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Android News U.K. Roundup 06/14/13 – Vodafone Power Shorts, Galaxy Ace 3, Andru Charger and More!

June 14, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

BBC Release Weather App for Android

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For us Brits, nothing beats a good weather forecast – sometimes they even predict no rain! I’m sure a lot of you – like myself – will rely on BBC Weather, it’s accurate, has a wealth of English locations stored away and it’s easy to follow. Well, things just got a little bit easier, as the Beeb has gone and released a standalone Weather app for us Android users! While it’s easy to dismiss this as just another weather app – because it is – this is a very speedy and simple way to get current weather information on the go. Easily one of the better apps to come from the Beeb over the past couple of years.

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Sony Xperia M Hitting UK Shelves Soon

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Sony’s latest budget-minded device, the Xperia M is headed to the UK come August this year. While Carphone Warehouse have no price up for the device, Handtec are listing the device – in an attractive lime no less – for around £230. The Xperia M is a smaller device with some middling specs, that aren’t going to make your friends too jealous down the pub but, if you’re in the market for a smaller device on a budget then read more on the device here.

Galaxy Ace 3 Hitting Carphone Warehouse Come July

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The Galaxy Ace has always been a popular device over here in the UK and Samsung are hoping that the Ace 3 is no exception. As mid-range devices go, there are certainly worse options out there and with a lot of features coming down from the Galaxy S 4 this is a decent device for those on a budget. Apparently, the device could be hitting Carphone Warehouse as early as July, which could lead to some summer sale of sorts. To find out more about the Ace 3, read our post here.

White Ascend P2 up for Pre-Order from Phones 4U

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The Ascend P2 is a mid-range device from Huawei that’s headed to the UK High Street and you can now pre-order it in white from Phones 4U. The device is powered by a quad-core CPU from Huawei, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM and has a 2,420 mAh battery. It’s nothing too special but, there are certainly worse devices out there and if you’re looking for something a little different outside of the HTCs and Samsungs of the world, then this is it. Head here for more info.

Andru Android Charger Finally Makes it to The UK – and We Have a Giveaway Running!

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If you’re a big Android fan, then you’ll have long wanted to use the Andru charger here in the UK. Well, now you finally can as the company behind the little guy, PoweredbyGen are now shipping them to both the UK and the EU. They’ll come with adapters to make sure they work on the continent and the Isles but, the adapters match the design perfectly so don’t worry about that. We also have a giveaway running for two of them! You can enter here and find out more info while you’re at it, hurry there’s only five days left!

Vodafone Launch £50 Android Smartphone; Say Hello to the Smart Mini

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You’re probably wondering just what you get for £50, right? Well, from Vodafone not a lot really, in the Smart Mini there’s nothing to really write home about but, it is £50. Specs wise you’re looking at a 1GHz single-core MediaTek CPU. That’s backed up by 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD slot as well as a 2-megapixel camera. So, yeah, Vodafone will sell you a smartphone for £50.

FairPhone Reaches Target; To Ship in Autumn

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We’ve spoken about the Fairphone before and now the phone has reached its target of 5,000 pre-orders which means that the phone will now go ahead. In fact, there are now as many as 9,000 and counting pre-orders for the device. That in itself is a sizable achievement. The device is designed to be as ethically fair as possible, with the casing being made out of recycled plastic and the creators looking to be as “conflict free” as possible. The device features a 4.3-inch display, mostly stock Android that you can root and a quad-core CPU. Head here for more info.

Vodafone Have a Pair of Shorts That Will Power Your Smartphone

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Vodafone – since 2003 – have been researching ways in which to charge smartphones from heat and movement. Resulting in the Power Pocket, which as you’ll note above can be sewn into short shorts, as well as that though there’s a sleeping bag that will do the same. The shorts can get you an additional 4 hours or so out of your smartphone, just by walking around and generating heat. As for the sleeping bag you can get around 8 hours. This is all done through new circuits that be used in clothing that convert heat into power. All this sounds pretty neat, and Vodafone will be showing these off later on in the Summer.

Galaxy Tab 3 Series Launching in UK Come July

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the Galaxy Tab 3 line-up for some time now and with the 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions all being announced by Samsung, there’s a lot for Samsung fans to look forward to. Now there’s word coming from Carphone Warehouse that the tablets will be available come July. While there’s no word on pricing just yet, expect them to run something similar to last year’s offerings.