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Telus has surprisingly kept its Mike network active, and have actually launched another device for users of the push-to-talk service. The Motorola i420 is now available for $249.99 contract-free, and offers the Direct Connect feature that made the network, and compatible devices popular years ago. It features a 1.79" (128x160) display, flip form factor, and a number of basic features including bluetooth, GPS, and a VGA camera. While this may not serve as much news for regular consumers, the fact that Telus isn't letting up on this network should be a good indication for business owners and managers that they can continue to rely on it for direct (and instant) communication between its members.


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Earlier this month, we let you know that Google announced Honeycomb 3.1 for tablets, and the Motorola XOOM got it almost immediately for U.S. customers. Soon afterwards, Motorola Canada let users know, via Facebook, that the update would be coming Canadians "soon". Now, they have come forward on Facebook once again, this time stating "Our best estimate is that it will be available in the next couple of months."

While the news that Motorola is still working on the update is good, it does come as a bit of a disappointment to XOOM owners that it will take a couple of months. Hopefully they will take action with all of the feedback they've received and push it out sooner, but only time will tell.


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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 let you know several months back that the Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson had reached the end of the line in regards to OS updates. Stuck at 2.1 Eclair (without multitouch), many Canadians were outraged. Luckily, Sony Ericsson listened to their customers, and have decided to bring Gingerbread 2.3 to the device. Expected sometime in late Q2 or early Q3, the update will lighten Sony Ericsson's presence in the Android OS, and bring with it the many performance improvements that Gingerbread has to offer.

According to Sony Ericsson, the ability to bring Gingerbread to the X10 is newly realized, and comes with their work on the upcoming Arc and Play devices. Great news for X10 owners, now let's just hope that Rogers cooperates and can get the update to Canadians in a timely manner!


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Samsung has recently given some information to Canadians with devices in the Galaxy S series, announcing approximate time frames for when to expect Android 2.2 Froyo. The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant from Bell and the Captivate from Rogers will be getting the OS upgrade in mid-December, while Telus Fascinate owners should see it in early 2011. Nothing was mentioned regarding the Virgin Mobile Vibrant, but one can only assume it will be updated at the same time as the Bell model. If you own any of these 3 devices, be sure to stay tuned and we'll let you know once more details are made available!




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Great news for Canadians who own an Acer Liquid E, as the Android 2.2 Froyo update has finally been made available. To get the update, head over to the Acer website and hit up their downloads section. No word yet on exactly what's new in the OS for the Liquid E, but you should see at least Adobe Flash 10.1 support. The new OS is available for both Fido and Rogers models, so get updating, Liquid E owners!


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Sony Ericsson X10 owners have been waiting for a very long time for an update Android version to come to their devices, and the time is fast approaching. Apparently the update will roll out to Rogers customers who own either an X10 or X10 Mini sometime in the week of November 8th, which is now only a few days away. The update is supposedly bringing features like 2 additional homescreens, a new lockscreen, and some updates to TimeScape, though we now have word that a couple of other changes will come as well - both devices will see battery life improved by 20-25%, the overall speed and navigation of the phone should be faster and smoother, and the X10 model will apparently be getting 720p HD video recording and playback. Hopefully the update doesn't get pushed back even further, but with such an extensive wait having already occurred, we can only hope that Ericsson and Rogers will have this one ready in time.


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Most Telus HTC Desire owners have been keeping a close eye on the status of the Android 2.2 Froyo OS update, which was promised to come by the end of October. It was looking like this promise was set to be broken, but at the very last moment (October 31st), the upgrade went live for OTA updating! To update your HTC Desire, on your device go to Menu, Settings, Phone Info, and lastly Software Updates. Be sure to connect via Wi-Fi before doing the update to keep carrier data charges to a minimum, as the update is more than likely a larger file. Have you updated your HTC Desire? Let us know how it runs in our forums!


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Some time ago, we let you know that Telus discontinued the HTC Hero, but for those who are remaining faithful to the device, we've got some great news. Android 2.1 Eclair has finally been launched for the device, which brings a variety of new features including Flash support 4.0, a voice-dialer, multi-touch navigation and support, some new widgets, and more. While it's definitely been a disappointing wait for HTC Hero owners so far, it's nice that the OS upgrade wasn't completely forgotten about because of the discontinuation of the device.


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Rogers is pushing out software updates to BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Bold 9700 owners that will enabled UMA (previously known as TalkSpot) functionality, enabling voice calls over Wi-Fi. While the use of the service does require a UMA specific plan, this is a great option for anybody looking to use their BlackBerry devices as both cellular and home phones. Many users will have already received the update notification, and those who haven't should be getting it very soon. Beware, the update takes about an hour, so doing it OTA (over-the-air) will mean a lack of service for that amount of time.


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