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Google Play Music gets updated and goes live in select European countries

Two good things happened to Google’s music player (Play Music) yesterday. It received a nice update and it also became available for people in some European countries.

If you live in the UK, Germany, Spain, France, or Italy, you can now take advantage of all the features offered by Google’s app. Since being released, only customers in the United States have been able to upload their music to the cloud, play their music from the cloud on their devices, and purchase music directly from Google. With the addition of these new countries joining the playing field, many more people will be able to officially use Play Music.

In addition to making the app available for many in Europe, Google also went ahead and updated the Android app with some new features and bug fixes. The updated Play Music app added the ability to keep Thumps Up, Last Added, and Free and Purchased playlists on the device; Auto-generated instant Mixes on Recent tab which are based on your favorite songs; Gapless playback support on devices running Android 4.1 or later; and improvements for keeping music on devices for offline playback.

The updated Google Play Music app is now available for you to download in the Google Play store. If you’re in France, the UK, Germany, Spain, or Italy, let us know how you’re enjoying Google Music!


Amazon launches the Amazon Appstore in Europe; now available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy

If you’re a Android user in the certain parts of Europe that has been patiently for Amazon to bring its Appstore to your country, there’s some good news for you. Today, Amazon announced that its Appstore was now available in certain parts of Europe, specifically the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

With the Appstore now available in those countries, users can now visit to download the Appstore app on their Android phone or tablet.

News of the Amazon Appstore making its way to Europe comes just a week before Amazon’s September 6 press event where they are expected to announce the successor to the Kindle Fire. It also comes on the same day that Amazon announced that it had sold out of the Kindle Fire.

So, if you’re in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, or Spain, visit today to download the Amazon Appstore on your Android phone or tablet.

Source: Amazon

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LG’s Optimus L5 coming to Europe this month

LG has announced that its recently-unveiled Optimus L5 will soon be available for consumers to purchase. The Optimus L5, which is a stylish mid/entry level phone will first be available in Europe later this month, with a global lunch at some point in the future. The device will first be available in the U.K., Germany, and France. The phone will then launch in CIS, Middle East and Asia, and then Central America and South America.

The Optimus L5 is powered by an 800MHz Snapdragon processor and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other features of the Optimus L5 include NFC, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, LG’s custom Android skin, and a 9.33mm thick body.

Interestingly, although the announcement doesn’t say that the phone will launch in the U.S., it does mention that NFC will be available in the European and North American mode. We’re not sure if that’s just a typo by LG or if they do have plans on launching the phone in the U.S.

Source: LG


Amazon Appstore launching in Europe this summer; will the Kindle Fire follow?

According to a report by All Things D, Amazon is planning on finally launching its app store in Europe this summer. As of right now, the Amazon Appstore has only been available to consumers in the United States. Although there’s no specific time when the Appstore will be available internationally, Amazon is to make an announcement next week that will enable them to start accepting apps from developers in Europe soon.

There’s no telling if Amazon will also start selling the Kindle Fire internationally once they get the Appstore rolling in Europe. At the moment, Amazon’s Appstore features apps that are compatible with smartphones and the Kindle Fire tablet. It will most-likely take some time for the Kindle Fire to be available internationally due to the licensing required for selling music and videos in each of the European markets.

Although Amazon doesn’t release sales figures on its Kindle line of tablets, it is said that sales of the Kindle Fire has dropped significantly since the Q4 2011 to Q1 2012. According to research published by IDC, shipments of the Kindle Fire fell from 4.8 million units in Q4 2011 to just 750,000 during Q1 2012. Making the Kindle Fire available internationally is definitely high on Amazon’s list if they want additional people to get their hands on the device.

At the moment, Amazon has its services available in the following six European countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Italy.

Source: All Things D

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LG announces European markets that will be getting the Optimus 4X HD

If you’re in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, or Italy; you will be one of the first European countries to get your hands on the LG Optimus 4X HD, LG’s first quad-core Tegra 3 handset. LG made the announcement today stating that the phone will be launching in the above European markets first, with a total of 11 planned European markets. The Optimus 4X HD features a 4.7-inch 720P IPS display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s new Optimus UI 3.0, a 2150mAh battery, and more.

According to the press release, a major surprise is also in tow for the European launch of the Optimus 4X HD, but details weren’t made available. Although no launch date was announced, LG has promised that the phone would be available in Europe sometime in June.

So, if you’re in Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, or Germany, get ready for quad-core action from LG’s Optimus 4X HD.

Source: LG (translated) | via Engadget

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Sony Xperia P, Xperia U, and Xperia Sola now available in more regions

If you were hoping to get your hands on the Sony Xperia P, Xperia U, or Xperia Sola, you may be able to now depending on where you live. Although all three phones have already been available for consumers to purchase in parts of Asia, the phones are now seeing a wider release in Asia as well across most countries in Europe.

The Xperia Sola, the most interesting phone out of the 3, features Sony’s new Floating Touch technology, which enables the device to detect your finger as it hovers over the screen without you actually touching the display. Sony’s Floating Touch technology will be active when browsing the web on the Sola. When web browsing on the Sola, users will be able to hold their finger over a web page and use their finger as a mouse cursor, allowing them to precisely select links. I’m sure that developers will have other great uses for this new technology.

Source: Xperia Blog

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Panasonic Eluga Android phone goes on sale in Germany, UK to follow on April 24

Panasonic’s first Android phone has already launched in Japan and it just arrived in Europe and specifically in Germany. Prices for this Gingerbread-powered phone will be as low as €399. Folks the UK will be next in line to get it on April 24.

If you need a reminder of its specs, it will come with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, Android 2.3.5, 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC, waterproof and dustproof capabilities. The Eluga has made an appearance at this year’s Mobile World Congress and we have yet to know when it will release here in the U.S..

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Motorola RAZR MAXX heading to Europe and Middle East in May

The smartphone with the longest-lasting battery in the market, the Motorola RAZR MAXX, is heading to Europe and Middle East in May, according to an announcement made by Motorola.

The phone is expected to be available in select European and Middle Eastern markets starting in May. This model of the phone is the same as’s Verizon’s Droid-branded RAZR MAXX, except that it does not feature the Droid name or a 4G LTE radio.

There’s no word on which OS the phone will launch with. Although ICS could be on the RAZR when it makes its way to Europe and Middle East, chances are that Android 2.3 Gingerbread will still be the OS (with a promised upgrade to ICS).

Specs-wise, you will be getting a phone with a nice 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a large 3300mAh battery which Motorola promises over 17.5 hours of talk time over 3G. The phone will feature the same 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

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Meet Eluga, Panasonic’s first smartphone for Europe

Having played with the ToughPad at CES, we asked Panasonic if they’ll ever release any smartphone here in the U.S. and their answer was that they didn’t know. However, it looks like Europe may get first dibs at the Viera manufacture’s first Android smartphone outside of Japan. Panasonic announced today that Eluga will be that device.

The Panasonic Eluga is basically a mid-level Android phone that will weigh 103 grams and measure 7.8mm thick. Here are its main features:

  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 qHD display
  • 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • Android 2.3.5 (ICS upgrade due in Spring 2012)
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • No front-facing camera??
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • NFC
  • 1150 mAh battery
  • Waterproof and dustproof

The Eluga certainly has some very attractive features and as much as we want to get it here in the U.S., we’ll probably have to wait for it to release in Europe first. We do expect Panasonic to showcase the phone at the World Mobile Congress next week. Stay tuned!

Source Panasonic
via AC

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Sony Google TV Blu-ray player heading to the UK this summer

Sony is bringing its Google TV Blu-ray player to the UK this summer. The information was obtained by the folks over at The Verge, who were able to get the scoop from some Sony folks who are showing off the Google TV-enabled Blu-ray player in London. At the moment, there’s no word on whether the two new models that were announced by Sony at CES 2012 would be available in the UK this summer. With Sony’s Google TV Blu-ray player heading to England, we could only assume that Google is also planning on releasing the service there sometime between now and the summer. After all, Back in August, Google’s Eric Schmidt promised that the popular service would be launching across Europe sometime this year.

Source: The Verge


What does all the court babble mean for Samsung?

It may not be the Hague, but it may be the most talked about court in Germany right now! The Düsseldorf court in Germany has temporarily suspended their enforcement of the preliminary injunction prohibiting the distribution of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout the EU except in Germany. Sales in Germany are still on hold based on additional claims by Apple that will not be decided on until September.

So what’s the whole story here…what’s really going on? Well, the initial injunction was filed against two companies: Samsung Electronics Company, Inc., and Samsung Electronics GmbH (the German subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd.). Today’s announcement about the partial lift refers only to the parent company, who can now begin distribution of the Galaxy Tab throughout the EU except in Germany. It is likely that the injunction against the parent company will be completely lifted in the coming weeks which will have two major point of impact. Samsung will obviously see a lift in sales across the EU – if not globally due to the press, and Apple will obviously be further weakened as their claims crumble in court. It remains to be seen, however, just how much jurisdiction the German courts have over the Korea-based company, and this is suspected to be part of the reason for the partial –albeit temporary– lift in the enforcement of the injunction.

The commercial regulations set forth by the European Union are really the basis of the argument between the two parties at this point. in the English version of the regulations, it is apparent that for a complaint to be brought forth against a company or organization, that entity must have an “establishment” in the country that the complaint is filed, and that wholly-owned subsidiaries are not “establishments” because they remain separate legal entities. The German version of the regulations, however, does not differentiate between separate entities and wholly-owned subsidiaries, making it difficult to truly understand if there is any legal footing for Apple to file against Samsung Electronics GmbH (the subsidiary) in Germany. This should become more clear in the comings days as the fierce legal teams for both sides duke it out, but in the meantime Samsung aficionado in the EU can snatch up their Galaxy Tab.

via Foss Patents

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German Court Lifts Injunction for all Galaxy Tab 10.1 EU sales except Germany

By now we have all heard about the injunction that a German court placed on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout the European Union– and many have wondered what impact this would have on sales globally — but today, the regional court in Düsseldorf Germany has partially lifted this injunction for most countries in the EU. A spokesperson for the court in Germany, however, indicated that it is unclear if they even have the authority to ban sales from any other EU country, and that their jurisdiction may be limited only to Germany. Today’s ruling allows Samsung Electronics to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all European countries, but Samsung Germany (a branch of Samsung Electronics) is unable to make sales in Germany or anywhere else in the European Union. There has been no indication that Samsung will not appeal the ban, and we are expecting to see this appeal no later than August 25th. Courts in Australia are still reviewing the patent infringement claims that Apple has made against Samsung, halting sales there as well. While Apple seems prepared for battle, reports that surfaced yesterday calling Apple’s evidence “doctored” may give Samsung a new leg to stand on. Apple’s actions in the coming days, and their response to these allegations, may be telling of their true intentions and the future of these legal battles.

via WSJ

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Samsung Galaxy R announced for Europe and Asia

Nvidia and Samsung announced today the release of the Samsung R which is already on sale in Sweden, as the Galaxy Z, but will soon be available in the rest of Europe and Asia. Unlike its other brother, the Galaxy R will sport the Tegra 2 chip and a Super Clear LCD instead of the sAmoled Plus. It will also come with a 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen, 5-megapixel front camera, 2-megapixel rear camera, Android 2.3, 8 GB internal memory, 720p video recording and 1080p Full HD playback. There has been no mention about this Samsung phone will release in the U.S. but we’re sure that everyone is waiting for a certain Galaxy S II.
Read the full press release after the video.

NVIDIA and Samsung Expand GALAXY Smartphones with New GALAXY R Smartphone

World’s Largest Android Smartphone Maker Ships First Tegra-Powered
Super Phone

Santa Clara, Calif. ­— Aug. 10, 2011—NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced the latest GALAXY smartphone, the GALAXY R, which sports a 4.19-inch screen, features the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile super chip and the Android 2.3 (also known as Gingerbread) operating system.

Samsung’s GALAXY smartphones are among the world’s most popular handheld devices.

The GALAXY R gives more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the never-before-seen experiences enabled by Tegra, the world’s first mobile processor with a dual-core CPU. The GALAXY R also features a GeForce™ GPU for fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full HD video and console-quality gaming.

Using the GALAXY R, consumers can multitask efficiently, surf the Web quickly with fast-loading pages and Flash-based content and enjoy HD movies. They can also access Tegra-optimized games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market.

“Samsung’s newest super phone shows off Tegra’s multimedia power, and is a great example of what consumers expect from one of the world’s top phone makers,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of NVIDIA’s mobile business.

The GALAXY R features:
· Tegra 2 super chip
· 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen
· Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system
· 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback (Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only)
· Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD
· Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm
· Weight: 131 grams

The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions soon, including North & Eastern Europe, South East & West Asia, Middle East Asia, and China.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and mobile phones to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA’s expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The Company holds more than 1,900 issued patents worldwide, including ones covering designs and insights that are essential to modern computing. For more information, see

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit


Apple does it again, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked all over Europe except for the Netherlands

FOSS Patents reported today that Apple has just been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, blocking its distribution in all of the European Union except for the Netherlands. As usual, Steve Jobs’greedy suing-machine says that the Gtab 10.1 is imitating the iPad and has asked the court to fine the Korean company up to $350,000 per violation. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has also been barred from Australia last week for similar reasons.
According to Florian Mueller, the Düsseldorf district court, where all of this action is happening, has a reputation to always to favor patent holders. The Samsung/Apple case in the U.S. is still in the pleading process and we won’t hear anything until October.

For more information, got to FOSS Patents.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hits the FCC with non-U.S. bands

We reported not too long ago about an AT&T version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 hitting the FCC. Today, we spotted this other version of the same tablet (maybe) going under a completely different FCC ID A3LSHW-M300S sporting 1900MHz PCS GSM/GPRS bands which are known to be used in some Asian and European countries. This tablet measure about 230.9mm long which is about 9 inches which is why we think it it an 8.9 Galaxy Tab.
Samsung hasn’t announced anything about this non-U.S. version of their upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9 but we’re sure it wont be that long.

via FCC

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HTC EVO 3D heading to Europe next month

The HTC EVO 3D, HTC’s first 3D phone (and one of only three 3D phones in the planet) is heading to Europe next month. The announcement was made via a press release, which you can read below.

Although no specific dates were announced, you can expect the EVO 3D to be “broadly available in Europe from July”. The EVO 3D making its way to Europe will have the same specs as the U.S. version: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with Sense 3.0, dual 5 megapixel rear cameras for 2D and 3D content, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and all the other good stuff.

Check out the full press release below:


Record your life in vibrant 3D stills and HD video

LONDON – June 27, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announces the arrival of the HTC EVO 3D in Europe. Delivering the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience, the stylishly rugged HTC EVO 3D, with the latest HTC Sense™ experience, makes it easy to capture and share stunning 3D home movies and stills with friends and family. HTC Watch is also available to owners of this multimedia powerhouse, allowing users to enjoy Hollywood blockbusters alongside their own 3D movies.

“Smartphones have revolutionised how people communicate and entertain themselves on the
move. You can now carry your favourite films, music, photos and games in your pocket wherever you go,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC EMEA. “The HTC EVO 3D allows people to explore this new technology trend beyond the living room, enabling them to capture and share their lives with family and friends in amazing 3D.”

3D without the glasses
The stunning stereoscopic display means that 3D effects can be enjoyed naturally as images and video burst from the screen, free of the burden of 3D glasses. Relive precious moments as if you were there and watch videos captured by HTC Evo 3D’s dual 5-megapixel cameras shimmer and dance with depth.

Entertainment on the go
Entertainment takes on a whole new dimension, with 3D films, videos, pictures and games leaping from the 4.3 inch qHD screen. This immersive 3D effect, coupled with stereo surround sound, creates a new world to explore and share. HTC EVO 3D is driven by a powerful, 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, which not only supports brilliant 3D but also delivers a fast and responsive browsing experience, instant capture of images – perfect for recording fast-paced action – and playing back smooth, HD (720p) video.

HTC Sense
Complementing the HTC EVO 3D’s design is the latest HTC Sense experience. Plunge into 3D menus and customise the active lockscreen, which becomes a real-time window to your most important content – from photos to your latest social network feeds. Whether it’s email, social networking or surfing the internet, the active lockscreen becomes a customizable gateway that lets you instantly jump to your favourite applications with just one gesture. HTC’s iconic Weather app also returns, letting you soar through the clouds and bask in the sun, with beautiful, new full-screen 3D animations.

Capture the moment
HTC EVO 3D’s two 5-megapixel cameras are enhanced with new features to help you capture the perfect moment as you see it. Switch effortlessly between 2D and 3D depending on your mood, and add a new creative perspective to your images with Tiltshift Effect – selectively blurring parts of the scene to give subjects the impression of scale models. The camera also performs well in low light thanks to a wide, f/2.2 maximum aperture and videos are recorded in crystal clear 720p resolution, at up to 30 frames per second, making the HTC EVO 3D perfect for recording evenings out with friends.

Premium design, striking performance
Tapping into HTC’s trademark design language, the HTC EVO 3D’s premium look and feel is enhanced by its slender dimensions and striking dual camera housing. The rear of HTC EVO 3D is sculpted with smooth lines that make the handset look rugged, yet feel natural in the palm of your hand.

The HTC EVO 3D will be broadly available in Europe from July.