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LG Optimus G Pro leaks: 1.7GHz quadcore with 5-inch 1080p display

Details on what's shaping up to be LG's new flagship Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G Pro, have leaked, hinting at an imminent release in Japan. Running a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ7064 processor with 2GB of memory, according to Blog of Mobile, and clad in a choice of silver or black slimline casing, going by the slide sent to Engadget, the Optimus G Pro is expected to pack a 13-megapixel camera.

Sony Xperia Z hands-on [Video]

Sony has revealed its new flagship for 2013, the Sony Xperia Z, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with a quadcore Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a waterproof chassis, and a 13-megapixel camera. The company has sprinkled a little of its Sony sparkle, too, bringing in the latest Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for improving screen quality, the Exmor RS sensor for photography - including HDR video, as well as stills - and a battery extending feature that could increase runtimes fourfold.

Google UK head: Sorry for Nexus 4 debacle (but it’s LG’s fault)

LG is to blame for "scarce" Nexus 4 supplies, Google UK and Ireland managing director Dan Cobley claims, though the exec has apologized for Google's poor communication to pre-order customers. "I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue" Cobley insisted. "Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process."

Sky Go spreads: Streaming media for 14 new phones and tablets

Sky Go, the satellite entertainment company's Android app for streaming sports, movies, and shows, has been expanded to fourteen new devices, with new phones and tablets adding support for the service. HTC, Google, Samsung, Sony, and LG models have all been brought into the Sky Go fold, along with Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean OS support.

HTC One SV revealed with LTE, 1.2GHz dualcore S4, and NFC

HTC has unveiled its newest smartphone, the HTC One SV, headed to the UK to bring a slab of stylish LTE to the midrange market. Fronted by a 4.3-inch WVGA display and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4, the One SV will land on EE's 4G network as well as through other carriers in HSPA+ form.

Apple publishes “Samsung didn’t copy iPad” statement (but points out not everyone agrees)

Apple has followed court orders and publicly published acknowledgement of a UK court ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad, though there's a sting in the tail. The statement - which is linked from the Apple UK homepage, but you may have to hunt a little to find it since it's buried right down at the footer - sticks to the court-mandated minimum font size, but also takes the opportunity to remind readers that courts elsewhere in the world thought differently.

LG Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean gets premature pre-order

Google's big smartphone surprise, the LG Nexus 4, has been spoiled by a prematurely posted preorder page at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The phone has been thrown up for sale - from free on new, two-year agreements of £31 ($50) per month or above - with deliveries from October 30, the store says, with the listing confirming much of what has been rumored or leaked about the Nexus 4 already.

BBC iPlayer gets Jelly Bean update and quality boost

The BBC has pushed out a new version of its iPlayer app for Android, bringing the streaming media software up to speed with Android 4.1, and improving the quality of video playback. iPlayer v1.4.2.3 now works with Android devices running 2.2 through to Jelly Bean, and supports streaming over WiFi or 3G.

Samsung Galaxy Music official: Budget media phone

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Music, its latest Android smartphone, and one that - as the name suggests - focuses on media playback. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on an unspecified processor, the Galaxy Music has a 3-inch 240 x 320 LCT TFT display, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera (with no LED flash), and front stereo speakers with SRS Surround.
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