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Facebook for iPhone has over 100 million active users

Here’s an interesting stat… Facebook for iPhone currently has a total of “103,578,916 monthly active users”. Recently on the Facebook blog it was posted that “more than 150 million people actively using Facebook from mobile devices”. So this means that the iPhone app accounts for a staggering 67% of all Facbook mobile activity. No insight was given on where RIM, Motorola, Palm, HTC stack up.

Source: Facebook
Via: 9-5Mac

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Motorola Milestone upgrade to 2.2 “under evaluation”… Dext, Quench and Backflip to get 2.1


Some update news for Motorola Android users. If you’ve go the Dext, Quench or Backflip Motorola has posted that these devices are all currently “under evaluation” to receive OS 2.1 (Eclair). No clear date of when this will happen but certainly a good sign of things to come. In addition, Motorola announced a couple days ago that TELUS Backflip owners have the opportunity to get a minor upgrade before 2.1 also.

Regarding the TELUS Motorola Milestone, this recently received OS 2.1 and it looks like it will also get a head start on OS 2.2 (Froyo) as this is also “under evaluation”. Again… no word on when an official upgrade will be available.

Update:
Motorola has updated the upgrade schedule that they recently released to have the Milestone now say “Initial rollout of upgrade to Android 2.2 planned for Q4″. Unconfirmed rumours are that it’s sometime mid to late September.

Source: Motorola
Via: IntoMobile & Unwired View

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Rogers Samsung Corby Touch gets immediate price reduction before launch

At the beginning of the month we found the all the specs of upcoming Rogers Corby Touch on Samsung Canada’s website. This will be launching early this week but it seems our friends over at Future Shop have already started to advertise its availability, more importantly a price reduction.

No word on the no-contract price but for the 3-year contract price Rogers will be releasing this at $49.99 and Future Shop has already discounted it to $29.99, plus thrown in a $75 Gift Card.

Specs of the Corby Touch has a 3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 320, 2 megapixel camera, music player, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. Overall dimensions are 111.4 x 55.3 x 12.4mm with a weight of 105 grams.

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Text-to-donate campaign launched to help Pakistan Flood Relief efforts

Canadians are being asked to help the victims of the floods in Pakistan. This has now killed over 1,600 people and over 20 million people have been affected by the disaster. One way to give is via text message. The Mobile Giving Foundation Canada in association with the Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF and World Vision Canada have announced a nationwide text-to-donate campaign. If you’re interested, here are the ways that you can give:

• Text the word “REDCROSS” to 30333 to donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross.
• Text the word “GIVE” in English or “DON” in French to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF.
• Text the word “WORLD” to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision Canada.

MGF states that the donation are in $5 or $10 amounts and 100% of the monies collected goes directly to the relief efforts. The amount will appear on your bill and you won’t be charged for text messaging.

Source: CWTA

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Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant hitting SaskTel August 25th


Talk about a great device to launch as your first Android! SaskTel will add the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to their lineup – this will come with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, OS 2.1, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS. As for a release date… SaskTel wrote on Twitter that “Aug 25th is the day! But keep in mind it is an ESTIMATED delivery date for SaskTel and our dealers”. This will be available for $150 on a 3-year, no word yet on other price plans.

Source: Twitter
(Thanks Eric!)

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Google Maps for Mobile passes the 100 million users per month mark

Google recently said that they are seeing over 200,000 Android activations a day which certainly puts their OS on the path to becoming a major force. One of the default apps is Google Maps for Mobile. This is actually the default maps app on many other popular devices too.

Vic Gundotra, Google VP of Engineering, recently wrote on their Mobile Blog that “Almost five years ago, we launched Google Maps for mobile to help you get where you needed to go from your phone instead of a paper map. Today, more than 100 million people a month are now using Google Maps for mobile to get from point A to point B, find nearby places, and more.”. In addition, Gundotra states users are searching for places 3 times as much since the latest version of Android was released.

Google has also created a picture of the last 5 year that gives a timeline of the evolution of Google Maps for mobile.

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SaskTel Samsung Gravity Touch to be priced at $270 no-contract

SaskTel launched their 3G+ network a few days ago and along with it came some new devices. The Bold 9700 and the Pearl 9100 are at the top of the list for now but more are on the way. One of them is the Samsung Gravity Touch. This has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.8-inch touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, can hold up to 32Gb with a microSD card.

The good news if you’re considering getting this from SaskTel is that they’ve revealed the price points of this “coming soon” device. It’ll probably show up within the next few days but you’ll be able to pick this up for $50 on a 3-year contract; $100 on a 2-year contract; $200 on a 1-year contract and $270 no-contract.

Just remember before make any quick decisions that the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is also launching by the end of the month for $150 on a 3-year too.

More here at SaskTel

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Video: Upcoming Bold 9780 running BlackBerry 6

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is not officially announced yet by RIM but that hasn’t stopped it from getting the usual amount of  leaks. This time thanks to BerryReview we see the newest member of the Bold family caught on video having fun with RIM’s new BlackBerry 6 OS, checking out the running apps and a sample of the music. No demo of the how the new WebKit browser looks is on it though. Check it out after the break. (more…)

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Motorola to offer 200 TELUS Backflip owners “early software release”, unfortunately not Android 2.1


For all the TELUS Motorola Backflip owners out there who are waiting for the next upgrade, it’s coming soon. Kinda. Motorola has posted a note on their support forum that this coming Monday 200 lucky Canadians will be fortunate enough to get the latest release before it’s officially made public.

The upgrade will not be Android OS 2.1 but will include the following: Improved Text Messaging, Bluetooth Improvements, Enhanced “Contacts” Feature, Improved Stability, Improved Battery Life, Improved Streaming Audio & Video Playback, Phone Application Improvements (to avoid occasional “Call Ended” notifications).

Moto states that “On Monday August 23rd we will have an optional early software release available for the Motorola Backflip from TELUS! Our goal is to have 200 customers test and provide feedback on the software before it is officially released to all customers! We will be making the preview software available via an over-the-air update from 10 am EST until we reach 200 users”. If you want in on this all you have to do is from your home screen hit the Menu > Settings > About phone > System Update.

Good luck to the 200 chosen ones, let us know how it goes.

More here at Motorola
Via: Twitter

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Bell Rumour Plus arrives on LG Canada site, still delayed until the 27th

The LG Rumour Plus was supposed to be released by Bell on August 11th, then got delayed due to “manufacturing problems” until August 27th. However, it’s now surfaced in the format of online viewing at the LG Canada’s website. So if you’re interested in learning more about it before you buy… here’s a rundown of the specs: Slide out QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 240×320, 2 megapixel camera with video capabilities, holds up to 16GB with a microSD card with overall dimensions of 103 x 49.9 x 15.3mm and a weight of 119 grams. The only known price so far is the $39.99 on a 3-year.

More here at LG

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