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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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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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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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Public Mobile has been slowly expanding coverage areas, and Burlington is the most recently added community to get service from the new-entrant carrier. Along with the network launch, Public Mobile has also opened two new retail stores in the area to serve customers, at 650 Plains Road, and 796 Brant Street. Coverage in the Burlington area "continues from Oakville (Burloak Drive) in the East extending to the border with Hamilton (intersection of Highway 403 and Highway 6). Coverage is available from the lake north to Mainway (East of Guelph Line) and to Highway 403 (West of Guelph Line)." With 10 stores available throughout Oakville, Hamilton, and Burlington, Public Mobile's expansion seems to be going well. Keep growing!


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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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Bell has followed in the footsteps of Telus and Sasktel, launching their HSPA+ network in Saskatchewan. The new network, created in partnership with Sasktel, covers many communities across Saskatchewan, including Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, and more. Customers are now able to choose from Bell's full mobile device line-up and get access to significantly faster data speeds.

Bell has also expanded coverage in northern Quebec in communities including Ville Marie, Temiscaming, Val d'Or, and more.


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Telus has officially launched their HSPA+ network in Saskatchewan, so users in 10 communities across the province can now choose from the multitude of HSPA handsets available elsewhere in the country. Along with the launch, Telus is offering a 30 Day Risk Free promo, where Saskatchewan residents who activate an HSPA handset before November 9th can cancel within 30 days without a cancellation fee.

The following areas should have HSPA+ coverage from Telus effective immediately: Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Yorkton. Weyburn and Estevan.


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