Monday, July 23, 2012

Android Central international round-up - July 21, 2012

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With this week being Nexus 7 launch week around the world, there's been plenty of news to keep us occupied. The Jelly Bean tablet is slowly but surely starting to work its way out to pre-order customers, and the word on the street is that the Nexus 7 is now sold out in some countries. It's still early days, but it seems the N7's on track to be a major commercial success for ASUS and Google -- a first for any Android tablet.

Elsewhere, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean reared its head on the Nexus S, with the official launch of that phone's over-the-air update. Google announced in the past few hours that five major carriers are now pushing out the Jelly Bean OTA, following the OS's official debut on the Galaxy Nexus last week.

We also reviewed the Desire C, HTC's new entry-level phone for Europe, and got to play with the ZTE Grand X down in London. Both devices represent different approaches to making a value-oriented smartphone. HTC has focused on hardware and software design on its tiny 3.2-inch phone, while ZTE's offering cuts an unassuming figure with a plastic chassis and near-stock Android, choosing instead to differentiate itself with a gaming-focused Tegra 2 CPU. Though at the £180-190, it's hard to find fault with the Grand X's specs.

Finally, announced new, cheaper shipping options for international buyers -- fantastic news for anyone outside of the U.S. looking for great Android accessories!

We also had a fair selection of minor stories at the international desk this week, so dig into the list below. If you've got international news, you can tip us at the usual address.

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