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Mobile Phone News

Read the latest mobile phone and smartphone news and announcements including news about Apple's iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and the many devices running the Android operating system.

CommBank app can lock misplaced credit cards and reactivate when found

commbankcardlock2CommBank has launched a new app feature to allow customers to temporarily lock their credit card if they can't find it and then reactivate if and when they do.

Around 11.5 million credit cards are reported lost or stolen annually in Australia alone.

But of all of these cards, 61 per cent have just been simply misplaced

Read more: CommBank app can lock misplaced credit cards and reactivate when found

Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop and new Nexus devices

androidlollipop7Google has unwrapped the latest Android 5.0 operating system – Lollipop – which offers a new look and feel while adding more functionality and efficiency.

The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet will be the first devices to feature the new Android Lollipop operating system.

Available for pre-order in late October, the Nexus 6 – which is made by Motorola - has a 6-inch quad HD screen with a 13-megapixel camera and dual front-facing speakers.

Read more: Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop and new Nexus devices

Samsung delays Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge releases

samsungifa14unpacked17Samsung has delayed the release of its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones but that hasn't stopped pre-orders kicking off today.

Samsung has pushed back the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge to November 5 and November 12 respectively.

The Galaxy Note 4 was originally due for release on October 29 with the Galaxy Note Edge originally set for November 5.

Read more: Samsung delays Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge releases

We're so vain when it comes to video calling

vainskypeAustralians are too self-conscious to answer a video call with a third rejecting a face-to-face call because they think they don’t look up to scratch.

New research by Belong – the month-by-month home broadband powered by Telstra – says we’ve become vain with video calls.

The study revealed 25 per cent of all callers taking at least five minutes to get ready.

Read more: We're so vain when it comes to video calling

Australians love downloading apps - as long as they're free

appstore2013recordAustralian smartphone users love downloading and using apps on their devices with the majority sticking with the free options, according to the latest research.

A study by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) paints an interesting picture of Australian app users

Of the respondents, 65 per cent said they downloaded paid apps either never or less often than every few months.

Read more: Australians love downloading apps - as long as they're free

Sony offering free PlayStation 4 with Xperia Z3 pre-orders

sonyifa14xperia2Sony Mobile’s latest smartphones – the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact – are available for pre-order with a free PlayStation 4 on offer for the first customers.

The new devices will be available through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

Pre-orders start today through Optus, Sony Kiosks and Sony Online and select telecommunication partners, October 3 from Virgin Mobile and October 7 from Telstra.

Read more: Sony offering free PlayStation 4 with Xperia Z3 pre-orders

Apple offers rare glimpse inside test lab to show iPhone durability

applelabsthumbApple has offered a rare look inside the company’s test labs to show the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have already been put through stringent durability tests.

A handful of journalists were given super rare access to the company’s laboratories at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino including a writer from Recode.

The glimpse inside Apple’s inner sanctum was in response to claims that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was bending while resting people’s pockets.

Read more: Apple offers rare glimpse inside test lab to show iPhone durability

Apple apologises and issues iOS 8.0.2 software fix for iPhone bug

iphone6thumb2Apple has apologised to customers and released a fix for the iOS 8.0.1 software update bug that disabled some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.

According to Apple there were less than 40,000 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices affected from the more than 10 million sold since launch last week.

The iOS 8.0.2 update, which is available now to download, will fix any issues experience by those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update.

Read more: Apple apologises and issues iOS 8.0.2 software fix for iPhone bug