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Blackberry Priv now available from Optus stores from $67 per month

Blackberry Priv now available from Optus stores from $67 per month

12:24 pm on February 4, 2016 in Carriers, Phones

The much anticipated Blackberry Priv has finally made its way down under, with Optus listing the phone on their website this morning. Optus made the announcement they would carry the phone yesterday but had no pricing to share at the time. From the Optus website, the phone is selling on a range of My Plan Plus options from $40 per[Read More…]

Fitbit introduces a more fashion focused fitness tracker

Fitbit introduces a more fashion focused fitness tracker

11:20 am on February 4, 2016 in Accessories
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Fitbit has today announced a new activity tracker with a focus on looking good, while still delivering all the results you expect from your Fitbit. Called the Fitbit Alta, the tracker’s outstanding feature is the option to swap the activity tracking module out from the silicon band and into either leather or metal ‘bangle’ options you can purchase separately. The[Read More…]

Editions at Play is an experiment in digital narratives and unprintable books, co-developed in Australia with Google

Editions at Play is an experiment in digital narratives and unprintable books, co-developed in Australia with Google

9:58 am on February 4, 2016 in Other News
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Google has today taken the wraps of an experimental digital product called Editions at Play, jointly developed by digital publisher Visual Editions and Google’s Sydney-based Creative Labs team. The product promises a new kind of digital book that combines the traditional experience of text-based reading with the power of smartphones and the web, merging the two into one content experience[Read More…]

LG US confirms LG G5 will launch at February 21st event, while LG launches G5 countdown timer

LG US confirms LG G5 will launch at February 21st event, while LG launches G5 countdown timer

9:20 am on February 4, 2016 in Phones
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The LG G4 was one of the best handsets of 2015, so it’s no surprise that the G5 is very hotly anticipated. Rumours have been circulating that LG will launch the phone at their event in Barcelona prior to the start of Mobile World Congress, and today LG’s US Twitter account has confirmed it, at the same time that LG[Read More…]

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Podcast launch on Google Play Music later this month looking more likely – some users seeing podcasts

Podcast launch on Google Play Music later this month looking more likely – some users seeing podcasts

8:38 am on February 4, 2016 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services
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The launch of podcasts in Google Play Music is coming. Google announced the feature last October, and yesterday a fairly well known podcaster tweeted podcasts would be arriving in Google Play Music this month – before deleting the tweet. Today, it looks like some people are seeing podcasts in their Google Play Music apps, firming up the February launch. The[Read More…]

Alcatel’s upcoming Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked ahead of suspected Mobile World Congress launch

Alcatel’s upcoming Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked ahead of suspected Mobile World Congress launch

7:38 am on February 4, 2016 in Phones, Rumours
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Alcatel OneTouch is in the middle of a resurgence in the Australian market after relaunching their brand last year, and delivering a very well put together smartphone in the Idol 3. It looks like Alcatel One Touch are set to continue the Idol series with not one, but two models leaking on Alcatel’s own website. Named the Alcatel OneTouch Idol[Read More…]

Huawei reaches a milestone with over 16 million shipments of the P8 series phones

Huawei reaches a milestone with over 16 million shipments of the P8 series phones

6:46 pm on February 3, 2016 in Exclusive, News, Phones

Look, we don’t often talk about sales figures here, because quite often they’re just not that interesting; we talk about Android distribution figures, with Google’s monthly updates, and share of various Android versions, but in terms of how many devices particular manufacturers sell … well, we usually don’t really find out. Huawei have hit a bit of a milestone though,[Read More…]

Huawei celebrates Chinese New Year with discounts and bonuses at Huawei Zone stores

Huawei celebrates Chinese New Year with discounts and bonuses at Huawei Zone stores

1:00 pm on February 3, 2016 in Other News
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Huawei announced today that it’s transforming its Huawei Zone stores for Chinese New Year, and offering deals and bonuses on some purchases to boot. From February 1 to 21, you can score $38.88 off the marked price of the Huawei G8 or Huawei Watch. If you’d rather a Nexus 6P you’ll get the same discount and a bonus case, premium[Read More…]

Microsoft set to purchase third-party keyboard SwiftKey for US$250 million

Microsoft set to purchase third-party keyboard SwiftKey for US$250 million

12:34 pm on February 3, 2016 in Apps and Games
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Popular third party keyboard SwiftKey is set to be purchased by Microsoft for US$250 million according to a report in the Financial Times. Microsoft has been purchasing a number of popular Android apps over the last couple of years, notably Wunderlist and Sunrise Calendar (which will be rolled into Microsoft’s Outlook application), so the addition of one of the most[Read More…]

Did Samsung just confirm the Galaxy S7 Edge on their website?

Did Samsung just confirm the Galaxy S7 Edge on their website?

12:13 pm on February 3, 2016 in Phones

We’re less than a month away from the announcement of Samsung’s latest and greatest mobile handset line up, which it’s safe to assume will be the Galaxy S7 range. The current rumors are that we might be getting 3 variants at launch a S7, S7 Edge and a S7 Edge+. Well, today Samsung themselves have confirmed we’re at least getting[Read More…]

BlackBerry’s Priv launches with Optus tomorrow

BlackBerry’s Priv launches with Optus tomorrow

11:30 am on February 3, 2016 in Carriers, Phones
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BlackBerry’s first Android phone will be available in Australia tomorrow through Optus, with a focus on business customers – don’t worry if you’re a personal customer though, as consumers will be able to purchase the phone for themselves online. The Priv takes BlackBerry’s focus on productivity, security and privacy and brings it to the world’s largest smartphone platform with access[Read More…]

Coles gets an exclusive on the Android 4.4 packing ZTE Chat

Coles gets an exclusive on the Android 4.4 packing ZTE Chat

8:30 am on February 3, 2016 in Phones
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ZTE has launched another low-cost handset, partnering with Coles to launch the ZTE Chat in Australia. The handset isn’t high-end, and at its normal price of $69 it’s probably not going to sell in droves, but when they discount it to $34.50 (like they did last week) it could sell quite well. The phone has some downsides, it does still[Read More…]

Google Play’s weekly App and Game Deals are now live.

Google Play’s weekly App and Game Deals are now live.

8:00 am on February 3, 2016 in Apps and Games, Google Play and Services
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Google has updated their weekly app and game deals, offering Thomas Was Alone and Twilight Pro for just 20c each. Google Play App Deal of the Week Twilight Pro Unlock This week, the UberAndroid team has discounted their unlock app for light filtering app, Twilight. Twilight is an app which has the intent of putting you to sleep easier, it[Read More…]

Podcasts could be arriving on Google Play this month…in the US. Still no word on international availability

Podcasts could be arriving on Google Play this month…in the US. Still no word on international availability

7:30 am on February 3, 2016 in Google Play and Services
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Google announced in late October last year that they would begin offering podcasts through Google Play. Google, at the time didn’t have any specifics on a release date, and still don’t, but according to former Grantland and ESPN host Bill Simmons, the service could go live this month. The tweet, which has of course now been deleted, was fairly basic,[Read More…]

Android distribution numbers released – Marshmallow finally is the 1%

Android distribution numbers released – Marshmallow finally is the 1%

7:00 am on February 3, 2016 in Other News
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It’s time for the monthly look at Android version distribution across the world – specifically the Google Android version distribution, because these numbers don’t take into account devices not hitting Google Play. The good news is that Google’s current favourite Androdid child – Marshmallow, is now playing with 1.2% of Android devices out there. Hitting the 1% mark is a[Read More…]