Cracking the smartphone market in Europe isn’t the easiest thing to do if you don’t have all the chops and credentials. Just ask Panasonic, as the Japanese firm is reportedly on the verge of packing its bag and leaving behind its European dream for the second time around. It doesn’t stop Alcatel from trying its luck by releasing the One Touch 903 smartphone.
As you already know, Samsung and its carrier partners are rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update in a variety of markets already, mostly European ones, but not only. However, the U.S. Galaxy S3 versions will be updated only “in the coming months,” maybe as late as the first months of 2013.
Vodafone is now stocking the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This news comes just days after the handset was initially released in the UK. The additional UK carriers will be releasing the device in the next couple weeks, along with EE’s 4G network.
UK is still in pole-position to get the Xperia T and J before any other market, and we’ve now started to hear about the carriers preparing to start selling the two phones. As expected, no carrier will be getting exclusivity over any of the devices, which is good news for regular users, who’ll have more freedom of choice.
Samsung has been rather coy about the Galaxy Note 2’s release date and price, though we do know that it’s coming to most markets in October and others before the end of the year. For those in the UK, here’s some information regarding the phablet’s release.