Google has announced that Australian Android users will soon be able to access Google Maps Navigation; free turn-by-turn GPS navigation system, starting Wednesday this week. The application has already been released to users in USA and most parts of Europe over the past one year.
The company is reported to have sent out invitations to the local press notifying them about the launch event. The invite reads,
“What happens when your personal navigation device is powered by Google? We’d like to invite you to the launch of an exciting mobile update – Google Maps Navigation (Beta)”
The announcements are expected to be made by Andrew Foster, product manager for Maps at Google. According to sources, the company is also talking to officials in Apple over bringing the new Google Maps Navigation to Australian iOS owners.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is in many ways the first real challenge to Apple’s iPad. Now according to a statement from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab will go on sale down under starting November of this year at a starting price of $999. That’s close to USD 950. Samsung calls it a reasonable price though it is clearly not considering that the 16GB version of the iPad is just half that price.
However, do note that all units of Samsung Galaxy Tab are 3G enabled which means that the units shall come with a network plan allowing users to buy the device at a subsidized cost. In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is expected to be available on all major carriers in the country. But with a recurring monthly data plan cost, the choice between tablet offerings from Samsung and Apple is more of a lifestyle choice rather than a choice of features.
Australians here, do you think the unsubsidized price of $999 is affordable?
Gigabyte is launching a new netbook for the Australian market that will build upon the features that were available on the T1000 TouchNote series. The new Gigabyte T1005M will bring an Intel dual core processor along with a few other impressive pieces of hardware that will make the AUD 905 price point appear pretty reasonable.
The T1005M will include a 10.1-inches capacitive touchscreen display that comes packed with 1366×768 pixels. This will be supplemented by a 2GB DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive and a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor. Besides this, the netbook will be equipped with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, built-in HSDPA antenna and ports for USB 3.0 and eSAA. The Gigabyte T1005M will run on Windows Home 7 Premium and will come with a good battery life powered by a 6 cell 7650mAh battery.
The specs are definitely impressive. But the question is would you want a netbook at such a high price?
Lenovo is bringing its new Ideapad S10-3 Intel Atom netbook to the Australian market. The device is going to be sold at a price between AUD559 and AUD669 depending on the features you opt for and is expected to launch as early as the 7th of September this year.
The device is pretty reasonably priced. For AUD559 ($499 approx in USD), you get hold of a 10.1-inches display with a resolution package of 1024×600 pixels, a 1.5GHz dual core Intel Atom N550 processor along with a 1GB DDR3 memory and a 160GB hard drive. Additionally, you will also get to see a 1.3-megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, flash card reader and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The device is expected to run on Windows 7 Starter edition.
The model launching in Australia is pretty similar to Lenovo’s IdeaPad that was launched elsewhere though the 1.5GHz processor is a new introduction. That could bring a good competitive edge for Lenovo against the rival product launches.
eBay’s online transaction service provider, Paypal has announced that the company’s growth has been on the up, down under. In a recent statement, the company has announced a ten-fold growth in the Australian market with close to 50% of Australia top 100 online retailers now using the Paypal platform as a payment option on the website.
Paypal has not revealed the time-frame for which the growth was measured. However, the company says that the terrific growth in the region will bring a new head for the Australia Merchant Services Division. Elena Wise, who previously served at American Express as the vice president of B2B will now be taking over as the head of merchant services division.
Paypal is noted to have over 30,000 online merchants from the market who serve over 3 million customers.