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Samsung Galaxy S II coming soon to Orange UK

We mentioned yesterday that the pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S II have hit 3 million. That is a bunch of pre-orders and clearly Android fans are looking forward to the smartphone. The S II went on sale in Korea last Sunday and if you are in the UK, the good news is that you can get your own S II very soon. Orange in the UK has the Galaxy S II on its coming soon page. That's not as good as available now, but it's a start.

HTC Desire S pops up all over the UK

Starting today, the HTC Desire S is popping up all over the UK through T-Mobile stores, and online portals. The Desire will also be available through Vodafone, Orange and Three. Through T-Mobile, the Desire S will be available exclusively in silver and will be free with all two year plans starting at £35/month, with 900 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB "fair use" data, and a Flexible Booster. Vodafone as it a little cheaper plan wise, where the Desire S is free with On Pay monthly plans from £30.

Motorola Atrix coming to Orange in the UK

Motorola Mobile and Orange UK has announced that the Motorola Atrix is coming to the United Kingdom. The Atrix offers the ability to become the bridge between desktop and mobile computing thanks to the optional Motorola Laptop Dock, which sports an 11.6-inch LCD, full keyboard, track pad and integrated battery. Users simply slide the Atrix into the port in back, and it becomes a notebook, booting into Motorola's Webtop OS. Users can take calls while working, and can disengage the Atrix from the dock to talk without dropping a call. Pretty slick.

ZTE Style S and LTE Tablet in the works for the US

ZTE is not a very wide known brand but we have covered them more than a few times here in the past. They are a small company that is based in China that have build budget phones that thousands have used. This week at CTIA they announced some exciting news that I'm sure you will all be pleased to hear. They are coming to the U.S. in the second half of the year and are bringing an Android 2.3 beast with a 4.3" screen as well as a Android 3.0 10" Android Tablet with them.

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.

HTC Desire HD in Black Coming to Orange UK

Just as what happened last year with Orange and the original HTC Desire, the carrier is now planning to offer up the Desire HD in an exclusive Black Edition. Their webpage has been updated with a holding page for the incoming device and it should be the same device just sporting a new black exterior.

Vodafone and Orange confirm Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing

Vodafone and Orange have confirmed their pricing for Samsung's Galaxy Tab.  Vodafone are only offering one month contracts, from £3 per month (though you have to pay £2 per day for 500MB of data) with the Tab itself priced at £499 regardless. Meanwhile Orange are offering monthly and yearly agreements, with the Tab priced from £499 and the option to save £5 per month if you're an existing mobile or broadband customer.  More on the Galaxy Tab in our full review over at SlashGear. [via SlashGear]

Orange San Francisco budget Android phone unveiled [Video]

Orange UK has outed its latest Android smartphone, the somewhat bizarrely named San Francisco, and they're targeting the budget-minded masses this time.  The Orange San Francisco will cost £99 on the carrier's "Dolphin" pay-as-you-go plan, which gets you a 3.2-megapixel camera, capacitive touchscreen and Android 2.1 Eclair. There's also WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, along with 3G+ and an FM radio, while storage is a scant 150MB of internal memory and then whatever you slap into the microSD card slot (a 2GB card is included in the box, but the slot will support up to 32GB).  The whole thing measures in at 116 x 56.5 x 11.8 and weighs 130g, and Orange reckon you'll see up to 4hrs talktime or nine days standby. Unlikely to set the world alight, but the Orange San Francisco certainly adds to the options for entry-level Android devices. Update: Orange tells us the San Francisco uses a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 OLED display, which makes it a whole lot more interesting at £99. [youtube -vhx9AeD1x0]

Orange HTC Desire Android 2.2 update delayed to mid-September

Bad news for Orange UK customers waiting for Android 2.2 Froyo on their HTC Desire.  On the same day that Verizon began pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible, the UK carrier has announced a delay in getting the update ROM from HTC.  As such, the Android 2.2 update for the Orange HTC Desire now isn't expected to be released until mid-September 2010. Orange hasn't given any specific reasons for the delay, but does insist that it's nothing to do with the carrier's own services on the handset.

Cincinnati Bell Blaze Has Been Rooted!!

The Cincinnati Bell Blaze has been rooted by AC’s own SeanFromIT. This is a great accomplishment given the fact that he had little to no help in the project. The Blaze is a regional carrier Android device and up until now it had almost no support by the dev community. Now that it’s rooted, custom ROM’s and recover images should follow. If you have Commtiva Z71, Vibo A688 or Orange Boston, these same instructions should work for your handset. Instructions on how to root your phone is after the break.
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