It looks like saying “sorry” just isn’t good enough this time. A court in the United Kingdom is now forcing Apple (AAPL) to pay rival Samsung’s (005930) legal fees after it posted a sarcastic “apology” to the company on its website. As Groklaw reports, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal in London has now said that “Apple will have to pay for everything the lawyers cost Samsung, not just fees but parking, phone calls, and from day one.” Previously the court had ordered Apple to rewrite its court-mandated apology to Samsung that mocked its rival for producing tablets that were “not as cool” as the iPad. Specifically, Apple directly quoted a judge’s official ruling that Samsung could not have possibly copied its tablet designs from Apple because they are “not as cool” and lack “the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”
UK SIM-free pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 emerged some time ago, but if you’re still wondering much it’ll set you back on-contract, then wonder no more. The answer, it seems, is a lot. Independent UK retailer Phones4U has published its subsidized prices for the Note 2, which it’s offering on Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange. But if you want to pick up a Galaxy Note 2 for free, you’ll be paying at least £41 per month to one of the UK’s leading networks.
Earlier this week we heard that Sony’s new budget-oriented Xperia Tipo would be arriving on O2 and Orange in the UK in August, and now we have the first firm information on pricing and availability. Independent UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse is now listing the Xperia Tipo for pre-order on a range of different price plans.
ZTE’s new vanilla Android mid-ranger has landed at one UK store a little earlier than expected. The Grand X, which we saw at its launch event last week, is now available online at Phones4U, with on-contract prices starting at £15.50 per month, with a £50 up-front charge for the phone. Alternatively you can get it for free on contracts starting at £20.50 per month, or buy it outright for £199.
We already knew the Galaxy Nexus would be available in white, but on Monday Samsung made the device official. The white handset will arrive in the United Kingdom on February 13th featuring the same internals as its black counterpart. “After much speculation, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Galaxy Nexus White which follows the great reception the phone has received since it was launched back in November,” said Simon Stanford, managing director of Samsung Mobile UK & IRE. “One of the things we at Samsung pride ourselves on is the choice we offer customers, and we’ve enjoyed huge success to date by introducing white variants of our most popular models to our product portfolio.” Read on for Samsung’s press release.
While you guys in the United States have a whole range of LTE Android devices to choose from, in the UK we’re still a long way from the point of getting LTE at all. An on-going trial being run in Cornwall by BT and Everything Everywhere (Orange UK and T-Mobile) is now set to extend until Summer 2012.
Pure Music’s Spotify challenging subscription service has been on the horizon now for a couple of months. The service has now gone live, offering users in the UK unlimited music streaming for a very reasonable £4.99 a month. There is also of course an Android application that goes along with the service.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime was the first device to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, making it one of the most anticipated Android tablets of 2011. Once the slate was finally released, however, early buyers were plagued with Wi-Fi issues, faulty GPS and random software bugs. To make matters worse, ASUS announced a higher-resolution Prime at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. The company is now looking to ease customer frustration by offering refunds to any users dissatisfied with their purchases. Unfortunately, the offer is only available to residents of the United Kingdom. “Any customers who have purchased a Transformer Prime TF201 and are dissatisfied with the performance of the GPS module are advised to return the unit to their point of purchase for a full refund as per standard consumer rights that apply in the UK,” said an ASUS representative on the company’s website. “Any customers who wish to keep their unit will be offered an extension to the standard ASUS warranty from 12 to 18 months (for any retailers who offer an additional 12 months’ warranty with their purchase, the total warranty period will remain at 2 years).”
In the United Kingdom, we’re fortunate enough to have had the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Nexus since mid-November. Almost two months on from release, what we’re still yet to see are any of the OEM accessories for the device. Two of the leading British online retailers for mobile equipment, Expansys and Clove Technology, have now started to offer some actual timeframes for getting their stock of the accessories in. Both companies though have quite different expected release dates.
Following last night’s Sony Xperia S announcement, the first information on where you’ll be able to get hold of the device in the UK has started to emerge. So far Three and O2 have confirmed that they’ll be carrying the phone when it arrives this March. In related news, retail chain Phones4U has announced that it’s secured nationwide exclusivity of the white Xperia S in the UK.
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