As we've been doing for the last few weeks, here is the past week's worth of UK Android news. The biggest and most relevant Android news for those across the pond in good ol' Blighty! So, be sure to go get another cuppa and turn the telly down and get stuck in to this week's roundup. If we've missed anything or you have some feedback, be sure to reach out in the comments – I'm a Brit myself, so we're all friends here!
Changes to Consumer Rights to Give Us More Protection with Digital Goods; ie Easier Refunds for Faulty Apps and Games
Let's be honest, the UK has gotten pretty good at all this digital distribution stuff but, it's not always perfect. There are always going to be faulty apps, games and dodgy movie streams but, up until recently we, as consumers, were pretty helpless against it all. Now though, there are going to be some changes made to the consumer bill of rights that will, according to Consumer Minister Jo Swinson, update the bill "for the 21st century". As a big fan of the new SimCity, I know how awful a botched game can be and it's good to see that the UK government are going to help us get a refund even if the greedy pigs at EA and others stand firm. Seriously EA, kill Origin and don't let SimCity happen again. Read more from the Guardian.
Samsung's Marketing Machine Takes Aim at the UK
We all know that Samsung are good at marketing, it's perhaps the biggest key to their success, after all, and with the Galaxy S 4 now available in the UK, it's about time to see them hit the UK. Samsung have big plans for the UK as well, they're going to be targeting hit TV shows, big films at the cinema and strategic locations throughout the country. Banners etc are going to placed at Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, the BFI London IMAX, Cromwell Road, Westfield and Heathrow Terminal 5. Films that you'll end up seeing a Samsung ad or two before include Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Man of Steel. Of course, let's not forget the shameful partnering of Samsung and iTV, in which Britian's Got Talent and the X-Factor will of course feature their products heavily, expect most contestants to be "given" a Samsung smartphone at some point. Ugh.
First GameStick Rolls Off Production Line
The games console that's not a console is progressing well and the first unit has just rolled off the production line. If you're unfamiliar with the GameStick, think of the OuYa but, portable. You just plug the stick into an HDMI port and then play from the controller. The UK designed vision is coming to GAME UK and is shipping to those that backed the project on Kickstarter very soon. Take a look at the trailer below:
Handtec Puts Up Red HTC One Before Quickly Taking it Down
The HTC One is a beautiful device – read our review here – whether or not you get it in Silver or Black. We all like a little bit of choice though, and Handtec might well have let the cat out of the bag when it comes to the red HTC One. The UK retailer had the device in red on their website for a little time before quickly taking it down. So, could this be a sign that the HTC One is coming in red?
Tesco Mobile Launch Android App
If you're a user of Tesco Mobile, then you might know that going outside of your plan is a dangerous game, after all that's why they're so cheap in the first place. Well, now you can keep an eye on everything right there on your smartphone thanks to the new app that they've launched. Follow the link below to take a look at the app in the Play Store.
Eurovision 2013 Gets Official Android App
Ah yes, the Eurovision song contest – they still doing that? Ha ha, it might have been a long time since we won the Eurovision but, that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy it, right? Well, if you're a big fan of the yearly fun that it is, then you'll be happy to know that this year there is a free, and official, Android app for you to follow along with. Check out the link below to download it.
ITV Player Android App Exclusive to Samsung Devices Until August 31st
I'm just going to come out and say it (and you'll to excuse me): this is fucking pathetic. ITV have "partnered" with Samsung in order to make the catch-up app – that took a disgustingly long time to make it to Android – exclusive to Samsung devices until August 31st. Honestly, ITV should be ashamed of themselves for this, this isn't the first time they've been on the shameful take from Samsung, their TV shows are ridden with blatant Samsung product placement but, now they're blocking out other users of their catch-up app just because Samsung flashed some cash. If I can watch ITV on any TV or any PC/Laptop then I should be able to do the same with any Android phone – without waiting for Samsung to have had their fill. Well, I suppose it's a good job there's nothing good on ITV as I just lost a little more respect for them. If you have a Samsung device, then check out the link below to get the app.