HTC received some bad news today about their plans to sell the HTC One Mini in the U.K. – they can’t. That word came as part of ruling issued by Judge Richard Arnold in a case between Nokia and HTC involving chips in the HTC devices. Nokia claimed the chips were infringing patents they own. The sales ban will go into effect on December 6th. According to Judge Arnold, the HTC One is also infringing on Nokia’s patents, but he did not institute a sales ban while HTC appeals the ruling due to the “considerable” damage HTC would suffer. Even with that small reprieve, it appears HTC has agreed to stop importing any of their HTC One devices into the U.K. while an appeal is underway. » Read the rest
U.K. owners of Samsung devices have a new option to find accessories, get questions answered, and generally “get the most out of” their devices thanks to a new app released by Samsung. The My Galaxy app has options for users to access Samsung World articles, shop an online store for accessories, receive exclusive offers, or receive support. Samsung indicates the app is capable of directing support requests to someone who can help if the device assistant is not able to answer a question.
Hit the break to check out some screenshots and get to the Google Play download link. » Read the rest
Here’s some cool news for you UK readers, and only you UK readers. NOW TV’s streaming movie service is now available for Android devices and will allow you to stream movies whenever and wherever you want. If you have the “Sky Movie Pass” you can stream unlimited movies all day long and there is even a nifty “Play to Play” option for those of you who are afraid of commitments. Speaking of commitments, you can sign up right now for a free 30-day trial to see if this is something you can get down with. Pretty sweet, huh?
The Now TV app is now available in Google Play and brings access to a boat-load of great movie titles. Hit either of the links below to get started.
Google has finally granted Great Britain VIP access to its Google Indoor Maps treatment. This means Android users of all can enjoy the complete indoor maps of around 40 U.K. venues, which includes everything from art galleries to sporting venues to airports to give users an inside look of their buildings. The neat thing about the recent expansion to Great Britain is the fact building owners can upload their own maps by contacting an independent Google Trusted Photographer—- which should ultimately allow the feature/service grow immediately. Looks like folks in that part of the Commonwealth are about to have their lives just a little bit easier.
We first heard about the Huawei MediaPad back in June when it was expected to be the first device to feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Huawei is now telling us the WiFi version will be available early next year in the U.K. for £275 (US$440). They will also offer a HSDPA+ (14.4 Mbps) version, but they are still negotiating with carriers, so we don’t have any pricing yet.
The specs include a 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
With Motorola close to releasing the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition, we can expect some price slashing. Earlier in the month the 32GB version was dropped to £329 ($510), and Play.com is offering the same unit for £299 (€374.99) ($464).
Not a bad price, but I would jump on the ASUS Transformer before grabbing this one.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy W as part of their new naming scheme last month. The “W’ stands for Wonder which represents high quality, and is perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance. We already know it will be available on the Three network in the UK, and it looks like O2 will be carrying it was well.
O2 has the Galaxy W listed as “Coming Soon: September.” on their website. The Galaxy W will have a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 3.7-inch SLCD display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3, and TouchWiz 4.0.
We expect availability to be towards the end of the month.