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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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TELUS to announce Saskatchewan HSPA+ coverage soon?

For those Saskatchewan TELUS customers (or future TELUS customers) who are sick of seeing other provinces get the latest HSPA+ devices before you “because of network differences”… we have some good news for you!

There’s no official announcement yet but it seems that TELUS is on the verge of giving the green light to their Saskatchewan HSPA+ network. Taking a look at their website shows a map that seems to be covering the core cities plus some surrounding areas. There’s no word on which devices they will release… but hopefully some happy Saskatchewan residents will be able to pick up the iPhone 4, Milestone, Desire, Bold 9700. I’m sure TELUS didn’t want SaskTel to have all the good 3G+ news this week!

Check it out here at TELUS: website link or PDF

(Thanks Kyran!)

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Quote of the Day of why Solo now offers Unlimited plans and Zones

Before the new-entrants came on board it was really only Fido that offered Unlimited plans in a “zone” based calling area. Now we have Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Chatr, Public Mobile and now Bell’s Solo Mobile.

There has been much talk about this Solo Mobile offering and why they are choosing now to come out with an unlimited zone offering. Bell CEO George Cope recently said in their Q2 conference call that “Chatr, obviously it’s a significant competitive development. We will respond to that. Solo Unlimited will launch… It’s a development in the marketplace and we’ll, as we said defend our 3rd of the Postpaid market… No surprise to anyone because we’ve said that since the beginning we’re always going to remain competitive and our pricing will competitive”.

However, the quote of the day comes from Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, who said the “There’s a lot of noise in the system about whether this is spurred on by the new entrants, I wouldn’t see it that way. We saw an appetite for these types of rate plans.”

So one executive says they created the Unlimited plans and zones to “respond” to Chatr being in the marketplace (which was created to take on the new entrants), and another executive states the new offering is not because of the new entrants but because they suddenly saw a need.

Via: The Globe

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Bell releases the Huawei E182E USB Turbo Stick

Bell has released a new data stick to their lineup, the Huawei E182E. This is compatible on their HSPA network and according to the spec sheet it reaches “downloads speeds up to 21.6 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps”, weighs 30 grams and can hold up to 32GB with a microSd card. Price points have this coming in at free on a 2 & 3-year contract, $79.99 on a 1-year contract and $129.95 with no-contract.

More here at Bell

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Video: White iPhone 4 gets unboxed

About a month ago Apple stated the white version of the iPhone 4 will be delayed until sometime “later this year” because it’s been “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”. There’s still no official word on when this will be available, rumours are sometime in September.

However, that hasn’t stopped videos of the production models to surface. The latest is from 9to5mac with a 4-minute unboxing and a demo of it working. They state that “Here’s what appears to be a production white iPhone. On this model, the LED flash doesn’t have the tell-tale design issue as the white iPhone kits that have been populating the Internet… This may be an international model scrapped by Apple at the last minute after defects in the white color clarity were found.”

Check out the video after the break (more…)

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Best Buy Mobile has 3-day sale that drops X10 to $49.99


These are probably the best back-to-schools deals yet. You might want to head over to your local Best Buy Mobile stand alone store location as they have a 3-day sale that kinda rocks. For example they have a free $200 gift card when you buy any BlackBerry from any carrier (other than Koodo which is a $100 gift card). Plus the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has dropped to a low $49.99 on a 3-year.

(Thanks Jenny!)

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