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Galaxy Nexus comes to O2 on Nov. 17th, Virgin Mobile & Bell

We already know that the 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.

O2 UK to get HTC Rhyme on October 17

I just mentioned the new smartphone that has launched from HTC called the 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.

O2 Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play delayed after firmware bugs found

UK carrier O2 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!]

Android Booms in Western Europe, Biggest Smartphone OS as of Q4 2010

Android is very quickly becoming the biggest and best Mobile OS, and not just in Europe but around the world. The extremely wide adoption from all manufacturers and developers, to the hundreds of choices make it a clear cut winner (aka #winning like Charlie Sheen). Android has continued to evolve and grow in huge numbers that can be seen in most markets everywhere. You can read here about Android passing BlackBerry to become #1 smartphone. Stories like that just mentioned keep showing up more and more.

White Xperia Play a European Exclusive

European gamers looking to pick up the Sony-Ericcson Xperia Play can up the style points a bit as UK carrier O2 is set to get a White version of the Playstation phone exclusively. Pricing will be the same as the standard XPeria Play for between £499.99-539.99. In the US, users will have to settle for the stock Xperia Play, as it has been announced at $400 without contract or $199 with a two year agreement through Verizon. As we reported earlier today, it has been rumored that AT&T may pick it up soon after.

O2 Dell Streak Froyo update releasing today

UK carrier O2 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.

O2’s Galaxy S being treated to Froyo November 15th

It looks as if the O2 version of the Samsung Galaxy S will finally be receiving Android 2.2 this month. In a newsletter leak to AndroidCentral we see that it will be receiving it on the 15th of this month, followed by the Sony Ericsson X10 line getting Android 2.1.

O2 UK price Galaxy Tab ahead of Nov 1 release

O2 UK has 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.

Galaxy Tab coming to O2 November 1st

Just as expected, the Galaxy Tab will be hitting the O2 network on the first of November. The Tab will be available online at 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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets priced by O2 Germany

O2 Germany has become one of the first carriers to 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]
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