Vodafone is ready for the Galaxy S5 – selected stores open from 6am

The launch of the Galaxy S5 is of course going to be a major event in the mobile phone sales calendar and tomorrow is the day Samsung fans have been waiting for. Retailers and carriers will begin selling the Galaxy S5 from tomorrow morning, but Vodafone is trying to get the jump on sales by opening selected stores early, with some open from 6am. There's limited stock available of the Galaxy S5, so if you're keen on getting one of these handsets on launch day then you'll need to be ready to go. The list of stores opening early is,... Continue reading

Samsung anti-theft, exclusive to US Cellular and Verizon

Samsung have introduced two new anti-theft features for the US Cellular and Verizon versions of their latest flagship the Galaxy S5. The features follow in a long line of security apps including Cerberus Anti-Theft and Google's own Android Device Manager. Find my mobile touts the ability to locate a lost or stolen device or remotely lock it, rendering the device useless to potential profiteering thieves. The other new feature is known as reactivation lock which; as the name suggests, prevents anyone but the owner from resetting the device. Of course, someone will find a way around these features but... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Welcome to episode 108 of the Ausdroid podcast! With special guest Phil Nickinson joining us this week, we had to work out the best way to address both Phils. I'm not sure we succeeded on that front. We took a look at this week's Android TV rumours and picked Phil's brain with a quick snog/marry/avoid roundtable on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Spoiler: They're both pretty good phones! There's also some local news and a bit of rumour-mongering to round out the show. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson, Phil Tann and special guest Continue reading

Samsung continues mocking iPad in their latest ad

In late March Samsung began an advertising campaign for their new Galaxy Tab Pro series of tablets that, while amusing, took a very obvious swipe at all of their competitors. The latest in this series is another swipe directly at the Apple iPad. This time around, Samsung shows off the simple yet extremely useful function of separate logins and profiles for multiple users on a single device. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bwRRxfuIk Is this type of advertising clever, amusing or just plain juvenile? Share your thoughts with us. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 commercial released – sticks to the facts

Samsung has released their first commercial for the Galaxy S5 in the US, and it's actually pretty good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6MhcTStADU As you can see you get a nice, close pan of the back of the phone, which shows of the dimpled rear of the phone. The ad uses the tagline 'Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you' which is probably inspired by the features they point out in the video, which they feel are important to customers. such as the Heart Rate Sensor -although the improved camera would perhaps have been more meaningful -, IP67 Water/Dust resistant... Continue reading

Samsung Gear Fit could introduce vertical display

The Samsung Gear Fit was arguably the most interesting wearable device that Samsung recently announced at Mobile World Congress but there was one thing that bugged a few people about the display. Everything was displayed across your wrist which made reading the display just that little bit more difficult. It looks like Samsung have figured this out and fill have a software update ready in time for the launch of the device. While the original orientation does look nice of the Gear Fit, the new vertical display will make things easier to read – possibly with the exception... Continue reading

CommBank Tap & Pay not working for many users updating their Galaxy S4 to Android 4.4

Many Samsung Galaxy S4 users of the Commonwealth's CommBank app are facing a problem of the app's Tap & Pay feature, which utilises NFC for touch payments, no longer working after updating their devices to Android 4.4.x. Having personally come in contact (haha, puns) with the issue, I can confirm that regardless of the firmware's region, if you update to Android 4.4.x and have to re-install the app, you are likely to face errors each and every time you try to set up Tap & Pay once again. There are many posts on the Commonwealth Bank's community support... Continue reading

Dick Smith ready themselves for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2/Gear Fit launch

The Galaxy S5 goes on-sale on Friday at retailers and carriers Australia wide, Dick Smith has released their latest catalogue which lists their pricing for the phone at $896. There's a range of accessories for the phone available, DSE is offering covers, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. To protect your new phone, there's three covers on offer with all three listed as 'Water & Dust Resistant'. You can choose from either the Galaxy S5 Wallet Flip cover for $49.98, the Galaxy S5 S-View Cover for $59.98 or the GS5 S-View Charge Cover for $89.98 which... Continue reading

Telstra invites Sydneysiders to try out the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit on Friday morning

With Friday's launch of the Galaxy S5 almost upon us, we're starting to see a few launch day activities crop up. Telstra has announced that it'll be demoing the phone along with Samsung's newest wearables - the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo in Sydney on Friday morning at Hickson Road Reserve in The Rocks between 6am and 10am. Attendees will be able to put the new devices to the test, and see how they stack up alongside some real athletes. Wendell Sailor (ex-NRL champion), Alex "Chumpy" Pullin (Winter Olympian) and Liz Cambage (Australian Women's... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy Ace Style

The Galaxy Ace line of phones has been fairly popular here in Australia where they are one of the dominant handsets in the pre-paid market. Samsung has just announced a new version of the Galaxy Ace, and instead of upping the number on the end, they've added a word - Style. There's not really anything to adding the word 'Style' as an affectation, Samsung has described the phone as a 'Fun, expressive and easy-to-use smartphone designed for the social user'. It will have some style choices though, with colour at least. Samsung will make the Galaxy Ace Style available in... Continue reading

Optus announces availability of Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2

Optus has announced this morning that the Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is now available on Optus' nationwide 4G network, and can be purchase from today via telephone sales, online and in selected retail stores. The Galaxy NotePro, announced earlier this year at CES,is a 12.2" giant of a tablet, with 4 million pixels to display things on, multi-window multitasking for those who want to do more, and handwriting recognition courtesy of Samsung's now-ubiquitous S-Pen. Those wanting to get their hands on such a tablet can find them on the Optus $20 Mobile Broadband plan, albeit with a whopping $43-a-month tablet repayment.... Continue reading

Samsung Australia gives you the chance to win a Galaxy S5

Samsung Australia is giving away five Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets, and you can win one for yourself easily via a very simple competition on Samsung's Facebook Page. All you need to do is Log into Facebook Enter your personal details Tell Samsung 5 words that "power your Australian life While I'm personally doubtful that I'll ever be fortunate enough to win such a competition, you've got to be in it to win it, right? I'd recommend (however dry the reading is) having at least a skim of the Terms and Conditions of entry to make sure you're eligible and that you understand the... Continue reading

Kogan announces Galaxy S5, One M8 prices

Australian onlne retailer Kogan has released its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. They'll set you back $799 and $829 respectively (plus shipping), and ship in 1-2 weeks according to the item pages. As with many of Kogan's products, the stock is imported from overseas suppliers so you might need to be careful before you hit the Buy button. Galaxy S5 - $799 Kogan's Galaxy S5 models appear to be overseas models (SM-G900I), powered by Samsung's Octa-core Exynos CPUs. In 2014 these phones seemed to pack a little more bang for buck in terms... Continue reading