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In the coming few weeks, Sony will be holding a couple of events in Canada for their upcoming Android tablet, previously known as the S1. The Sony Tablet will feature Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 9.4" (1280x800) touchscreen display, and an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. It is PlayStation certified, and comes in 16GB and 32GB versions. No word yet on pricing, or if a carrier supported version will be available, but rumour has it that it will be launching in mid-September.


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Videotron has gone ahead and launched a new messaging handset that's perfect for those on a budget. It features a 2.8" (240x320) touchscreen display, a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a 2MP camera. It comes with 2GB of internal memory and can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card, and has connectivity options including bluetooth and A-GPS, though WI-Fi isn't supported.

The Samsung Gravity Touch is available now from Videotron for $49.95 reduced price, or $199.95 contract-free.


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Telus has had the INQ Chat 3G available on Prepaid for quite a while now, with the price staying at a pretty consistent $149.99 until now. Effective immediately, the Chat 3G is now set to a low $69.99 price point if purchased/activated on Telus' prepaid service. The INQ Chat 3G features a 2.2" (320x240) display, full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2MP camera with auto-focus. The Chat 3G also features GPS and bluetooth connectivity, though Wi-Fi is not supported. Expandable up to 8GB via microSD card, the Chat 3G is a great option for those looking for an affordable messaging device on prepaid.


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Mobilicity recently announced that they would be carrying the Google Nexus One, and it looks like that's just one of the many new handsets being launched by the new entrant. Available now (but apparently out of stock), the BlackBerry Curve 3G features the standard BlackBerry form with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4" (320 x 240) display, and an optical trackpad for navigation. Supported connectivity includes 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS, and the device also features a 2MP camera, and memory expansion up to 32GB via microSD card. Coming in at the lowest outright price in Canada, the BlackBerry curve 3G is now among Mobilicity's growing handset line-up for just $299.99 outright.


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Apple has recently made iOS 4.1 available for download to the public, which fixes a number of bugs, and adds a few features to supported devices. The update, which is available in iTunes now, adds Game Center functionality, which is basically an online gaming community for compatible iOS devices, along the lines of Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Compatible devices include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, and the 2nd-4th generation iPod Touch models, and allows users to play games online with friends, family, etc. Along with the introduction of the Game Center, Apple has also updated the App Store to include a specific section just for compatible games, and though the list is currently small, we should see it grow more and more as time progresses.

What do you think about Apple's "Game Center"? Would you be interested in playing mobile games online with others? Let us know in the forums!

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Google have stated on the Android Developers Blog that they will be introducing new payment methods to the Android Market on "authorized carriers". At this time there is no further information available as to when this change will be made, or if any Canadian carriers will be supported at launch, but developments like this can only mean positive changes in the future - no matter how far away. Speculation points to a delayed release of the new payment method north of the border, seeing as paid applications took significantly longer to come to Canada than the U.S., but we'll be sure to keep you informed.


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Thanks to Samsung Canada and Bell partnering up to give away 15 Samsung Galaxy S Vibrants, we now have pretty certain information pointing to an August 6th launch. The contest, which will be awarding one device every day until the official launch, began Friday, July 23rd. With the contest details confirming a total of 15 devices available to be won, we can assume the launch date will be August 6th, and there's more. The details state the device is worth approximately $599 CAD, so odds are the contract-free pricing will come in somewhere around there.

The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant features a 4" (480x800) super AMOLED touch screen, a 5MP camera with 720p HD recording, and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI at launch. It supports HSPA and Wi-Fi (b, g, n) connectivity, along with bluetooth 3.0, and is powered by a 1GHz processor along with 512MB RAM and 16GB internal memory. With expansion via microSD supported up to 32GB, you can have up to 48GB of memory in this device.


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Nokia has announced that it's Ovi Store now officially supports billing through the user's carrier - allowing customers to charge purchases to their monthly ivoice, though the feature has been available to some users for several weeks now. Ovi Store is an on-device repository of both free and paid applications, games, themes, ringtones, etc. This is a big step for Nokia Canada, especially after announcements a few months ago from RIM regarding their plan to eventually offer carrier-billing as well. As of now, Rogers, Bell, and Telus all support this new payment feature, though carriers like WIND Mobile have yet to be supported.


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Bell released details on their upcoming Apple iPad data plans today, in preparation for the Canadian launch coming this Friday, May 28th. Staying on par with Rogers, Bell has announced the same two options, consisting of a $15/250MB package, as well as the $35/5GB option. Both options are contract free, and include access to specific Wi-Fi networks supported by Bell.

So far, neither Bell or Rogers have mentioned an unlimited plan, a popular request among Canadians. Telus is expected to announce iPad data plans soon as they recently updated systems to include micro SIM cards, though no information on their options have been made available as of yet.


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The Virgin Mobile Live application for BlackBerry officially launched today, providing BlackBerry users with the ability to sync music from their PC, as well as purchase and download content such as DRM-free music, ringtones, and wallpapers. Full music tracks start at $0.69 each, while ringtones cost $3.95 and wallpapers range from $2.00 - $2.50. The application will also provide users with extras such as artist biographies and lyrics for all tracks, and even embedded Twitter functionality so users can share what they're listening to directly from the application.

As of now, the application is free to download and browse through, but will use cellular data, so customers must have a supported data package to avoid overage charges. The application is officially available for the BlackBerry 9700 right now, and should be available for other BlackBerry devices in the near future.


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