Google unveils ‘The Google Shop’ located in a Curry’s PC World store in London

Google is predominantly known as ‘the Search Giant’ as well as the guiding force behind the Android operating system, but now it has just opened its very first branded store called The Google Shop. Google’s retail outlet is a store-within-a-store and is located within a Currys PC World shop on Tottenham Road in London. 
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Latest Maps update allows you to take tour of London in 3D

london3dIn Google’s latest update for Maps users of both the mapping app and Google Earth will be able to take a 3D tour of London. In the 3D map you’ll be able to take a virtual tour of the Thames, and other landmarks from the city. London is just one of five cities that appears in 3D in Maps. Others include Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and Stoke on Trent. Of course, the 3D aspect isn’t just exclusive to the tourist portions of the English City and 3D imagery has extended to cover the entire city.

So if you’re in an exploring mood, head here to get started. Of course it should be noted that a decent Internet connection is a must.

source: Engadget

White Moto E listed on Indian import and export site Zauba


Motorola has an event planned for May 13th in London, but they also happen to be holding an event in India on the same day. There has been a lot of speculation that Motorola would be unveiling the Moto E, and if the device appearing on an Indian import/export site is any confirmation, it looks like we’ll see it unveiled in both locations in May.

The site, Zauba, keeps a track of what comes in and out of India. Zauba lists the XT1022 with a price of right around $105, after currency conversion. Considering Motorola’s tagline for the event is a device “priced for all,” it certainly makes sense that they could be taking the wraps off of a device that hits the price point between the Moto G and Moto X.

Fortunately, May 13th is exactly one week away from today, so we won’t have to ponder this one for too much longer.

source: Zauba

via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom product photo appears, device set for June 20 launch


The Galaxy S 4 Zoom is set to launch at Samsung’s event in London on June 20 and a photo of the device recently appeared, seen above. The new phone packs a 4.3-inch qHD sAMOLED display, a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, a 16MP camera sensor with optical zoom, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 64GB), Bluetooth 4.0 LE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and A-GPS. The Zoom runs on Samsung’s Touch-Wiz Nature UX interface and ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Source: SamMobile

First 50 Galaxy S III Owners Get Olympic Tix

Samsung UK announced that customers who pre-ordered the S III at the Samsung store in London’s Westfield Stratford City will get their phone on May 29th. Now, invites are being sent out confirming this date. First sales will begin at 6pm for those who pre-ordered.

What’s even cooler, though, is that the first 50 Galaxy S III’s sold at this store will get free tickets to the London Olympic games. This promotion makes sense since the S III is the official phone of the Olympics, and other Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Y, are coming out with “Olympic Editions“.

source: android central

CEO of HTC Pete Chou will carry the torch in the 2012 Olympics

As the heading says, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC has been given the honor along with 8,000 other to be named a torchbearer during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Chou was chosen for this opportunity because of his outstanding contribution to the worldwide mobile industry. HTC Corp has presented to it’s consumers great mobile devices over the years, and had put the Taiwanese smartphone company on the map as a top global leader in mobile technology.

This event will be during a 70-day tour of the United Kingdom, which will begin May 19th. Chou’s particular run will be on July 6th before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27th. Hit the source for more on this story.

source: taiwannews


Get London Underground service updates in real time on Google Maps

 The London Underground is by far and away the easiest way to to travel around the UK’s capital. As a UK resident who travels to London for work on a monthly basis personally, I can tell you first hand that it’s equal parts brilliant and frustrating.

The wonderful Maps team at Google have managed to sneak in a useful update that might make that daily commute just a little bit easier. As well as planning your journey, Google Maps will now also give you a heads up on any scheduled work and real time updates of any delays etc. Just another step towards cementing Google Maps position as Android’s bona fide ‘killer app’

No Google Play Store update is required as the new service was pushed discretely earlier today. Happy travelling!



source : Google

London Bus Checker Gives You Live Locations of Buses, Never Miss or Wait for a Bus Again

While I am certainly not one to use this app, as I live in the USA, those in London that ride public transportation may find this app to be quite useful. As the company puts it, the UK’s best-selling travel app has made its way to Android phones and you can instantly know when your bus will be arriving at any of London’s 20,000 bus stops. You can get the lite version of Buschecker by Fat Attitude LTD. which offers you a 30 day free trial of it’s full features. Otherwise you’ll be paying about $1.95 for all its features. They include:


  • Live, updated countdown display of bus arrivals.
  • Real-time GPS map of nearest bus stops.
  • Full route maps for all London Bus Routes – see exactly where your bus goes.
  • Service information – diversions/closures/cancellations.
  • Home screen widget – live arrivals for your favourite stops.
  • Tap on bus numbers to filter the list: see screenshots.
  • Details bus stop information – routes/map location/direction.
  • Map/route number display – find the right bus to get you home!

Hit the break below to get your free trial of what is considered one of the best apps for traveling by the likes of BBC Click, The Telegraph, Guardian Online, The Independent and Wired UK. While this app doesn’t work for me, I would certainly recommend anyone in or traveling to the UK in giving this a shot and letting us know what you think in the comment section below. Also if you’re interested you can check the video on it below. Enjoy!
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London Taxi Cabbies Launch Service for Android Phones

Anyone who has tried to hail a cab knows how frustrating and difficult it can be. However, cabbies in London are aiming to make the process easier. A group of London cab drivers are collaborating together to launch a new cab service called Hailo which will allow users to call a cab with just a few taps on your Android phone.

The clever app uses your phone’s GPS to locate nearby cabbies and how close they are. Any free driver available would then be able to accept your fare. The app gives you pertinent details such as your driver’s name and vehicle registration. For added convenience, you will even have the ability to pay your fare with your credit card. Hailo will be available for free starting tomorrow, November 1.

[via The Independent]

HTC’s London “See What’s Next” Event Isn’t For Android Devices After All

When HTC announced a “See What’s Next” event in London on Sept 1st, speculation began on what “phone treats” the Taiwanese giant had in store. It now appears that while HTC will be unveiling two new phones, neither of them will be Android based but will be running the latest Windows Phone OS, Mango.

The HTC Eternity, a Mango phone with a 3.7-inch display, is reportedly heading to AT&T while the HTC Omega, a 4.5-inch Mango, is slated for T-Mobile USA. Additional phone specifications are spotty right now but it’s worth noting that the Eternity is being listed as having a 3.7-inch display while early reports were saying it was going to be a full inch larger at 4.7″.

There are no exact launch dates at this time but don’t be surprised if they come sooner than expected. Microsoft knows what’s at stake here and will put its considerable weight into getting a Mango based phone into as many hands as possible. With a little luck, Microsoft might actually make more money from its Windows Phone platform next quarter than it does from Android.

Now that would be something worth holding a press conference for.

[via bgr]