RIM BlackBerry 10 achieves Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers

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Oct 312012

RIM BlackBerryResearch In Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins today shared some very good news when he announced that its upcoming BlackBerry 10 had achieved the “Lab Entry” milestone with more than 50 carriers, ensuring that RIM remains on track to launch its first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 2013. Essentially, these carriers are now certifying BlackBerry 10 for use on their networks.

Here is the full statement:

I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.

I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.

The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

The announcement also confirms that RIM has started showing off BlackBerry 10 devices to its business customers.

Definitely good news!

Read more: CrackBerry

TELUS launches rugged Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE

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Oct 312012

Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTETELUS yesterday launched the rugged Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE, a successor to the original Galaxy Rugby. With MIL810G and IP67 certifications, it is designed to take on conditions that would normally do in smartphones.

The perfect combination of brains and brawn, the ultra durable Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE can take whatever your active lifestyle throws at it. Built to military specifications, this shock resistant, waterproof and dust proof dynamo boasts a 5 megapixel camera, 4 inch WVGA display and much more.

Samsung Galaxy Rugby specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA/GSM
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Connectors: Micro-USB
  • Battery: 1,850mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: : 127.9 x 67.4 x 12.7 millimeters / 135.5 grams

TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy Rugby LTE for CA$49 with a three-year contract or CA$460 with no contract.

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Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Premier

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Oct 312012

Samsung Galaxy PremierSamsung today announced the Galaxy Premier. Rather than being a new Nexus device as some earlier rumours suggested, it will be a mid-range device that blends the esthetics of the Samsung Galaxy S III with many of the hardware specifications of the older Galaxy Nexus.

Samsung Galaxy Premier specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.65-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB/16GB onboard and microSD cards (up to 32GB)
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Battery: 2,100mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 68,02 x 134,2 x 8,99 millimeters / 130 grams

An LTE model will also be offered.

The Samsung Galaxy Premier is headed to Europe and Asia with sales to start in Russia in November. It’s unclear whether it will make its way over to North America later. It will sell for about US$700.

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow Ukraine (in Ukrainian) [Google translation]

Google Nexus 7 sales closing in on 1 million tablets per month

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Oct 312012

Google Nexus 7ASUS, the manufacturer behind the Google Nexus 7 tablet, today revealed the first actual sales figures since the tablet launched this past summer. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chief Financial Officer David Chang, revealed that sales have been steadily climbing. “At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million,” he said.

ASUS expects that its fourth quarter tablet shipments could reach 2.6 million and could hit 10 million in 2013. While the launch this week of the new 32GB Google Nexus 7 is likely to help those figures, competition in the 7-inch tablet space is also going to be a bit tougher with the arrival of Apple’s new iPad mini.

Google still has a ways to go to catch up with Apple. It announced sales of 14 million iPads in its last quarter alone.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

64GB version of Google Nexus 10 waiting in the wings?

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Oct 312012

When Google unveiled its Google Nexus 10 tablet on Monday, it indicated that it would be available in 16GB and 32GB configurations. Developed with Samsung, it features an eye-popping 2560×1600 (299ppi) display as well as a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and Google Android 4.2. But, as with other Nexus devices, there is no microSD card slot to expand storage beyond what is onboard.

A promotional image posted on Samsung Korea’s SamsungTomorrow website suggests that those looking for more storage may not have to wait too long for an announcement. The image shows a third model, this one with 64GB of onboard storage. The image has now been pulled down but not before we managed to grab a screen capture:

Google Nexus 10 to come in 64GB variant?

The 64GB model is otherwise identical to the other Google Nexus 10 models.

Whether Samsung revealed too much or just made an error remains to be seen…

Thanks, Joe!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow Korea (in Korean) [Google translation]

HTC One X+ coming exclusively to TELUS

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Oct 302012

HTC One X+TELUS today announced via Twitter that it will be the exclusive Canadian carrier for the HTC One X+:

Coming soon, exclusive to TELUS! Bigger, faster, louder! HTC One X+ brings it w/ 64GB #QuadCore #JellyBean #BeatsAudio ow.ly/eTxRa

The HTC One X+ is the successor to the HTC One X. While the form factor has not changed significantly, it brings a number of upgrades under the hood including a faster 1.7Ghz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage (instead of 16GB), an improved front camera, and a larger 2,100mAh battery.

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

Read more: TELUS (Source: TELUS [via Twitter])

Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in Canada today

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Oct 302012

Samsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Canada today launched the Galaxy Note II with multiple Canadian carriers. Finding it though in a store may be a bit of an adventure challenge as Samsung warned that it will be scarce for a few weeks:

Today Samsung marks the official release of the GALAXY Note II, our latest premium Smartphone and the Next Big Thing in mobile communication devices. We are working hard to get inventory to all of our carrier and retail partners, however in-store availability will be scarce until we get our full supply to stores over the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience and love for the GALAXY Note II.

A number of Canadian carriers will offer the Samsung Galaxy Note II. These are Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile. So far, it looks like you can only order online from Bell and Rogers. TELUS went as far as removing its coming October 30th notice and replacing it with a “coming soon” one.

Pricing starts at CA$199.95 with a three-year contract. Bell also offers it with no contract for CA$729.95 while Rogers also sells it for CA$649.99 month-to-month.

Did you manage to snag one today?

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Mobilicity 4G HSPA+ network goes live

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Oct 302012

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that network upgrades are complete and that its network now supports “4G speeds of up to 21Mbps.” It also unveiled two new Premium Data offerings for heavy data users.

“Mobilicity has the most affordable 4G data service in Canada, said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Now, Canadians can enjoy premium data simply by adding it onto to any regular Mobilicity rate plan for only $20 a month – less than a dollar a day.”

While Mobilicity’s data plans remain unlimited, its basic and basic stick data plans now come with a 6GB threshold above which data speeds may be reduced. Its new Premium Data Add-On raises that limit to 20GB of data per month for an additional CA$20 per month.

Mobilicity also launched the Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick along with the new Premium Mobile Data Internet Plan (CA$50 per month). It also provides 20GB of data at Mobilicity’s fastest speeds each month. The Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick is available for CA$79.99.

Mobilicity first announced plans to upgrade its network to 4G back in the summer.

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Video: First look at Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay

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Oct 302012

Rovio today released a short video that gives us our first glimpse at what we can expect in Angry Birds Star Wars.

Say hello to Luke and Leia! Red Bird and Pink Bird have gotten an epic transformation with all new powers and settings. Grab your Lightsaber and get ready for an intergalactic adventure through iconic locations like Tatooine, the Death Star, and beyond!

Angry Birds Star Wars will launch on November 8th for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Read more: Rovio

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 begin shipping

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Oct 302012

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia yesterday confirmed that both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 have begun shipping. Both will be available in France and the UK this week but the honour of first carrier to offer the Lumia 920 looks to be going to Rogers. The Canadian carrier yesterday announced that it would begin selling the Lumia 920 today in “select stores,” starting at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract.

“After seeing the enthusiastic response to the incredible innovation in the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, we’re eager for people to start experiencing the phones for themselves,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices. “We are focusing our efforts on working with partners who recognize the value of that innovation, and who are committed to helping Lumia and the Windows Phone platform break through in key markets around the world.”

Nokia’s new Lumia devices will launch in the U.S. in November although specific dates are still not available. AT&T will launch the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Verizon will offer the Nokia Lumia 822 while T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 810.

Pricing and exact availability will be announced by individual carriers.

Update: Rogers has also confirmed that it shipped “a limited supply of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones in black” to some customers who reserved one through its Rogers Reservation System.

Read more: Nokia and Rogers RedBoard

Samsung ATIV S “coming soon” to TELUS

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Oct 292012

Samsung ATIV SSamsung Canada last week announced that its Windows Phone 8-powered ATIV S would launch with a number of Canadian carriers. Today, TELUS put up a webpage for it, indicating that it was “coming soon.”

Perfect for both work and entertainment, the Samsung ATIV S™ offers a premium Windows® Phone 8 experience in a sleek, slim and sophisticated design.

There is no word yet on specific availability dates and pricing.

Read more: TELUS Mobility

Management shakeup at Apple sees Forstall and Browett to leave

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Oct 292012

AppleApple today announced a number of changes to its executive team to “encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams.” As a result, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will all take on additional responsibilities.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Jony Ive will take on leadership for Human Interface (HI) across the company. Eddie Cue will pick up responsibility for Siri and Maps as all of Apple’s online services move into a single group. Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X operating systems. Bob Mansfield will lead a new group called Technologies that will combine all of Apple’s wireless teams into a single one and will also include the semiconductor teams, “who have ambitious plans for the future.”

There are also two key departures: Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS Software, will leave sometime next year. In the meantime, he will act as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook. John Browett, head of Apple retail, is also leaving after being on the job for less than a year. Apple will be looking for a new head of Retail.

Read more: Apple

Nokia Lumia 920 goes on sale from Rogers on October 30th

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Oct 292012

Rogers today announced that it will start selling the Nokia Lumia 920 starting tomorrow (October 30th). It will initially be available in “select stores” with availability to be widened in the days that follow.

Rogers will offer the Nokia Lumia 920 for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract and CA$549.99 with a month-to-month plan.

Google announces 32GB Google Nexus 7

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Oct 292012

Google Nexus 7Despite not holding its Android event today, Google announced the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet. It also announced two new version of its Google Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, both will come with 32GB of storage. One will be Wi-Fi-only while the second will also offer HSPA+ data connectivity.

The 32GB Wi-Fi model will sell for CA$259/US$249 while the 32GB 3G model will sell for CA$309/US$299. The 16GB model drops to CA$209/US$199. The 8GB model has been retired and is no longer available.

The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models are available immediately while the 32GB 3G model will go on sale on November 13th.

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Google announces Google Nexus 10 tablet with Android 4.2

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Oct 292012

Google Nexus 10To go along with its new Nexus 4 smartphone, Google announced the Nexus 10 tablet. Billed as “a premium entertainment device,” it was developed together with Samsung. As expected, it comes with a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display. With Android 4.2 preloaded, it also introduces support for multiple users with switching on the lockscreen.

We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff — email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores.

Google Nexus 10 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 Samsung Exynos 5250 with Mali-T604 GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS/Glonass, 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB, micro-HDMI, pogo pin
  • Battery: 9,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 millimeters / 603 grams

The Google Nexus 10 will go on sale on November 13th in Canada and the U.S. (as well as the U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Japan.). It will sell for CA$409/US$399 for the 16GB model and CA$509/US$499 for the 32GB one.

Read more: Google Play