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HTC brings Android to Saudi Arabia

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After a terribly long wait, it seems the Middle East is finally getting some Android-love. HTC will launch ‘the first Android-powered phone’ to Saudi customers later this month. We’re not sure what Samsung has to say about its ‘first Android’ claims, but we really don’t mind. Just keep ’em coming HTC.

The Android mobile in question will be the HTC Magic, available from STC in Saudi Arabia.

Full press release, after the jump.

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Samsung Android mobile hits the UAE (at last)

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And here it is, the first Android mobile to be officially released in the region. Its been a long time coming, but a quick look at what Samsung’s got to offer and it seems worth the wait. The I7500 packs a 3.2in AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with power LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS and it runs Android, of course. Samsung seems pretty chuffed with itself, and we should have a model in our hands very soon. Step aside HTC, you had your chance.

iQuran Pro Android app is ace (apparently)

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While Android handsets haven’t officially released in the region, that hasn’t stopped some dedicated developers from bringing out the iQuran Pro. Available from the Android Market, it lets you read the Holy Quran in Arabic alongside its English translation, gives you verse by verse audio playback, and has repeat functions with unlimited bookmarks. We haven’t had a chance to test it just yet, but it’s receiving fantastic reviews from its users. More info can be found here.

Samsung Jet: more TouchWiz shenanigans

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And this is it – the phone Samsung mercilessly teased us with for weeks. Its got a super-fast 800MHz processor, 3.1in AMOLED screen, 5MP camera and runs TouchWiz 2.0. We’ve already had a bit of a play with the handset, with the slick touchscreen and responsive OS (no doubt thanks to a faster processor) by far its best features. For more on the mobile, make sure to pick up next month’s magazine.

But really Sammy, another TouchWiz phone? When you’ve been dangling the Android-running I7500 in our drooling faces for over a month now. When’s that one coming out? Can it be soon, please?

Secret Samsung gets ‘unpacked’ later tonight

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Samsung’s been teasing us all month about a secret mobile launch, complete with count down clock. But the wait is over. Tonight, the phone will be unveiled in three launch locations around the world, Dubai, Singapore and London. The mobile’s been kept under wraps, as far as we know, and the usual internet rumour murmers have been rather quiet on this one. Smart money is on the I7500, Samsung’s Android-running handset, or a new mobile running an updated version of Sammy’s TouchWiz OS. We’ll be at the event later tonight, more news when we have it.

I7500 is Samsung’s first Android mobile

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With more in the pipeline, the I7500 is Samsung’s first handset to run Google’s Android operating system. Only 11.9mm thick (a tad thinner than the HTC Magic) its got a gorgeous 3.2in AMOLED screen and 5MP camera with LED flash. It packs 8GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 32GB (that’s 40GB!), and works with HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS. It will be available in major European countries from June this year, and expect to shell out around US$400 for one.

[via Akihabara News]

Is US$100 Android netbook too good to be true?

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Maybe not. The Alpha-680 from Skytone promises to run Android on a netbook with a swiveling 800×680 capacitive touchscreen, 533MHz processor and 128MB of RAM. Its got up to 4GB of storage and an SD card slot, and the whole thing is wired up to 3G. The Chinese manufacturers say it will sell for US$100. But is this just another Android pipe dream? What do you think?

[via CrunchGear]