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Worldwide Android News Weekly 07/26/13 – New Nexus 7 Launching Worldwide, Baidu, the Desire 500 and More!

July 26, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Nexus 7 Coming to Countries All Over the Globe

 

The new Nexus 7 is a great device, if you need to learn more about it – you can read our post here. It’s coming to countries like Germany, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Canada, France and Australia as well as India real soon. There’s no word on pricing throughout the globe just yet, but it’s only a little more expensive than the older model – at $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB on WiFi. Respective pages for the Nexus 7 should be nice if you head to your main Google URL with “/nexus7” at the end of it. If you need reminding, here are some of the specs:

  • 7-inch 1920—1200 resolution display (world’s highest resolution tablet)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
  • 16GB and 32GB internal storage options
  • 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean
  • battery
  • Wireless Charging

 

Baidu Spending Nearly $2.0 Billion to Build Their Own App Store

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Many of our readers will know and love Baidu for their range of services. Well, it looks like that range of services is about to get a lot bigger as the company is spending $1.9 Billion to build their own app store. The company has bought 91 Wireless Websoft Ltd. which runs the HiMarket app store in China, one of the largest. This deal could mean big things for Baidu going forward as in China there are very few Android devices that ship with Google’s Play Store, leaving Baidu to fill the gap How many of you are big Baidu fans?

THL MonkeyKing Sells Out in Less Than 5 Minutes

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The MonkeyKing from THL, with its 13-megapixel front-facing camera sold 10,000 units in less than 5 minutes, which is pretty incredible when you think about it. The device is nothing out of the ordinary, with a MediaTek MT6589, a 5-inch 1080p display and the rest but, it’s that 13-megapixel front-facing camera that has people enthralled. With 10,000 units selling in just over 2 Minutes, it seems that they have a hit on their hands. Did any of you get a hold of the MonkeyKing?

WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z+ with 1080p Launches in India

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India are getting yet another cool device to buy, with some pretty powerful specs. Running Android 4.2, it might not be cutting-edge but it’s plenty good enough for now, especially considering that Android 4.3 isn’t too much of an upgrade. There’s a lot of power under the hood and selling at just RS 15,990 it’s a great deal. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 5-inches FHD IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 1.5 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6589T processor
  • 13 Megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor and LED Flash
  • 2 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Notification LED
  • 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, expandable up to 64 GB
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery

ZTE’s Nubia Z5 Mini Off to a Strong Start

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The Z5 Mini is a great phone from ZTE, with a 4.7-inch 720p display and the same Snapdragon S4 Pro as its larger brother. It’s no surprise then, that the high-end device has sold 10,000 units in just two days. For a device that costs more than most others, that’s some good sale figures. How many of you have bought this great phone?

HTC Announce Desire 500

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HTC are looking to expand into the emerging markets of the world, such as China and the rest of Asia. With the Desire 500 they’ve announced yet another smartphone for the masses that can be bought at affordable prices. The problem with the Desire 500 is that it doesn’t offer much for how much it costs. This seems like a classic case of HTC trying to cash in on their branding. Whether or not you’ll buy this is up to you, and you can read more here, but there is a lot better out there.

OPPO U2S U707T Officially Announced for Those Who Want to Capture the Moment

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OPPO make some great devices, there’s no denying that and now after the great Find 5 that was a device for everyone, they’re creating a device for the niche market. The OPPO U2S U707T is a smartphone that comes with a large display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera to make sure that you capture all the moments you want. Other specs include a 720p 5.5-inch display and a medioce MediaTek MT6589 CPU but, this is a device designed just for taking a lot of snaps on the go and the 3,000 mAh battery should help you do that.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Comes to Taiwan

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Sony’s latest – and largest – smartphone is heading to Taiwan soon. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, imagine the Xperia Z but a lot bigger, at 6.4-inches this is quite easily the largest phone in the world right now, and with the Snapdragon 800 at 2.2 Ghz under the hood, this thing is quick. The device is launching in Taiwan soon for the price for $22,900 which is slightly cheaper than it is in China. They’ve also secured Bolin Chen as their product ambassador. Pretty cool, right?

Updated ASUS Fonepad Coming to India

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Some time ago now ASUS updated the internals of their Fonepad with more storage, 32GB internally. Not just that but, the Intel Atom Z2460 is now used under the hood, making this somewhat faster as well. It’s launching in India for RS 17,999 and you can take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 3MP auto focus rear camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G HSPA with voice calling, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Blueooth 3.0, GPS
  • 10.4mm thick and weighs 340 grams
  • 4270 mAh battery

Micromax Bling 3 A86 Launching Soon in India

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Here’s something that you might give to your girlfriend or even your daughter. The Micromax Bling 3 A86 is launching soon in India and perhaps the best thing about is it’s size. It’s got a 4-inch display and a dual-core CPU so it’s perfect for those looking for a smaller device. All of the specs aren’t out just yet, so why not check back next week. In the meantime, this is what we now for sure. Do you know anyone that would buy this?

  • 4-inch capacitive touch screen display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby
  • 5MP auto focus camera with LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 11.4 mm thick
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G , WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, aGPS
  • 1600 mAh battery with up to 4 hours talk time and up to 200 hours standby