Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 104 – Wearing out the wearables

Welcome to episode 104 of the Ausdroid podcast! We only managed to cover Nokia's and Samsung's announcements from Mobile World Congress in episode 103, so this week we covered other announcements and - of course - the news of the week. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Scott Plowman and Adam Ricket. Topics: TV shows now available on Google Play in Australia Sony: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet LG: F Series (and don't forget the L Series III) HTC: Desire 610, 816 Huawei: Mediapad Tablets, Ascend G6 Wearables at MWC: Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Huawei announces two MediaPad tablets, the Ascend G6 and their smartband

Huawei has kicked off proceedings at MWC launching the first new devices at their press event just prior to the official launch of the trade show and just as their teaser suggested, there's a phone, two tablets, a Cat6 LTE hotspot and something that wasn't in the teaser, a smartband which can double as a phone. Talkband B1 Starting off with the smartband, which Huawei have named the TalkBand B1. The surprisingly thick - 14.6mm to be precise - smartband consists of a 1.4" flexible OLED display mounted on what appears to be a rubberised band. The screen hides... Continue reading

Huawei Mediapad X1 Tablet and Ascend G6 Smartphone leak ahead of MWC

Huawei has been teasing their MWC offerings for a week or so now, including a less than fantastic video teaser, and it appears that two of the devices have now been leaked ahead of the official launch. First up is the Huawei Ascend G6 Smartphone. The Ascend G6 has appeared on Twitter courtesy of @evleaks showing off the phone in 5 colours - Blue, Gold, Pink, White and Black - with capacative buttons and the Huawei custom Android skin Emotion UI. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/436623851183964162 Specs for the phone indicate that it will most likely slot into the mid-range of whatever Huawei's 2014 mobile... Continue reading

Retailer Round-up: This weeks specials

It has been a few weeks since we brought you retailer round-up and we thought it was time to bring it back and share with you the specials available this week from the bricks and motor retailers around Australia. Coles Samsung Galaxy Y Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile - $59 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Woolworths LG Optimus L3+ Telstra Pre-Paid - $34.50 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Aldi Bauhn 9.7" Quad Core Android Tablet 16GB - $199 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until sold-out Bauhn 5" Quad Core Android Smartphone 8GB - $249 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until... Continue reading

Huawei releases teaser for Mobile World Congress using video of a Siri clone

Huawei will once again be at Mobile World Congress and according to the invite to their press event, they released last night on Social Media they intend to 'amaze the world again'. https://twitter.com/HuaweiDevice/status/435342582504095745/ While the invite itself gives time, date and location of the press event, they have followed up with a video teaser of what people can expect from the launch - basically a phone and tablet, with emphasis on multimedia, large battery, support for next-gen LTE and yet again an emphasis on a high quality 'Selfie' camera on the front. The video itself uses a clone of the... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 98 – CES-a-palooza

Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It's taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we'll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony - Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei - Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus - Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer - 7" and 7.9" tablets Acer - C720P Chromebook Samsung - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan... Continue reading

Retailer Round-up: In-store Weekly Specials

Well the silly season is officially over, and retailers are now gearing themselves back up once again for the back to school (and work) specials, so here is whats on offer this week from our various retailers around this great country of ours: Big W Mobiles Boost Sony Xperia E - $59 - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Vodafone Huawei G300+ - $99 with bonus $30 recharge voucher added - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Telstra Huawei Y300 - $79 - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Samsung Galaxy Trend unlocked smartphone - $228 - starts Jan 9 until... Continue reading

CES 2014 — Huawei announce the Ascend Mate 2 4G

The Huawei Ascend Mate was a pretty massive phone that was announced a full year ago at CES 2013, but only introduced to Australia in June and now Huawei has announced the successor the Ascend Mate 2 4G. With a 6.1" 720p IPS display the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is not going to go un-noticed in a crowd and continues Huawei's love affair with 720P resolution screens, although this lower resolution will certainly give the 4,050mAh battery in the Ascend Mate 2 more life, with Huawei estimating 60 hours of 'normal use' when the power saving technology is used. The phone... Continue reading

Retailer Round-Up: In-store Weekly Specials

With only 13 days left till the jolly big fat man in the red suit makes his way around to all the good boys and girls, retailers are ramping up their last minute gift ideas, so here is a list of offerings for this week from the big retailers: Big W: Tablets NXTBOOK M7000ND 7" Tablet $149 - starts Thursday December 12 Laser eTouch 7" tablet $128 - starts Thursday 12 December Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0" WiFi 8GB (White only) $228 - starts Thursday December 12 Laser 7" Kids Smart Pad $128 - starts December 12 Smart Tab Junior Android... Continue reading

Huawei threatens to exit the US market amid spying accusations

Huawei, the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world - passing Ericsson in 2012 - has threatened to pull out of the US market amid what they say are unsubstantiated claims of spying for the Chinese government. This comes from Huawei Chief Executive Officer Ren Zhengfei, who said at a press conference in France, that Huawei is "exiting the US market". Earlier this year Zhengfei said in relation to the Edward Snowden NSA spying leaks that: Huawei has no connection to the cyber-security issues the U.S. has encountered in the past, current and future. While Ren has not advised that... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

It seems Australian carriers are gearing up for the Christmas period with various offerings. The latest comes from Optus, offering the Huawei Ascend Y210 Android powered smartphone for $79 on pre-paid. As you might expect, an ground-floor price gets you ground-floor specs. The Y210 isn't going to set the world on fire: 3.5" TFT capacitive touchscreen (165 ppi) 512 MB ROM 256 MB RAM 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU Adreno 200 GPU Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon chipset 2 MP rear facing camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Android v2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Connectivity: 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz Remember, this is a sub-$100 phone. GSM Arena has the phone's full specs. The device... Continue reading