Amazon Fire TV heading to Europe, UK and Germany first

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The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.

This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.

Source: Engadget

Google may launch Glass internationally at I/O this year

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Since Google opened up the Glass program a month ago, it’s been pretty easy to purchase the device, assuming you lived in the US and had $1500 to spend. However, it looks pretty likely that Google might end up opening up the country restrictions on Glass at I/O this year.

Rumors point to Google releasing Glass in the UK at their annual event, and it’s likely that English-speaking countries like Australia and Canada will also have a chance to buy the device, too. There are also bits of Japanese in the code of the latest Glass APK, so there’s a chance we might see it made available in Japan, too.

I/O is on June 25th this year, so we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see if this rumor pans out.

source: Phandroid

Google Maps receives update in UK, now offers data on all trains, buses, trams and ferries

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Public transportation in the UK just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google Maps’ latest update.

In an impressive move, the app now can access all times and routes for every train, bus, tram and ferry in the region — almost 17,000 different routes.

Google Maps’ project manager, David Tattersall, said, “You’ll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you’d rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.”

Source: Pocket Link

Nest launches the Learning Thermostat in the UK for £179

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Nest, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in February, is launching its Learning Thermostat in the UK today.

To launch the product in the UK, Nest had to create a new device with a different voltage and heating system. That said, the company came up with the Heat Link device that fits directly between the Learning Thermostat and the boiler and receives commands from the thermostat while controlling the boiler.

You can get the Learning Thermostat now for £179 from the company’s website or from outside retailers such as Apple, John Lewis, Amazon, and B&Q. However, with the recommended professional installation, it will cost you £249.
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Xperia Z2 Tablet available for sale in the UK from Sony’s website

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The Xperia Z2 tablet was officially announced at last month’s MWC event with no information about pricing and availability. However, Sony’s UK website has now listed the Xperia Z2 tablet for sale.

UK customers can now grab the 16 GB WiFi-only model for £399 ($550), while the 16 GB LTE variant is priced at £499 ($650) and the 32 GB WiFi-only model carries a price tag of £449 ($619), slightly cheaper than the 16 GB LTE model. In addition, Sony’s online store is now offering customers who order before 24 March a 3 year warranty for just a pence more. The device would reach to the customers in April.


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Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order in the UK starting from March 28

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Samsung announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 5, last month at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona with the fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor topping the list of the new features. Today, Samsung UK announced that the handset will be available for pre-order starting from March 28.

The device will be available on Samsung’s online store and it’s physical store as well as other retailers across London. A London retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has also announced that it would start taking pre-orders of the Galaxy S 5 from March 28.
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UK carriers Three and EE to join forces to build out LTE network

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A new report out today indicates UK mobile carriers Three and EE have reached a deal to work together, including the sharing of costs, for the next phase of their 4G LTE network buildout. According to reports, the two carriers will share masts and backhaul transmission costs to the tune of $1.63 Billion USD. The report says that while the infrastructure and costs are being shared between the two carriers, other components are not being shared. Notably, “the antennas, spectrum and the core network” will remain separate. This means each carrier will still have control over speed and coverage for their networks.

The initial impression in the industry is that the deal will be more beneficial for Three which has been trailing other carriers in building out a 4G LTE presence. Meanwhile, EE has already deployed a significant 4G LTE footprint. With some additional capital flowing into the deal from a partner, EE hopes to maintain its early lead in the market. The other major players, Vodafone and O2, have their own agreement in place to partner in building out a 4G network.

source: Android Central