CyanogenMod 10.1 Release Candidate now available

CyanogenMod - possibly the most popular third party ROM for Android - has made a release candidate of their newest offering available. CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and is currently said to support just over 40 devices - as you'd expect, this includes mainstream Samsung devices, various Nexus devices, and a handful of devices from other manufacturers. The full announcement, The road to CyanogenMod 10.1.0, has full details on the phones that are supported. The next major step is a stable build, this is an exciting step forward for... 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

Samsung have shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices

You may have heard of a little family of devices from Samsung called the "Galaxy S" range. Well, apparently they're pretty popular, with Samsung shipping over 100 million Galaxy S units in total. Other cool numbers from Samsung include selling 190,000 Galaxy S IIIs each day, and 40 million Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III shipments each. With the growing success of Samsung's high-end range, we can't wait to see what they have in store for us with the next generation Galaxy S device. What would you like to see from it? Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Test Firmware Leaks

We heard a rumor a little while a go that the Galaxy S II would be getting a Jelly Bean Update around Q4 this year, well it seems as though you can download a near to perfect test release of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S II. SamMobile have some instructions for how to go about flashing your Galaxy S II, with the test version of Android 4.1.2. You don't need to have a rooted handset to do this, but you do need to be comfortable with applying un-official firmware to... Continue reading

Video: This is what happens when you run the USSD exploit on the Samsung Galaxy S II

If you wanted to see if that factory reset from the browser exploit is actually a thing, then watch the video below -- it's kind of mind blowing to think this is possible. The issue is clearly there on the Galaxy S II, however, the Galaxy S III is immune from this exploit from within the browser, but can happen via NFC, apparently. Trevor Long from EFTM filmed the video below, showing a normal Samsung Galaxy S II reading a QR Code which sends it into the browser which has the exploit embedded on it. Straight away the factory... Continue reading

Jelly Bean rumours for SGS II, SGS III, Note and Note 2

There hasn't been much official word on any types of updates for the most popular phones that Samsung has sold in the last year, we've seen insane profits reported for the last quarter by Samsung and sales figures for the Galaxy S II and III seem pretty fantastic and the surprise hit the Galaxy Note is also selling well and a successor is to be announced at the end of this month, but we've only just seen them all being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich and no mention of Jelly Bean has been heard. SamMobile is a site that concentrates... Continue reading

Samsung have sold 28 million Galaxy S II, 24 million Galaxy S, 7 million Galaxy Notes

Samsung aren't just proud of their current flagship device, the Galaxy S III, they're also very proud of their previous flagships in the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, as well as the Galaxy Note, which is a flagship in a category of its own. SammyHub have confirmed some sales numbers of these devices with Samsung and they're pretty astounding. The Galaxy S has sold over 24 million units (since June 2010), the Galaxy S II has sold over 28 million units (since April 2010) making it the fastest selling Samsung device ever, and the Galaxy... Continue reading

Australian-based Kickstarter will create Galaxy Nexus magnet-mounting case

I'm a late comer to Kickstarter projects but I'm starting to have a great time looking through the many wonderful projects that are out there, in particular in regards to Android based projects. I just came across this project from Melbourne based company, Studio Proper, which aims to produce a mounting system for the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II as well as the iPhone 4s. Using a system utilising rare earth magnets, they offer the ability to wall, desk or car mount your phone in either portrait or landscape mode. They advise the case will not affect NFC... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II now available on Red Bull MOBILE

Red Bull MOBILE Australia have added a new device to their lineup: the Samsung Galaxy S II. It joins the fairly bare lineup that includes only the HTC Salsa and HTC Explorer, so it's certainly a high-end device in comparison. You can't buy the Galaxy S II outright, instead you can get one starting at $619, includes half a years access, or for $735 which includes a whole years access to Red Bull MOBILE. The Galaxy S II launches with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it, however, we're sure an update will be available for it shortly. The $619 option... Continue reading

Majority of MobiCity’s best selling phones are Android

MobiCity have released some interesting info regarding their best-selling phones over the previous 3 years. Unsurprisingly it's all Android at the top; leading the pack is the Samsung Galaxy S II followed by the HTC Desire -- the device was a huge success when it first launched back in 2010. Behind that is the Desire HD, another hallmark device for HTC. In fourth spot is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, not too bad a position when it only launched in October. To round out the top 5 is the HTC Wildfire -- HTC's third entry in the list... Continue reading

Galaxy S III TouchWiz Nature UX gets ported to Galaxy S II

Want to get Samsung's new TouchWiz Nature UX on your Galaxy S II because you can't justify upgrading to the Galaxy S III? Well you're in luck. A developer has ripped TouchWiz UX from the leaked Galaxy S III ROM and has managed to get it working on the Samsung Galaxy S II (amongst other Galaxy devices) so that you can feel that little bit closer to nature. Head over to XDA via the source link to be at one with nature. Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 030 – Talking Updates with Vodafone – 01/05/2012

It was my first attempt at hosting the Ausdroid Podcast, and I think it went down pretty nicely: take a listen for yourself. We were lucky enough to be joined by Kieran McIlwain, Vodafone's Device Introduction Specialist, to talk about the Android OS update process for devices on their network. Oh, we also did some speculation about the Galaxy S III (this was before its release - we're more disappointed now). Sit back, listen up, and enjoy! (more…) Continue reading

Compared: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. The Competition

With Samsung letting the cat out of the bag in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S III -- the successor to the Galaxy S II -- we thought it would only be fair to compare it to two other recently released devices -- the HTC One X and Sony Xperia S -- as well as the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III's predecessor: the Galaxy S II. We're evening comparing it to the Apple iPhone 4S just to spark debate there as well. Let's get into it! Galaxy S III vs. The Androids   Galaxy S III HTC One... Continue reading