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Worldwide Android News 03/30/14 – Moto X Hits Australia, Galaxy S3 Neo+ and More!

March 30, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

The Moto X is Finally Available in Australia

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It’s been a long time since the Moto X launched in the United States and while it’s recently come to parts of Europe, like the UK it’s finally coming to Australia after all this time. Starting at $549 AUD, the Moto X will only be available to purchase in stores, and not online. Unsurprisingly, Moto Maker isn’t making the jump, either so it’s pretty safe to say that these won’t be flying off of shelves, especially as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) will be launching soon. Still, this is important for Motorola and setting up distribution in Australia now could mean earlier releases later on down the line.

Xiaomi Devices to Come to India Soon

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Since Xiaomi recently started selling devices in Singapore, it stood to reason that India was next on their radar. In an interview with CNet, ex-Googler Hugo Barra has said that devices from the Chinese manufacturer will be going global over the next couple of years. There’s also a tweet from a high-up official at Google India expressing excitement concerning Xiaomi devices coming to India, and that a meeting with Barra himself was productive. While there’s nothing concrete yet, it’d certainly make sense for Xiaomi to head to India next.

ZTE’s Nubia X6 Launches in China; Complete With Snapdragon 801 CPU

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After being teased for quite some time, the Nubia X is finally official in China and will be launching very soon. Earlier this week, the Chinese giant revealed their latest and greatest in the Nubia line, and at just 7.9mm thin it’s one of their best-looking yet. You can read all about the X6 here, but let’s just say that with a 4,250 mAh battery, a great camera, a good screen and more, it’s definitely a device to watch.

Chromecast to Launch in Australia Come Early May

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Google’s Chromecast has been a real success for the search giant in the US, and for good reason, it’s cheap and delivers most of the content you really care about. Problem for a lot of us however, has been that it’s been difficult to get hold of outside of the US. It recently hit the UK, France and Canada and now Australia seems to be next in line. CNet Australia has been told by sources that TV networks are working on supporting the Chromecast and that May 7th is the street date for a possible release. So, our Australian readers should be able to get their own Chromecast shortly.

Google Adds Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Mexico to List of Countries Where Gift Cards are Available

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Google Play Gift Cards have slowly been moving across most of Europe and beyond and now, they’re coming to Mexico and more of Europe including Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Right now, they’re still listed as coming soon on Google’s Support forums, but they should be launching soon. If you want to check up on their status and the amounts they’ll be available in, head on over to the support page.

Samsung Announce the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit for India, to be Available from April 11th

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Samsung has announced availability of the new Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 line of devices for India. While we knew April 11th was the date for most other countries, it’s nice to see Samsung sticking to their guns in India as well. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you can read all about the Galaxy S5 here and the Gear 2 line here. On to specifics and the Galaxy S5 will start at RS 51,000 in India and it’ll feature the Exynos 5 Octa CPU instead of the Snapdragon 801 CPU, presumably down to the lack of 4G in the country. Meanwhile, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will cost RS 21,900 and RS 15,900 respectively. The more fitness-orientated Gear Fit will cost the same as the Gear 2 Neo.

EE Adds 12 New Towns to Their Massive List of 4G Markets

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EE have been leading the pack when it comes to 4G in the UK, and now they’re adding 12 more towns and cities to that list. Antrim, Bridgend, Burnley, Coleraine, Leigh, Livingston, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Sittingbourne and Tamworth now get access to speedy 4G on the network, and they’ve also improved coverage in a number of key areas, too.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo+ to Launch in India Soon

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When Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 Neo+ in China, we were a little surprised that they were simply using the same two-year old device, but we suppose it still holds up well against similar competition. Now, the device is said to be heading to India, again for an affordable price of just RS 24,900. If you’re unfamiliar with this version of the Galaxy S3, all you really need to know is that it’s the same device as the two-year old machine but features 1.5GB of RAM this time around. That makes for a device with a 1.2 Ghz quad-core CPU, a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and more. However, we would suggest that going after something like the Moto G would be both less expensive and better value.