Ausdroid Podcast 107 – Gotta fool em all

Welcome to episode 107 of the Ausdroid podcast! With local launches for the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 past, we could finally discuss some Australian specifics like carrier pricing. As both Dan and Jason have the One M8 in hand, we also gave some early thoughts on the device. There's also a quick roundup of some other notable devices hitting local stores and carriers, and a software update for an old friend. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson and Phil Tann. Topics: April Fools pranks Galaxy S5: Launch, Carrier pricing and SK Telecom... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 available online

So much for April the 11th as a simultaneous worldwide release! Following the Galaxy S5 breaking street date in South Korea, there's a number of third parties (not telcos or retail shops) selling the Galaxy S5 on Amazon. These parties are offering shipping in 1 - 2 days, and with the usual "US Shipping Only" rules that can be circumvented, getting a Galaxy S5 early, and in Australia, might just be doable. For around AUD$980.00 you could get your hands on the latest toy from Samsung, and I can confirm that I was able to get... Continue reading

Chromebook 2 listed on Samsung’s Canadian website

Earlier this month, we saw Samsung announce the Chromebook 2, a rather nice-looking Exynos-based system available in 11.6 and 13.3-inch variants. The catch? The launch was for the US market, and it's still not actually available there yet. Today we've seen a detailed product page for the Chromebook 2 added to Samsung's Canadian website, so we're expecting it'll make its way there soon, although the dealer locator seems to indicate that there aren't any stores currently stocking the device. A closer look Now that there's a full product listing, we've been able to glean some additional information from the... Continue reading

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

South Korean carrier breaks Galaxy S5 street date

Two full weeks ahead of its intended simultaneous worldwide release, Samsung's Galaxy S5 has broken its street date and is available for purchase from retailers in Samsung's homeland of Korea, albeit "unofficially". The move has taken a bit of the polish off an carefully-planned marketing build-up for Samsung. The Korean electronics giant is reportedly none too pleased, and is said to be investigating the situation quite closely to discover why this has happened, and prevent it from occurring again. Korean carrier SK Telecom breached Samsung's strict sales embargoes, making the phone available for sale on Thursday - seemingly... Continue reading

Samsung to bring LED Smart Bulbs to market this year

Not content to let LG hog the app-controlled-lightbulb spotlight, it's been revealed that Korean rival Samsung is also bringing a product to market in the space. Due to be announced at the Berlin Light + Building 2014 trade fair event in the next few days, and posted on its own blog, Samsung will bring two Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) bulbs - one with a swiveling head - and an entry in its existing L-tube series (the type you might see deployed as overhead lighting in offices) to market ... soon. The new PAR bulbs have a Color Rendering... Continue reading

Achievement Unlocked: Galaxy S5 Rooted before release

The Galaxy S5, which is sure to be one of the biggest sellers of this generation of flagship phones, has already been rooted even before its official release on Friday the 11th of April. Much like when the Galaxy S4 was rooted days before its release, the Galaxy S5 only requires a CF Autoroot from Chainfire and ADB installed on your machine. The usual myriad of disclaimers and cautions apply to this root kit (as with any root kit for any phone), but the firmware used to develop this particular root kit for the S5 was... Continue reading

Samsung’s Australian Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 Launch – and how you can be one of the first to try it out

Tonight, Samsung hosted its launch event for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 range at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. Samsung Australia's Arno Lenior held the stage - dominated by a large screen - for most of the presentation, introducing guest speakers to cover specific details of the Korean giant's new product offering. While we already knew much of the information from last month's global launch event, it's clear that Samsung sees the nascent mobile payments as a huge target for the Galaxy S5 in Australia with the phone's NFC functionality offering integration with Westpac's and Commonwealth Bank's... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 leaks on Twitter possibly arriving April 24th

Samsung has an ever growing line of tablets, from their recently released NotePRO and TabPRO series, to their high-end Note they cover all bases, including the low end in their basic Tab series and now the Tab 4 is on its way. The Galaxy Tab 4 series first showed up in Samsung doco, on the micro-site for the Samsung Galaxy Fit, where the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″, 8.0″ and 7.0″ were all listed as compatible with the fitness tracker. EvLeaks has just posted a pic of the 7.0" on Twitter and with his history we expect more to come along... Continue reading

Retailer Roundup: Weekly Specials

It has been a couple of weeks (maybe more give or take) and we thought it was time to bring it back. So, what's on-sale around the traps? Woolworths Available now until Tuesday 25 March LG L3 II Telstra pre-paid mobile: $59 Coles Available now until Tuesday 25 March Samsung Galaxy Y Telstra pre-paid mobile: $59 Remember Coles now also have Google Play Gift Cards (Unfortunately not on-sale though). Dick Smith Available now until Wednesday 26 March Mobiles LG G2 4G Smartphone Unlocked: $567 LG Optimus L7 II Smartphone Unlocked: $199 Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Mobile Phone Unlocked: $89 Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo Mobile Phone Unlocked: $119 Samsung... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 Mini User Agent Profile possibly spotted

The Galaxy S5 hasn't even launched as yet, but the rumours surrounding a mini version have already cropped up fueled by the discovery of a User Agent Profile(UAProf) which describes a lower specced version of the Galaxy S5. While it's still uncertain if this phone will in fact be a Galaxy S5 Mini or Neo, the specs are inline with a phone of this nature. The phone, with model # SM-G750 as it appears in the UAProf, will come with a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Processor, 720x1280 resolution display - no screensize listed - and will run Android 4.3. The fact the... Continue reading

Samsung releases the Galaxy S5 experience App to Google Play – Try before you buy

LG did it prior to the launch of the G2 and now Samsung has decided to give it a go, they've released an App into Google Play which lets you sift through the features of the Galaxy S5 and get a better idea of what to expect if you're interested in their latest flagship. The App let's you take a look at five features of the Galaxy S5 - Camera, Speed, Fitness, Life and of course their Gear accessory lineup. You're not going to be happy if you're wanting to look at the Gear 2 and Gear Fit though,... Continue reading

Google shows what’s up their sleeve with ‘Android Wear’ – it’s all about the wearables

As teased by Sundar Pichai at SXSW, Google has today announced their plans for wearables by announcing Android Wear. Android Wear is a about bringing Android to wearables and getting information to you. As expected it's heavily focused on Google Now and it will be used by a pretty vast array of partners from the Open Handset Alliance(OHA). To start with Google and their partners will be concentrating Android Wear on the most common wearable in the consumer market at this stage - Watches. There's four major focuses with Android Wear - Information, answers, health and fitness and syncing in... Continue reading