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Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to Allphones

Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to Allphones

We received a tip from an Ausdroid reader letting us know that Allphones stores have begun to receive plastic dummy units of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. These units should be on display in stores today, so you can pick one up and get a feel for the size and shape of the device. Notably, the device is yet to appear on the Allphones site, which would seem to indicate that they’re not quite ready to sell you one yet. We’re told that stock – Australian 4G units – is expected to arrive within the coming week. If you’re thinking[Read More...]

by 9:27 AM on November 23, 2012 2 comments Phones
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad – Available at JB Hifi from today

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad – Available at JB Hifi from today

Huawei have announced that Ascend D1 Quad will be available from today at JB Hifi with a RRP of $499, however checking their website they are currently selling for $488. The D1 Quad is only available outright and has no carrier plans attached which has been the case for most of the Huawei phones released so far. The Ascend D1 Quad is the first phone to run their own K3V2 Quad-Core CPU which they developed in-house. Huawei promises that the K3V2 CPU promises up to 30% power savings. Speaking about the handset, Marketing Manager for Huawei Device, Poh-Lee Koh advises[Read More...]

by 9:26 AM on November 23, 2012 1 comment News, Phones
Telstra: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy S III, One XL, RAZR HD all to receive major updates before year’s end

Telstra: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy S III, One XL, RAZR HD all to receive major updates before year’s end

In Telstra’s most recent public announcement of software updates, they’ve informed users for a range of devices that major updates for their devices are expected to be rolled out before the end of this year. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G “Ice Cream Sandwich” update is expected to see Telstra approval on November 26th, with roll out soon after. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s update to “Jelly Bean” (Android 4.1, not 4.2) has been delayed and is now expected to begin testing on Friday. On the final Samsung front, the Galaxy S III’s update to “Jelly Bean” (again, 4.1, not 4.2)[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on November 22, 2012 13 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Vodafone pushing OTA Jellybean update to Galaxy S3 owners starting Monday

Vodafone pushing OTA Jellybean update to Galaxy S3 owners starting Monday

Galaxy S3 owners on Vodafone – The wait is nearly over! The Vodafone Blog has been updated with a notable change, the 4.1.1 Jellybean update is scheduled to roll out this coming Monday. In the never ending race between the carriers to get updated out to their branded Android handsets, it seems that Vodafone has won the race on the Galaxy S3 Jellybean update, adding it to their already considerable list of updates they’ve beaten the others to. I for one cannot wait; I nearly went with a third party ROM to get Jellybean, telling myself “Be patient, it’s coming”[Read More...]

by 11:51 AM on November 22, 2012 12 comments Carriers, News, OS Update
Rockstar Games announces Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition coming December 6th

Rockstar Games announces Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition coming December 6th

We were told last month that GTA: Vice City was coming soon to Android and now Rockstar has released a bit more information regarding the release of the popular game. GTA: Vice City is expected to drop into the Google Play Store on December 6th for $4.99(it’s also going to iOS on the same day). Rockstar has promised the full experience of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, with several enhancements unique to the mobile platforms. There will be updated character models and lighting effects, new and more precise firing and targeting options and fully customisable control layout. Rockstar has also[Read More...]

by 6:12 AM on November 22, 2012 5 comments Apps, News
Galaxy S Duos available from Dick Smith for $399

Galaxy S Duos available from Dick Smith for $399

Not even two hours ago we told you about the Galaxy Duos available from Dick Smith from $199. Ausdroid tipster MiracleBoi has told us that this isn’t the only new dual-sim addition to the Dick Smith catalogue. In fact, there’s a Galaxy S Duos for sale at tricky dicky as well. This model is $399, and not only does it look a bit nicer – it has similar stylings to the Galaxy S III – but it rocks some more impressive specs as well: 4″ screen at 480×800 (223 ppi) 4gb storage (up to 32gb via MicroSD) 1GHz processor and[Read More...]

by 6:26 PM on November 21, 2012 4 comments News, Phones
Galaxy Duos now available from Dick Smith for $199

Galaxy Duos now available from Dick Smith for $199

If you’re looking to get a dual-sim Mobile phone in Australia you just got another option, Dick Smith is now selling the Samsung Galaxy Duos, unlocked for $199. Avaialable in either Black or White the phone is what I would class as an entry level to mid-range smartphone with some pretty basic specs : 3.14″ 320×240 resolution Touchscreen 832 MHz CPU 3MP Rear Camera microSD Card Slot up to 32GB Dual SIM Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-fi b/g/n Android 2.3 1300 mAh Battery Standby Time: Up to 625 hours Talk Time: Up to 6 hours 109.8x60x11.95mm @ 280grams Source: Dick Smith Website.[Read More...]

by 4:45 PM on November 21, 2012 6 comments News, Phones, Sale
Update your carrier-branded Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2

Update your carrier-branded Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2

Ok, you’ve been patient, you’ve complained and you’ve pleaded but still you can’t get regular updates on your carrier branded Galaxy Nexus. Well, is it time to think about unlocking and putting on the international firmware to ensure that your phone gets updates? Before we start, a minority of people will tell you the carrier branded phones are different hardware wise to the International unbranded Galaxy Nexus. To put it simply: They. Are. Wrong. EDIT : This Guide is intended for Australian Carrier branded Galaxy Nexus phones, if you have a Verizon branded phone. DO NOT PROCEED any further. Now[Read More...]

by 4:00 PM on November 21, 2012 44 comments Modding, Phones
December missing from People app in Android 4.2, Google promises to bring it back ‘soon’.

December missing from People app in Android 4.2, Google promises to bring it back ‘soon’.

If you have the 4.2 version of Android installed on your Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 or if you have received your Nexus 4 and have recently tried to add a new event to a person in the people app that occurs in December you would be familiar with the above screenshot which shows December missing. Google has finally acknowledged the bug on which does not affect the calendar app and has advised that it will be ‘fixed soon’. The acknowledgement appeared in the Android Google+ stream this morning : We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes[Read More...]

by 3:43 PM on November 21, 2012 3 comments News, OS Update
Is the Nexus 4 going to be available in white soon?

Is the Nexus 4 going to be available in white soon?

Want a Nexus 4, but the Black does nothing for you? Well it appears that there may be a White version of the Nexus 4 coming to at least the UK anyway although who’s to say that it’ll be an exclusive over there? Carphone Warehouse the company that infamously leaked pricing and specs for the Nexus 4 a couple of days before the official release has made an offer available on their sibling site TalkTalk for a White Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7 for £30 per month, with stock expected by the 13th of December. With Nexus 4s out[Read More...]

by 3:23 PM on November 21, 2012 4 comments Phones, Rumours
Sony Mobile announce Australian release of Xperia TX

Sony Mobile announce Australian release of Xperia TX

Sony Mobile today announced the release of the Xperia TX – the official smartphone of the James Bond movie Skyfall – from 28 November. The Xperia TX will be available on Vodafone’s $50 plan and outright from Sony Centres for $629. The Xperia TX is a quad-band HSPA phone (no LTE) with a 4.6″ 720p display, 16GB onboard memory with microSD slot, 1.5GHz Dual Core Krait processor, 13MP camera and launches with Android 4.0 (ICS). Not exactly a flagship device, but well-priced and will gain some great publicity through its association with the new Bond film.

by 11:50 AM on November 21, 2012 2 comments News, Phones
Nexus 4 Bumpers are back in stock

Nexus 4 Bumpers are back in stock

We just recieved a tip that Google’s Nexus 4 bumpers are back in stock in the Play Store’s Devices section. Once on the page, you might need to refresh a few times to make the “Add To Cart” button appear. Be sure you’re logged into your Google account. Shipping appears to be a cool (or not-so-cool) $10.99, pushing the total bumper purchase price just north of $30. At that price you might want to consider other options – but if you need to complete your Nexus collection, now is your chance. Are you interested in getting a Bumper? Were you[Read More...]

by 4:52 PM on November 20, 2012 18 comments Accessories, Google Play, News
Vodafone and Visa: NFC payments in 2013

Vodafone and Visa: NFC payments in 2013

Near Field Communication technology – or NFC – is a feature that’s been appearing more recently on a few devices (such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Nexus 4), but hasn’t had much use here in Australia. NFC proponents have been banging the mobile payments drum for a while now, and while Google’s Wallet system has been available in the US for some time now, it’s yet to roll out anywhere else. A few of the major Australian banks have shown interest, with ANZ and Westpac both trialling NFC payment systems, but there’s been nothing publicly available so[Read More...]

by 3:13 PM on November 20, 2012 8 comments Apps, Carriers, News, NFC