Samsung Galaxy S5 Australian launch event scheduled for March 26

The Galaxy S5 will launch here in Australia in the coming weeks and we'll be getting our first look at the phone at the official Australian launch on the 26th of March. Not only will we see the Galaxy S5, but in the invite sent out to Australian media today, Samsung has confirmed that well also be seeing the wearables announced at MWC - the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the very good looking Gear Fit. While the launch event is scheduled for the 26th of March, we haven't received confirmation of when the phone or the Gear products... Continue reading

Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus is on the move in Adelaide, they've announced today that they've added some more towers to their network. After turning on 4G in the Adelaide CBD back in December they've added an additional 25 4G towers which are now available to Optus 4G customers. Existing 3G customers haven't been forgotten either, with Optus announcing that they've upgraded 150 of their 3G sites to provide stronger 3G signals and better indoor coverage. After turning on these towers, Optus 4G is now available in parts of : Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. Inner-east and south-east suburbs including Hackney, Kent Town, Norwood, Beulah Park,... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z launch event — Wrap

This afternoon, Ausdroid attended a launch event of sorts (see below) for Sony's 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z. The lunch event, held in the Jørn Utzon room at the Sydney Opera House, was wonderful -- the venue was perfect for the day, with nice harbour views complemented by a nice glass of white wine, a tasty and exquisite meal, a quick presentation on the Xperia Z, and the opportunity for a couple of hands-on product demos. Unfortunately, the focus of the event was more on the meal, the entrées and the after-meal snacks of macarons and jellied fruit squares,... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note II launch event — Report

Last night at Moore Park, Samsung held a launch event featuring the Galaxy Note II. We were also treated to first looks of other products including a range of Windows 8 convertible laptops and tablets and the new Android based Samsung Galaxy camera. Samsung Galaxy Camera After an hour of pre-event drinks and chatter with like minded folk, we were ushered into a large staged area and asked to take a seat. Mr Todd Sampson, the CEO of Leo Burnett, came out on stage and started off our evening with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The Samsung... Continue reading

Optus launches 4G Pre-Paid options

Optus has just announced the latest in their 4G plans, introducing pre-paid options for customers who own their own 4G compatible handset or as of Friday they will be be able to choose from two prepaid 4G mobile broadband device bundles a 4G USB dongle as well as a 4G portable WiFi modem that can connect up to ten devices over Wi-Fi. Mirroring offerings on their other plans, Optus is offering unlimited mobile access to social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, eBay, Foursquare and LinkedIn as part of their pre-paid 4G bundles. Currently Optus has 4G coverage in... Continue reading

Optus expands 4G services to Brisbane and Gold Coast

With all this talk of LTE not being included on the Nexus 4 and a number of people pointing out the lack of coverage being a factor in this NOT being an issue for them, Optus has today advised that they are expanding their 4G network to include customers in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and also to the Brisbane CBD. Optus has switched on four 4G sites at Surfers Paradise and is also looking at switching on additional sites at Surfers Paradise in December. In Brisbane, Optus will switch on a further 5 sites next week before... Continue reading

Samsung Experience Store opens in Sydney

Since the last news of a Samsung store in Sydney, things have come a long way. This evening, Ausdroid attended the Samsung Experience Store launch event in Sydney, along with representatives of various other media outlets, and lets just say, it looks like a great idea, well executed, and it will no doubt increase Samsung's already growing market reach. Set out around the store at 450 George St, Sydney are various spaces, containing a pretty full set of Samsung's devices - Galaxy S IIIs and Galaxy Notes were everywhere, Galaxy Tabs in various shapes and sizes,... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III ads popping up around Sydney

We've received a number of photos from our savvy, awesome, and quite honestly, sexy readers showing Samsung Galaxy S III ads popping up around Sydney. There doesn't seem to be a specific area they're targeting as all the photos came from different parts in and just out of the city centre. The ad does show the Galaxy S III as coming in two colours, meaning that we'll likely see the white version launch here first and the "Pebble Blue" version launch here later once supply Continue reading

Samsung Australia to hold Galaxy S III launch event on May 31

The great team over at PC World Australia are reporting that Samsung Australia has sent out invites to the media for a launch event happening on May 31st. What might that event be for, you ask? Well I think this blanket statement from Samsung Aus sums it up nicely: "Samsung Electronics Australia is pleased there is continued interest about our GALAXY range in Australia, but we have no plans to make any announcements at this time." We totally believe you, Samsung. Why on earth would want to launch the successor to the most successful Android phone to date -- the... Continue reading

Google Drive for Android was developed in Sydney

Believe it or not, the Google Drive for Android application was developed right here in Australia -- more specifically: Google's offices in Sydney. The Google Australia team were also behind the social commenting on shared files on Google Drive. The most impressive feature they developed -- I believe -- is the search functionality that allows you to search your pictures for certain objects (your dog, for example) even if there's no sign of "dog" in the filename. This is done using Google's cloud processing and amazing search technology. You can read all about Google Australia's achievements... Continue reading

Huawei Found Phones: Follow the clues, find a phone (Sydney & Melbourne) — Friday 15th

Alright Ausdroidians, we know you love phones, especially free ones, so here's your chance to win yourself a Huawei X1. There's two ways to do this, the first: Each day this week there will be a clue for where the Huawei X1 will be hidden in both Sydney and Melbourne and you have to search for it; here are the clues for tomorrow Friday 15th! Sydney (4-5PM): “It takes a little bit of Winter Magic to find this one, so get your skates on peeps” Melbourne (1-2PM): “Here fishy, fishy, swim to daddy.” The second way to win a phone is to... Continue reading

Galaxy Tab 10.1 madness descends upon Sydney

So, it seems as anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival grows, so too does the advertising of said device's arrival. One Ausdroid reader alerted us to a promotional event being held in Sydney this morning. Sounds like a Samsung gig, as they're advertising both the Nexus S and Galaxy Tab 10.1 - and to advertise them, they're handing out coffee and macarons! We also have news from Vodafone this morning that they will have an exclusive version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 customised for Vodafone. Indicative pricing shows it will be $729 outright,... Continue reading