OPPO officially takes the wraps off the R7 and R7 Plus

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OPPO recently unveiled the follow up handsets to their R5 at an event held in Beijing and the OPPO R7 and R7 Plus appear to be a vast improvement over their predecessor.

Whilst still keeping at their core a slim profile with a full unibody metal construction to boot, these latest handsets for OPPO’s R Series line will incorporate a 2.5D strengthened screen with a curvature designed to make gestures feel more natural — which is just as well as OPPO’s ColorOS is fairly laden with support for gesture-based actions.

In comparison to the direct model it replaces, the R7 is actually smaller than the R5 but thicker round the edges, dropping some 6mm in height to 143mm, a good ...


OPPO Australia confirms upcoming R7 and R7 Plus headed locally

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OPPO’s stylishly sharp replacements for their already razor thin R5 handset will be headed to Australian shores, as OPPO Australia officially confirms.

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Nexus Player arrives in Australia

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The Nexus Player is a TV set-top box manufactured by ASUS that aims to turn any TV into a full fledged Android TV. It features 1 HDMI port and 1 USB 2.0 port and when connected to your TV gives you all the features of a high end TV running Android.This means you can stream videos and music off the Google Play store, cast content to your phone, play games, browse the internet and even control your Android TV from your phone or using voice commands.

The Nexus Player is available from Google Store for $129.00 and is also available through JB Hi-FI and Dick Smith. The Nexus Player also has an add-on Gamepad accessory which costs $59.00 however it is currently unavailable and listed as “coming soon” on Google Store.

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Lollipop 5.0.1 OTA hitting Australian unlocked Galaxy Note 4, Optus as well

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It’s been a good solid month or two since we shared news of the Australian variant of the Galaxy Note Edge receiving its update to Lollipop before all other global Note Edge variants and now — finally — we’re receiving word that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in its unbranded Aussie form is now receiving the 5.0.1 OTA.

Thanks to a tip off from one of our readers, along with a couple of screenshots we’ve our first look at the unbranded SM-N910G Australian variant of the Galaxy Note 4 receiving its OTA for Lollipop 5.0.1.

The update, which is just over a sizeable 1GB is rather interestingly not showing up on Sammobile’s  extensive firmware listing page for the Galaxy Note 4 ...


Review: Sony SmartWatch 3 stainless steel edition

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The selection of local smartwatches has changed rather drastically these past few months and there’s now a respectable lot of Android Wear smartwatches available for Aussies, but in those past few months it seemed Sony’s silicone-banded SmartWatch 3 couldn’t quite cut a break for being a stylish everyday smartwatch. Recently that changed with the release of the much needed SmartWatch 3 stainless steel edition, but with a $399 price tag it’s among the priciest of Android Wear offerings right now, so is it worth it?

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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge launch in Australia with pre-orders live for April 10 release

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The Galaxy S6 is upon us Aussies! Well, almost. Samsung Australia yesterday held its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch event and word on pricing, pre-order details and availability have since surfaced from the source and carriers.

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AMP NFC mobile payments now a reality for customers

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AMP Bank has today announced it will offer NFC mobile payments for customers through Host Card Emulation (HCE) on Android compatible handsets.

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ASUS ZenWatch launches in Australia through Google Play Store, coming to Bing Lee soon

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ASUS’ first foray into the Android Wear space is with their ASUS ZenWatch and now Aussies will have the opportunity to snag one from the new Google Store — within the Play Store — and soon from Bing Lee.

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Review: OPPO R5

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When it comes to OEMs who set out to push the envelope, beyond the well known there’s one Chinese OEM who are by no means a stranger to challenging the market ‒  OPPO.

One of OPPO’s latest offerings has an impeccable design with a good few specs to boot, but in our time with it, we’ve been left wondering whether the race to produce one of the thinnest smartphones was at all worth the effort, given the certain trade-offs that those who purchase it will be made to live with.

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amaysim 4G goes live, new plans added

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amaysim announced plans back in December of last year that it would launch 4G by around Easter 2015 — thanks to a renewed agreement with Optus — and seeing as April and the Easter period is just around the corner, amaysim have managed to jump the gun and launch their long awaited 4G service to most of its existing month-to-month plans, whilst adding a couple of new plans along the way.

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HTC One M9 pricing and availability in Australia

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Last night HTC put together an event all in the name of their latest flagship, the One M9 and we have details on when you’ll be able to pick one up in Australia and from where.

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Google Now will soon allow third-party app integration through open API

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Google’s personal assistant Google Now will soon be able to offer a great deal more relevant information to you based on third-party applications thanks to an open API currently in the works.

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