Samsung Galaxy S5 specs reportedly leaked from retail packaging

The launch of the Galaxy S5 is widely expected to be in just a little over a week at Mobile World Congress at the Samsung Unpacked 5 event the company began teasing last week. But, if this leak is to be believed, the closeness of the event means that retail packaging is close to final and has apparently made its way into the wild. With a similar design to the current line of recyclable cardboard packaging of the current Galaxy line of devices, this picture shows a laundry list of seemingly dream specs for the upcoming phone, possibly, some would... Continue reading

Samsung extends to the power of 5 with a new Samsung Unpacked teaser

The Samsung Unpacked 5 event scheduled for the first day of Mobile World Congress was first announced a week ago and today Samsung has continued to build hype for the event that's widely believed to be the event that launches the new Samsung flagship the Galaxy S5. The above teaser was released across all of Samsung's social media accounts - Google+, Twitter and Facebook. The new teaser really emphasises the 5 theme, with all the icons - labelled Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life - receiving a power of 5 addition. The new... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 101 – Fappy Bird

Welcome to episode 101 of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Geoff and Dan took a look at the latest news from the Android world. Topics: Motorola purchased by Lenovo for $2.91b Google opens Chromecast SDK up to all developers Pebble App Store now live, just not for Android (but it's OK because it's now in beta?) HTC Rumours: M8 on-screen buttons, Late March launch in NYC Samsung Rumours: Unpacked5 event at Mobile World Congress may see Galaxy S5 launch Red Nexus 5 Rumours: Heading to Google Play on Feb 5 (hey, that rumour turned... Continue reading

Telstra says “me too” to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 LTE

Telstra has joined Optus in offering Samsung's 8.0-inch version of its Galaxy Tab 3 tablet on contract. Prospective purchasers can find the device on Telstra's site, where on-contract pricing ranges from $52/month for 1GB of data to $107/month for 15GB of data. The contracts have no upfront purchase cost and run for 2 years (24 months). Telstra also points out that users will get an additional 50GB of storage space for 2 years with Dropbox, in what seems to be a standard offering for Samsung devices these days. You'll find the full specs for the Galaxy... Continue reading

Samsung schedules ‘Unpacked 5′ event for first day of Mobile World Congress

Samsung has just announced that their next Unpacked event - Unpacked 5 - is scheduled to take place at 8PM CET in Barcelona on the 24th of February - the first day of Mobile World Congress. The Unpacked events have so far been held to announce some pretty high flying devices, such as the Galaxy S series phones, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Gear. Just what an event called 'Unpacked 5' could show us is well, time to use your imagination, but bear in mind Samsung loves to include hints in their announcements. While most of us can't be there in... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 100 – Lucas still has his Xperia Play

Welcome to the 100th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! 100 episodes. We'll just let that sink in there. Our little podcast has grown up so fast! This week Lucas joined us to celebrate our milestone along with Jason, Geoff, Phil and Scott took a look at the news from the first Ausdroid podcast as well as some more current events. Topics: Ausdroid Podcast 001 - Is that a train I hear? Samsung: Oops, we did break third-party accessories AOKP founder defects to Cyanogen Inc HTC rumours: Telstra testing new phone, >colourful new phones, and the... Continue reading

Samsung announces leather back Black edition of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini for Russia

Seems that Samsung has gone on a bit of a spree, announcing new phones in Eastern Europe, first the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in Poland and now they've announced Black faux leather backed versions of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini for the Russian market. The Specifications on both the devices appear to not differ from their previously released versions - the Galaxy S4 Black even retains the GT-i9505 model # - with the major stand out feature on both being the faux leather back. This of course brings both the devices in line with the Galaxy Note... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in Poland in 3G and LTE versions

The rumour of a lower end version of the Galaxy Note 3 has been floating around for a while now and it's finally surfaced in Poland, with the Polish Samsung site announcing the phone in two different flavours - LTE+ and 3G. The versions actually differ little in specs apart from their CPU - the 3G version coming with a 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU, widely believed to be an Exynos based processor, while the LTE+ version comes with a Hex-Core SoC which seems to be using the BIGlittle ARM idea pairing dual A15 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with four A7... Continue reading

Google convinces Samsung to drop own App suite and tweaks to Android

The Touchwiz or Nature UX designed software on Samsung's line of devices has been getting demonstrably worse as years go by, departing from the look and feel of stock Android by a large margin and the latest Magazine UX release on the Note and Tab Pro line launched at CES seems to have started talks between Google and Samsung which may lead to the brokering of a deal which will see Samsung to drop its own suite of competing Apps and tweaks to Android, at least according to a report from Re/Code. While the companies have declined to comment, sources... Continue reading

Samsung admits issue in Note 3 update with third party accessories; will fix shortly

  Just a few brief days ago, we reported on the update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which appeared to break some compatibility with third party accessories, like the Spigen Slim Armor View case depicted above. While speculation was rife that this was intentional on the part of Samsung, it does now appear that this was unintentional. Samsung recently gave this statement to Ars Technica: We have currently identified a software compatibility issue with the Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and select 3rd party accessories. A software... Continue reading

Samsung looking to launch multiple 5-to-6 inch devices

Samsung are looking to further build on the market desire for bigger, bolder and certainly larger screen smartphones in 2014, according to Samsung’s Executive Director, Hyunjoon Kim, who revealed during the company’s Result Report Conference Call that Samsung is planning on bringing more 5-to-6-inch smartphones to market in 2014. Samsung already has a fairly saturated hold on this segment of the market, beginning with 5.0" Galaxy S4 and moving into their stylus driven Note range of phones; they also carry extra large devices like the Galaxy Grand along with the 5.8" and 6.3" Galaxy Mega although these devices so far... Continue reading

Google and Samsung agree to license each other’s patents for 10 years

With Samsung being a major player and manufacturer of smartphones and tablets and with Android the major mobileOS shipping on those devices a mutually beneficial relationship between the companies is a foregone conclusion, so when both parties announced today that they would be licensing each other's patents for 10 years, it just seemed unsurprising really. The deal is for all currently existing as well as future patents lodged within the next 10 years and guarantees a neutral zone when it comes to lawsuits at least where these two companies are concerned. The problem lies, with another mobile OS that Samsung has... Continue reading

Android 4.3 rolling out to Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note II – other carriers to follow soon

Seems that the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has begun rolling out to handsets, at least Telstra branded handsets for the time being, with other carriers promising the update should begin shortly. At 946.94MB it's not a small download so you may want to hit up a WiFi connection before you begin - there's no word on whether it's counted against your data plan - but it includes all the features you'd expect, including Knox update for consumers, Galaxy Gear compatability and improved UI and performance : The update is due to hit both Continue reading