The OnePlus One Lives

With about 90 minutes still left on the countdown clock on the OnePlus landing page the announcement of one of the most hyped phones in a long long time was presented to the world. And barely a ripple was caused. The hype surrounding this phone was built up over the past few months saying that they had managed to put a 5.5" screen into a 5" body, it would fit underneath a Sony Xperia Z1, it would sport the best specs available, and it would be a stunningly beautiful device. The countdown on the landing... Continue reading

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet available in Australia from April 29, starting at $599

Here's some news to excite people that are looking for a high-end 10" tablet: Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available for pre-order in Australia and set to be released on April 29. We've known the specs of Sony's new tablet for a while, and the manuals leaked online in late March, but it's taken until today's press release to get pricing and availability. With the Z2 Tablet hitting our shelves now, hopefully Sony's Z2 phone won't be far behind. The Z2 Tablet will be available in 3 SKUs - Sony's standard 16/32GB Wi-fi models,... Continue reading

Catch of the Day having a Sony Xperia Z, Z Ultra & Micro-USB drive sale

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another sale, The sale began Tuesday and ends this afternoon (Wednesday 23rd April) at 3pm AEST which includes the Xperia Z, Z Ultra & the Sony 32GB Micro-USB storage drives. Andy likes the water too The first up is Sony’s 2013 flagship, the Xperia Z, which is available in purple and white for $419.95 + shipping – a decent discount given the age of the device (it’s a little over a year old and it’s due for an update to KitKat). » Xperia Z review » Buy: black only available,... Continue reading

Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings new features like custom watch faces, wallpapers + more

One of the biggest complaints from owners of the Sony Smartwatch 2 was inability to customise their watch faces to make them more personal. That is, until today. Sony have released a software update for the Smartwatch 2 which adds custom watch faces to the mix, and also provides a built-in editor right within the app. Users now have the ability to choose from a base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, and create / edit their own from these sets. The watch face editor presents users with a blank slate, to which they... Continue reading

Aldi offering the Medion 7.85″ LifeTab on Saturday 26th April for $199

Aldi are set to introduce yet another Android tablet this Saturday, with the new Medion LifeTab 7.85" Android tablet to go on sale for $199. The Medion LifeTab 7.85" tablet is offering some decent specs for a tablet given the market it is aiming for. The list of specs are: 7.85" IPS HD Display (1024 x 768) 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 quad-core processor 1 GB DDR3 RAM 16 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD memory card 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Android 4.4 200x137x9mm @ 370grams The main selling point is this, is the inclusion of Android 4.4, on a budget model tablet,... Continue reading

LG Shows Off Their Smartwatch in Champagne Gold

When Google launched Android Wear, their initial launch partners were Motorola - who managed to corner most of the press with their circular Moto 360 - and LG, who showed off a not very visible 'G Watch' in a render. LG has since been playing catch-up. We got a slightly better look at the watch thanks to their Facebook page and Pocket-Lint got an even closer look last month and today via their Facebook page LG have shown off the LG/Google designed smartwatch, based on Google Now information, in a champagne white colour. Apparently due to... Continue reading

Samsung exec says the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a new form factor; confirms Android Wear device in development

With the global launch of the Galaxy S5 this month, the rumour mill is now turning its attention to the next big smartphone - or phablet - Samsung is expected to announce later this year, the fourth Galaxy Note. In an interview with Reuters, Samsung’s senior VP for product strategy Yoon Han-kil, said that the manufacturer is looking to launch the next version of the Galaxy Note with a “new form factor” in the second half of 2014. Yoon did not elaborate further on what exactly that new form factor would look like, but Samsung is clearly... Continue reading

Samsung confirms 20 devices are compatible with Gear 2 series smartwatches

Samsung last week confirmed that 20 Samsung Galaxy devices are compatible with their recently-launched Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches. Unlike last year's Galaxy Gear, which only worked with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, there's now 12 compatable smartphones and 8 tablets. Users with compatible devices can now download the latest versions of the Gear Manager or Gear Fit Manager apps from the Samsung Apps store. The full list of compatible Galaxy Smartphone devices are: Galaxy S5 Galaxy Note 3 Neo Galaxy Grand 2 Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy S4 Galaxy S4 mini Galaxy S4... Continue reading

Google leaks Android 4.4.3 in update to Google Edu Setup app

Android 4.4.3 is far from officially announced, but it seems that it might as well be. Google has leaked the upcoming release (and suggested it's coming very very soon) in its update to Google Edu Device Setup, an app directly from Google that administrators can use to set up tablets for Google Apps for Education. We already know it's coming; even at Ausdroid we've seen Android 4.4.3 devices hitting our server logs, and not just the kind from kids fiddling with their build.prop either; these appear to be the real deal. Going from previous timeframes -- the time from we've first seen... Continue reading

Asus C200 and C300 Chromebook specs and pricing leaked

Asus has entered the ChromeOS market with a series of Chromeboxes, but a pair of Chromebooks, with model numbers C200 and C300 will soon be entering the market and now their specs and pricing has apparently been leaked. Both the C200 and C300 will run on the Intel Bay Trail based Dual-Core Celeron N2830 CPU clocked at 2.16GHz, but will come with different specs other than that. The C300 will apparently appear in the US this month, while the C200 is due out in May. We've already seen the C200 in a leak earlier this month but according to... Continue reading

Samsung and Amazon launch a custom Kindle e-book store for Samsung’s Galaxy range

Late last week, Samsung announced that it is collaborating with Amazon to bring a customised Kindle e-book store exclusively to Samsung's Galaxy range. This new collaboration service is launching alongside the recently launched Galaxy S5 device and will available worldwide to all Galaxy devices that run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or greater. Amazon are boasting that Samsung Galaxy device owners will now have access to over 500,000 titles in its catalogue that include best-selling books and magazines from around the world. To entice owners to the new joint service, Samsung and Amazon have announced a Samsung Book Deals initiative.... Continue reading

Facebook launches a new feature called Nearby Friends – keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to

If you're one of those people who likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a new feature called Nearby Friends. The premise is fairly simple: Nearby Friends shows you if your friends are close by, so you can reach out to these friends and contact them about meeting up. The feature isn't automatically turned on within Facebook's apps though; users wanting to take up this feature will need to toggle it on and your friends will have to decide to share their location for it to be of much use. Facebook say that the... Continue reading

OnePlus One Photos Leaked- Fake?

The OnePlus One leaks are coming fast and strong in the last few days. Some have been perpetuated by OnePlus with them announcing things such as the invite system for purchasing and some are just plain leaks/rumours. The recent ones I am going to place in both baskets. Overnight there have a been leaks of both apparent press images of the phone as well as images of the back plates that are meant to be coming. The back covers I am going to call real from OnePlus but the press images I am going to call fake. The StyleSwap... Continue reading