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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.

Westpac to use Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner to access accounts

westpac2Westpac will allow its customers to log in to mobile banking services using the new fingerprint reader on Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone released last week.

Westpac New Zealand has just completed proof of concept testing that give customers access to their accounts using the fingerprint reader in the Galaxy S5’s home button.

This development is a world first in the banking world and will become available to Australian customers soon.

Read more: Westpac to use Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner to access accounts

Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone goes on sale today

galaxys5launch2Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone has gone on sale today globally with Australia getting the jump on the rest of the world.

In fact, the very first Galaxy S5 sold in the world was from the Samsung Experience Store in George St in Sydney to a Vodafone customer.

The device will offered outright for $929 or on a plan across all operators – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone goes on sale today

Microsoft introduces Siri-like digital assistant for Windows Phones

cortanaMicrosoft has introduced its own version of Apple’s Siri digital assistant for Windows Phone devices – the Halo-inspired Cortana.

Announced at Microsoft’s Build 2014 developer conference in San Francisco, Cortana is part of the new Windows Phone 8.1 update and is powered by Bing and gets to know you better over time.

Onscreen Cortana is represented by a spinning blue circle and was inspired by the Halo character of the same name.

Read more: Microsoft introduces Siri-like digital assistant for Windows Phones

Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to go on sale on April 11

samsung14mwcSamsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S5 smartphone and smart wearable devices will go on sale through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile on April 11.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 are being taken from today for those who want to ensure they get a device on release day.

Officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, the Galaxy S5 boasts a host of new features including a fingerprint sensor under the home button, fitness apps, heart-rate monitor and an ultra battery saving mode.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to go on sale on April 11

HTC reveals metal One M8 flagship smartphone in New York

htcmate16HTC has unveiled its latest Android smartphone in New York - the HTC One M8 –that will turn heads with its looks, quality and innovative features.

One of these features is a dual lens camera on the back of the device that will change the way we take and edit images on a mobile device.

The One M8 – a certainty to be pronounced One Mate in Australia – is encased almost entirely in metal with a jewellery grade brushed finish.

Read more: HTC reveals metal One M8 flagship smartphone in New York

Mobile wallets to replace physical wallets by 2021, survey reveals

commbanksamsung3Mobile wallets powered by our smartphones will replace physical wallets by the year 2021 according to new research conducted by the Commonwealth Bank.

Contactless payments and payments through apps on our smartphone are on the rise according respondents in a CommBank survey.

The majority of Australians (73 per cent) believe mobile wallets will take the place of their physical wallet in the next seven and a half years as well as cash and card payments in six and a half years.

Read more: Mobile wallets to replace physical wallets by 2021, survey reveals

Moto X Android smartphone finally goes on sale in Australia

motoxaus2The Moto X smartphone, which includes voice control and advanced camera functionality, will be released in Australia before the end of March.

The Motorola device was released in the US last year and is now finally coming to Australian customers.

Moto X is an Android smartphone with a 4.7-inch display that was developed and manufactured while Google owned the company. Google has since sold Motorola to Lenovo.

Read more: Moto X Android smartphone finally goes on sale in Australia

Virgin Mobile doubles the data on mobile plans

virginirresistibleVirgin Mobile has announced a new offer to double the data allowance for customers who take up $60 and $90 plans until May 11, 2014.

The $60 plan includes $700 of value, unlimited standard texts and 1.5GB of data which now doubles to 3GB.

For an additional $7 a month users can add a Samsung Galaxy S4 to the plan.

Read more: Virgin Mobile doubles the data on mobile plans