unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus is coming to the UK on November 17th, but it looks like O2 is interested in getting in on the Ice Cream Sandwich action. They've announced that the phone will be available online and at retail on the same day. In Canada, both Bell and Virgin Mobile have announced general December availability, with a vague signup page to tide eager Android fans over.
HTC Rhyme. The smartphone is aimed at women wanting a cute smartphone more than the hardcore Android user looking for power. The Rhyme does come with some nice accessories though. If the Rhyme tickled your fancy and you are in the UK, O2 has announced that it will be getting the smartphone starting on October 17. That launch date isn't too far away.
has confirmed that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play will be delayed, after having "found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience." According to Stuart Hibberd, head of O2's testing team, by the time Sony Ericsson has tweaked the firmware, the gaming smartphone will have missed its previously announced April 1 launch date. What's unclear is whether the same bugs will impact other carriers offering the XPERIA Play. O2 doesn't specify what, exactly, the issues are, but it does claim they're general flaws in the XPERIA Play's firmware rather than something to do with a particular build for the O2 network. For more on the XPERIA Play, check out our hands-on from CTIA 2011 last week. [Thanks Toby!]
passing BlackBerry to become #1 smartphone. Stories like that just mentioned keep showing up more and more.
earlier today, it has been rumored that AT&T may pick it up soon after.
has announced that it is pushing out the OTA Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Dell Streak today, as promised earlier this week. The wireless update will begin later on in the day, and be a staggered roll-out; there's no public timescale from O2 as to how long the carrier expects before every device is updated. Froyo will bring with it performance updates together with a new UI for the Streak.
announced pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and as expected it's not going to be a cheap slate. In fact, O2 aren't subsidizing the 7-inch Tab at all: it will be £599 on the carrier's pay-and-go mobile broadband tariffs. There'll also be a choice of pre-pay and monthly voice & data plans on offer, for those who want to use the Tab for voice calls as well. Only "selected stores" will have the slate in stock, and to be honest you're better off heading to Amazon or another online retailer where the Galaxy Tab is listed for around £530 instead.
www.o2.co.uk and in selected stores that Monday. O2 Gurus will also be on hand in most stores to help customers set up, activate, and answer any questions they might have about their new Android 2.2 tablet.
announce a price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The 7-inch Android 2.2 slate will be priced at €99 as part of the carrier's My Handy payment plan scheme, with 24 monthly payments of €27.50. That adds up to a total of €759 ($1,047) over the course of the contract. It's not entirely clear, but it does seem that those prices don't actually include any sort of 3G mobile service, either for voice or data. Instead you'll have to sign up to some sort of monthly voice/data plan or slot in a pre-paid SIM. According to the carrier's product page, the Galaxy Tab will launch in October 2010. [via Eee-PC.de]