Galaxy Nexus coming to WIND Mobile on February 3rd?

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Jan 312012

WIND MobileWIND Mobile had promised to release the Galaxy Nexus in time for Valentine’s Day. A leaked document obtained by MobileSyrup has revealed that the carrier will beat its own deadline quite handily: It will begin to offer the Galaxy Nexus on February 3rd.

The document also reveals pricing: CA$249 on the WINDTab+, CA$449 on the WINDTab, and CA$599 free of any tab.

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New picture of BlackBerry London surfaces

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Jan 312012

A new image of the upcoming BlackBerry London from Research In Motion has surfaced. The design has changed and the Porsche Design accents are gone. It has picked up the all black BlackBerry PlayBook look and more rounded corners. According to the leaked slide, it promises to be “elegant, understated, precise, solid, slim.”

Rumoured BlackBerry London

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CrackBerry has also learned that the BLackBerry London is likely aimed at the UK market. Two other models, the “Laguna” and the “Lisbon” are in development for the U.S. market. On the hardware front, RIM is apparently testing 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP5 and Qualcomm chipsets, with the latter perhaps geared at CDMA carriers.

The first BlackBerry 10 smartphone is expected later this year, perhaps in September or October.

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HTC Ville caught on video?

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Jan 312012

The rumoured HTC Ville has been caught on video. The clip focuses on Android and the HTC Sense 4.0 overlay. It also confirms that the HTC Ville will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GB RAM and a rear-facing 8MP camera. It adds that it will also come with a front-facing VGA camera, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC Ville at Mobile World Congress in February.

Update:The original video has unfortunately now been made private. Fortunately, a copy is floating about (for now).

Read more: HTC Hub (in French) [Google translation]

Nokia Lumia 900 coming to Rogers?

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Jan 312012

Nokia Lumia 900Two Nokia Lumia smartphones are on their way to Canada. The Nokia Lumia 710 is headed to Rogers while the Lumia 800 is headed to TELUS. A rumour now suggests that the Lumia 900, Nokia’s current flagship device bound for AT&T in the U.S., is also coming to Canada.

MobileSyrup has learned “from several sources” that the Nokia Lumia 900 is coming to Rogers Wireless. There is no word on pricing yet but the launch is tentatively scheduled for the May time frame.

It remains to be seen if any of the three Nokia Lumia smartphones will make their way to Bell Mobility or other carriers.

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Rumour: February 17th release for PlayBook OS release

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Jan 312012

RIM BlackBerry PlayBookA report earlier this month indicated that Research In Motion would release its much anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 update on February 17th. A new report adds its support for this date and adds new version number details.

While RIM was showing off PlayBook OS v2.0.0.7116 at CES, it has made further updates and is now testing updated versions. It now looks like version will get the nod in February.

RIM for its part has not announced any dates or version details beyond promising that the update will be released in February.

Read more: CrackBerry

Canalys: Apple top PC manufacturer in Q4 2011

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Jan 302012

Market research firm Canalys today named Apple the leading worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. Apple owes its success to its iPad tablets which Canalysis includes in the client PC category (desktops, netbooks, notebooks, and tablets or pads as Canalys calls them). Apple shipped some 20 million PCs (15 million iPads and five million Macs), giving it a 17% market share of the 120 million PCs (including over26 million tablets) shipped globally in Q4.

Apple took the crown from Hewlett-Packard which fell to second place. Lenovo took third place, followed by Dell and Acer. Of the five, only Apple and Lenovo saw market share gains (6% and 2% respectively).

Canalys also warns that without the right tablet strategy, 2012 will be another challenging year for many manufacturers.

“The consumerization of IT continues to be a significant disruptive force in the PC industry, but many of the leading vendors have failed to capitalize on the trend to date,” said Coulling. “This year will be a pivotal year for those vendors that were slow to launch pads. It is not just the product that they need to get right, business models are equally important – driving revenues from content delivery can help vendors reach lower price points in a market that is incredibly price sensitive.”

The overall PC market grew 16% year-on-year when tablets are included. Without them, the market actually declined 0.4%.

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Windows Phone Tango to support 120 languages?

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Jan 302012

Windows PhoneThe next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Tango, is rumoured to focus on supporting devices with lower specifications to allow Microsoft to push further into the entry-level smartphone and emerging market categories. Now comes word that Tango will also come with far broader language support than the current release of Windows Phone (codenamed Mango).

Mango supports 35 languages and Tango is set to add an additional 85 to bring the total of supported languages to 120. The revelation was apparently made at a developer event in India but the original source has now withdrawn the information (perhaps at Microsoft’s request?).

The same report adds that Windows Phone will also add support for C++ in a future version. It’s not clear if this will happen with Tango or later (Apollo?).

Read more: PocketNow

Sony LT22i Nypon to be known as Sony Xperia P at launch?

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Jan 302012

The theory that Sony could go with a single letter naming convention for some of its 2012 smartphones got another boost today. We already know that the Sony Ericsson LT26i “Nozomi” officially became the Sony Xperia S. The Sony ST25i “Kumquat” also appears set to use a single letter as its model name as the Sony Xperia U. It now looks like Sony LT22i Nypon will be known as the Sony Xperia P.

All three devices are now posted on Postel, the Indonesian Telecoms Regulatory body’s website:

Sony Xperia P?

A couple of pictures of the Sony LT22i Nypon surfaced last week. It is rumoured to be very similar to the Xperia S but with a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset, a 4-inch qHD display, and an 8MP camera.

Read more: Postel (Source: Xperia Blog)

Samsung announces Galaxy S Advance

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Jan 302012

Samsung Galaxy S AdvanceSamsung today announced the Samsung Galaxy S Advance. Unlike the other Galaxy smartphones, the Advance will sport the curved display seen on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 with Samsung TouchWiz
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band EDGE/GPRS and quad-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 4.0-inch WVGA(480×800) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 768MB RAM
  • Storage: 8/16GB onboard options and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with LED Flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 1,500mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 123.2 x 63.0 x 9.69 millimeters / 120g

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S Advance in Russia in February. It will then be rolled out in CIS, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China. No North American plans have been announced.

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Rogers expands Montreal area LTE coverage and plans further 2012 expansion

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Jan 302012

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced further expansion of its LTE network in the Montréal area. Coverage now extends to Laval, Terrebonne, Brossard, Longueuil and Vaudreuil. This brings to more than 11 million the number of Canadians who are now covered by Rogers’ LTE network.

Rogers also announced that it will expand to more than 25 additional cities this year. At that point, more than half of Canada’s population will have LTE coverage.

Rogers was the first to launch LTE in Canada. Its network now covers Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. It offers a number of LTE devices, including smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, tablets such as the HTC Jetstream, and data sticks and hubs. Today it also announced the imminent launch of its latest LTE device, the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Samsung Galaxy Note coming soon to Bell and Rogers

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Jan 302012

Samsung Galaxy NoteTELUS had been the only carrier to indicate that it would offer the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note until today. Both Bell and Rogers have now also confirmed that they will offer the smartphone-tablet hybrid device.

While Bell only promises that it is “coming soon,” Rogers has provided a better time frame indicating that it will be available in February (Samsung itself suggests mid-February). Rogers customers can reserve it already through the Rogers Reservation System (search under “Special Orders”).

Samsung Galaxy Note specifications:

  • Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE and HSPA+ 21Mbps models
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 5.3-inch WXGA (1280×800) Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen, S Pen digital pen
  • Storage: 16/32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 2500mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 millimeters

Pricing information has not yet been made available.

Read more: Bell Mobility and Rogers RedBoard

Rumour: TELUS LTE devices to be supported by current data plans

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Jan 292012

TELUSTELUS is expected to launch its LTE network sometime this quarter. The carrier has already announced the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. Now, a leaked training document obtained by MobileSyrup is now shedding light on the pricing strategy TELUS may use.

It appears that TELUS will support its faster network with its current plans. The leaked document states that

“TELUS customers on TELUS’ 4G or 4G LTE networks will continue to use existing TELUS data rate plans. TELUS is not introducing a premium 4G LTE-only rate plan. We believe our customers want a simple data rate plan solution that does not charge them more just because they are in a 4G LTE zone or differentiate between types of devices.”

TELUS is the last of big three Canadian carriers to launch its LTE network. Rogers launched its LTE network in the summer (first in Ottawa) and Bell followed suit in the fall.

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Exynos 5250 SoC mass production on track to start in Q2 2012

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Jan 282012

Samsung this week reconfirmed that it is now sampling its Exynos 5250 system-on-chip (SoC) and remains on track to begin mass production in Q2 2012. The Exynos 5250 will initially be used in tablets but will eventually make its way into smartphones as well.

The Samsung Exynos 5250 incorporates ARM’s new 2GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 processor which promises to double the performance of the 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 SoC. It also features improved graphics performance (as much as 4 times better) and support for stereoscopic 3D displays and resolutions up to WQXGA (2560×1600).

There is no word yet on who aside from Samsung (if anyone) could use the Exynos 5250 in future devices.

Read more: SammyHub

Infographic: Apple’s worth explained

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Jan 282012

So Apple is now worth over US$400 billion and has some US$97 billion in cash burning a hole in its pocket. This infographic (click on it for a larger version) gives these numbers some perspective.

What would you do with $97 billion in cash? While we may never know, Apple is currently pondering that question. This graphic explores some unique comparisons to put the world’s most valuable public company into perspective. Perhaps more money doesn’t necessarily mean more problems. Enjoy!

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LG CX2 to be known as LG 3D MAX at launch?

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Jan 282012

LG ElectronicsWe may now have an official name for the leaked LG CX2. Citing a “reliable source,” GSM-Israel reports that the successor to the LG Optimus 3D could be released as the LG 3D Max.

The name seems fitting considering that the leaked specifications point to a somewhat upgraded device rather than a complete redesign. Slightly thinner, it will benefit from a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the use of a NOVA display, and the addition of an NFC ship.

Oddly, the Optimus brand that LG has used for all its Android smartphones to date is missing here. Whether this is an an omission or the start of a new LG branding strategy remains to be seen.

The LG CX2 / 3D Max is expected to be announced at next month’s Mobile World Congress.

Read more: GSM-Israel (in Hebrew) [Google translation]