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

Samsung denies link between Android 4.4 update and third party accessory issues

Yesterday a disturbing issue began to filter out from Galaxy Note 3 owners who had installed the Android 4.4 update on their phone and noticed that their third party S-View covers were no longer functioning correctly. At the time, there wasn't any information beyond an old rumour from a few months ago that Samsung was planning to implement just such a software 'feature' to encourage the use of official accessories, well Samsung has now responded to the rumours via German site All About Android. The quote shows that Samsung does believe that their original accessories are the best... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 99 – A curve in the right direction

Welcome to the 99th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Dan and Geoff took a good close look at the news and made sure everyone knew how the felt about it. Those communication classes are clearly helping! Topics: Motorola Moto G: Review and launch details Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite LG G Flex exclusive to Harvey Norman Accessorise your Nexus Rumours: HTC M8 Rumours: LG G3 Rumours: Sony Sirius (and another rumour a couple of days later) Samsung Galaxy S5 Pocket Weather 4.0 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast Continue reading

Samsung appears to have started blocking some third party accessories

A couple of months ago, we heard rumours that Samsung was pondering a plan to block third party accessories from some of its devices, like cases, chargers, car kits and the like, especially where those accessories mimicked functionality offered by Samsung-branded accessories. It seems that these rumours might be a step closer to reality today, with reports that the Android 4.4.2 update for the popular Galaxy Note 3 handset is blocking third-party S-View cases from functioning. The Spigen S-View case (pictured above) lacks the small identification chip of the official S-View case from Samsung, and thus while it still... Continue reading

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