Android News Worlwide 2013

Worldwide Android News Weekly 12/08/13 – NVIDIA Tegra Note, Mobilicity, Cheap UK Android Tablets and More!

December 8, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

WIND Looking to Buy Out Mobilicity

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The writing is on the wall for Mobilicity and they’ve finally put up their assets for sale, leaving the rest of the Canadian carriers to swarm like buzzards. It’s looking like Wind might just be one of the carriers to try and snap up some of Mobilicity. December 2nd was the last date that interested parties could enter their bids and Mobilicity was looking for $350 Million for the vast majority of their operation. It’s thought that Wind has brought the big bucks and big high to get their hands on their 189,000 subscribers. Only time will tell however, as things are still in motion.

ZTE Grand S II Edges Closer to Release in China

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The Grand S II is certainly coming from ZTE and now, it’s gotten a network license to work on China Mobile with its Snapdragon 600 CPU, 5-inch Full HD display, quality build and for once, a MicroSD card slot! No matter what though, there’s something nice on the horizon for Chinese ZTE customers.

HTC Start New Photo Contest Which Could Earn You a Gold HTC One

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If you’re in the mood for a fancy gold HTC One, then you’ll be happy to note that HTC is giving them away if you win their billboard competition. Called “HTC in NYC” (how cute?) all you have to do is upload photos to an NYC billboard in Times Square to be in with a chance of winning. There are two grand prizes of 18-carat gold-plated HTC Ones to be won and even if you don’t appear on the actual billboard itself, you’ll still be entered. Those in the US and the UK can enter but, other parts of the world may vary, you can find more info at their website.

Tesco’s Hudl Proves Popular in the Run-Up to Christmas; New Model Coming 2014

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In what some are going to be surprised by, the Tesco Hudl has actually been something of a success. The £119 tablet from the UK supermarket giant has sold over 300,000 units since its launch only a couple of months ago and has sold out twice in the run-up to Christmas. The company is denying any risk of shortages and unsurprisingly, there is a new model coming in 2014. For £119, the Hudl might do for Android tablets what the Kindle did for eReading and the best thing about it is that it’s not locked down, and all of your favorite apps from the Play Store run just fine. Let us know in the comments if you’ve got a Hudl or you’re giving one away at Christmas!

Huawei Ascend 2 Gets Certified in China

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The Ascend Mate was a pretty big deal, at 6.1-inches it’s obviously a gigantic phone. Well, Huawei is about to release a second version as it’s just passed through the TENAA and has been approved for use in China. There will be two versions – for different networks – but, the internals will stay mostly the same. There’s a 6.1-inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.6 Ghz CPU and 2GB of RAM. Nothing too special but then again, the Ascend Mate 2 shouldn’t cost too much and those looking for a larger device will love it.

Google Play Music All Access Finally Lands in Germany

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Google Play Music’s All Access pass has really caught on since its introduction at this year’s I/O but, it’s not available everywhere just yet and that of course causes some problems. However, it’s finally launching in Germany, which we’re sure will please our German readers a great deal – I know I was pretty happy when it finally hit the UK. You can read more about it here.

ALDI To Sell £79 Android Tablet in The UK

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In the UK wars to sell the cheapest Android tablet ALDI has launched the latest salvo with their Medion LifeTab E7316 for just £79.99, which isn’t actually as bad as you might expect. It’s got a quad-core 1.6 Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM and Android 4.2.2. The display, which is ironically described as “razor-sharp” at 1024 x 600. Even if that doesn’t bother you, don’t expect much from the display on this guy. If you’re interested in a cheap tablet though head to ALDI’s website.

XOLO Play Tegra Note Up For Pre-Order Online

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NVIDIA’s Tegra Note tablet is making the rounds and in India, XOLO is the published for the 7-inch Tegra 4 packing tablet. While the Stylus and Tegra 4 are both great to have on a tablet like this, the display at 1280 x 800 is a little disappointing but, we’re sure it’s of great quality. It’s up for pre-order online now for RS 17,999. Take a look at the full specs below:

7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) multitouch IPS display at 216 PPI pixel density
1.8 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor with 72 Core NVIDIA GeForce GPU
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
9.6 mm thick and weighs 320 grams
5MP auto focus rear camera
0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
3.5mm audio jack, Front-facing stereo speakers
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI
1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB via micro SD
4100 mAh battery with up to 10 hours of HD video playback