Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 announced

Samsung has just announced its successor to the popular Samsung Galaxy Grand, the Galaxy Grand 2. The Grand series could be described as a budget Galaxy Note, big screen phones but with mid-range specifications to suit the lower price point when compared to the Galaxy Note. The new version, that is expected to be released before the end of the year, incorporates the design of the larger Galaxy Note 3, with a leather look back and faux stitching around the edges. Unlike the Note series, the Galaxy Grand 2 doesn't include the S-Pen stylus. The... Continue reading

Samsung releases Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) pricing and availability

Just a couple of months ago Samsung announced that it would revamp the Galaxy Note 10.1 line with a 2014 edition, and it seems that the time is now upon us. Announcing the Australian availability and pricing for the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Arno Lenior, Marketing Director, Samsung Electronics Australia said: The latest GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) represents a fantastic combination of stylish design and impressive engineering, all available in an ultra-thin (7.9mm) device. What really sets this product apart is the enhanced functionality of the S Pen and the great multitasking ability it can offer users. Combined... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Review

Is Samsung's third entry in the series still one to take Note of? The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s third iteration of its popular Galaxy Note series, which started with a phone that, on release, was considered "niche" because of its supersized dimensions and S Pen stylus input. That initial ambivalence has given way to acceptance and excitement around the device's now annual revision cycle, after the "niche" device went on to sell over 38 million units over two releases. Updates to the Galaxy Note series are now met with as much anticipation as... Continue reading

Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 in January

According to a purported leak in India, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) and the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900 - perhaps they meant the N9000?) will be receiving an Android 4.4 KitKat update in January. The Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and the Note II (called Note 2 SM-N7100) will receive the update in March to April of 2014. I don't blame our Indian friends for making a few mistakes with the nomenclature of Galaxy devices, after all the Note II was followed by the Note 3, and the Galaxy SIII was improved upon by the S4. Calling them all... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets a custom ROM

Recently Samsung announced that they have sold 800 000 Galaxy Gear watches, and rolled out an update that allows the watch to show any notification, which is a significant usability enhancement. Well, the good news keeps on coming for owners of the Gear, as the first custom Rom is now available for those that like to flash and tinker with their devices. The ROM is called Null, and is built by Australian developer FOMEY. Null features Nova Launcher, video recording increased to 60 seconds, live wallpaper support, a full featured web browser, Google Play access, calendar/contacts sync... Continue reading

Galaxy Note II Android 4.3 update kicks off … in India

While Samsung seems to have had some issues upgrading the Galaxy S III to Android 4.3, the wait seems to be finally over for Galaxy Note II owners with "international" versions of the device - the GT-N7100 and GT-N7105 models - beginning to receive the update. The catch? Samsung has only begun rolling out the update in India. The update brings a number of improvements and new features to the device, which hasn't seen a major update in quite a while: GALAXY GEAR Support TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster) Samsung KNOX Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded) Better RAM management Core UI elements updated to... Continue reading

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