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Telstra Xperia Z and HTC One poised to receive Android 4.2.2 update in July, Galaxy S4 maintenance update too
We’ve got some big news for Telstra customers who have some of their leading flagship smartphones.
According to Telstra’s Device Updates page, the telco are aiming to have 4.2.2 rolled out to owners of the HTC One by the 22nd of July, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z are poised to receive their updates by 15th. Currently, the Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z are undergoing their preliminary rounds of testing to ensure the updates are up to standard and suitable for release to the general public, but the HTC One has yet to receive this same treatment. Whilst it would no doubt be great to finally have 4.2.2 on the One, bear in mind that time of …
If you didn’t already read it, yesterday we covered Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S4 Zoom – a smartphone that’s integrated into a compact camera with 10x optical zoom and image stabiliser.
To help the likes of you and I understand how such a unique device would work, Samsung soon after released an official video showing off the capabilities of the smartphone compact camera. Not to mention how cheesy your smile might be and how contagious it’ll be to all those who receive your photos. I really don’t want to take away too much from watching the video playing a song with the words “I need your love” yourself, but suffice to say that the video is aimed at those …
Samsung has released a video today detailing just how great the Galaxy S4 is. No, t’s not the Galaxy S4 Active, which was brought out as the waterproof version of the S4, but is just the regular Joe S4.
Surprisingly, Samsung’s latest flagship passes many tests with flying colours and comes out completely unscathed. This is contrary to reports I’ve heard of the display shattering easily with its relatively small bezel. Anyway, the results speak for themselves and there’s a short Samsung-made video to show you just how much of a beating the S4 can take. Just remember, this was made in Samsung’s facilities, so we’re just going to have to take their word on the validity and reliability of …
It’s a phone… wait… it’s a camera… No, it’s just another Samsung Galaxy S4 variant :)
For those of you who wish your phone and your compact camera were one, Samsung might just be making your dreams come true. Samsung has announced the the Galaxy S4 Zoom – an Android 4.2 smartphone with a 16mp image-stabiliser camera that has 10x zoom (equivalent to 24-240mm in 35mm film terms).
Whilst it’s sporting what the headliner specs suggest is a decent step-up of a camera for a smartphone, the smartphone specs aren’t exactly cutting edge – 4.3 inch 960×540 Super AMOLED screen, dual core 1.5GHz (though may vary by market), 8GB onboard memory (expandable by up to 64GB with microSD), 2,330mAh battery …
It’s official! No sooner than the rumours emerged that Samsung were looking at releasing an AOSP version of their flagship Galaxy S4, this morning at Google I/O, Google’s VP of Android Product Management, Hugo Barra announced an AOSP Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2.
This Galaxy S4 will differ in a big way from Samsung’s own Galaxy S4 – as mentioned it will be completely AOSP and stock Android, and like a true Nexus it will be available with an unlocked bootloader. This, like we stated yesterday provides individuals with the perfect solution if they desire a Galaxy S4, but aren’t fond of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin. Furthermore, users will stand to benefit from receiving timely updates, like all Nexus devices.
Do you love your stock Android over OEM skins, but want a smartphone with internals up there with the major flagship devices? Well as one of the tech industry’s most anticipated events is ready to swing into action, we’re receiving the last round of rumours before Google I/O kicks off.
This time, it’s the speculation that Samsung is preparing to unveil the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition” at the conference. Why would Samsung do this you say? Well there are many of us out there who are fond of the Galaxy S4 but absolutely detest Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. Instead of going through all the effort to unlock and root your device to put on an AOSP ROM, talks are that Samsung …
Update: This article has an Australian twist as from what we’ve heard the international models don’t have this same issue. Most reports from America and Europe we’ve read have said that the phone is silky smooth, and it seems that only Aussies are experiencing these issues. If anyone else has had a good or bad experience we’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!
Update 2: We’ve also noticed that the Australia firmware for the S4 omits a couple features that international versions have. The Australian S4 cannot have dock items/apps/folders changed and to the best of our understanding lacks the ability to add lock screen app shortcuts.
Three of us here at Android …
For far too long, Apples iPads have dominated the consumer tablet realm. However just last month the research firm IDC predicted that all of this was set to change.
Based on IDC’s data, in the first three months of 2013 there were approximately 49.2 million tablets shipped. Of which, 27.8 million ran Android and 19.5 million were iPads.
Whilst Apple is still the single largest tablet manufacturer in the world, Samsung is rapidly gaining on the US technology giant. Samsung shipped 8.8 million Android tablets in the first quarter of 2013.
To illustrate the drastic movements in market share, last year’s numbers for Q1 2013 shows that Apple dominated the tablet market with 58.1% compared to Samsung’s 11.3%. In contrast, …
Here’s an evening deal for you: Samsung’s Galaxy S III 4G i9305 (16GB, Black) for $379!
That’s right folks. Kogan’s at it again with their ridiculously low pricing. Not so long ago, the Samsung Galaxy S III i9300 was priced at $530 and I was thinking ‘wow’. Its LTE brother was priced slightly higher. Now, they’re both priced at a jaw dropping $379!
Note: This might be a misprint as the non 4G version is also priced the same. This doesn’t really make much sense. So if you’re looking out for a new smartphone, I’d be pulling out the credit card before Kogan change the prices!
Make sure to tell us if you do!
Up until this point of the evening, there’s been little we’ve heard from Telstra’s side with regards to pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. We can assume at least that the device will be available on the carrier along with the other main carriers from the 27th of April.
What Telstra have done is release a ‘features overview’ video of the device on YouTube, presenting just that – the features, and what customers can hope to expect of the device on their 4G network.
For those of you who are (still) not yet aware of the S4′s features, or feel like seeing the device under a familiar Australian backdrop – be sure to check out the source video below.
Update: We’ve …
We’ve heard that Samsung Experience Stores will have the Galaxy S4 from tomorrow onwards, and major carriers will have it from April 27th.
If you don’t want to head over to a SES and want to grab it from your local carrier, than preorders are opening up from tomorrow at 9am. Optus and Vodafone have both made this official, and we’re still waiting to hear from Telstra and Virgin Mobile.
Stay tuned for more.
Update: Virgin Mobile have let us know that they have no preorders.
Update 2: Telstra has informed us via Twitter that all information will be released tomorrow.
It’s just been announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be officially priced at $899 for the 16GB version. Keep in mind that this is for the quad-core variant that the Australian market will be receiving. Kogan however, have listed the Galaxy S4 16GB Octa-core version for a $100 less. That’s $799 for possibly getting the octa-core version!
The specifications page on the Kogan website lists the processor as 1.9 Quad Core/1.6 Octa-Core. The meaning of this is ambiguous. Whether it means that Kogan will be shipping whatever they can get their hands on, or whether it’s just a simple typo one cannot tell at the moment. We will keep you updated on this when we hear more.
In either …