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O2 today sets out its plans for its 4G network launch later this month, which will make it the fastest growing 4G network in the UK. The superfast 4G network will be switched on in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August, reaching up to five million people from launch. O2’s ambitious rollout plan aims to make 4G available to an additional two million people per month, culminating in O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G network reaching 98% of the UK population both indoor and outdoor.

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By the end of the year, O2’s 4G network will be live in 13 cities. Further detail relating to the specific switch-on dates will be announced over the coming weeks.

London | Leeds | Bradford | Birmingham | Newcastle | Glasgow | Liverpool |Nottingham | Leicester | Coventry | Sheffield | Manchester | Edinburgh

From today, O2 is introducing a new in-store and social media campaign encouraging everyone to be ‘#O24G’ Ready, inviting people to get their 4G-ready handset and free 4G SIM now, either in an O2 store or via an O2 business account manager.

O2 plans to go beyond what has already been offered in the 4G market and bring to life the digital experience for its customers, starting with 12 months free music content for those who buy a 4G consumer tariff direct from O2. Next generation office applications and services powered by 4G will enable O2 business customers to be more collaborative, more efficient and more productive. Further details on O2’s 4G portfolio will be unveiled in the coming months.

All O2 customers will also be offered free 4G advice and guidance from an O2 Guru from launch, either in-store or via web chat, to explore the possibilities that 4G will unlock. Business customers can receive a consultation with their O2 business account manager to discuss how their organisation could benefit from 4G.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK (O2) said: “It’s great that I am able to announce O2 4G the day after the spectrum has been cleared for use. Digital connectivity will be made ubiquitous by 4G and become the oxygen of modern life. It is our intention to use 4G to inspire the nation through the possibilities of technology, encouraging people to live more, do more and be more with O2.

“The full potential of 4G is as yet unexplored, but what we can be sure of is that it will allow for a whole new world of opportunity that people are now ready for. Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago and even more use wifi wherever they go, to always stay connected. Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services.”

Ben Dowd, Business Director at O2 said: “I believe that 4G is not only going to transform the way businesses work, but also how services are delivered to customers. Start-ups and small businesses should also be considering the benefits 4G offers in terms of agility and being able to engage with their customers in new ways. We will be working with our business customers over the coming months to bring the possibilities of 4G to life, but urgent commitment from businesses and the public sector is also required for its true value to be realised.”

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ARCHOS, a pioneer in Android devices, has announce the latest addition to the Elements range of tablets, the ARCHOS 80 xenon, a specially designed 8” tablet with built-in 3G and WiFi for an on-the-go experience. This Google certified tablet features a powerful Qualcomm Quad-core CPU at 1.2GHz, Android™, 4.1 Jelly Bean” for an improved smooth interface and a sharp and clear IPS multi-touchscreen that delivers amazing vivid colours and impressive wide viewing angles. The ARCHOS 80 xenon will be available for £159.99 MSRP starting in June, 2013.

“We designed the ARCHOS 80 xenon to meet the growing need and desire for large screen connectivity while on the go,” says Loïc Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “Taking advantage of the recent arrival of affordable 3G subscriptions, the ARCHOS 80 xenon provides a full connected tablet experience anywhere, anytime.”

Archos 80 Xenon

As a Google certified tablet, the ARCHOS 80 xenon has complete access to Google Play and its 700,000 applications and games and as a “Un-SIM-locked” device, it can accept SIM cards from any operator even pay-as-you-go SIM cards.  Additional features and functions include:

  • Built-in GPS: The 80 xenon includes an integrated GPS combined with Google Maps™ and Google Maps with Navigation beta, for easy access to maps and directions
  • Vibrant Screen: The ARCHOS 80 xenon is equipped with an impressive 8‘’ IPS screen that provides amazing image quality, extra wide viewing angles, excellent screen sharpness and vivid colours
  • ARCHOS Media Center Applications: The ARCHOS 80 xenon includes the best of multimedia with tailor-made apps for Video and Music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles, wireless media sharing and the best format and codec support around including HD video decoding
  • Pure Android Experience: Powered by an unskinned version of Android™ 4.1 “Jelly Bean”, ARCHOS 80 xenon delivers a pure Android™ experience including optimizations for a super-smooth UI experience and Google Now™ voice assistance
  • Full Suite of Google™Mobile Apps: The full suite of Google™ mobile apps are available on the ARCHOS 80 xenon; whether it’s to keep in contact via Gmail™, Google Talk™ and Google+™ (with multi-user video calling), planning a trip with Google Maps™ or accessing content on the cloud with Google Drive™.
  • Other Key Specs:
    • 1024×768 IPS screen
    • Quad-Core CPU @ 1.2 GHz with 1GB RAM
    • Expandable MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
    • 2 Megapixel Back Camera

For more information about the ARCHOS 80 xenon or other ARCHOS products visit http://www.archos.com/.

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Nokia Asha 501 and Asha platform reinvent the affordable smartphone category

Today Nokia unveiled the first of a new family of Asha smartphones with the introduction of the Nokia Asha 501. The handset pushes the boundaries of affordable smartphone design with bold color, a high-quality build and an innovative user interface. The Nokia Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new Asha platform, which is designed to make the experience faster and more responsive. The Asha platform also helps developers to create, publish and make more money from apps made specifically for the new generation of Asha devices.

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Standout design, innovative user interface                        

The Nokia Asha 501 makes high-end design and quality accessible to more people. The device is available in a choice of six striking colours that complement the elegant design. It comes in just two parts: a durable, removable casing and the scratch-resistant glass display, which features a three-inch, capacitive touchscreen and a single ‘back’ button. The compact new Asha weighs only 98 grams, for the ultimate portability.

The Nokia Asha 501 is built to make it easier for people to access everything they love, with a simple swipe and a choice of two main screens: Home and Fastlane. Home is a traditional, icon-based view for launching individual apps or accessing a specific feature, like the dialler or phone settings. The new Fastlane view was inspired by how people really use their phone. Recently accessed contacts, social networks and apps, unique to each person, are stored and presented in Fastlane. It provides a record of how the phone is used, giving people a glimpse of their past, present and future activity, and helping them multi-task by providing easy access to their favourite features.

Smarter and more personal Internet experiences

The new Asha comes with Nokia Xpress Browser pre-loaded, which compresses Internet data by up to 90%. This is aimed at making mobile browsing faster and more affordable. Nokia also announced the availability of Nokia Xpress Now, a new Web application that recommends content based on location, preferences and trending topics. It will be available via the Browser homepage or as a download from Nokia Store.

“Nokia has surpassed expectations of what’s achievable in the sub-100 USD phone category with a new Asha handset that is unlike any other, with design cues from Lumia and a mix of features, services and affordability that is valued by price-conscious buyers,” said Neil Mawston, executive director, Global Wireless Practice, Strategy Analytics. “This is a welcome addition to the market and a refreshing option for consumers looking to upgrade from feature phones.”

Asha platform for next-generation family of devices

The new Nokia Asha 501 was purpose-built to give people the best possible mobile experiences at an affordable price. It is highly efficient, with an industry-leading standby time of up to 48 days*. The Asha 501 is the first smartphone built on the new Asha platform, which leverages Nokia’s investments in Smarterphone, a company which Nokia acquired in 2012.

The new Asha platform provides developers with an open, standards-based environment for creating quality apps for consumers. Developers can create apps for the Nokia Asha 501 that will be compatible with future Asha platform-based devices. Nokia gives developers the chance to make more money through the global reach of Nokia Store and tools like Nokia In-App Payment and Nokia Advertising Exchange (NAX), as well as Nokia’s unparalleled operator billing network.

Many of the most popular applications are already available or in development for the Nokia Asha platform, including CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, World of Red Bull and games from Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance Games. WhatsApp and other key partners continue to explore new Asha.

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The HERE experience, based on Nokia’s leading location-based platform, will also be available as a download for the Nokia Asha 501, starting in Q3 2013 and will initially include basic mapping services.

“The new Nokia Asha 501 raises the bar for what is possible in affordable smartphone design and optimization,” said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “The synergy between the physical design and the engine that is the new Asha platform has created a smartphone with both style and substance at a great price.”

Facebook and global operators to support Nokia Asha 501 with free data plans

The Nokia Asha 501 is expected to start shipping in June 2013. It is expected to be available through approximately 60 operators and distributors in more than 90 countries worldwide.

“We are very happy to offer the new Nokia Asha 501 through our subsidiaries in the continent. We are certain that this innovative device will follow the successful footprint of the Nokia Asha family, combining affordability with the best communication and Internet browsing capabilities,” said Marco Quatorze, Value Added Services Director for America Movil.

A leading operator in the Asia-Pacific region, Telkomsel is also supporting the arrival of the new Nokia Asha. “The Nokia Asha 501 will help us to boost the mobile Internet in Indonesia. It is powered by innovations like the Nokia Xpress Browser, based on a very efficient data consumption technology which allow us to offer best data plan tariff for people,” said Alistair Johnston, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Telkomsel. “We have a billing agreement with Nokia that supports the creation of local applications absolutely relevant to Indonesian consumers.”

The popularity of the Nokia Asha family has also prompted innovative approaches to bundled mobile services. Nokia, Facebook and mobile network operator Airtel announced they have joined forces to offer data-free access to the standalone Facebook app, as well as the mobile site m.facebook.com. By the end of second quarter, current Airtel subscribers in Africa and India** will be able to enjoy unlimited, data-free access to Facebook from their Nokia Asha 501 for a limited period of time.

Commenting on the partnership, Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer for Airtel Africa, said: “The collaboration with Nokia is in line with our strategy of enabling people to access data in Africa as we seek to bridge the digital divide across the continent. We’re already witnessing tremendous growth in data use across the 17 countries where we operate. The provision of free Facebook access is an excellent proposition to the millions of Airtel consumers. We are extremely delighted to partner with Nokia to give our consumers an even better mobile experience.”

Telkomsel will provide a specific Nokia Telkomsel Asha data plan that offers up to 500 MB of data use and includes 60 minutes of calls and 60 SMS. The company will also provide a one month free data plan to consumers using Nokia Asha 501 that can be used for all mobile Internet activities including access to Facebook or downloading apps.

“This bundle is a great way to discover Facebook on your Nokia Asha and enjoy the experience for longer without worrying about data charges,” said Vaughn Smith, VP mobile partnerships, Facebook. “Working in close partnership with Nokia and global operators made this offer possible and we’re excited to help connect the world on Facebook.”

MTN, a leading operator across Africa, said it will also offer the Nokia Asha 501 and ease access to Facebook. “We are excited to support this initiative with Facebook in Nigeria and Zambia and we are looking forward to expand it to other markets,” says Pieter Verkade, group chief commercial officer at MTN.

Product specifications and availability

The Nokia Asha 501 is available in single or EasySwap Dual SIM models. All come with WiFi and Bluetooth. Other specifications:
- Dimensions:  99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm; 98 grams
- Camera: 3.2 MP
- Single SIM standby time: up to 48 days***
- Dual SIM standby time: up to 26 days***
- Talk time: up to 17 hours
- Additional memory of 4GB (card included in box), expandable up to 32GB
- Forty free EA Games worth €75 downloadable from Nokia Store
- Available colours: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black
- Suggested pricing is 99 USD / £65 GBP before taxes and subsidies.

Acer today unveiled the second generation Acer Iconia B1 with a new pure and simple design, increased performance and additional 3G data connection option, setting a new standard for a tablet targeted at young or new users or families looking for an additional tablet for their children. The Iconia B1 is also ideal for busy individuals seeking a convenient mobile companion.

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At 17.8 cm (7”) – the same size as standard book page – the display is comfortable for e-reading, web browsing, playing games and watching videos. The Iconia B1 joins forces today with the launch of the Iconia A1 to offer a uniformed look and feel when searching for a tablet solution for all members of the family.

The Acer Iconia B1 was introduced today with other new products, including the Acer Aspire R7, Aspire P3 Ultrabook, Aspire V Series touch notebooks and Iconia A1. The new line of Acer mobile products highlights the company’s focus on redefining the computing experience through progressive design.

Highly Responsive Fun

To take your experience to the next level, this tablet combines a 1.2GHz dual-core or quad-core processor or quadand 1GB of memory for fast and smooth gaming, web browsing and video watching with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system to get quickly precise answers to your search queries and seamless browsing. For many search queries performed through VoiceSearch, you can now hear a spoken answer quickly.

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Fast and Free Media

Over 500 free online magazines from hundreds of publishers and top web sites are always at your fingertips thanks to Google Currents. The recently updated smart mobile app allows you to discover, read, and share your favourite new outlets, blogs and online magazine on the 17.8 cm (7”) WSVGA (1,024 x 600) capacitive display – even when offline. If you are into playing, you have more than 700,000 games and apps from the Play Store to choose from.

Capture and Share More

To top off the rich experience, the Iconia B1 comes with a front-facing camera to engage in live chats with your friends. The camera is on the top right corner and works also when in landscape mode, allowing your friends to get into the picture during a video chat.

Available with WiFi or 3G data connection as 8GB or 16GB version with the option to add 32GB via microSD, the Iconia B1 is the ideal easy companion for tablet newbies or children while adults use their own.

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Pricing and Availability

The Iconia B1-710 (WiFi) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa mid-June at a starting price of £109.99.

The Iconia B1-711 (3G) version will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa end of July at a starting price of £129.99.

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The BBC iPlayer app for Android has been updated to reintroduce favourites along with some other fixes.

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Watch, listen live and catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV and Radio.

Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Listen to live radio
- Watch or listen over Wi-Fi and 3G networks
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

What’s in this version:

· We’ve re-introduced Favourites – imagine it never went away!
· Image quality and loading times have both been improved.
· As usual we’ve thrown in a number of bug fixes to improve the overall experience.

Download it now from Google Play.

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The BBC iPlayer app for Android has been updated to include Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) support.

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Watch, listen live and catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV and Radio.

Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Listen to live radio
- Watch or listen over Wi-Fi and 3G networks
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

What’s in this version:

- We’ve polished up the design of the app
- Video performance over Wi-Fi has been improved(with more improvements still to come)
- Added Android 4.2 Jelly Bean support
- You’ll find a new channel – BBC Alba

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The BBC iPlayer app for Android has been updated to include Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) support.

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Watch, listen live and catch up on the last 7 days of BBC TV and Radio.

Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Listen to live radio
- Watch or listen over Wi-Fi and 3G networks
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

What’s in this version:

- Support for Jelly Bean, Android 4.1
- Improved video performance using the new BBC Media Player

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We have previously reviewed the original Amazon Kindle (known as the Kindle Keyboard), and the Kindle WiFi (the model after the Keyboard). Now it’s time to review the Kindle Touch 3G.

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Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are the newest addition to the Kindle family available in the UK and feature everything readers already love about Kindle, plus a new easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes. Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G both feature the most advanced electronic ink display which reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare.

Kindle Touch 3G is another new member of the Kindle family in the UK for readers who want the top-of-the-line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same design and features of Kindle Touch – small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, extra-long battery life and audio support – with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G to download content. Kindle’s free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot – you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there’s no monthly fee or annual contract to download content. It also allows for fast, free updates of your newspaper, magazine and blog subscriptions anytime, anywhere.

Features

 

  • Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • Reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight
  • Free 3G wireless for downloading books anytime, anywhere – no monthly payments, no annual contracts.
  • Sleek design – Only 220 grams, holds up to 3,000 books
  • EasyReach touch technology lets you read easily with one hand
  • New X-Ray feature lets you look up characters, historical figures, and interesting phrases.
  • Text-to-speech, audiobooks and mp3 support
  • Up to two month battery life

What’s in the Box

The box contains the Kindle Touch and a USB cable.

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A Closer Look

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Today, Amazon.co.uk announced that their Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G release in the UK is shipping a whole week early.

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Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are the newest addition to the Kindle family available in the UK and feature everything readers already love about Kindle, plus a new easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes. Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G both feature the most advanced electronic ink display which reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare.

Kindle Touch 3G is another new member of the Kindle family in the UK for readers who want the top-of-the-line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same design and features of Kindle Touch – small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, extra-long battery life and audio support – with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G to download content. Kindle’s free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot – you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there’s no monthly fee or annual contract to download content. It also allows for fast, free updates of your newspaper, magazine and blog subscriptions anytime, anywhere.

Simple to Use Touchscreen: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G feature an easy-to-use touch interface. Turn pages, search, shop books, and take notes quickly and easily.

NEW EasyReach: Exclusive to Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G. Tap to turn pages – no need to swipe, so you can hold Kindle in either hand.

NEW X-Ray: Explore the “bones of a book.” With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia.

Light & Compact: Sleek design with the same 6″ screen size as previous Kindle models. Kindle Touch weighs just 213g and Kindle Touch 3G 220g, less than the weight of the average paperback.

No Battery Anxiety – Up To Two Month Battery Life: Read for up to two months on a single charge with wireless off.

Most Advanced Electronic Ink Display: Kindle’s high-contrast electronic ink display delivers clear, crisp text and images. Unlike LCD screens, Kindle devices read like real paper, with no glare, even in bright sunlight.

Audio Support: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G include text-to-speech and mp3 support.

Built-In Wi-Fi: Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the go.

Kindle Touch 3G Has Free 3G Wireless to Access Content: Kindle Touch 3G is our top-of-the-line Kindle – no wireless set up, no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. Download books anywhere with no plans, contracts, or monthly fees. 3G works globally.

Books in 60 Seconds: Find a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless delivery. No computer required.

Massive Selection: The Kindle Store has over 1 million books, including new releases, and 82 of the 100 Nielsen UK Bestsellers, plus top newspapers such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times, as well as magazines and blogs.

Free Books: Over 1 million free classics are also available to read on Kindle.

Low Book Prices: More than half a million titles priced at £3.99 or less. The Kindle Store offers regular promotions, including Kindle Daily Deal which offers customers a deep discount on one popular e-book a day.

Free Book Samples: First chapters of Kindle books are available to download and read for free before you decide to buy.

Holds up to 3,000 Books: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G allow you to carry your entire library in your pocket.

Simple to Use: Ready to use right out of the box – no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.

Adjustable Text Sizes: Read comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.

Fast Page Turns: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G have a powerful processor tuned for fast, seamless page turns.

PDF and Personal Documents: Email personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle and read and annotate on-the-go.

Free Cloud Storage: Books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up for free in the Worry-Free Archive where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly, anytime.

“Buy Once, Read Everywhere”: Kindle books can be read on Kindles, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PCs, Macs and Android-based devices.

Whispersync: Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

The Kindle Touch is available for £109 and Kindle Touch 3G with free 3G wireless for £169.

Let us know what you think of it if you have ordered one. Expect our review shortly.

Amazon has just updated the software on it’s Kindle Touch device to version 5.1.0.

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New features in this update include:

  • Language Support: Customize your Kindle Touch with the language you prefer: English (US and UK), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Landscape Mode: Switch between portrait and landscape orientation in books and PDFs to read maps, graphs, and tables more easily.
  • Instant Translations: Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.
  • Kindle Format 8: Formatting and layout improvements make Kindle books look even better.
  • Wi-Fi Enhancements: Connect your Kindle Touch to Wi-Fi with WPS and select WPA2 Enterprise networks.
  • Read-to-Me With Text-to-Speech: Have your Kindle Touch read English-language content out loud to you, now including summaries of newspaper and magazine articles when available from the publisher.
  • More Sharing Options: Tell others what you’re reading on Facebook or Twitter from anywhere within a book — just tap to share a link along with your comments.
  • Onscreen Keyboard Suggestions: Search and shop faster with automatic word suggestions as you type.

Motorola Mobility UK Ltd. last week expanded the Motorola XOOM 2 family in the UK with the addition of 3G and Wi-Fi capable Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets.

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The full range of XOOM 2 tablets, including Wi-Fi only variants, are available both online and in-store at the Carphone Warehouse starting from just £299.99.

“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road,” said Victoria McManus, UK and Nordics marketing director, Motorola Mobility. “We are very excited about the latest additions to our tablet portfolio that builds on the success of the original Motorola XOOM and the XOOM 2 Wi-Fi variants to deliver even more choice when it comes to tablet experiences in the UK.”

Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition both feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splashguard coating for a go anywhere, do everything attitude. In addition, all Motorola XOOM 2 tablets include Motorola’s MotoCast™1 app that lets you stream all your music, photos, videos and documents between your computer and tablet without any media tools, apps, or cords.

Motorola XOOM 2: Lighter and Brighter

Motorola XOOM 2 sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. The display is brighter and more vibrant than before with color enhancement, and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to use. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready2 features like Virtual Private Network (VPN) support and data encryption.

Approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM, the Motorola XOOM 2 makes it even easier to take on the road, and with a battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback it will be always be ready when you are3.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition: Beat your Boredom

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you’ve been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition also has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, featuring adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that’ll delight your ears and make you stand out from the crowd with one of the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home entertainment equipment with the personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet.

Accessories to connect to your life easier, from anywhere

With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth® technology.

Technical Details

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Processor 1.2GHz dual-core processor 1.2GHz dual-core processor
Software Android 3.2 Honeycomb Android 3.2 Honeycomb
Display 10.1” HD display with scratch resistant Corning®Gorilla® Glass 8.2” HD display with scratch resistant Corning®Gorilla® Glass
Special features Splash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holding Display optimisation for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video
Camera 1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash 1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash
Memory3 1GB RAM; 16GB, 32GB storage 1GB RAM; 16GB storage
Battery life2 10+ hours Web usage (on WiFi) or 9 hours of 720p video playback 6+ hrs Web usage (on WiFi) and more than 3 days of music playback
Sound 3D virtual surround sound Adaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass
Dimensions 253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm 139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm
Weight 599 g 386 g
Enterprise features Business Ready with enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar. USB connectivity, pre-loaded Citrix® Receiver® and Citrix® GoToMeeting®. Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your computer to your tablet Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your computer to your tablet
Preloaded applications Access to Google Mobile Services, including Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk and browsing

Pricing and Availability

Both 3G and Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only variants of both the Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition are available from today at Carphone Warehouse.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition – Wi-Fi variant From £299.99
Motorola XOOM 2 – Wi-Fi variant From £349.99
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition – Wi-Fi & 3G variant From £399.99
Motorola XOOM 2 – Wi-Fi & 3G variant From £449.99

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Today, Amazon.co.uk announced Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are now available for pre-order to readers across the UK.

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Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are the newest addition to the Kindle family available in the UK and feature everything readers already love about Kindle, plus a new easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes. Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G both feature the most advanced electronic ink display which reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare.

Kindle Touch 3G is another new member of the Kindle family in the UK for readers who want the top-of-the-line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same design and features of Kindle Touch – small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, extra-long battery life and audio support – with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G to download content. Kindle’s free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot – you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there’s no monthly fee or annual contract to download content. It also allows for fast, free updates of your newspaper, magazine and blog subscriptions anytime, anywhere.

Simple to Use Touchscreen: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G feature an easy-to-use touch interface.  Turn pages, search, shop books, and take notes quickly and easily.

NEW EasyReach:  Exclusive to Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G.  Tap to turn pages – no need to swipe, so you can hold Kindle in either hand.

NEW X-Ray: Explore the “bones of a book.”  With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia.

Light & Compact: Sleek design with the same 6″ screen size as previous Kindle models. Kindle Touch weighs just 213g and Kindle Touch 3G 220g, less than the weight of the average paperback.

No Battery Anxiety – Up To Two Month Battery Life: Read for up to two months on a single charge with wireless off.

Most Advanced Electronic Ink Display: Kindle’s high-contrast electronic ink display delivers clear, crisp text and images. Unlike LCD screens, Kindle devices read like real paper, with no glare, even in bright sunlight.

Audio Support: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G include text-to-speech and mp3 support.

Built-In Wi-Fi:  Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the go.

Kindle Touch 3G Has Free 3G Wireless to Access Content:  Kindle Touch 3G is our top-of-the-line Kindle – no wireless set up, no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots.  Download books anywhere with no plans, contracts, or monthly fees.  3G works globally.

Books in 60 Seconds:  Find a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless delivery.  No computer required.

Massive Selection:  The Kindle Store has over 1 million books, including new releases, and 82 of the 100 Nielsen UK Bestsellers, plus top newspapers such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times, as well as magazines and blogs.

Free Books: Over 1 million free classics are also available to read on Kindle.

Low Book Prices: More than half a million titles priced at £3.99 or less. The Kindle Store offers regular promotions, including Kindle Daily Deal which offers customers a deep discount on one popular e-book a day.

Free Book Samples: First chapters of Kindle books are available to download and read for free before you decide to buy.

Holds up to 3,000 Books: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G allow you to carry your entire library in your pocket.

Simple to Use: Ready to use right out of the box – no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.

Adjustable Text Sizes: Read comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.

Fast Page Turns: Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G have a powerful processor tuned for fast, seamless page turns.

PDF and Personal Documents: Email personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle and read and annotate on-the-go.

Free Cloud Storage: Books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up for free in the Worry-Free Archive where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly, anytime.

“Buy Once, Read Everywhere”: Kindle books can be read on Kindles, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PCs, Macs and Android-based devices.

Whispersync: Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

The Kindle Touch is available for £109 and Kindle Touch 3G with free 3G wireless for £169.

Devices will ship to customers on 27th April 2012.

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