BEST DEALS: LG G Pad 8.3 down to £119

If you’ve been holding off buying a Nexus 7 tablet in the hope that a larger version might appear, now might be the time to take the plunge on LG’s G Pad instead. Tesco is selling the 8.3-inch G Pad for just £119 online right now, a stonking discount for what’s still a relatively new and powerful Android tablet with a larger display.

The LG G Pad 8.3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz, plus there’s 2GB of RAM inside and a 1080p display. It’s pretty high-end stuff for that kind of budget-tech price tag.

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We might go for it, pending a bank balance check. Check it out over at Tesco.

Link via HUKD.

Mr Flap is a Flappy Bird homage that’s… quite good

We spent a few happy minutes blissfully playing Mr Flap last night, a game that takes the Flappy Bird mechanic and flips it… folds it… bends it… into a circle. It’s circular Flappy Bird, with players flapping at moving gates that expand to change position as your tiny bird “laps” the course.

That’s all you do. It’s quite hard, as these screenshots of us playing it will demonstrate:

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The game existed as a Flash title before hitting Android, a few minutes research informed us. Mr Flap is free, not covered in adverts, doesn’t demand money for extra flaps and can be found here.

“Play your favourite BBC One TV quiz show Pointless, anytime and anywhere!”

Pointless, the prime-time BBC quiz show that’s become a bit of a sensation among the post-Countdown afternoon TV crowd, is now on Android. The Pointless – Quiz with Friends app costs £1.49 and features in-app purchases too, so there’s no chance of it finding its way onto any of the Eurodroid telephones.

But if you don’t mind being aggressively monetised by a major corporation, the Pointless app offers multiplayer support via email and Facebook, which is nice, plus there’s a single-player option if you’d rather not expose your fragile ego to the possibility of defeat.

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Pointless – Quiz with Friends has been published by format holder Endemol, so it isn’t some shameless clone. It’s on Google Play here.

BBC iPlayer app opens up downloads to all ICS devices and above

The slow rollout of programme download options on the Android BBC iPlayer app has ended, with the latest version of the BBC’s app now updated to allow all Android devices running the “Ice Cream Sandwich” code or higher to download content for viewing offline or without the modern menace of buffering.

The description below the app says the BBC’s coders have also added “a number of bug fixes for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and other devices,” so you may now party like THIS:

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The iPlayer app’s on Google Play here, if you’re somehow yet to install it.

Vodafone Smart 4 Mini – £50 budget newcomer

Vodafone has today started taking orders for the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini, a new super-budget Android model the network is selling for just £50 with a PAYG SIM. It’s not disastrous on paper either, offering Android 4.2.2 running on a 4-inch screen that manages to output at a resolution of 480 x 800. A bit low, but not bad for a £50 model.

The Vodafone Smart 4 Mini is powered by a dual-core MTK6572 chipset running at 1.3GHz, so ought to be a vast step up from previous models in the Vodafone Smart range, although don’t go capturing any life firsts on the 3.15MP camera.

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You can have it in black or white from Vodafone UK right now.

Sony Xperia Z2 delivered “week commencing April 14″ by Phones 4U

Mobile specialist Phones 4U appears to have stolen a lead on the competition when it comes to shipping the new Sony Xperia Z2, announcing that it will go out to pre-order buyers in the week commencing April 14. The retailer says this is two weeks earlier than the official UK launch date for the new Android phone, so, if you’re dead keen on being the first to own Sony’s 2014 flagship smartphone, that’s where you need to go.

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Phones 4U and Sony are also giving away a Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker along with pre-orders, plus some free “content” from Sony’s film and music divisions and Google Play credit if you buy on a 4G contract. Check out Phones 4U’s Z2 options here.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style – Android 4.4 on a 4-inch display

The timeless Galaxy Ace brand returns again this year, with Samsung revealing the Galaxy Ace Style today. It’s a budget option, teaming a 4-inch display with 512MB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual-core chipset. 4GB of onboard storage space, a 5MP main camera, VGA front-cam and a 1,500mAh battery are the rest of the things you need to be aware of.

And there’s an SD card slot and FM radio. Don’t say we don’t list all of the things like we used to back in the day. Here it is:

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Samsung says UK availability will be “confirmed in due course” whatever that may mean. Probably means the Ace Style is coming, but a bit later than the April launch date some other regions can expect. Here are the words an’ tings:

SAMSUNG LAUNCHES THE GALAXY ACE STYLE
Fun, expressive and easy-to-use smartphone designed for the social user

8 April 2014, London, UK – Samsung UK today announced the availability of the Galaxy Ace Style, a new streamlined, easy-to-use smartphone designed to support and power young social people. The Galaxy Ace Style has a fun, unique design with an enhanced camera and advanced features for superior performance.

Read the full article »

Samsung reveals three Galaxy Tab 4 tablets

Samsung’s about to flood the market with tablets again, revealing three new Galaxy Tab 4 Android tablets of various sizes for your various hands. There’s the 10.1-inch model with a 1280 x 800 resolution display, 1.5GB of RAM and 3MP camera, the option of an 8-inch Tab 4 with the same 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 1.5GB of RAM and 3MP camera, or a 7-inch unit with… exactly the same spec.

All four are powered by an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core processor and arrive with Android 4.4 as the launch OS. They sound a bit cheap. Hopefully they’ll be cheap.

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That’s the 10.1-incher. The others look about the same but with the buttons in different places. Read all about them over on Samsung’s press site, because the formatting on the email isn’t pasting in very well and I really can’t be bothered editing 1000 line breaks today.

STATS: KitKat on 5.3 percent of Android devices

The arrival of Google’s 4.4 KitKat code alongside the new Nexus 5 and its appearance on phones like the massively popular Moto G have helped KitKat to a 5.3% share of the Android world thus far, according to the latest set of Platform Version data released by Google.

The figures show that the various Jelly Bean releases of the OS are the most widely used by far right now, with around 61% of Android users on something higher than version 4.1 of Google’s code.

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How we weep for those still using a Gingerbread-powered tablet from 2010.

Moto G lifts Motorola’s UK market share from 0.6 percent to 6 percent in six months

The popular and very impressive Moto G has single-handedly turned things around for Motorola in the UK, with stats from sales analyst Kantar Worldpanel suggesting the G-Unit grew Motorola’s smartphone market share from an embarrassing laughing-stock level of 0.6% six months ago to an impressive 6% right now.

Kantar says the G’s budget win helped Android maintain its hold as the most popular smartphone OS in Europe, where devices powered by Google’s code ran on 68.9% of devices sold in the 12 weeks to the end of February 2014.

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Kantar says the Moto G’s win “highlights the speed at which a quality budget phone can disrupt a market.” Definitely get one, if only to know you have something decent to use in an emergency.

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