Android News Worlwide 2013

Worldwide Android News Weekly 12/22/13 – Pink Galaxy S4, Lycamobile, XOLO Play Tegra Note and More!

December 22, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Sony’s Xperia Z1 Launches on China Mobile With Different Hardware

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Sony’s latest flagship has finally arrived on China Mobile for Chinese customers to enjoy however, this version comes with a few differences that aren’t found in the international variant of the Xperia Z1. For one thing, the frame around the outside of the device is plastic, instead of metal and there’s 32GB of storage onboard instead of 16GB. The headphone port has been moved slightly as well but, this is still very much an Xperia Z1 from Sony. Like many phones that will be launching now, this guy comes with 4G LTE support on the network but, it won’t come cheap at 4,499 Yuan in China.

World’s Cheapest Tablet at £30 Already Sold Out for Christmas in the UK

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Datawind’s UbiSlate 7Ci made a bit of a splash in the week when it debuted in the UK for just £30 but, unsurprisingly it’s already sold out for Christmas. In fact, most orders will be fulfilled in January. However, you shouldn’t be in a rush to get your hands on this tablet as it’s hardly the most amazing Android tablet out there, with a 800 x 480 display, Android 4.0.3 and a lackluster single-core CPU. Still, it is just £30 and it’s available in the US as well.

EE to Showcase the LG G Flex Around the UK, Starting Now

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When EE announced that they’d be carrying the curvy LG G Flex, we were all a little shocked considering that the Galaxy Round isn’t leaving Korea. No matter though, as the device is coming to the UK. In fact, EE is showing off the device around the country right now in select places. The Snapdragon 800 powered 6-inch curve of a phone is available to take a look at in the following shopping centers:

London – Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford E20 1EH
London – Westfield Shopping Centre, White City W12 7GG
London – 155/157 Oxford Street, W1D 2JH
Kent – Bluewater Shopping Centre, DA9 9ST
Nottingham – 16 Clumber Street, NG1 3GA
Manchester – The Trafford Centre, M17 8AP
Brighton – 209-210 Western Road, BN1 2BA
Cambridge – 40-41 Lions Yard, CB2 3NA
Merry Hill – The Merryhill Centre, DY5 1QX
Sheffield – Meadowhall Centre, S9 1EN

Lycamobile to Start Operating in Canada Come 2014

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You might have heard of Lycamobile, the company that operates in 17 countries and has over 30 million subscribers that offers low-cost calling and data when overseas and calling others around the globe. Well, the company is eyeing an expansion to Canada next year, with February 2014 as the target to start offering service in the country. They would be operating as an MVNO in the region, as others do but, we should see some significant price offers from such a firm as Lycamobile.

Xolo Play Tegra Note Now on Sale in India

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By now, you’ve probably heard all there is to hear about Nvidia’s own-tablet that’s being distributed by Xolo in India but, for those that don’t know the Tegra Note features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a quad-core 1.8 Ghz Tegra 4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and of course, a true pen-input capable stylus and some apps to go with it. Xolo will be selling the tablet in India and it’s finally gone on sale with WiFi for RS. 17,999, accessories for the tablet are said to be coming soon, costing around RS 2,499. You can take a look at the launch video below for more info.

Galaxy S4 in Pink Launches in the UK, Exclusive to Phones 4U

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As we all know, Samsung is more than happy to release different colors of their devices all year round and now, the Galaxy S4 is going to be getting its turn with some new colors. The Galaxy S4 will be available in Pink from Phones 4U in the UK, you can purchase the device now but, it won’t be shipping until January 2014. These color options aren’t for everyone but, more choice is what keeps Samsung heads above the rest.

Google Play Movies Expands to 12 New Regions Around the Globe

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Google Play Movies has been slowly expanding to more and more regions around the globe but, now it’s making a big jump and hitting 12 new regions. Some of which are pretty far out there, bringing new content to place that would otherwise be struggling for legitimate content. Take a look at the list below to see if it’s now available near you. These 12 new countries takes the count up to 27 countries in which Google offers movies on demand.

Antigua and Barbuda
Belize
Botswana
Fiji
Hong Kong
Jamaica
Nepal
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Trinidad and Tobago
Zimbabwe

Mobilicity’s President Promises “Most Aggressive Offer” for Boxing Day Sale

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While Mobilicity is certainly in trouble, it hasn’t stopped them from offering some serious deals these past few months offering a $30 a month all-in plan. However, according to their President on Twitter, Boxing Day is the day to watch out for a killer wireless deal. The company’s President said on Twitter, “Wow. Most aggressive offer we will have in 2013.” Unfortunately, it’s hard to recommend folks sign on the dotted line as the carrier is currently auctioning off their assets so, no matter how good the deal is we doubt you’ll be taking advantage of it for long.