Huawei Ascend P6 to get KitKat in January in China

Huawei has announced on their EmotionUI web page that the Chinese domestic version of the Ascend P6 will be updated from Android 4.2 Jellybean straight to Android 4.4 KitKat in January. At this stage we don't know if there will be an international update rolled out, but it certainly looks promising. We reviewed the Ascend P6 back in August, and were certainly impressed with this very stylish and ultra slim mid range device. It's currently available in Australia through Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi for around $480. The specifications of the... Continue reading

Huawei offering insights into the future of the ‘Connected Home’ through demonstrations at Bondi Junction this school holidays

Huawei is running an interesting demonstration these school holidays centres around the concept of the 'Connected Home'. Huawei have set up their experience stand at the Westfield shopping centre in Bondi Junction in Sydney and will be running demonstrations of their media hub - the MediaQ - until this Sunday(October 6th). The stand is seen by Huawei as a good way to get Australian consumers familiar with the range of products that Huawei sell and have a hands-on experience with them. Huawei Australia Account Director Geison Jiao says that Huawei’s Devices business goes beyond our latest range of smartphones, so we’re... Continue reading

Coles selling the Samsung Galaxy Y & Huawei Ascend Y201

In the latest Coles catalogue starting this Wednesday 11 September for one week, Coles is offering the Samsung Galaxy Y for $59 plus 750 FlyBuys points and the Huawei Ascend Y201 for $39 plus an additional 500 points if you're a FlyBuys member. Now whilst these devices aren't going to offer the latest and greatest specs, they will offer most of the same functions as Android smartphones offered for ten times the price (although, not all of them). Just in case you need reminding, the Samsung Galaxy Y specs are as follows: 3" TFT capacitive touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) 830... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 82 – August 13, 2013

Welcome to the 82nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason was joined by Phil and Dan. We spent a little while going over the unfolding ispONE situation which looks like it could affect many Australian prepaid MVNO users, then talked about the LG G2 which Dan and Jason were lucky enough to try out in person last week. We also discussed HTC's (ill advised?) #HTChange campaign, and looked at Huawei's press release about the ABC's lack of Android support for iView. At the chat room's prompting, we also ended up talking very... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend P6 — Review

The Huawei Ascend P6 looks the goods, but Ausdroid takes a look to see whether it delivers. When Huawei announced the Ascend P6 back in June, it didn't exactly jump off the page at us. Sure, the Ascend P6 looks pretty good; in fact, the industrial design is really top notch. A slim (and we do mean slim) handset with a metal band wrapped around it, broken in places only by a couple of buttons, and one could be forgiven for thinking the Ascend P6 is inspired by Apple's iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 design. It certainly looks like... Continue reading

Report: More $200 smartphone will be sold in 2018 than was in 2012

A report compiled by ABI research, as part of a report into the Mobile Handset Go-to-market Strategies and the Next Generation Mobile Devices forecasts that low cost smartphone shipments to grow from 238 million in 2013 to 758 million by 2018, driven mainly by the low penetration of smartphones and large subscriber bases. Though the research does also states that the "low hanging fruit" for low cost smartphones is to drive smartphone adoption in emerging markets where handset subsidization and disposable income are scarce. Michael Morgan, senior analyst at ABI Research stated that: Despite the low cost moniker, research has... Continue reading

Huawei calls out ABC over missing iview app for Android

As Android users we all celebrated the recent movements from the ABC in introducing video streaming into their ABC app for Android, and then a further update which saw them announce an Android App was in the works and would hopefully be released before the end of the year. But it appears that Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei are not satisfied with this and in a press release this afternoon called on the ABC to drop their 'Android bias and get the iView app on Android smartphones ASAP'. Jeremy Mitchell, Corporate Affairs Director for Huawei said in the statement Like... Continue reading

Small Android tablets gain whilst Apple’s buzz fades

Whilst Apple may have captured the early buzz with the tablet market when they introduced the original iPad, it seems their share of the tablet market has begun to fade according to research released by Canalys. With a tablets now accounting for 31% of worldwide PC shipments, Canalys estimate that 68 per cent of tablets shipped in the second quarter had a screen size smaller than 9 inches and that small tablet manufactures like Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Acer and others saw hefty year-on-year gains in shipments during the second quarter, ranging from 228 per cent (Acer) to 317 per... Continue reading

Dick Smith Selling the Huawei Ascend G526 4G ready phone on the Vodafone Network

Its seems the 4G competition is heating up with the networks for pre-paid devices, especially since Vodafone only turned on their 4G network earlier this month. In their latest catalogue, it appears that Dick Smith have begun offering the Huawei Ascend G526, a 4G ready mobile phone for $229. Now whilst the Huawei Ascend G526 isn't going to offering rock your socks off specs, it is offering some decent if not okish specs for a pre-paid entry level specs. Here is a run down of the what the G526 is packing: IPS LCD, 540 x... Continue reading

Huawei MediaPad 10 Link 4G, first tablet with Cat 4 LTE, 10 to launch exclusively on Vodafone

Huawei are really making a push into the Australian market of late, with the Ascend P2 being released exclusively on Telstra earlier this month, and now the MediaPad 10 Link 4G - a Vodafone exclusive, and the first tablet in Australia to make use of the new, ultrafast Category 4 LTE. The unweildily-named MediaPad 10 Link 4G is powered by the same 1.5 GHz quad-core K3V2 system-on-a-chip that powers the Ascend P2, but ups the display size to 10.1 inches with an unfortunately-low resolution of 1280... Continue reading

Huawei announces the Ascend P2 for Telstra – Launching July 30

Hot on the heels of the launch of their other high end smartphone the Ascend P6, Huawei has today announced that their Category 4 LTE packing Ascend P2 smartphone will be available at the end of the month on the Telstra 4G network. The Ascend P2, is powered by the K3V2 CPU that Huawei developed in-house and is running Android 4.1.2 with the Huawei Emotion UI overlaid on top. It features 32GB of Storage but unfortunately no expandable memory. Huawei Ascend P2 Specs : 4.7" 1280 x 720 in-cell Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 1.5GHz K3V2 Quad-Core CPU 1GB RAM 32GB... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 76 – July 9, 2013

Welcome to the 76nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we spent a while discussing the looming launch of the Huawei Ascend P6 in Australia, the LG Optimus G2 abroad and Optimus F5 here, HTC's trials, tribulations and software updates. That was all a bit of a sideshow to get us to a discussion of Android's recent security vulnerability issues - are you a member of the 99%? Featuring: Jason Murray, Scott Plowman and Dan Tyson. Topics: Huawei: Ascend P6 Australian Launch Information HTC One update to Android 4.2.2 rolling out internationallt HTC profits hit the floor Continue reading

Optus add the Huawei Ascend G510 to their Pre-Paid range

It seems a lot of entry-level Android mobile devices are being made more enticing with somewhat recent Android OS (Jelly Bean 4.1 for a start at least), with some features like NFC/DLNA features making their way to these devices, albeit slowly but its a start really. That's where the Huawei Ascend G510 comes in through the Optus prepaid store. Whilst it doesn’t offer Android 4.2.2 or a higher spec screen or LTE (4G), it still seems to offer some decent specs for an entry level device which I really have to say is a good start for a pre-paid... Continue reading