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Nexus 7 orders could be shipping in the UK already [Update]

This is some interesting news. Sadly Google isn't known for selling hardware, so their support and communication seems to be a bit lacking. Everyone who pre-ordered the brand new impressive Nexus 7 quad-core Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet still doesn't know when it will actually arrive. Today however it appears some pre-orders are "prepared for shipment" or have actually shipped -- just not from Google.

Google Nexus 7 16GB heading to the UK July 20th

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 tablet yesterday it was met with tons of excitement. They quickly followed it up by mentioning pre-order availability immediately in the Play Store for just $199. Sadly those in the UK were left out but today we are hearing plenty of good news on that front. The 16GB model will be available from multiple outlets come July.

Intel and Orange prepare Medfield-powered San Diego for the UK

Well UK readers, those of you desperately waiting for an Intel-powered smartphone (all six of you) won't have to wait much longer. Earlier today Intel and carrier Orange officially unveiled the long-awaited San Diego smartphone... in London. Someone get those guys an atlas. The San Diego is the retail-ready hardware based on concept designs known as the San Francisco and Santa Clara, with a 1.6Ghz single-core Atom (Medfield) processor inside.

HTC Sensation XL Ice Cream Sandwich update is live

Listen up, UK residents: if you're sporting HTC's beats-enabled plus-sized smartphone, you'll want to check your setting menu for a long-overdue Android 4.0 update. Reports are surfacing that the HTC Sensation XL is seeing its Ice Cream Sandwich rollout begin, at least for those on Vodafone. Other scattered reports say that international models are being updated as well, and they're getting it over the air.

Samsung Galaxy S III priced and headed for five UK carriers

While those of us in the US patiently wait for Samsung to tell us which carriers will get their new Galaxy S III, those in the UK have a date - and generally don't have to worry about carriers, thanks to an inter-operable HSPA+ cellular infrastructure. (Not that we're bitter or anything.) But for those Brits that still want to get a nice juicy subsidy with their Galaxy S III, we've got good news: according to UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, no less than five of the UK's biggest carriers will be offering the phone with various incentives and monthly deals.

Samsung Galaxy S III hits the UK on May 30th

Here's the bad news, Brits: you won't be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy S III on May 29th, like most of mainland Europe. But the good news is you won't have to wait much longer: a Samsung UK representative tells us that the phone is coming to the UK on May 30th. There's no word on pricing or which carriers will offer a subsidy, but the UK version will certainly be the HSPA+ phone with the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor shown on stage earlier today.

Motorola RAZR MAXX hits the UK in mid May

We're big fans of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX around these parts, due in no small part to its amazing performance in our three-day business trip test. The only thing we're not fond of is Verizon's insistence on a locked bootloader - something that users of the upcoming international model, the RAZR MAXX, won't have to worry about. The ones in the UK won't have to wait too long, either: Moto says that the slim phone with the massive battery will cross over the white cliffs of Dover sometime in the middle of May. The RAZR MAXX's biggest draw is its massive 3300mAh battery, the largest we've ever seen on any stock smartphone. This extra battery doesn't add a lot of extra bulk - the MAXX is just 8.9mm thick, which is only slightly thicker than the RAZR it's based on. In all other respects, the two phones share hardware and software specifications, from the 4.3-inch QHD AMOLED display to the Motorola-customized version of Android 2.3 to the 8MP 1080p camera. The ROMs for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX are even interchangeable. The RAZR MAXX doesn't get a removable battery, but it's one of the few phones for which that shouldn't be an issue, even for advanced users. Its 16GB of on-board storage can be augmented with a MicroSD card, though currently we don't know if the international model will get the free 16GB card that's bundled with the DROID RAZR MAXX on Verizon. UK Android fanatics and US importers will be glad to know that Motorola will likely offer a bootloader unlocker shortly after the phone is released, at a retail price of £359.00 before value-added tax. [timeline] [via KnowYourMobile]

Samsung Galaxy S III listed at Carphone Warehouse

Do you have trust issues? It's okay, we sympathize. If you need that little bit of extra assurance that Samsung's Galaxy S III is indeed Coming Soon, then feast your eyes upon this listing for UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. It features the Samsung Galaxy S3 [sic] some time before SlashGear reported on it, but has now removed the tiny thumbnail image and replaced it with a generic "The Next Galaxy" information page. The page says that it's "coming to Carphone Warehouse on al major networks", indicating an unlocked phone at the very least.