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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.

Vodafone begins registration for Galaxy S III updates

While the rest of us bear with Samsung's incessant teasing before its May 3rd announcement of "the next Galaxy", UK carrier Vodafone has jumped the gun a bit. They're already setting up for the release of what is almost certainly the Galaxy S III with a generic update registration page. The small banner uses the same font and galactic style as Samsung's own preview website, but doesn't mention a date. That's probably because it'll be a while after the press event itself that we actually see the phone released to retail.

Sony Xperia P and Xperia U delayed to late May

The junior members of Sony's new smartphone triforce will have to wait a little longer to distinguish themselves from the top of the line Xperia S. According to UK online retailer Clove, both the Xperia P and the Xperia U have been pushed back to a May 28th release. Technically we can only deduce that the delay is true for the United Kingdom, but given Sony's general release habits this probably means it's true for greater Europe as well.

Unlocked Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update ready in the UK

Have you been watching while your pesky contracted United Kingdom fellows have waived their official Ice Cream Sandwich update in your face? Has your full-price, unlocked and SIM-free Galaxy S II been feeling left out of the Android 4.0 party? Then break out the USB cable and start up Kies, because today Samsung is officially sending out the ICS update via their desktop update software. Download Kies (if you haven't already) make sure your drivers are working properly, and click the "firmware upgrade" button.

Samsung to reveal “The Next Galaxy” on May 3

After months and months of speculation, to say nothing of a truly unprecedented amount of rumor and fakery, Samsung has finally set an announcement date for what will almost certainly be the Galaxy S III. The Samsung-only event will be held in London on Thursday, May 3rd, fulfilling their commitment to announce the Galaxy S II's successor outside of the usual trade show venues like Mobile World Congress. Naturally there's no other official details to be had at the moment, but the event is being christened "Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012", setting up months before last year's October event.