Orange said to be considering Bouygues Telecom acquisition


The French telecom market may be getting ready to undergo some transformation at the top during 2016 if discussions between Orange and Bouygues Telecom continue during the holiday break to forge an agreement for Orange to acquire Bouygues Telecom. Reports indicate France’s largest carrier, Orange, may be considering the acquisition of Bouygues Telecom to help maintain its position. However, some are concerned that this move would reduce competition by cutting the number of major carriers from four down to three. Read more

UK carrier O2 starts Jelly Bean rollout for Samsung Galaxy S III; Vodafone to start on Monday

UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.

source: TechRadar

Orange San Diego Starting To Receive Long-Awaited Ice Cream Sandwich Update


Those of you in the UK who went ahead and splurged on the Orange San Diego smartphone may want to listen up to this tidbit of news. It’s no secret that while the Intel-powered smartphone has a fast chip that resulted in a generally stellar performance, the phone was held back because of its software. So after seeing a few teases before, owners of the Orange San Diego can now scream utter joy. Yes– the smartphone was launched with none other than Gingerbread 2.3, which definitely caused more than a few individuals to scratch their heads or sigh disappointment. So Intel has finally made things right and reports are surfacing that the device has finally begun receiving the much-needed Android 4.0 update. Sure it’s not Jelly Bean, but we’re sure owners of the smartphone will be happy. I’m sure they can attest to the fact that anything is better than Gingerbread.

source: Android Central


Xperia Tipo Headed to O2 and Orange in the UK

Entry-level smartphones have a proper place in the today’s market, they allow for anyone on a budget to become connected to the world and are great for kids. The Xperia Tipo is Sony’s latest device for the entry-level market and is set to launch on O2 next month. The Tipo was announced last month and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwhich and Sony’s UXP NXT software.

The Xperia Tipo is fun-sized, coming in at 3.2-inches, sporting an 800MHz CPU, a 3.2MP rear camera, and a 1500mAh battery, which Sony claims is capable of more than 24 hours of usage. The internal storage is split up between 768MB for applications and 2.5GB for media, of course, you can expand this via a microSD card. We have no official word on pricing but it is expected to sell for £100 on Pay As You Go, or possibly free on a two year contract. Orange lists the phone as “Coming Soon” on pay monthly.

source: Android Central

Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III Delayed In All Of UK

The Samsung Galaxy S III is known to be coming in both Marble White and Pebble Blue. It has previously been rumored that the blue version would be experiencing shipping delays, but they were mostly just that… rumors. Now, we have some concrete evidence, sadly, that these rumors are proving to be true.

Vodafone UK is stating that the 16GB Marble White version will indeed be available this week, but the Pebble Blue variant (and the 32GB white variant) will appear at least two to four weeks later. Clove also states folks will have to wait until at least June 5th before a Pebble Blue phone is spotted.

UK retailer Handtec isn’t even as specific, posting this on their blog:

Update Monday 28th May 2012. We have been notified that the Pebble Blue Samsung S3 will be delayed (no date confirmed) but white models are scheduled to be released on 31st May 2012. If you have ordered a blue version and would like to change to the white – please send us an email to info(@)

O2 is reporting “out of stock”, Orange has left their product page as “coming soon”, and T-Mobile UK is still taking pre-orders with no shipping date.

Finally, Tesco has posted the following on their site:

“Please note: we have been advised by Samsung that stock of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Blue has been delayed. We will despatch your pre-order as soon as stock is available.”

Any way you look at it, it’s obvious the Pebble Blue S III is delayed. There is no official word from Samsung as to why these delays are occurring, but stay tuned as we bring you any news as it comes.

via: android central


Hands on with the Intel-based Lava Xolo X900 and Orange Santa Clara Android smartphones [Video]

Last month the Lava Xolo X900 (pictured above) debuted, which was the very first Intel-based smartphone. For now it’s only available in India. Next up is the Orange Santa Clara, which will debut in the UK and France sometime in quarter 2. Intel is showing both of these off at CTIA this week. They are both very similar devices and are running Android Gingerbread. The Orange has more UI enhancements including a very cool IM360 app that allows you to film at 360 degrees.

Both devices feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Hyper Threading 400MHz graphics clock, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch (1024 x 600) display, 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, 16GB of storage, NFC, and HSPA+ compatible. Intel’s design unit was running Ice Cream Sandwich so hopefully we will see updates soon. Hit the break for the hands ons.

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T-Mobile (UK) and Orange Customers to see ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2

Time to get just a little excited if you’re a customer of T-Mobile or Orange in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S2. There is now word that your device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich! Great news for all those that have been holding out for such a long time. As it seemed time was passing you by while watching other carriers receive this update such as Three, O2, and Vodafone. Finally your day has come. It was reported that a T-Mobile spokeswoman said the following when asked about ICS:

“We’ve been working closely with Samsung on this, and we can confirm that we will be rolling out the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 from 22nd April”

This is very welcome news for many of you. Ice Cream Sandwich is deliciously packed with a completely new user interface, and chock full of new features that you’ll love. So stay tuned, watch that status bar for the notification you’ve been waiting for, update accordingly and let us know what you think of the Android 4.o.

source: techradar


HTC One series is launching on UK networks

The big launch day for the HTC One X and One S is coming up fast in the UK. You can buy the phones in any brick-or-mortar store for the main UK networks starting tomorrow, April 5.  If you can’t wait that long, several networks are allowing preorders today.

Here are the details of each UK network provider and their plans for the One X and One S:

  • ​Orange: the One X and One S are coming soon.
  • Three: you can order both online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. With unlimited data, the One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S costs at least £32 per month. Another option is paying £99 upfront, and then paying from £27 per month for the One X, or from £24 per month for the One S.  All of Three’s contracts are 24-months long.
  • O2: for delivery tomorrow, now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available “online only”. There are several 18 and 24-month deals to choose from, but you’ll have to choose one of the most expensive to avoid any up-front fees. The best value are O2’s “On & On” deals. With these, you get a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of increasing the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. Finally, O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go for £479.99.
  • ​Vodafone:​ you can pre-order the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The S is £36 per month, and the X is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will score a pair of urBeats headphones and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
  • T-Mobile: matches Vodafone’s prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data if you choose the “full monty” plan. The phones will launch online and in stores tomorrow, according to the network.
Are you picking up either the One X or the One S in the UK? Let us know in the comments.

source: Android Central

Intel’s Medfield Fairs Well in Benchmark Tests

Intel has recently been talking a lot about its Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor, and the Orange “Santa Clara”, a European phone that will feature the Intel chipset. Cascheys Blog has run some benchmark tests on the Santa Clara, and while the processor is only single-core, it bested several other devices.

One benchmark test that was run, the “Vellamo”, was created by Qualcomm and will test eleven areas to gauge a mobile browser’s performance. The results from each area are combined into one score, which can be compared between devices. As you can tell from the photo above, the Santa Clara beat lots of other devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Its Javascript score was one of the strongest in the group, matched only by the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The other benchmark test that was used was the Rightware test. This benchmark test looks at phone’s ability to render Javascript and HTML. This time, the Santa Clara beat out the iPhone 4S.

I’m sure that Intel would readily agree with these results, as they’ve been talking nonstop about the greatness and improved power consumption of Medfield-powered devices. We do have to remember, though, that benchmarks aren’t everything, and ultimately the overall user experience is the most important thing.

source: Caschys Blog
via: Android Central



All UK Networks Will Be Launching The HTC One X and One S

If you’ve been drooling over the X or the S in HTC’s new “One” series but worried about which carrier may or may not be getting it in the UK, fear not.  Chances are, you’ll be able to snatch one up effortlessly, as all carriers have announced they’ll be launching the new flagship devices.  O2, Three, Vodafon, T-Mobile and Orange will be taking on the new devices and the only hard decision for you will be deciding which one in the world should you get?  Both the One X and One S have a lot to offer but it’s the One X that will be sporting ICS 4.0 right out of the gate.  For those who may have their eyes on the HTC Legend-like “V” can get one on O2 and Three UK if they’re interested.  There’s no official release date as of yet with the exception of O2 and T-Mobile UK as they’ve announced an April launch for the pair of handsets. The rest of the carriers are just offering a “coming soon” sign.  Check out the spec reminder below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

One X: (AT&T in U.S.)

One S: (T-Mobile in U.S.)

source: Android Central