Latest News

Gartner: Android to become #2 worldwide mobile OS in 2010


More consumers are turning to Android-powered devices and research firm Gartner believes this OS will overtake RIM for the number 2 spot by the end of the year. Still leader the OS charge is Symbian but again Gartner states that Android will come close to being the worldwide leader by 2014.

In their report they stated that the “worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales by 2014… Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner’s worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia’s volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.”

Many manufacturers are releasing more devices with Google’s Android OS. Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola and Acer have all hopped on board, which Gartner thinks will “help Android become the top OS in North America by the end of 2010″.

What’s more interesting to note is their viewpoint on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. Rumours have this launching in October and by the end of the year have a 4.7% market share, followed by 5.2% in 2011 then dropping to a low 3.9 by 2014. In addition, Apple iOS looks to be taking on 3rd spot by 2014 with 14.9% market share and RIM falling to 4th with 11.7% market share.

Time will tell, all speculation until the manufacturers release actual numbers. (more…)

READ MORE

Video: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 running Android 2.1


Sony Ericsson posted on Twitter a couple days ago that they’re targeting to release the anticipated upgrade for the Xperia X10 to OS 2.1 in the Q4 time frame (so between October to December). A video has popped up from the IFA tech show in Berlin that shows the X10 running 2.1, a bit blurry but shows the live wallpapers in action. Progress is good… check it out after the break. (more…)

READ MORE

iPhone 4 free case program to end September 30th


When the iPhone 4 launched Apple ran into some reception issues and created a program that gave those who purchased it a free case. The end date was set to expire September 30th with Apple to “reevaluate” the program and come out next with a possible solution. Today Apple gave that update and stating the program is officially being discontinued on the 30th and that the attenuation issues only impacted a “small percentage of iPhone 4 users”. Apple posted on their site:

“We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.”

This updated was posted on their main site, but not yet updated on the Canadian site. However, if users feel they are having issues they can call AppleCare and get a Bumper, but not any of the 3rd party cases.

Source: Apple
Via: Gizmodo

READ MORE

Updated: What are the 3 handsets missing from Vidéotron’s launch?


Vidéotron launched their new 3G+ network yesterday. In the press release and also during the live webcast they stated they have “Something for everyone: 12 handsets, including 4 firsts“. Indeed they came out with some great Canadian firsts such as Android 2.2 on the Nexus One and the Garmin Nuvifone A5, plus the Motorola XT720 (also heading to WIND).

However, on their website they only list 9 devices plus a mobile internet stick (Huawei E1381). The devices are the Huawei U3200, Samsung Gravity 2, Huawei U7519, Nokia 5230, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, BlackBerry Bold 9700, Google Nexus One, Garmin Nuvifone A5 and the Motorola XT720.

So the question still remains to find out what those mysterious missing devices are and why they’re not for sale as promised. We believe they have a great lineup… but aren’t you curious to know what the missing handsets are before you make your decision?

Update: Videotron sent us an e-mail to state what the other 3 handsets are. One of them is the Sony Ericsson TM506 which they “use this phone exclusively for the migration of our actual customers”, plus the other couple of devices are actually different colour options. The Nokia 5230 comes in white or black, and the Samsung Gravity 2 comes in blue or orange.

READ MORE

Video: LG Shine Plus Quick Overview


The LG Shine Plus was recently released by TELUS. A few weeks ago we got an early look at this Android 2.1 device. This has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 and also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. You’ll see in the quick video that the keyboard is nicely spaced out, not to busy and has a massive directional pad. In addition, the Shine Plus has 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash and video capabilities, Wi-Fi, GPS and can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card. We’ll have a full review up shortly… in the meantime check out the video. (more…)

READ MORE

Rogers offers current wireless customers a “special gift”

Rogers is back with their loyalty initiative. You might remember this from previous years and this is one of the ways they’re giving back to their customers. Current customers can visit Rogers.com/loyalty for a chance to win a “special gift”, but most likely you’ll end up with a magazine subscription. The grand prize is a 46″ Sony BRAVIA HDTV (3 of them), then secondary prizes range from 25 BlackBerry Bold 9700 and 15 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 devices, plus gift cards, headsets, printers etc.

It’s open until September 30th and do let us know what you received.

READ MORE

Bell acquires 100% of CTV, expect lots more mobile TV


Today Bell acquired 100% of CTV. They already owned 15% but purchased the remaining 85% for a measly $1.3 billion… so we can expect in the years to come a great deal of focus on mobile TV.

In the press release George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE said “Acquiring CTV’s range of premier video content enhances Bell’s execution of our strategic imperatives by leveraging our significant broadband network investments, accelerating Bell’s video growth across all three screens – mobile, online and TV – and achieving a competitive cost structure.”

When Cope took over as CEO of Bell he created a 100-day plan with a goal “to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company”. This acquisition certainly helps.

Source: Bell

READ MORE

Samsung Gravity Touch lands at SaskTel for $270


SaskTel keeps pushing out the new 3G+ devises… they’ve added the Samsung Gravity Touch to their lineup. This comes with a 2.8-inch touchscreen and a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32Gb with a microSD card. For prices – yet again – SaskTel has met the other carriers with the 3-year contract price of $50, but if you travel down other routes to the no-contract it comes in at $270… which is $90 more than Bell/Virgin.

Via: SaskTel

READ MORE

A Canadian becomes Nokia’s new President & CEO


A Canadian is stepping in as the new President and CEO of Nokia. Stephen Elop is his name and he’s proudly from Hamilton. Ousted is Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo who will officially leave the lead role on September 20th with Elop taking charge on the 21st. Elop came from Microsoft’s Business Division and also held high ranking roles at Juniper Networks, Adobe and Macromedia.

Nokia’s Board says “The time is right to accelerate the company’s renewal; to bring in new executive leadership with different skills and strengths in order to drive company success. The Nokia Board believes that Stephen has the right industry experience and leadership skills to realize the full potential of Nokia. His strong software background and proven record in change management will be valuable assets as we press harder to complete the transformation of the company”.

“Renewal” and “transformation” are needed over at Nokia. The best devices they’ve put out over the past few years are the E71 and the N95. Hopefully with all the experience Elop has he can deliver and keep their top position.

Source: Nokia
Via: Engadget

READ MORE

Shaw looking for “Mobile Application Developer” with iPhone and Android experience


After much anticipation and a couple years in the making Videotron launched their new 3G+ network today. They were one of the wireless carriers to watch and came out with a good lineup of devices with several unique price plans. In addition, over the past few months we’ve seen new entrants Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity launch their services.

The focus can somewhat shift to the West where Calgary-based Shaw is currently building out their network and putting their plans into action. During the 2008 spectrum auction Shaw spent $189 million and won 18 licences and plan to launch late 2011. It seems they’re ramping up the hiring as there are open positions all over the place. One that popped up today is a “Mobile Application Developer” that’s part of the “Innovation and Imagination team”. A key qualification is to have “iPhone and Android development experience”. There is already one iPhone app called “Shaw Video on Demand” app… so either we’ll see those devices or a bunch more Shaw apps. Also, Shaw is holding a Wireless Open House in Toronto on September 23rd specifically for IT and Engineers. To entice them they’re giving away an Apple iPad.

Check it out here at Shaw

READ MORE