RIM has put together another video that shows off all the web capabilities of their upcoming PlayBook. Taking a look at the over 3 minute glorious video makes the PlayBook look incredibly fluid. Absolutely no lag time when flipping between the browser, Facebook, games… all in HTML5 and Flash. Impressive! Just wish it would actually launch… check it out after the break (more…)
How does $50 million sound to you? How about $2,631,578.95? Remember that massive lottery $50-million lottery prize on New Year’s Eve… well 19 Bell Canada call centre employees in Scarborough snatched up the winning ticket. One of the winners named Natalie said “I scanned it by myself and saw $50 million plus a free ticket”.
Incredible way to start 2011.
Bell is looking to load up on Android devices this year – the first one out of the gate is going to be the affordable entry-level LG Optimus Chic. This has a release date pegged for January 14th and will come in at the no-contract price of $249.95, so you can expect this to be $0.00 on a 3-year. As for specs, the Optimus Chic runs OS 2.2 Froyo, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320 x 480), 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities, 3.5 mm audio jack, WiFi, 600 MHz processor, DLNA support and comes with a 2GB microSD card (can hold up to 32GB).
Is this something you are going to pick up?
Calgary-based Shaw is going to be launching their new wireless network sometime this year. Jim Shaw recently stated that “We are advancing our strategy to offer a competitive wireless offering and are now planning for an initial launch in late 2011″. Vague date of late 2011 but if you take a quick look at the GSM Association website they show that Shaw is looking at a planned launch of September 2011. There is no additional information or conformation of this date. Just remember that similar information of a planned September launch was posted about both Bell and TELUS with their HSPA+ network launch… and they went live in November 2009.
During the 2008 Wireless Spectrum auction Shaw invested $189 million and captured 18 licenses.
More here at GSMA
Effective January 4th, 2011 Motorola will officially split into 2 separate businesses: Motorola Mobility & Motorola Solutions. According to Motorola Canada website, the official descriptions of both businesses are:
Motorola Mobility focuses on cellphones and set-top-box “delivers personalised information to meet the needs of consumers both in the home and on the go” while Motorola Solutions will focus on public safety radio and enterprise handheld devices that “provides business and mission-critical communication products and services to enterprises and governments”. As for branding the businesses, the famous light blue Motorola logo of years past will go to the Solutions business and the Mobility business gets a brand new vibrant red logo.
Motorola is set to announce a number of new Android devices this year including smartphones and tablets.
With increased competition and aggressive marketing/advertising campaigns, the Canadian wireless industry has become a struggle between the “Big Three” (Rogers, Bell, and Telus), and any other new entrant (Wind, Mobilicity, Public) looking to attract and sway the public with their low prices and persistent promotions. In order to keep up with their growing line of affordable unlimited plans, as well as other promotions such as their Friends and Family Program, Mobilicity has recently released the Motorola Spice XT300, in the hopes of increasing the amount of new activations, while expanding their Android device offerings. The Motorola Spice sports a 3” capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels QVGA, and can be slid open to reveal a full, QWERTY keyboard, with slightly raised and curved keys. The Spice is approximately 97mm (tall) x 61mm (wide) x 16.8mm (thick) when closed, and expands to around 135mm (tall) when slid open, all while weighing around 145g.
Out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the screen size and housing of this device. I was initially worried that the low cost of the Spice would be apparent in its design, however after handling the device and playing around with the sliding mechanism, I am happy to report that this is not the case. The Spice is encased with a hard, black plastic that seemed to resist scratches and fingerprints quite well. This device fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and can easily be used with one hand. (more…)
As we patiently wait for RIM to make the next major update to BBM (one that will include an integrated music platform)… version 184.108.40.206 has leaked online. The size is about 3MB and has overall speed enhancements, specifically in loading group chats. Users who downloaded this have reported that this leaked version currently doesn’t work on OS5 devices. As always, remember to back up your device and follow the complete instructions. If you upgrade improperly you could end up with an inoperable device and we are not responsible for that.
Last week RIM fired back at Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu for stating the unreleased BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has a poor battery life. RIM wrote “Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented. RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life.”
Wu stated the poor battery life is due to the QNX OS because it “wasn’t originally designed for mobile environments but rather for devices like network equipment and automobiles”. But today another report from analyst Wu about the same battery life claim. This time it’s not just the QNX OS but it could also be Adobe Flash that’s draining the battery.
Wu stated that “Based on further data points we have picked up, we would be very surprised if PlayBook matches anywhere near the battery life of the iPad at 10 hours unless it uses a larger battery… In addition, from our understanding, the poor battery life of early PlayBook units may be due to its incorporation of Adobe Flash. As seen in recent tests for the new MacBook Air, use of Flash can cut battery life in half. It should be no surprise to anyone that our checks indicate Adobe is furiously working on reducing Flash’s consumption of resources to make it a viable mobile platform vs. HTML5 that both Apple and Google are moving toward.”
Wu also stated that he expects the same 6-hour battery life that the Samsung Tab is currently getting.
Microsoft recently released their new Windows Phone 7 mobile platform and early global sales topped 1.5 million in 6-weeks. Analysts have been weighing in on their success and struggles over the past month and Al Hilwa from Research firm IDC recently stated that be believes the Windows Marketplace will become “the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year” (they just crossed the 5,000 app mark).
In a December 29th report to his clients, Hilwa is back with his 2011 Windows Phone 7 mobile predictions. He stated that in order for the WP& platform to be a success they will need “To bring the platform rapidly to a level of parity with other major mobile platforms, Microsoft will need to deliver several key features in the first quarter of 2011”. Some of the features that Hilwa said are the obvious ones that are already publicly known will eventually be released such as “multitasking support, copy-and-paste and increased hardware support for augmented reality applications such as business card scanning”.
As for devices, Microsoft’s Mike O’Sullivan recently said us Canadians will see “…more devices coming. You’re going to see additional form factors. If you’re the type of person that loves a hardware keyboard, you’re going to see more phones like that coming out in the future”.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is looking for another way to work into our lives – this time taking aim at another form of media that’s currently untapped by them (but is in full swing by rival Apple). Google is said to be in discussions with various newspaper and magazine publishers about developing a digital newsstand. Some mentioned publishers are Time Inc., Condé Nast to the Hearst Group and their magazines would appear on smartphones or tablets that run the Android OS. To entice these publishers Google would take a smaller percentage of the revenue than the current 30% Apple currently takes. In addition, Google has “proposed giving publishers certain personal data about app buyers to help with marketing related products or services”.
Google declined to comment on the validity of the story, but stated “We’ve consistently said we’re talking with publishers about ways we can work together, including whether we can help them with technology for subscription services. We have nothing specific to announce at this time”.