Instagram for Android now available

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Apr 032012

Instagram today announced that its popular iOS application is now available for Android as well. It already has over 30 million iOS registered users and over 430,000 Android users signed up on the waiting list.

We’ve been working tirelessly to make this new Android app a first-class mobile photo-sharing experience. We’ve been meticulous about translating the Instagram experience to the Android platform. The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version.

Instagram for Android

A number of features including (Tilt Shift/Blur, Share from Feed, Live Preview and Share to Flickr) did not make it to this first release but are promised for future releases.

Instagram for Android is available from Google Play for mobile phones running Android 2.2 or above. It does not run on Android tablets at this time.

Read more: Google Play

RIM launches BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for mobile device management

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Apr 032012

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today launched BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, its new mobile device management (MDM) solution for enterprise customers. The new service will let customers manage smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry OS, Android, and iOS though a single web-based console.

“For businesses and government, managing a mix of mobile devices on any scale is chaotic. Organizations face pressure to allow employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, and they are looking to RIM as the global leader in the enterprise mobility space to solve that problem,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organizations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible. It also means that businesses and government do not have to move to the lowest common denominator on security for all the devices they need to manage.”

Among the features that BlackBerry Mobile Fusion offers are the following:

  • Application and software management
  • Connectivity management (Wi-Fi, VPN, certificates)
  • Security and policy definition and management
  • Asset management
  • Configuration management
  • Security and protection for lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
  • And more

RIM is offering BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a free download with pricing to be determined by the number of devices to be managed. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Client access licenses (CALs) start at $99 per user or $4 per user per month with “volume discounts” also available. A 60-day trial version is currently available as well.

Read more: Research In Motion

Sprint’s HTC EVO One revealed?

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Apr 032012

Sprint is widely expected to announce its version of the HTC One X as the Sprint EVO One as early as tomorrow. An alleged press image obtained by PocketNow and specification details have surfaced ahead of the event. It is likely to be the first (or among the first) devices to support its new LTE network.

Rumoured Sprint EVO One

According to Android Central, the Sprint EVO One will be somewhat different from the HTC One X. It will reportedly sport a 4.7-inch AMOLED display rather than Super LCD, come with 16GB of internal memory, a 2MP front-facing camera (rather than 1.3MP) and pack a much larger 2,650mAh battery. It could also feature a kickstand.

All will hopefully be confirmed later tomorrow!

Read more: PocketNow and Android Central

ASUS Transformer Prime shipment numbers revealed?

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Apr 032012

ASUS Transformer PrimeCourt documents that came out of the lawsuit brought upon ASUS by Hasbro over the use of the name “Transformer Prime” for its latest Android tablet have revealed some surprising shipment numbers. One document states that “as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders… and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”

The document does not provide any context for the numbers. Is ASUS unable to ship higher volumes or are they a reflection of demand?

On a more positive note, the court ruled in ASUS’s favour and the manufacturer will be able to continue to sell its tablet under the Transformer Prime brand. The judge refused to believe Hasbro’s claim that customers could confuse the tablet for a Hasbro product: “There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”

I have a feeling that this is shallow victory for ASUS in light of those shipment numbers.

Read more: Paid Content

Full Rogers pricing for Nokia Lumia 900 revealed?

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Apr 022012

Nokia Lumia 900Rogers will launch the Nokia Lumia 900, the first Windows Phone LTE smartphone, sometime this month. To date, it has only revealed that it would sell for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract. MobileSyrup has now landed full pricing details:

  • CA$99.99 with a three-year contract
  • CA$424.99 with a two-year contract
  • CA$474.99 with a one-year contract
  • CA$524.99 with no contract

MobileSyrup also expects the launch to fall on April 10th.

Read more: MobileSyrup

Apr 022012

Good news! The much anticipated Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Nexus S smartphones and Motorola XOOM tablet has begun to arrive on Canadian devices. I’ve received a few reports that users have now received the upgrade on their Nexus devices (no word on XOOM updates so far). The Gadgetorama HQ’s trusty Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S both showed “currently up to date” until today when I took matters into my own hands and forced a checkin (by dialing *#*#2432546#*#*).

Lo and behold if the upgrade did not show up for the Google Nexus S. Sadly, not as much luck with the Galaxy Nexus so far.

Android 4.0.4 on Google Nexus S

Hopefully everyone’s patience will soon be rewarded…

Let us know below if you have received the update on any of these…

Mobilicity launches Samsung Galaxy S 4G and updated plans

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Apr 022012

MobilicityMobilicity today launched the Samsung Galaxy S 4G along with updated data plans. The Galaxy S 4G was quite the device when it came out nearly two years ago and remains a decent entry-level smartphone today.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz single-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: Quad-band GSM and tri-band (AWS) UMTS/HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) SUPER AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 720p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 1650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 122.5 x 64.57 x 9.99 millimeters / 118 grams

Mobilicity is offering the Samsung Galaxy S 4G for the introductory price of CA$299.99 “while supplies last” after which it will raise the price to CA$349.99.

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Next Apple iPhone and iPad to use OLED display?

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Apr 022012

AppleIn a report about today’s launch of Samsung Display as an affiliate of the flagship Samsung firm, The Korea Times is reporting that Apple could use OLED panels for upcoming iPhone and iPad models. Samsung Display is planning to “massively increase its investment for OLEDs” as LCD revenues drop due to increasing competition. Citing “unnamed Samsung executives,” the report indicates that the increased volumes could allow Samsung to meet Apple’s shipment targets for future OLED iPads and iPhones. “So far, Apple has questions over an output commitment and product volume as Samsung’s OLED business isn’t on full track. But chances have risen to break the wall,” said one Samsung executive.

Quantity may not be the only challenge Samsung faces though. Apple had apparently considered Samsung OLED technology in the past but eventually opted not to due to unspecified “technological problems.” It would have to resolve these (if not already done) to earn Apple’s business.

Despite their legal battles, Apple was Samsung’s biggest customer in 2011, supplying it with a wide range of components (including LCD panels) in deals worth a total US$7.8 billion. That is set to increase to US$11 billion this year.

Read more: The Korea Times (Source: 9to5Mac)

Rogers expands LTE coverage to Calgary and Halifax

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Apr 022012

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced that it has expanded its LTE network to cover both Calgary and Halifax. As a result, it now covers nearly 12 million Canadians (roughly a third of the population).

“We’re thrilled to offer our LTE network to even more Canadians in the east and the west,” said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Now, Calgarians and Haligonians can enjoy the benefits of speeds on their mobile devices comparable to what they would get at home. And, they can do it on an LTE network that is Canada’s fastest and largest for a robust and reliable experience.”

Rogers first launched LTE in Ottawa in July 2010 and has steadily been expanding its network since. It plans to expand to a further 25 additional cities across the country this year. Among them will be Edmonton “in the coming months.”

Rogers already offers seven LTE devices including two smartphones, a smartphone-tablet hybrid, two tablets, a Rocket Stick and a mobile hotspot. It will add both the Nokia Lumia 900 (available for pre-order) and the HTC One X to its lineup this month.

Read more: Rogers

Gmail Tap: Simplifying mobile device keyboards

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Apr 012012

Google has come up with an ingenious new keyboard input method for mobile devices. Instead of a 26 key keyboard, there are only two keys: One for dots and one for dashes. Google has reached back into the past and tapped (pun intended) Morse code for its new input method. The video below shows how this will work.

Gmail Tap also introduces a new mode, multi-email. It lets you double your productivity by typing two different messages simultaneously using two keyboards.

Here is everything you need to get started:

Gmail Tap

Gmail Tap is available as of April 1st for both Android and iOS.

Read more: Gmail Blog

Nokia unveils Nokia Ice “super-cool phone” prototype

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Apr 012012

Nokia today unveiled its latest smartphone prototype, the Nokia Ice. The most impressive feature about the Nokia Ice is the new material it uses. Promising to reduce material costs and the environmental impact, it is made, as the name implies, of ice.

Nokia has its roots in Finland, a land full of ice and snow. Having tried to understand this material for centuries, we’ve finally managed to tame it. It’s a true triumph of man understanding nature.

Nokia Ice prototype

The Nokia Ice is unique in many ways: You charge it by placing it in the freezer. Its superhydrophobic coating ensures that the internal hardware remains intact and waterproof – even if the outside melts. While the initial model is oval, future models could sport different shapes made by ice sculpters.

Nokia is still working on the Nokia Ice prototype and still has to solve one challenge: Due to the materials used, it cannot leave the lab for extended periods of time.

No word on when the Nokia Ice will hit the market but I suspect it will do so on a specific calendar day: April 1st.

Read more: Nokia

Toshiba launches Shapes tablet family

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Apr 012012

Toshiba today announced a number of new tablets all part of a new “exclusive” line designed for those who want to stand out in a crowd. It consists of the Oblong (“Technology that’s come full circle”), the Rhombus (“More than just a convex quadrilateral”) and Amore (“This is one heart that you can play with”).

“Consumers have been telling us that they’re eager for products that match their personality and style. I think it’s safe to say that Shapes by Toshiba shows that we’ve listened. And we’re not going to stop either. We’ve got a begy of other shapes in the pipeline too,” said Bob Forma, Product Manager, Shapes.

As Toshiba asks, “What share are you?”

All three Shapes by Toshiba tablets are on sale as of April 1st.

Read more: Toshiba (Source: Mobile Syrup)

Google launches Google Maps 8-bit for NES

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Apr 012012

Google today finally announced Google Maps for one of the world’s most popular computer systems, The Nintendo Entertainment System. In the first NES cartridge to be released in nearly 18 years, Google has managed to bring all of Google Maps’ features to the venerable system. It supports searching for famous landmarks and sites around the world, Street View (in full 8-bit majesty) and provide detailed directions to “avoid dangerous paths, and battle your way through a world of powerful monsters and mystic treasures.”

Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google’s immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps.

Google Maps 8-bit for NES will be available soon through its Google Store. In the meantime, a limited trial version for the desktop is now available.

Google Maps 8-bit for NES

Don’t forget to check today’s date before placing your order.

Read more: Google’s Lat Long blog