Rumour: HTC One V headed to Koodo Mobile

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Apr 242012

HTC One VAnother Canadian carriers looks set to soon be offering one of HTC’s new One series devices. A screenshot obtained by MobileSyrup shows that the HTC One V is headed to Koodo Mobile. The move should not come as a big surprise as it will also be offered by TELUS, Koodo’s parent company.

HTC One V coming to Koodo?

There is no word yet on availability or pricing (although it may come in under CA$300).

Read more: Mobile Syrup

Apple announces financial results for Q2 FY2012

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Apr 242012

AppleApple today announced its latest financial results. For its fiscal second quarter, it recorded quarterly revenues of US$39.2 billion and quarterly net profits of US$11.6 billion. This is a significant increase over the revenue of US$24.7 billion and net profit of US$6.0 billion it recorded in the year-ago quarter.

It sold 11.8 million iPads, a 151% increase over the same quarter a year ago.

Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, an 88% increase over the same quarter a year ago and nearly as many as last quarter. It also sold 11.8 million iPads, a 115% increase over the year-ago quarter. It also sold 4 million Macs and 7.7 million iPods.

“We’re thrilled with sales of over 35 million iPhones and almost 12 million iPads in the March quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”

As for its cash on balance sheet, it now stands at US$110 billion.

With Apple expected to launch a new iPhone, an updated notebook lineup with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips, and perhaps even a new Apple TV, the future continues to look bright for Apple.

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Bell launches mobile Push-to-talk service today

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Apr 242012

Bell today announced the launch of its new mobile Push-to-talk service, the first in North America to operate over an HSPA+ network. It offers instant communication with one ore up to 100 other users at the press of a button.

“Bell is proud to be first to introduce the next generation of Push-to-talk service to Canadian business customers. Combining fast data speeds, coverage for 97% of the Canadian population and the latest Push-to-talk phones and features, Bell PTT is a powerful and innovative communications service built to serve in the most demanding business environments now and into the future,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “With the advanced 4G network capabilities offered by Bell PTT, instant communications just got better.”

The service launches with the rugged Sonim XP5520 BOLT which will sell for CA$99.95 with a three-year contract or VA$399.95 with no contract. Bell is also offering PTT apps for the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.

Sonim XP5520 BOLTSonim XP5520 BOLT specifications:

  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE & Packet Switch Push-to-talk
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS,
  • Display: 2-inch QVGA with Gorilla Glass
  • Input: Numeric keypad
  • Memory: 64MB
  • Storage: 128MB onboard and microSD cards up to 16GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 2MP with LED flash and video recording
  • Front-facing camera:
  • Battery: 1,950mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 126 x 60 x 25 millimeters / 190 grams
  • Other: IP-68 certification, MIL-810G certification

Bell is offering a number of PTT plans including an introductory promotion offering Canada-wide PTT access for CA$30 per month. It will also cost CA$15 per month as an add-on for the RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.

Read more: Bell Mobility and Sonim XP5520 BOLT

ASUS announces Eee Pad Transformer TF101 ICS Update

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Apr 242012

ASUS Eee Pad TransformerASUS today announced a new firmware update for its first Transformer Tablet. Update for the Eee Pad Transformer comes with a number of enhancements:

  • Improves system stability
  • Improves email stability
  • Improves AppBackup App
  • Improves MyLibrary stability
  • Supports Wi-Fi Direct
  • Supports unzip in File Manager
  • Add restore tab function in Browser

The update is now rolling out in the U.S. There is no word on when it will be pushed out in other countries.

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Google launches Google Drive cloud storage service

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Apr 242012

Google today unveiled its Google Drive cloud storage service, “a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff.” Described as the next step in the evolution of Google Docs, Drive will run on PCs and Macs as well as Android phones and tablets. An iOS version is also coming. It also integrates with other Google services such as GMail and Google+.

Google Drive comes with 5GB of free storage. Additional storage will also be available. 25GB will cost US$2.49 per month; 100GB will be available for US$4.99 per month; and, 1TB for US$49.99 per month. It comes with a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

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Unlocked Galaxy Nexus now on sale in Google Play

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Apr 242012

Google today announced that it has begun to sell an unlocked version of the Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+) on Google Play in a new Devices section.

We started shipping Nexus phones more than two years ago to give you a pure Google experience and access to the latest Android updates. Today, we’ve started selling Galaxy Nexus (HSPA+) from a new Devices section in the Google Play web store, so you can quickly and easily purchase an unlocked version of the phone. We want to give you a place to purchase Nexus devices that work really well with your digital entertainment.

Galaxy Nexus on Google Play

Currently available only in the U.S., it ships unlocked for US$399 with no carrier commitment or contract. It also comes with Google Wallet pre-installed (with a US$10 credit).

Having learned from the first time it tried to sell Nexus devices online, Google also implemented “new customer support services to improve the purchasing experience on Google Play.”

Google hopes to expand Galaxy Nexus sales to other countries “soon.”

Read more: Google Play (Source: Google Mobile Blog)

Windows 8 Release Preview coming in June

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Apr 242012

Microsoft WindowsMicrosoft today announced that it will release Windows 8 Release Preview in the first week of June. The Release Preview follows February’s Consumer Preview, and should be the last major update before the final version is released. Essentially, these are beta releases

Microsoft did not reveal any details as to what new features could be included in Windows 8 Release Preview but it is expected to be feature complete or very nearly so.

As in the past, Windows 8 will be available in different (but fewer) editions: There will be three editions for x86 processors and a single edition called Windows RT for ARM processors.

Microsoft is widely expected to launch Windows 8 this fall.

Read more: Microsoft (via Twitter)

Samsung outlines U.S. carrier Android 4.0 Galaxy upgrade plans

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Apr 242012

SamsungSamsung has posted new details about its Android 4.0 upgrade plans for devices offered by U.S. carriers. The list does not provide specific timelines and Samsung warns that “this list may be altered as updates are confirmed or released.”

AT&T leads the pack with six devices, including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, and Nexus S, scheduled for updates. Sprint and Verizon both have two devices up for updates. Samsung and T-Mobile USA are still “in close communication” to determine which devices will be updated.

The following Wi-Fi-only devices are also scheduled for updates: the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi.

It should come as no surprise that both the original Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab are not listed. Despite an outcry about its decision, Samsung has yet to reverse its stand on providing updates for these devices.

Only one update is currently available. It is for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720).

Read more: Samsung (Source: Ubergizmo)

Samsung mentions “galaxy s3” in Unpacked 2012 app

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Apr 242012

Samsung has so far avoided naming the “Next Galaxy” device that it will unveil on May 3rd. Rumours have suggested that it may not be called the Galaxy S III as many expect. Samsung may now have put those rumours to rest by (accidentally?) revealing the “galaxy s3″ name in its description of its Unpacked 2012 event app.

Samsung Unpacked 2012 app description

That Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S III next week now looks like a pretty good bet…

Read more: Google Play (Source: The Verge)

What is the Sony Xperia ST27?

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Apr 232012

A new and so far unknown Xperia model surfaced last week courtesy of its UPnP Forum certification. The entry reveals little about the Xperia ST27. Could it be the model number for a device caught on Sony’s leaked 2012 roadmap?

UPnP certification for Sony Xperia ST27

XperiaBlog surmises that the ST27 could be the successor to the Xperia active (ST17). If so, it will likely be dust resistant and waterproof like its predecessor.

There is no word on availability or pricing.

Read more: UPnP Forum (Source: Xperia Blog)

Virgin Mobile HTC One S registration page goes live

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Apr 232012

HTC One SVirgin Mobile Canada is one step closer to launching the HTC One S. A registration page went live today but there are no specific availability or pricing details yet. Those who register will be among “the first to know when the HTC One S is available” and will also be entered into a contest to win an HTC One S (with two up for grabs).

The contest rules indicate that the HTC One S “will be available for activation in-stores and online on Thursday, May 17, 2012.” Each prize is worth CA$600. Perhaps we have our release date and no-contract cost after all.

The HTC One S will also be offered by a number of other Canadian carriers including Bell Mobility, Fido, TELUS Mobility, and SaskTel.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 goes on sale in Canada and U.S.

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Apr 232012

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300As rumours had suggested, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 is now for sale in both Canada and the U.S. with many retailers now taking pre-orders as shipments have not quite begun.

Featuring a slim form factor and extremely comfortable grip, the Transformer Pad TF300 makes watching movies, surfing the web, playing games, taking photos, finishing up homework, delivering a presentation or video chatting with friends or family so easy and natural that you’ll wonder if the TF300 was designed specifically with you in mind.

ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 specifications:

  • Processor: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) LED IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB onboard, microSD cards and 8GB of free online ASUS WebStorage
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with 1080P HD video recording
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Connectors: Audio jack (headphone/mic-in jack), micro-HDMI
  • Dimensions / weight: 264 x 180 x 9.9 millimeters / 636 grams

ASUS indicates that the Transformer Pad TF300 “will be available shortly” in blue with red and white versions to follow a bit later. The 16GB model sells for CA/US$379 and the 32GB for CA/US$399. The optional dock will sell for CA/US$149. In Canada, the 32GB model can be pre-ordered from Memory Express.

Update: also lists the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T (affiliate link). It expects to release it on June 30, 2012.

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Nokia Lumia 900 data connectivity fix now available in Canada

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Apr 232012

Nokia Lumia 900Good news for those in Canada waiting for the Nokia Lumia 900 data connectivity patch. Nokia Canada promised it “around April 20th”. It took a few extra days for it to show up but it is here now confirmed Nokia Canada via Twitter today.

The update is available through Zune for Windows (or Windows Phone 7 Connector if you have a Mac).

Nokia Canada is also offering a CA$100 Rogers Wireless bill credit to everyone who purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 before April 21st.

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Smaller Apple iPhone model rumours resurface

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Apr 232012

AppleRumours of a cheaper and smaller iPhone have been around for some time. They have now resurfaced courtesy of a China Times report. The claim (as usual) is that the new model would allow Apple to better compete against cheaper devices, especially lower-end Android ones.

Such rumours have surfaced a number of times but never materialized. Each time, Apple has chosen to simply continue offering an older model at a reduced price along with the new model. With rumours that the next iPhone will sport a larger display, the current iPhone 4S could by default become the smaller model. Does Apple really need another smaller model?

The report adds that the iPhone nano could be introduced at the same time as the next generation iPhone.

Read more: China News (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: BGR)

Rumour: Samsung to also announce new Galaxy Tab at May 3rd event

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Apr 232012

SamsungSamsung may be unveiling more than just a new smartphone at its May 3rd Samsung Unpacked event. Citing “a source familiar with the matter,” CNet Asia is reporting that the manufacturer could also unveil a new 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab.

Unlike the upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) that may now come with a quad-core processor, this model will sport a dual-core processor. No other details were given about it. Perhaps it will come with an HD display?

Samsung could also unveil its own cloud service called S-Cloud. It would offer users both free and paid music, movies and TV shows as well as the ability to upload their content.

Read more: CNet Asia (Source: BGR)