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The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets, including the Fascinate, Captivate, and Vibrant have been favourites of Canadians since their launch last year. Even the Galaxy Tab did well, being one of the first tablets available besides Apple's iPad. Unfortunately, all of these devices have been stuck on Froyo since at least December of last year, and while speculation pointed to a future Gingerbread update, confirmation was still awaited.

Finally, Samsung has announced that they will be pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to all Galaxy S devices, including the Tab. The European market will get the updates first, expected "mid-May", so they should see it any day now. Unfortunately no word was given regarding Canada specifically, but they did say that it would be "gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world according to the regional plan".

Hopefully Canadians can get all of the features and benefits of Gingerbread on the Galaxy S handsets and Tab soon! Despite the lack of clear details, we're expecting it to be available by mid-Summer at the latest, but that's just our best guess!


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Virgin Mobile has come forward on Twitter confirming that they will carry the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900. The "Bold Touch" was announced just a few days ago along with BlackBerry 7 OS, and is a major step up in hardware for RIM. No word yet on pricing or a launch date, but we should see it arrive along side other carriers in North America.

To recap on the Bold 9900's specs which we reported on earlier in the week, it features a 2.8" (640x480) multitouch display. It still has the familiar BlackBerry design, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard. This next addition to the Bold series is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, and will run on RIM's latest OS - BlackBerry 7. It also features a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture, and is the thinnest BlackBerry yet, measuring in at just 10.5mm.


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Bell has recently announced that they will be releasing North America's first 42Mbps Dual Cell product - the Novatel U547 Turbo Stick. Their 42Mbps network will be launched and active in Toronto on November 23rd, coinciding with this Turbo Stick launch. According to the announcement, the network and device will be rolled out to other cities sometime in 2011, though nothing more specific was stated. Unfortunately there's no word on price points for this new mobile internet stick, but we'll be sure to update you when it launches tomorrow!


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With the Windows Phone 7 launch event occurring today, we've gotten quite a bit of information on exactly what to expect for the platform, and what type of hardware will be launching using the new OS. One of the first bits of news to come out of the event, is that eBay has developed an application for Windows Phone 7 devices that should be completely ready when the first devices hit the North American market later this month. The application will have many features that other platform's eBay apps include, among which are daily deals, a search function, the ability to bid on items, and a full activity monitoring system for watchlists, messages, etc. Additionally, users will be able to pay for purchased using PayPal, so gone are the days of sitting at home to keep an eye on that item you so desperately want!

It's great to see applications emerge already, before the new platform even hits the market. With any luck we'll see a slew of other applications prepared for launch to go along with the nice variety of devices launching in the coming months running on the new operating system.


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We recently let you know that HTC had announced two new devices that would be available in North America later this year - the Desire HD and the Desire Z. According to the latest tips to come in, Bell will be exclusively carrying the Desire Z, which features a 3.7" (480 x 800) display, horizontal "pop hinge" full QWERTY keyboard, and a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. Powered by an 800MHz processor, the Desire Z runs Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense UI, and should be available sometime in late November. No word yet on pricing, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information is made available!


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HTC has recently unveiled two new Android powered devices in London - the HTC Desire HD and the Desire Z. The Desire HD features an aluminum body similar to that of the Legend, along with a 4.3" LCD display, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording, and a 1GHz processor. The Desire Z has more of a unique design, featuring a pop hinge that opens a full horizontal QWERTY keyboard. This handset also features a 5MP camera, 720p HD video recording, and an 800MHz processor.

Apparently these handsets will be available in October on certain carriers in Europe and Asia, with launches in North America planned for later this year. No word yet on pricing or further availability information, but we'll be sure to let you know if any more information is made available!


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Mobilicity held a press event today, in which they released the details surrounding their upcoming price plans and add ons.

The price plans range from $15 - $65 per month, with the $15 plan offering unlimited text, caller id, and unlimited Mobilicity to Mobilicity talk. The largest plan, set at $65 per month offers unlimited global text messaging, unlimited local and North American long distance, and unlimited data along with voicemail, caller ID, etc.

Along with the price plan announcements, Mobilicity also shared their add-ons. These include $20 East Asia or South Asia long distance packages, as well as a $7 phone protection plan and a $20 unlimited BlackBerry Internet Service add-on.




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Rogers has started offering customers 2 new long distance packages that cover LD calls to anywhere in Canada and the United States. The first package is a $5 plan that provides 50 long distance minutes. The second addition to Rogers line-up of add-ons is the $35 long distance package, which offers unlimited North American calling (excluding Mexico).

These new packages replace the existing Canadian and U.S. long distance add-ons. http://www.rogers.com/web/content/add-ons/longdistance


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Rogers announced today in URMagazine that the Acer Liquid E will soon be available in Canada, exclusively from them. This will be the first Acer mobile device offered in North America, and is powered by Android 2.1

The Acer Liquid E features a massive 3.5" (480x800) display, a 5MP camera, and Snapdragon 768MHz processor. It supports HSPA, Wi-Fi, and bluetooth.

No word on pricing or an exact launch date as of yet.

http://urmagazine.ca/tech/Tech_feature_acer_liquid.htm


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Canadian mobile phone users are one step closer to video calling friends, family, and clients across competing mobile networks as TELUS, Rogers and Bell today announced the successful completion of two-way mobile video calling trials between carriers. Video calling lets clients create a ?see-what-I-can-see' connection with other callers, enabling them to do things like share special moments or get advice on a birthday gift before they buy.

Mobile video calling is currently available through several carriers in Canada, but both callers must be on the same carrier's network using compatible handsets. When inter-carrier mobile video calling is launched video calling will be possible across multiple carrier networks and will create North America's largest two-way mobile video calling community.

?Mobile video calling is a richer communications experience for family, friends and business contacts,? said Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer at TELUS. ?This successful trial involving TELUS, Bell and Rogers is a milestone in the Canadian mobile community.?

?We are proud to be part of the first inter-carrier partnership in North America to enable clients to call each other using video capabilities,? said Stephen Howe, chief technology officer for Bell Mobility. ?By breaking down the barriers between video calling clients in Canada, we anticipate strong demand for the service ? as we saw with past inter-carrier initiatives such as text and picture messaging.?


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