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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.

Kogan unveils affordable Agora 4G Android smartphone

kogan4gagora2Kogan is taking on the big brands yet again with a 4G Android smartphone that is more than $600 cheaper than the most popular devices in the market.

The Kogan Agora 4G is priced at just $229 but still offers a 5-inch screen and a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor.

Also on board is Android’s latest 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and compatibility with Australia’s current 4G network and future 4G networks on the 700Mhz spectrum.

Read more: Kogan unveils affordable Agora 4G Android smartphone

Clean your mobile screen - it's 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat

screenclean1Your mobile device’s screen is up to 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat according to researchers so it pays to invest in a screen cleaner for your own health’s sake.

Research from London University says 82 per cent of all mobile phones have some sort of bacterial contamination.

This highlights the need to practice good tech hygiene by cleaning your device’s screen.

Read more: Clean your mobile screen - it's 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat

Pre-orders for LG's G3 5.5-inch Quad HD smartphone open today

g3lg6LG’s highly anticipated G3 5.5-inch Quad HD smartphone is available now to pre-order through Optus for an August release with a special offer for customers.

The first 100 customers to pre-order the G3 here will also receive the LG G Pad 8.3-inch tablet valued at $399 and a wireless charging dock valued at $69.

The G3 continues the tradition introduced with the G2 with all of the device’s buttons located on the back panel.

Read more: Pre-orders for LG's G3 5.5-inch Quad HD smartphone open today

Mobile devices used regularly by children as young as three years old

kidsmobilesChildren as young as three are regularly using mobile devices, according to a new survey conducted by internet security experts Trend Micro.

The company surveyed more than 1000 parents in its inaugural Australian Children and Mobile Device Survey.

The study found 64 per cent of children aged three to seven, 63 per cent of kids eight to 11 and 73 per cent of 12-15 year olds either have their own mobile device or use their parent’s mobile devices.

Read more: Mobile devices used regularly by children as young as three years old

Larger screen iPhone 6 would increase Apple market share

iphonephabletApple’s rumoured move to a larger screen iPhone 6 will help the company increase its market share, according to tech analyst company Telsyte.

Research shows that one in five existing Android users intend to purchase a new smartphone that’s not an iPhone.

But they would change their mind if a larger screen iPhone 6 is released.

Read more: Larger screen iPhone 6 would increase Apple market share

How you can spot a non-compliant charger

chargertick3Skimping a few dollars to buy a cheap charger is not worth the money you’ll save as the electrocution of a woman recently so tragically illustrated.

Cheaper USB-style chargers available at the markets or at small kiosks in shopping centres may not comply with the high Australian standards in place.

A 28-year old woman from the NSW Central Coast just north of Sydney was found dead in her home after being electrocuted with what was believed to be a non-compliant charger.

Read more: How you can spot a non-compliant charger

Amazon enters smartphone market with Fire Phone

amazonfirephone6Amazon has entered the smartphone arena after unveiling the new Fire Phone which is being positioned to take on market leaders Samsung and Apple.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, revealed the Fire Phone at an event in Seattle and demonstrated the device’s new features.

These include Dynamic Perspective, Firefly and an advanced camera system.

Read more: Amazon enters smartphone market with Fire Phone

HTC launches feature-packed yet affordable Desire 816 smartphone

htc816desire2HTC has released an affordable mid-market device – the Desire 816 – that comes with a range of advanced features without the advanced price.

Available exclusively to Optus customers, the HTC Desire 816 has a large 5.5-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core 1.6Ghz processor and 4G LTE connectivity.

The Android device is just 7.9mm thick and has 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot to expand the memory capacity even further.

Read more: HTC launches feature-packed yet affordable Desire 816 smartphone