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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 recently let you know that Telus, Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity, and Videotron had all confirmed that they would be carrying the Samsung Nexus S, and have even more information regarding the launch to share. The Nexus S is expected to launch in the first week of April, though confirmation of this release time-frame hasn't been received as of yet.

WIND Mobile also stepped forward, stating that they would likely be offering up the Nexus S to their customers as well. We also found information via a FutureShop press release that points to availability from KOODO Mobile and Fido as well, so it looks like the Nexus S will be available from nearly every carrier.

To recap on the Nexus S', it features a 4" (480x800) touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. This new Samsung handset carriers with it 16GB of internal memory, and features bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. The other major feature found in the Nexus S is NFC (near field communications), a close-range data transfer technology that we should see implemented by som retail vendors within the next year or so. Lastly, the main advantage to owning a Nexus S over other high-powered Android handsets, is the pace at which OS updates are pushed out. The Nexus series handsets receive new OS versions before any other device, and so they are perfect for those who like to constantly have the latest and greatest.


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Most Canadian banks have mobile applications available for multiple platforms, including Android, Apple's iOS, and BlackBerry, so its strange that RBC hadn't launched their own. Luckily, iPhone and BlackBerry users can now download and install the RBC application, that allows users to view account balances, transfer funds, pay bills, use Interac Money Transfers, and even locate RBC branches and ATMs. The application was first launched for iPhone users, and has now been made available to BlackBerry users as well. The BlackBerry version is available for the Bold 9700 and 9000, Curve 8900, 8530, and 8520, along with the Tour 9630. To get the application for iPhone, visit App Store, or to get it for BlackBerry, simply head to mobile.rbcroyalbank.com.


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Oddly enough, RBC is one of the only major Canadian banks not to have a mobile application, but that's about to change sometime in the near-future. RBC has updated a portion of their website, stating that an iPhone and BlackBerry app are close to release. Within the application, users will be able to pay bills, transfer funds, check account balances, and use Interac Email money Transfers, in addition to locating branches and ATMs. No word on exactly when the app will launch, but iPhone and BlackBerry users - keep an eye out!


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TD Bank has announced they will be launching an Android application very soon that will allow customers to login to their online profile, view account balances and recent activity, as well as transfer funds. The application will be available to Canadian Android users in the near-future, and resembles the iPhone application they also recently launched. With the application already available on BlackBerry handsets as well, TD Bank has the 3 major smartphone platforms covered for Canadians.


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Rogers have officially release the BlackBerry Bold 9000 in Canada. The Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 is the first Blackberry to use HSPA (3.6 Mbps) for transfer email and loading web page faster. This device also includes a built-in GPS, a WiFi G connection and a 2.0 mega pixels camera. The Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 has a 1G built-in memory and a microSD SD slot for memory card. The screen of the Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 is also very nice with 480x320 of resolution.


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Fido now offer PC card for wireless data. In the past Fido have already offer wireless card like Sierra Wireless, but when Rogers have buy Fido all PC card available are discontinued. But it?s the past because; Fido has added a new PC Card like Sony Ericsson PC300. This card, already offer by Rogers, can transfer data at 3.6 Mbps on the HSPA wireless network of Rogers, used by Fido. Fido offer this PC Card at 50$ with a 3 years agreement or 300$ without contract.


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After Rogers has offered this promotion a few months ago it is the turn of Bell to offer BlackBerry five for the price of one. This time it is for the purchase of a BlackBerry 8800 or a BlackBerry Pearl of Bell that you will get 4 other devices BlackBerry 8703e. You will also subscribe to a package. However, you can share your BlackBerry 5, ideal for a company. Bell still offers attractive prices for what is donated packages, for example 1 GB of transfer, which can be divided into 5 devices, costs $ 100 or 30 MB for $ 60. Bell website



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According to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications association (CWTA), said that the use of wireless data in Canada is expected to triple over the next three years. At this time, $ 1 billion would be spent annually in the data wireless cellular network. Still according to the CWTA about 10% of the monthly use of cellular phones in Canadians is for transfer data wirelessly. Operators that Rogers, Telus and Bell reported higher growth rates of 50% per quarter for wireless data. The CWTA calculate that about 30 million text messages are sent each day in Canada. For a population of around 32 million people living there, it's still not so bad. According to Peters Barnes, president of CWTA, there are 7 billion text messages sent since the beginning of the year 2007 compared to 4.3 billion for all year 2006.


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It is now done, Canada will join the United States with regard to the fixed prices of data wireless. A few minutes ago, Bell has just announced the first unlimited fixed price of data wireless in Canada, with his wireless Pc cards. The fixed price costs 75 $ per month and offers an access mobile and unlimited to the owner of cellular Pc cards. Bell had announced, it there has a few weeks the drop of price for the fixed prices of data wireless, but was still rather expensive, 1gig of transfer cost 100 $ per month. Bell is the company of communication which offers the greatest selection of wireless PC card. Bell offers also other plans for data, but which are limited and higher.


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