Jelly Bean update for Vodafone Galaxy Nexus ready for rollout

It's been a loooooong wait and Samsung has certainly been a major factor in the reason behind the wait, but it appears the wait is nearly over for Vodafone Galaxy Nexus owners with this weeks latest software update blog advising that the upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.04) to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) is 'Approved, awaiting roll out by Google'. To prompt your phone to check for a software update you can go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now for update. The rollout hasn't begun as yet as far as we... Continue reading

Ausdroid announce the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III giveaway winner – Andrew Hodges from Victoria!

On Monday this week, we announced that we'd negotiated an exclusive deal with Vodafone, to give away a Samsung Galaxy S III thanks to Samsung to celebrate the arrival of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rollout which began on Monday at 1pm. We held a fairly simple competition - we jam-packed a jar full of jellybeans, counted how many would fit, and asked you - our readers - to simply guess how many there were. We had such a fantastic response that I'm still a little... Continue reading

Vodafone announce Samsung Galaxy Note II available in-store and online from December 5th

Vodafone has just announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available in-store and online from December 5th on their $50 Plan with a $10 monthly handset repayment on a 24 month contract(total min cost $1440), other plans will no doubt be available but at this stage the Note II is not showing up on the Vodafone website. Update : The Galaxy Note II from Vodafone is the N7105 4G enabled model so it will run on their existing 3G network which Vodafone has spent 22 months upgrading as well as being ready for the 1800MHz 4G LTE... Continue reading

Vodafone: Galaxy S III Jelly Bean rollout to commence Monday 26 November

Vodafone have just announced over at their blog something that Samsung Galaxy S III owners have been anxiously (and, perhaps, impatiently) waiting for. That's right - come 1pm on Monday 26 November, Samsung will begin rolling out the Jelly Bean over-the-air update to your Vodafone Galaxy S III handsets. As with most OTA updates, Vodafone advises this will be occurring in batches, so if you don't get an update notification straight away, don't panic, chances are you'll receive it within the next two weeks, to make sure the OTA updates flying about don't cripple networks and... Continue reading

Vodafone pushing OTA Jellybean update to Galaxy S3 owners starting Monday

Galaxy S3 owners on Vodafone - The wait is nearly over! The Vodafone Blog has been updated with a notable change, the 4.1.1 Jellybean update is scheduled to roll out this coming Monday. In the never ending race between the carriers to get updated out to their branded Android handsets, it seems that Vodafone has won the race on the Galaxy S3 Jellybean update, adding it to their already considerable list of updates they've beaten the others to. I for one cannot wait; I nearly went with a third party ROM to get Jellybean, telling myself "Be... Continue reading

Sony Mobile announce Australian release of Xperia TX

Sony Mobile today announced the release of the Xperia TX - the official smartphone of the James Bond movie Skyfall - from 28 November. The Xperia TX will be available on Vodafone's $50 plan and outright from Sony Centres for $629. The Xperia TX is a quad-band HSPA phone (no LTE) with a 4.6" 720p display, 16GB onboard memory with microSD slot, 1.5GHz Dual Core Krait processor, 13MP camera and launches with Android 4.0 (ICS). Not exactly a flagship device, but well-priced and will gain some great publicity through its association with the new Bond film. Continue reading

Vodafone and Visa: NFC payments in 2013

Near Field Communication technology - or NFC - is a feature that's been appearing more recently on a few devices (such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Nexus 4), but hasn't had much use here in Australia. NFC proponents have been banging the mobile payments drum for a while now, and while Google's Wallet system has been available in the US for some time now, it's yet to roll out anywhere else. A few of the major Australian banks have shown interest, with ANZ and Westpac both trialling... Continue reading

Galaxy Mini 2 Giveaway – Winner

A while back we announced the Galaxy Mini 2 giveaway to give you, our readers the chance to win the Galaxy Mini 2 we were given by Vodafone as part of our Nexus S Jelly Bean Challenge. The competition called for you to submit stories on the most spectacular way you've destroyed your phone. We had a lot of entries and there was some truly great entries, but there can be only one winner and after reviewing the entries... Continue reading

Nexus 4 – Pre-Paid Plans and Micro-SIMs

With the launch of the Nexus 4, I have finally had to start looking around at what I'm going to do in regards to my SIM card as the Nexus 4 takes a microSIM. A microSIM is a essentially a cut down Mini-SIM — anyone familiar with an iPhone 4(S), HTC One XL or Motorola RAZR M (for example) will have seen these before. Here is a comparison table to help you out if you're not familiar with the SIM sizes: Now there are various options around in regards to chopping down your mini-SIM to... Continue reading

Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Updates – Telstra, Vodafone in final review

Australian owners of Samsung's Galaxy S III have been waiting for the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" update for their devices for some time. The Galaxy S III 4G recently launched here in Australia running Android 4.1, fueling speculation that the update for the older model device was imminent. Google originally released Android 4.1 into the Android Open Source Project repository in July. Four months later - and with Android 4.2 now on the horizon - the update is closer than ever, but it depends on your carrier. Let's take a look at the status of the update on... Continue reading

Vodafone will not be stocking the Nexus 7 3G Tablet

After Vodafone advised they would not be stocking the Nexus 4 Phone we asked if they were looking to stock the 3G enabled Nexus 7 tablet, unfortunately it does not appear to be good news on that front either with Vodafone advising : We will not be stocking the 3G-enabled Nexus 7 tablet. It's very much looking at this stage that Google will be without carrier support for the launch of their Nexus line of devices, at least in regards to Australian carriers. With the status of the 32GB Nexus 7 3G still showing as 'not available in your... Continue reading

Vodafone gives Nexus 4 the thumbs down

It looks like Vodafone's tradition of supporting Google's flagship Nexus phones in Australia may be coming to an end. We've received word today from a reader that Vodafone has decided not to stock the Nexus 4. Vodafone responded to a Twitter query from Ausdroid reader Mi7k regarding the newly-announced device, but also noted that the phone can be used should it be purchased outright. https://twitter.com/VodafoneAU/status/263434494344830976 We have no details about the reasons for their decision. It could perhaps be due to their past sales history with Nexus devices, or because... Continue reading

Competition: Win a Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 from Ausdroid and Vodafone

You may remember we had a friendly wager going with Kieran from Vodafone regarding the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S. Well, after a false start, Vodafone won that fair and square and it's time to pay up so there it is. Vodafone has again this week shown they speak Android supplying the Android 4.1.2 update to the Nexus S Over The Air to handsets, don't worry if you haven't got it yet it should reach you shortly. Part of the wager was that if Vodafone couldn't push the update out to Nexus S handsets within... Continue reading