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Android Wear and Moto 360 updates begin rolling out

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The Android Wear 2.0 update was expected on Oct 15th. That date came and went like the Mayan 2012 prophecy and delivered about as much as the said Prophecy without all the looting, hoarding, press coverage and excitement. That all changed this morning when several Android Wear users (more specifically users of the LG G watch) reported that their smart watch had received 4.4W2 update. In order to install the update, your watch must have at least a 80% charge. The LG G watch is the first to receive the update, perhaps because the Nexus 5 is manufactured by LG and the Nexus 6 which is manufactured by Motorola has not been released yet (pre-orders starting soon).

Google has …


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OnePlus One to open pre-orders on Oct 27th for 1 hour!

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OnePlus One has been the elusive Yeti of the Android world. Billed as the “flagship killer” the phone has promised top end features for a US$300 price. Since it’s release in June 2014, much like the Yeti, none have been spied on Australian shores. In a market where you’re outdated in a year, this “flagship killer” has been “arriving” for 4 months now, while the smartphone market already has players such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X (2nd Generation) which can compare to this device both feature and price wise.

Presumably, someone at OnePlus realised that in order to be a “flagship killer,” you would have to reach market before the phone gets outdated. This morning, Australian customers …


Vodafone Australia celebrates 21 years with free international calls this weekend

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Vodafone are celebrating their 21 years in Australia with a neat little offer if you happen to be one of their customers and have friends or loved ones overseas.

Starting today and ending tomorrow (Oct 19 at 11:59pm) you’re able to make free standard international phone calls to 10 of Vodafone’s most popular overseas call locations.

Calls may be made only to any landline or mobile in China, India, USA, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and South Korea. Vodafone have made it known there’s no limit to the number of calls and duration of each call that customers are able to make but note these calls should be for personal use only.

If you’re worried about being …


Nexus 9 available for pre-order in Australia

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We’ve all been digesting the recent Lollipop and Nexus news, debating whether we’ll be picking up either or both of the new Nexus devices given the new sizes and probable Australian pricing.

In the meantime, true to the announcement (at least in USA timing) Google has placed the Nexus 9 up for pre-order in the Play Store.

The Nexus 9 is now available for pre-order in Australia in both the 16 and 32 GB versions, and in both Indigo Black and Lunar White colours. Pricing starts at $479 for the 16GB version, and $589 for the 32GB plus shipping of $19.95.  Shipping is currently listed as “leaves warehouse” in 2-3 weeks.

The LTE version is listed as coming soon, whilst …


Google releases multiple Nexus devices to showcase Android Lollipop 5.0

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Along with the announcement on Android Lollipop 5.0, Google have also released a string of Nexus devices to showcase their new sweet update. So let’s take a look at the new Nexii, shall we?

 

Motorola Nexus 6

Wow, look at the size of it! This is a behemoth, with a 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 (493ppi) QHD screen, everything is going to look amazing on it. Plenty of power under the hood too, with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU and 3GM RAM it is going to fly. Storage options are available at 32GB and 64GB sizes which is good to see, as I personally feel that 16GB just isn’t enough these days.  The rear camera is a 13MP …


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Google releases Android Lollipop 5.0

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So it’s that time of year again… IFA was just over a month ago with a string of new devices (including wearables), those massive innovators Apple have released their new iPhone(s) to critical acclaim and Google have this morning released their latest offering of Android, Lollipop 5.0 which brings with it a truck load of new additions.

There hasn’t been a huge change in Android versions since Gingerbread 2.3.x became Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x and now that Kit Kat is being replaced with Lollipop it leaves behind the Holo style and brings the new Material Design which was first showcased at Google I/O in the form of the Android L Developer Preview. The look of Material Design is quite different …


Samsung Australia delays release date of Note 4 and Note Edge

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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge in Sydney a few weeks back, it caused quite a stir and the question hot on everyone’s lips including ours was: “when can we buy it?”. While it seemed we had a date locked in for the 29th of October, Samsung Australia have this afternoon shared that date will be pushed back to next month.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will continue to go up for pre-order tomorrow (15th October), but the Note 4 will be available from the 5th of November and the Note Edge a week after on the 12th.

It’s not ideal for those who’ve been hanging on for these devices to be released …


Samsung Australia delays release date of Note 4 and Note Edge

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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge in Sydney a few weeks back, it caused quite a stir and the question hot on everyone’s lips including ours was: “when can we buy it?”. While it seemed we had a date locked in for the 29th of October, Samsung Australia have this afternoon shared that date will be pushed back to next month.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will continue to go up for pre-order tomorrow (15th October), but the Note 4 will be available from the 5th of November and the Note Edge a week after on the 12th.

It’s not ideal for those who’ve been hanging on for these devices to be released …


Vodafone and Spotify enter exclusive partnership, to announce offers in coming weeks

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Well here’s one if you lead a music-centric life or just love your music on-the-go. Vodafone and Spotify have today announced they’ll be joining forces to bring Vodafone customers experiences which tailor to their needs of having music available to them, while urging potentially new customers to be taken by their offers.

In the world of music streaming, Spotify’s streaming service is undoubtedly one of the most, if not the most popular one out there, largely because it’s offered free, provided you can deal with ads and if on mobile, your library is locked on shuffle. Spotify do offer a premium month-by-month option which does away with these annoyances and adds the ability to save music offline but normally it’ll …


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Review: OPPO Find 7

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When it comes to local Android flagships, Aussies have a good number of choices available to them. LG have been more on the ball this time round, pushing for their G3 on all major carriers and improving its presence.

Is there room for the new kid on the block in OPPO Mobile and their top-tier Find 7 handset? Read on to find out.


Google quietly adds support for Sony Xperia Z3 line for Chromecast mirroring

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If you’ve got a Chromecast, are looking for a new phone and are dying for some screen mirroring love than you may just be in luck. When Google first announced Android mirroring it was a little disappointing to see the well-spec’d Sony Xperia Z2 missing from the list.

After browsing through the support page for the Android device mirroring on the Google Chromecast something caught our eye. It appears that Google has quietly added both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact (which just had Australian availability announced) to the list of supported devices.

We had a hands on with the new Sony line last night and loved what we saw.


Sony SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk for Australia

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On the wearable side of things, the Sony event provided us with our first look at Sony’s foray into the Android Wear market with the SmartWatch 3 and more on their own line of smartbands with the SmartBand Talk.

Getting to the good stuff we Android nutters crave, the SmartWatch 3 will be headed here some time during October and possibly November, with exact dates to be confirmed but what has been stated is the price. When it goes on sale the SmartWatch 3 will call for $299 and will initially be offered in black and lime bands, or “classic” and “sport” edition as Sony put it. These bands are totally interchangeable and extra straps including pink and white are …


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