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Worldwide Android News Weekly 01/26/14 – Galaxy S3 Neo+, Moto G in Australia, LG G Flex and More!

January 26, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Vodafone and Sky to Team Up to Take on BT in The UK

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Our UK readers will be acutely aware that BT has been making a lot more noise lately, with the launch of BT Sport and fiber optic broadband. Well, it looks like Sky and Vodafone might be joining forces to give BT and friends something to worry about. While Virgin Media has the ability to offer mobile phone service, broadband and TV, Sky can only offer TV and broadband. With Vodafone lacking a broadband service of their own, and Sky needing a wireless service, the two could come together nicely. Offering an all-in-one digital package has proven popular for Virgin and while BT has yet to launch a wireless network, they’ve already signed a deal with EE allowing them such privileges. Hopefully, a joining of Vodafone and Sky in any way won’t affect the general consensus too much, but more choice is always a good thing.

Moto G Now Available in Australia, for AU$249

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Motorola’s affordable smartphone has been doing the rounds internationally and now it’s finally available in Australia. The 8GB version of the device, which is also the Dual-SIM variant, is available for $249 in the region. Available from a variety of retailers, the Moto G is much better value than a lot of other devices and those interested in stock Android will be pleased to here that Android 4.4 KitKat is already available for Moto’s little ‘droid that could.

iberry Auxus Nuclea N2 Launches in India with 5.7-inch Full HD and Octa-Core CPU

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iberry’s latest device features some serious firepower in the form of the MT6592 Octa-Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch 1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera. It sounds like an impressive piece of hardware however, the inclusion of just Android 4.2 is disappointing and there’s nothing to suggest that an update to Android 4.4 is coming. It’s also not going to be that cheap, coming in at Rs. 23,990. Still, this is an impressive device for those looking for something on the larger side of things.

LG’s G Flex Coming to 20 European Countries Next Month

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LG’s flexible display G Flex is coming to major markets in Europe next month. Which is great news for both lovers of new technology and larger screened devices. Coming in at 6-inches, the G Flex is a sizable device, but it does have the power to go with it. A Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM help to keeps running along nicely. European countries including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Austria will be able to go shopping for the 6-inch curve starting next month.

Carphone Warehouse Now Selling the Nexus 5 with 16GB of Storage for a Hair Less than Google

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The Nexus 5 was available from the Carphone Warehouse at launch, but it was a little more expensive at £330. Now though, Carphone Warehouse will let you walk into a store and walk back out with a 16GB Nexus 5 for just £298. That’s a hair cheaper than Google’s price and if you prefer collecting things in person, this is a pretty good deal. If you’re still unsure on the Nexus 5, then take a look at our review.

Kogan Launches Agora HD Mini Tablet for Just $200

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Kogan are known for delivering products with decent value for money in them, but this latest could be their best yet. At $200, the Australian retailer has a 7.85-inch Quad-Core tablet to offer. It might only have a resolution of just 102 x 768, and a MediaTek CPU but, for $200 how much can you really expect? The device also features an 8-megapixel camera around back as well as 3G connectivity, making for a pretty great tablet, considering the price. You can buy the HD Mini from Kogan right now, but it won’t be shipping until March.

Lava Launch the XOLO Q3000 With 5.7-inch Full HD Display and More

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The XOLO Q3000 is the latest in a long line of affordable, yet impressive devices from Lava. This time around it’s something for those looking for a phablet type device, with its 5.7-inch Full HD display and quad-core MediaTek CPU with 2GB of RAM. Other highlights include a 13-megapixel camera and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. All of this is presumably going to cost a fair bit, but you’d be wrong as Lava is only going to charge RS 20,999 for all of this. Which isn’t too bad to say that Lava is a good name in India.

Metis Eddy Kids Tablet Launches in India

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The Eddy tablet from Metis is certainly not the first Android tablet to launch aimed at children, but it does have a fairly decent feature set considering its target audience. With a 1024 x 600 7-inch display and a dual-core Cortex A9 CPU it has a lot of the bases covered. There’s a front-facing camera as well as a protective case, too. Where the Eddy stands out however, is the software that’s available on the device. With parental controls galore, this is an easy device to hand over to your kids.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo+ Brings the Galaxy S3 Back from the Dead

s3-neo-plusYou’d think that Samsung’s many mid-range and low-end devices were enough but, they don’t seem to think so. The Galaxy S3 Neo+ is well, a dual-SIM Galaxy S3. That’s all there is to say about this really, it’s the device that launched two years ago, now preloaded with Android 4.3 and at a much lower price point. The problem with this however, is that there are many other homebrands in China that offer superior experiences for the same amount of money as Samsung will want for this. So, we suppose how successful this will prove to be is down to how popular Samsung really is in China.