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Excitement in the rumour mill today is indicating that the Samsung Galaxy S III could be available as soon as June 20th through a variety of carriers. Details are unconfirmed as of yet but we do know that the device will be carried by Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin Mobile, WIND, Videotron, SaskTel, Mobilicity. Rumours indicate that the phone will launch in white and "pebble blue," though more recent (unconfirmed) leaks indicate that there may be a delay in launch for the pebble blue model possibly due to manufacturing issues.

The Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8" (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass touch screen display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and could come with anywhere from 16 GB to 64 GB of internal storage. It also features an 8 MP rear-camera with LED Flash and 1080p HD video recording as well as a secondary front-facing 1.9 MP camera capable of 720p recording. The Samsung Galaxy S III runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with the latest TouchWiz UI version from Samsung for seamless integration with social networks such as Facebook, and Twitter.

There is still no mention of a price-point for any of the models as of yet, but with such an amazing phone soon to be widely available, be sure to check back soon for updates as more conclusive details roll out.


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At Google I/O last week, a variety of announcements came our way regarding Android. Ice Cream Sandwich, Movie Rentals, and more were announced. One of the other items unveiled at the event was Honeycomb OS 3.1, the next update in the tablet-specific OS. Included in the update are a variety of new featurs, including resizable widgets, USB accessory support, and more.

Unfortunately, like with most events of this type in the U.S., Canada wasn't really discussed a whole lot. U.S. Motorola XOOM owners began seeing the update shortly after the announcement, while there has been no sign of it north of the border. Finally, Motorola Canada came forward on Facebook and declared that the update is coming soon. No specific dates were provided, but they did say:

"Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC."

Certainly great news for Canadian XOOM owners!


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We just let you know that Mobilicity was getting set to launch the HTC Panache, which is known otherwise as the HTC Glacier/myTouch 4G. An Android Gingerbread ROM was recently leaked that was filled with Videotron-related items, even having the popular Quebec carrier in the file name, indicating a near-future launch from them as well. No word yet on exactly when the Glacier will be released, or at what price, but we'll be sure to keep you updated. It's definitely great to see smaller carriers launching high-end Android devices. Keep them coming, Videotron! The HTC Glacier features Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.8" (480x800) display, and is pwoered by a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p recording capabilities, and supports bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.


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Beginning yesterday, the BlackBerry World 2011 event is where most expect new device and software announcements, and RIM lived up to those expectations. Announcing the BlackBerry 9900/9930 models and BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM stated that the Bold Touch is expected to be available from carriers around the world beginning this Summer.

The Bold Touch 9900/9930 are essentially the same device, though the 9930 operates on CDMA networks, whereas the 9900 is GSM and HSPA+ compatible. They feature a 2.8" (640x480) VGA multitouch display, while retaining the familiar BlackBerry design that comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold Touch is a significant improvement over current BlackBerry handsets, and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera with 720p video capture, and supports NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth connectivity. It comes in at just 10.5mm thick, making it the thinnest BlackBerry yet. Lastly, the Bold Touch runs on BlackBerry 7 OS, RIM's latest version of their platform. No word on pricing or exact launch dates, but we should see these launch by late Summer.

BlackBerry 7 OS brings with it several new features over the current 6.0 version, including a significantly improved browser with faster rendering and full HTML5 support. It also offers voice activated search, and integrates "BlackBerry Balance", a feature that helps separate personal content from corporate items on your device.

BlackBerry 7 OS will only be available for the Bold Touch 9900/9930, and will not be compatible with existing devices from RIM. There will likely be several newer devices announced with the OS in the near-future, but this new Bold series handset will likely be their flagship model. Those who purchase the device will also get the full version of Docs To Go out-of-box, so users will quickly be able to access all of their documents, including PDFs.


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Samsung's Google Nexus S has created quite a bit of excitement in Canada lately, with at least 8 carriers planning to release the handset. Thus far, 3 carriers have officially launched the Nexus S, including Telus, Videotron, and Mobilicity.

Telus originally put the Android-powered Nexus S up for $549 contract-free, and $179.99 on a 3 year term. While the 3 year price point has remained consistent, they did go ahead and drop the outright cost to $499.99. Videotron has launched it for $529.95 outright, and $149.95 "Reduced price". Lastly, Mobilicity has also made the Nexus S available, for $499.99 contract-free.

Those holding out for other carriers, Best Buy has put up the Rogers, Fido, and KOODO versions on their site, though they aren't available for shipping yet. Rogers and Fido will each be charging $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $499.99 contract-free. KOODO's version will be available for $274.99 using their Tab, or $424.99 outright. Bell and WIND Mobile are also set to launch the Nexus S, though we haven't received any definite information on pricing.

We'll be sure to keep you up to date on the remaining carriers to launch the Nexus S, so stay tuned!


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Great news for Virgin Mobile customers who own an HTC Legend came through today, as the Android OS 2.2 Froyo update is now officially available. The update, which can be downloaded/installed OTA (over the air) is available now, and can be accessed by going to Settings, About phone, and then choosing Software update.

The update brings a slew of features and improvements to the Legend, including Adobe Flash 10.1, a revamped UI, and the ability to install applications to external memory(microSD card). Remember to connect to Wi-Fi before performing the update, and while your applications and content should be preserved, backing up important items is always a good idea. HTC Legend users, you can now begin enjoying Froyo!


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We're seeing Canadian companies take advantage of smartphones and popular mobile platforms more and more, and it's nice to see UPS Canada joining in. The UPS application is now available for free on Android and BlackBerry, through either Market or App World. If you're someone who ships or receives a number of items via UPS, this app is great as it allows you to track packages, find UPS locations, and get quotes. Those with UPS accounts can also create shipments and send themselves shipping labels via e-mail for printing once on a computer.


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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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WIND Mobile has recently launched the Motorola XT720, a feature-rich Android powered device, and are making another move to persuade customers to choose them for their mobile services - online shopping. Canadians in the WIND zones can now order mobile phones, data sticks, and accessories online, with shipping typically taking 2-5 business days. Along with the ability to order items online, Pay Before customers will also be able to top up their account online, a much-needed feature for WIND Mobile.


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One of the major complaints from BlackBerry users recently is the lack of applications available for purchase/download, especially compared to other platforms such as iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), and Android (multiple devices). While it's still far off from Google's 50 000+ apps, and Apple's 100 000+ apps, this is still great news for BlackBerry users as the gap is slowly being closed. Among the 10 000 items now available for download are themes, games, and a variety of applications to help users get the most out of their handset.

BlackBerry users, what's your favourite game/application/theme? Drop by our forum and let us know! Forum


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