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The holidays may be just around the corner, but the pace of news shows no sign of slowing. So here's another quick recap of the week's main Android events around the world. It's been a busy week packed with device launches on various UK  networks, app updates from Google and the BBC, as well as review and first impressions features here on AC.

Check past the break for this week's round-up.

There was plenty of news from British 4G LTE carrier EE (Everything Everywhere) this week. EE and HTC announced a new mid-range LTE phone, the One SV, and later in the week EE revealed that it'll begin offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and Nexus 7 (tethered) on contract. EE also announced its next seventeen 4G cities, which are due to light up by March 2013, bringing the total markets to 35. But EE wasn't the only network launching new phones this week. Three UK started selling the LG Nexus 4, though it's only available on contract for the moment.

In app news, the BBC talked at length about its future plans for the iPlayer app, including better 7-inch tablet support and higher quality video. Just a day later, the first of the planned updates hit Google Play, introducing the first of these new features, along with full support for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Google Play Magazines also launched in the UK this week, hot on the heels of last month's Play Music arrival. Google's done a good job of rounding up some of the best of print media in its new app, and you'll find some decent deals on subscriptions for certain mags. In other Google Play news, it looks like gift cards may be headed to Britain soon, as the code redemption page recently went live in the UK, as did the in-app option in the Play Store application.

We also reviewed EE's Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, and found it to be the best combination of high-end smartphone tech and high-speed 4G data currently available in an Android phone in the UK. And as we continue to put the Samsung Galaxy Camera through its paces, we've got an extensive gallery of photo samples and video for you to pour over.

As things wind down towards the holidays, we'll be gearing up for CES, one of the biggest tech events of the year. We're anticipating new flagship phones from Sony, maybe some new international devices from LG, some crazy connected home stuff from the likes of Samsung. Huawei and ZTE will also be there in force with shiny new toys to show off.

Keep watching next week for more awesome pre-holiday content. And if you've got news, be sure to tip us at the usual address!

 

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The week in international Android news - Dec. 16, 2012

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