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Samsung is definitely on a roll with the Galaxy S III updates - not a day goes by without a massive rollout of Jelly Bean to devices all over Europe, and now the Middle East as well. The company began sending Android 4.1.1 OTAs to the following territories:

Branded

  • Austria (T-Mobile)
  • Germany (O2, T-Mobile)

Unbranded

  • Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, UAE
  • Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan
  • Nordic countries (NEE): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland

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Thanks to Eivind for the screenshot

Here's the history of the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III so far:

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As promised, the Galaxy Note II is now available for purchase on Sprint for $650 less a $350 instant rebate, for a total of $300. Though T-Mobile was first to the punch by a day, Sprint is offering it for a not-insubstantial $70 cheaper.

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$300 may seem a bit steep for a smartphone, but keep in mind that this isn't your typical device. It's got a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, 5.5" 1280x720 Super AMOLED Plus display, plus that infamous S Pen stylus to help you get the most from the ginormous screen.

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We'll cut to the chase on this one - head over to Samsung's US mobile accessory site here, and use the coupon code 'rE155266e' when you reach the checkout page. That code will give you 50% off of all Samsung Mobile US accessories.

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So, for well under $100 shipped (free UPS ground on orders over $50), you can a spare Note II battery, S-Pen, and a Samsung AllShare Cast Hub (normally $100 by itself).

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Winner: Julian Lee, congrats!

If you haven't read our review of the LG Optimus G, you should definitely check it out - this is one powerhouse of a phone. And, courtesy of AT&T, you can win one on this very page. You can also pre-order the Optimus G directly from AT&T, for $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, at this link.

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The AT&T Optimus G is packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is fast.

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At this point, this one online retailer has leaked more information than we have space on the internet to put it. This time, the inventory system that previously leaked the name of the Nexus 4 is showing with color options and a price tag in tow. Apparently this device will cost £389 without a SIM. For our American readers, the exchange rate would bring that out to about $628, though we imagine they'll massage the number a bit by the time it hits the states.

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We've all experienced the misfortune of dropping a phone. Some of us have even taken that bad experience a step further, by not only dropping the phone, but having it end up in a puddle/pool of water. At that point, there's little hope of its survival. Let's all have a moment of silence for devices who've met their tragic fate by being dropped.

If you own a Galaxy S III and cringe at the thought of losing your beloved device in such a manner, there's hope: the new OBEX case from Seidio.

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French blog Galaxus has uncovered an FCC filing for the "ME370TG" - which pretty much gives this device away as a variant of the Nexus 7, and if you dig into the FCC test results, we can see this confirmed:

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As with most FCC filings, there really isn't much to say here - but the ME370TG is set for a certification date of October 29th. Which, as we all know, is the day of Google's big NYC event next week.

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We heard the rumor yesterday and now it looks like our dreams have come to pass! Sprint's Galaxy S III will be receiving an OTA Jelly Bean upgrade starting today. Of course, this also bring a new TouchWiz update as well, but fortunately, things like Google Now and widget organization magic will remain intact. Here's the changelog:

Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform.

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Consider us floored: pictures from a booklet claiming to be a Nexus 10 manual (and I think that claim looks pretty well-founded) have leaked on Korean blog Seeko. I'm not even going to say any more before just showing you the evidence.

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Wow.

Sure, it's possible to fake something like this, and no, this doesn't mean for sure that we'll see the Nexus 10 unveiled at Google's NYC event next week, but this pretty much confirms the existence of the thing.

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At the beginning of October, AT&T announced the Xperia TL would be available "in the coming weeks." If you've been waiting with bated breath to get your hands on the James Bond phone, November 2 looks like the day to mark on the calendar.

Specs:

  • 4.6" 1280x720 "Reality Display"
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 13MP fast capture camera
  • NFC
  • Android 4.0.4 (will be upgraded to 4.1 "following launch")

The Xperia TL will be available for a mere $99 with a two-year agreement, and runs on AT&T's up and coming LTE network.

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