This is the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and it’s expected to launch on February 28 with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G

Gizmodo Australia have been sent a photo (well.. 2) of the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G dummy device that we reported are sitting in the back of Telstra Stores ahead of a launch later this month. Gizmodo's source claims that the release date is pencilled in for February 28th, not just for the Galaxy S II 4G but also the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G. This would bring Telstra's 4G device count up to 2 phones and 1 tablet, with 1 or 2 phones left to go before mid-year. Now that multiple sources... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson no longer exists, Sony Mobile Communications is the future

Sony Ericsson is no more ladies & gentlemen. Sony's buyout of Ericsson's share in the company is now complete -- Sony Mobile Communications is born.. or 'Sony' for short. All currently unreleased devices will be re-branded to Sony and all currently released phones will be dusted with nostalgia of a time gone by. Let's see if Sony can turn their previous losses around by launching some great phones people want in their hands. Continue reading

Rumour: Android 5.0 ‘Jelly Bean’ to be released in Q2 2012, allow hot-swapping between Android and Windows 8

A report coming out of DigiTimes suggests that Google might be looking to launch Android 5.0 'Jelly Bean' in the second quarter of this year. Honestly this seems a little far-fetched, but I understand the reasoning behind it. From the article, Google are hoping to better optimise the OS for tablets and netbooks and allow the device to go between Android and Windows 8 without having to shut down the device and start it up again. DigiTimes also reports that hardware partners aren't happy with the initial pick-up of Android 4.0 -- only 1% of devices accessing the... Continue reading

LG X3 gets benchmarked, kicks butt with its quad-core CPU

Remember the LG X3? It's the device LG are going to launch at Mobile World Congress, and it just got a little bit more real this morning with the release of screenshots showing some benchmark results in Quadrant. MoDaCo was lucky enough to score the exclusive shots which give the X3 a score of 4412 on Quadrant -- more than double the score of the Galaxy Nexus, which has half the amount of cores. Specs for the LG X3 include: 4.7" HD 720x1280 screenTegra 3 Quad core processor (1.5GHz on single core, 1.4GHz when on 2-4 cores) +... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to be Samsung’s show-stopper at Mobile World Congress?

It looks as though Samsung have let the cat out of the bag for its Mobile World Congress device lineup in an email to developers attending the conference. As seen on the left, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the device that interests us the most. This isn't the first time Samsung have leaked out what they're going to announce, last year they confirmed the Galaxy S II and new series of Galaxy Tabs days before the conference. There have been rumours flying around for quite as to what the specs are for the tablet to be announced at Mobile... Continue reading

HTC Endeavor and HTC Ville to launch as the HTC One X and HTC One S?

Pocket Now and Slashgear are reporting that the two HTC devices floating around the internet at the moment -- HTC Endeavor and HTC Ville -- are expected to launch at Mobile World Congress as the HTC One X and HTC One S respectively. It makes sense as HTC are no strangers to sticking with a name and then adding variations to it such as the HTC Sensation range which included the Sensation XE and Senastion XL. The One X (Endeavor) will feature NVIDIA's Quad-Core Tegra 3 CPU which will be clocked at a whopping 1.5GHz and will make use... Continue reading

Motorola gives us a timeline of Ice Cream Sandwich updates

Today Motorola updated its "Motorola Android Software Upgrade News" page with new information about which phones and Tablets will get Ice Cream Sandwich. I've saved you the effort of going through the page by separating out the Australian devices. So from the below table we can see that the RAZR (Optus), Atrix (Telstra) and the Xoom (WiFi & 3G) will make the cut and have a time frame of Q2 this year. What is disappointing to see is that the recently released Defy+ will not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich and there is no surprise about the rest of the devices. The Update... Continue reading

Sony Xperia S launching in Australia during the Autumn

Update: The release is Autumn, not Spring. The email was a global one, therefore the seasons are for the northern hemisphere, not the more-important southern hemisphere. Our apologies for not picking up on this earlier. In an email from Sony Ericsson Australia's Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Walker, a release date for the Sony Xperia S was mentioned and we're pretty excited about it, mainly due to the excellent specs of the device. "The first smartphone product from Sony, available this , will be the new Sony Xperia™ S" While the Sony Ericsson Australia website has had the Xperia S listed... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy Note now appearing in Telstra’s internal system

We've received the above photo of Telstra's internal computer system (Siebel) which is now listing the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and Samsung Galaxy Note -- our source says they've been there now for almost a week. While not all devices in Siebel actually launch (eg. Galaxy S II Mini, Galaxy S Plus) we've already heard from numerous sources that dummy units of the Galaxy S II 4G and Galaxy Note, as well as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G, have been arriving in stores. Vodafone have already announced their plans to bring the Galaxy Note to... Continue reading

Vodafone officially announces they’ll be taking on the Samsung Galaxy Note

We were hearing news back in late January that was saying Vodafone will be selling the Samsung Galaxy Note in the near future, and it turns out it was right! Vodafone just announced via Twitter that the Galaxy Note is 'coming soon' to their network. They also included the below video of them meeting up with Samsung Australia to have a quick chat about the device which is half phone / half tablet. Specs for the Galaxy Note include: 5.3-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED HD display w/ S-Pen 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU Android 2.3 (Android 4.0 coming in an update) HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz Wi-Fi... Continue reading

Leaked HTC Endeavor RUU provides us with Sense UI 4.0 screen shots

A leaked RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the HTC Endeavor leaked onto the internetz, and with it came a flurry of screenshots and images showing off the new UI features of Sense UI 4.0 -- HTC's take on Ice Cream Sandwich. While most Android savvy users are against Sense UI, it appears as though HTC are taking a step back and toning it down to act a little bit more like stock Android (check out the video of the HTC Ville). From the looks of the images, HTC are bringing in more themes and have scrapped their... Continue reading

Thinking of getting the LG Prada 3.0 from Vodafone? Here’s a 1080p video sample

With the launch of the LG Prada 3.0 on Vodafone happening in April, we thought we'd share this 1080p video sample that was shot by UK retailer Clove. For a designer phone, it actually takes fairly nice Full HD video from its 8MP camera. There is the occasional blur and stutter but that seems (sadly) commonplace with smartphone cameras. The image is a tad washed out, but that's also to be expected. Is this a phone you'd be interested in? Continue reading