from the Harvey Norman website only two weeks after it was first added, Harvey Norman advised that they had removed it due to supply issues which now appear to have been resolved. Stock is due in-store on the 24th of April with the price remaining at $496 which includes the ability to pick the phone up in a Harvey Norman outlet. For those looking for Nexus 4 accessories, Harvey Norman will be selling a case from Momax which[Read More...]

by 11:00 AM on April 8, 2013 7 comments Phones
Further evidence of unified Google Messaging system ‘Babel’ surfaces in screenshot

Further evidence of unified Google Messaging system ‘Babel’ surfaces in screenshot

The release of a Google Messaging system named ‘Babel’ that unifies Google Messaging apps such as Google Messaging, GTalk and other Google Chat services seems pretty certain at this stage. A search for the term ‘Babel’ in the Google Groups Chromium database shows a large number of results and now Patric Dhawaan over on Google+ has captured a screenshot that is being seen as evidence that code for the service is already being integrated into Chrome or at least the backend of GMail. In the comments of the thread, Patric describes how he grabbed the screenshot ‘I was just deleting[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on April 8, 2013 5 comments Apps, Rumours
Google Staff now ‘Dog-Fooding’ new Google Play Store for Android

Google Staff now ‘Dog-Fooding’ new Google Play Store for Android

We first saw evidence of a new Google Play re-design last month in the form of a video walk through. But it appears that the new Google Play Store for Android is in the process of being tested by Google Staff in a process known as Dog-Fooding. Last night Google Staff member Eileen Rivera, who is part of the YouTube team and ex-TWIT network NetCaster from the All About Android show has posted – and since deleted – a screenshot of the new interface. The screenshot shows a very nice clean ‘Holo’ style interface that seems very consistent with the[Read More...]

by 9:33 AM on April 8, 2013 9 comments Apps, Google Play
Want to wear some Ausdroid gear? You can.

Want to wear some Ausdroid gear? You can.

Way back when Ausdroid turned one (that was two years ago.. yikes) we launched a limited range of clothing available for people to buy. Quite a few of the (then) fairly small team bought some gear, and a number of our readers did too. Well, with our third birthday just passed, we’ve revisited the idea of an Ausdroid clothing line. This time around, we’ve got a broader range — both men’s and women’s lines, in addition to unisex gear — a brighter, clearer logo, and for the first time, if you prefer a higher quality garment, we’ve got embroidered shirts[Read More...]

by 2:53 PM on April 7, 2013 7 comments Other
Game Review: The Room

Game Review: The Room

Ever since I purchased the Humble Mobile Bundle, I have been slightly obsessed with one game in particular: The Room. The Room is your typical point and click cryptic puzzle game that most people have probably played before. This isn’t a new formula. Find hidden objects, use those objects and solve puzzles to unlock more items and secret areas. The story that unfolds as you progress through the game and this story is delivered through a series of notes hidden throughout the game. While these notes don’t actually help you solve the puzzles they help to keep you engaged in[Read More...]

by 11:52 AM on April 7, 2013 3 comments Apps, Reviews
Ausdroid Media presents: AusChrome – The home for all things ChromeOS in Australia

Ausdroid Media presents: AusChrome – The home for all things ChromeOS in Australia

We’ve been following ChromeOS and related hardware on Ausdroid for a while but recognise that there are some people who just aren’t that interested in Google’s ChromeOS or the hardware that runs it. So, we’ve created a new site for those who are interested and named it Auschrome, you can follow all the Chrome, ChromeOS, Chromebook and Chromebox related news over at Auschrome.net. We’re all over social media – you can follow us on Twitter via @auschrome, add us to a circle on Google+ or ‘Like’ us on Facebook. Writing for Auschrome will be : Lucas Burnett, Phil Tann, Geoff[Read More...]

by 4:51 PM on April 6, 2013 8 comments ChromeBox, ChromeOS, News
Acer C7 Chromebook — Review

Acer C7 Chromebook — Review

Welcome to Chrome OS, the new wave in connectivity and working in the Cloud. Ausdroid primarily focuses on Android related news but when the latest range of Google devices, the Chromebook started to emerge — given the tight integration of Google services and the operating system — we had to take a look. Geoff Fieldew reviewed the first Samsung Chromebook in December, now the Acer C7 has become available through JB Hifi and Harvey Norman we have the opportunity to see the latest in the Chromebook family. Chrome OS is an evolution of the Chrome web browser and is a[Read More...]

by 4:50 PM on April 6, 2013 3 comments Chromebook, Design, Reviews
JB Hifi offering 20% off select Notebooks, includes Acer C7 and HP Pavillion 14

JB Hifi offering 20% off select Notebooks, includes Acer C7 and HP Pavillion 14

If you’re at all interested in getting into a Chromebook or checking out ChromeOS, then this weekend is a great time to do so. JB Hifi has announced on Twitter this morning that they will be offering 20% off Laptops, today and tomorrow. The good news is that this does include their Chromebooks, the bad news is, as per the sign the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook is not included. There are however two other models of Chromebooks on the market and JB Hifi has both of them. JB Hifi is currently offering the Acer C7 Chromebook for $238.40, down from[Read More...]

by 3:09 PM on April 6, 2013 0 comments Sale