Mystery shoppers find Samsung recommended over Apple in U.K.

A recent mystery shopper survey conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media found Samsung Galaxy devices were the most likely smartphones to be recommended by major British retailers. Leading the pack as the most recommended phone is the Samsung Galaxy S III despite being one of the older phones on the market now. Another popular choice was the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with Apple’s iPhone 5 drawing a few recommendations and other manufacturer’s devices seeing little action.
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Sony Xperia Z working demo units now in Japan retail stores, Release date scheduled for February 9

Sony is hoping for a hit with the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. Both certainly seem like really nice phones from what I saw at CES. Probably the most unique feature is the waterproof and dustproof aspect, but will this be enough to put a dent into Samsung’s market share?

They certainly seem to be trying to get a jump start ahead of other flagship devices that will be announced at Mobile World Congress. According to Yodobashi Camera in Japan, the release date will be February 9, and they already have working demo units for you to try out. The picture above was taken in the Kichijoji store. They didn’t tell us pricing yet, but I am sure word will drop soon. Will this be Sony’s breakout year?

You can also check out our hands on from CES on both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.

Cheers Bradley

Dyzplastic to release special edition Android Mini in celebration of Chinese New Year

Dyzplastic has today announced plans to release a special edition Android Mini this week in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The scroll-wielding red figurine is slated to hit the official Dead Zebra online shop Thursday January 24th at 11AM, though it has been noted that supplies are severely limited. If you’re hoping to get in on the action, you’ll need to have your mouse ready bright and early.

Source: Dyzplastic

FYI— Nexus 10 Tablets Are Officially Out Of Stock In Play Store… Again

 

It’s no secret that Google has had some serious inventory issues with its Nexus 4 smartphones, but we are now seeing some epic problems with the Nexus 10 tablet as well. Reports are coming in that both the 16GB and 32GB variations of the tablets are completely sold out in the Play Store for US residents. So unless you try going to your local retailer and hope they have something in stock, you may just be better off waiting for Google’s next great tablet at it’s I/O sometime in May.

Hopefully Google and Samsung gets everything together and will have new stock sooner than later though. We will be sure to keep you all abreast of any news of when more Nexus 10 stock will become available.

source: Nexus 10 16GB | 32GB
via: Android Police

 

Phones4U Confirms It Will Release The Sony Xperia Z In March

 

Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…

source: Engadget

 

 

 


Unlocked HTC Butterfly shows up for pre-order on MobiCity for $849

While Verizon customers may be the only ones lucky enough to get a variant of the HTC Butterfly on contract, GSM users can now get in on the 1080p action too. The unlocked international model is now available for pre-order from MobiCity for just $849. That may seem like a hefty price to pay, but keep in mind you’ll be getting the only 5-inch full HD display currently on the market.

No officially supported carriers are mentioned, though the included bands are GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850, 3G 2100. You’ll be able to pick out your model in either red or white. If you do pick one up, you can expect shipments to begin on January 18th.

Source: MobiCity

 

ASUS Nexus 7 Dock Set To Ship On January 16th

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for those of you Nexus 7 owners looking forward to that elusive docking station, but it appears the shipping date has been pushed back just oh-so slightly. According to the listing found at online retailer B&H, the Nexus 7 dock has been revised to show a January 16th shipping date— which still technically falls in line with the originally expected mid-January ship date, but still gives a minor reason for concern considering there are many of you out there who were hoping for the dock arriving as early as on the 15th (or even possibly before that).

The good thing is that at least the 16th is only a few weeks away… let’s just hope owners of the tablet won’t need to wait beyond that.

source: B&H
via: Droid Life

 

[Deal] ECO X Terra waterproof boombox for $50 with free shipping on Amazon

Sure, Christmas may have come and passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little something extra. Amazon is offering a steal of a deal on Grace Digital’s ECO X Terra rugged and waterproof boombox for just $50, equating to a savings of $100.

The idea behind the go-anywhere speaker set is fairly simple. In the center of the boombox there is an air tight chamber for your Android powered device, which the company claims can fit even the “largest Android phone” in addition to keys, glasses and other small valuables. Unlike other similar systems, the ECO X Terra isn’t just water resistant, it’s fully submersible. In fact, it can even float in your swimming pool. Power is supplied through either a standard AC adapter, or a set of four C batteries, ultimately providing 25 hours of continuous use.

If this sounds like something you could use, be sure to hit the source link below while they are still available.

Source: Amazon
Via: SlickDeals

Official ASUS Nexus 7 dock now available to pre-order from B&H Photo

After months of rumors and even an early hands-on video, the long awaited official ASUS dock for Google’s Nexus 7 is finally upon us. Well, sort of. Eager owners can now pre-order the charging and audio-supported dock from B&H Photo for $39.99. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when exactly the little guy will ship, but it’s definitely a good sign to see it hit the intrawebs before the end of the year. If you’re the patient type, you can head to the source link below to reserve yours.

Source: B&H Photo
Via: AusDroid

Run Jelly Bean 4.2.1 on your Kindle Fire

As mentioned in this space before, it never ceases to amaze what the developers over at XDA can cook up. One dev’s latest feat is actually getting Jelly Bean to run on the ‘outdated’ 512MB RAM equipped Amazon Kindle Fire. As with a lot of hacks, there are some features missing (at the time of this writing) such as Swype keyboard, USB camera support, and photo sync.

However, you do get the benefits of Google Now along with a straight port of basically the exact ROM being pushed to Nexus 7 and 10 users. The process itself is very much like flashing other ROMs on other devices, so those that are familiar with it will feel right at home. If you need to brush up on your rooting skills, you can check our guide and dictionary to assist. Click the source link below for the full list of instructions.

source:  XDA