Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung's Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We've had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that's the last time we'll use that overworked cliché). It's safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice 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

Win a pass to see Captain America: Winter Soldier

Are you a fan of the Marvel Comics franchise? If you'd like to win one of three passes to see the latest instalment, in the form of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then look no further. Ausdroid has three (3) double passes to give away! To enter, it's easy: Tell us who your favourite avenger is, and in 25 words or less, why! There's no need for a special entry form: we're not going to over complicate it! Just tell us in the comments below and we'll pick the winners on Monday at 5pm AEST. Continue reading

Rumour: MediaTek based sub-US$100 Nexus phone being worked on

It's that time of year, now is generally when rumours surrounding the next Nexus smartphone, which is generally released every year in October/November each year, start heating up. This years rumour has already seen a hint that LG will be tipped to make the Nexus phone for the third year in a row, but now a new rumour out of China is saying that Google is looking to bring a sub-US$100 Nexus phone to market. While the Nexus line of phones is considered cheap, while still including fairly high-end hardware, apparently Google is going to look at a completely budget... Continue reading

Telstra LG Optimus L3 on sale today at Big W

Big W are having a big 1-day Easter long weekend sale and are offering the Telstra Pre-Paid LG Optimus L3 at half price for $34.50. The LG Optimus L3 has been one of the successful comebacks for LG within the lower end of the market and remains quite a stylish device. Just incase you have forgotten, here is the rundown of the specs for the LG Optimus L3: 800MHz Processor 1GB RAM – 2GB Internal Storage with MicroSD Card Slot expandable to 32GB 3.2″ QVGA Capacitive Screen at 320×240 resolution 3.2MP Camera with auto focus Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS & FM... Continue reading

Catch of the Day Technothon offering Sony, Samsung and HTC deals

Australian bargain site Catch of the Day is having another “Technothon” sale. The sale began today and ends tomorrow morning (Saturday 19th April) at 11am AEST which includes a number of Android devices. Sony Catch of the Day is offering two phones for sale as well as a tablet, 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: Continue reading

HTC One (M8) — Review

Is the HTC One (M8) your new Mate? HTC has a long and proud history in the mobile industry. From their early years as an ODM (original design manufacturer) making phones and mobile devices to be branded as HP and Palm, HTC have grown through leaps and bounds to their current standing as one of the leaders in design and mobile innovation. There’s been some trying financial times of late, and last years HTC One was described as their last ditch effort to save the company. But that wasn’t the case. The One wasn't as successful as... Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Gameloft swings into Google Play

With the Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting cinemas in Australia yesterday, the movie tie-in game from Gameloft has also made an appearance. Swinging into Google Play at $5.49, Gameloft has also included a few In-App Purchases as well - Spidey needs new outfits. When not fighting henchmen or major villains such as Venom, the Green Goblin, Electro, and more in the game, you'll be swinging through a digitally rendered New York City, interacting with other Marvel characters like Black Cat and Screwball. While not all the villains and characters listed make an appearance in the movie, Gameloft are quick to... Continue reading

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use points to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is now here in stores, and even subsidised on a plan it costs a pretty penny. But Qantas has now added the Galaxy S5 to their Qantas store to let you swap those accrued Qantas Frequent Flyer(QFF) Points for Samsung's latest flagship. The phone can be exchanged for 173,500 QFF points with no money changing hands, or on a sliding scale in a mix of cash and QFF points down to a minimum of 104,100 QFF points + $534.38 in cash. There's a 21 day wait for orders to be despatched, so this isn't an order that... Continue reading

Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

Yahoo has been busy updating the Android app for its Flickr service. The new app is now offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+ (something which has been seriously lagging with Instagram) but in addition to this, the update now brings Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. There is also a new feature which enables users to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more. However there is a small downside to the new update. Where previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, this update eliminates those... Continue reading

OnePlus Does A Willy Wonka

I know that I have already written one piece today on the OnePlus One but I thought I would further disappoint everyone just a little bit more. First it was the lack of availability to Australia but for those who really want this phone that was a mere speed bump in the road to geek heaven (a new tech toy). All we would do is logon to the OnePlus website and buy it, ship it to the US mail forwarder and all is good right? Unfortunately not. OnePlus early on said that they will have a... Continue reading