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Worldwide Android News 11/28/14 – BT Courting O2 and EE, OnePlus One Headed to India and More!

November 28, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Samsung Delays the Galaxy Note Edge ’til December 12th in the UK

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge has been delayed in the UK, with the launch now not happening until December 12th, and a pre-order period now not starting ’til December 5th. This is obviously disappointing for those that have been waiting for the new device to launch, but maybe Samsung were avoiding Black Friday Fever? Smart move, I’d say.

Amazon PickUp Comes to 10,500 Post Office Branches in the UK

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If you’re an Amazon Prime member, then you might be familiar with their PickUp service. Essentially allowing you to order something to a nearby Smiths Newsagent. The problem with that plan however, was that there was only 500 locations included, but Amazon has now included 10,500 Post Office branches up and down the country. Which is great news if, like lucky me, you have a Royal Mail office down the road. If not, there’s a good chance one isn’t too far away from you. To check, you can take a look here.

Huawei Partners With SK Telecom, KT and LG UPlus to Work on 5G Networks

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While the rest of the world outside of North America and South Korea might just be hitting their stride when it comes to 4G networks, South Korean networks are looking to the future, and they’ve turned to Huawei for help. As CNET is reporting, the Chinese infrastructure giant has partnered with SK Telecom, LG UPlus and KT to work on 5G networks. While this is still early, the company has said that an R&D center might be on the cards and that 4G networks could be superseded by as early as 2020.

OnePlus One to be Available in India from December 2nd

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While the OnePlus One has a big following in India, it’s not actually available to buy in the country, at least direct from an Indian side of OnePlus anyway. Soon though, that’s going to change. Starting December 2nd, the OnePlus One will be available in India, from Amazon no less. Speaking about this, Pete Lau said that “We want to provide the best possible experience for our Indian users who have been so supportive of our vision. To do that, we are investing heavily in our Indian operations and partnering with the fastest growing and most admirable e-commerce company in the market, Amazon.in”

Google Launches Free Play Store and Free Analytics in Cuba

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While the US is still under embargo to export goods to Cuba, Google has decided to extend an olive branch of sorts. Now developers in Cuba can offer free Android apps and games through the Play Store and they’re also offering the free version of Google Analytics as well. While these services won’t be of too much use for developers’ wallets it is a start at least and could be the sign of things to come.

Oppo Opens Algerian Website with Devices to Purchase

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Oppo has opened up sales to one more African country this week, with Algeria now able to purchase devices directly from Oppo. A new website with the URL of dz.oppo.com/fr is available in the region in French and will offer the N1, the Find 7 and other Oppo devices for users to purchase.

BT Looking to Purchase Either O2 or EE to Push Into the Wireless Market

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This past week has been an interesting one for the UK mobile industry, with word that BT is not only in talks with Telefonica to buy back O2, but also in talks with EE for a possible sale as well. This is all pretty interesting and while not much would change for customers of either O2 or EE, it would have a profound impact on the industry as a whole. I’d like to hear what you have to think, so shout out in the comments below!