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Galaxy S III release date: May 29th in Europe

Samsung has spent the last hour telling us how great the Galaxy S III is, but they saved the real treat for last. The Galaxy S III will launch in Europe on May 29th, with a worldwide tour and release following. Samsung did not mention what the device would cost, or in which specific European countries it would be available.

LG Optimus L7 now on sale in Europe

There's a brand new smartphone making waves in Europe today... and it isn't the LG Optimus L7. But id the top end of LG's stylish new trio is what you're craving, you won't have to fight the press in London to get a peek at it. LG announced that the L7 is going on sale in major retailers across Europe today, spreading joy through an 8.9mm profile and Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.

European carriers say Nokia should go Android

If you've been following smartphone news from some non-Android sources, you probably know that Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.

ASUS Padfone gets European date and pricing

Oh Padfone, how long we've waited for you. But those of you in Europe won't have to wait too much longer. After ASUS announced that the much-anticipated smartphone/tablet/netbook would be selling in Taiwan this month, Notebook Italia reports that Italy (and presumably other European territories) will get the Padfone in late May. They also spoke to the Euro price of the device: €699 for the phone and tablet combo. The keyboard dock, similar to the docks for the Transformer tablets, will be an additional €149.

Football Manager comes to Android April 11th

Football season is over here in the US, and that means a long, boring wait through spring and summer before we see more pigskin action. But don't worry, NFL fans: you can get some vicarious football thrills in the interim via Football Manager Handheld, a portable version of the popular PC and console game. Developer Sega says it'll release the game next week for £6.99, and presumably its local equivilent currencies. Players can choose from football leagues in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Hey, wait a second...

Motorola RAZR MAXX coming to Europe and the Middle East

When Motorola and Verizon showed off the DROID RAZR MAXX way back at CES, plenty on international readers wondered, "OK, so when do we get it?" If you happen to be situated somewhere in Europe or the Middle East, the answer is, "May." Motorola announced that they'll be bring the extra-long battery life and charming design of the RAZR MAXX to those territories, minus Verizon's exclusive DROID name and 4G LTE connection. Just like the Motorola RAZR, it's basically a GSM version of Verizon's phone that's unlocked as far as carriers go.

Sony: Google TV finally hits Europe in September

We've been hearing lament and woe from international Google fans over the lack of Google TV outside the land of the free ever since it was released. Well those of you living in Europe finally, finally have a time frame in which to expect Google TV availability: September. That's when Sony France says that it'll begin selling Google TV stand-alone hardware, according to Les Echos. A Google TV box is expected to retail at around €200, with a Blu-ray version landing at around €300. Given the time frame, this will almost certainly be the Sony Google TV box we saw at CES.

HTC One series gets priced and dated in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

If you happen to live in central Europe, in one of those countries where the language has about three times as many consonants as it really needs, then you'll soon be able to pick up one one of HTC's shiny new consonant-themed smartphones. The HTC One X, One S and One V have been given proper release notes in Austria, Germany and Switzerland: all of them will be available unlocked starting on Monday, April 2nd. The One X will be €599 (about $795 or £500) The One S will be €499 ($663) and the One V will be €299 ($397).
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