Before even thinking of outing the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung still has a few things to sort out regarding the first-edition phablet. Seen as one of the best pieces of Android technology around by… well, everybody, the 5.3-incher has had a really tough time in its road to Ice Cream Sandwich goodness.
European and Korean Note adopters have gotten the software bump the quickest, back in May, while US users of the AT&T version have had to wait for ICS for a couple of months. Canadians have themselves been treated to an official upgrade last month, while Aussie Note buyers have been left out of the mix for the longest time.
Indeed, the excruciatingly long wait is [...]
While no Android OEM has been particularly good with upgrades, HTC has been one of the best manufacturers when it comes to rolling out the latest Android versions as quickly as possible and on as many devices as possible.
The only other manufacturer that I can think of that may have been better than HTC is Asus, but Asus only has a few products on the market, and it started on the new Android 3.0/4.0 codebase, which made upgrades a lot easier. This is why we’ve seen Asus upgrade their Honeycomb tablets within two months of the ICS release, while all the others took six months or so to come out with either new ICS devices or upgrades for the older [...]
Sony has unveiled its new line of Xperia smartphones a long time ago, but the S-P-U trio didn’t enjoy a very smooth worldwide expansion. The mid-range Xperia P and the low-end U have been made available in select European countries both outright and with carrier contracts, while in the US there are only SIM-free, unlocked versions up for grabs.
Other markets have been even more neglected by Sony, including Australia, but things are set to change in “the land down under”. You can expect both the Xperia P and the Xperia U to be up for grabs in a matter of weeks for all you Aussie tech lovers, courtesy of Telstra and Crazy John’s.
Telstra, the nation’s [...]
Seems like the Australian mobile carrier Telstra is beefing up its LTE-phone catalog.
Right after bringing in the HTC Titan 4G Windows phone, Telstra is now offering the HTC One XL up for pre-order on its website. The One XL is the LTE version of the HTC One X, one of the best smartphone released this year, and some say (S3 fans, cover your ears), the absolute best.
Telstra is trying to make the launch of the One XL more enticing by offering a free pair of Beats Solo headphones. However, to snag the headphones, you will need to get the HTC One XL through the carrier’s Freedom Connect Plan for 24 months. The headphones are valued at $279, so this appears [...]
According to AusDroid, the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update is being rolled out to the Telstra Samsung Galaxy S2 in Australia as we speak. Connecting your Galaxy S2 to your PC and syncing it up with Samsung Kies is the method that seemed to work for most, but some users have already reported that the ICS update notification came over the air (OTA). It’s likely that the OTA update will come to all Australian Galaxy S2 owners from Telstra over the following days.
I’ll recommend that you download the update via Wi-Fi, as the Android 4.0.3 update for the S2 is a hefty 213MB. That might leave a dent in your data plan if you choose to download it over 3G. Let us [...]