Android News U.K. Roundup 03/05/13 – ASUS FonePad, Xperia SP, BT Going 4G and More!


Just like we did last week, we've got another round of Android News just for our UK Readers! So, turn the telly down, go grab and a cuppa and take a look at the latest and biggest stories to happen in the UK this past week. This time around we have more news than last time and some new devices as well! Let's get started, shall we?

ASUS' FonePad Launches in the UK For £179.99



The latest tablet from ASUS is now available to purchase from, if you're not familiar with the FonePad, think of a 7-inch smartphone that's really tablet and you'll get the idea. With an aluminum build and an Intel CPU it's a decent offering at £180 but, is it better than the Nexus 7? Well, take a look at the specs below to try to answer that question:

  • 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor
  • PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
  • HSPA+ connectivity
  • 4270mAh battery
  • 16GB internal storage; expandable via microSD card up to 32GB.
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera

Sony's Xperia SP Hits UK Networks



The Xperia SP is a budget-minded handset from Sony that aims to deliver all the good things in life, without breaking the bank. It's a decent 4.6-inch device and is now available from T-Mobile for £250 outright, Orange on plans that offer the phone for "free" and O2 and EE are listing the phone as "coming soon". The device will come with 4G on EE but, you will have to sign up to a 2-year contract. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.6-inch TFT display at 1,280 x 720 that makes for 319 ppi
  • Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal memory with room for a MicroSD card up to 32GB
  • 8 MP BSI Exmor RS rear-facing camera with LED Flash, auto focus, 16x digital zoom
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2,370 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, MHL support, Glonass and screen mirroring tech
  • LTE support
  • PlayStation certified
  • 130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm dimensions
  • 155 grams weight

EE Turns on 4G in 12 More Cities; Does Your City have 4G?



The only 4G network in the UK is flipping the super-fast switch on even more cities today, bringing the total up to 62 that now have 4G. Are you a customer of EE? Let us know in the comments. The following cities are now blessed with 4G services:

  • Aylesbury
  • Berkhamsted
  • Billericay
  • Blackpool
  • Brentwood
  • Dewsbury
  • Huddersfield
  • Lytham St Annes
  • Marlow
  • Pontefract
  • Thame
  • Windsor

Best Buy Sells Share of Carphone Warehouse at Colossal Loss



Best Buy has now entirely left the building when it comes to the UK. The US big box store has now sold its share of Carphone Warehouse back to them for £500 Million, £420 Million in cash and another £80 Million in Carphone Warehouse shares. It bought the 50% share for a massive £1.1 Billion five years ago. You might have remembered Best Buy opening stores to compete with PC World and Currys back in 2010, well 18 months later and they were all closed. That's that.

Virgin Media Launches VIP Tarriffs That Deliver 08 Numbers Unlimited and More



Ugh, it seems that mobile phone contracts are getting more and complicated here in the UK, soon Verizon will have set up shop! Well, Virgin Media are trying to perhaps make the term "unlimited" a little more clear with their VIP trarrifs, you can call 08 numbers at no extra cost (although not for SIM-only plans) and the pricing can start as low as £15. If you're interested, swing by their website for more info.

BT Planning 4G Network, Could Team up With O2


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BT aren't known for their mobile prowess, they're known for their slow internet speeds and poor advertising. However, they did snap up £200 Million worth of LTE spectrum at that auction that didn't make enough money and now, there's word that they're planning to launch their own 4G network. They want to team up with someone however and of course, O2, Vodafone and Three are all in the running. O2 however, are said to be the frontrunner, which would bring back memories of BT CellNet which spun off as O2 in 2001. Would you stick with O2 if they teamed up with BT, or would you run a mile?

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