Woolies offering the LG Optimus L2 Series II for $99 with Bonus $20 Google Play Store Card

With back to school specials now beginning across the major retailers, Woolworths in the latest catalogue which starts on Wednesday 1 January 2014 (until Tuesday 7 January 2014) are offering the LG Optimus L2 series II on Optus Pre-paid for $99 with a bonus $20 Google Play Store gift card. LG certainly have come a long way with the L Series and even though the Optimus L2 Series II does offer a very basic set of specifications with a relatively small screen, I have to say its still a good device for a first time Android user. Just in case you... Continue reading

Google pulls privacy feature from Android, says it was accidentally added

Google's recently added privacy feature, dubbed App Ops, which was able to allow users to install apps while preventing the installed app from collecting sensitive data has is now gone in Android 4.4, according to reports. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) questioned Google over the removal of the feature, and Google responded stating the feature had been released by accident and was experimental. The EFF, who are advocating for the consumer, are not at all happy with Google's response and believe the explanation they were provided doesn’t justify the removal of this critical feature. Google’s concern for privacy or lack thereof... Continue reading

Motorola RAZR M on sale at Dick Smith’s 2 day click frenzy deals for $269

With the Moto G announced last week, its seems that older models like the RAZR M are being reduced on sale, albeit very slowly. In an email received from Dick Smith, it seems they are having an additional 2 day Click Frenzy deals starting sometime today, with the Motorola RAZR M being reduced to $269. It was originally $349. The RAZR M is a 4G device and unlocked, so it can be used on an network. Just in case you have... Continue reading

LG Optimus L9 II unveiled

LG have today officially unveiled the Optimus L9 II in the Netherlands in which follows a leaked image of the device found its way onto the internet yesterday. The LG Optimus L9 II offers: 4.7-inch True HD IPS display Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor 2150 mAh battery Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 8MP shooter alongside 1.3MP front-facer (although this is yet to be confirmed) IR-port Now whilst the Optimus L9 II isn't going to break any records in terms of high-end specifications, it certainly does look beautiful and does offer some fairly decent specs, given that the L series are normally reserved for the entry/mid range levels. There is... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ now available at JB HiFi

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3" which we reviewed recently as an import, has now gone on-sale at JB Hifi. The latest JB HiFi catalogue is now showing the over sized phone on-sale for $598. As a fairly over-sized device, it's a big price for a big phone. There's no mention of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 which was announced at the same time but there has been some interest in the large screen device. Spec wise the Galaxy Mega 6.3 contains : 6.3” 720p LCD Dual core 1.7 Ghz CPU, Adreno 305 GPU 1.5 GB RAM 8 GB Storage, Micro SD expansion 8.0 MP rear,... Continue reading

LG launches the L1 II sub $100 Android Phone

It seems LG are continuing their push into the entry level or pre-paid market announcing the LG L1 II phone which is in the running for one of the cheapest name brand phones running Android 4.1.2. Here is a list of the specs for the L1 II: 3.0 inch screen, 240x320 resolution (~133 ppi pixel density) 1GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm MSM7225A-AB Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 200 GPU 2 MP rear Camera, 1600x1200 pixels. No front facing camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Now whilst the L1 II isn't going to break any records spec wise, it is good to see an affordable android phone making... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 available at Dick Smith for $299

If you're in the market for a rugged Android mobile that is water and dust proof, but on a budget, then the Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 may be just what you're after. Dick Smith is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 for $299 via their website offering free delivery or click and collect to pickup in-store. The IP67 rating that the XCover 2 has been certified for seems to be the next big market for Android manufacturers and this if the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is out of your price range, then the XCover 2 may just be... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 gets an update to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Well it seems the wait is over for long suffering owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7". It seems that Samsung Australia has finally pushed out Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) update. The update is only available though the Samsung Kies software at the moment, but that doesn't preclude an OTA update being pushed out at a later - although Samsung Australia has yet to even announce the update, let alone a delivery mechanism for it - so Kies it is for the time being. So far, I can say that the update has brought a heck of a lot... Continue reading

Vodafone to begin rollout of Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S II tomorrow

On the 5th of April Vodafone annoubced that they had approved the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S II for both the Vodafone and 3 models. Unfortunately at the time, no date was given on when the update would be rolled out but today the information has been updated to advise that the update will begin to rollout tomorrow. The rollout will be staggered as most Fimware Over The Air(FOTA) updates are, the scheduled rollout will move like this : Day 1-3 : 10K of IMEIs selected at random to be eligible for update, users are... Continue reading

Older Samsung Galaxy Tablets may be getting Jelly Bean update.

Good news for Samsung Tablet owners, specifially the Galaxy Tab 2 owners with rumours that Samsung is looking into a Jelly Bean update for their tablet. The rumour which originates from SamMobile states that Samsung is looking at updating the tablet to the first Jelly Bean version(Android 4.1.2) before updating to the final(Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version before ending the software update cycle for the tablet completely. Good news also for older Galaxy Tab(GT-P7300/GT-P7500), Galaxy Tab 7.7(GT-P6800) and Galaxy Tab Plus(GT-P6200) owners as well. Apparently Samsung is looking into how Jelly Bean runs on the Tegra 2(T20) processor from the... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S2 from Optus to get Jelly Bean update over the next week

In a tweet that has just gone out, Optus has advised that owners of one of 2011's most popular phones the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will begin seeing their Jelly Bean update over the next week. This update will take the Galaxy S 2 from Android 4.0.4 to Android 4.1.2 and should come as an OTA update, but for those who cannot wait for the OTA notification you can always try downloading Kies. Samsung Galaxy S2 customers: Jelly Bean rolls out over the next week starting today! Look out for the notification or check via device/Kies!— Optus (@Optus) Continue reading

Jelly Bean update for unbranded Australian Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8020) ’out now

Good news for owners of the unbranded Australian version of the S-Pen wielding Galaxy Note 10.1 which launched last year running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, the update to Android 4.1.2 is now available via Kies. The update was listed in the @SamKiesUpdate tweet stream : https://twitter.com/SamKiesUpdates/status/296235634199236608 To update your tablet simply connect it to your PC and run the Kies software. Do you have a Galaxy Note 10.1? Let us know how the update is going in the comments section. Continue reading

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... Continue reading