TELUS delays Android 2.2 update for HTC Desire

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Oct 312010
 

With October just about over as I write this, it should come as no surprise that TELUS will now have to come up with a new target date for the Android 2.2 update for the HTC Desire. TELUS Support has hinted via Twitter that it will be soon without giving a more specific timeframe:

We got word that Android 2.2 has been pushed back and will be out in the near future in Q4

I just hope that HTC Desire owners don’t have to wait as long as HTC Hero owners did for the Android 2.1 update

Source: MobileSyrup.com

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WIND Mobile getting ready to launch BlackBerry Curve 3G

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Oct 312010
 

If a leaked WIND Mobile inventory system screenshot is to be believed, the carrier is getting ready to launch the BlackBerry Curve 3G (also known as the Curve 9300). The two entries suggest that WIND Mobile could offer it two different colours.

Pricing and availability details are not yet known. Look for a release before the holidays for a price in the CA$350 range.

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Samsung Canada launches Samsung Galaxy Series with Faber Drive concert

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Oct 302010
 

Samsung

Samsung Canada earlier this week introduced a number of new devices, the Galaxy S Captivate, the Galaxy Tab, and the Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus, with a concert featuring Canadian band Faber Drive.

Once in, I expected to find the new devices available for us to play with or on display at least. None were in sight (or were they hidden away in the VIP area?). While I waited for the devices to make an appearance, I caught up with a few familiar faces.

An hour went by before Raj Doshi, Vice President of Mobile Product Management at Rogers Communications and Paul Brannen, Vice President at Samsung Mobile Canada, took to the stage to say a few words. Sadly, there was no information about release dates but there was a promise that devices were being shown off by staff in white. I looked around and did not see any.

By the time Faber Drive hit the stage, there was still precious little evidence of any of the devices. I finally noticed one or two Captivates (or perhaps Vibrants as it was quite dark and difficult to tell) but many more BlackBerry devices. And finally some Tabs started showing up in the crowd.

I ended up spending a few minutes with one but conversation with the Samsung rep was difficult as Faber Drive was playing only feet away. My first impression was that the Tab felt like an oversized smartphone. It was odd at first to see a smartphone OS on a larger device but I liked the familiarity that it brought. The Tab’s performance was pretty and applications seemed to scale well to the higher display resolution (but I only tried a few).

Unfortunately, the Canadian version will only support data plans and no voice plans. There is hope though (if I heard correctly): Samsung Canada could release an update to enable voice services should Canadian carriers express such an interest.

While Samsung definitely knows how to throw a party (remember the Metric show this past summer?), I wish that they would give a bit more attention to their devices. Here are a few pictures of the event:

The Venue: The Courthouse
The Venue: The Courthouse in Toronto

Faber Drive at Samsung Galaxy Series Launch
Faber Drive

Faber Drive
Faber Drive

Samsung Galaxy Tab spotted at last
Samsung Galaxy Tab spotted at last

Fortune ‘confirms’ iPhone headed to Verizon

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Oct 302010
 

Apple iPhone 4

Fortune is the latest to throw its weight behind rumours that the Apple iPhone is headed to Verizon in early 2011. In an article that focuses on Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, it states: “Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011.” Strong words, I say.

Verizon began to sell the Apple iPad earlier this week, a move hinting at closer relations between the two companies.

Market analysts think that Verizon could sell up to 9 million iPhones in 2011 alone. In comparison, some 22 million have been sold in the US so far. Would either company want to pass up such an opportunity?

There is no word on specific availability. An announcement could come at CES 2011 especially given that Seidenberg is expected to deliver a keynote at the event.

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T-Mobile to offer 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab with Windows 7?

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Oct 292010
 

Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced the release date and pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Available starting on November 10th, it will sell for US$399.99 with a two-year contract (pricing in line with that of Sprint). Data plans will include T-Mobile’s monthly 5GB or 200MB webConnect mobile broadband plans as well as some new prepaid plans.

T-Mobile has now published the specifications of the tablet and there are a few surprises: 10-inch display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor N450, 160GB hard drive, and Windows 7. Don’t get all excited: It is more likely to be a content snafu than a mysterious new Galaxy Tab model. Both the Overview and Features tab features the more usual 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet we are all expecting.

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab specifications?

Anyone out there wishing this was for real?

Source: BoyGeniusReport.com

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Bell Mobility to release LG Optimus Quantum on November 8th

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Oct 292010
 

LG Optimus Quantum

With confirmation earlier this year that the Canadian launch of Windows Phone 7 devices would coincide with the US release, it’s no surprise that Bell Mobility is set to release the LG Optimus Quantum on November 8th. It will be the only WP7 QWERTY slider available in Canada at launch time.

The LG Optimus Quantum will come with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA connectivity, a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 16GB of onboard storage, and a 5MP camera capable of 720p HD video. It will also support DLNA.

Bell is set to offer the LG Optimus Quantum for CA$449.95 without contract. Subsidized pricing has not been revealed but expect it to fall around CA$100 with a three-year contract.

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Samsung to announce Google Nexus two at November 8th event?

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Oct 282010
 

Samsung

Remember that November 8thevent where Samsung plans to unveil a new device? According to AndroidandMe.com sources, the device in question could be none other than the Google Nexus Two.

The sources also reveal that the Google Nexus Two would be the first device to ship with stock Gingerbread (Android 2.3?) and that it would be offered by multiple carriers across the world. Instead of being available only directly from Google, this new device would be available through more conventional channels (much as Google later did with the Nexus One).

A separate report suggests that the Nexus Two will be available exclusively through Carphone Warehouse in the UK. The event in New York suggests that at least one US carrier could also offer it. Interestingly, the same report suggests that Samsung will not be the manufacturer behind the Nexus Two (neither will it be HTC).

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Videotron extends 3G+ mobile service to three more Quebec markets

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Oct 282010
 

Videotron

On the heels of its launch in the Quebec City and Montreal areas back in September, Videotron today announced that it has extended its 3G+ coverage to include the Mauricie, Sherbrooke and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield areas.

“Following up on the resounding success of the initial launch of our advanced mobile service, we are pleased to announce that we are expanding it to new markets,” said Robert Depatie, President & CEO of Videotron. "This move brings Videotron into the Trois-Rivieres market for the first time."

Videotron offers a total of 12 devices (including the Google Nexus One with Google Android 2.2, the Garmin Nuvifone A50, and the Motorola XT720) and a number of voice and data plans including some unlimited options.

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Samsung officially unveils Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for Rogers

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Oct 282010
 

Samsung Galaxy S Captivate

A few days after it officially went on sale through Rogers Wireless, Samsung today formally announced the Samsung Captivate.

“With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, we are taking the multimedia aspects of smartphone technology to an entirely new level and reinforcing to consumers why we’ve been the market leader for so long,” said Paul Brannen, vice president, Samsung Mobile Canada.

Samsung Galaxy S Captivate specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1 with Samsung’s Social Hub
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA/UMTS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • Input: Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology
  • Storage: 16GB onboard / microSD cards (up to 32GB)
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, LED flash, and HD video recording/playback
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Connectors: 3.5-mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions / Weight: 122.9 x 60.2 x 9.99 millimeters / 125 grams

The Samsung Galaxy S Captivate is now available from Rogers for CA$179.99 with select 3-year contracts. Existing Rogers customers (who meet hardware upgrade eligibility requirements) can purchase it for CA$149.99 until November 1st.

Bell Mobility has been selling the similar Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant since early August. TELUS is also expected to launch a Galaxy S smartphone, the Fascinate, in the coming weeks.

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More evidence Palm Pre 2 headed to Rogers?

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Oct 272010
 

Earlier today, MobileSyrup.com posted a few pictures of the upcoming Palm Pre 2 with Rogers branding. Shortly after, the site was asked to take down the images, lending credence to their validity.

Palm Pre 2 for Rogers?

This is not the first time that there are signs that Rogers will soon launch the Palm Pre 2. Shortly after being announced last week, the product page on the Palm website made reference to the fact that the Pre 2 was headed to “Rodger’s [sic] network.”

According to MobileSyrup.com, Rogers will launch the Palm Pre 2 on November 9th for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract.

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White iPhone 4 canceled entirely?

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Oct 272010
 

Apple

The saga of the white iPhone 4 continues. Apple yesterday confirmed that it was delaying the white version of the iPhone 4 to 2011 without providing an explanation.

“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller.

The story took another turn today with BGR reporting that Apple may have now decided not to release white iPhone 4 at all. Instead, Apple will simply continue to delay it until it announces the iPhone 5 (next June/July?).

Is anyone out there still holding out for a white iPhone 4?

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RIM announces BlackBerry Bold 9780

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Oct 272010
 

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780

Research In Motion today announced the BlackBerry Bold 9780, the successor to the Bold 9700. The main changes over its predecessor are a number hardware upgrades and BlackBerry 6.

“We are very excited to introduce the BlackBerry Bold 9780 featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system,” said Carlo Chiarello, Vice President, Product Management at Research In Motion. “This new model builds on the highly refined mobile experience that BlackBerry Bold users already know and love and delivers a wide range of enhancements including a rich new user interface, a fast and powerful WebKit-based browser, broadly improved communications and multimedia capabilities, an incredibly useful Universal Search feature and a high quality 5MP camera.”

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 specifications:

  • Operating system: BlackBerry 6
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSDPA/UMTS
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Input: QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad
  • Display: 2.44-inch 480 x 360
  • Memory: 512MB Flash memory
  • Storage: microSD cards up to 32GB (2G card included)
  • Camera: 5MP with auto-focus, flash and video recording
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 14 millimeters (4.29 x 2.36 x 0.56 inches) / 122 grams (4.3 ounces)

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 will be available from various carriers around the world starting in November. In Canada, Rogers has confirmed it will carry it (Thanks, Miranda!). In the US, it will be carried by T-Mobile starting on November 17th.

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HP preparing up to six webOS devices for next year?

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Oct 272010
 

Hewlett-Packard

A report from the China Economic News Service suggests that HP could release up to six webOS devices in 2011. Foxconn could supply four or five of these devices, including the upcoming PalmPad, with Compal to provide one additional device.

No details were given about the devices themselves. I suspect that between CDMA and GSM variants, we could actually only see 3 or 4 new devices (the PalmPad, successors for the Pre 2 and Pixi and perhaps one new form factor perhaps with no physical keyboard).

HP acquired Palm earlier this year and promised to invest more in R&D. It appears that we could soon see the results of this promise.

Source: PreCentral.net

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Barnes & Noble launches NOOKcolor

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Oct 262010
 

Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor

Barnes & Noble today unveiled the NOOKcolor, a colour display eReader.

“With NOOKcolor, we’ve combined the functionality and convenience of a 7-inch portable wireless tablet with the reader-centricity of a dedicated eReader, and employed a breakthrough color screen technology that will wow customers,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. Added Lynch, “NOOKcolor enables Web browsing over Wi-Fi, music, games and much more, but reading anything and everything in brilliant color is the killer app and squarely the product’s focus.”

NOOKcolor specifications:

  • Operating system: Google Android 2.1 (upgradeable to 2.2 in 2011)
  • Software: Pandora Internet radio, Chess, Sudoku, crosswords, and a media gallery application
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Display: 7-inch 1024 x 600 VividView LED-backlit lCD touchscreen
  • Storage: 8GB onboard / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, microUSB port
  • Dimensions / weight: 8.1 x 5 x 0.48 inches / 15.8 ounces

More than two million books, enhanced books, newspapers and magazines, and other interactive content will be available. The company is making a big push into children books offering more than 130 digital picture books and the ability for children to interact with the stories. It is also making inroads into social media with an application that ties into Facebook and Twitter.

Barnes & Noble will continue to sell its e-ink eReaders, the Nook Wi-Fi and Nook 3G (both will receive a major firmware update next month) alongside the NOOKcolor.

Barnes & Noble will sell the NOOKcolor for US$249 at Barnes & Noble stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Books-A-Million. It is expected to begin shipping November 19th.

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Sony Ericsson Canada confirms XPERIA X10 Android 2.1 update coming in November

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Oct 262010
 

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

After rescheduling its Android 2.1 update for the XPERIA X10 smartphones a number of times, Sony Ericsson today tweeted that it is now expecting to have it out in November here in Canada:

Exciting news! 2.1 upgrade for the #X10 will be available in Canada in November!

The update should be available for the XPERIA X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro smartphones. The XPERIA X10 update is expected to include HD video recording with continuous auto-focus, a new backup and restore application, 5 homescreens, and a social phonebook that will automatically sync contact pictures from Facebook and show when your friends are online. The XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro update will include improved Bluetooth functionality, a new backup and restore application, automatic contact picture synchronization between Facebook and your phonebook, and improved media handling in messages.

Interestingly, Sony Ericsson had initially announced a Q4 release date so we are back to the timeline that they had initially proposed.

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