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Dual SIM Moto G headed to Australia

Dual SIM Moto G headed to Australia

The Moto G was announced as a phone that would come in both single and dual SIM variants, but it’s only been the single SIM model that’s been available for purchase since launch. That could change soon, at least in Australia, as the country’s version of the Motorola website now lists the dual SIM version of the Moto G. Retailers and carriers don’t seem to offering the dual SIM Moto G yet, but it’s an indication of its impending release – Motorola had announced that the phone would be arriving in a dual SIM variant in markets like India in January, and it looks like the Google-owned company has managed to stick to that schedule.

As expected, the addition of a SIM slot hasn’t changed anything in terms of hardware – there’s a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, and a 2070 mAh battery. Despite a few months having passed since the Moto G was launched, the dual SIM variant still runs on Android 4.3 out of the box, though it will be upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat as expected.

LG Optimus F5 Goes Way Under Expected Price

LG Optimus F5

The revealed pricing of the LG Optimus F5 will definitely put a wide smile on every customer’s face. According to TechRadar, the phone is being offered by the company for only less than $300. This is truly a great deal considering that its features are something that you can find in high-end smartphones.

Pricing

The phone can be bought outright from the Optus carrier for only $299 or customers can avail of their plan with only $0 upfront and $35 per month for a period of 24 months. But this will push buyers back to an overall price of $840 in the end.

The new model is offered by Virgin Mobile less than $300 too. Users can opt for the $0 downpayment and $29 per month plan that can run up to 24 months. However, this will raise the overall cost of the phone up to $696.

Specs

The LG Optimus F5 possesses 4G functionality that is usually found in new high-end smartphones. Then, it also has a 4.3-inch IPS screen. For its processor, it is equipped with Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm that is capable of delivering an overall clock speed of 1.2GHz. Add to these a 1GB RAM and SD card slot to further expand its 8GB memory for locally storing files.

In addition, the operating system of the device is the Android Jelly Bean. Plus, it comes with a QuickMemo function that will let users bring out apps as well as writing or drawing directly onto the screen. Another notable highlight of the unit is its QSlide feature which will allow users to make some apps appear transparent in order to be able to multi-task.

According to the source, the features carried by the Optimus F5 show what consumers can expect on the LG’s next line of devices that are scheduled to be released this year.

Availability

The LG Optimus F5 is now available for purchase in Australia via the Optus and Virgin Mobile carriers. The report said that Optus is offering the phone both on its prepaid and postpaid plans. There is no word yet whether it will come out in the U.S. but just keep your fingers crossed that it will soon be offered there.

Source: TechRadar

Vodafone Australia says NO to BB10 devices

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Blackberry launched an all new platform and two new devices yesterday. The devices include BlackBerry Z10 and Blackberry Q10. The Q10 is equipped with hardware qwerty keyboard and will make it to the market some time later in April, whereas the Z10 is readily available in U.K. The Z10 will make it to U.S. shores by mid-March. The devices have managed to attract a lot of attention, but apparently Vodafone Australia isn’t impressed by what BlackBerry has to offer.

BlackBerry Australia has confirmed that they won’t be getting the device to the country. It should be noted that Blackberry’s Australian managing director, Matthew Ball, is an ex-vodafone employee. At the launch event, Ball told that Australian carriers including Telstra and Optus will be offering the new BlackBerry devices sometime in March. Vodafone’s global brand will be offering BlackBerry 10 devices, so Australia would be a special case.

“Globally, we’ll be launching with Vodafone,” Ball said. “Within the Australian market, we have shown and demonstrated BlackBerry 10 to the Vodafone team here locally. Their response was that they liked it, but need to refocus on other priorities at the moment.”

It is said that Vodafone will continue working with the Canadian technology major and there is a possibility that the carrier will launch the firm’s device at a later point in the future, but as of now there are no plans as such. Once other two major carriers start selling the devices, it may encourage Vodafone to jump the bandwagon.

“I would suggest that once they’re starting to see the success coming out of the other operators, I would suggest they would likely come on board.”

Apparently, two out of three BlackBerry users are enterprise or business customers. It’s worth noting that BlackBerry 10 is a completely re-designed and re-engineered platform, and unlike before, this all new OS is targeted towards consumer market instead of enterprise market, and of course it is very well capable of catering the enterprise market as well, thanks to the built in security that BlackBerry systems are known for. BlackBerry Z10 is purely designed to win over consumer customers, but at the same time it will also attract business users, and perhaps the ratio would be 55% business and 45% consumer customers.

Both the devices, Z10 and Q10, are very good devices. The build quality is excellent and so is the software running it. The hardware isn’t mediocre in anyway, and far better than what previous BlackBerries were equipped with. The Canadian technology major is concentrating more on selling the full touchscreen Z10, and unlike the Z10, the qwerty equipped Q10 won’t be available anytime soon. BlackBerry has a large customer base of 79 million users, and even if a small percentage of users decide to upgrade to a BB10 device, the company would be successful in making its investors happy. In my opinion, they should have made Q10 available right away because qwerty smartphones is a big market and BB brand will instantly succeed in that segment. What’s your thought?

Source: zdnet

$149 Contract-Free 5-Inch Kogan Agora Smartphone Now Available For Pre-Order

If you want a five-inch smartphone but currently have a tight budget, then perhaps the Kogan Agora 5.0 can be the solution for you. The smartphone will only set you back $149, a huge difference from many of the five-inchers aimed at the high end market segment. For instance the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 retails for $700 and the LG Optimus Vu 2 is more expensive at $860. The Kogan Agora 5.0 it will be offered on contract-free, pay-as-you-go plans from both AT&T and T-Mobile. The device is now available for pre-order, and should start shipping on Valentine’s Day.

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Consumers get a screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, with a pixel density of only  186 pixels per inch. This resolution is naturally much lower than the ones on the Galaxy Note 2, which is 1,280×720 pixels, and the Optimus Vu 2, which comes with 1,280×768 pixels. Users, of course, should not expect the Kogan Agora 5.0’s low price to offer premium specifications. Inside, the handset is driven by a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, which works alongside only a meager 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage capacity. Fortunately, expansion is possible, with the help of a built-in microSD card slot for those who need extra space for files. Adding to the list of specifications is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a VGA camera on its front, and a 5-megapixel camera on its rear. The available connectivity options are  802.11n WiFi and HSPA. 4G LTE, however, is not supported.

Engadget, which got to handle the device recently, says that the Kogan Agora 5.0 is not such a bad handset especially for its price, despite the phone’s  low specifications. According to their review, “the build quality is solid” and the display is “not notably terrible.” They also reportedly like some elements of the design, including its back panel, metal logo, and glossy rim.

via cnet

Samsung Galaxy S III 4G With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Quad Core Chip On Its Way To Telstra and Optus

A minor (or larger, depending on what you think of it) iteration of Samsung’s latest flagship handset, the Galaxy S III, will soon be on its way into Australian borders. Telstra and Optus will be selling the handset with 4G LTE fully available for the handset. This new iteration has been dubbed the Galaxy S III 4G, it’s actually going to be the first LTE based variant of the handset to launch outside of Korean borders with Samsung’s own quad core Exynos processor under the hood. If that’s not enough of extra goodies for you, consumers who purchase the Galaxy S III 4G will have access to the much coveted Android 4.1 Jelly Bean straight out of its box. Since we haven’t seen a Jelly Bean update just yet, surely this is going to make some users fairly jealous. Of course, we should be seeing a Jelly Bean update in the United States fairly soon with numerous leaks and external downloads popping up all over the place. What Samsung is holding off on, I don’t know.

It’ll be really interesting to see how fast the Galaxy S III 4G LTE will be over in Australia. As you know, it is a really good handset and is one of Samsung’s big flagship devices. That said, it’s LTE capabilities have got to be pretty dang fantastic. What I am curious about is if we’ll be seeing an LTE version in the United States soon or not. It’s questionable as Apple, the Cupertino based company, is looking to ban the Galaxy S III in the United States along with a list of other handsets. Hopefully it won’t prohibit Samsung from releasing an LTE version. Then again, since Apple has just recently got some four hundred LTE patents, they may have another weapon against the Galaxy S III if it were to get LTE in the U.S.

This 4.8 inch superphone will be launching on both carriers in October with two different color options for each network — white and blue for the Optus carrier and grey and black for the Telstra carrier. Optus has also said that if customers pre-order the Galaxy S III online, you can expect to receive your handset by September 20th, a couple weeks earlier from its official launch date. If you want a ton more information from the carriers themselves, just hit the source links below and you should be able to find everything you need to know about pre-ordering along with all the hardware information in Australia. If not, well, feel free to comment and we’ll try to help you out as best as we can!

Do you think that the Galaxy S III 4G LTE will arrive in the United States or are we going to have to wait until this court mess is all over with? Hopefully we won’t have to wait as this is a really good phone and seeing a 4G LTE network on it would be a beautiful thing.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

source: Optus, Telstra
via: Talk Android

Follow Up: Samsung Denies Any Involvement In Wake Up Protest

Earlier this week Elijah brought us the story about a flash mob protest at an Apple store in Australia. Apparently mobs of people dressed in all black got off buses that said “Wake Up”, on the sides of them. The people were all holding up signs and chanting “Wake Up” in front of the Apple store.

It seemed like a marketing tactic from Samsung to draw more attention to their upcoming Galaxy S III launch. It also made perfect sense that they were building on the award winning “The Next Big Thing” campaign that ran in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“The Next Big Thing” campaign was a series of ads that portrayed Apple fans outside of Apple stores waiting for the next big phone release. There was a variety of different ads that brought to light features of the Samsung Galaxy S II that the iPhone and iPhone 4S didn’t have yet.


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Huawei Banned From Bidding On Australian Broadband Network Project

Like many other OEM’s Huawei has a division for handsets and devices and a second division for networking infrastructure. Last year both Huawei and ZTE came under fire by the US government which was fearful because of the Chinese companies ties to the Chinese military.

Australia is currently building out a giant national broadband network and for reasons similar to the concerns of the U.S. government, they have informed Huawei that they should not participate in the bidding process.

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Patent Wars: Samsung’s Emergency Hearing Was Not About The New iPad

The timing of a request for an emergency hearing filed by Samsung in regards to the patent litigation between them and rival Apple in Australia had nothing to do with the “New iPad”. Many tech websites caught this story on Thursday and presumed, (rightfully so) that when Samsung filed a motion for an emergency hearing on Thursday morning it was in regards to the iPad that had been launched less than 24 hours early.

ITNews in Australia was in the Federal Court Friday morning and found out that the emergency hearing for an interlocutory application was unrelated to the new iPad. At the same time, ITNews was able to get Samsung to admit they aren’t ruling out potential future action against the new iPad.

The interlocutory application called for Apple to set aside recently submitted evidence in it’s case against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

source: ITNews Australia

 

Apple Grasping At Straws Or Shall We Say, Cases?

On Monday morning in a German court Samsung’s lawyers went back to the drawing board and added more to their patent infringement case against Apple. On Tuesday Apple made a very interesting move in the land down under as they’ve added cases to their patent infringement case in Australia against Samsung.

No we aren’t talking about the casing for their actual phones we’re talking about the cases for the phones, as in after market accessories. Of course with some believing that the Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones infringe on Apple’s designs, the cases would be close to the same design as well.

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Samsung: Apple Patent Case Helped Make Galaxy Tab A Household Name Down Under

Samsung is preparing to finally sell a modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 down under in Australia. Samsung has said that the modified version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market only has one slight design difference and the inner workings of the popular Android tablet are the same as the global version.

 

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Samsung Wins Appeal In Australia

Samsung has won an appeal in Australia and can now sell their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australian stores. A three judge appeal panel in Australian court approved the appeal which was handed down by Federal Court Justice Lindsay Foster.

The appeal goes back to an October 13th decision by Judge Anabelle Bennett who originally granted an Apple injunction against Samsung. Apple contends that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on two of their patents pertaining to the iPad 2. Both patents involve touch screen.

Samsung will now be able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Australian retailers at least until Apple and Samsung’s trial which is set for March.

source: Bloomberg

Samsung Granted Access To Apple’s Carrier Documents By Australian Court

Last week we reported that Samsung was asking the judge in their Australian patent case against Apple, for access to the iPhone 4S source code and carrier agreements Apple has with Australia’s carriers.

An Australian judge has ruled in Samsung’s favor on the issue of carrier documents. Apple has never revealed to anyone outside of the carriers, their agreement with carriers in any country. In fact, US Cellular said a short time ago that they wouldn’t do business with Apple because of Apple’s tough carrier agreements. Now, Apple is being forced to disclose carrier details with Samsung for Vodafone, SingTel Optus, and Telestra in Australia.

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Samsung Seeks Carrier Agreements And iPhone 4S Source Code In Australian Patent Case

Samsung is swinging like a warrior right now, demanding carrier agreements from Australia’s three major telcos as well as the source code for the iPhone 4S.  Samsung is seeking an injunction for the sale and import of Apple’s newest iPhone in Australia and their legal counsel has requested this documentation to make their case for an interlocutory injunction.

“It goes to show [that] since the iPhone 3G was made available in Australia in July 2008, the impact on the market for every iPhone product has been significant, and has lead to a substantial increase … in market share by revenue,” Samsung’s legal counsel Cynthia Cochrane told the court.

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Apple Wins Injunction Against Samsung In Australia

It doesn’t look good for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under. Justice Annabelle Bennett, read from a summary judgement text in Sydney Australia Thursday.  She said that she weighed both sides of this patent argument to see who would suffer more while the entire patent case is being prepared.

Bennett said she felt that if the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 were to be released while the full patent case was being prepared the damage to Apple would be significant. She did weigh in on the other side suggesting that Samsung would suffer lost revenues if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was pulled off the shelves.

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