We all know that Amazon is a major player in the U.S. on numerous fronts, and the Amazon Cloud Player certainly counts as one. The Cloud Player, as you may know, provides the ability to upload music to Amazon’s servers allowing playback on a device without taking up precious storage space on the device. However, while we’ve been enjoying this service in the U.S. for a while now, the rest of the world has been shut out. That is, up until now – at least in the UK.
Uh, oh. Apparently Amazon UK jumped the gun on when the SIM free Samsung Galaxy Nexus would become available. The originally planned availability date of November 17th for pre-orders has been changed, the new availability date is now December 2nd. This is a bit odd as Samsung has already confirmed Nov. 17 as the official UK launch so you could most likely expect to see it available through other vendors then. If you have already placed your order, unfortunately you will have to wait until the beginning of next month to receive shipment. This isn’t the first time Amazon UK has flubbed the date so anything could happen between now and then.
Any of you readers placed an order already?
Just yesterday the Amazon Appstore seemed to work pretty much world wide. While those of you outside the U.S. might have hopped on this yesterday to grab the free app of the day, it seems today that access has been revoked. It was also noticed yesterday that Amazon didn’t update their disclaimer that their service was available outside of the U.S., so this very well could have been a mistake while Amazon was testing things out. This could mean that access will be coming officially soon though. Anyone manage to grab anything good while it lasted? Stay tuned.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo that we saw way back in February at MCW is finally getting launched after Japan had suffered earthquakes making the manufacturing of the Neo difficult, hence being delayed for release.
The Xperia Neo is every bit the same as the bigger Xperia Arc, with the same specs and features, just packed into a smaller package with a 3.7 inch screen as opposed to the arc’s 4.2. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box and sporting front and rear facing cameras, the Neo is a good little smartphone for the dollar, or in this case, £. Pricing starts at £342 – £390 from Clove and Amazon UK.
Amazon is showing the Sony Ericsson LiveView for £55.99 ($89.90 USD)! As many had originally thought, the LiveView was a great idea when we all first heard about it, but we were all afraid of the possible price being much higher than what we now know from Amazon.
A few days ago, we reported that Amazon UK had pushed back the ship date of the HTC Desire HD to October 25. It now seems that additional UK retailers are giving similar reports, adding the Desire Z to the list as well. Both devices were slated for an early October launch, but now it seems questionable that they will even make it out before the end of the month.
The official response from retailers is that the devices have been delayed due to “Google testing” or “Google Type Approval”, a process that all Android phones must go through and which HTC is notorious for leaving until the last minute.
So it seems that customers who planned on having this device in their hands by now will have to wait a couple more weeks, but as the old saying goes - absence makes the heart grow fonder.
If you had a countdown going on the availability of the HTC Desire HD, you may want to adjust your clock. Amazon UK reveals a minor set back on the release of the Desire HD to October 25th. The cause of the delay is unknown at this time. Let’s just hope they are ensuring there are enough phones in stock for the high demand of this desirable device and not a software are hardware issue.
It seems we’re almost to the point that we hear about new Android tablets hitting the news as much as new smartphones. Well, this may come as a shock to you, but here’s another tablet launched!
Welcome to the playing field the new 7-inch Disgo 6000 tablet running Android 2.1. It’s a decent little tablet with a 1GHz processor, 256MB of memory, 2GB onboard storage, Micro SD card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a mini HDMI port.
Currently only available in the UK, this device can be picked up from Amazon UK, Play.com and HMV for the low price of 179.00EUR (about $246USD). For that little price, it’s not too bad, but it would be nice if it had more onboard storage though.
For full specs and details, check it out here.
Fresh off yesterday’s official announcement, the HTC Desire Z, aka the Euro G2, is now available unlocked from Amazon UK for £429.99, with a ship date of October 11th. The Android 2.2 slider underwent a bit of an online price war earlier today, with Amazon UK initially offering the phone for £499.99, but then lowering their price after Play.com posted the Desire at £430.00
Perhaps another online retailer will come along and lower the price even further, but for now, Amazon’s £429.99 is the price to beat. So, for all our European readers out there, if you’re interested in pre-ordering an unlocked Desire Z, head on over to Amazon UK.