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Data shows Japanese spend more in Play Store than we do stateside

A new report by AppAnnie has some interesting statistics about Japanese spending habits in the Play Store. According to their research, Play Store Japan is more lucrative than the US when comparing user spending habits. The Japanese Android user will spend roughly 10% more than their US counterpart, an odd turnaround considering that last year Japan was spending about 40% less that we did stateside.

Sony Xperia Z1 tipped to sport IR blaster, 32 GB storage in Japan

For whatever reason, justified or not, it has become common practice to sometimes have variations of the same device model for different countries. While majority of those differences are usually related to network support, it seems that Sony is making quite a substantial difference in its latest Xperia Z1 flagship exclusively for Japan.

Google Play Store vending machines hit Japan

You can get lots of things from vending machines in Japan: tea, snack foods, beer, and now Android Apps. Capitalizing on the popular Japanese method for getting just about anything, Google has released a series of Play Store vending machines. The Play Store vending machines are tipped to offer apps and games via NFC, rather than a download.

Nexus 10 finally launches in Japan Play Store

Google and Samsung's impressive Nexus 10 tablet has only been available for a few months, but that hasn't been the case for everyone. Sadly those in Japan have been stuck waiting without any realistic option for the slate. The same thing happened originally with its smaller sibling the Nexus 7. Today Google Play in Japan has full stock and the slate is available as we speak.

NEC Medias W dual-screen Jelly Bean smartphone announced

Today the folks from NEC have announced a brand new smartphone for NTT DoCoMo in Japan, and apparently they feel that two screens are better than one. I'm having Kyocera Echo flashbacks already, and they aren't good. NEC is set to bring their first twin 4.3-inch screens smartphone to market in Japan, and it even runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so check it out below.

Amazon Android Appstore hits Japan

Nearly two months ago the folks from Amazon started accepting submissions for their upcoming 3rd party Android Appstore in Japan, and now things are ready to rock. Today Amazon has announced the Appstore has gone live in Japan. The new store will give Japanese Android users a change at even more apps for their Kindle devices, as well as all Android smartphones and tablets.

HTC J goes official with WiMAX for Japan

The death of WiMAX has been greatly exaggerated. Well, maybe not, but there's still a few phones coming out with the wireless standard, all of them apparently from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. In addition to the HTC EVO V 4G on Virgin Mobile here in the states, Japanese carrier KDDI will be launching the HTC J this summer. So much for that "hero device strategy", eh HTC?

Mid-range Sony Xperia Lotus leaked

In addition to several new models yet to hit the streets or even be officially unveiled, you can add the Sony Xperia ST27 "Lotus". The mid-range phone was spotted in Japan by Blog of Mobile along with a few tepid specifications. This is in addition to the Xperia P, the new GX and SX, the Sola and the Tapioca. Slow down, guys, we're still trying to get through your obtuse method of name selection.

LTE packing Sony Xperia GX and SX head to Japan

Sony has announced a couple new Android smartphones that are heading to Japan with LTE 4G connectivity onboard. Both of the new phones are in the Xperia line and include the GX and SX. Both smartphones run Android 4.0 ICS and one has a 13-megapixel camera on the back. The GX is the higher-end offering of the pair.
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