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AT&T HTC One X 1.85 update now rolling out over the air

As noted by folks over on the Android Central forums, the AT&T HTC One X is now receiving an over-the-air software update to version 1.85.502.3. For those keeping score at home, that’s the same version that leaked a couple of weeks back in the form of an RUU (ROM Update Utility.)

HTC One V arriving on TELUS June 8th

Although the device has been available on their “budget” brand Koodoo Mobile for a while now, TELUS themselves are preparing to launch the HTC One V come June 8th. As we learned in our review of the device, HTC has gone back to their roots with the HTC One V making it an entry-level throwback to the HTC Legend and we mean that lovingly. With it, you’ll be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM and finally 4GB of built-in storage should you decide to pick one up. Right now, TELUS pricing looks a little something like this:

Samsung and Apple Are Set to Continue Their Domination of the Global Smartphone Market

Minyanville readers should be more than familiar with Samsung and Apple’s (AAPL) co-dominance of the global mobile-phone industry.

So it shouldn’t be shocking to see that the two top dogs are getting even stronger, even though the industry is suffering a slowdown that is being largely ignored by the majority of investors.

Samsung Galaxy S and S II reach 50m sales

Not only that, but the Galaxy Note continues to see strong sales, up from 5 million units in March to 7 million today. In total, 24 million Galaxy S phones have entered sales channels since the June 2010 launch, while 28 million Galaxy S IIs have been shifted in just a year.

The latest figures join news that the Galaxy S III is the fastest pre-ordered smartphone in the UK, with the phone already amassing 9 million pre-orders from retailers and carriers worldwide. The phone has suffered some delays, however: the Pebble Blue version of the device is said to have a manufacturing defect with the back cover of the phone, leading to a milky white appearance after prolonged use. Samsung has said it’s trying to fix the problem and Pebble Blue phones should be hitting retailers shortly, but if you want to pick up a phone today you’ll have to make do with Marble White.

Judge Rules That Google Did Not Infringe Copyright in Oracle Case

Oracle had been looking for billions of dollars in the lawsuit and a court order that would force Google to rewrite Android or pay Oracle a share of its future advertising profits from Android mobile gadgets. However, due to the ruling, Oracle can only seek damages for $150,000.

Oracle plans to appeal Alsup’s ruling. The company faces a difficult challenge due to the face that Alsup’s ruling is rich in context, including detailed deconstructions of the Java language and APIs, as well as the expected legal citations and examples.

Windows 8 Release Preview: What you should know

Two months after unleashing Windows 8 upon the world, Microsoft’s back with the latest step toward the release of the company’s next operating system: the Windows 8 Release Preview. The new version was supposed to be released the first week in June, but Microsoft is apparently ahead of its development schedule — though that hasn’t stopped the leaks from coming fast and furious.

Google’s Chrome OS Lands in Chromebox

The device includes 6 USB ports of connectivity and is powered by an Intel Core processor supported by 4 GB of RAM. List price for the new Chromebox is $329 USD.

The Chromebox is being joined by a new generation of Chromebooks that will also benefit from performance gains.

“The new Chromebook and Chromebox, based on Intel Core processors, are nearly three times as fast as the first-generation Chromebooks,” Google stated in a blog post. “And support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience.”

Intel’s First Smartphone Goes on Sale in Europe June 6

I think Intel is making a mistake by entering the mobile space with an entry-level product rather than from the high-end side. That risks diluting their brand,” said Saadi.

The San Diego will be available for £199.99 (US$310) on Orange Pay As You Go, when customers top up £10.

That compares to the Apple iPhone 4S with 16GB which costs £489.99 on Orange Pay As You Go.

Prepaid users in the U.K. will also receive a free monthly allowance of 250MB of mobile data per month for 12 months.

Alternatively, the handset will be free to people who sign a 24 month contract from £15.50 a month before July 25. The package includes 50 minutes, 50 texts, and 100MB of mobile data a month.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Now Available in Europe

It also sports some neat innovations, such as a sensor that tracks eye movement, preventing the screen from going dark when you’re looking at the device.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is not yet available with US carriers, but rumors say it’s just a matter of weeks. In July, the device should be available in 145 countries and 296 carriers.

If you’re willing to dish out $799 for the LTE-less version of the device, though, you can do so right now at Amazon.