Samsung Galaxy S5 – Australian carrier availability

This morning saw the launch of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5, it's bigger, faster and has more sensors on it than ever before, like the 200 Million customers who've already purchased a Samsung Galaxy S series product, there's millions more waiting to get this latest phone, so we've spoken with local carriers here in Australia to see who will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5. Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile has advised that they will indeed be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5, but have no immediate information regarding pricing and plans for release. They are also looking at the Gear 2,... Continue reading

HTC takes on Samsung in snarky tweet, look foolish

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5 at Mobile World Congress earlier this morning, and HTC's social media team immediately took to Twitter to cash in on the buzz for Samsung's new device with the (admittedly pretty funny) image above. Nokia pulled a similar trick last year when Apple announced the iPhone 5c, which gave us all a few laughs, but it definitely paid off for them. Nokia's 'Thanks, Apple' tweet amassed a whopping 40,000 retweets and was lauded as one of the... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Samsung launches the Galaxy S5 – available April 11 in 150 countries

Samsung has just launched its next flagship phone - the Galaxy S5 - at its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress. The new phone will launch in 150 countries on April 11 and features a 5.1 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 16 MP camera with fast autofocus and an enhanced HDR mode, a fingerprint scanner in the home button and a new heart rate monitor built into the device. It’s also dust- and water-resistant - features borrowed from last year’s Galaxy S4 Active. The IP67 ingress protection rating means that the device is totally... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Samsung launches the Gear Fit smartband

At their Samsung Unpacked 5 launch event this morning, Samsung showed off their Galaxy S5 with a whole host of S-Health inclusions, some of which tie into other devices like the previously announced Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but they've apparently been working on something else as well, something more familiar to people who use fitness tracking devices - the Gear Fit. The Gear Fit is a smartband with a curved Super AMOLED screen that fits into changeable straps of different colours - Black, Mocha Grey and Orange. J.K. Shin, President, Samsung Mobile Communications describes the Gear Fit... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 shows up in Instagram video in three colours

The Galaxy S5 has under 24 hours until it's expected to make its first official public appearance but that just means that there are units around and keeping them off the radar of just about every tech journalist in the world is almost impossible. Now, an Instagram video has shown up which is intending to show off the just announced Gear 2 but instead shows off three phones in the background that are possibly the un-announced Galaxy S5. The video shows the Gear 2 but it's the Gold, Black and White phones lying face down in the background that mostly... Continue reading

Samsung to release the Samsung Chromebook 2 in 11.6″ and 13.3″ screen sizes

While the worlds tech community is starting to turn their attention towards Barcelona Spain for the beginning of Mobile World Congress, it seems Samsung could have a Chromebook announcement for us shortly. US Online retailer BHPhotoVideo has begun taking pre-orders for two new Samsung Chromebooks. There's not a huge amount of information about the two models, apart from screen size - 11.6" and 13.3" - and the name which the two models will be called the Samsung Chromebook 2. The 11.6" model is listed for pre-order for US$299.99 and will be powered by the Samsung in-house custom Exynos... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches running Tizen OS

Samsung has officially kicked off things for Mobile World Congress - and caught a number of us off-guard of a weekend - with the official announcement of the successor to 2013's Galaxy Gear, in two flavours. Samsung's christening the devices Gear 2 and while you might think it's strange that the word "Galaxy" is missing, there's a simple reason why - Samsung's abandoned Android on the watches and instead opted for its own Tizen operating system. The company hasn't stated the reason behind the switch, but has stated that the Gear 2 will support a "numerous" amount... Continue reading

Samsung Unpacked 5 trailer goes live teasing ‘The Next Galaxy’

The Galaxy S5 is almost certainly a lock for an announcement next Tuesday morning Australia time, and Samsung certainly doesn't want you to forget it releasing a teaser trailer for their Samsung Unpacked 5 event overnight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y42eQJmGbxk The trailer runs through a series of pictures with adjectives and a 5 superscript attached to them overlaid over the top, continuing the power of 5 theme of the first teaser. At certain points through the teaser certain words - Wet, Alive, Courage, Speed - are highlighted, but the overall theme throughout is Life. Take from it what you will, but it's a promo... Continue reading

Retailer Round-up: This weeks specials

It has been a few weeks since we brought you retailer round-up and we thought it was time to bring it back and share with you the specials available this week from the bricks and motor retailers around Australia. Coles Samsung Galaxy Y Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile - $59 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Woolworths LG Optimus L3+ Telstra Pre-Paid - $34.50 - Available now until Tuesday 25 Feb Aldi Bauhn 9.7" Quad Core Android Tablet 16GB - $199 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until sold-out Bauhn 5" Quad Core Android Smartphone 8GB - $249 - Available Saturday 22 Feb until... Continue reading

Samsung rolling out software fix for Galaxy Note 3 to allow third party accessories again.

The start of the Android 4.4.2 update rollout back in late January for the Galaxy Note 3 hit a snag early on, at least for owners, who discovered that the update was not allowing them to use their third party accessories with their phone. But Samsung has begun rolling out a fix for the issue to affected handsets, beginning in Poland. The initial software update didn't make it very far, with it seems only handsets in Poland and Russia - as well as anyone else who downloaded and installed the affected update. While Samsung initially denied responsibility for... Continue reading

Samsung US announces which of their devices will receive Kit Kat

Samsung in the US released a list of devices that will receive an update to Android 4.4.2. While they haven't included dates on when the devices will receive the update - beyond reminding owners that the update availability will vary by carrier but that some updates will begin rolling out today. While Kit Kat was designed by Google to run on devices with fairly low hardware requirements, most of the devices listed by Samsung could be described as having almost top of the line hardware. The devices that will receive the update are : Phones : Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note II Galaxy S4 Galaxy... Continue reading

Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

The Galaxy Nexus was a pretty popular phone choice for a number of Australians when it became the first Nexus device to be released on all three carriers but part of the carrier distribution agreement was that the updates had to go via Samsung and the carriers before being delivered to phones. After seemingly being abandoned on Android 4.1.2 it seems that carrier branded Galaxy Nexus owners will finally see their Android 4.3 update. All three carriers have updated their software availability pages to indicate that Android 4.3 has been received from Samsung. Optus and Vodafone have already... Continue reading

Rumour: Samsung looking to launch Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Gear 2 at MWC

There are reports and rumours that Samsung are looking at launching the next line up of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets and Galaxy Gear 2 smart watch at MWC. The rumours are that the new Galaxy tab 4 tablets are to come in 3 different screen sizes, much like the predecessors, the Galaxy Tab 3 series. This time round, there are a few changes and added features to the new tablets such as all tablets featuring quad-core processors, and it is likely that they could possibly come with Exynos hardware under the hood. In addition to the Galaxy Tab 4 series... Continue reading