Samsung launches ArtCover service in Australia – and we’ve got two to give away!

Samsung this week opened ArtCover in Australia, a service that allows you to create custom back covers for your Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II or Galaxy Note 3 handsets from your own artwork (or someone else's, if you're so inclined). Be sure to read to the end of the article for your chance to win an ArtCover! The service appears to be a collaboration between the Korean giant and Singapore-based iPortal Asia, which explains the apparant soft-launch of the service in the latter throes of 2013 around south-east Asia. The ArtCover website allows... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) — Review

Samsung have been making some impact in the tablet market in the past 12 months but does the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 stand out in the ever-growing crowd of premium tablets? Samsung are the big success story when it comes to Android, they dominate the market with sales figures, profits and a huge market share with their “Galaxy” range of devices; the Galaxy S range of phones and the Galaxy Note range of phones and tablets. Apple’s iPad has held the lion's share of the 10” tablet market since its launch, so there’s no surprise that... Continue reading

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, a new 7″ tablet

Samsung has now formally announced an(other) addition to its already fairly crowded tablet range with the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. In a range where there's already a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, the addition of another 7" tablet seems just a little unusual. This, especially when you consider the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 was hardly remarkable -- it featured a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 8 or 16 GB internal storage, uninspiring cameras even for a tablet -- but it was saved by a fairly large battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. The newly announced Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is somewhat less remarkable than this. The... Continue reading

Samsung launches its Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games app

Samsung has announced the Sochi 2014 edition of its Olympic application, called Samsung WOW (Wireless Olympic Works). Android users will be able to use the app to turn their devices into "mobile sports stations" that can be used to really get involved in the Winter Olympic experience. Samsung WOW provides those wanting more from the Olympics with real-time access to event schedules, latest reports on results and Olympic records reliably and quickly. The app, which is the public version of an app designed especially for the Olympic establishment, builds on a wireless communications system developed for the games to ensure... Continue reading

Possible Nexus 10 successor surfaces via @evleaks

Update: It looks as if this render might be a hoax. Evan is now reporting that he's aware the same render was sent to a number of publications, with different corroborating evidence, which he believes (and we'd tend to agree) is the sign of a not-too-elaborate hoax. Sorry folks. Nexus 10 update goes back to the rumour pile. We've seen some pretty terrible 'leaks/renders' over the last couple of months of supposed successors to the now 14 month old Nexus 10, but this morning we have seen a pretty credible leak from noted internet leaker @evleaks. While Evan Blass,... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured specs supposedly confirmed

With CES 2014 now out of the way, the next big thing on the mobile devices landscape is Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and many had been anticipating a discussion of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at this event. It seems, however, that Samsung will be skipping an announcement at MWC, instead favouring an announcement to be held in London in March. https://twitter.com/flapic/status/422315349154213888 While we might have to wait a little longer for an announcement, the folks over at SamMobile have supposedly had confirmed a number of specifications for the upcoming 2014 flagship, as well as some... Continue reading

Test build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaks

The build up to the launch of Kit Kat for the top tier Samsung devices, like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 is getting intense and after leaking a test build of Kit Kat for the Galaxy S4 over the weekend, SamMobile have just announced they've acquired a new firmware build that means that Galaxy Note 3 owners can share in the Kit Kat fun. After they tweeted over the weekend that the build they had for the Galaxy Note 3 was not ready, SamMobile have procured a more final build which they feel is ready for release.... Continue reading

Android 4.4.2 Test build for Samsung Galaxy S4(GT-I9505) leaks

Get your chocolatey Kit Kat treat Galaxy S4 owners, at least those of you who own the GT-i9505 version, with SamMobiles yesterday posting links to a leaked test build of the Kit Kat update for the device. The build that has been leaked, is a test build which apart from a few minor hiccoughs is mostly stable. SamMobiles showed off a screenshot on Twitter the other day of the new look lock screen and corresponding camera shortcut as well as the new look transparent status bar with white icons, after Samsung failed to announce anything about Kit Kat at their... Continue reading

Samsung offering up to $550 worth of bonuses with combined purchase of a Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

Samsung has just begun a promotion to try and entice more customers into purchasing a Galaxy Gear with their Galaxy Note 3, offering up to $550 worth of bonuses when you purchase both from either the Samsung Experience store in Sydney or Melbourne. The offer which includes $550 worth of offers from Quickflix, The New York Times, Navigon, EasilyDo, Dropbox as well as Samsung services like Samsung Music Hub and Samsung Learning began yesterday and runs through till the 12th of June. To qualify for the bonuses, you'll need to either purchase the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specs leak

Late last year we mentioned that Samsung have been rumoured to be working on a lower-powered follow-up to the Galaxy Note 3. According to the leaked specifications at the time, the Note 3 Lite (now known as the Note 3 Neo), would be the lower powered brother to the Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to an anonymous tipster, GSMArena have recently acquired official Samsung documents detailing most of the final specifications and features of the Note 3 Neo. As you can see from the specifications listed, there are still a few small aspects of the... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 to launch in April with iris scanner

Samsung are staying true to their history of announcing flagship phones in March, with intention to begin sales in April according to Lee Young Hee - Executive Vice President of Samsung Mobile who advised the Galaxy S5 launch would follow this pattern, in an interview with Bloomberg; at the same time advising that the follow up to the Galaxy Gear will be coming at the same time. "We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time. When we release... Continue reading

Retailer Round-up: In-store Weekly Specials

Well the silly season is officially over, and retailers are now gearing themselves back up once again for the back to school (and work) specials, so here is whats on offer this week from our various retailers around this great country of ours: Big W Mobiles Boost Sony Xperia E - $59 - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Vodafone Huawei G300+ - $99 with bonus $30 recharge voucher added - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Telstra Huawei Y300 - $79 - starts Jan 9 until Jan 15 Samsung Galaxy Trend unlocked smartphone - $228 - starts Jan 9 until... Continue reading

Leaked screenshots suggest Samsung might be changing TouchWiz

Samsung's mobile products are extremely popular, but one common complaint has been the performance (or lack thereof) of one of the key components of the Samsung architecture, namely TouchWiz. Even we've been critical of TouchWiz and its lags and stutters, and questionable design sense, and the disconnect between various aspects of the user experience. Complaints ranging from child-like icon designs, cluttered interfaces and bloated design have filled much of the discussion about TouchWiz, and sadly, little has changed. However, from the image you can see above, courtesy of @evleaks, it looks as if things could be about to change. There's a... Continue reading