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1 year ago

Spanish retailer suspends plans to sell LG Nexus 4 on grounds of pricing

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Phone House suspends Nexus 4 plans after learning LG will be selling the device at a much higher price than Google

Sadly, we're not overly surprised by this news, but it still disappoints us nevertheless. Spanish retailer Phone House -- Spain's answer to the UK's Carphone Warehouse -- has announced via its Facebook page that they're suspending all plans to sell the new LG Nexus 4. The reason? LG is reportedly going to be selling the device to retailers at a much higher price than Google will be offering direct from the Play Store. The statement reads like this -- albeit a slightly shaky translated version:

Madrid, November 2, 2012

Phone House, the largest independent chain of telecommunications in Europe and Spain, it will release the new Google Nexus 4 and LG, whose launch was scheduled for November 13 in the catalog of this month

Phone House has decided to suspend the sale of this product after finding that the recommended retail price by LG of 599 € and conditions offered for commercialization are worse than the MSRP published by Google on its website and does not maintain the commitment with customers and offer the lowest price guarantee that characterizes Phone House.

Spain is lucky enough to be one of the few nations worldwide that can purchase devices directly from the Google Play Store, so at least eager Spanish Nexus fans won't be left completely out in the cold. From Google, the Nexus 4 will be sold for €299/€349 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively. Phone House claims that LG want to sell the devices to them with a recommended retail price of €599. Yowzas. Without saying which version that price relates to, it equates to a minimum increase of €250 over the Google prices. 

According to The Next Web, the same situation is presenting itself in other European countries such as Italy and Austria. However, unlike Spain, neither of these two nations are supported for device purchases from Google Play at this time. Angry potential customers have been taking to the LG Mobile Facebook page to voice their opinions. But, without a way to purchase at the lower price from Google, it seems at the moment as they are in a tough place if these prices turn out to be correct. 

Over in the UK however, Phone House's counterpart, Carphone Warehouse, is still offering pre-orders for the Nexus 4. These are only on contract at this time with a varying price structure, but at this moment the retailer is not offering a SIM free price option for the Nexus 4. If you want to wade in on this, be sure to head on into the LG Nexus 4 Forums and share your thoughts with us. 

Source: The Next Web

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1 year ago

Carphone Warehouse selling Galaxy S3 Mini from £25 monthly

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We've gotten several bits of information on the pricing and availability of that awkwardly mid-range Galaxy S3 Mini before, and now Carphone Warehouse has released its pricing details. Falling in line with previous retailers, Carphone Warehouse will be selling the device SIM-free for "under £300" -- which falls into line with the other retailer's prices of about £298 -- as well as on-contract pricing with tariffs as low as £25 monthly and the device free.

It may have been an appealing low-cost option for folks in Europe, but since the pricing on the Nexus 4 has dropped its hard to see who picks this up over Google's latest superphone offering.

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1 year ago

Samsung has sold 30 million Galaxy S3's worldwide

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We heard just yesterday about the relative success of the Galaxy Note 2, selling 3 million units in just over 30 days. That was quite a feat, but how about this? 30 million Galaxy SII (S3) units sold worldwide since launch. That's a serious number, especially considering that the device hasn't had worldwide availability for that long.

It's surely outpacing anything else out there, including the amazing sales numbers of the Galaxy S2, and we haven't even hit the holiday season yet. We'll likely see tens of millions more Galaxy S3's sold in the coming months.

Source: Samsung Poland (Twitter) Via: The Verge

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1 year ago

Sprint readying refreshed Galaxy S2 in 'Titanium' for $99.99

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This render of a color refreshed Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) hitting Sprint has just landed in our inbox, which you can see above. It's not the highest quality picture ever, but it's worth noting that it falls right into line with a leak we saw earlier today that a refreshed Galaxy S2 was hitting Sprint in the coming weeks. Put these two together and we'll bet you'll see this "Titanium" (we'll call it gray) model in Sprint stores for the holidays. A color refresh is fine and dandy, but we'd be interested to see if that's the only change in this model.

Previous information shows a retail price of $99.99, and smart money says there will be some holiday deals associated with that as well.

Thanks, Anonymous!

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1 year ago

ZTE Flash looks to be coming to Sprint Nov. 11 (updated)

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Update: the folks over at EVLeaks have what look to be the official (or nearly official) renders of the ZTE Flash. It's got quite a pronounced camera hump, as you would expect with a big 12MP sensor on it.

Well, that's a pretty convincing screen we see above. The folks over at Engadget have been tipped as to the availability and pricing of the upcoming ZTE Flash on Sprint. The Flash looks to be slotting into the mid-range category all things considered, with a $129 on-contract price tag. The picture shows Android 4.0 on board, a 4.5-inch display, 12MP camera and 1.5GHz dual-core processor -- nothing to sneeze at, but not top of the line. This lines up with a previous leak of the Flash almost spec-for-spec.

An additional picture from the same leak shows the forward-looking product portfolio for Sprint at this point, including a new color of the Galaxy SII (S2) at $99.99, the LG Mach and a few other devices we've seen. Take a look at the second inventory picture after the break.

Source: Engadget; @evleaks

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1 year ago

Got Nexus 4 questions? Head to the Android Central forums!

The Nexus 4 is finally officially official -- a new LG-built Nexus device sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and a unique chassis design. The full review's coming soon, but in the meantime, Phil's got one in-hand, and is answering your questions over on the Android Central forums!

So if you've got any burning questions about the new Nexus, or the new version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, you can head on over to the link below and get the answers you crave. If you're not already registered on the Android Central forums, it's quick and easy to do so!

More: Nexus 4 Q&A on the Android Central forums

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1 year ago

Black Samsung Galaxy S3 now available from Vodafone UK

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Amid the sea of LG Nexus 4 content floating around right now, it would be easy to forget about some of the other hot Android devices out there. Word reaches us today that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is now available on Vodafone UK in black. It's a Samsung Galaxy S3, but it's black. It's that simple -- but in black, it does look fantastic. It can be had completely free of charge on a new 2 year contract, for £41 per month for the 16GB version. A little pricey, but it's still one heck of a phone. 

Source: Vodafone

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1 year ago

New render of Verizon Droid DNA in line with previous leaks

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Well, well, what have we here? The always-reliable @evleaks has come up with what looks to be a marketing shot of the Verizon HTC Droid DNA -- and it looks right in line with the physical model of the Droid DNA (aka the HTC DLX) we first showed you a week or so ago. The pieces are starting to fall into place, and we're now seeing some official branding for the "Droid DNA" name as well. The Droid DNA tag also happens to be the same name we first brought you in the form of a Verizon MAP listing.

Still no word on when we'll see this 5-incher, but the fellows at evleaks are pointing toward early December.

Source: @evleaks

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1 year ago

The Nexus Phone family: Four generations of Android

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From the Nexus One to the Nexus Four — and a couple Galaxies in between

Back in the winter of 2009, the rumors were flying about Google getting into the phone business. Previously they offered what were called Android Developer Phones (we know them as the G1 and the Magic, both made by HTC for Google's reference devices), but this was supposedly something different. Many at Google denied these rumors, but as we all saw the following January, the Nexus One was unveiled.

The Nexus One was a huge leap forward when compared to the current crop of premium smartphones of the time. A fast 1 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM powered the AMOLED screen, and it quickly ushered in an era of what became known as the "superphone."

By today's standards, the Nexus One specs are pretty mediocre, but back then they were unheard of. To go along with these great specs, was a premium build with a unibody design, and a certainty of prompt and early updates to the Android OS. The hardware had it's share of issues, but none of us cared when Froyo came out, because it was fast -- and so was the OS update. The Nexus program was a hit, if not a very successful retail venture, and we knew things were going to get interesting.

The Nexus One set the stage for the Nexus line, and what it would become.

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1 year ago

Android 4.2 brings new security features to scan sideloaded apps

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Talking about malware on a mobile platform is a tough thing to do right. Some of what you hear is real, and needs addressed responsibly, but so much of it is just FUD from folks trying to sell you something or get you to change your choice of device. We try to do the former, without downplaying the serious issues, but we also depend on users to be a little bit savvy and not do the things that lead to getting malware on the phone in the first place.

Thankfully, Google has stepped up and taken the reigns here. As ComputerWorld's JR Rapheal has pointed out, starting with Android 4.2 users now have the option to have every application that is being sideloaded scanned before installation. This uses the same technology as Google Play's Bouncer, and is designed to scan for and find malware -- both known cases and suspicious applications. If an app's fingerprint matches known malware, you'll be blocked from installing the application. If the app shows anything that the canner feels is suspicious, you're warned that it may be harmful and given the choice whether or not to install. The service is entirely opt-in, and your choice can be changed at any time through the device security settings. 

We're big proponents of responsible reactions to and prevention of mobile security issues. In a time where companies release blurbs in the press that exaggerate the amount of malware (Android VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer notes that actual dangerous malware is extremely rare on the Android platform) and push users to use their products, we're glad to see Google taking this sort of action. There is no substitute for common sense, but Android 4.2's new security scanning feature sounds like the right way forward.

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