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It's the calm before the storm, ladies and gents -- in just a few days, the Samsung Galaxy S III launch will be upon us. Until then, the barrage of phone launches, software updates and rumors and reviews continues. This week we reviewed Samsung's Galaxy S Advance on Three, the manufacturer's latest mid-range Android offering. And we also heard rumors about when the Galaxy S III might be arriving on Canadian and Australian shores. And in other Galaxy S III news, UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse revealed that it'd offer the device a day early to pre-order customers, from 7pm on May 29.

Elsewhere, the Sony Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia Sola finally saw international release. And we learned that German consumers will soon be able to get their hands on the HTC One XL -- that's the Snapdragon S4-powered, LTE-guzzling version of the HTC One X.

Finally, some disappointing news for Xperia Play owners around the world, as it emerged that Sony's PlayStation-certified device won't be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, on account of game compatibility issues. However, Sony's assured us that other 2011 Xperia updates are scheduled to roll out within the next week.

We're in for a crazy week of Galaxy S III coverage in just a few days, so keep watching AC for all the latest. In the meantime, here's a rundown of some of the top international Android stories from the past seven days.

(Keep watching this weekend for our upcoming review of the Sony Xperia U)

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