Samsung halts rollout of Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung has halted rollout of an Android 4.3 upgrade for the Galaxy S III in light of users experiencing issues after installing the update. According to a post on SamMobile, a spokesperson for Samsung Mobile UK made the following statement: “As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.” SamMobile goes on to state that users have been experiencing the following issues: Wake... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets an awesome update

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be getting an update  that boosts its functionality by quite a magnitude. Previously, getting notifications on the Gear was limited to Samsung apps, and the choice was quite meagre. A new Gear Manager update will combine with a software update that is coming soon for the new features to work. It would appear that Samsung was aware of the short comings of its Galaxy Gear, as the new update brings support for all of your favourite  apps. A More Notifications page has been added, from which you simply pick which app... Continue reading

Samsung Experience Home Appliance launched in Australia at Bing Lee

Australia's first Samsung Experience home appliance pop-up store has recently been opened at Bing Lee's Rhodes Shopping Centre store in Sydney. The mini store displays Samsung's premium-end appliances, a number of which are fully functional. The store is staffed by Samsung employees. Customers can interact with Galaxy tablets to find more information on products that they are interested in, then have that data sent to them via email or text. Continue reading

Samsung Australia launches the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids

In one of the slightly more surprising additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup in Australia, Samsung has today announced local pricing and availability for the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids device, which you can see depicted above. It features a user mode designed specifically for younger users (and of course, child friendly bright colours), while also featuring a standard mode for adults who might like to play too. Designed specifically to cater to separate age groups, the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids is a 7" tablet with bright yellow bezel, orange rubber casing, and when in the special Kids Mode, a... Continue reading

Galaxy Note 3 Experience app lets you try out a Note 3 for free

Are you in the market for a new phone but not sure where to go? Are you considering a Galaxy Note 3, but not really sold on its features? Samsung wants to help ease that decision, and has released a new app called Galaxy Note 3 Experience, which, funnily enough, allows you try out some of the features of a Galaxy Note 3 on whatever Android device you have available. Some of the features you can try out include Air Command, Pen Window, Action Memo, Multi-Window, S Finder and more. You can even play with some of the... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G launches November 12 on Telstra

Telstra are looking to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cat4 4G on November 12 according to a source. The device is identical, in terms of design and most of its hardware, to the Galaxy S4 except the Cat4 4G version supports a faster 4G connection thanks to a newer radio in the device as well as Telstra's Cat4 4G network with 20MHz of contiguous spectrum -- currently in very few places, Perth is one. All of Telstra's Cat4 4G devices are rated at 150Mbps peak downlink speed, with Cat3 maxing out at a 'measly' 100Mbps. You can obviously... Continue reading

Updated GPU Binaries discovered for the Galaxy Nexus – could it bring new life into a dying device?

Just when you thought that the Galaxy Nexus was being left behind by Google with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, it seems the folks over at XDA Forums have been extremely busy, with reports developers are finding what appear to be updated GPU binaries for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally when Google announced the KitKat update, the company stated that the Galaxy Nexus would not be supported, given that the company which made the G Nexus device’s processor, Texas Instruments, is no longer supporting the device’s hardware and had taken a leave from the mobile chipset landscape. Since the... Continue reading

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here's a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy... Continue reading

Samsung reportedly starting mass production of curved batteries

Samsung is on the verge of producing curved batteries according to a ZDNet report. This comes as Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Round that will be launching in the companies home country of South Korea. Whether the two will go hand in hand remains to be seen, however, Samsung appear to be very keen in the area of curved devices -- it's just a step closer to flexible devices, though I doubt we're going to see flexible batteries any time soon. The first batteries are likely to... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sales surpass 5 million in just one month

Samsung CEO, JK Shin, has told reporters that the company's Galaxy Note 3 has surpassed 5 million sales just one month since coming to market. He said that the response to the Galaxy Note 3 had been greater than that of its predecessors thanks to consumer awareness of the brand. The Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II took five and two months respectively to get the same sales figures. How silly were we early on to think the Galaxy Note line wouldn't be a raging success. Continue reading

Why your iPhone’s touch screen is inaccurate, and why Samsung’s Galaxy S3 handset is better

Those of you who've used an iPhone, particularly the later models, will probably have noticed the same kind of thing as we have. That is, the digitiser really isn't all that good, and your perceived inaccuracy of your typing can leave one feeling quite annoyed. Well, Finnish firm OptoFidelity have used a robot and a robotic finger, and compared the touch sensitivity of the newest iPhone handsets, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, with a slightly older, yet extremely popular, Samsung Galaxy SIII. While Samsung's phone is a good deal older than the Apple models, never fear. Take a look... Continue reading

Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 4GB RAM, 64-bit CPU

How good are rumours? They give us something to dream about while we wait for devices (*cough*Nexus 5*cough*) to launch. In the rumourmill today are some tidbits about the Galaxy S5; it may be a good 6 months off, but that hasn't stopped Korean media from reporting that Samsung will aim to put 4GB of RAM into the device along with their upcoming 64-bit Exynos SoC. From the (badly) translated Korean website, Samsung looks to be putting 4GB of RAM into the Galaxy S5 purely to... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom for Australia

Samsung has today announced that another variant in the the Galaxy S4 range, the photography focused Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in Australian retailers from next week. Revealed back in June, the Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced as the result of Samsung's 'mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera'. It's finally arriving on Australian shores and will be available from Samsung retail partners and Samsung Experience Stores in the Highpoint shopping centre, Melbourne and the George Street store in Sydney priced at $699. At... Continue reading