TELUS to launch Galaxy Nexus on January 13th

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Jan 052012

Galaxy NexusTELUS Mobility today announced via Twitter that it will launch the Galaxy Nexus on January 13th:

Coming to TELUS on January 13th, the Android 4.0 powered Galaxy Nexus!

TELUS has yet to provide any pricing details but it is likely to fall in line with that of Bell and Virgin Mobile (CA$159.99 with a three-year contract up to CA$649.99 with no contract).

Read more: Twitter

Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 900 headed to Canada

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Jan 052012

Nokia Lumia 710While much attention has been paid to Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone launch in the U.S., the company is also planning to launch in Canada. A number of devices have been promised but so far there have been no details on what these could be.

MobileSyrup has now learned that Nokia is planning to launch with at least two devices. The Lumia 710 will be the first Nokia Windows Phone device to launch in Canada. It will be followed later by the still-unannounced Lumia 900.

While launch details are still vague, it appears likely that the Lumia 710 is headed to Rogers Wireless with Bell and TELUS also possibilities. There are no pricing details yet but the Lumia 710 will launch with T-Mobile USA on January 11th for US$49.99 with a two-year contract. It is possible that we will see similar pricing (albeit with a three-year contract instead).

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Acer Iconia Tab A200 available in U.S. on January 15th

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Jan 052012

Acer Iconia Tab A200Acer today announced that its Iconia Tab A200 tablet will be available in the U.S. starting on January 15th.

“The Acer Iconia Tab family of tablets is an excellent example of Acer’s ability to deliver high-performance, full-function mobile devices at unbeatable values,” said Eric Ackerson, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. “Acer brings the Iconia Tab A200 to consumers at an affordable price, without making sacrifices on key tablet features such as expansion, connectivity to other devices, HD displays and cameras.”

Acer Iconia Tab A200 specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) with Acer Ring
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, DLNA
  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB onboard / microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, USB 2.0, microUSB 2.0
  • Battery: 3,260mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 260 x 175 x 12.4 millimeters / 720 grams

An update to Android 4.0 is expected to be available in mid-February.

The 8GB version of the Acer Iconia Tab A200 will sell for US329.99. The 16GB version will sell for US$349.99.

There is no word yet on a Canadian launch at this time.

Read more: Acer America

7-inch display for Google tablet?

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Jan 052012

GoogleGoogle chairman Eric Schmidt recently revealed plans to launch its own Android tablet within the next six months. Details are now emerging about what this device could look like. Citing its usual “supply chain” sources, Digitimes reports that Google is looking at taking on Amazon and its Kindle Fire tablet rather than Apple and its dominant iPad tablet.

The report suggests that Google’s tablet will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and come with a 7-inch display. It could be priced below US$199 to compete against the Kindle Fire. At that price, it remains to be seen if it will be the “tablet of the highest quality” promised by Schmidt.

The Google tablet (it remains to be seen if it would be branded as a Nexus device) could launch as early as March or April.

Read more: Digitimes

HTC Radiant LTE Windows Phone for AT&T revealed?

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Jan 042012

The HTC Radiant is one of three Windows Phone devices that AT&T is rumoured to announce next week at CES 2012. Little was known about it until a leaked image surfaced today.

It appears to share many similarities with the HTC Titan (which AT&T already offers) but there are also a few differences. These include the camera LED flashes switching sides and what appears to be a larger front-facing camera. It may also not be possible to replace the battery without having it serviced.

Rumoured HTC Radiant

There are still no details on the specifications. PocketNow suggests that it will come with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. It may also retain the 4.7-inch WVGA display of the HTC Titan. A larger battery may also have been added to deal with LTE connectivity power consumption.

The HTC Radiant is expected to be announced next week at CES 2012.

Read more: PocketNow

Microsoft and partners to spend US$200 million on U.S. Windows Phone marketing

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Jan 042012

Windows PhoneMicrosoft and Nokia have promised a big marketing push for Windows Phone once it makes its U.S. debut. Just how big is now coming to light as details emerge about the marketing plans to support the launch.

Microsoft, Nokia and AT&T could between them spend about US$100 million on the Nokia Ace which is scheduled to launch in March. The carrier has given the device “hero” status meaning that AT&T will itself promote the device in advertising and its retail network. The success of the Nokia Ace will also determine whether a future device could also be given “hero” status for the next holiday season.

Another US$100 million will be spent by Microsoft and other hardware partners (such as Samsung). Aside from the significant advertising blitz we can expect, one program will focus on sales incentives for retail employees. Payments of between US$10 and US$15 made could be made for each Windows Phone device sold, depending on the number sold. The hope is that this will translate to sales people recommending Windows Phone devices over Android and iOS ones.

Read more: Windows IT Pro and BetaNews

Galaxy Nexus “coming soon” to Mobilicity

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Jan 042012

Bell and Virgin Mobile Canada were the first to launch the Galaxy Nexus in Canada but it will not be an exclusive much longer. While both Rogers Wireless and TELUS Mobility have already confirmed that they will soon be carrying Google’s latest smartphone, it was unclear whether newer carriers would also offer it. Now Mobilicity’s President & COO, Stewart Lyons, has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus is “coming soon.”

Galaxy Nexus coming soon to Mobilicity

There is no word yet on specific availability details or pricing.

Read more: Twitter (Source: MobileSyrup)

Sony Ericsson teases new device ahead of CES

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Jan 042012

After yesterday’s teaser, Sony Ericsson today posted a number of pictures of a new smartphone ahead of its expected CES announcement. The pictures, the ones below, show a dedicated shutter button, a microHDMI port, an HD camera, and a camera icon.

Sony Ericsson CES 2012 teaser

Two Sony Ericsson smartphones have been revealed by recent rumours: The Xperia Nozomi (LT26i) and the LT28at (perhaps as the Xperia Ion). Leaked pictures of the Nozomi don’t quite line up with these (eg, the Nozomi camera has the flash underneath whereas this one as the ‘HD’ text) suggesting that this announcement could be for the LT28at or an unheard-of-so-far model.

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More Motorola RAZR air cannon mayhem

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Jan 042012

Motorola and Rogers are at it again. A new “Rogers Presents Motorola RAZR VS.” has been released with the Motorola RAZR now going up against a couple of desserts.

It is just me or are a lot of tasty treats being sacrificed? A cake and both popcorn and pop have already faced the RAZR. What’s next?

The Motorola RAZR is available now from Rogers Wireless and from Fido starting on January 10th.

Source: Twitter

HTC to unveil quad-core LTE smartphones at MWC?

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Jan 042012

HTCCiting the Chinese-language Commercial Times, a report by Digitimes suggests that HTC will unveil new flagship smartphones at MWC in February. These are to sport quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processors and LTE-enabled Qualcomm MSM 8906 chipsets. The report does not identify specific devices but they could be the HTC Elite and HTC Edge. Or perhaps the HTC Zeta?

If HTC is able to get these quad-core smartphones to market by April, it may have as much as a two-month lead over its competitors according to JPMorgan Chase analyst Alvin Kwok.

Older rumours have already suggested that HTC will unveil both a quad-core smartphone and tablet (HTC Quattro?) at the event.

Read more: Digitimes

BlackBerry 10 Slider ‘Milan’ cancelled?

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Jan 042012

It could be a case of ‘We hardly knew you.’ N4BB is reporting that Research In Motion has cancelled the BlackBerry 10 slider codenamed Milan. According to the source, the decision is due to “an issue with hardware.”

Rumoured BlackBerry Milan

N4BB adds that the Milan was to have come with a 4.2-inch display. RIM may have found that the combination of portrait slider form factor and large display resulted in an ackward design. It remains to be seen if the portrait slider will make a return with an updated design.

RIM is still rumoured to have four other devices in development with the BlackBerry London likely to be the first to be released. The first of these is expected to launch late this year. Development has been held up as RIM waits for a a new LTE dual-core Qualcomm chipset. Rumours are suggesting that delays are due to software development being behind schedule.

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Birthday time: Gadgetorama turns 7

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Jan 042012

Birthday hatIt was 7 years ago today that I launched Gadgetorama. Along the way, we have posted 8509 stories with 1598 in 2011 alone. It is quite amazing how much our mobile gadgets have changed over this time.

The first official Gadgetorama story was about leaked pictures of the still unreleased Windows Mobile 5.0. And now we’re only days away from Nokia’s big CES launch of Windows Phone in North America. Six years ago on this day, Palm launched its Palm Treo 700w powered by Windows Mobile 5.0. Palm is no more and webOS, on which it bet its future, is now headed to the open-source realm where it will hopefully live on.

As for what is in store for Gadgetorama this year, with the site finally off the custom CMS I had built so many years ago, I am now going to focus more on the site’s growth. And that’s where I need your help. If Gadgetorama is a useful and usual stop on your Internet sojourn, please let others know: Subscribe to our Twitter feed, retweet the stories you find interesting, like us on Facebook, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment about anything you see here.

So, welcome to all those who found Gadgetorama this year and decided to make it a regular stop. And a warm thank you to those who have been making the stop for longer than that. Now let’s get back to the news…

Fido to launch Motorola RAZR on January 10th

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Jan 032012

Motorola RAZRThe Motorola RAZR will be available from Fido starting on January 10th.

Perfect for the style, technology and multimedia maven, Motorola RAZR’s sculpted glass face and diamond cut aluminum accents have already made it stand out in a crowd. With its Kevlar fiber for lightweight strength and super vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, Motorola RAZR is quick to catch your eye.

While we put the final touches on our review, here is another look at our Motorola RAZR unboxing.

Fido will offer the Motorola RAZR for CA$100 with a three-year contract. Contract-free pricing was not provided but expect it to fall in the CA$649.99 range, the price that Rogers already offers it at.

ASUS responds to Transformer Prime GPS and bootloader complaints

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Jan 032012

ASUS Transformer PrimeIn the same update where it announced the release of its Android 4.0 update for the Transformer Prime, ASUS also tackled two complaints that have surfaced as customers began getting their hands on the tablet.

First, ASUS responded to complaints about varying degrees of success (or lack thereof) getting GPS to work properly. Describing the Transformer Prime as “not a professional GPS device,” it explained that a number of factors can affect performance. Among them is the tablet’s metallic unibody design as well as external factors such as weather, buildings, and surrounding environments. A fix for the issue may not be as simple as a software patch. ASUS has gone as far as removing the reference to GPS functionality on product pages:

Please understand there are limitations when using the GPS function. To avoid inconveniencing users who demand a powerful GPS device, we made the decision to remove it from our specification sheet and marketing communications. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

ASUS also indicated that it will release bootloader unlocking tool after it came to light that the Transformer Prime comes with a locked and encrypted bootloader. It attributes the decision to lock it down to DRM, namely Google DRM. It warns that customers opting to use the unlocking tool will not only lose access to Google’s video rental service but will also void their warranties.

No timeline was given for the release of the bootloader unlock tool.

Is either of these a deal breaker for anyone?

Read more: ASUS Facebook page

Android 4.0 updates to start January 12th for ASUS Transformer Prime

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Jan 032012

ASUS Transformer PrimeASUS today announced that it will begin to push out an update to Android 4.0 for the Transformer Prime on January 12th:

ASUS has been working hard to make the highly anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available on the Transformer Prime, and today, we have good news for you. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich FOTA worldwide update for the Transformer Prime will start from Jan 12th, 2012. Thank you for your patience and support through this process.

ASUS also announced that it will release a maintenance update before that. Update version will improve the focus of the camera, the fluidity of the touch experience, and the APK capabilities in Android Market.

Read more: ASUS Facebook page