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OPPO Mobile enters Australian market with slew of devices

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As we reported just over a week ago Chinese OEM OPPO have today made their debut in the Australian smartphone market with four devices, their flagship Find 7 and Find 7a, their “selfie” focused N1 Mini and their more affordable Neo 5 handset.

When commenting on their timing and why Australia is the manufacturer’s first descent into the Western market, OPPO Australia’s head of marketing Michael Tram said:

We’re focused on innovation and are passionate about exploring the latest that technology has to offer… [w]e feel that Australia as a country mirrors these values, so we’re excited to begin our exploration into Western markets here.

As OPPO focused their push on other markets and ultimately found success with their products …


HTC brings One Mini 2 to Telstra

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Telstra has just announced an alternative for customers intrigued enough by the HTC One M8′s design and features but not sold on its size or perhaps price and it comes in the form of its immediate sibling the One Mini 2.

Starting tomorrow, the One Mini 2 will be available in Telstra stores as well as online from the Telstra shop in Gunmetal Grey or an exclusive Amber Gold finish. Regardless of colour choice the One Mini 2 can be snatched up for $55 on Telstra’s Mobile Accelerate Plan over 24 months along with $5 per month handset repayments. The handset may also be purchased outright for $528 at Telstra.

In an age where smartphones are increasingly growing in display …


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OPPO to enter Australian market next month

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That’s right folks OPPO, the makers behind the much loved Find 5 last year and its major follow up line of Find 7s will be bringing their range to local shores early next month as the business embarks on a new journey as they continue to drive themselves globally.

In what seems as though it’s been a long time in the making the Chinese OEM is staging an event in Sydney on the 2nd of September to mark their official entry to the space.

At the moment besides event details, any details pertaining to devices, availability and prices are presently unknown, but we’ve been informed there’s more details to come soon, which we suspect will be revealed on the day….


Vodafone to launch Voice over LTE in 2015, new plans with Ericcson

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In more Vodafone-related news and as the carrier continues to make amends for its network woes from a few years ago, they’ve announced new plans to bring Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in 2015 and a continued focus on efficiency and network performance through use of equipment from Ericcson.

With the carrier set to have up to 95 per cent of Australia’s metropolitan population covered by the end of the year, trials of VoLTE will commence around the same time. It’s is all part of a move Vodafone’s Chief Technology Officer, Benoit Hanssen sees as the network differentiating itself from its competitors in “offering voice calls on its 4G network” .

“With our enhanced indoor 4G coverage and voice calls on


Vodafone now offers 4G in New Zealand when on $5 Roaming

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Continuing their push to be the go-to carrier for frequent flyers, Vodafone this morning announced customers will have access to 4G data speeds in New Zealand as part of their $5 per day international roaming plan.

The move is a fairly big deal for those typically burdened by often excessive roaming fees incurred when roaming on other networks and given New Zealand is Aussies no.1 international holiday destination — according to the Aus Bureau of Statistics —  it’s bound to put a few good Vodafone customers at ease.

So what does your $5 per day get you? Well access to all your inclusions on your local plan and when you travel to New Zealand your phone will automatically roam onto …


Google Now launcher available for 4.1+ devices

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Over the past two years, We have seen an uprise in the number of downloadable launchers on the Play Store. Some appealing to most like Apex and Nova launcher, others that are innovative like Aviate by Yahoo, and some homemade rip-offs.

The Google Now Launcher is Google’s launcher that features Google Now and Google Search. From the initial release until yesterday, the Google Now Launcher was only open to the latest nexus devices and some other higher end devices. But now Google has released an update that allows users who have an Android device running Jellybean 4.1 and above to further enjoy the Google Eco-system. Nearly 75% of Android devices currently run Jellybean 4.1 and above, according to the Android …


Kogan partners with BenQ to launch $229 Agora 4G smartphone

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Always making their bid to outdo the competition, the team over at Kogan headed by founder, Ruslan Kogan have this morning announced the Agora 4G smartphone, priced at just $229.

So what do you get for that price tag? Well, hardware built by BenQ and a 5-inch, 720p display, an 8MP camera, an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core 1.2GHz chip, 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal storage expandable to an additional 64GB via microSD, a 2520mAh Li-Ion battery and what on the surface looks to be vanilla Android 4.4.2.

That pricing strategy puts it ahead of other 4G smartphone offerings like the Nexus 5 as well as the more budget-friendly 4G offerings from the likes of Sony, LG, Huawei and …


Review: ASUS MeMO Pad 7

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In the thriving budget tablet sector you can really drive your dollar if you’re looking for an affordable tablet capable of lasting far longer than what it’s worth. ASUS and Google made this point evident with their release of the Nexus 7 in 2012 and again in 2013, but beyond this ASUS have their own budget line of MeMO Pad tablets which seek to undercut Google’s flag bearing Android tablet.

ASUS has recently released their MeMO Pad 7 in Australia and we had the opportunity to give it a run over the course of a week. At around $229 locally, the Pad 7  (which is what we’ll be referring to the tablet in our review)  is still a fair amount …


Google loosens grip on Google+ names

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When I first got into Google+ after a long struggle with Facebook, I originally planned on using an alias, but this didn’t sit well with Google. Today that changes.

The Google+ team has took to their platform to announce they’re giving users the freedom to settle on any Google+ username for their personal profile — and I can already hear a wave of Ingress players rejoicing.

The move comes as the team has gradually shown more leniency to YouTube users in allowing them to bring their usernames into Google+ and the general shadiness surrounding the name policy on the social media platform.

So what say you, are you changing your username?

 

Source: Google+


Google adds screen mirroring for Chromecast

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A few months ago, Google unleashed its wallet-friendly yet powerful media streaming device, the Chromecast, to the Australian market. It was a delayed launch as the American market go their hands on the Chromecast a year earlier. But the launch was great as sales across Australia was booming. Nothing beats Android devices for less than 50$ #cheap

Google has recently released an update on the Play Store for the Chromecast that allows users to mirror or duplicate their mobile/tablet screen on to their TVs.  The ability to mirror your device is limited to a few devices at the moment. Here is the list of devices that are supported -

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2

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The market for flagship handsets has over recent years become a fierce and competitive space, with OEMs doing their bit to outdo and make jabs at their competitors’ offerings.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 mightn’t undergo as much of the rampant marketing and digs at its competition as others out there, but Sony continues to insist they have the “world’s best” camera in a smartphone. That’s a pretty out there statement, but as we found in our review, the Sony Xperia Z2 has a lot to offer beyond its primary marketing focus.


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Google I/O 2014: Android TV announced

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As a follow-up to the now dead Google TV, Android engineering director, Dave Burke announced an experience for the living room with Android TV. While it’s not a new platform as Burke points out, “we’re simply giving TV the same amount of attention as phones and tablets have traditionally enjoyed”. Android TV draws on existing the experience and level of investment users have in Android and brings it to a familiar form factor and across a single Android SDK for all form factors.


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