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Contest: Win a Bell HTC One M8


Our first HTC One M8 contest was incredibly successful and here is yet another chance for you to score this latest flagship!

This time around it’s a Bell version and the all-aluminum beauty is waiting for you. We’re pretty fond of the LTE-enabled HTC One M8 – see our review here – and the full specs have this Android coming with OS 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0, 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel Super LCD 3 display, 2.26Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Duo Camera (4MP main ‘Ultrapixel’ sensor + secondary sensor for depth), 5MP front-facing camera with a 2600mAh non-removable battery.

To enter this contest all you have to do is either follow us and re-tweet this contest on Twitter (@mobilesyrup), “Like Us” on Facebook (, join us on Google+, or sign up for our e-newsletter. All current Facebook, Twitter and Google+ followers are automatically entered. This contest closes on April 30th.

Good luck to all who enter!


Humble Mobile Bundle 5 now available, brings 6 games to your Android device

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Here’s your chance to score six Android games at a fraction of the cost. Humble Mobile Bundle 5 is back and aims to take a bit of your money in support of a good cause.

If you’re unfamiliar with how Humble Mobile Bundle works then here’s a quick rundown: pay what you want will get you at least 3 games, but if you pay above the average — which is currently $4.59 — you’ll score all six games. The 6 available games this time around are Aralon: Sword and Shadow, R-Type II, The Room Two, The Cave and Carcassonne.

The monies raised will go towards supporting a couple charities: Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity. (more…)


Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on: finally, a winner


When I first heard about the Xperia Z2 from Sony, I admit to being disappointed. Same body, small spec upgrade, same camera. And releasing it so soon after the Xperia Z1, itself a fairly modest upgrade over the Xperia Z. What’s wrong with this company?

But now that I’ve seen it, I take it back — and then some. The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s first truly great smartphone. Many, including the Z1, came close, but this one excels thanks to a confluence of hardware, software and experience.

Though it’s disappointing to see it come to just one carrier in May, Bell, for customers on the network deciding between one of the many excellent Android smartphones this quarter, it will be well worth looking at the Z2. (more…)


Rogers unveils new international data-only roaming rate of $9.99 per day


Rogers has unveiled a new set of international data roaming packages today. It takes the strategy employed in its data-only U.S. roaming package, which offers a flat rate, renewable package of 50MB for $7.99/day and extends it to Africa, Europe and other popular destinations. The $9.99/day flat rate will offer different amounts of data depending on the region.

For example, for $9.99/day:

  • Europe = 20MB/day
  • Africa = 3MB/day
  • Asia, Caribbean, Latin America & Oceania = 10MB/day

“Our customers have told us they want simpler solutions when travelling, no matter where their travels may take them,” said Raj Doshi, senior vice president, products, Rogers Communications. “With these new travel packs and a daily data rate, customers should feel confident they can text, get online, and stay connected while knowing how much their services will cost.”

Rogers noted that 20MB of data allows users to “send about 400 emails, share selfies on social media, or upload reports and files to work on the go; or visit 80 websites, or access 20 maps.” These plans are valid with any smartphone, and can be activated remotely by text message at no added cost.


The Guardian’s Android beta app is beautiful, fast and free


UK-based The Guardian is a newspaper transforming into a digital content powerhouse. Though it’s kept its best content in front of a paywall until now, the company has experimented with a number of apps, mostly for iOS, including the photography-focused Guardian Eyewitness for iPad.

Today, The Guardian is debuting a brand new beta app for Android, and while the previous version was attractive and usable, this one shows some of the nicest attention to detail I’ve seen in an Android news app. (more…)


Photos of Amazon’s 4.7-inch smartphone reveal four front infrared cameras and a 3D interface


We’ve heard through the grapevine that Amazon would be releasing a smartphone this year, and details are emerging to fill in the gaps. Last week, the Wall Street Journal posited that the device would be launched in June and go on sale some time in the fall, though it would, at first, be restricted to US users only.

Then there was the rumour that Amazon would be implementing a number of cameras — up to six — to facilitate a sort of glasses-free 3D parallax effect throughout the Android-based user interface.

Today, BGR obtained the first images of the 4.7-inch device, though the actual design is hidden behind what appears to be a thick casing. In other words, this is not what the phone will look like, but should provide enough insight to prove it exists. (more…)


BlackBerry confirms desktop video chat coming to its eBBM Suite of products


BlackBerry currently has over 85 million BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) users across its platforms. The app is available on BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and coming soon to Windows Phone. Rumours have always pointed towards the Waterloo-based company bringing its popular messaging service to the desktop and this looks to be true.

In an interview with PC Mag, John Sims, President of Enterprise at BlackBerry, stated that desktop video chat will be coming to the enterprise version of BlackBerry Messenger. There is no indication of when the desktop version of BBM will be available, nor at what cost. (more…)


BillGuard’s money tracking and fraud protection app comes to Android, and expands to Canada


BillGuard is a new player in town for those who want to track money spending habits and protect against credit card fraud.

The company has recently expanded into two areas of interest: Android on the platform side; and Canada on the geography side. And both suit us just fine.

Unlike Mint, which lathers you with numbers and trends, BillGuard tends to keep things simple, and does a good job at showing you only the data you need to know. It supports all the major Canadian banks’ debit and credit cards (though you’ll have to enter them as separate accounts for some reason), and once added you can monitor transactions by swiping to approve the ones that come through your credit card accounts.

It’s a relatively easy and free-as-in-beer way to track money spending habits, and the Android app is nicely polished for an early version.


Google uses Google+ for Android to make it easy to add photos to Gmail on the web

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Sometimes, the minor tweaks are the most powerful. Such is true of the latest addition to Gmail on the web, rolling out today, that takes advantage of the millions of Android users automatically uploading their photos to Google+.

Google is adding an “Insert Photo” icon to Gmail’s Compose window, allowing users to add photos or entire albums from Google+ archives. Since I use both features, I can imagine this will be very useful.

The company is going one step further, too, by allowing users to resize photos within the Compose window. Very cool.

Check it out at Google’s Official Gmail Blog.


Bell releases the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet

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Bell has added another tablet to their arsenal today. As expected, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet is available for a low $179.95 no-term, or $29.95 on a 2-year contract. This is the third Alcatel device Bell has released in the past of - the others were the OneTouch Idol X and OneTouch Idol mini smartphones.

As for specs, the OneTouch Pop 7 (picture above via Cnet) runs Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600, a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, WiFi and HSPA+ connectivity (up to 21 Mbps), 3240mAh battery. Overall dimensions are 192 x 113 x 8.9mm with a weight of 285 grams.

Check it out here via Bell.