Worldwide Android News 06/22/14 – Phones 4U Offering Free Trainers, Google Play Books, Movies and More!

June 22, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson


O2 to Offer Carrier Billing for the Play Store


Charge to Mobile, as O2 is calling it, now extends to the Play Store. So, if you’re an O2 user you can now have your Play Store purchases for apps, games and more added on to your monthly bill. Pay as You Go customers can use their credit to pay for things in the store. O2 is saying that this will make things easier for users as there’s no longer a need to add a card to your account, but we can’t help that this is a throwback to the old days of mobile. Remember having to text to get your hands on that game? It’s not just apps however, as O2 is saying that around 100 or so retailers offer the solution, like PlayStation Mobile, Spotify and more. Looks like your monthly bill is about to get a little larger.

Phones 4U Offering a Free Pair of Adidas Trainers With HTC One (M8) and HTC One Mini 2

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If you’re looking for a new HTC smartphone right now in the UK, as well as some cool new kicks, then Phones 4U is where you’ll want to be. If you choose to purchase either the new M8 or the One Mini 2, you’ll get a free pair of Mi Duramo 6, the Mi Element Voyager or Mi F10 FGs. That’s not all though, as these trainers are customizable and you can create your own ideal pair of trainers, all for just getting your hands on a new phone. Interested? Take a look at the Phones 4U listing.

Google Play Books and Google Play Movies Go Live in Plethora of New Countries



Throughout 2014 we’ve seen Google expand the Play Store on an international level like never seen before. More and more people can access content like books, magazines and movies than ever before and this past week, Google lit up a whole bunch of new markets. First up is Play Books, which has added 11 new countries to the list including Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Second of all is the big expansion that Google Play Movies has received, added 21 (yepp, twenty-one) new countries to the list of those supported. So, if you’re in  Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan then you’ll be able to tune into more movies than you can shake a stick at. As always, Google’s complete list of supported markets is available from their website.

BillGuard Now Available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand


BillGuard, the app that brings your accounts together and quickly sorts out your charges into groups as well as telling you how much you’ve spent, is now available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It’s a good app for getting a quick look at what you’ve been spending your money on and it can help bring multiple accounts together. It’s good-looking, easy to use and completely free as well. For myself, being able to access my Barclays account despite being rooted is reason enough to use this little gem. It’s available from the Play Store and works with most major banks in the aforementioned nations.

Xiaomi Brings Web Presence to India with Shorter Name

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Mi India is the name that Xiaomi is to use in their next big market, India, and it looks like they’re getting the ball rolling early. Not only is their Facebook page up and running but there’s also the launch of a browser extension for those in India. Getting their name out there in the web over in India is a good start for the company and one we’re sure that Xiaomi will capitalize on soon. Are you looking forward for Xiaomi devices to hit India? let us know in the comments below!