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We recently let you know that Nokia and Rogers are getting set to launch the Lumia 900, but recent information being discussed online points to more from Nokia as it relates to Windows. Apparently, Nokia is looking to build and send out a batch of Windows 8 tablets running in Microsoft?s ?Metro? UI by the end of the year. No word on a Canadian release specifically, but with the tablet market heating up and another strong competitor coming on board with Windows 8, we should see it eventually.

There aren?t many other details available, though it?s expected to be powered by a Quallcomm dual-core chipset, and offers simple but not seamless support for existing Windows applications. Windows 8 is expected to launch this fall, and manufacturers such as Dell and HP are expected to have a strong presence early on. Could Nokia compete with these manufacturers in such a crowded tablet market?


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We just let you know that Rogers launched the LG Optimus Pad, a high-end Android powered tablet. It looks like they've also gone ahead and launched an entry-level Android handset from the same manufacturer, the LG Phoenix.

The LG Phoenix runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and features a 3.2" (320x480) touchscreen display, along with a 3.2MP camera. It supports Wi-Fi (including hotspot) connectivity, in addition to bluetooth and GPS, and supports up to 32GB of memory via microSD cards. The LG Phoenix is officially available now from Rogers for $29.99 on a 3 year contract, or $249.99 outright.


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Sony Ericsson used be known for their Walkman and Cyber-shot handsets, and were met with considerable success as a manufacturer before smartphones became popular. Lately, they have been placing most of their focus on Android devices, and it looks like the specialties might re-appear, together.

Images were recently leaked online of a Sony Ericsson Xperia handset that is branded with "cyber-shot" text. There isn't any Android branding on the device, that's visible anyways, but the button layout strongly hints at that it will be an Android handset. While this one is definitely still just a rumour, it makes sense that Sony Ericsson would make a move like this. Hopefully we'll see this device, or something similar, launch very soon!


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A few days ago, Nokia announced that they have partnered up with Microsoft to make their primary focus Windows Phone 7 products. Only a few days later, Nokia also announced that they have made their #1 priority to beat out Android, a challenge that Nokia is looking to take on. Since Nokia is still the world's top handset manufacturer, this should be mean great things for the Windows Phone 7 platform, and might be the boost Nokia needs to help them secure their spot at the top. According to Nokia, they're happy to be entering into the Windows Phone 7 competition with the likes of HTC, Samsung, and LG, but are most excited about the opportunity to overtake Android.


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Videotron and WIND Mobile customers who own the Motorola XT720 are getting some bad news, as Motorola has officially stated that it will not be getting any upgrades passed it's current OS version of 2.1 Eclair. The lack of OS upgrades coming to certain devices is probably be biggest drawback of having the Android platform operate on so many devices from such a variety of manufacturers.


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The three major carriers each have some type of handset protection or replacement program, and Sasktel has joined in offering a Wireless Sevice Protection Plan of their own. The plan will cost customers either $6 or $7 monthly, depending on the value of their device, and covers accidental damage, loss, theft, and malfunction (after the manufacturers warranty expires), however normal wear and tear and cosmetic damage are not covered. Customers who pay for this additional service can make up to two claims per year, but will still be responsible for a deductible ranging from $75 - $225 in order to get a replacement handset.


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We just let you know that Telus will be carrying the HTC 7 Surround exclusively in Canada, but it seems as though Rogers is looking to get in on some exclusive Windows Phone 7 action as well. Expected to launch in early November (simultaneously with AT&T), the Samsung Focus features a 4" (480x800) Super AMOLED display, is powered by a 1GHz processor, and comes with 8GB of internal storage built-in. Additionally, the handset will be able to carry microSD cards up to 32GB, and the device offers up a 5MP camera to top off the impressive specifications. No definite word on pricing as of yet, but we expect it to come in around the $200 mark, as that's what AT&T will be offering it up for.

It's great to see Microsoft launching hard with some great manufacturers, and it's even better knowing they've put some solid time and effort into the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Hopefully we'll see even more devices launched in the near-future, and as developers get some time with the new tools, we should see a large variety of applications ready at launch as well. This is truly an exciting day for anybody who has been waiting for the official Windows Phone 7 announcements!


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Sasktel has recently updated a portion of their website to include to new plans intended for use with tablet devices such as the Apple iPad and upcoming Samsung Tab. The plans, which include a 500MB/$20 and 5GB/$35, provide access to Sasktel's new 3G+ network, with overage fees coming in at $0.05/MB. It's great to see other carriers offering up data packages for these devices, as they're becoming increasingly popular as more tablets from a variety of manufacturers are being released. What do you think about tablets? Useful, or just flashy toys? Let us know in our forum!


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We have some information on the new Windows Mobile operating system - Windows Phone 7, and though we haven't heard a whole lot about this platform as of yet, some new details have emerged. According to Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canada's Mobility Solutions Manager, Windows Phone 7 will launch simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available on multiple carriers for Canadians to choose from around the Holiday season. Apparently initial manufacturers will include LG, Samsung, and HTC, with Dell emerging in the market soon afterwards and the possibility of other manufacturers in 2011.


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We let you know that Telus and KOODO would be launching the INQ Chat 3G sometime this summer, and it looks like the time is here. This is the first device available in Canada from UK-based manufacturer INQ, and is dubbed as "Canada's Ultimate Social Phone". The Chat 3G features a 320x240 display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2MP camera, and HSPA connectivity for faster data speeds. This new device from INQ is available now at KOODO Mobile for $50 on the tab, or $200 outright.


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