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Worldwide Android News Weekly 09/27/13 – Opera Mini, Google Play Books, LG G2 and More!

September 27, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

LG’s G2 To Launch in India September 30th

LG’s G2 is easily the company’s best smartphone yet and as we recently found out in our review, it’s a solid performer as well as something that offers a little difference. In India, LG will be launching the G2 starting next week. While there’s no word on pricing just yet, don’t expect this to be a cheaper smartphone, as Saholic, has listed the device at a price point of Rs. 40,499. However, this is something that should be available from all major networks.

Opera Mini to Come Pre-Installed on Indian Smartphones

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Opera has announced that they’ve partnered with seven Indian OEMs to bring Opera Mini to consumers. The web browser will now come pre-installed on Indian devices. OEMs including Micromax, Videocon, Spice, MoMagic Technologies, Wynncom, Lemon Mobiles and iBall will soon be shipping devices with Opera Mini installed. The question is will this get people to use Opera Mini?

TCL Hero N3 Official, 6-inch 1080p With Quad-Core CPU

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TCL, the company that owns Alcatel has a new flagship to release in China. The Hero N3 is a large device at 6-inches it features a Full HD 1080p, a quad-core 1.5 Ghz MediaTek MT6589T, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and a sizable battery. The device should be available shortly in China however, TCL haven’t given any firm release dates or info on pricing.

Google Play Books Goes Live in New Territories

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Google’s Play Store has just started to offer Books in a whole host of new countries. Meaning those that live in one of the countries listed below, will now get one more storefront to download eBooks on their Android device.

  • Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • New Zealand

LG G2 Launches in China

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Just as it has in India, the G2 has gone on sale in China. The unlocked version is available from JD.com with a price of RMB 4,299. That’s a pretty high price tag but, as we discovered in our review, the G2 is a lot of phone.

Coolpad Magview 4 Becomes Official, Brings Tegra 4 With It

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While Nvidia has been struggling to get their Tegra 4 CPU into smartphones for some time now, things seem to be rolling now. The Coolpad Magview 4 is yet another smartphone to feature the Tegra 4. It’s also got a great build out of metal as well, it’s just a shame that it looks like a Galaxy Note. Nevertheless, there’s a 1.8 Ghz Tegra 4 under the hood, a 5-inch 1080p IGZO panel from Sharp, a 13 MP camera and much more. The device will be available in China for RMB 3,980 sometime in October.

Umi Red Bull Hits China, 6.4-inch Quad-Core Phablet

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The Umi Red Bull is a device that hopes to take on the Xperia Z Ultra with its Full HD 6.44-inch display. However, the quad-core MediaTek CPU isn’t going to cut it. It does have 2GB of RAM, a massive 4,180mAh battery and a 13MP camera however but, even though this is a cheaper device, the Z Ultra is still the better way to go.

Xolo Play Tegra Play Note Coming Soon

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When NVIDIA announced the Tegra Note, they said that partners around the globe will be selling the device as their own. Well, in India that means that Xolo will soon be selling their own version of the Tegra Note. Called the Xolo Play Tegra Note it should be launching soon. For those that love to play games on Android, this is one of the best tablets out there. With its Tegra 4 CPU, 1280 x 800 display and genuine pen input.

Dual-SIM Xperia M Now Available in India

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Sony’s quality budget device has already gone on sale in India before but, now the dual-SIM variant of the device is launching. For RS 14,490 you get much of the same specs however, it features support for two SIM cards. It’s available in a range of colors, too.

  • 4.0-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227 processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM+ GSM)
  • 9.3 mm thick and weighs 115 grams
  • 5MP auto focus camera with LED Flash 720p HD video recording
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with RDS
  • 3G HSDPA+ 21Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS / aGPS, NFC
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory (2.4GB user memory), 32GB expandable memory
  • 1750 mAh battery