Vodafone Nexus S – Jelly Bean Challenge

We love to talk with Australian carriers regarding Android updates and so far Vodafone has been an excellent communicator in regards to what is happening with updates for their phones. When I reminded Vodafone yesterday that I still had my Nexus S and that the countdown to the Vodafone OTA update would begin when the official Jelly Bean image for the Nexus S hits the Google Dev page. They responded to the challenge: @phroghollow Excellent! I love a challenge. If our OTA arrives within a 2 weeks of it being posted to AOSP... ^K— Vodafone... Continue reading

Huawei adds two low-end devices to Vodafone’s lineup

Vodafone have today added two new low-end Huawei devices to their lineup in the form of the Huawei Ascend G300 and Ascend Y100 (seen above). Both devices can be purchased today for $169 and $99 respectively on Vodafone Prepaid. While the low prices may be attractive for many people, keep in mind that both devices run Android 2.3 "Gingebread" with only the Ascend G300 receiving Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" sometime in the future. If updates aren't a problem for you (they kind of should be, though) then these devices are worth a look. The $169 Ascend G300 features... Continue reading

Samsung readying Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” builds for Vodafone’s Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus

Vodafone have let us know via a Tweet (seen below) that Samsung are preparing Android 4.1 builds for the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus on Vodafone. This is welcome news for users of either (or both) devices who haven't rooted their way to custom ROMs already running Android 4.1. There's no time frame for a release, but a confirmation of the update is always welcome news. It's also much better than Telstra and Optus who are yet to update the Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.0.4. @BuzzMoody I was going to wait for the Weekly Wrap but as... Continue reading

Maintenance update rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung have today pushed out a maintenance update to its flagship Galaxy S III which is said to improve stability and overall performance for Android 4.0.4. We heard back from users who have received the update -- which has rolled out to Optus, Telstra, Virgin and generic Galaxy S IIIs so far -- who have said that the ROM/Kernel has been updated from LE6 to LF2. @Ausdroid @Statts78 the phone was already 4.0.4 out of the box. It said "stability improvements", the ROM/kernel was LE6, they're now LF2— Nick Fletcher (@omniwolf) July 11, 2012 Continue reading

Vodafone to rollout 4.0.4 update to Galaxy Nexus from 1pm today

Vodafone has advised the details of the rollout of the latest update for the Galaxy Nexus which will take owners from 4.0.1 to 4.0.4, after approving the release they advise that Google will begin pushing the update out to phones from 1pm this afternoon. Not all devices will get the update straight away they have advised that the rollout will go over 6 days, the following is the breakdown of how the rollout will be staggered : Day 1-2: Available to 0.1% of devices Day 3: Available to 5% of devices Day 4: Available to 20% of devices Day 5: Available to 60%... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III — Review

Samsung's latest flagship is good, but is it good enough to fend off the competition? You may have watched the launch of the Galaxy S III live from London, almost six weeks ago. At some point you may have been horrified with the nature theme (pebbles, water, etc) and the “made for humans” catch cry. Honestly, I still cringe a bit when I see a commercial with those words in it. Perhaps you were disappointed with the plasticky (actually polycarbonate) materials used in its construction or... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III – 32gb variant available in store, and so’s pebble blue

We've received a few tips today indicating that the Galaxy S III is now available in its 32gb variant, and not only this - but in the much sought-after Pebble Blue colour. We've received tips from well placed sources indicating that Vodafone currently has them in stock across its store network, with Optus and Telstra tipped to receive stock in coming days. For Vodafone customers (or those prepared to become one), you'll find 32gb devices available at most (if not all) stores, and the price point is delicious - just $5 more than the 16gb model. That's not bad... Continue reading

Vodafone to release updates to Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S handsets

Vodafone has advised via their weekly software update blog that they have approved the 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus which will see their software version going from 4.0.1 to 4.0.4 whilst owners of the original Galaxy S will receive an update from 2.3.3 to a 2.3.6 “Value Pack”, I asked Kieran from Vodafone to clarify what was in the "Value Pack" and was advised 'it brings a number of ICS-like features to Gingerbread such as Face Unlock, homescreen folders and more'. The update page has not given a specific date for the rollout, both have been... Continue reading

Pebble Blue coloured Samsung Galaxy S III arriving in stores now

I have called stores around Canberra this morning and was advised by staff at Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns stores that they have stock of the 16GB Pebble Blue coloured Galaxy S III. I also called a number of Telstra stores who advised they did not have stock as yet but they receive their deliveries mid-morning so call back later to find out if any arrive. Virgin Mobile staff were still unsure when the blue would arrive, however they tweeted me last night to advise they had them in stock online so I imagine stock will be arriving... Continue reading

Vodafone pushes maintenance update to HTC ChaCha

Owners of the HTC ChaCha from Vodafone or Crazy John's will be receiving an over-the-update in the next couple of days. It's not a major update, instead it's just a maintenance update to fix bugs throughout the OS to enhance the user experience. Your data won't be touched, so don't worry about backing anything up before applying the update. Make sure you're connect to a stable Wi-Fi network when downloading the update, due to its size. Let us know how it goes in the comments. Continue reading

Vodafone pushes maintenance update to HTC One X

Vodafone and HTC have today pushed out a maintenance update for the HTC One X. If you're on Voda with the One X, it's recommended that you connect to Wi-Fi to download and apply the update due to its large size. Dubbed "1.29.862.11", the update aims to fix bugs throughout the OS and address stability issues, or to put it simply: improve the overall user experience. There aren't any major changes and all your data will be left untouched. Continue reading

Plan Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III on Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Crazy John’s, Virgin

Want to know which carrier is offering great value on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III? Take a look at our always awesome table comparing the major telcos and their similarly priced plans. Remember, you have to take into account your own personal preference, each networks capabilities in your area and all that wonderful stuff before coming to a conclusion. Each to their own! Let's begin.   Vodafone Optus Telstra Crazy John's Virgin Plan Cost $59/mo $60/mo $59/mo $55/mo $59/mo Repayments $5/mo $5/mo $13/mo $0 $5/mo Cap Credit $750 $650 $550 $750 $700 Total Cost $1,536 $1,440 $1,728 $1,320 $1,536 Data 1.5GB 1.5GB 1.5GB 2GB 3GB Calls 98c/min (+40c) Unlim Optus - 90c/min (+35c) 90c/min (+35c) Unlim CJs - 99c/min (+40c) Unlim Virgin - 99c/min (+40c) SMS Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Video Call $1.47/min (+40c) $1.00/min (+40c) 90c/min (+35c) $1/min 99c/min (+40c) MMS 55c 50c 50c 50c 60c Int. SMS Unlim int. 50c 50c 35c 45c Int. MMS 55c 75c 75c 50c 60c Link Continue reading

Video: Samsung Galaxy S III launch event in Sydney

Missed out on the live stream (thanks to Vodafone) of the Samsung Galaxy S III launch event this morning? Don't worry, Vodafone have uploaded the entire 45 minute video to YouTube and we've embedded it below for your viewing pleasure. Let us know in the comments what you thought of the event. It's certainly the best we've seen so far for a mobile launch here in Australia. Well played, Samsung, well played. Continue reading