With the official release of the HTC One (M8) earlier today, many international customers are wondering when they can expect to see the device. Luckily, the availability information for the device in the UK was just announced. Hit the break for more.
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…
The holiday season is just about here folks and that means many retailers and services will be vying for your business by trying to entice customers with some sweet deals or promotions, and TalkTalk is no different with its latest promotion out in the UK. It has announced that from Tuesday, November 20th, it will give away a free Nexus 7 tablet when customers purchase select devices and sign up for a smartphone plan. While we’re sure to see other promotions from other retailers in the coming days, we suspect many customers will get out and sign up as soon as the promotion is live because hey— who doesn’t want a free Nexus 7 tablet with their smartphone?
source: Android Central
It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.
We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.
source: Brief Mobile
Clove UK is set to unleash the hottest variation yet of the Galaxy S III smartphone for its customers: the black 64GB model. Now available for pre-order, customers can expect to pay a King’s Ransom of £500 or £600 including VAT for the device. While it is a hefty price for a smartphone, Clove is banking on the fact that its offering will appeal to the masses since the special edition Galaxy S III will be the first smartphone in the UK to offer 128GB of storage (64GB onboard + 64GB from expandable memory).
Customers can expect the device to be available within two months’ time, but you’ll want to hurry though as it seems as if Clove will only be getting a small batch of these bad boys. Additional details can be found once you hit the source link.
source: Clove UK Blog
While it’s exciting that Google is selling the Nexus 4 through its Play Store for as little as $299 here in the US and parts of Europe, it looks like those in other parts of the world may not be so lucky to grab the device for such a low price. According to Androidos, there are reports coming in from Europe indicating that LG will be selling the Nexus 4 directly for as much as €599 or $768 USD in countries like Italy. Additional reports indicate similar pricing for other markets including Spain and India, which will likely see the device priced at INR 34K or 35K (roughly $650 USD). The increased pricing is beginning to have a major negative effect as well: LG’s supposed pricing structure seems to have a ripple effect as several retailers such as Phone House will not sell the phone due to the high pricing, which potentially means less availability for many Android fans abroad.
There’s no official word yet from LG and/or Google regarding this, but as soon as we grab further details, we’ll be sure to share it with you all.
There’s yet another development of the epic saga between two of the biggest manufacturing giants in the world. In some newly released documents, FOSS Patents has uncovered what is a mind-boggling move by Apple in order to deter any continued activity from Samsung. As Apple continues to go on the offensive towards the Korean giant, it has also set its targets on retailers. Yes, you read that correctly— Apple is now applying the pressure on retailers regarding the various Samsung “infringements”. Many of you have a perplexed look on your face, so let me explain: as Apple continues to press for court-ordered injunctions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales, Samsung believes Apple is acting in what looks to be an unlawful manner. Samsung notes in a recent filing that Apple was actually sending out letters to third parties— otherwise known as retailers— about the court-ordered injunctions. In short, Apple sent do-not-sell letters to the various carriers and retailers that carry Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The same letters sent by Apple include actual copies of the court-ordered injunction and a postscript suggesting that the same retailers or sellers are “acting in concert” with Samsung by selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus and effectively, must obey the court order.
Samsung wants the courts to see there is something significantly wrong with Apple’s latest tactics and goes so far as to call them “menacing”. More importantly– as long as there is no court ordered ban as of yet, Samsung believes the retailers should be able to sell the existing inventory of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 without any issue. While the various retailers are seemingly ignoring Apple’s warning, this is still a sad development in this ugly battle. Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse for both companies, it actually did.
You can see a sample transcript of Apple’s warning letters at the source links below.
UK buyers waiting to place their pre-order for a Google Nexus 7 device can do so now through Dixons Retail group stores. These include PC World, Currys, and Dixons. All of the sites indicate they expect availability of the Nexus 7 to be July 19th. The only version available on the store sites is the 16GB model. It is unclear whether the 8GB model will be made available through retail outlets or whether the retailers just don’t anticipate enough demand for the storage deprived 8GB model. The shopping cart systems do not give buyers the option to pick-up in store and expedited shipping does not appear to be an available option, so it is unclear as to when buyers would actually have their hands on a Nexus 7.
Android paradise is now one step closer– at least for those in Melbourne, Austrailia. Telstra has just launched their Android-themed store fittingly called “Androidland”, which is found inside on the 2nd level of the CBD store. It is the first known dedicated Android retail presence of its kind in the world with representatives of many manufacturers (HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson & Samsung) as well as Telstra and reps from Google. Sadly, Androidland is intended to be open for only 6 months. If there’s positive feedback however, consumers can possibly see Androidland in the other stores as well.
The store of course has gadgets galore. Inside of the store are three sections of displays showing off just Android devices– tablets and phones. “Telstra said the idea of letting people have actual hands-on time with devices will increase satisfaction and then purchase of the product, with the help of their “expert” team”. Now that there is an Android haven available, wouldn’t it make sense for upcoming devices to be launched there? Telstra says of course! It believes Androidland would be the perfect place for devices to be announced, “especially considering the input Google has had in the creation of their retail presence”. Sounds mighty good to me. You can check out some shots of the store and video after the break. If you live in Melbourne or heck– even if you don’t– let us know what you think about the store in the Comments section. » Read the rest