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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.

Mobile Cloth wipes fingerprints and germs from your device's screen

mobilecloth1The Mobile Cloth from PC Range is a low tech product but it is specially designed to keep our high tech devices shiny, clean and bacteria free.

It is inevitable that when using touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets that fingerprints and marks are going to end up on our screens.

The PC Range Mobile Cloth has been specially designed and made of microfibre material which has fibres that are each 100 times thinner than a human hair.

Read more: Mobile Cloth wipes fingerprints and germs from your device's screen

Apple launches WatchKit for developers to create Apple Watch apps

applewatchkit2Apple has released WatchKit, the software developers will use to create apps and experiences for the upcoming Apple Watch which will hit the market in early 2015.

Apple revealed its version of the smartwatch at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch in September.

The Apple Watch will be able to link with your iPhone and also run apps right there on your wrist.

Read more: Apple launches WatchKit for developers to create Apple Watch apps

Optus releases new app to make payments with your smartphone

optuscash2Optus has launched a new app that will allow customers to leave their wallets at home and make payments below $100 using nothing but their smartphone.

Cash by Optus is a contactless payment app which was created in partnership with Heritage Bank and Visa.

It uses the NFC (near field communication) feature on Android smartphones and Visa PayWave technology to make purchases under $100.

Read more: Optus releases new app to make payments with your smartphone

Samsung delays release of Galaxy Note Edge - again

samsungifa14unpacked2Samsung has delayed the released of the Galaxy Note Edge smartphone – the device with the curved screen – for the second time in a month.

Samsung didn't provide a reason for the delay but simply released a short statement announcing the deferred release which will now be November 25.

The statement said: “Samsung Electronics Australia wishes to advise of a revision to the on sale date for the Galaxy Note Edge.

Read more: Samsung delays release of Galaxy Note Edge - again

Vodafone offering new customers free Spotify Premium music streaming

vodaspotVodafone has kicked off a special offer for new and upgrading customers with free premium accounts for Spotify’s popular streaming music service.

Now any customer connecting to a 12 or 24-month Vodafone Red Plan will also receive a Spotify Premium subscription valued at $11.99 per month.

There are more than 20 million tracks to enjoy in the Spotify music library with users able to follow their favourite artists, create their own playlists and also download tracks to play offline.

Read more: Vodafone offering new customers free Spotify Premium music streaming

Telstra activates 4GX - an even faster and wider 4G network

telstrafacebookthumbTelstra today unveiled the latest and fastest flavour of its 4G service – 4GX - which ramps up speeds and widens the network footprint significantly.

4GX will tap into the new 700Mhz spectrum which allows for faster data download and uploads speeds on compatible devices.

After today’s announcement of the network’s new name, Telstra also switched on 4GX services in Hobart and Brisbane with services already available in small pockets of Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and 10 other regional centres.

Read more: Telstra activates 4GX - an even faster and wider 4G network

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