It’s going to be a good morning for readers in the U.K. who have a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3, because Samsung has finally starting rolling out its much-anticipated Android 4.4.2 KitKat upgrade. This is the same update that arrived in Germany and other parts of Europe weeks ago, and it brings a number of tasty TouchWiz improvements.
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Back in January, HTC introduced the Desire 310 as a brand new ultra-affordable dual-SIM smartphone marked for Europe, however, the Taiwanese company failed to provide any pricing or availability information before now. Earlier today, the Happy Telephone Company announced that the handset will launch in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands on April 10 for prices ranging from €150 to €170.
Less than 24 hours after its official announcement in Poland, Samsung’s scaled-down variant of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, is available to pre-order from German online retailer NotebooksBilliger starting at €499 for the HSPA+ variant, and €529.90 for the LTE+ model, these price tags are a little steep even though the devices come unlocked with no carrier branding.
Customs officials in Stuttgart, Germany, have seized and destroyed 250 counterfeit Galaxy S4 handsets that were set to go on sale in Europe. The devices were picked up at the airport as they entered the country, then demolished one-by-one with a hammer.
Today, Google officially updated its Play Store support page, to notify consumers that it will soon be launching its Google Play gift cards in Japan with ¥1500 ($15), ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and astonishingly ¥20,000 ($195) denominations.
Earlier today, Google launched its Google Play Music All Access streaming service in Germany, just four months after it extended its reach to Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the U.K — thus meaning that the search engine giants European rollout is now considered “complete.” The service can be enjoyed on both the web and via the official Google Play Music app for Android and iOS, and to sweeten the deal you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial.
Late last night, Google officially announced the expanding availability of its Google Search service, Google Now to include an additional 3 new languages, Japanese, German and French. Obviously, you’ll need the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device to use the service, but once that’s done you’ll be able to ask questions in these three newly implemented languages, as well as English and receive spoken results.
According to a South Korean report, industry officials have revealed that the Galaxy Note III will be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Germany and will feature a 5.7-inch display.
Google has just launched its Google Play gifts cards in Germany and France as it expands availability in Europe. The only supported regions previously were the United States and the United Kingdom.
A new software update rolling has just begun rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S4. It doesn’t bring the much-anticipated Android 4.3 update, unfortunately, but it does offer some camera improvements including HDR video recording, and it increases the amount of internal storage available to users.