Another round of sales for the Nexus 4 are scheduled to take place via the UK Play store at 5pm GMT. That gives you a few minutes to grab some popcorn, a frosty drink, and prepare for some F5 finger action. Hopefully Google has straightened out its server issues or whatever issues they were having and this round goes off without a hitch.
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What You Might Have Missed: Apple And HTC Form Patent Truce While UK Court Orders Apple To Pay Samsung’s Legal Fees
Apple And HTC Form Patent Truce
In a surprise turn of events, Apple and HTC have decided to end all ongoing patent disputes in favor of a 10-year licensing agreement. This is the exact kind of resolution courts around the globe have been hoping for from Apple and in fact, have begged for from Apple and Samsung. While there appears to be no such truce in store for Samsung and Apple, this latest bit of news at least shows hope of Apple scaling back on its patent crusade.
Another day, another public humiliation. At least that’s what UK judges have in mind for Apple. After losing a legal claim against Samsung, a London judge ruled that Apple must “correct the damaging impression” caused by their “copycat” claims. The ruling forces Apple to publicly announce — both on their website and with adverts in publications such as the Daily Mail, Financial Times and T3 Magazine — that Samsung had not infringed on its design rights. Apple appealed this decision, of course. However, the judgement stands and the public humiliation must commence as an appeals judge has decided not to overturn the decision.
Clove UK is reporting that the still unannounced black Samsung Galaxy S III will feature 64GB of internal storage, making it the first Galaxy S III model of that capacity. This is great news, considering rumors had the 64GB SG3 version all but dead. Clove is also pointing towards an October launch, which is on par with the 4-6 weeks availability earlier reported by Mobile Fun.
Rumors about a black Samsung Galaxy S III have been circulating for a bit now, but beyond the randomly spotted image or two, nothing has been confirmed. That was, until today. U.K. retailer Mobile Fun is the first to announce a price and release date for this now confirmed device.
It’s appearing as the global launch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will take place the day after the August 15th U.S. event in NYC. This is the second region we’re seeing listed as getting the Note 10.1 on August 16th and so we’re just going to assume the 16th is the magic date.
According to reports from Twitter, the music subscription service Rdio, appears to have secretly launched in the U.K. and France. While Rdio has yet to chime in on the subject, users in those locations are now able to sign up for a free 7-day trial of unlimited listening. Everything seems to work, although I’m hearing quite a few people in the U.K. are unable to stream or download a significant number of albums (probably why we haven’t heard an official announcement from Rdio).
While the rest of us wait to get our hands on a bastardized version of the HTC One, our friends across the pond can pick up the real McCoy today from their favorite carrier. UK carriers O2, Vodafone, Three, Orange, and T-Mobile are all taking orders online as well as selling these One series phones inside their brick-and-mortar compounds. Prices and plans will of course vary depending on carrier, so do your research and see which is best for you.
You may remember the ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone we showed you last month, you know, the home phone with Android on it. Well, it’s now available to purchase in the UK, and the 8GB model will set you back £129.98, including taxes. The ARCHOS 35 takes the “smart” from smartphone, and puts it into your home phone.
Today on Clove UK’s blog, they announced prices and pre-orders for three new Motorola devices. If you head over to the Clove site today, you can now pre-order the Motorola DEFY MINI, MOTOLUXE and the White Motorola RAZR. We’ll give you a run down of specs and source links for those interested in picking up one of these Motorola devices from the UK retailer Clove.